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Hot Tickets: Aug. 2019

By guruscottyJuly 30, 2019February 26th, 2020No Comments

Compiled by Marilyn Bailey

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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

A work from Shelby Orr’s telephone pole series is part of Art Tooth’s “Object Permanence” at the
Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Photo courtesy of Art Tooth

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

Keith Carter, Bog Dog, 2014
Photos courtesy of PDNB Gallery

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

Photo by James Florio, Dallas Museum of Art

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

Keith Haring and William S. Burroughs, Lawrence, Kansas, 1987
Photo by Kate Simon


The Dallas Museum of Art devotes its Aug. 8 Second Thursday pop-culture celebration to Dolly Parton.

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

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a visual feast suitable for young and old.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Circle Theatre

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

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3100 Darnell St., 817-738-9215 (the Modern) or 817-923-3012 (Amphibian box office), themodern.org/films or amphibianstage.org

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

Leah Harvey and Shiloh Coke star in a National Theatre Live broadcast of Small Island.
Photo by Brinkhoff/ Moegenburg

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


International style icon Iris Apfel is the subject of an eponymous documentary.
Photo by Bruce Weber, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

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

Cameron Crowe’s Remember My Name looks at the life of David Crosby.
Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Night is Short, Walk on Girl is about an epic night in Kyoto and is part of this year’s Anime at the Modern.
Photo courtesy of GKIDS

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

Delbert McClinton

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

Texas native Delbert McClinton is on tour to support the release of his 26th album.
Photo courtesy of Delbert McClinton

Lyle Lovett

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.

Lyle Lovett