If you like theater, movies, or art, you're in luck this weekend in Fort Worth as the slate of events is chock-full of all three. There will be a trio of new theater productions; movies that are new, old, and in between; and one art exhibit opening while another comes to a close.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Monday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, August 10
Dallas Wings vs. Phoenix Mercury
The Dallas Wings have made some big strides in their second season in Arlington, currently sitting at 7th place in the WNBA standings after two recent wins at home. They'll go for three in a row and try to climb a little higher when they take on the Phoenix Mercury, the sixth place team, in this game at College Park Center at UT Arlington.
Friday, August 11
Magnolia at the Modern presents Beatriz at Dinner
Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. There will be seven screenings through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Starlight Entertainment presents All About Bette: An Interlude with Bette Davis
All About Bette: An Interlude with Bette Davis is a one-woman show about the real Bette Davis, who owned cinema for six decades, earning 62 nominations, awards, and honorary distinctions, including two Oscars. Morgana Shaw’s inhabited performance shatters all misconceptions, turning smiles into belly laughs and sorrow into heartbreak. The production will play on Friday and Saturday at Stage West Theatre.
Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Grease
The Stolen Shakespeare Guild will move away from Shakespeare and into modern pop culture with their production of Grease. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," and "Alone at the Drive-In Movie." The musical will play at Fort Worth Community Arts Center through August 27.
Hip Pocket Theatre presents The Land of Oz
Hip Pocket Theatre continues its 41st season with The Land of Oz, adapted for the stage by Lake Simons and John Dyer. Follow the spritely boy, Tip, as he embarks on his adventures in the marvelous Land of Oz. L. Frank Baum’s 1904 children’s classic is brought to the stage with puppetry, music, and physical theater. The production will run through September 3.
Saturday, August 12
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Dornith Doherty: "Archiving Eden"
The newest exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art doubles as historical documentation. “Archiving Eden,” an exhibition of photographs by North Texas artist Dornith Doherty, intertwines science and art, showcasing the planet’s botanical diversity through 15 images from seed banks across the world. Seed banks are designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants against species loss brought by blight, development, global warming, pests, unexpected change, and war. The exhibit will be on display through January 14, 2018.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Anime at the Modern: Fantastic Friends Double Feature
This anime double feature presents two heartwarming tales of children and the fantasy creatures who befriend them. Ponyo is Hayao Miyazaki's reimagining of The Little Mermaid and a tribute to his son, Goro. A Letter to Momo, written and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, is about the 11-year-old Momo who becomes friends with three "yokai" (Japanese goblins) after her father's death. The films will screen at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Sunday, August 13
Kimbell Art Museum presents "A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection"
Sunday is your final chance to view "A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection," which has been on display at the Kimbell Art Museum for the past three months. The exhibit contains a selection of the most iconic European paintings and sculptures from The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, which opened in Washington, D.C., in 1921.
Lone Star Film Society presents Sunday Cinema Series: Singin' in the Rain
It's been 65 years since the release of the iconic movie musical Singin' in the Rain, which somehow didn't win any Academy Awards. It has retroactively been venerated many times over, including as the No. 5 film of all time on AFI's top 100 movies list. Enjoy this opportunity to see Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds sing and dance their hearts out on the big screen at Four Day Weekend Theater.