There's a little bit of everything going on in and around Fort Worth this weekend. You can taste the food of a CultureMap Tastemaker Award winner, listen to a movie star talk about his career, laugh at a comedian with a burgeoning Netflix career, witness a classical music master debut in a new role, celebrate the return of the Dallas Cowboys, 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, September 7
TorTaco Tastemakers VIP Party
TorTaco was named CultureMap's "Best New Restaurant in Fort Worth" at the 2017 Tastemaker Awards, and they'll celebrate with this special VIP party. Tickets include your choice of two free drinks, samples of TorTaco's food, mezcal tastings, music by DJ xClusive, faux-tattoos by INK 817, giveaways, and more. TorTaco will donate $5 for every ticket sold to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Sundance Square Plaza presents Bands On The Bricks
Sundance Square’s live music series, Bands on the Bricks, continues every Thursday night this fall, starting with a performance by Grady Spencer and The Work. The band will play for 90 minutes from the Plaza Stage in the heart of Sundance Square. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome during the performances. Beverages will be available for purchase during the concerts, and restaurants will be open throughout the evening.
UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series: Lou Diamond Phillips
Lou Diamond Phillips, a UTA alumnus, has enjoyed great success as an actor, director, writer, and producer across platforms, including feature films, television, and theater. Born in the Philippines, he was raised in Texas and graduated from UT Arlington in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in theater. Phillips will talk about his career and more in this special event at Texas Hall at UT Arlington.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Baron Vaughn
Baron Vaughn is known for an act as energetic as it is intelligent, with finely crafted ramblings that shoot off into pop culture references. Vaughn is a series regular on Netflix’s Grace & Frankie and he's also the voice of "Tom Servo" in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return. He'll perform at Amphibian Stage Productions every night through Saturday; each show will feature an opening act by a local Dallas-Fort Worth comedian.
Friday, September 8
Magnolia at the Modern presents From the Land of the Moon
In the latest in the Magnolia at the Modern series, From the Land to the Moon, Marion Cotillard stars as an idealistic woman trapped in a marriage of convenience in post-World War II France. The film, which is rated R and in French with English subtitles, will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Near Southside Inc. presents Friday on the Green
Friday on the Green is a free monthly concert series at Magnolia Green Park that features live music, tasty food and drinks from Near Southside eateries, and the fun and relaxed atmosphere of a big neighborhood picnic. The penultimate event of the year will present performances by Summer Dean, Taylor Craig Mills, Jacob Furr, and Jake Paleschich.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Hadelich Plays Mendelssohn
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will showcase its new artistic partner, Augustin Hadelich, as he opens the 2017-2018 season with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto Op. 64, one of the repertoire’s greatest offerings. The concert, presented three times through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall, also will feature Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3.
Saturday, September 9
Fort Worth Art Dealers Association Fall Gallery Night
The name "Gallery Night" is really a misnomer, as some participating galleries are open for most of the day. But that just allows visitors more time to take in the visual arts and the community’s unique cultural richness as they stroll through participating galleries, museums, retail businesses, and area restaurants, enjoying the many artists featured during this community event.
Dallas Cowboys present Rally Days
Rally Days give fans an experience of a lifetime on Dallas Cowboys home game weekends. Before the Cowboys open the season against the New York Giants on Sunday, celebrate Dallas Cowboys football past and present at AT&T Stadium. The event includes self-guided tours, appearances by Dallas Cowboys alumni, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and mascot Rowdy, plus on-field games and activities, and more.
Casa Mañana presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Any dream will do in this vibrant, family-friendly musical, in which Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber dramatize the parable of the biblical saga of Joseph and his dazzling coat of many colors. When his jealous brothers sell him into slavery, Joseph endures a series of adventures that challenge his spirit and humanity. The musical will run through September 17 at Casa Mañana Theatre.
Sunday, September 10
Lone Star Film Society presents Sunday Cinema Series: Rushmore
Even though Bottle Rocket, which was filmed in Dallas, was Wes Anderson's debut film, Rushmore was the movie that made him a director to watch. Eight movies into his career, with a ninth coming in 2018, Anderson's unique aesthetic is beloved by his fans. Relive where it all began with this special screening by the Lone Star Film Society at Four Day Weekend Theater.