It'll be a weekend full of acclaimed performers in Fort Worth, no matter which way you turn. They include a fantastic singer, two Oscar-nominated actresses, a renowned violinist, and a highly accomplished theater performer. You can also see opera on a smaller scale, two local theater productions, a new art exhibit, an exhibit showcasing the guitar, and a monster (truck)-sized event.
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, February 8
Arlington Music Hall presents A Night of Blues
It will be an evening of blues and soul music at Arlington Music Hall on Thursday night. Featured are performances by former American Idol finalist and Fort Worth's own Casey James, Austin blues musician Dylan Bishop, Holland Smith from Dallas, and singer-songwriter Josh Giles.
Casa Mañana presents Michael Cunio
Michael Cunio’s vocal range is in a class by itself, whether singing classics by Frank Sinatra and James Brown or rocking out to Aerosmith’s "Dream On." He's performed in Jersey Boys and Hairspray, and with the vocal group Under the Streetlamp. Now in a solo career, Cunio will present the inaugural event in Casa Mañana's new Reid Cabaret Theatre in support of his album Back Alley Soul. There will be four performances through Saturday.
Friday, February 9
Magnolia at the Modern: I, Tonya
Based on unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Allison Janney, who plays Harding's mother, LaVona, is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her scene-stealing performance. The movie will screen 14 times through February 18 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
TCU Opera Studio present A Midsummer Night's Dream
Fort Worth Opera Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artists and members of the TCU Opera Studio will perform in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Based on Shakespeare’s play, this popular and enchanting opera weaves together richly textured music with magic, comic confusion, amateur theatricals, and mismatched lovers. There will be three performances through Sunday in Ed Landreth Auditorium at TCU.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Cyrano
Director and acclaimed actor Jason O’Connell reinterprets this classic story of Cyrano de Bergerac in an imaginative way, with a cast of five playing all the characters. Cyrano is a swordsman, philosopher, poet, and raconteur — everything that the love of his life, Roxane, would want in a man. But there’s one major obstacle: he has the biggest nose anyone has ever seen. He partners with the handsome yet tongue-tied Christian de Neuvillette to capture Roxane’s heart. The production will run through March 4.
2018 Stolen Shakespeare Festival
The Stolen Shakespeare Guild will present the 2018 Stolen Shakespeare Festival, “Lost At Sea,” featuring Twelfth Night and The Tempest by William Shakespeare. The festival will start with three performances of Twelfth Night this weekend before moving to alternating performances of the two productions, February 16 through March 4. All performances will be at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Saturday, February 10
Fort Works Art presents "First Come First Serve" opening reception
“First Come First Serve” is Fort Works Art’s most experiential exhibition to date, featuring an eclectic mix of 2D and 3D contemporary artworks pulled from an open call for submissions and accepted under a "first come, first served" premise until the gallery reached capacity. The exhibition will include a second, complementary show in FWA’s satellite gallery featuring the work of urban artist Alex Genovez. The shows will be on display through March 17.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History presents "Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World"
This traveling exhibit offers guests an entertaining, engaging, and educational hands-on experience with one of the most important cultural icons in history: the guitar. The exhibit is made up of three elements: the science of sound; the evolution, engineering, and design of the guitar; and its cultural impact. The exhibit, which includes elements of music, science, history, pop culture, video, education, interactives, and games, will be on display at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History through May 6.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents A Gala Evening with Itzhak Perlman
Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman headlines the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 Gala. Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the FWSO in music from favorite movies, including Casablanca, Out of Africa, Far and Away, and Schindler’s List, for which Perlman performed the original solo in collaboration with John Williams himself. The one-night-only event takes place at Bass Performance Hall.
Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that are built for short, high-powered bursts of speed. The trucks are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and can fly up to 130 feet in distance and 35 feet in the air. The monster truck showcase will take place at the only venue fit for such an event, AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Sunday, February 11
Circle Theatre presents Six Characters in Search of a Play
Sordid Lives creator Del Shores returns to Fort Worth with his new one-man show, Six Characters in Search of a Play. For this hilarious and provocative piece, Shores riffs on Pirandello’s classic play to bring audiences six characters inspired by his real-life encounters that haven’t quite made it into one of Shores’ plays, films, or TV shows. The production will play for one show only at Circle Theatre.