If you're into local arts, this is the weekend for you, as almost all of the featured events focus on Fort Worth-based arts organizations. There will be new three new theater productions, classical music in three different forms, and an artist showing off her unusual skills. You can also catch screenings of an Oscar-nominated documentary that will take your breath away.
Below 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 31
The Cliburn presents Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Pace
Leonidas Kavakos, recognized around the world as a violinist and artist of rare quality, and pianist Enrico Pace will present a concert featuring Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23; Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80; Bartok's Violin Rhapsody No. 1; and Enescu's Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 25. The concert will take place at the Kimbell Art Museum.
Circle Theatre presents Our Town
Thornton Wilder's iconic drama makes a rare not-to-be-missed visit to the Circle Theatre stage. The moving story follows the small town of Grover's Corners through three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity." Wilder's classic play, which reminds us of the importance of love, loss, and living in the moment, will run through March 9.
Friday, February 1
Magnolia at the Modern: Free Solo
Free Solo, one of the five films nominated for Best Documentary at the 2019 Academy Awards, is a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: climbing the face of the world’s most famous rock — the 3,000 foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park — without a rope. There will be six screenings through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Casa Mañana presents The Emperor's New Clothes
A crazy quilt of mixed-up psychedelic fashion trends is the setting for this tongue-in-cheek retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, set to a fun and sprightly score. The country is ruled by a foppish fashionista of an Emperor, and 10-year-old Kid is determined to change everyone’s materialistic views. The children's production will run through February 17 at Casa Mañana Theatre.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms and Bruch
Andrew Grams, who last conducted the FWSO in March 2017 to rave reviews, returns to Fort Worth to conduct Brahms’ Second Symphony and Schumann’s "Overture to Hermann und Dorothea." Plus, Simone Porter returns to the FWSO for a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The concert will play three times through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents The Lonely Planet
The Lonely Planet by playwright Steven Dietz is a story about the strengthening force of friendship. Set in a small map store on the oldest street in an American city, the play is an intimate portrait of two friends navigating loss and an uncertain world. Shop owner Jody buries his head in the sand by refusing to leave his shop. Meanwhile, Carl begins filling the store with a variety of mysterious chairs. The production will run at Amphibian Stage Productions through February 24.
Saturday, February 2
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "With the Help of Friends"
"With the Help of Friends" celebrates 15 dynamic photographs ranging from the 1930s to the present day that were selected and purchased over the recent years by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. These photographs tell vivid stories about life and how we think about our world, and the exhibition proclaims the vibrancy of the museum’s ongoing relationship with its members, and the key help that members provide in keeping the collection one of the world’s leading repositories of photography. The exhibition will be on display through June 2.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Jurassic Parts
This kid-friendly concert has nothing to do with a certain dinosaur movie (although, coincidentally, the FWSO will present that movie in March). Instead, it's an event filled with laughs, surprises, multi-media projection, and on-stage action as the symphony presents an introduction to the exciting sounds, people, and experience of a symphony orchestra concert. The performance will take place at Bass Performance Hall.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center presents Marsha Wilson Pyrography Demonstration
Pyrography, from the Latin fire and writing, is the technique of making art on a surface with heated metal. Marsha Wilson uses mainly photographs to create her art on wood, paper, and leather. The self-taught artist whose show, "Western Roots," is on display during the Cultura del Vaquero program at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, will be demonstrating her pyrography on birch wood, paper, and vegetable tanned leather.