The arts are once again front and center in and around Fort Worth this weekend. Among the choices will be three different theater productions, screenings of Oscar-nominated films, a ballet production, a celebratory concert, and two distinct art exhibitions.
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, March 1
Maverick Theatre Company presents Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi
Maverick Theatre Company will present Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, two of Puccini’s best loved one-act operas. Luscious singing, eloquent drama, and sublime comedy make this duo of short operas by one of the world's most beloved composers a must-see for anyone who loves great music. A tragic story of maternal love, loss, and hope is contrasted with a roguish comedy. The productions will play three times through Sunday at UT Arlington's Fine Arts Building.
Friday, March 2
Magnolia at the Modern: Oscar Shorts
Just in time for the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday, the Magnolia at the Modern series will feature screenings of both the animated and live action shorts nominated at the Oscars this year. The animated program, which includes one from Pixar and one featuring Kobe Bryant, will screen once on Friday, once on Saturday, and twice on Sunday. The live action program will screen once on Friday and once on Sunday. All screenings will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
2018 Stolen Shakespeare Festival
If you've been procrastinating on seeing Stolen Shakespeare Guild's annual festival, this weekend is your final chance to take in their two productions, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. You'll have three more chances at Twelfth Night, with showings every day through Saturday, but only one more opportunity for The Tempest, which is showing for the final time on Friday night. All productions will be at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Texas Ballet Theater presents Henry VIII and Seven Sonatas
Texas Ballet Theater will present two mixed-repertory pieces, Henry VIII and Seven Sonatas. Henry VIII is a ballet from the creative mind of TBT dancer Carl Coomer. The second piece of the mixed-rep program is Seven Sonatas by Alexei Ratmansky, the resident choreographer at American Ballet Theatre. It features piano accompaniment by Cliburn 2013 third place winner Sean Chen. There will be four performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Saturday, March 3
Miller Lite presents Texas Born and Brewed
Miller Lite is hosting a free concert in celebration of Texas Independence Day, which is actually on March 2. Local Texas artists like Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Mike Ryan, Latin Express, and George Dunham & The Bird Dogs will perform at MillerCoors Brewery while guests enjoy free food and free beer brewed in Fort Worth. Guests must be 21 or over to attend.
Casa Mañana presents Jekyll & Hyde
An evocative and sweeping musical tale of the epic battle between good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. The production, running at Casa Mañana Theatre through March 11, tells the saga of these counterparts and the two women in love with him, unknowing of each other or his dark secret.
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts presents "Black Borders: Artists Of Color, Reframing Culture" opening reception
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts explores some of the cultural context of art making in a new exhibition, “Black Borders: Artists Of Color, Reframing Culture.” Curated by Fort Worth artist, writer, and TCU alumnus Christopher Blay, the show features the works of three internationally recognized artists, Erika DeFreitas, Amir George, and Anansi KNOwBody, in an immersive experience that incorporates photography, video, sculpture, and performance. Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through May 8.
Sunday, March 4
Kimbell Art Museum presents "From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection"
The Kimbell Art Museum presents the U.S. debut of "From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection." The exhibition will feature nearly 450 objects from the collection built by the Myerses when they lived in Paris, with works representing key periods in the history of the art of China, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, Korea, and Vietnam. The exhibition will be on display through August 19.