As you wait for 2019 to begin, there will be a few more interesting events in and around Fort Worth to finish off 2018 strong. They include a regional premiere of an intriguing play, an arty new movie, three concerts by Texas originals, a big-time college football clash, and one last Christmas-themed event if you're still in the holiday mood.
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, December 27
Stage West Theatre presents Everybody
In this modern, comedic, and heartfelt riff on the iconic medieval morality play, fate decides the roles by lottery each night, so — as is true in life — Everybody could be anybody. And in the end, when it’s your time to go, what will you leave behind and what will you take with you? This play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, making its regional premiere at Stage West Theatre, will run through January 27.
Friday, December 28
Magnolia at the Modern Film presents At Eternity's Gate
The art-focused At Eternity's Gate will be right at home at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Directed and co-written by Julian Schnabel, it is a journey inside the world and mind of Vincent Van Gogh, who, despite skepticism, ridicule, and illness, created some of the world's most beloved and stunning works of art. The film will screen seven times through December 30.
Whiskey Myers in concert
The Southern rock/Red Dirt country group Whiskey Myers, which started in Palestine, Texas, is following in the tradition of many of those who have come before them. Each of their four albums has climbed higher on the country charts than the preceding one, culminating in 2016's Mud reaching the No. 4 spot. The band was also featured in four episodes of Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from his groundbreaking Fresh Aire series, which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program celebrates the group’s recent anniversary of 30 years since the first Christmas album and 40 years since the first Fresh Aire album and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The concert will take place at Bass Performance Hall.
Saturday, December 29
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Notre Dame vs. Clemson
The fight for college football's national title runs through Arlington this year. In one of the two semifinals for the College Football Playoff, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face off against the Clemson Tigers in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. The winner will go on to play either Alabama or Oklahoma in the CFP Championship Game on January 7 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Robert Earl Keen's Cosmic Cowboy Christmas
At this concert, Robert Earl Keen and his band will perform tongue-in-cheek holiday favorites, Keen standards, new renditions of classic holiday hits laced in bluegrass, and more. Keen has recorded 19 full-length albums, including 2015's Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions. For this concert at Bass Performance Hall, he'll be joined by opening act Shinyribs.
Sunday, December 30
Toadies in concert
It's always a good day when Fort Worth originals Toadies take the stage again. This concert, taking place at Billy Bob's Texas, will highlight the group's 2017 album, The Lower Side of Uptown, along with their greatest hits from their previous six albums. They'll be joined by Eleven Hundred Springs.