It will be an eclectic weekend around Fort Worth to start off November. There will be a nod to the holiday season, a multimedia production honoring two iconic artists, a visit from Mama, an opera preview concert, a marathon, a new art exhibition, and more.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Hungry for some killer food events? That list is here.
Thursday, November 4
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents The Modern Lights
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is kicking off the holiday season by illuminating their trees with festive lights earlier than ever this year. Passersby can experience a stunning display, and guests can also visit the museum galleries for free until 8 pm on Fridays. A special First Friday at the Modern event will take place Friday. The lights will stay on through February 6, 2022.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden presents DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience
Created and performed by Mark Rodgers, DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience is a multimedia production that will explore the artists’ works and lives. Through an exploration of their inventions, machines, sketches, paintings, and sculptures, Rodgers connects the immortal work of DaVinci & Michelangelo to modern day geniuses, such as Les Paul, and Paul McCartney, and Fort Worth's own Van Cliburn, and encourages audiences to discover their own “inner” DaVinci and Michelangelo. This is its Texas debut, and there will be five performances through Sunday at Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
Friday, November 5
Magnolia at the Modern: Becoming Cousteau
The documentary Becoming Cousteau follows the many journeys of Jacques Cousteau to explore his past along with his achievements as an explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author, and researcher. The film features never-before-seen 4K footage of Cousteau, focusing on the inventor-explorer-environmentalist-filmmaker revolution. There will be six screenings through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
"Vicki Lawrence & Mama"
The multi-talented Vicki Lawrence spent 11 years with Carol Burnett on The Carol Burnett Show, earning one Emmy Award and five Emmy nominations. After the Burnett show ended, she went on to star in her own TV series, Mama’s Family, which ran for six seasons and created her iconic character which she'll reprise in this special show at Arlington Music Hall.
Robert Cray in concert
In just over 40 years, Robert Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals, and arenas around the world. There are five Grammys with Cray’s name on them, and he has a suitcase full of W.C. Handy blues awards. Cray, who has also been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, will play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, November 6
The Cliburn presents Charles Yang and Peter Dugan
As part of their pop-up concerts series, the Cliburn will present two concerts by violinist Charles Yang and pianist Peter Dugan. Both Juilliard graduates who have performed around the world, the duo performs original compositions and blends classical virtuosity, jazz harmonies, and contemporary soul in their arrangements of songs by artists ranging from The Beatles to Sam Cooke to Ariana Grande. The performances will be at The Post at River East.
Fort Worth Opera presents 75th Anniversary Fall Preview Concert
The Fort Worth Opera's 75th Anniversary Fall Preview is a star-studded concert featuring some of the most beloved solos and ensembles from opera and musical theater. Performers will include superstar tenor Russell Thomas, soprano Elaine Alvarez, and baritone Spencer Reichman. The concert, taking place at Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., will include an open bar with craft cocktails and hors d'oeuvres catered by CultureMap Tastemaker award-winning chef Juan Rodriguez.
Sunday, November 7
Fort Worth Marathon
The Fort Worth Marathon is an annual running event that raises funds to fight childhood obesity in the Tarrant County area and in the school systems. The course, a flat out-and-back course along the Trinity River, starts and ends at Panther Island Pavilion. The event will also feature food trucks, live music, and more.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents "Milton Avery"
Milton Avery is considered one of North America’s greatest 20th-century colorists. His career fell between the movements of the American Impressionists and the Abstract Expressionists, leaving him to forge a staunchly independent path. This comprehensive exhibition brings together a selection of approximately 70 paintings from the 1910s to the mid-1960s that are among his most celebrated. The exhibition will remain on display through January 30, 2022.
Aaron Lewis in concert
It's been quite the career transition for Aaron Lewis. Formerly the lead singer of the rock band Staind, Lewis moved into country music in 2012 and has stayed there throughout the band's extended hiatus. Country fans have welcomed him with open arms, as all three of his albums hit the top 10 on the Billboard Country charts, including 2016's Sinner, which went to No. 1. Lewis, who has a new album due in January, will play at Billy Bob's Texas.