While the majority of events 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, September 3
The Texas Tribune Festival
The annual Texas Tribune Festival, which normally takes place in Austin, will be almost entirely virtual this year, opening it up to people all over the world. It will feature a month of programming with more than 250 speakers, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, Hillary Clinton, Andrew Yang, Joaquin Castro, Julián Castro, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Eric Holder, Jeb Bush, Cecile Richards, Chasten Buttigieg, Gloria Steinem, and more. The festival continues through September 30.
Stage West Theatre presents Everything Will Be Fine
Stage West will present Prism Movement Theater’s unique and socially-distanced dance/theater production of Everything Will Be Fine. The production is about a woman learning how to deal with a new world and her well-meaning (if slightly clueless) friends after experiencing an unthinkable loss. The piece, which is told entirely with music and dance, moves the young woman and her friends through the stage area, lit partly by flashing car lights, in a taut 45-minute experience. The venue will be a parking lot at Texas Wesleyan University, and the audience will be limited to 20 cars. The production will run through September 27.
Friday, September 4
Randy Rogers Band in concert
If you're a fan of the Red Dirt country music scene, you've known the Texas-based Randy Rogers Band for years. Starting in 2006, they had a string of six straight top 10 albums on the Billboard Country charts. In recent years, they've teamed up with fellow Texan Wade Bowen for two albums, 2015's Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 and 2020's Hold My Beer, Vol. 2. They'll play on both Friday and Saturday at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, September 5
National Theatre Live: Present Laughter
Live theater has yet to come back during the pandemic, but you can still get a fix thanks to this National Theatre Live screening of Present Laughter. Starring Andrew Scott (aka Hot Priest from Fleabag), the play is about an actor whose colorful life is in danger of spiraling out of control as he prepares to embark on an overseas tour. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, his few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic, and soul-searching. The screening will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Sunday, September 6
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Culture Shock: American Artists from Europe, 1913–1953" closing day
Sunday is the final day to view the exhibition "Culture Shock" at Amon Carter Museum of American Art. From experimental abstractions to politically charged themes, this exhibition brings together nearly 40 prints and drawings created by artists who immigrated to America from Europe during the first half of the 20th century. Coming from a range of artistic, ethnic, and social backgrounds, these individuals used art to navigate their experiences after moving to a new country.
Panther Island Pavilion presents Sunday Funday
This is also the final day to enjoy Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion. As always, 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.