As often happens in and around Fort Worth, this weekend will offer at little bit of everything when it comes to events. You can catch concerts by country music singers young and old, watch a fashion-themed documentary, listen to great symphonic music, visit two new museum exhibits, or celebrate one of the longest-running TV series of all time.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time Thursday through Monday. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, October 5
Sundance Square Plaza presents Bands On The Bricks
Sundance Square’s live music series, Bands on the Bricks, takes place in Sundance Square Plaza every Thursday night through October. The latest performer to take the stage will be rising country music singer Jared Deck. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome during the 90-minute performance. Beverages will be available for purchase during the concerts, and restaurants will be open throughout the evening.
Friday, October 6
Magnolia at the Modern presents Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards is the in-depth portrait of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik and how his extraordinary dedication to his craft led him to become the world's most famous luxury shoemaker. The documentary will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5
In this concert, guest conductor and pianist Teddy Abrams leads the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and plays and conducts Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. The concert opens with Michael Tilson Thomas’ "AGNEGRAM," a piece built from notes that spell out the name of a devoted San Francisco Symphony benefactor. There will three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Artisan Center Theater presents Phantom
Based upon what he believed to be a true story passed down through the years, Gaston Leroux penned the story of an "opera ghost" who wreaked chaos and destruction at the Opera Garnier in late 19th-century Paris. This musical is not the more famous Andrew Lloyd Webber version, but it has become renowned in its own right over the years. Artisan Center Theater in Hurst will stage the production through November 4.
Tanya Tucker in concert
For a while, it seemed like country singer Tanya Tucker was ageless. After breaking out in 1972 at the tender age of 14, she remained a presence at the top of the country music charts for over 20 years, scoring a top-10 hit as recently as 1997's "Little Things." With a run like that, she can rightfully be considered a legend in the industry, something she'll show with this concert at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, October 7
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Wild Spaces, Open Seasons: Hunting and Fishing in American Art"
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will present the first major exhibition in the United States to explore the multifaceted meanings of hunting and fishing in both painting and sculpture from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. The exhibit, which will be on display through January 7, 2018, will feature more than 60 paintings and sculptures that together demonstrate the aesthetic richness and cultural importance of hunting and fishing in America.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History presents Curious George: "Let’s Get Curious!"
Letting curiosity and inquiry be their guides, children can explore familiar buildings and locales from the "Curious George" book series and PBS Kids television series in this new exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The exhibit presents key concepts in science, math, and engineering, which are woven and layered throughout the exhibit. It will be on display through January 1, 2018.
National Theatre Live presents Angels in America, Part 2: Perestroika
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will play host to the final screening of Angels in America, Part 2: Perestroika, presented by National Theatre Live. The new staging of Tony Kushner’s award-winning, two-part play looks at life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell in America in the mid-1980s, in the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration. Andrew Garfield plays Prior Walter, and the cast includes Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle, and Russell Tovey.
Scotty McCreery in concert
Since winning the 10th season of American Idol in 2011, country singer Scott McCreery has released three albums, the latest being 2013's See You Tonight. He's been relatively quiet in the past four years, but there are signs that we're going to get more McCreery soon, as he released a new song in May and signed with a new label in August. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, October 8
Who's Who: A Look at Doctor Who
Fans of the British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who are about to get a double dose of Who-ness in Grapevine in October, thanks to the British Emporium. Ahead of the official Doctor Who Day on October 29, this event at the Grapevine Public Library will include a talk by Jeffrey Herndon, a local professor of political science and area expert on the series, plus a live Doctor Who-themed performance by Texas Radio Theatre.