There's a little something for everyone this weekend in and around Fort Worth. Among your choices are a charity event with local athletic celebrities, a new local theater production, a special comedy event, a classical music festival, and the opening of a major art exhibit.
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 24
Inaugural ALS Celebrity Bowling Classic
Dallas Cowboys legend Tony Dorsett will host the inaugural ALS Celebrity Bowling Classic, where he will be joined by former Dallas teammates Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Randy White, 2004 Olympic gymnastics champion Carly Patterson, and others. The event, taking place at Main Event in Grapevine, will include a trick-shot exhibition by pro bowlers. Proceeds will go to the ALS Association.
Stage West Theatre presents The Royal Society of Antarctica
In the latest from Stage West Theatre, The Royal Society of Antarctica, a young woman seeking to understand her mother’s disappearance joins the ranks of a ragtag group of misfits and scientists who serve at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Amid janitorial duties, never-ending daylight, and subzero temperatures, this lonely and rugged bunch becomes an escape from the world and a home for each other. The play will run through September 24.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Emily Heller
Emily Heller is a comedian and writer who has appeared in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Conan, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Maron, Inside Amy Schumer, @midnight, Chelsea Lately, and as a series regular on the TBS show Ground Floor. She'll perform every night through Saturday at Amphibian Stage Productions, featuring an opening act by a Dallas-Fort Worth comedian.
Friday, August 25
Magnolia at the Modern presents The Midwife
Two of French cinema's biggest stars shine in The Midwife, the latest in the Magnolia at the Modern series. The bittersweet drama is about the unlikely friendship between a talented but tightly wound midwife (Catherine Frot) and her late father's free-spirited mistress (Catherine Deneuve). The film, in French with English subtitles, will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Classical Masters Festival
As a prelude to its 2017-2018 season, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present the Classical Masters Festival. On Friday, a free outdoor screening of Amadeus will take place in Sundance Square Plaza. On Saturday, the orchestra will perform Haydn's "London" symphony and other selections at Bass Hall. Finally, on Sunday, it will play Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 and other works at Bass Hall.
Saturday, August 26
Kimbell Art Museum presents "Casanova: The Seduction of Europe" Symposium
In advance of the opening of "Casanova: The Seduction of Europe” on August 27, the Kimbell Art Museum is presenting a program of free lectures by the organizing curators of the exhibit.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor
It may be more of a spectacle than a true boxing match, but that doesn't make the matchup between boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and mixed martial artist Conor McGregor any less interesting. There are plenty of watch parties around town for the event taking place in Las Vegas, but you can watch it best on the big screen at most area Cinemark theaters, Hulen Movie Tavern, and AMC Parks at Arlington.
Sunday, August 27
Panther Island Pavilion presents Sunday Funday
The penultimate Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion will feature zen-worthy yoga, tasty food truck grub from Salsa Limon, music, games, and ice-cold local craft beer. The laid-back atmosphere of Sunday Funday offers a chill vibe and fun the whole family can enjoy, where they can rent kayaks, tubes, and pedal boats, among other activities.
Kimbell Art Museum presents "Casanova: The Seduction of Europe"
Sunday is opening day for "Casanova: The Seduction of Europe," which explores the 18th century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798). The exhibit brings together paintings, sculpture, works on paper, furnishings, porcelains, silver, and period costume. The exhibit will be on display through December 31.