One event overshadows pretty much everything else going on around Fort Worth this weekend. The jam-packed festival at JerryWorld is the big thing to do, but you can also attend two different opera events, view three great art exhibits in one spot, see a legendary singer at her peak, or catch a great country concert.
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, May 9
Fort Worth Opera presents Frontiers
Fort Worth Opera will present unpublished works from five composer and librettist teams as part of the company’s new works series, Frontiers. Featuring 15-25 minute excerpts of each selected piece, the five new operas — including The Hatfield-McCoy Triptychs, Death of a Playboy, and Albert Nobbs — will be sung by artists from the 2019 FWO Festival with piano accompaniment. The event will take place at Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
Friday, May 10
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents "Disappearing-California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein"
The newest exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, "Disappearing-California, c. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein," features three artists with a common interest in themes of disappearance and self-effacement, which manifested in works that were daring and often dangerous. Responding to the social and political circumstances of their time and the nascent field of feminist art, the artists used "disappearing" as a response to the anxiety of the 1970s. The exhibit will be on display through August 11.
Magnolia at the Modern: Amazing Grace
Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace, filmed in 1972, originally directed by Sydney Pollack and completed by Alan Elliott, is a glorious documentary featuring Franklin and the choir of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts. Now, 47 years after it was shot, Amazing Grace is finally being shown in theaters. It will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Who knows why this festival, coming to Dallas-Fort Worth for the first time, is called KAABOO, but it doesn't really matter since it's packed so full of entertainment of all sorts. It has top-notch music from The Killers, Sting, Lionel Richie, Lauryn Hill, Little Big Town, Kid Rock, Alanis Morissette, and many more; comedy from Brad Garrett, Demetri Martin, Dennis Miller, Whitney Cummings, Nate Bargatze, and more; and food from some top culinary talent, like Kent Rathbun. KAABOO will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington through Sunday.
Fort Worth Opera presents El Pasado Nunca se Termina
As part of its ongoing series Noches de Ópera, Fort Worth Opera will present the world’s second mariachi opera, El Pasado Nunca se Termina (The Past is Never Finished), a bilingual family drama. On a hacienda in South Central Mexico, the lives of the indigenous peasants and the descendants of the Spanish conquistadors are intertwined. Class, race, and economic conflicts boil to the surface. The production will run at Bass Performance Hall through Sunday.
Saturday, May 11
2019 Mimosa Run
Runners like to drink as much as anyone else, so why not combine the two? Social Running presents the 5th Annual Mimosa Run, benefiting Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas. The event is a 2- or 4-mile race starting at Panther Island Pavilion that finishes with a plated mimosa brunch, finisher medals, live music, and local vendors.
Clay Walker in concert
Country singer Clay Walker came out of the gate red hot, scoring No. 1 hits with five out of his first six singles. With a start to his career like that, he didn't have much more to prove, but he still put out a string of top 10 albums. After being quiet since 2010, he finally released a new album, Long Live the Cowboy, in January. Fans will love hearing the hits and new songs at this concert at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, May 12
Closing days for Modern exhibits
Just as one exhibit opens at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, two others will finish up on Sunday. In "FOCUS: Analia Saban," Saban takes traditional artistic media, such as paint, marble, and canvas, and pushes their limits in inventive ways that merge scientific experimentation with artmaking. "Spaces and Places: Works from the Collection" gathers work by artists who address concepts of space and place drawn entirely from the Modern's permanent collection.