Per usual, the best events in and around Fort Worth this weekend feature a wide variety of subjects. You can enjoy two Cliburn winners, the tour of an Off-Broadway hit, a local production of Tony Award-winning musical, movie music performed by an orchestra, a country music legend, and a big car race featuring an appearance by everyone's favorite fixer upper.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time Thursday through Sunday. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, November 2
The Cliburn presents Kenny Broberg & Daniel Hsu
As part of its Cliburn in the Community initiative, the Cliburn will present 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist, Kenny Broberg, and bronze medalist, Daniel Hsu, in a series of free public performances. Hsu will perform solo on Thursday at the Fort Worth Central Library, and Broberg will perform solo in Martin Hall at Texas Wesleyan University on Friday.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man is an Off-Broadway smash hit romantic comedy that takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider "tips" come straight from the source: a gay man. The play, which will run at McDavid Studio through Sunday, features an English department's monthly meet-the-authors event that's turned into a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar.
Friday, November 3
Magnolia at the Modern: The King's Choice
In The King's Choice, the German war machine arrives in Oslo in April 1940, leaving Norway's king with a difficult choice that will change his country forever. The film, which is in Norwegian, Swedish, and German with English subtitles, will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Works Art presents "Reverie," "Duets 2.0," and "New Pop"
Local gallery Fort Works Art will open three new exhibits on Friday: Jana Renee's "Reverie," featuring dreamy, pop-of-color works; "Duets 2.0," showcasing six sets of artists working in similar mediums, themes, or styles in an effort to take the audience through an exploration of comparative works; and "New Pop," featuring artists whose work often portrays sociopolitical undertones through mixed mediums, playful techniques, and vibrant colors. All three exhibits will be on display through December 30.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Hollywood Hits
Golden Globe-nominated composer/conductor Brian Bryne brings an exciting evening of Hollywood film music to the stage at Bass Performance Hall. The concert, playing three times through Sunday, will feature hits from John Williams, the James Bond films, and other favorite movie themes. Vocalist Kelly Levesque will bring to life popular songs from the movies, including Byrne's film songs originally created for Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, and Kelly Clarkson.
Saturday, November 4
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents FOCUS: Katherine Bradford
The newest exhibit at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will feature the work of Katherine Bradford, who is known for her vibrant palette, faux-naïf style, and eccentric compositions. Often built up over months and sometimes years, the surfaces of Bradford's paintings are textured, using multiple thin, semi-transparent coats of acrylic paint, with hints of pentimenti in the final compositions. The exhibit will be on display through January 14.
Casa Mañana presents Evita
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit Broadway musical Evita brings to the stage the dynamic, larger-than-life persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron. The story follows Eva from her young, ambitious beginnings to the enormous wealth and power she gained as Argentina’s First Lady. The musical will play at Casa Mañana Theatre through November 12.
Amphibian Stage presents New Play Festival: Shiny Objects
As part of their New Play Festival, Amphibian Stage Productions will present Shiny Objects. It’s the Friday before Homecoming in a suburban high school and a scandal emerges. Crystal Andersen has committed an unspeakable act with the Texas flag. In a culture where legacy and tradition often go unquestioned, one student changes the consciousness of her community. There will be two performances, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Mickey Gilley in concert
He's not as big of a name as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, or Waylon Jennings, but Mickey Gilley is as big a part of country music history as anybody out there. From 1974 through 1983, Gilley had 16 No. 1 hits, including "Room Full of Roses," "Bring It On Home to Me," "Stand By Me," and "Fool for Your Love." Gilley will play at Stagecoach Ballroom in support of his 2016 album, Kickin' It Down the Road.
Sunday, November 5
AAA Texas 500
In advance of the Fixer Upper premiere on November 21, Chip Gaines will be the honorary pace car driver for the AAA Texas 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race. Gaines will lead a pack of 40 drivers, including the Round of 8 championship contenders, to the green flag. The race at Texas Motor Speedway is the third-to-last race in the NASCAR playoffs.