Weekend Event Planner
The list of events happening in and around Fort Worth this weekend runs the entertainment gamut, from a fun foodie happening to a film debut to the return of everyone's favorite musical. You may have to drive a bit for a couple of them, but they'll be worth the trip.
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, May 19
2016 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards
The annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, presented by Tequila Herradura, celebrates the top talent in the Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant and bar community. The swanky tasting event, at the Hall of State at Fair Park, is emceed by celebrity chef Dean Fearing. Expect food and drink samples, live entertainment, and, of course, our famous swag.
Friday, May 20
Magnolia at the Modern presents The Meddler
The latest in the Magnolia at the Modern series is The Meddler, a movie about an aging widow (Susan Sarandon) who relocates to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Rose Byrne) and sparks a relationship with a police officer (J. K. Simmons). The comedy-drama screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Mamma Mia
Mamma Mia, the smash-hit musical based on the songs of Abba, returns to the Bass Performance Hall. Inspired by the storytelling magic of Abba’s songs, from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” Mamma Mia is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends, and new family found. It runs through Sunday.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Ryan Singer
The powers-that-be at Amphibian Stage Productions appreciate art in all its forms, including theater, film, and now, comedy. The second performer for Amphibian's inaugural stand-up comedy series is Ryan Singer, the creator and host of Me and Paranormal You, a twice-weekly podcast featuring interviews with people who've experienced paranormal phenomena. He performs two sets, one on Friday evening and one on Saturday evening, giving a comically analytical perspective on a range of topics — from the hypocrisy of Tyra Banks to his mother's recent decision to install a stripper pole in her home's exercise room.
Saturday, May 21
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History presents Hidden Treasures: Celebrating 75 Years
To celebrate its 75th anniverary, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History presents an exhibit unlike any other, filled with iconic artifacts from a teaching collection that has inspired generations. From period rooms showcasing life in a bygone era to a spectacular array of ceremonial masks from around the world, they are collections that shaped the museum's story. The exhibit is on display through December 31.
Dallas Wings vs. San Antonio Stars
Anyone eager to finally get an up-close-and-personal look at the new Dallas Wings WNBA team gets a chance when the Wings take on the San Antonio Stars in their first-ever home game. Star Skylar Diggins may or may not play as she recovers from a knee injury, but Odyssey Sims, who is from Irving, leads the team as they take the court at College Park Center in Arlington.
Sunday, May 22
Kimbell Art Museum presents "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France"
The latest show at the Kimbell Art Museum is the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the three Le Nain brothers, who were active in Paris during the 1630s and 1640s. It debuts new research concerning the authorship, dating, and meaning of their works. Anyone wanting to get a sneak peek and learn more can attend a special symposium on Saturday. The exhibition stays on display through September 11.