Weekend Event Planner
Fast cars and fantastic flicks top best weekend events in Fort Worth
It's a prime time for both movie lovers and racing fans in Fort Worth, as both worlds have major events taking place in the area. Also on tap is a visit from a pre-eminent humorist, new theater and art, and a chance for runners to strut their stuff.
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, November 5
2015 Lone Star Film Festival
The annual Lone Star Film Festival rarely disappoints with its selection of movies, and this year is no exception. Among the films being shown during the four-day fest will be a retrospective screening of A Clockwork Orange, featuring a Q&A with Malcolm McDowell; Oscar contender Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara; and Anomalisa, a stop-motion film from mad genius Charlie Kaufman. Screenings will take place mostly at the AMC Palace 9 in downtown Fort Worth.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents David Sedaris
Humorist David Sedaris remains one of the best storytellers around, more than 20 years after the publication of his first collection of short stories, Barrel Fever. Whether you're seeing him for the first or 10th time, his dry, sardonic wit will have you laughing just as much as you would at a great stand-up comedy show. He'll perform at Bass Performance Hall.
Friday, November 6
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Let's Tango!
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will take a break from lengthy classical compositions to present a variety of tango classics. What's more, they'll be accompanied on stage by Argentinean dancers, a singer, and a bandoneón artist, giving the concert a visual flair. The concert will be performed three times through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Saturday, November 7
Casa Mañana Theatre presents On Golden Pond
Most people know On Golden Pond from the 1981 Oscar-winning film version starring Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn. But it was a play first, written by Ernest Thompson and running on Broadway in 1979. Casa Mañana will put on a brief production of the play, which centers on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, and their relationship with their daughter and each other. It will run through November 15.
Sunday, November 8
2015 Fort Worth Marathon
If you see more than the usual number of runners on your way to church Sunday morning, don't be surprised; it's just the annual Fort Worth Marathon taking place. For a major race — runners can use it to qualify for the Boston Marathon — it's actually pretty non-disruptive, as it starts at Panther Island Pavilion and uses the Trinity Trails to Benbrook and back.
Kimbell Art Museum presents Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye
The Kimbell Art Museum has scored another coup, as starting Sunday it will present the first major U.S. retrospective of Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte's work in 20 years. The exhibition contains 50 of Caillebotte's most important and beloved paintings of Paris and its environs, which will be on view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion. The exhibition will be on display through February 14, 2016.
AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway will host its second NASCAR event of the 2015 season, but this one is much more important than the first. That's because, as part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, this race will go a long way toward determining the 2015 champion. The soon-to-retire Jeff Gordon is surprisingly on top at the moment, but race fans know that anything can — and will — happen.