Compiled by Marilyn Bailey
There’s a lot to see and do out there.
Get up. Get out. Get going.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy St., 817-738-1938, fwcac.com
In August, the FWCAC’s many galleries are brimming with shows by photographer Shawn O’Connell, painter Emilie Duval and more, including these two highlights:
Object Permanence This group show is curated by Art Tooth and features artists Sierra Forester, Shelby Orr, Audrey Travis and Amy Young, who work in a variety of mediums. They’ll explore the idea of the title, that objects continue to exist even when they are not perceived by our senses. Aug. 2-21
Local Visions of Realism Contemporary realism is having a moment locally. This show explores that in works by Michael Pianta, Audra Pianta, Andrew Boatright and Daniel Thornton, all of whom have trained at the Texas Academy of Figurative Art in Fort Worth. Aug. 2-21
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery
154 Glass St., Dallas, 214-969-1852, pdnbgallery.com
Hot Dog PDNB has an inspired take on the dog days of summer this year: a group show celebrating man’s best (and most photogenic) friend. See 100 years of images of dogs by a slew of noted photographers, including Texan Keith Carter, Elliott Erwitt and Fort Worth’s William Greiner. Through Aug. 24
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas, 214-922-1200, dma.org
Dior: From Paris to the World The first U.S. retrospective on Christian Dior covers the career of the fashion genius who revolutionized womenswear with his hyperfeminine New Look in 1947. More than 100 dresses tell the story of his house, including the Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano years. Through Sept. 1
Fort Works Art
2100 Montgomery St., 817-759-9475, fortworksart.com
Kate Simon: Chaos and Cosmos This is the first retrospective exhibition anywhere devoted to this fascinating photographer, who captured the cultural scene in New York in the ’70s and ’80s with images of artists including The Clash, Debbie Harry, William Burroughs and Bob Marley. The show was a coup for the gallery and got some attention this summer in Rolling Stone magazine. Through Aug. 31
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St., 214-922-1200, dma.org
Second Thursdays With a Twist: Jolene This edition of the DMA’s fun “Second Thursday” event (always a pop-culture celebration) is devoted to Dolly Parton. Leave your 9-to-5 behind and head to the museum to try on a bedazzled cowboy hat, pose for your country album cover in a photo booth, tour the galleries to learn about the strong-willed women of the collection and listen to some Dolly classics. 5-9 p.m. Aug. 8
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N. Field St., 214-428-5555, perotmuseum.org
Dino Fest For two days over Labor Day weekend, the Perot Museum will be all about dinosaurs. Kids of all ages will love serious stuff like educational talks and hands-on experiments and silly fun like dinosaur-themed crafts and food. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1
AT&T Performing Arts Center Broadway Series
Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas, 214-880-0202, attpac.org
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory This musical based on the original film of Roald Dahl’s classic lends state-of-the-art Broadway production to the familiar story, songs (including “The Candy Man” and “Pure Imagination”) and characters, with the help of a new score by the songwriters of Hairspray. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Aug. 22-25
Sundance Square, 230 W. 4th St., Fort Worth, 817-877-4030, circletheatre.com
A 3D Adventure In Matt Lyle’s world-premiere farce, a theater troupe gets thrown into a succession of surreal alternate realities, resulting in a madcap romp through some of our favorite movie worlds. It should be a hoot for anyone who loves movies, theater and the arts. Aug. 15-Sept. 14
National Theatre Live
Small Island Amphibian Stage Productions sponsors the Fort Worth screenings of this broadcast from Britain’s National Theatre in London. Small Island, based on a novel by Andrea Levy that won one of Britain’s top literary prizes, reaches across generations to explore the complicated ties between Jamaica and the U.K. Aug. 21 and 24
Stolen Shakespeare Guild
Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., stolenshakespeareguild.org
Anything Goes This classical theater company can do so much more than toss off iambic pentameter. It’s finishing its season with the delightful Cole Porter musical that’s set on an ocean liner and features, besides the title song, the standards “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top.” Aug. 9-25
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St., 214-922-1200, dma.org
The DMA’s third-Friday “Late Night” series offers a pair of films tied to the exhibit “Dior: From Paris to the World,” which closes this month.
• Paris Couture A documentary look at Dior, Givenchy, Chanel and the golden age of the couture houses, from the 1940s to the ’60s. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16
• Iris Documentarian Albert Maysles celebrates Iris Apfel, a decades-long presence in the New York fashion scene for her flamboyant looks and big personality. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org/films
This month, the Modern has an anime festival, a children’s film festival, a Movies That Matter event and a whole slate of Magnolia at the Modern.
Magnolia at the Modern
Current arthouse fare screening most weekends.
• The Spy Behind Home Plate A documentary about Moe Berg, the major league catcher in the 1920s and ’30s who later spied for the OSS (the CIA’s precursor) and helped prevent the Germans from making an atomic bomb. Aug. 2-4
• Them That Follow A thriller starring this year’s Best Actress winner, Olivia Colman, takes us inside a snake-handling church in Appalachia. Aug. 9-11
• Pavarotti Director Ron Howard’s documentary covers the life and career of opera star Luciano Pavarotti. Aug. 16-18
• David Crosby: Remember My Name If opera’s not your bag, how about a documentary look at a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and his drama-filled life. Aug. 23-25
Movies That Matter
• Bisbee ’17 A film that plays with form (it’s part documentary, part Western) as it wrestles with a tragic historical event in Arizona: the Bisbee Deportation. In 1917, nearly 2,000 striking miners, mostly German and Mexican, were rounded up by armed Bisbee citizens, shipped to the New Mexican desert in cattle cars and left to die. Aug. 1
Anime at the Modern Aug. 9-10
This annual event celebrates the visually stunning Japanese animation style. Films include Night
is Short, Walk on Girl, voted Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Japanese Academy Awards; Spirited
Away, Hayao Miyazaki’s 2003 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, which was most Americans’ introduction to the art form; and Mirai, the generations-spanning story and winner of the 2019 Japanese Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Modern Kids: Summer Flicks — Selected Short Films Aug. 7-8
A two-day festival brings free film programming for kids, with the chance to visit the galleries before and after screenings. Films include animated shorts that won prizes at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle and, from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, a Spanish-language package of animated, live-action and documentary films from Mexico.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., 214-849-4376, mydso.com
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back The DSO screens the 1980 film (the best in the series, according to many) as it performs the John Williams score live. The first concert in this series sold quickly, so don’t hesitate if you want tickets. Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, 817-665-6000, fwsymphony.org
The FWSO’s preseason special concerts are two Latin-themed programs, showing off (in his last season) the kind of programming Miguel Harth-Bedoya brought to this orchestra.
• Azul and the Night of the Mayas TCU cello professor Jesus Castro-Balbi, a pair of percussionists and hyper-accordion inventor Michael Ward-Bergeman are soloists in Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul (written for and recorded by Yo-Yo Ma). Aug. 31
• Paquito D’Rivera The Cuban-born saxophonist, clarinetist and composer stars in a night of jazz, tango and Caribbean sounds. Sept. 1
At 78, Lubbock-born and Fort Worth-raised McClinton shows no signs of slowing down. Tall,
Dark & Handsome is his 26th album; it features 14 new and original songs (all written or co-written by McClinton) that show off his diverse songwriting, raspy voice and joyous music making with bandmates/friends known as the Self-Made Men + Dana (McClinton’s female saxophonist is Dana Robbins). The new album shifts smoothly from blues, swing and jazz to Americana as McClinton proves he’s still the master of multiple genres. The album came out July 26; catch him live at the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 214-824-9933, granadatheater.com. Aug. 2
The Texas singer-songwriter ignores genre boundaries and delivers a moving and rousing show every time. This year, he’s playing Fort Worth and Dallas back to back.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth, 817-212-4280, basshall.com; or 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora St., Dallas, 214-880-0202, attpac.org.