As it often does, music of varying types dominates the landscape in Fort Worth this weekend, including everything from classical to rock to country. Also on tap is some improv comedy, family-friendly theater, and your last chance to attend one of the biggest events of the year.
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, February 4
2016 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Procrastinators, your time is up: The 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo will only be open through Saturday. In addition the rodeos, carnival rides, and other activities taking place in and around Will Rogers Memorial Center, you can catch performances from Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Shane Smith & The Saints, and Midnight River Choir.
Cliburn at the Kimbell: Joshua Roman and Andrius Žlabys
The Cliburn is known for bringing in top classical musicians from around the world, and this special concert at the Kimbell Art Museum is no exception. Cellist Joshua Roman and pianist Andrius Žlabys will perform four selections, including one each from Bach, Schnittke, Pärt, and Brahms.
K Phillips in concert with Mills & Co.
The mysteriously-named K Phillips is an up-and-coming pop-Americana singer-songwriter whose second album, Dirty Wonder, will be released later this year, with help from Counting Crows' Adam Duritz on one song. In advance of that release, he'll play at Magnolia Motor Lounge, with support from local opening act Mills & Co.
Friday, February 5
Maverick Theatre Company presents Flight 12 Improv
Four Day Weekend has the deserved reputation as the best improv group in town, but it's always fun to experience it elsewhere. Maverick Theatre Company, a 12-member troupe that features students from UT Arlington and is directed by associate professor Joe Chapa, has a style that's always outrageous and never stale. They'll perform in the Fine Arts Building on the UTA campus.
Robert Earl Keen in concert
Texas Country music singer Robert Earl Keen visits Fort Worth often, whether for the occasional one-off concert or his annual holiday season visit. If you've never experienced him in person, there's no better place to start than Billy Bob's Texas, which is where he'll play in support of his 2015 album, Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions.
Saturday, February 6
Joshua Bell: A Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Gala
One of the most celebrated violinists of his era, Joshua Bell joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for the first time in more than two decades to perform Bruch’s violin concerto in a gala concert at Bass Performance Hall. Following the concert, the action will move over to the Worthington Hotel for dinner and dancing.
Turnpike Troubadours in concert
Oklahoma red dirt country band Turnpike Troubadours have been around since 2007, but they're just now getting big. Their fourth album, the self-titled The Turnpike Troubadours, made the top five on the Billboard country, indie, folk, and rock charts, and top 20 on the Billboard 200. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, February 7
Salzburg Marionette Theatre's Alice in Wonderland
The Salzburg Marionette Theatre is one of the last remaining full-time professional marionette theaters in Europe. Its art is based on the tradition of creating lifelike figures on the stage, giving the audience the illusion of watching real people. You can see the expressive detail in the sculptured heads and the meticulous tailoring of the costumes when the troupe performs Alice in Wonderland at Bass Performance Hall.
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