Theater lovers are in for a treat this weekend in Fort Worth, as it will see the opening of three new local productions that offer unique takes on familiar people or stories. There will also be screenings of acclaimed movies, two new art exhibits, a wine-and-baseball-centered fundraiser, and two weekly events on the river.
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, July 11
Sundance Square presents Movie Nights
One of the most notable movies of 2018 was Crazy Rich Asians, and not just because it was an opulent film experience. Featuring a majority Asian cast telling a uniquely Asian story, it exposed American audiences to a segment of society that has been historically undervalued in the movie industry. The film will screen for free in Sundance Square Plaza.
Friday, July 12
Magnolia at the Modern: The Fall of the American Empire
Academy Award-nominated writer/director Denys Arcand presents a new, provocative crime caper about the predominance of money in a society where all other values seem to have crumbled. The film, which is in French with English subtitles, will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center new exhibitions
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center will open two new exhibits: Justin Archer: "All Is Becoming," which explores the in-progress nature of the human experience through the use of digital aesthetics and representational woodcarving; and "Solo Show[Down] 2019," an annual juried exhibition featuring artists from all over the world of multiple disciplines. Both exhibits will remain on display through July 24.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Gutenberg! The Musical!
Gutenberg! The Musical! is a two-man musical spoof about a pair of aspiring playwrights who perform a backers’ audition for their new project — a big, splashy musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. With an unending supply of enthusiasm, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their historical epic, with the hope that one of the producers in attendance will give them a Broadway contract — fulfilling their ill-advised dreams. The production will run at Amphibian Stage Productions through August 18.
Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey is a delightful stage version of Jane Austen's earliest novel, her mock-gothic romance. Catherine Morland is taken by her aunt to Bath, where she encounters the social whirl denied her at home. She befriends Isabella Thorpe and her boorish brother John. She meets the charming but eccentric Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor. And all the time her head is full of the gothic fantasies of Mrs Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho, scenes from which will keep intruding into the daily life of Bath society. The production will run through July 28 at Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Hip Pocket Theatre presents Arcadia Darling
Arcadia Darling merges one of the earliest appearances of Peter Pan (In Kensington Gardens) with the more familiar tale that features adventures with Tinker Bell, The Lost Boys, and Captain Hook, while considering some of author J. M. Barrie’s childhood experiences as they relate to the birth of the character of Peter Pan. The production, which features puppetry, movement, live music, and selected text, will run through August 4 at Hip Pocket Theatre.
Saturday, July 13
Panther Island Pavilion presents Rockin’ the River
Rockin’ the River features five different bands playing back-to-back sets throughout the day on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage at Panther Island Pavilion, finishing with a final band on the after party stage before a fireworks display. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase, as well as tube and watersport rentals. Cory Morrow will headline the band lineup this week.
Sunday, July 14
Panther Island Pavilion presents Sunday Funday
Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion is a day of relaxation and fun in the sun. Tubes and pedal boats are available to rent along with kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and canoes from Backwoods Paddlesports. Visitors can enjoy cold beer, music, friends, food trucks, and floating on the Trinity River.
Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation presents Uncork for a Cause
Shin-Soo and Mia Choo will present the fourth annual Uncork for a Cause charity wine event to benefit The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. Choo, his teammates, and friends will present an evening of fun and games, a specially crafted culinary menu, beer, and wine bar, plus an auction packed with Rangers memorabilia and VIP experiences, local and national sports items, wine lots from some of California’s elite producers, and more. The event will take place at Texas Live.