Live theater has mostly been missing around Fort Worth since the beginning of the pandemic, but three productions from different companies this weekend will change that in a hurry. Other choices will include a big-name concert, professional wrestling, movies, comedy, and outdoor fun.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.
Friday, July 16
Magnolia at the Modern: I Carry You With Me
In I Carry You With Me, ambition and societal pressure propel an aspiring chef to leave his soulmate in Mexico and make the treacherous journey to New York, where life will never be the same. The film, which is in Spanish with English subtitles, will screen five times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Amphibian Stage presents Spark Fest
To get back into live production, Amphibian Stage will present Spark Fest, three weeks of theater, stand-up comedy, workshops, parties, and more. The first weekend of the festival will feature three theater productions: The Hollow, about a lonely storyteller continuing his yearly tradition of performing Washington Irving’s classic: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Close to Home, about a young Southern man whose life is disrupted when he stumbles upon a homeless trans girl who has taken a liking to the 200-year-old oak that sits on his property; and naked, three one-act plays set in different decades of the 20th century that expose a common focus on the fragility of sexual and gender identity in America.
Artisan Center Theater presents The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music was the final collaboration between Rodgers and Hammerstein and became one of the world’s most beloved musicals. Maria, who is not suited for religious life, is sent off to be the governess to Captain von Trapp's seven troublesome children. Unlike previous governesses, Maria becomes friends with the children due to their mutual love of music. Soon, even the strict Captain begins to admire Maria. The production will run through August 21 at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst.
Hyena's presents Shane Gillis
Shane Gillis is a stand-up comic based out of New York City who is a regular guest and co-host on Sirius XM and Comedy Central Radio’s The Bonfire. He’s also one half of Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast. He has written for Comedy Central’s Delco Proper and starred in and wrote for the Dweck Show, Tires Etc, and New Muscle. He'll perform twice at Hyena's Comedy Nightclub in Fort Worth.
Hip Pocket Theatre presents Pixie Posy
Pixie Posy is an abstract gathering of fairies, pixies, and angels in image, sound, and movement, inspired by the true story of what may well have been staged photos, as well as a selection of paintings and drawings from the 19th & 20th centuries featuring these fantastic creatures. The production will run at Hip Pocket Theatre through August 8.
Lady A in concert
The last time Lady A was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, they were still known as Lady Antebellum and playing at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas in 2017. Four years later, one pandemic, name change, and controversy later, they will grace the stage of Billy Bob's Texas in support of their new album, What a Song Can Do (Chapter One). They'll play on both Friday and Saturday.
Saturday, July 17
Panther Island Pavilion presents Rockin’ the River
Each week, Rockin' the River at Panther Island Pavilion features five different bands playing back-to-back sets. After the headlining band finishes, the water party moves to the shore with the fifth and final band playing on the after-party stage before a weekly fireworks display. Performers this week will include The Dirty River Boys, Hellground Glory, Saints Eleven, Mitchell Ferguson, and Ben Kadlecek.
Sunday, July 18
Tarrant Regional Water District presents Sunday Funday
The laidback family-friendly series Sunday Funday has returned to Panther Island Pavilion, featuring tubes and pedal boats available for rent along with kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes from Backwoods Paddlesports. Cold beer and loaner ice chests are also available. There will also be a morning yoga class, food trucks, and fun in and along the Trinity River.
WWE presents Money In The Bank
The WWE is back on the road again and is coming to Dickies Arena for the first time ever with Money In The Bank. The event will feature Raw and Smackdown Superstars competing for the highly coveted Money In The Bank contract. The evening will highlight Universal Champion Roman Reigns, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley, Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley, Drew McIntyre, Seth Rollins, Charlotte Flair, and more.