The last weekend of August brings a nice array of events in and around Fort Worth. Among the worthy activities are a new theater production from a local favorite, a concert by a crazy percussionist, cars driving really fast, and a visit from one of the biggest rock groups in the world.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, August 25
Pax & Parker presents an Evening with Sunflowerman
Sunflowerman travels the globe as the only full-time men's fashion artist and illustrator working in the world today. Clothing store Pax & Parker is hosting him for a live painting session. Guests can also enjoy live music by Kade Matyis and specialty cocktails courtesy of HG Supply Co.
Stage West Theatre presents An Iliad
A classic comes back to life over the next two weeks as Stage West Theatre puts on Homer's An Iliad. Playing through September 11, the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. A lone storyteller — possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps — relates the tale he is fated to tell throughout history.
Friday, August 26
Magnolia at the Modern presents Equity
Fans of Breaking Bad need to take a look at the latest in the Magnolia at the Modern series. That's because Anna Gunn stars in Equity, as a senior investment banker who attempts to navigate the cutthroat world of Wall Street when a company's IPO threatens to derail the career she's built. The film screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
McDavid Studio Concert Series: Terry Bozzio
Drum legend Terry Bozzio, known for his work with Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, U.K., and his critically acclaimed solo ventures, returns to McDavid Studio to wow crowds with his talent and extreme drum set. Bozzio is a storyteller who draws from jazz, classical, and ethnic percussion styles from around the world; trust us, you've never seen anything like him.
Improv Arlington presents Faizon Love
Plus-sized actor/comedian Faizon Love has a killer smile and infectious laugh that can liven up any comedy club. He got his start as a stand-up comedian, but movie fans have seen him in such films as Couples Retreat, Fear of a Black Hat, Elf, and Friday. Love brings his easy-going style of comedy to Improv Arlington, performing five sets through Sunday.
Saturday, August 27
Shannon Brewing Co. 2nd Anniversary Party
There are so many craft brewers in Texas and around the country that you can be forgiven for not keeping up with them all. Located in Keller, Shannon Brewing Co. specializes in fire-brewed Irish Ales, and they are celebrating their second year in business with some wholesome brews, tasty tunes, and a bunch of friends.
They tried to run the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway back in June, but heavy rains forced a halt to the race after just 71 laps. They're hoping for better weather this time around as James Hinchcliffe, who was leading the race when it was suspended, and others vie for the title.
Coldplay in concert with Alessia Cara and Bishop Briggs
In their 16-year career, Coldplay has seemingly gone through massive swings of popularity, but whether or not they're considered "cool" by certain segments of society has yet to dampen their album sales. Their most recent album, A Head Full of Dreams, was a top 5 hit around the world. They'll showcase that and other songs at this giant concert at AT&T Stadium, which also features appearances by Alessia Cara and Bishop Briggs.
Sunday, August 28
Panther Island Pavilion presents Sunday Funday
Since school has officially started, that means summer vacation is now over. But you can hang on to the last vestiges of it by going to the penultimate Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion. The laid-back, family-friendly event has tubes to float on the river, tunes for dancing, water sports, food, and brews. What more could you ask for?
Dallas Wings vs. Chicago Sky
The WNBA is back after a month-long break for the Olympics, and the Dallas Wings need all the support they can get. Despite only having a 9-15 record in their first year playing at College Park Center on the UT-Arlington campus, the Wings still have an outside chance at making the playoffs. Help them get there by cheering them on against the Chicago Sky.