While most big events in and around Fort Worth have either been postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, there are a few that have popped up to offer the masses some entertainment while still adhering to the necessary social distancing measures.
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, October 1
Casa Mañana presents Queen of the Night: An Evening with Whitney
Cited as the most awarded female artist of all time, Whitney Houston was the quintessential performer, selling over 200 million records worldwide. Adrianna Hicks and Nicole Vanessa Ortiz will perform hits such as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” “I’m Every Woman,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “How Will I Know.” The Reid Cabaret Theatre productions are now held on the mainstage at Casa Mañana to allow for social distancing. The show will be performed through Saturday.
Friday, October 2
Magnolia at the Modern: The Secrets We Keep
In post-WWII America, a woman (Noomi Rapace) rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband (Chris Messina) kidnaps her neighbor (Joel Kinnaman) and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her. The film will screen five times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Rocket Cinema Drive-In
The brainchild of pianist and composer Justin Sherburn, Rocket Cinema Drive-In will combine live performance with classic film screenings. Taking place at Hip Pocket Theatre, the opening weekend screenings will include Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times on Friday and Buster Keaton's The General on Saturday. Outside food and beverage is allowed.
Theatre Wesleyan presents At A Distance
As part of their Six Plays At Six Feet: Social Connection. Physical Distancing Fall 2020 Season, Theatre Wesleyan will present At A Distance, which uses inspiration from the most prolific authors, poets, philosophers and playwrights to tell the story of two strangers who discover a shared appreciation for solitude and a love of classical literature. The outdoor theatrical production will take place at Kay Granger Mall at Texas Wesleyan University nightly through Sunday.
Now that the calendar has turned over to October, it's time to enjoy the variety of haunted attractions the area has to offer, albeit with changes due to COVID-19. All three of the big area haunted houses — Cutting Edge Haunted House and Hangman's House of Horrors in Fort Worth, and Moxley Manor Haunted House in Bedford — will have extra precautions in place, such as timed ticketing, reduced capacity, a face mask requirement, and more. Each will be open on various dates through October 31, with Cutting Edge continuing on both November 1 and 13.
Copper Chief in concert
Copper Chief is a central Texas band with deep roots compromised of four country boys that just love to rock n’ roll. The band draws from every corner of the musical canon while touching on several southern sounds that come together to birth a sonic experience hard to pin down. The band, which released their self-titled debut album in 2015, will play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, October 3
28th Annual New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail
At the annual New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail in Grapevine, guests will receive a souvenir wine glass, three 1-ounce wine tastings, and a food sample at each participating winery tasting room. Participating wineries include Bingham Family Vineyards, Cross Timbers Winery, Grape Vine Springs Winery, Messina Hof Grapevine Winery, and Sloan & Williams Winery. Advance purchase is recommended.
National Theatre Live: Fleabag
Fleabag is the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the hit TV series of the same name. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, this 67-minute play is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered, and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. This screening of a previously-recorded performance will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Aaron Watson in concert
Country singer Aaron Watson is 42 years old and has been recording music for 20 years, but it wasn't until 2012 that he hit it big with his 11th album, appropriately titled The Underdog, which went to No. 1 on the country charts. He's been near the top of the charts ever since, including with his 2019 album, Red Bandana. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.