The quantity of events around Fort Worth this weekend belies the quality the list entails. Among the choices will be a well-known comedian, screenings of a tense movie, mind-blowing magic, a classic movie with a live score, two days of jazz, a big band musical, a concert of Broadway songs, and a showcase for Texas Red Dirt music.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, March 21
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Rhea Butcher
Rhea Butcher is a standup comic, actor, and writer who's appeared on shows such as HBO's 2 Dope Queens, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, @Midnight, and Conan. She also co-created the series Take My Wife with her wife, Cameron Esposito, and was a recurring performer on the TruTv series Adam Ruins Everything. She'll perform her standup show every night through Saturday at Amphibian Stage Productions.
Friday, March 22
Magnolia at the Modern: Arctic
In Arctic, a man (Mads Mikkelsen) who's stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown in hopes of making it out alive. The harsh conditions and superior storytelling propel this compelling film, which will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Casa Mañana presents "Jason Bishop: The Illusionist"
Each performance of Jason Bishop’s exclusive grand illusions and elegant, agile sleight-of-hand magic are delivered with his wry wit and engaging audience participation. From his stunning Double Levitation to the new Hologram Illusion starring Gizmo the dog, Bishop gives the audience a clear view of every detail. Bishop and his skillful assistant, Kim, will perform at Casa Mañana Theatre through April 7.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Jurassic Park in Concert
Jurassic Park, now more than 25 years old, is one of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made and features one of John Williams’ most iconic and beloved musical scores. Audiences at this concert, playing daily at Bass Performance Hall through Sunday, will experience this ground-breaking film as never before: projected in HD with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performing Williams’ magnificent score live to picture. Popular TV and film actor Damon Gupton returns to Fort Worth to conduct.
TCU Fine Arts presents TCU Jazz Festival
The 42nd Annual TCU Jazz Festival will showcase a weekend with the internationally acclaimed jazz performer Duffy Jackson to the theme of a “Tribute to the music of Count Basie and Buddy Rich.” The event will feature hundreds of performances from top students across the region, TCU ensemble students, faculty, and Jackson. The festival will take place on the TCU campus Friday and Saturday.
Jubilee Theatre presents Bubbling Brown Sugar
Journey back in time to the Harlem Renaissance, when audiences flocked to the area’s popular nightclubs to see the greatest talents entertain. Artists like Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Billie Holliday created a golden age of music with their exciting sounds and glamorous shows. Audiences will jam, jump, and jive to this exuberant, three-time Tony-nominated musical revue, playing at Jubilee Theatre through April 28.
Saturday, March 23
The Cliburn presents "My Favorite Things: An All-Piano Lovefest of Beloved Broadway Songs"
The work of great Broadway composers, from Gershwin to Sondheim to Rodgers & Hammerstein, has helped to define the American experience. The Cliburn will dive into the Great American Songbook, with piano transcriptions of many of its famous pieces by some of today’s most prolific composers performed by several favorite pianists. The performance will take place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Sunday, March 24
Texas Regional Radio Music Awards
Over the course of two days, Texas Red Dirt music programmers will honor the best artists in the genre. On Sunday, the Future Faces Show at Texas Live will feature the "future faces" of Texas Red Dirt in an acoustic song swap setting, letting the audience vote on their favorite performer. The winner of that vote will be selected to play at the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards on Monday at Arlington Music Hall, featuring appearances by Sundance Head, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Mike Ryan, Bri Bagwell, and more.