Theater lovers will be in for a treat in and around Fort Worth this weekend, as no fewer than four different productions will be starting their runs. You can also get a look at some sea turtles, movies for children and adults, a popular country singer, music on the river, and a fundraising art exhibit.
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, July 12
Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium presents Sea Turtle Rehydration Station
Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium comes to Sundance Square Plaza to present the all-new Sea Turtle Rescue Center. Visitors can learn about the challenges sea turtles face and experience first-hand the process of rehabilitating a sea turtle at a virtual rehydration station. They can also get a free reusable water bottle and an up-close view of several sea artifacts, including a shark jaw, stingray barb, and more.
Sundance Square presents Movie Nights: Peter Rabbit
It'll be a family-friendly evening in Sundance Square Plaza, as the sea turtle event will be followed by the final Movie Night of the summer, featuring a screening of Peter Rabbit, which was released earlier this year. The cute-yet-hostile film finds Peter in a feud with Mr. McGregor that escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.
Suzy Bogguss in concert
Country singer Suzy Bogguss had a great run in the early 1990s, charting six top 10 hits like "Outbound Plane," "Aces," "Letting Go," and "Hey Cinderella." It's no wonder, then, that her latest album, 2016's Aces Redux, found her revisiting her most popular album by re-recording its songs with other musicians. She's sure to play those songs and more at this concert at McDavid Studio.
Stage West Theatre presents Don't Dress for Dinner
Hilarity and hijinks ensue when Bernard invites his mistress over for a weekend romp while his wife, Jacqueline, is meant to be away. But when Jacqueline discovers Bernard’s friend Robert is also coming over, she decides to stay. Robert is supposed to be Bernard’s alibi for the weekend, but he is also Jacqueline’s secret lover. By the time the mistress and the cook show up, trysts and sweet-nothings are postponed as marital treachery, mistaken identities, and madcap chaos take hold in an evening of adulterous mirth. The production will run at Stage West Theatre through August 12.
Friday, July 13
Magnolia at the Modern presents Boundaries
The more Laura (Vera Farmiga) tries to set boundaries in her life, the faster those lines are crossed. Her 12-year-old son Henry (Lewis MacDougall) is in trouble again at school. Her own penchant for adopting stray dogs and cats threatens to overwhelm their Seattle home, and her phone keeps ringing with calls she refuses to pick up from her estranged father, Jack (Christopher Plummer). The film will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Theatre Arlington presents Stellaluna
This all-youth production is about baby bat Stellaluna, whose life is flitting along right on schedule — until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. The production will run at Theatre Arlington through July 22.
Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents The Wedding Singer
The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer's sparkling score does for the '80s what Hairspray did for the '60s. Stolen Shakespeare Guild will present the musical at Fort Worth Community Arts Center through July 29.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents King Liz
Sports agent Liz Rico is at the top of her game, but a woman in a man’s industry has to fight to stay there. She takes on client Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past in the ultimate bet: will this be the biggest win of her career or will she lose it all? Award-winning playwright Fernanda Coppel's story of gender, race, and class is high energy and full of heart. The production will run at Amphibian Stage Productions through August 5.
Saturday, July 14
Panther Island Pavilion presents Rockin’ The River
Rockin' The River keeps on rollin' into its second week with a concert featuring headliner Kody West. West will be joined at Panther Island Pavilion by opening acts The Peterson Brothers, Ray Johnston Band, Jeff Plankenhorn, and Austin Meade. Visitors can watch the concert, which also features a fireworks show, from a tube on the river or from the shore.
Art Tooth presents "Head of the Class"
Art Tooth and Art7 Gallery will present “Head of the Class,” a showcase of work from Fort Worth K-12 art instructors. The event begins with a fundraising reception and will include, beer, wine, and tunes from DJ Cotinga. Proceeds from this exhibition, which runs through August 4, will go directly to fund teachers and their classrooms.