It's another great weekend for events in and around Fort Worth. Among your choices are an early chance at holiday shopping, three new theater productions, a great new movie, classic pop music backed by an orchestra, an exploration of historical places, airplanes and helicopters showing off their skills, mouth-watering barbecue, and a new art exhibit.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, October 11
The Junior League of Fort Worth Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Gift Market
Christmas comes early with this annual market, which features holiday shopping for a good cause and other special events. The event, which takes place at Will Rogers Memorial Center through Sunday, supports the Junior League of Fort Worth’s mission by improving the local community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Maverick Theatre Company presents The Clean House
A romantic comedy about loss, love, change, and redemption, The Clean House is both whimsical and touching. Sarah Ruhl’s enchanting play reminds us that there is humor and beauty to be found in life’s most unlikely messes. The production runs through Sunday at the Fine Arts Building on the UT Arlington campus.
Friday, October 12
Magnolia at the Modern: Juliet, Naked
Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd), an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker's hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
FWSO Pops Series presents Super Diamond: A Tribute to Neil Diamond
Audiences can experience Neil Diamond hits like “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” “I Am, I Said,” “Sweet Caroline,” and more when Super Diamond joins the Fort Worth Symphony Pops for a glittering performance of Diamond’s power ballads and up-tempo hits. The concert, under the direction of Ron Spigelman, will be put on three times through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Artisan Center Theater presents Cats
The Tony Award-winning Cats is set among a larger-than-life junkyard playground that's alive with purr-fect felines, including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Skimbleshanks, and Grizabella. One by one, they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, who must choose one of the cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. The musical plays through November 3 at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst.
Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents The Hollow
An unhappy game of romantic follow-the-leader explodes into murder one weekend at The Hollow, home of Sir Henry and Lucy Angkatell, arguably Agatha Christie’s finest comic grande dame. A list of romantic associations grows during the weekend, and so does the list of potential suspects when one of them is shot dead. The production runs through October 28 at Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Saturday, October 13
Docomomo US NTX presents Modern Spaces of Fort Worth
This guided tour explores three significant public spaces that (originally) combined landscape and water. Each provides its own response to the environment, be it meditative or interactive, while providing compelling examples of the success and failures of public spaces in urban settings. Guests will have an exclusive opportunity to tour Heritage Plaza, shuttered since 2007, and hear from the team managing its restoration.
Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show (UPDATE: Due to the threat of severe weather, the air show has been canceled for Saturday, October 13. It is expected to resume on Sunday, October 14)
The renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Air Demonstration Squadrons will soar through the North Texas skies at the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show. The air show, taking place on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, also includes the Bell 429, Wings of Blue Parachute Team, female aerobatics pilot Jessy Panzer, and more.
Smoked BBQ Fest
The slate of barbecue masters at Smoked BBQ Fest, taking place at the Fort Worth Stockyards, boasts dozens of Texas’ most celebrated and critically lauded BBQ joints. Participating restaurants and chefs include A Bar N Ranch (Celina), Black's BBQ (Lockhart/Austin), Cattleack Barbeque (Dallas), Heim Barbecue (Fort Worth), Hutchins BBQ (McKinney), Kreuz Market (Lockhart), 407 BBQ (Argyle), and more. There will also be music from The Vandoliers, Adam Hood, and more.
Sunday, October 14
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Laurie Simmons: "Big Camera/Little Camera"
This exhibition showcases the Laurie Simmons' photographs, spanning the last four decades and more. Simmons' career-long exploration of archetypal gender roles, especially women in domestic settings, is the primary subject of this exhibition and is a topic as poignant today as it was in the late 1970s. The exhibition will remain on display at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through January 27, 2019.