Whether it's a holiday hangover or just the effects of starting a new year, the slate of events in Fort Worth is always a little light at the beginning of January. Don't fret: there are still interesting things to do this weekend, including a celebration of Elvis Presley's birthday, great classical music, and fun concerts at Billy Bob's.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, January 7
Lone Star Film Society present Elvis: That's The Way It Is
Believe it or not, if Elvis Presley were still alive, he'd only be 81 years old. The Lone Star Film Society will celebrate the King's birthday one day early by presenting a special screening of the 1970 concert documentary, Elvis: That’s The Way It Is, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Friday, January 8
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven's Eroica
Beethoven’s epic Eroica Symphony is known for its power and intensity, which will be brought to life by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Also on the program are two works by Mason Bates, one of the world’s leading contemporary composers, whose music fuses imaginative orchestral writing, the harmonies of jazz, and the rhythms of techno. Cellist Joshua Roman will be the featured musician for the concert, which will have three performances at Bass Performance Hall through Sunday.
Joe Diffie in concert
Country singer Joe Diffie is well-loved by other country musicians, as evidenced by him being name-checked by Jason Aldean in his recent hit, "1994." Diffie's heyday was definitely in the '90s, but he's put together a respectable career, churning out 11 albums, including 2013's All in the Same Boat. He'll play a late-night show at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, January 9
Pat Green in concert
If you're a fan of Texas country music, then you've run into Pat Green at one time or another. The San Antonio native has been plugging along since the mid-'90s, even managing to score a few top 20 hits, with 2003's "Wave on Wave" peaking at No. 3. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of his latest album, 2015's Home.
Sunday, January 10
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Kehinde Wiley: The New Republic
If you haven't been out to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to check out Kehinde Wiley's acclaimed exhibit, Sunday is your last chance. The New Republic features paintings inspired by Wiley’s observations of street life in Harlem, and others in which he replaces the historical subjects of famous artworks with contemporary, young black men sporting fashionable urban gear.
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