While the majority of events in and around Fort Worth have either been postponed or canceled, there are a few that have popped up to offer the masses some entertainment while still adhering to the social distancing necessary during the coronavirus pandemic.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. While they're not all outside of the house, they all promise to provide a nice distraction from the everyday life.
Thursday, July 30
CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards
The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is an annual celebration of talent in Dallas-Fort Worth's restaurant and bar communities, as selected by their peers. This year, the event is going virtual for the first time ever. We'll celebrate the nominees and unveil the winners in an awards show streamed on CultureMap. Tickets for the event bring the exclusive Tastemakers experience into guests' homes, complete with bites from featured nominees, complimentary premium beverages, swag, and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents The True History of the Tragic Life & Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World
It's the next-to-last weekend to stream Amphibian Stage Productions' virtual version of their 2012 production of Julia Pastrana, which was performed in the dark. (The production, originally set to end July 30, has just been extended to August 6.) Using only a 3D soundscape engineered with the cinematic Dolby Atmos surround sound, they have created an entirely new auditory event that transports audiences into Julia Pastrana’s world of traveling circuses and sideshows. Ticket holders are encouraged to dim the lights, turn up their headphones, and prepare for an immersive listening encounter.
Jubilee Theatre presents How I Got Over
After shifting its live performances of How I Got Over to a virtual version in early July, Jubilee Theatre was to have closed the production on July 26. However, they've had a change of heart and extended it through August 15. The musical revue celebrates the legendary Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson, and other gospel greats. The filmed version of the production can be rented for a discounted ticket price of $20, and all rentals are good for 48 hours.
Sunday, August 2
Kimbell Art Museum presents "Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum"
We're in the final few weeks to view "Flesh and Blood" at the Kimbell Art Museum, which recently extended the end date for the exhibition to August 16. The special exhibition features 40 masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, one of the most important fine arts collections in Italy. The distinguished gathering of paintings constitutes a journey through the major artistic achievements of Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting.
Panther Island Pavilion presents Sunday Funday
Mayor Price has put a hold on Rockin' the River at Panther Island Pavilion, but the venue is still hosting its weekly Sunday Funday. Visitors can have a day of relaxation and fun in the sun, with pedal boats available to rent. There will also be acoustic live music shows, yoga classes, dog adoptions, and food, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Per the current orders from Gov. Greg Abbott, tube rentals have been suspended, but visitors are allowed to bring their own tubes.
Shakey Graves in concert
Margin Walker and Texas Lottery will present the next event in the Luck Happens series, a special streaming performance featuring Shakey Graves. Filmed at Enchanted Springs Ranch, this stream will be a cinematic performance from one of Austin's own. There will be opportunities to upgrade to VIP, unlock bonus footage of the band, and more.