You can go back in time this weekend in Fort Worth, as multiple events pay tribute to the past. They include a screening of a classic '80s movie and four concerts honoring the music of legendary bands/musicians. You can also see a bawdy new play, an arty movie, a screening of an English play, and a concert by a big-time country star.
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, June 22
Stage West Theatre presents Sex with Strangers
When 20-something star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure nearing-40 novelist Olivia, in the middle of a blizzard, they find they each crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, secrets surface and both must confront the dark side of ambition and the difficulty of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away. Stage West presents the play through July 23.
Sundance Square Movie Nights
The second film in the Sundance Square Movie Nights series is the 1985 classic, Back to the Future. Go back in time with Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) as he attempts to make sure his parents fall in love. Showtime is at dusk (approximately 8:45 pm) on the Sundance Square Plaza stage. Moviegoers are invited to bring blankets or chairs for seating in the plaza. Beverages are available for purchase in the plaza during the movie and restaurants are open throughout the evening.
Friday, June 23
Magnolia at the Modern presents Manifesto
Art film lovers will want to check out the latest in the Magnolia at the Modern series, Manifesto. Cate Blanchett stars as 13 different characters in this semi-experimental take on artistic manifestos, directed by Julian Rosefeldt. The film screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: The Music of David Bowie
Even a year-and-a-half after his death, the absence of the musical genius of David Bowie is deeply felt. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra honors the legend with a show of his music, backed by a full rock band. Kick back to some of Bowie’s innovative and unforgettable hits, including “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” Heroes,” “China Girl,” and more at Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
Saturday, June 24
National Theatre Live presents Amadeus
Game of Thrones' Lucian Msamati plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, with orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. A screening of the London theater production shows at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: The Music of Journey
In the second Concerts in the Garden event of the weekend at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Music of Journey will have audiences rocking out to some of the most legendary anthems of all time. Get out that phone lighter app for anthems like “Faithfully,” “Open Arms,” and “Don’t Stop Believin',” played by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and a full rock band.
Billy Bob’s Texas presents George Harrison's All Things Must Pass
This show is a reprisal of the highly regarded performance earlier this year of the All Things Must Pass recitation in Dallas. Spearheaded by Fort Worth's own Big Mike Richardson, the show includes performances by some of the area's best performers as they faithfully re-create the amazing platinum-selling solo album by former Beatle George Harrison. The show is at Billy Bob's Texas.
Kellie Pickler in concert
At the age of 19, Kellie Pickler first gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. She has gone on to release four critically acclaimed albums, including her Gold-certified debut Small Town Girl and 2013’s The Woman I Am. She's known for hits like “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind,” and “No Cure for Crazy.” She plays at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, June 25
Kimbell Art Museum presents Louis Kahn: "The Power of Architecture"
Sunday is your final chance to see the Kimbell Art Museum's exhibition about its architect, Louis Kahn. The exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, photographs, and films. All of Kahn's important projects are extensively documented from his early urban planning concepts and single-family houses to monumental late works such as the Roosevelt Memorial in New York City.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: Classical Mystery Tour
After rocking out to David Bowie and Journey in the first two Concerts in the Garden this weekend, you can wrap things up with one of the best Beatles tribute bands, Classical Mystery Tour. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra team ups with the band to present 30 iconic Beatles tunes. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and to celebrate, Classical Mystery Tour performs the album in its entirety.