Photo by Joan Marcus

This is a big weekend around Fort Worth, with an annual film festival, the return of a beloved pianist, a national tour of a Broadway musical, two opera productions, larger-than-life Hot Wheels cars, the city's annual marathon, awards honoring the best in Texas country music, and more.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, November 10

Lone Star Film Festival
The 2022 Lone Star Film Festival will feature eight narrative feature films, nine documentary feature films, and over 50 short films across four days. Highlights include opening night film Butcher's Crossing starring Nicolas Cage; a showcase screening of Living starring Bill Nighy; and a retrospective screening of Pedro Almodovar's 2006 film Volver. Most screenings will take place at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis. The festival will also include a gala on Friday honoring Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan with the Larry McMurtry Award.

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Beethoven Quartet Cycle
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Beethoven Quartet Cycle, featuring the Miro Quartet. The concerts, going on through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, highlight all 16 of Beethoven's string quartets. Bill McGlaughlin, host of Exploring Music will be a special guest at this event presenting the pre-concert talks about the works being performed.

Theatre Wesleyan presents Wonder of the World
Theatre Wesleyan will present Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire, a laugh-out-loud comic confection intended for mature audiences. The play follows the exploits of Cass as she flees from her troubled marriage in a frantic search for the life she thinks she missed out on. Cass heads to the natural wonder of the world - Niagara Falls - crossing paths with a shipload of nutty characters. Does all of the comedic chaos push Cass over the water's edge ... literally? The production runs through November 19 in Thad Smotherman Theatre on the Texas Wesleyan University campus.

The Cliburn presents Vadym Kholodenko
Vadym Kholodenko's dynamic and technically phenomenal performances earned him the gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013. He went on to be named the first artist-in-partnership of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, among other honors. The native of Ukraine and honorary Fort Worthian returns to Fort Worth for his first Cliburn Concerts appearance in nine years, performing a traditional recital at the Kimbell Art Museum on Thursday, and a more casual concert at The Post at River East on Friday.

Friday, November 11

New Fort Worth Opera productions
Fort Worth Opera will present two single-performance productions this weekend. On Friday at Fort Worth Community Arts Center will be the world premiere of Stand Up!, a socially conscious chamber opera that gives the audience a snapshot of the life of South African activist Stephen Biko during 1960s Apartheid, and segues into a modern-day story of a similarly racially divided college campus in Texas. On Sunday at Van Cliburn Recital Hall at TCU will be Of Thee I Sing! Songs of Love & Justice, a recital curated by Karen Slack that features a program with songs around the themes of love and justice as a reminder to the audience that no matter your race, ethnicity, politics, etc., we are all human.

Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Elf the Musical
It may be a bit early to get into the full Christmas spirit, but the story of Buddy the Elf in Elf the Musical is hard to resist. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. The production runs through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.

Cody Canada & The Departed in concert
The music of Cody Canada & The Departed blurs the lines between hard-edged country, rock & roll, and all the gritty sounds in between. The band has released four albums in their career, most recently 2018's 3. They'll play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall.

Saturday, November 12

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live
At Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, fans will enjoy a new and expanded lineup of monster trucks as they experience the thrill of watching the iconic Hot Wheels monster truck toys come to life in a full-size, kid-focused, immersive Hot Wheels experience. This is the only opportunity to see real-life versions of the famous Hot Wheels monster truck toys, including fan favorites Bone Shaker, Tiger Shark, V8 Bomber, and Demo Derby. There will be three performances through Sunday at Dickies Arena.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Coral
Specially curated by Japanese composer and keyboardist Nobuo Uematsu, the program for Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Coral is a monumental, retrospective celebration of the Final Fantasy music catalogue. Conductor Arnie Roth leads an orchestra and chorus of 100 musicians on stage at Will Rogers Memorial Center, with exclusive HD video direct from creators at Square Enix.

Sunday, November 13

Fort Worth Marathon
The Fort Worth Marathon course is certified by the USA Track and Field Association and can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It is a flat out-and-back course along the Trinity River. The event will also include a 20 Mile Race, Half Marathon, and 5K. Beginning and ending at Panther Island Pavilion, there will also be food trucks, hot showers, music, and free money giveaways.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Robert Spano Performs Chamber Music"
Robert Spano, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's new music director and an accomplished pianist, will launch the Kimbell Chamber Series with a song cycle of his own composition, the Sonnets to Orpheus, featuring mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor. The intimate concert experience at Kimbell Art Museum's Piano Pavilion will also include Brahms' Piano Quintet in F Minor and Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp.

Texas Country Music Awards
The 2022 Texas Country Music Awards will feature performances by headliner Roger Creager, as well as Terry McBride & The Ride, co-host Brandon Rhyder, Bailey Rae, and more. Artists up for the top award, Entertainer of the Year, include Aaron Watson, Creed Fisher, Jon Stork, Kin Faux, and Randall King. The awards will take place at Billy Bob's Texas.

Photo by Joan Marcus

Elf the Musical will play at Bass Performance Hall, November 11-13.

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These are the 13 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Weekend event planner

It's a music-heavy weekend in and around Fort Worth, with the nine music-related events ranging from the Queen of Country to another Cliburn competition to great jazz works performed by a symphony. Other choices include a chance to get some early Christmas shopping done, a new local theater production, screenings of a thought-provoking documentary, and monster trucks.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, October 13

Junior League Fort Worth presents Christmas in Cowtown
The Junior League of Fort Worth will present a week full of shopping, food, and time with family and friends at Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Gift Market. Visitors can shop with merchants from all over the country showcasing home goods, jewelry, clothing, children’s gifts, and more. The market goes on through Sunday at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
The Cliburn will present the 2022 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, featuring outstanding, non-professional pianists age 35 and older. Competitors hail from all over the world, representing 19 countries, ranging in age from 38 to 72. The first two rounds run through Sunday at the smaller Van Cliburn Recital Hall, and the Final Round concert takes place on October 18 at Bass Performance Hall with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Damon Gupton.

Tab Benoit in concert with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Tab Benoit is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues and acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way. He'll play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall alongside The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Amphibian Stage presents The Hollow
On a stormy October evening in 2020, a lonely storyteller arrives at an 18th-century tavern to continue his yearly tradition of performing Washington Irving’s classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Little does he know of the surprises that the night and the ghostly inhabitants of the tavern hold in store for him. Amphibian Stage presents the world premiere of the production through November 6.

Friday, October 14

Magnolia at the Modern: Art & Krimes by Krimes
While locked up for six years in federal prison, the artist Jesse Krimes secretly created monumental works of art - including an astonishing 30-foot mural made with prison bed sheets, hair gel, and newspaper. Now a free man, Krimes turns the spotlight on people still in prison, asking viewers to question surface representations and recognize overlooked beauty and power. The film, told through original footage and animation, will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Reba McEntire in concert
The Queen of Country will make her way to Dickies Arena as part of her first solo tour in the United States in 10 years. Reba's album releases are always an event: Her latest album of new songs, 2019's Stronger Than the Truth, made the top 5 on the Billboard Country charts, and even a covers album like her new My Chains Are Gone: Hymns & Gospel Favorites has sold extremely well.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "A Trip to Harlem: Bernstein, Ellington, Gershwin, and Douglas J. Cuomo"
Audiences can experience an elegant evening of jazz in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's homage to some of America’s greatest music, with works by A-listers like Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington. The concert, which will have three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall, will also feature world premiere by noted film, television, and concert music composer Douglas J. Cuomo.

Saturday, October 15

Panther Island Pavilion presents Cody Johnson & Friends
Country singer Cody Johnson is a Texas original who has released eight albums, most recently 2021's Human: The Double Album, his third straight album to reach the top 3 on the Billboard Country charts. He'll be joined by a couple of his musical friends — Randy Houser and Hailey Whitters — at this special festival-like concert at Panther Island Pavilion.

Monster Jam
Monster Jam fans will witness a fierce battle for the event championship, with each skilled Monster Jam athlete tearing up the dirt with gravity-defying feats in 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks going head-to-head for points in Freestyle, the Skills Challenge, and Racing competitions. Plus, fans can become part of the action by voting for the winner in the Skills Challenge and Freestyle competitions via real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones. The event takes place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Whiskey Myers in concert
Country rock group Whiskey Myers has come a long way from their start in the small city of Palestine, Texas. They released their debut album in 2008, and each of their first five albums made it further up the Billboard Country charts, culminating in a No. 1 spot for their 2019 self-titled album. Now they've graduated to bigger venues, playing at Dickies Arena in support of their new album, Tornillo.

Spoon in concert
The rock band Spoon is an Austin original led by longtime bandmates Britt Daniel and Jim Eno. They were mostly a regional band for the first 10 years or so of their career until their 2007 album, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, yielded several hits, including "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" and "Don't You Evah." They'll play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall in support of their new album, Lucifer on the Sofa.

Sunday, October 16

KEGL's Freakers Ball featuring Disturbed
For years, festival-style concerts like KEGL's annual Freakers Ball were strictly the domain of Dallas-area venues since Fort Worth didn't have any comparable spaces. But the opening of Dickies Arena changed all that, and now heavy metal fans can get their freak on in Cowtown. Headlining the event is Disturbed, who will be joined by Asking Alexandria, Drowning Pool, Dorothy, and New Years Day.

Shovels & Rope in concert
The folk duo Shovels & Rope - aka husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst - have been together as a musical act for the past 14 years. Their professional partnership was inadvertent, as their 2008 debut album was meant to be a one-off in between solo projects for the two of them. But they found enough success to make the duo permanent, and now, nine albums later, they'll play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall in support of their new album, Manticore.

Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum

These are the 12 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Weekend Event Planner

It's a pretty big and eclectic weekend in and around Fort Worth, featuring four concerts from artists of all different ages. There will also be a classic car showcase, an encore of one of 2022's best films, a home tour, a family-friendly symphony concert, a Japanese celebration of the full moon, a dance company homecoming, and more.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Friday, September 16

29th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals
The 29th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals at Texas Motor Speedway will feature over 2,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, imports, and trucks through '97. There will also be NASCAR stock car rides, a Nitro Thunderfest dragster exhibition, a burn out competition, a Summit Super Shopping Experience, a swap meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral, and a kids zone with free arts and crafts, games, prizes, and more. The event takes place through Sunday.

Magnolia at the Modern: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
If you missed your choice to see one of the best-reviewed movies of the year back in July, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is giving you a second chance. Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. When a documentary filmmaker discovers them among the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope at finding his long-lost family. The film will screen seven times through Sunday.

Brothers Osborne in concert
The list of country music duos is long and distinguished, whether it's official duos like Brooks & Dunn, Florida-Georgia Line, or The Judds, or collaborators like Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty, or George Jones & Tammy Wynette. Brothers Osborne have been making a name for themselves, releasing three albums since their debut in 2016. They're also notable for one of the brothers, T.J., being one of the few country musicians to come out as gay, which he did in 2021. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

Saturday, September 17

Wedgwood Historical Association presents Parade of Homes
Wedgwood Historical Association's annual Parade of Homes features now-historic homes where visitors can learn about some of Wedgwood’s earliest residents. Four homes will be featured during this year's event, all of different styles. Proceeds will go toward WHA’s work in education and preservation.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Family Series: "Dancing with the FWSO Stars!"
At this special Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra family concert, kids and family can explore all types of dance music from around the world. From traditional to folk, and from ballet to modern, attendees will hear how an orchestra shakes their bones as they travel through different cultures utilizing the rhythmic power of dance and music. The concert takes place at Bass Performance Hall.

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents "Perspectives"
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will open the 2022-2023 season with "Perspectives," featuring guest artists Díaz Trio with Angela Cheng on piano. Selections will include Schubert's B Flat Trio, Beethoven's Trio In G Major, Mozart's Sonata in G Major K. 301, and Mozart's Piano Quartet in E Flat Major. The concert, taking place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, is preceded by a pre-concert conversation at 1:15 pm.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Modern by Moonlight: Otsukimi Festival
Modern by Moonlight: Otsukimi Festival is an annual Japanese festival that honors the autumn moon and the season ahead, in recognition of the rich heritage of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s architect, Tadao Ando. In addition to the Modern’s special exhibition, "Women Painting Women," the event features live entertainment by the Dondoko Taiko Japanese Drumming Group, Boyblk, Rizkilla, and Cabus. Japanese-inspired food and beverages crafted by Café Modern are available throughout the evening.

Steve Miller Band in concert
The legendary Steve Miller Band, known for songs like "The Joker," "Livin' in the USA," "Take the Money and Run," "Rock'n Me," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Jet Airliner," "Jungle Love," and "Abracadabra," comes to Will Rogers Auditorium, for a retrospective of their long and distinguished career. Their most recent album was their 2021 concert album, Shady Grove Music Fair (Live '73).

Bruce Wood Dance presents "Homecoming"
Bruce Wood Dance will open their new season with a return to Fort Worth, aptly titled "Homecoming." The program will include Wood's audience favorites Red, which premiered in Fort Worth in 2001; Lovett!, which expresses Wood’s experiences working on ranches, raising horses, roping cattle, and rodeo riding; and excerpts from Joy Bollinger's acclaimed Slip Zone. The performance takes place at W.E. Scott Theatre.

Mike Ryan in concert
Country singer Mike Ryan, a native of San Antonio, may be on the verge of breaking out after a decade of trying to make it in the business. His fourth album, Longcut, is set for release on October 28, and in addition to this concert at Billy Bob's Texas, he'll serve as an opening act for Morgan Wallen at his mega-concert at Globe Life Field in Arlington on October 8.

Sunday, September 18

Kimbell Art Museum presents "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth"
The special exhibition "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth" celebrates the genre paintings of one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden age: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. While Murillo is primarily known for his religious subject matter, some of his most iconic works depict secular themes. Comprising approximately 50 works, the exhibition explores themes of youth and age, comedy, romance and seduction, faith and charity, landscape, portraiture, and modern realism. The exhibition will remain on display through January 29, 2023.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert
The Red Hot Chili Peppers rose to fame in the early 1990s, but unlike other acts, they haven't stayed tied to that decade. All of their albums have landed in the top 5 on the Billboard 200, with their latest — Unlimited Love, released in April — coming in at No. 1 in multiple countries. And they have another album, Return of the Dream Canteen, due next month. They'll play at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

Kimbell Art Museum presents "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth," starting on September 18.

Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum
Kimbell Art Museum presents "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth," starting on September 18.
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These are the 11 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Weekend Event Planner

This weekend in and around Fort Worth is packed full of different events, and that doesn't even count the continuing PBR World Finals at Dickies Arena. But speaking of that event, there will be a trio of big-name concerts related to it, as well as a big NASCAR weekend featuring an appearance by a country superstar, two festivals, a world premiere ballet, a celebration of a local comedy institution, and more.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, May 19

Travis Tritt in concert
During the country music boom of the 1990s, Travis Tritt stood tall among his fellow singers. His first five albums all reached the top 10 on the Billboard country charts, and he scored No. 1 hits with "Help Me Hold On," "Anymore," "Can I Trust You with My Heart," and "Foolish Pride." His career has been up and down since then, but he still knows how to bring it. This concert at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium is part of the PBR World Finals Concert Series.

Friday, May 20

NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend
The NASCAR All-Star Race, taking place on Sunday, will be the marquee event of a race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway featuring all three of NASCAR’s premier series. The SpeedyCash.com 220 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be held on Friday and the Texas 250 Xfinity Series race on Saturday. Prior to the All-Star Race on Sunday, country star Blake Shelton will perform a one-hour concert. Each day will include a variety of other activities, including practices, qualifying races, a Fan Zone, and more.

38th Annual Main Street Fest: A Craft Brew Experience
The City of Grapevine will present their 38th Annual Main Street Fest: A Craft Brew Experience. Visitors will enjoy three fun-filled days of outdoor shows and performances, a craft brew garden and wine pavilion, live music, carnival rides, and a street fair with flair. New this year, Main Street Fest attendees will encounter a lineup of internationally renowned street performers throughout the festival grounds. The festival takes place in Historic Downtown Grapevine through Sunday.

Texas Ballet Theater presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Texas Ballet Theater will close its season with the world premiere of Ben Stevenson’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audiences will finally see the long-awaited premiere, originally scheduled to close the 2019-20 season. Amidst a forest filled with fairies and frivolity, enchanted lovers resolve mischievous mix-ups and reunite with their intendeds. The production will have five performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.

Four Day Weekend presents 25th Anniversary Retrospective
The critically acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe Four Day Weekend is commemorating its 25th anniversary with a one-night-only retrospective show featuring a champagne toast and after-party with the co-founding four cast members: David Ahearn, Frank Ford, Troy Grant, and David Wilk. The show will feature legacy cast sharing stories, videos, timelines, and favorite show elements. The retrospective will also take place at the Dallas location on Saturday night.

LeAnn Rimes in concert
It's a little crazy that country singer LeAnn Rimes is only 39 years old since she's been entertaining fans for 26 years. Her breakout cover version of Patsy Cline's "Blue" in 1996 set her on a path that would find her going into pop music, returning to country, and now exploring even more unusual territory. She'll play at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in support of her new album, God's Work. This concert is also part of the PBR World Finals Concert Series.

Hyena's presents William Lee Martin
Comedian William Lee Martin is a self-proclaimed All-American mutt, a mixed breed who doesn’t fit neatly into any single box physically, politically, or philosophically. With fresh material and hilarious new stories, he's not afraid to step on toes but still connects with folks who share his everyday problems in always changing America. He'll perform four times through Saturday at Hyena's Comedy Club.

Jake Owen in concert
Country singer Jake Owen is one of those musicians who's experienced a steady stream of success without crossing the threshold over to superstardom. Since his 2006 debut album, Startin' with Me, each of his albums has reached the top 10 on the Billboard Country charts, including his latest, 2019's Greetings from...Jake. He's had plenty of hits, including three No. 1 songs, so there will be lots of sing-alongs at this concert at Billy Bob's Texas.

Saturday, May 21

Fort Worth Fried Chicken & Craft Beer Fest
There are no shortage of restaurants at which one can find great fried chicken, but it's not often that the American staple is celebrated at a festival. Visitors can do so at the Fort Worth Fried Chicken & Craft Beer Fest at Panther Island Pavilion, featuring tons of delicious fried chicken from Fort Worth restaurants, beer tastings from Four Corners Brewing Co, wine & spirits, country bands, vendors, and more fun. (For more of the best food and drink events this weekend, go here.)

Robert Earl Keen in concert
Robert Earl Keen has recorded 19 full-length albums, including 2015's Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions. In 2012, Keen was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame and has written songs for music superstars including George Strait, The Chicks, The Highwaymen, and Nanci Griffith. He'll play at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium. This concert is the final event in the PBR World Finals Concert Series.

Jimmie Allen in concert
There's no better indicator of the increasing stardom of country singer Jimmie Allen than the high-powered guest list on his 2020 EP, Bettie James. Among his collaborators on the seven songs are Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, the late Charley Pride, Nelly, Noah Cyrus, and Mickey Guyton. He's about to release his third album, Tulip Drive, in June, and fans will surely get a preview at this concert at Billy Bob's Texas.

NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend will take place at Texas Motor Speedway, May 20-22, and include a Blake Shelton concert.

Photo by Jacob Power
NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend will take place at Texas Motor Speedway, May 20-22, and include a Blake Shelton concert.
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These are the 12 best things to do in Fort Worth this Easter weekend

Weekend Event Planner

There will be an interesting mixture of events in and around Fort Worth this weekend — a long Easter holiday weekend for many. The biggest event is a college gymnastics championship with some Olympic medalists competing. Other choices include two new local theater productions, a couple of well-known comedians, three concerts, a car festival, the closing of two exhibitions, and more.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events. Sill making Easter dining plans? Find a list of best restaurants with brunches and feasts here.

Thursday, April 14

2022 NCAA Women’s National Collegiate Gymnastics Championship
The 2022 NCAA Women’s National Collegiate Gymnastics Championship will be in Fort Worth for the fifth year. Teams competing include No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 2 Florida, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Utah, No. 5 Alabama, No. 7 Auburn (which boasts the Olympic all-around gold medalist, Suni Lee), No. 8 Minnesota, and No. 11 Missouri. The top all-around competitor and the top finisher on each event from each regional have also advanced to the national championships. There will be two sessions on Thursday and one Saturday at Dickies Arena. Read more about Lee and other favorite gymnasts from the Tokyo Olympics competing in this story.

Stage West Theatre presents What to Send Up When It Goes Down
Unlike anything you’ve seen before, this play-pageant-ritual-homegoing-celebration blurs the lines between actors and audience. In a series of vignettes, What to Send Up When It Goes Down builds to a moment in which performance and reality collide, a unifying theatrical response to the physical and spiritual loss of Black lives. This singular experience creates a space for catharsis, reflection, and healing, offering a way for us to move forward with greater compassion and care for one another. The production will be at Stage West Theatre through May 8.

Improv Arlington presents Paul Rodriguez
Longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh all over the world (in Spanish and English) for nearly three decades with his unique brand of humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream, and his undeniable universal appeal. Rodriguez will perform at Improv Arlington five times through Saturday.

Friday, April 15

Downtown Cowtown at the Isis presents Krendl's Magic of One
Krendl’s extensive magic career includes being one of only three magicians in the world who can perform the Infamous Houdini water torture cell in full view and without a curtain. He has a heartwarming unique style of magic that has been delighting family audiences around the world. The challenge of doing things that are said to be impossible has been the true heart and soul behind all of his work. He'll perform at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis.

Hyena's presents Christopher "Kid" Reid
Christopher "Kid" Reid is best known as one-half of the late 1980s and early 1990s hip-hop musical act Kid 'n Play, where he was particularly notable for his extreme high-top fade hairstyle. But comedy has always been part of his repertoire, whether in the House Party movies or elsewhere. Reid now tours as a stand-up comedian, and he'll show off his talents in four shows on Friday and Saturday at Hyena's in downtown Fort Worth.

Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Something Rotten
In Something Rotten, set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. The Stolen Shakespeare Guild production will run at Fort Worth Community Arts Center through May 1.

Kolby Cooper in concert
Country singer Kolby Cooper came out of the East Texas town of Palestine just three years out of high school, with no label or industry machine in place. Since then, his songs have garnered millions of streams on Spotify, solidifying him as a voice of the future for Texas country music. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of his 2020 EP, Vol. 2.

Saturday, April 16

FuelFest blends the enthusiast’s passion for the automotive world with celebrities, live music, food, drinks, and art. The show features more than 600 top custom, exotic, rare, and exclusive cars and trucks combined with drift exhibitions and curated and interactive exhibits. FuelFest, taking place at Texas Motor Speedway, will also feature a massive live-action drift course on the infield road course, where spectators can catch race cars drifting all day.

The Band of Heathens in concert
The Band of Heathens returns to Tulips FTW for the first time since they headlined the venue's official grand opening in July 2021. The Austin band has been building up their music bona fides since their debut album in 2008. They've gone on to release seven more albums, with their eighth — Remote Transmissions, Vol. 1 — coming out this past February.

Aaron Watson in concert
Country singer Aaron Watson has been recording music for over 20 years, but it wasn't until 2012 that he hit it big with his 11th album, appropriately titled The Underdog, which went to No. 1 on the country charts. He's been near the top of the charts ever since. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of his latest album, 2021's American Soul.

Sunday, April 17

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame presents "1883: The Journey West" closing day
After a fake-out a month ago, visitors to the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame will have one final chance to get up close with props, costumes, and photography from the Paramount+ series 1883 when viewing the exhibition, "1883: The Journey West." 101 Studios, the studio responsible for 1883 and Yellowstone, curated items for the exhibition, including an authentic wagon, a camp set-up, and wardrobe worn by ​Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Sam Elliott, and LaMonica Garrett, along with behind-the-scenes photography. Read more about the exhibit in this story.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Sandy Rodriguez in Isolation" closing day
Sunday will also be the final day to view "Sandy Rodriguez in Isolation" at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Illuminating the complexity of art-making amid a global pandemic, the exhibition — a selection of new works on paper conceived by Rodriguez during her Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency in Southern California at the height of COVID-19 — features more than 30 landscapes, protest scenes, maps, and botanical studies, created using Rodriguez’s hand-processed inks and watercolors, which she derived from plants and mineral pigments native to the region.

Suni Lee and other Olympians will compete at the 2022 NCAA Women’s National Collegiate Gymnastics Championship, taking place at Dickies Arena on April 14 and 16.

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Suni Lee and other Olympians will compete at the 2022 NCAA Women’s National Collegiate Gymnastics Championship, taking place at Dickies Arena on April 14 and 16.
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Charles Schwab Challenge winner drives home from Fort Worth in a 1946 Power Wagon

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Newly crowned 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson will be among a group of international golfers vying for the lowest score at the Charles Schwab Challenge PGA Tour event in Fort Worth this weekend. Besides receiving more than $1 million and new bragging rights, the winner will get to drive home in a sweet 1946 Dodge Power Wagon.

This is the second vehicle the tournament has awarded to a winner with a 1973 Dodge Challenger awarded to Kevin Na in 2019. Na didn't keep the car for long. He turned it over to his car-obsessed caddy Kenny Harms.

The '46 Power Wagon — which has undergone a complete resto-mod revision by Legacy Classic Trucks — is a nod to the roots of the event, tournament officials say. This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Colonial, the original name for the event and the name by which many Fort Worthians still call it.

Under its hood is a 6.2-liter Chevrolet LS3 engine that delivers 430 horsepower. The engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and a custom Atlas transfer case. The rig rides on 40-inch Toyota tires and custom Trail Ready wheels.

Modern conveniences have been added like air conditioning, disc brakes, a long travel suspension, and a 12,000-pound Warn winch.

Because Charles Schwab is the sponsor of the tournament, Legacy Classic Trucks added some special "Schwab" elements to the model, including a Dove blue paint job and a custom "SCHWAB" tailgate and brightwork. The interior of the truck is upholstered with a tartan fabric in the design of The Colonial's traditional plaid. A custom nameplate on the dashboard acknowledges Ben Hogan's 1946 win that started the legacy of the tournament.

Similar resto-modded trucks by Legacy Classic Trucks go for around $350,000.

Uniquely, the truck has inspired a song by up-and-coming country singer Travis Denning called "Grew Up with a Truck." The song debuted last week on Bobby Bones' podcast, "Bobbycast."

Other golfers joining Mickelson at the tournament include Lee Westwood, Jordan Speith, Si Woo Kim, and Sergio Garcia.

The first round of play kicks off on Thursday, May 27 with the second and third round on ensuing days leading up to the Final Round on Sunday, May 30. Tickets for the event are still available.


A version of this story originally was published on our sister site AutomotiveMap.com.

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Brooks & Dunn boot-scoot into this week's 5 hottest Fort Worth headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Brooks & Dunn kick up 'Reboot Tour' with 2023 stop in Fort Worth. Brooks & Dunn, the best-selling duo of all time, are continuing their "Reboot Tour" in 2023, including a stop at Dickies Arena on Saturday, May 6. Fort Worth is the only Texas city on their list, and tickets went on sale Friday, January 27.

2. Much anticipated Italian restaurant from top Fort Worth team has a date. A new restaurant from one of Fort Worth's top food & beverage teams has an opening date: 61 Osteria, the much-anticipated restaurant from restaurateur Adam Jones and acclaimed chef Blaine Staniford, will open in downtown Fort Worth on January 31. Ta-da.

3. Wealthy Fort Worth neighbor cashes in as the richest city in Texas for 2023. North Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

4. Quite the bounty of bites in this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news. This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth includes restaurants newly opened, restaurants coming soon, new menus, new tacos, new pizzas, and more. So much more. Here's the latest batch of Fort Worth restaurant news.

5. The best Fort Worth restaurants to celebrate Valentine's Day 2023. For restaurants, Valentine’s Day is the Super Bowl of dining events, which is ironic this year since the actual Super Bowl takes place just two days prior, on February 12. This is not stopping some restaurateurs from hosting special Valentine’s dinners all weekend long, although some are cautiously opting out of Sunday and Monday. Here are the best options around town.

DFW-based Cinemark theater chain hosts Oscars-themed movie marathon

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The Cinemark movie chain is giving movie buffs an opportunity to brush up on the Oscars.

Plano-based Cinemark Holdings, Inc. will host its annual Oscar Movie Week festival, this year running from Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12, in anticipation of the 95th Oscars ceremony, which airs on March 12 on ABC.

The theater chain will air all of this year’s Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees, at more than 120 participating Cinemark theaters nationwide.

According to a release, passes are now on sale now at Cinemark.com/movieweek.

A full Digital Festival Pass is $40 and includes showings for all Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees. There's a perk! If you purchase a festival pass, you get 50 percent off any size popcorn during Oscar Movie Week.

Individual showtime tickets will be available starting January 27 at standard pricing, with showtimes beginning March 6.

All Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees are bundled into one viewing for just $10 from March 10-12.

For other brushing up, take a look back at what CultureMap’s film critic, Alex Bentley, had to say about each of the nominees (listed in alphabetical order) when they were originally released.

Cinemark has been hosting other similar marathon events such its collaboration with ESPN to bring college football games to the big screen.

The event takes place at these theaters across the U.S., including the following locations in Texas:

  • Austin: Cinemark Southpark Meadows
  • Denton: Cinemark 14
  • Fort Worth: Ridgmar Mall
  • Grapevine: Cinemark Tinseltown
  • Houston: Cinemark Memorial City
  • Plano: Cinemark Legacy
  • Plano: Cinemark West Plano
  • San Antonio: Cinemark San Antonio 16
  • The Woodlands: Cinemark 17

New play about Uvalde shooting takes the stage at Fort Worth university


A TCU faculty member has written a new play called For the Love of Uvalde: A Play Inspired by the Robb Elementary School, and it's premiering January 28 both in-person on-campus and online via streaming.

(Note: After the premiere, it remains available to watch here.)

Playwright Ayvaunn Penn, who is part of the Theatre TCU faculty, also wrote a play in 2020 inspired by the Botham Jean shooting by police officer Amber Guyger.

The premiere staged reading of For the Love of Uvalde promises a similar evening of art for social change, paired with a panel-led community discussion. This staged reading will feature select songs and monologues from the show.

The original play uses testimonies to explore the aftermath and varying viewpoints of the families, politicians, and medical professionals affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last May. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

Panel members for the discussion include Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, TCU Chief Inclusion Officer; James McQuillen, director of Theatre for Youth at Casa Mañana; Professor Lisa Devine, UNT Theatre for Social Change professor; and Shania Tari, M.S, LMFT-A & EMDR trained.

A collaboration between Theatre TCU, TCU School of Music, and El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, the event is free to attend, though tickets are required and may be reserved here. It begins at 6:30 pm at PepsiCo Recital Hall at the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Center for Performing Arts on the TCU campus.

El Progreso Memorial Library will also stream the event on YouTube so that community members may join and participate in the discussion and reflection.