Weekend Event Planner
This weekend around Fort Worth contains an interesting mixture of events, from a trio of country concerts to a visit from a famous comedian's brother to a one-stop gardening festival. There will also be a classical music event, a film about a famous dance company, movies based on a great writer's work, and a game featuring some funny basketball.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.
Thursday, August 12
The Cliburn presents Tessa Lark
Violinist Tessa Lark is consistently praised by critics and audiences for her range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance. In 2020 she was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category and received one of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Emerging Artist Awards: the special Hunt Family Award. She'll perform at Whiskey Ranch.
Improv Arlington presents Tony Rock
Being the brother of an established entertainer, Tony Rock was able to successfully elude the shadows of his older sibling, Chris, and step into his own limelight. After decades of experience, Tony has proven himself as a skillful comedian, actor, and executive producer. He'll perform six times through Sunday at Improv Arlington.
Friday, August 13
Fort Worth Fall Home and Garden Show
The Fort Worth Fall Home & Garden Show aims to turn all home improvement and outdoor projects from fantasy to reality. The three-day event at Will Rogers Memorial Center will give consumers the opportunity to learn about the latest in home and garden from hundreds of exhibitors. From educational seminars led by local home and garden experts to local companies and contractors showcasing both traditional and trending products and techniques, attendees can expect to find inspiration, solutions, and exclusive deals spanning from the front door to the backyard.
Magnolia at the Modern: Ailey
Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. Ailey traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty. Told through Ailey's own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him, director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary. The film will screen five times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Holly Tucker in concert
Country singer Holly Tucker is a Waco native who is best known as a contestant on Season 4 of NBC's The Voice in 2013. She made it to the quarterfinals of that season, which was eventually won by Danielle Bradbery, and she has gone on to release two albums — Steel in 2016 and Welcome to Waco in 2018, as well as an EP, You're Gonna Know My Name, in 2019. She'll play at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis.
Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit in concert with Lucinda Williams
Country singer Jason Isbell is an old-school musician in that he's taken the long road to success. He's been paying his dues for the past 20 years, slowly but surely building a fan base. That hard work has paid off, as his last three albums have each landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, as well as the top 10 of the Billboard 200. He and his band, The 400 Unit, will play at Billy Bob's Texas alongside Lucinda Williams. (This concert was moved to Billy Bob's from Panther Island Pavilion. The previously scheduled concert with Roger Creager at Billy Bob's has been postponed to October 30.)
Saturday, August 14
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents A Tribute to Larry McMurtry
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will wrap up its tribute to the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry, Texas’s most famous literary and cinematic son, who passed away in March 2021. Guest host and McMurtry devotee Bud Kennedy, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, hosts the exploration of McMurtry’s cinematic works, which this week will feature a 50th anniversary screening of The Last Picture Show on Saturday and Texasville on Sunday.
Casey Donahew in concert
Country singer Casey Donahew had a nice run of success on the national country music scene, charting four straight albums in the top 10 on the Billboard Country charts in the 2010s, including the No. 3 All Night Party. He hasn't let the pandemic slow him down, releasing an all-acoustic album, Lost My Brother's Goat, in 2020. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, August 15
The Harlem Globetrotters Spread Game Tour
The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their newly reimagined Spread Game tour to Fort Worth. Ankle-breaking moves, jaw-dropping swag, and rim-rattling dunks are only some of the thrill that can be expected from this fully modernized show. Part streetball from the players who defined it, part interactive family entertainment, the new tour will show off the best of the Globetrotters in a dazzling exhibition of talent and game. There will be one game at Dickies Arena.