There's no shortage of cultural opportunities in and around Fort Worth this weekend, as art, theater, and classical music take center stage. All three of the big museums in the Museum District are hosting events, and there's a chance to catch a play never before seen in the area or donate to a good animal cause.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, February 9
Cliburn at the Kimbell: Virtuosos featuring Avi Avital and Kenneth Weiss
Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital, who was the first mandolinist to ever receive the honor, has been praised by critics and audiences alike. Avital makes his first appearance in Dallas-Fort Worth at the Kimbell Art Museum as part of the Cliburn at the Kimbell series, where he plays with noted harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Northside Hollow
Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a young and inexperienced first responder in Northside Hollow. While they wait for additional rescue assistance, they discover they have more in common than they realize. An intimate portrait of mortality, memory, and redemption, this original play has its regional premiere at Amphibian Stage Productions, playing through March 2.
Friday, February 10
Magnolia at the Modern: Toni Erdmann
In Toni Erdmann, the latest in the Magnolia at the Modern series, a reluctant career woman must spend time with her estranged father when he comes for a surprise visit. Even though the film is nearly three hours long and is in German with English subtitles, it's worth checking out for two reasons: It's nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Film category, and it contains one of the funniest nude scenes you'll ever see. The film screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Kimbell Art Museum presents Rembrandt, the Jews and "That Portrait"
Looking at and appreciating art is one thing, but truly understanding it is another. The Kimbell Art Museum delves into one famous piece on its walls with this special free lecture by Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. This talk examines the important Rembrandt portrait in the Kimbell, identified as a young Jew, in the context of where the artist lived at the time it was painted and how he thought about the world.
Artisan Center Theater presents My Fair Lady
This timeless story takes us back to a simpler time, when musicals were magical and make believe. And at its heart is a cockney flower girl, transformed into a “genteel lady,” and the man who falls in love with her. The magnificent Lerner & Loewe collaboration, playing at Artisan Theater Center in Hurst through March 11, includes such songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," and "The Street Where You Live."
Saturday, February 11
New exhibits at Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Amon Carter Museum of American Art opens two new exhibits on Saturday: "Invented Worlds of Valton Tyler" and "Between the Lines: Gego as Printmaker." The Tyler exhibit, on display through April 30, features unique interplays of identifiable, organic, mechanistic, and surreal shapes, while the Gego exhibit, on display through August 6, explores the printing process’ potential for creating intricate linear patterns.
Waterside presents Pooches and Smooches
Waterside, the relatively new mixed-use development at Bryant Irvin and Arbor Lawn, is hosting a special “Pooches & Smooches” kissing booth every Saturday and Sunday in February. Local animal groups Don’t Forget to Feed Me and Good Neighbor Animal Rescue will be on-site on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, to collect donations and offer adoptions. You can bring your own furry friend to snap a picture in the kissing booth in exchange for a suggested $5 donation to the charity.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents the Mozart Gala
The 2017 Gala at Bass Performance Hall celebrates music by one of the most popular composers of all time — Mozart. With special guests soprano Danielle de Niese and pianist Menahem Pressler, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs the Piano Concerto No. 23 and a dazzling selection of concert and opera arias, overtures, and more.