It’s a touching day this weekend for many big events in Fort Worth, with the biggest event of the calendar year ending, a big Broadway musical, and an important art fair. On the other hand, it will be the start of two new local theater shows, several concerts, and two equestrian-related shows.
Here are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. As of press time, everything is up and running. But with temperatures below freezing and icy conditions expected on Thursday and possibly longer, check with event organizers about possible postponements/cancellations.
Thursday 3 February
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Over three weeks later, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo will come to its (cold) end. If you’re brave enough to get outside, you can enjoy being outside in the middle of the road and other events. Of course, you can stay warm inside and enjoy the cattle shows and rodeos at the Dickies Arena, although there is still the hard part of getting to and from your car. The show will run until Saturday.
Western theater shows on the exhale
When a senseless, violent act changes her life forever, a college professor finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to commit the crime – and to the irresistible sense of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Taking a peek into the crater of America’s unique crisis, this sharp, one-woman-bending tour closely examines our collective grief over a national epidemic we all want to end. The production, which will premiere its regional premiere at Stage West Theatre, will run through February 20.
Broadway at the Pass: Hamilton
There are a few precious offers left Hamilton at the Bass Performance Hall before Team Angelica packs up and moves to Little Rock, Arkansas. The faces may differ from the ones you see on Disney+, but the strength of the story, music, and performances remain the same, making the viewing experience Hamilton Live happily no matter what happens. It will have six final shows through Sunday.
Friday 4 February
Home Tomorrow Gifts Matilda: The Musical
Matilda is a young girl with wit, intelligence and amazing psychokinetic powers. She is unloved by her ruthless parents but impresses her teacher, the much-loved Miss Honey. The mean school principal, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and loves to think of new penalties for those who do not abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and intelligence in equal amounts and could be a saving grace for the schoolchildren. Production will run until February 13 at the Casa Manyana Theatre.
Tracy Bird in concert
Country singer Tracy Bird was part of the country boom of the early ’90s alongside acts like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and more. He became successful thanks to such hits as “Holdin’ Heaven”, “Lifestyles of the Not so Rich and Famous”, “Watermelon Crawl”, “The Keeper of the Stars” and more. He released 10 albums in his career, the last of which was in 2016 all american texan. He will play for Billy Bob in Texas.
Saturday 5 February
The National Theater presents live war horse
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, war horse Take audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of World War I in France. Filled with exciting music and songs, this poignant and powerfully imaginative drama is a display of sheer creativity. At its heart are amazing life-size puppets, which bring breathing, running and charging horses to an exciting life on stage. A pre-recorded live show will be shown at the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth.
Modern day magnolia: jockey
Watching actor Clifton Collins Jr gets a rare chance to take center stage in it jockey. Collins plays Jackson Silva, an elderly jockey who thinks about his legacy and aims for the ultimate championship when a rookie rider arrives, claiming to be his son. The film will be shown four times through Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art in Fort Worth (two shows previously scheduled for Friday have been cancelled).
The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo present the Auditorium Concert Series: Ryan Bingham
As the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo come to a close, so does the Auditorium Concert Series. The latest show will feature singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham. The rocker Americana/Roots has released seven albums in his career, including 2019 American love song. He also won an Academy Award for his song “The Weary Kind” from the 2009 movie crazy Heart. Tickets for the concert, which will take place at Will Rogers Memorial Hall, include admission to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
Casey Donaio in concert
Country singer Casey Donahue has achieved stellar success on the national music scene, charting four consecutive albums to the top ten on Billboard’s country charts in 2010, including #3 Every night party. He didn’t let the pandemic slow him down with the release of an entire soundtrack album, I lost my brother’s goatin 2020. He will play for Billy Bob in Texas.
Sunday February 6
The Kimbell Museum of Art presents ‘Turner’s Modern World’ closing day
Sunday will be the last day to see “Turner’s Modern World” at the Kimbell Museum of Art. The exhibition, which displays the stunning paintings by one of Britain’s greatest artists, J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851), explores Turner’s continuing interest in the inventions, events, politics, society, culture and science of his time, which resulted in many of his works. Most of the works are original and changed his way of painting.