Weekend Event Planner
These are the 11 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend
There is a lot going on around Fort Worth this weekend, including the sneak peek of a world-premiere opera, a revisiting of a classic character, a favorite animated movie come to life, a concert from an actor-turned-singer, a Tony-winning musical, the return of pro women's basketball, and the last chance to visit a local art museum before its (temporary) closure, among others.
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, May 30
Fort Worth Opera presents The Last Dream of Frida & Diego
Fort Worth Opera will unveil scenes from the world premiere of El Ultimo Sueño de Frida y Diego (The Last Dream of Frida and Diego), a Spanish language opera exploring the passionate relationship of iconic Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. This celebratory new work (scheduled for the opera's 2021 festival) is set in 1957 during the Mexican holiday of El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). There will be two performances — Thursday at Rose Marine Theater and Friday at Ed Landreth Hall on the TCU campus.
Stage West Theatre presents Holmes and Watson
Three years after the mysterious death of beloved master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, his loyal assistant Dr. John H. Watson is summoned to a remote asylum on a rocky island to investigate three inmates who all claim to be the late detective Holmes. In this riveting and stirring new puzzler, the trusty Watson is drawn into a web of intrigue, suspicion, murder, and surprise that finally reveals what really happened that fateful day between Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, Professor Moriarty. The play will run at Stage West Theatre through June 30.
Broadway at the Bass: Anastasia
Anastasia transports the audience from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. The musical will play at the Bass Performance Hall through Sunday.
Friday, May 31
Magnolia at the Modern: Red Joan
In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Academy Award winner Dame Judi Dench) lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she's shockingly arrested by MI5 and accused of being one of the most influential spies in living history. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Kiefer Sutherland in concert
As the star of ABC's Designated Survivor, Kiefer Sutherland would seem to have his hands full on the acting side these days. But with filming wrapped for the season, he's busy exploring his other passion, making music. He released his debut album, Down in a Hole, in 2016, and now he's busy touring in support of his sophomore album, Reckless & Me. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, June 1
National Theatre Live presents All About Eve
All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing (Gillian Anderson), a legend and true star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve (Lily James), young, beautiful, and her biggest fan. Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth, and identity never seems to get old. The screening of the London production will play at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Casa Mañana presents The Producers
A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Based on Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and sets the standard for outrageous, in-your-face humor. The musical will run through June 9 at Casa Mañana Theatre.
Dallas Wings Home Opener
Heading into their fourth season in Arlington, the Dallas Wings are looking to improve on their past two seasons, which saw them bow out in the first round of the playoffs both years. The Wings will open their home schedule at College Park Center on the UT Arlington campus with a game against the Minnesota Lynx. The season will go on all summer, with the final home game taking place on September 8.
Tracy Byrd in concert
Country singer Tracy Byrd was a part of the '90s boom in country music, scoring hits like "Holdin' Heaven," "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous," "The Keeper of the Stars," and "Don't Take Her She's All I Got." After a 10-year break, Byrd self-released his 10th album, All American Texan, in 2016. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, June 2
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents "David Park: A Retrospective" opening day
Organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this is the first major museum exhibition in more than 30 years to present the powerfully expressive work of David Park, best known as the originator of Bay Area Figurative art. "David Park: A Retrospective" traces the full arc of the artist's career, from his early social realist efforts of the 1930s to his mature figurative paintings of the 1950s and his astounding final works on paper. The exhibition will be on display through September 8.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "With the Help of Friends" closing day
Sunday marks not only the closing day for "With the Help of Friends" at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, but also the final day the museum will be open before closing for the summer for renovations. "With the Help of Friends" celebrates 15 dynamic photographs ranging from the 1930s to the present day that were selected and purchased over the recent years by the Amon Carter with the assistance of its photography collection supporters. The museum will reopen on September 14.