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Hot Tickets: June 2019

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The Jumbies

Compiled by Marilyn Bailey

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DANCE

Ballet Concerto

This year the ever-surprising dance company moves its summer concerts to a new location, the expansive green space off Edwards Ranch Road at The Shops at Clearfork. Performances will feature the usual lively mix, with Luis Montero’s popular Bolero, a classical selection from Raymonda and pieces by Fort Worth choreographer Elise Lavallee and Ballet Concerto founder Margo Dean. The outdoor setting includes a large stage, free picnic-style lawn seating or paid, ticketed table seating; an opening-night fundraising gala includes a tasting menu from nearby restaurants. June 21-23. 5188 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth. For table seating and/or gala tickets, call 817-763-5087 or visit balletconcerto.com.

Brooklyn Jumbies

This New York-based performance group has appeared around the world and in various venues, from the streets of New York in Brooklyn and the Wall Street district to museums in Mexico. Collaborating again with Amphibian Stage Productions and artist Laura Anderson Barbata, who created costumes for Fort Worth Opera’s recent festival, the Jumbies return to Fort Worth. Intervention: Ocean Blues is inspired by luminous sea creatures that live in the deepest and darkest parts of the sea. The performance, which takes place in the lobby of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, combines music, dance, stilt walking and interaction with the audience to raise awareness of environmental issues. The elaborate outfits and headgear are as stunning as the dancers’ ability to balance on stilts. 8:30 p.m. June 14, Modern Art Museum, 3200 Darnell St. Tickets, $20; $15 for Modern and Amphibian members. Purchase at amphibianstage.com.

Classical dance mixes with modern pieces during Ballet Concerto’s summer concert.
Photo by Barbara Pendleton

ART

David Park’s Two Bathers, 1958
Photo by John Wilson White, © Estate of David Park

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org
David Park: A Retrospective In 1950, when New York School artists such as Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock were making their well-known abstract paintings, California artist David Park tossed out his own similar works and returned to painting the human figure, founding the Bay Area Figurative movement. This show is the first in 30 years devoted to his whole career. June 2-Sept. 22.

William Campbell Contemporary Art

4935 Byers Ave., Fort Worth, 817-737-9566,  williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com
Unsettled Conditions New work from Texas artist Judy Youngblood includes paintings and prints showcasing her weather themes in abstract patterns that shift and collide — much like real storms. Youngblood works in acrylic paint on paper, creating texture, light and depth. Through June 22.

THEATER

Broadway at the Bass

Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth, 817-212-4280, basshall.com
Les Misérables For PBS Masterpiece fans, this is timely. The musical version of Les Mis heads to Bass Performance Hall so we can compare two styles of lavish adaptation. This one is hard to beat, though, with all those beloved songs like “I Dreamed a Dream.” June 25-30.

Casa Mañana

3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 817-332-2272, casamanana.org
The Producers Casa ends its Broadway series for the season with the maniacal Mel Brooks comedy. Max Bialystock is played by John Treacy Egan, who played the role on Broadway for years; Leo Bloom is portrayed by veteran TV actor Dan DeLuca (The Wire, Veep, House of Cards). June 1-9.

Circle Theatre

230 W. 4th St., Fort Worth, 817-377-3040, circletheatre.com
Sweeney Todd If Stephen Sondheim’s macabre musical masterpiece scared the pants off you in a big concert hall, try it in Circle Theatre’s intimate little basement space. Dallas Theater Center veteran Joel Ferrell directs. June 6-July 13.

National Theatre Live

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., themodern.org/films
The Audience If you didn’t make it to London to see her live, here’s your chance. Amphibian Stage Productions’ pair of National Theatre Live broadcasts make it possible to see Helen Mirren in one of her signature roles as Queen Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan’s The Audience. It’s a character study that also sweeps through modern history as prime ministers from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron visit the monarch for their weekly private meeting. June 19 and 22.

Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience
Photo by Johan Persson

COMEDY

Comedy comes to Main Street with Phoebe Robinson.

Amphibian Stage Productions

120 S. Main St., Fort Worth, 817-923-3012, amphibianstage.com
Phoebe Robinson Amphibian turns its stage over to another fascinating comedian. Robinson might be best known for the podcast and HBO show 2 Dope Queens, but she’s also a New York Times bestselling author (the essay collection You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain) and a former staff writer for Portlandia, among other achievements. She’s funny in every genre, including stand-up, and Amphibian has her for five straight evenings. June 4-8.

MOVIES

Magnolia at the Modern

Screenings are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the auditorium of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org/films.

Red Joan The old-fashioned thriller stars Dame Judi Dench as a retiree in a quaint village who is arrested and accused of being one of the world’s foremost spies. June 1-2.

All Is True A drama about William Shakespeare (his blazing career faces a setback when the Globe Theatre burns down) stars Kenneth Branagh as the Bard and Judi Dench as Anne Hathaway. June 7 and 9.

Walking on Water A documentary about the environmental artist Christo and the making of his grand 2016 piece The Floating Piers, on Italy’s Lake Iseo. June 14-16.

Photograph From India, a coming-of-age story about a street photographer who’s under pressure to marry and persuades a shy stranger to pose as his fiancee. In Hindi and Gujarati with English subtitles. June 21-23.

The Souvenir Director Joanna Hogg’s autobiographical film about a youthful romance gone wrong stars Honor Swinton Byrne and her mother, Tilda Swinton, and is being talked up as one of the best movies of the year. June 28-30.

Movies That Matter

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., fortworthtexas.gov/moviesthatmatter
Each free screening in the bimonthly film series of the city of Fort Worth’s Human Relations Commission is followed by a moderated panel discussion. Breaking the Silence, a documentary about five LGBTQ military veterans in Oregon and the pain and risks they faced as they served in silence, screens June 6.

Sundance Square Movie Night

Pack up the lawn chairs and cushions and pick a spot on Sundance Square Plaza as free movie night— from fantasy to comedy, all rated PG or PG-13 — returns Thursdays. Shows start around 8:30; coolers and outside drinks are not permitted, but beverages are available for purchase. Parking is free after 5 p.m. June 6 through July 25.

June 6 The Secret Life of Pets

June 13 Black Panther

June 20 Mary Poppins Returns

June 27 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

July 11 Crazy Rich Asians

July 18 Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

July 25 Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

FAMILY

Stingray Cove gives zoo patrons a close-up look at the saltwater creatures.
Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Zoo

Candytopia

It’s the latest Instagram-ready pop-up “museum,” with 14 over-the-top and interactive environments, all with a sweet theme. Kids, especially, might love getting showered in confetti by candy-coated unicorn pigs or diving into a pool of 300,000 fake marshmallows. They’ll get a few samples to nibble, too. Through July 31, candytopia.com. 8021 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas.

Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway, 817-759-7555, fortworthzoo.org
Stingray Cove The zoo’s new interactive exhibit allows guests to get arm’s-length views of a variety of stingrays and bottom-dwelling sharks in the creatures’ saltwater pool. The clear, shallow water offers great views of more than 50 animals as they glide by or settle onto the sandy bottom. Stingray Cove is open during normal zoo hours; admission is $5, and tickets can be purchased at the exhibit, along with food to feed the rays. Learn more at fortworthzoo.org.

MUSIC

Concerts in the Garden

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra decamps for its summer venue as its annual outdoor festival kicks off June 7. Opening night features Women Rock, a musical homage to singers and songwriters such as Pat Benatar, Carole King and Tina Turner. Later, all the big favorites are back, including three nights of lasers and Star Wars music and two of the Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic. Festival passes are new this season; pick five nights or more and get discounts, early access and priority entrance for table and lawn seating. June 7-July 7 Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817-665-6000. See the complete lineup and purchase tickets at fwsymphony.org.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

2301 Flora St., 214-305-6217, mydso.com
Erykah Badu Dallas has been waiting a long time for this one: The hometown heroine appears for the first time with the Dallas Symphony at Meyerson Symphony Center. Some are greeting the news like it’s a surprising collaboration, but the queen of neosoul has presented orchestral versions of her music as artist-in-residence at the Brooklyn Philharmonic. We think it sounds divine. June 21.

Paul McCartney

The Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park famously opened in 1994 with “The Star-Spangled Banner” played by Van Cliburn and the Fort Worth Symphony. It’s going out (at least as an MLB stadium) in grand fashion, too. For its first-ever full-on rock concert, in the middle of the Rangers’ final season in the park, it has snagged Sir Paul McCartney (who the Rangers remind us has a history of playing historic ballpark shows). And expect him to be in top form: His show last fall at Austin City Limits Festival got rave reviews. June 14. 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington; ticketmaster.com.

Erykah Badu performs in her hometown at a concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.