While many events in and around Fort Worth have either been postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, some organizations have pivoted to virtual or socially-distanced events to continue offering the masses some entertainment while we need it the most.
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 29
Last call for haunted houses
As one would expect, Halloween weekend is your last chance to take in the variety of haunted experiences in the Fort Worth area. Thrill-seekers will have few more days to enjoy events like Six Flags Over Texas presents HallowFest, Cutting Edge Haunted House, Moxley Manor Haunted House in Bedford, and Hangman's House of Horrors.
Circle Theatre presents 1984
Circle Theatre will present a digital reading of 1984, based on the iconic classic dystopian novel by George Orwell and adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan. The play tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives in the state of Oceania — a nation where fervent, unquestioning patriotic zeal is expected of every citizen, having rebellious thoughts is a crime, and where the love for anything but The State is treason. The live reading, streamed through Vimeo, will play nightly through November 4, timing which should likely not be considered coincidental.
Improv Arlington presents Tommy Davidson
Comedian Tommy Davidson first made a name for himself among the exceptional talent on the sketch comedy show In Living Color, and his range, from stand-up comedy and acting to music accomplishments, have earned him a reputation as a versatile performer. He'll perform six times through Sunday at Improv Arlington.
The Panhandlers in concert
The Panhandlers are a new Texas country music group made up of William Clark Green, Cleto Cordero, Josh Abbott, and John Baumann, four solo artists who've had a good amount of success in their own right. They're taking a break from their solo careers to go on tour in support of their debut self-titled album. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Friday, October 30
Magnolia at the Modern: A Rainy Day in New York
The esteem for writer/director Woody Allen has gone down in recent years, but there's still a fair amount of intrigue every time he releases a new film. In this one, a young couple’s plans for a romantic weekend together in New York City are dashed as quickly as the sunlight turns into showers. The film, which stars Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law, Diego Luna, and Liev Schreiber, will play five times through Sunday and another five times November 6-8 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Keith and Margo's Murder at Cassidy's Fort Worth
Keith and Margo's Murder at Cassidy's Fort Worth is an immersive mystery dinner theatre experience, Texas-style. It's designed especially for amateur sleuths with a twisted sense of humor. Guests will enjoy an evening of dinner and despicable crime where they can be part of the show both as an investigator and as a homicide suspect. The show takes place weekly at Cassidy's at the Radisson Hotel through December 19.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony & Bernstein's Serenade
Named for the king of the gods, Mozart’s final symphony, "Jupiter," is powerful, uplifting, and transcendent. The concert also includes the Bernstein Serenade inspired by Bernstein’s reading and subsequent interpretation of Plato’s Symposium, in which violinist Karen Gomyo’s virtuosic talent will be on full display. There will be four performances through Sunday at Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Amphibian Stage presents Parking Lot Comedy Festival
Amphibian Stage Productions returns with new socially distanced outdoor stand-up comedy shows. The focus will be on the local comedy scene, with comedians curated by the always funny Paulos Feerow. Taking place at Amphibian Stage's headquarters, there will be shows on both Friday and Saturday night featuring headliners Brandon Davidson and Fonzo Crow, along with eight other comedians.
Lonestar in concert
Country music group Lonestar hit their heights in the late '90s/early 2000s thanks to a string of top 3 albums on the Billboard Country charts and five straight No. 1 songs that included "Amazed," "Smile," "What About Now," "Tell Her," and "I'm Already There." Though not the hitmakers they once were, they've maintained consistent output, including 2016's Never Enders. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, October 31
Eli Young Band in concert
Eli Young Band is a prime example of how some college bands can actually make it big in the music world. After forming at the University of North Texas, they quickly gained notoriety, opening for the likes of Miranda Lambert. Five albums later, three of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Country charts, the band remains one of the bigger success stories to come out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, November 1
Amon Carter Museum of American Art exhibition closings
Sunday will be final day to view two exhibitions at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. "Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce" features 50 works from 50 years by the celebrated painter, tracing the evolution of Spruce’s art as he adapted his style and subjects to the era in which he worked. "Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography" features the first-ever in-depth examination of the photographic phenomenon of cabinet cards, which were America’s main format for photographic portraiture through the last three decades of the 19th century.