While many 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 15
Symphony Arlington presents Season Opening Concert
Symphony Arlington’s 2020-2021 Season will open with this concert at Arlington Music Hall featuring pianist Alex McDonald. The program includes Rossini’s Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers, as well as two Beethoven works: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major and Symphony No. 4 in Bb Major. The concert, like all of Symphony Arlington's concerts this season, will offer both an in-person and live streaming option.
Casa Mañana presents Frank Sinatra: The Second Century
Frank Sinatra is an icon for the ages — one of the rare show business beacons who continues to shine even in his second century. Featuring singers Michael Winther and Douglas Ladnier, this show will feature hits such as “That’s Life,” "One For My Baby,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “Theme From New York, New York,” and “My Way.” There will be three final performances at Casa Mañana through Saturday.
Stage West Theatre presents October Playlets
October Playlets, which features three short plays written specifically to be livestreamed, consists of Hey Stranger by Steph Del Rosso, Intro to Fiction by Ken Urban, and Boredom, Fear, and Wine by Craig Pospisil. The three pieces, written for online theater and set in a virtual meeting space, will have four final performances through Sunday.
Friday, October 16
Magnolia at the Modern: On the Rocks
In the latest film from director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), a New York woman (Rashida Jones) and her impulsive, larger-than-life father (Bill Murray) try to find out if her husband (Marlon Wayans) is having an affair. The film will have 10 screenings — five this week and five more October 23-25 — at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s "Pastoral"
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will return to the stage at Will Rogers Memorial Center with a concert featuring Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, "Pastoral," Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, and Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony.” The concert, which will have four performances through Sunday, features guitarist Artyom Dervoed and will be conducted by Roderick Cox.
Roger Creager in concert
Country singer Roger Creager has been plugging away at his singing career for over 20 years, but it's only in the last 10 that he's started to get some national acclaim. Creager has released seven albums in his career, including 2014's Road Show, which made it to No. 20 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, October 17
Fort Worth Bike Sharing presents Murals, Miles & Melt
This special event will be a socially distant ride that will connect cyclists with the public art initiatives and mural scene in Fort Worth, and support two locally owned businesses along the way, with snack stops at Meyer & Sage and MELT Ice Creams. Participants on the 15-mile ride, which starts and finishes at T&P Tavern, will see murals in the Near Southside, Cultural District, Trinity Trails, Fairmount, downtown, and Foundry District. All proceeds benefit Fort Worth Bike Sharing, a nonprofit that provides an accessible, convenient, and sustainable bike share system.
Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
The 30th annual Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show at Fort Worth Alliance Airport will be North Texas’ first drive-in air show experience. Each vehicle at the show will be spread apart, leaving one space for the vehicle and the adjoining space for guests to set up chairs and blankets. This year's show, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, an A-10 demo, the F-35C U.S. Navy Air Show Team, the All Veteran Parachute Team, and the Bell 407 Helicopter.
Shane Smith & The Saints in concert
Shane Smith & The Saints are no strangers to the Texas scene, having played all over the state over the past 10 years. They're a mainstay at events like Ranch Bash and the Main St. Arts Festival for their distinct country sound, which they've showcased on three albums, including 2019's Hail Mary. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, October 18
Bert Kreischer's Hot Summer Nights Tour
Comedian Bert Kreischer has evolved from being named Rolling Stone’s 1997 "Number One Partier in the Nation" to one of the top names in comedy. Lauded as one of the best storytellers of his generation, Kreischer seamlessly and sincerely shares anecdotes about his family and fatherhood. He'll perform two outdoor shows at Coyote Drive-In.