Mid-March brings a nice group of events in and around the Fort Worth area. Among your choices are some boat shopping, a couple of interesting classical music concerts, a chance to check out some souped-up cars, three unique theater productions, a movie about kitties, and a certain familiar actor-turned-singer.
These 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, March 16
Fort Worth Boat Expo 2017
The Fort Worth Boat Expo, presented by the United Boat Dealers of North Texas, has hundreds of all-new 2017 boat and watercraft models on display, including the most elite brands of luxury pontoons, jet boats, and yachts in the industry. Taking place at Will Rogers Memorial Center through Sunday, boats are available for purchase from more than 20 North Texas boat dealers.
Symphony Arlington presents "Carnival of the Animals"
The latest concert from Symphony Arlington is "Carnival of the Animals," featuring brothers Robert and Alex McDonald performing Camille Saint-Saëns' composition. The one-night-only concert at Arlington Music Hall also feature Strauss' Overture to Die Fledermaus, Scott's "The Penguin," and Symphony Arlington's 12th Annual Movie Scores Quiz.
Friday, March 17
Goodguys 2017 Spring Lone Star Nationals
The Goodguys seventh Spring Lone Star Nationals is a giant colorful car festival featuring over 2,000 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars, and trick trucks nestled into the infield of Texas Motor Speedway. In addition to the car show, the festival, taking place through Sunday, includes vendor exhibits, a swap meet and cars-for-sale area, family fun, and more.
Casa Mañana presents Red Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood is a bewitching new musical that tells an uplifting story of brave Red, who must journey through the forest to reunite her family and save her mother’s bakery from closing down. Will she reach Grandma’s house in time? Or will the charming Big Bad Wolf distract her from her quest? The production runs at Casa Mañana Theatre through April 2.
Magnolia at the Modern presents Kedi
Kedi is not a documentary about house cats or the strays you occasionally see in your backyard. Kedi is a film about the hundreds of thousands of cats who, for thousands of years, have been as integral to the identity of Istanbul as its monuments, the Bosporus, tea, raki, and fish restaurants. Claiming no owners, the cats of Istanbul live between two worlds, neither wild nor tame, and they bring joy and purpose to those people they choose to adopt. The film, in Turkish with English subtitles, screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Gomyo plays Mozart
Violinist Karen Gomyo returns to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Andrew Grams for a performance of Mozart’s bright and lively “Strassburg” concerto. Also on the program is Shostakovich’s profoundly affecting Symphony No. 11, which recounts events during the start of the first Russian Revolution. The concert is presented three times through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Jubilee Theatre presents Two Trains Running
In August Wilson's Two Trains Running, the civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1969 and Memphis Lee’s diner is scheduled to be torn down, a casualty of the city’s renovation project. Struggling to cope with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and the diner regulars fight to hang on to their solidarity and sense of community. The play runs through April 16.
Saturday, March 18
National Theatre Live present No Man's Land
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart returned to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land. One summer's evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men. The pre-recorded play screens at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Charles Esten in concert
Actor Charles Esten is a multitalented individual who's appeared in a variety of TV shows and movies, but he's best known for his stints on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and his current role as Deacon Claybourne on Nashville. The latter part has allowed him to explore his musical self, which has led to several singles making the country charts. He's performing those songs and more at Billy Bob's Texas.