This weekend in Fort Worth provides a nice balance between events aimed at adults and ones aimed at kids. There will be two new local theater productions, classical music in a variety of forms, screenings of Oscar-nominated short films, a chance to see theater from across the pond, a Texas music legend, and the end of a unique art exhibit.
In addition to the continuing Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, here are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, January 30
Circle Theatre presents One Man, Two Guvnors
In Richard Bean's hilarious comedy, set in Brighton, England in 1963, Francis Henshall is in the employ of two men: gangster Roscoe Crabbe and Stanley Stubbers, mortal enemies of one another. However, it turns out that “Roscoe” is already deceased and Roscoe’s twin sister, Rachel, has been posing as him. Fighting a mounting sense of confusion and distractions, Francis frantically tries to keep Roscoe and Stubbers apart. The production will run at Circle Theatre through March 7.
The Cliburn presents Stephen Hough
Stephen Hough has combined a distinguished career as a pianist with those of a composer and writer. He was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2014. He has performed with the world’s major orchestras and has given recitals at prestigious concert halls. He'll perform on both Thursday and Friday at Kimbell Art Museum.
Friday, January 31
Magnolia at the Modern: The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2020
In advance of the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 9, Magnolia at the Modern will present the 10 short films nominated in both the Animated and Live Action categories. The animated shorts nominees, which include Dcera (Daughter), Hair Love, Kitbull, Memorable, and Sister, will screen five times through Sunday, while the live action nominees, which include Brotherhood, Nefta Football Club, The Neighbors’ Window, Saria, and A Sister, will screen once on Friday and once on Sunday. All screenings will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Casa Mañana presents Frank-N-Friend
It’s been a big first day for super-smart Oliver, the new kid in school. He made two cool new friends, Michael and Kendra, but he also ran into Butch, the dreaded school bully. Butch may be out to get the new kid, but Oliver has a plan. With the help of his new friends and an advanced, top-secret computer, Oliver builds Frank-N-Friend: the fastest, strongest and coolest protector a kid has ever had. This new musical for the entire family will play through February 16 at Casa Mañana Theatre.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Symphonie Fantastique
In this concert, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Allan Steele will perform Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, which reflect Tchaikovsky’s adoration of the music of Mozart. The concert, which will also include Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps and Berlioz’s epic Symphonie fantastique, will be presented three times through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Saturday, February 1
National Theatre Live: Fleabag
Fleabag is the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the hit TV series of the same name. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, this 67-minute play is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered, and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. This screening of a previously-recorded performance will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Side by Side Performance with Fort Worth Youth Orchestra
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Conducting Fellow Alex Amsel will lead two ensembles in this annual side-by-side concert. The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and a selection from Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 side-by-side with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The performance will be at Bass Performance Hall.
Pat Green in concert
After rising through Texas' dancehall scene years ago, Pat Green earned himself major label support in Nashville and became the poster child of Texas music for a whole generation of fans. Green’s explosive live shows have made him a fan favorite, and the San Antonio native and Fort Worth resident has sold over 2 million albums and been nominated for three Grammy Awards. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, February 2
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Julie Bozzi: "American Food" closing day
Sunday will be the final day to view the exhibition Julie Bozzi: "American Food" at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Bozzi's sculptural installation consists of an oak cabinet with 13 drawers, 12 of which contain miniature reproductions of American food products, each carefully handmade by the artist and displayed under glass, like scientific specimens from a natural history museum. The installation combines aspects of Pop art, postmodernism, still life, and Americana, while underscoring the universal human impulse to collect and categorize.