The last weekend in February brings a fun slate of events in and around Fort Worth. They include a cultural symposium, comedy from two notable comedians, screenings of an Oscar-nominated film, two intriguing photography exhibitions, and an appearance by one of the biggest country singers of all time.
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 23
Fort Worth Opera presents Noches de Ópera: Latino/a Identity Symposium
Fort Worth Opera's upcoming production of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna and this symposium invite audiences to engage in an open and honest discussion on topics such as discrimination, gender roles, traditions and values, religion, and artistic expression. This panel at the Trinity River campus of Tarrant County College are sharing their opinions, personal backgrounds, and discuss how their Latino heritage has defined and shaped their lives.
Cliburn at the Kimbell: Masters featuring Richard Goode
Classical pianist Richard Goode is known for music that creates tremendous emotional power, depth, and expressiveness. Known especially for his interpretations of Mozart and Beethoven, Goode is playing a recital of Bach and Chopin at Kimbell Art Museum.
Improv Arlington presents John Henton
Comedian John Henton first came to prominence on the FOX TV series Living Single, starring Queen Latifah, Kim Fields, and Kim Coles. Since then, he's appeared on virtually every major talk show imaginable while maintaining a heavy national stand-up tour schedule. He's performing six sets through Sunday at Improv Arlington.
Friday, February 24
Magnolia at the Modern presents The Red Turtle
Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli explores a new creative direction with this realistically drawn feature created in partnership with Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at this weekend's Oscars, it's a wordless tale of a shipwrecked man who establishes a family and a new life on an island inhabited only by majestic animal life. There are six screenings through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony
Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Fort Worth Symphony in Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, a work that is one of the most popular in the symphonic repertoire. Cellist Johannes Moser performs Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, and composer Victor Agudelo joins the orchestra for the world premiere of his La madre de Agua. There are three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Saturday, February 25
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Avedon in Texas: Selections from In the American West"
In late 1978, renowned fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon took on a commission from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art to create a portrait of the American West through its people. This selection of 17 of the project’s Texas images makes abundantly clear why "In the American West" has become a touchstone in photographic history. The exhibit is on display through July 2.
Jeff Foxworthy in concert
As part of the Texas Homeschool Convention at the Fort Worth Convention Center, comedian Jeff Foxworthy is performing a stand-up concert. Foxworthy, one of the world's most respected comedians, is the best-selling author of more than 26 books, has hosted or starred in five TV series, and was also a part of one of the most successful comedy tours of all time, the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Tickets are available to the general public.
Fort Works Art presents Cordelia Bailey and Dontrius Williams
Fort Works Art presents two new photography exhibits: "Cordelia Bailey: One Last Shot" and "Dontrius Williams: One More Shot." Bailey uses Photoshop in clever ways to trick the eye and make the viewer wonder what is real and what is imagined, while Williams focuses on the details of everyday life that we often miss moving too fast. Both exhibits are on display through March 18.
Clint Black in concert
There are few more noteworthy country musicians in the past 30 years than Clint Black. The first four singles of his career each went to No. 1 on the country charts, leading to a career that has included 10 top 10 albums and 29 top 10 songs. Black rewards fans with a concert at Billy Bob's Texas in support of his 2015 album, On Purpose.