As March fades into April, it's an arts-centric Easter weekend in and around Fort Worth. Among your choices will be fantastic ballet, classical music on a small scale, a local theater production about art, and a new art exhibit. You can also see a newscaster-turned-advocate, an Oscar-nominated movie, a Grammy Award winner, and military athletes.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time when you're not celebrating the holiday. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, March 29
Texas Ballet Theater presents Mozart Requiem and Martinů Pieces
The second of Texas Ballet Theater’s March mixed-repertoire programs features two productions choreographed by artistic director Ben Stevenson. The first is Mozart Requiem. Stevenson was inspired to create it while watching a mother on a newscast reflect on the loss of her son, who was a soldier fighting overseas, but who aspired to be a musician. The second, Martinů Pieces, is a world premiere featuring three different pieces from composer Bohuslav Martinů. There will be four performances through Saturday at Bass Performance Hall.
UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series: Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson, formerly an anchor on Fox News, has now become an advocate for workplace equality and empowerment after revealing her own story of sexual harassment at the office. Now in the process of forming a foundation to empower young girls by helping them build self-esteem and confidence, Carlson will speak at College Park Center at UT Arlington about her 2017 book, Be Fierce.
The Cliburn presents Ray Chen and Julio Elizalde
After winning the Queen Elizabeth and Yehudi Menuhin competitions, Ray Chen is forging an international career as an exceptional classical music communicator, expanding the art form’s reach with his approachability and captivating stage presence. He will be joined in concert at the Kimbell Art Museum by pianist Julio Elizalde.
Friday, March 30
Magnolia at the Modern: The Insult
In Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, the two men reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another. One of this year's five nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, The Insult, which is in Arabic with English subtitles, will be screened seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Theatre Arlington presents Red
In Red, master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art — a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, but when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. The play will run through April 15 at Theatre Arlington.
Shelby Lynne in concert
Country/rock singer Shelby Lynne holds a rare distinction in the history of the Grammy Awards. She won Best New Artist in 2001 following the success of her 1999 album, I Am Shelby Lynne, despite having released five previous albums. She hasn't become a superstar like some other Best New Artist winners, but she's had a solid career since, releasing eight other albums, including 2017's Not Dark Yet. She'll play at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Saturday, March 31
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents FOCUS: Kamrooz Aram
The latest artist in the “Focus” series at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is Kamrooz Aram, whose work spans painting, sculpture, collage, and installation. He investigates the complex relationship between Western modernism and classical non-Western art. By highlighting their formal connections, he reveals the typically downplayed role that non-Western art and design have played in the development of modernism and its drive toward abstraction. The exhibit will be on display through June 17.
Dallas Cowboys Military Combine Finals
At the second annual Dallas Cowboys Military Combine Finals, active service members/elite soldier athletes from nine bases compete in a variety of events, including the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, short shuttle, broad jump, push-ups, and endurance run. Fans are invited to cheer on the soldiers for free at AT&T Stadium, and they can also enjoy appearances by current and former Dallas Cowboys, performances by The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, The Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue dancers and drumline, and Rowdy.