It's a big movie weekend in Fort Worth both on and off the big screen. Four events, including three at one venue, will offer special screenings of new and old films, while a Broadway musical based on a popular '90s movie also comes to town. There's also the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse, see some great basketball, watch another celebrated musical, and more.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Monday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, August 3
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Modern Kids Summer Flicks
The final day of the three-day Modern Kids Summer Flicks features a screening of the critically acclaimed Eleanor’s Secret. As a bonus, guests can visit the galleries at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth before or after and experience the wonder of the paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos throughout the museum.
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History presents Dr. Doug Roberts
On August 21, up to 500 million people in North America will be able to experience a solar eclipse either in its partial or total phase — the first time for a continent-wide eclipse in almost a century. In this talk, Dr. Doug Roberts, chief technology officer at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, will discuss the science and wonder of eclipses and provide some pointers for seeing this very special event.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents The Bodyguard
Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical The Bodyguard stars Grammy Award nominee and R&B star Deborah Cox. The musical, playing at Bass Performance Hall through Sunday, features a host of irresistible Whitney Houston classics, including “So Emotional," “Saving All My Love," “I Have Nothing," “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and, of course, “I Will Always Love You.”
Friday, August 4
Magnolia at the Modern presents 13 Minutes
There have been movies made about fictional attempts on Adolf Hitler's life, but 13 Minutes tackles a real-life event. In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action. The film, which is rated R and in German with English subtitles, screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Dallas Wings vs. Seattle Storm
The sophomore season of the Dallas Wings continues to be up-and-down, with the Wings currently sitting at 11-13, still in the thick of the race for a WNBA playoff spot. The Wings start a three-game homestand with an important game on Friday against the Seattle Storm, who sit just below them in the standings, followed by a game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Sparks, who have the second-best record in the league.
Casa Mañana's apprentice program presents Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
An exhilarating and riotous look at one of our nation’s founding rock stars, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson reinvents the life of our seventh president. The musical begins with the President’s early days as a child on the wild frontier and follows his steady climb from military strategist to populist rabble-rouser to leader of the United States. The production, which encourages audience participation and rocking out, has four performances at Casa Mañana Theatre through Sunday.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Anime at the Modern
Japanese anime films are featured in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's new film series. On Friday, you can see the 2015 film Miss Hokusai, which chronicles the work of Katsushika Oi, the daughter of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. On Saturday will be a double feature of two of Hayao Miyasaki's most loved films, Porco Rosso and The Wind Rises.
Saturday, August 5
Rockin' the River finale
The Rockin' the River concert series comes to a close with performances from Bart Crow, Jared Deck, The Peterson Brothers, The O’s, and Grady Spencer and The Work. This is your final opportunity this year to cool off in the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion and rock out to some great tunes.
Sunday, August 6
Lone Star Film Society presents Sunday Cinema Series: Unrest
Winner of a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Dallas International Film Festival, Unrest is a documentary about Harvard Ph.D. student Jennifer Brea, who is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. Brea sets out on a virtual journey to document her story as she fights a disease that medicine forgot. The film, which has not yet been released, screens at Four Day Weekend Theater.