There are relatively few new events going on in Fort Worth this weekend, but the ones that are happening offer intriguing possibilities. Choices include a charitable food event, a movie about a baseball spy, five art openings in one location, a theatrical reimagining of a classic horror book/movie, and a unique classical music performance.
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, August 1
DFW Restaurant Week: Specialty Bites
DFW Restaurant Week’s second annual Specialty Bites will be an evening featuring music, exclusive craft cocktails, wine sampling, and tasty bites from the best and upcoming restaurants in the area. The event, taking place at Crockett Row, will kick off DFW Restaurant Week (which gets started Friday with a "preview weekend") and benefits Lena Pope and the North Texas Food Bank.
Friday, August 2
Magnolia at the Modern: The Spy Behind Home Plate
Aviva Kempner's The Spy Behind Home Plate is the first feature-length documentary to tell the real story of Morris "Moe" Berg, the enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player turned spy. Berg caught and fielded in the major leagues during baseball's Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s. But very few people know that Berg also worked for the Office of Strategic Services, spying in Europe and playing a prominent role in America's efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during WWII. The film will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center openings
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center will celebrate the beginning of August with the opening of five new art exhibits, including Emilie Duval: "Now You Know," TAC Juried Exhibit 2019, Jerry Smith: "This'n That — Apropros Appropriation," "Animalia," and Shawn O'Connell: "23." Each of the exhibits will remain on display through August 21.
Casa Mañana Theatre presents Carrie the Musical
A fully re-imagined musical of Stephen King’s gripping tale, Carrie the Musical revolves around Carrie White, a misfit living in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine. At school she's an outcast who's bullied by the popular crowd and virtually invisible to everyone else. At home she's at the mercy of her loving but cruelly over-protective mother. But Carrie's just discovered she's got a special power, and if pushed too far, she's not afraid to use it. The show, presented by Casa Mañana's Apprentice Program, will have four performances through Sunday.
Saturday, August 3
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. Adam Hood will headline the band lineup this week.
Sounds Modern presents Brazenly Self-Effacing
Sounds Modern presents Brazenly Self-Effacing, a musical drama of impermanence and disappearance, made up of works whose composers found beauty in stripping away ego, agency, and identity. Presented in conjunction with the current exhibition, "Disappearing – California, c. 1970," the concert includes the music of John Cage, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Seth Shafer, and more. The concert will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Sunday, August 4
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.