There's a nice mix of events happening in and around Fort Worth this weekend, including a timely new theater production, comedy from a '90s legend, more ballet than you can shake a stick at, and a unique arts festival.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, October 6
Stage West Theatre presents Ann
Texas' brassy blue governor Ann Richards is back and brought to vivid life in this one-woman show, presented by Stage West through November 6. The hilarious new play brings you face to face with a complex, colorful, and captivating character bigger than the state from which she hailed.
A Thousand Horses in concert
One of the rising groups on the Nashville Southern rock scene is A Thousand Horses, a quartet that already has a top 5 hit,"Smoke," to their name. Their debut album, 2015's Southernality, made it to No. 3 on the country charts, setting up big expectations for the relatively new group. They are playing at Billy Bob's Texas.
Friday, October 7
Magnolia at the Modern presents Max Rose
Jerry Lewis hasn't exactly disappeared, but seeing him in an acting role is a rare occurrence these days. Max Rose is a story of an aged pianist (Lewis) who learned that his recently deceased wife, Eva, may have cheated on him in the early years of their marriage. The news is just as shocking to his son (Kevin Pollak) and granddaughter (Kerry Bishé), and it leads Max on a journey to track down Eva’s secret lover, Ben (Dean Stockwell). It screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Improv Arlington presents Arsenio Hall
If you asked various people where they first saw Arsenio Hall, you’d probably get a number of different answers. But it was the success of his late-night talk show The Arsenio Hall Show that made him a household name. Hall brings his stand-up act back to the stage in this special appearance at Improv Arlington, performing four times through Saturday.
Texas Ballet Theater presents Carmen and Danse à Grande Vitesse
After opening its season last month in Dallas, Texas Ballet Theater is bringing this doubleheader to Bass Performance Hall. The dual show includes Carmen, a cautionary tale of a free spirit with an appetite for life and love who has a chance encounter with fate; and Danse À Grande Vitesse, which propels its dancers through shifting physical and emotional landscapes. There will be four performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Saturday, October 8
Near Southside presents ArtsGoggle
Near Southside is transforming its streets, sidewalks, and businesses into a one-day art experience like no other. Area stores clear their walls, rearrange furniture, and open their doors to show off the work of a wide array of local artists. Participants range from a windows-and-doors retailer to restaurants, a co-working space, and a music school. There's also an outdoor street festival for artists, and a stage with live music and performance art.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents BeerFeast 2016
Hundreds of beer lovers will be at BeerFeast at Flying Saucer Draught Emporium to sample highly sought-after, quality craft beers from more than 70 breweries. Tickets include admission to the festival, a 2016 BeerFeast T-shirt, a BeerFeast tasting glass, and a tasting card good for 12 samples of any of the more than 120 festival beers.
The B-52s in concert with The O's
Few groups live on their past the way that the B-52s do. Now celebrating their 40th year, the group will live forever thanks to eternal party songs like "Rock Lobster," "Love Shack," and "Roam." They are joined by local favorites The O's at this fundraising concert at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington, which puts on more than 50 free concerts every year with the money earned from paid concerts like this.
Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake
There's only one opportunity to see this full-length classic production of the world’s most famous ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, featuring Russia’s brightest ballet stars. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception, and Tchaikovsky’s famous music will be on display at Arlington Music Hall.