While many events in and around Fort Worth have either been postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, organizations have pivoted to virtual or socially-distanced events to continue offering the masses some entertainment while we need it the most.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. While not every event is out of the house, they all promise to provide a nice distraction from the everyday life.
Thursday, February 25
RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo Semi-Finals
In advance of The American Rodeo at AT&T Stadium on March 6 & 7, Cowtown Coliseum will host nine days of preliminary rodeo events. Approximately 700 contestants will compete in seven Western skills, including barrel racing, breakaway roping, rough stock, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, and tie-down roping. There will also be a FanZone featuring live music, demonstrations, food trucks, and more in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The event goes through March 5.
Texas Christian University presents "Acknowledging Our Past, Defining Our Future: An Evening with LaDainian Tomlinson"
In this virtual event, TCU alum and NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson will hold court to talk about his journey to stay committed to social justice issues in the larger game of life. As a current TCU Board of Trustee member, Tomlinson is hard at work raising awareness over getting members of "America's Team" to work with one another for a better tomorrow.
Fort Worth Opera presents Moonlight Film Fest with the Metropolitan Opera
After the finale was scuttled last week due to the cold weather, the Fort Worth Opera will wrap up the Moonlight Film Fest with the Metropolitan Opera with a screening of La Fille du Régiment at Coyote Drive-In. The opera centers on Marie, the mascot, or “daughter,” of an army regiment, who becomes the object of a tug-of-war between the regiment and the Marquise of Berkenfield, who knows more about Marie than she lets on.
Stage West Theatre presents In Search of the Sublime
Stage West will present In Search of the Sublime, an online, interactive performance ... with jokes. Using suggestions from the audience, the cleansing power of running, and music, the performers will weave together tales of terror and awe in a concerted effort to achieve The Sublime — whatever that is. Part-poem, part-story, part-something else altogether, the performance asks one question — can you feel it? There will be performances every Thursday through Sunday through March 21.
Friday, February 26
Magnolia at the Modern: Supernova
Sam (Academy Award winner Colin Firth) and Tusker (Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci), partners of 20 years, are traveling across England in their old camper van visiting friends, family, and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before. The film will screen five times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
PBR Unleash the Beast: American Roots Edition
In addition to the American Rodeo Semi-Finals, Cowtown Coliseum will also host PBR's Unleash the Beast. Originally scheduled for Longview, Texas, and relocated due to the recent winter storm, the event will feature the top 30 bull riders in the world, with Round 1 on Friday followed by Round 2 and the championship round on Saturday.
Kevin Russell of Shinyribs in concert
Kevin Russell is the frontman and multi-instrumentalist of the award-winning Austin-based Swamp-Pop-Soul supergroup Shinyribs, and former member of the cult-favorite, The Gourds. A Beaumont native, Russell is a natural observer and wordsmith — drawing from the Gulf Coast hotbeds of roots music to craft his clever songwriting and on-stage antics to create an ethereal entertainment experience. He'll play at Tulips FTW.
Saturday, February 27
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents Barleywine & Swine
Fort Worth’s original beer emporium Flying Saucer will present the 12th annual Barleywine and Swine. The annual pig roast offers the Swine Platter and flights of four rare American Barleywines or four rare English Barley Wines. Ten various Barleywines will be served all day until they are gone. The Swine Platter is also available without the flight pairing or vice versa.
Tracy Lawrence in concert
Country singer Tracy Lawrence notched seven No. 1 hits over the course of five years in the 1990s, including "Sticks and Stones," "Alibis," "If the Good Die Young," and "Time Marches On," yet somehow never had a No. 1 album. He's been a steady presence in the genre for almost 30 years, releasing a new album every few years, including the upcoming Hindsight 2020. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, February 28
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Shirin Neshat: "I Will Greet the Sun Again"
After a delay of one week, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will open Shirin Neshat: "I Will Greet the Sun Again," a survey of the internationally acclaimed artist’s work, organized by and originating at The Broad, Los Angeles. The exhibition, on display through May 16, surveys approximately 30 years of the multidisciplinary artist’s video works and photography, investigating Neshat’s passionate engagement with ancient and recent Iranian history, the experience of living in exile, and the human impact of political revolution.
Exhibition closings at Amon Carter Museum of American Art
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will bring two separate exhibitions to a close on Sunday: Mitch Epstein: "Property Rights," the first museum exhibition of the photographer’s acclaimed large format series documenting many of the most contentious sites in recent American history; and "Mythmakers: Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington," the first exhibition to explore the unexpected resonances and moments of convergence between the themes, artistic sensibilities, and technical processes of these two artists.