This weekend in and around Fort Worth will be a fun one, especially if you're a movie lover. Among the events on tap are a celebration of a Fort Worth comedy institution, screenings of a very recent Oscar-winning film, a concert featuring movie music, a festival dedicated to getting the most out of the Trinity River, and more.
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, March 9
Fort Worth Opera presents Noches de Ópera: History of Mariachi Lecture
Part academic lecture, part musical journey, this event of sight and sound at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth explores the birth of mariachi during the 19th century, as it developed throughout the Mexican states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit, and Michoacán, who all claim its origin. Dr. Donna T. Emmanuel of the University of North Texas delves into the history and the evolution of Mariachi tradition, alongside curated audio selections and thrilling live performances from JP Elder Middle School Mariachi.
Stage West Theatre presents Deer
In the latest production from Stage West, Ken and Cynthia have been married for 30 years. Ken and Cynthia drive to their vacation home for the weekend. Ken and Cynthia hit a deer. Ken just wants to spend the weekend alone with his wife, but Cynthia will not abandon their lifeless, bloody new pet. As the carcass begins to take over their lives, secrets surface, sanity slips, and someone may not be quite as dead as they should be. The play runs through April 9.
Four Day Weekend’s 20th Anniversary Show
For 20 years, Four Day Weekend has entertained more than a half million people in its 212-seat theater in downtown Fort Worth. They are upgrading a bit for their 20th Anniversary Show, being held at Bass Performance Hall, but the show still features the award-winning comedy troupe doing what it does best: performing hilarious scenes and sketches created from audience suggestions. The show also includes trips down memory lane. Expect cameo appearances by recognizable characters from the troupe’s earlier years, along with the members’ own stories and anecdotes about their 20-year journey.
Cliburn Sessions: Sybarite5
The string quintet Sybarite5 has changed the perception of chamber music, with an eclectic repertoire that includes selections from Mozart to Radiohead. Outliers is a program of pieces written by the group’s favorite composers, mixed with works from the friends they’ve made traveling the world performing the music they love. The concert takes place at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge.
Friday, March 10
Magnolia at the Modern presents The Salesman
The Salesman is now an Oscar winner, claiming the trophy for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards. Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighboring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran, where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Director Asghar Farhadi also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation. Rated PG-13 and in Persian with English subtitles, the film screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies
At this concert, taking place at Bass Performance Hall through Sunday, guests can see remastered clips from the great movie musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein, together with original vocals and a live soundtrack. Movies like Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, and Carousel are featured, including songs like “Shall We Dance,” “If I Loved You,” and “Some Enchanted Evening,” sung by the original stars and accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The concert has three performances through Sunday.
Saturday, March 11
The Tarrant Regional Water District is partnering with Fort Worth’s urban angling community for TRWD Flyfest. The festival is a family-friendly day of fly fishing, food, wine, and craft beer along the rippling waters of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. The main event is the Big Trout Contest, where anglers compete to catch the biggest trout or the most fish in the time allotted. There's also live music and a host of children’s activities, including a mini stocked tank for fishing. The event takes place at Acme Brick Headquarters.
Sunday, March 12
Lone Star Film Society presents Sunday Cinema Series: The Hudsucker Proxy
For the second offering in its Sunday Cinema Series, the Lone Star Film Society presents the Coen Brothers' classic, The Hudsucker Proxy. Tim Robbins plays a business newbie who inadvertently gets promoted to president of his company as part of a stock scam. The film screens at Four Day Weekend Theater.