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Hot Tickets: Oct. 2019

By Debbie AndersonSeptember 24, 2019November 8th, 2021No Comments

Compiled by Marilyn Bailey

There’s a lot to see and do out there.
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Blond Bather, 1881, oil on canvas, 25 ¾ by 32 1/8 inches Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum

3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-332-8451, kimbellart.org

Renoir: The Body, The Senses It’s another coup for the Kimbell: the first major exhibit to study Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s fascination with the human form, through nearly 60 paintings, drawings, pastels and sculptures by the master, his contemporaries and his followers. Oct. 27-Jan. 26

Karabo, Australopithecus sediba, is 1.97 million years old. He walked upright, climbed trees and and ate soft foods like grass and fruit. Photo by Brett Eloff,  Wits University

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214-428-5555, perotmuseum.org

Origins: Fossils From the Cradle of Humankind This exhibit is centered around a pair of fossils of the species Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi that are changing our knowledge of human origins. Make like a paleontologist with interactive experiences and a simulated excavation site. Oct. 19-March 22

Robyn O’Neil, HELL, 2011, graphite on paper, 172 ½ by 83 5/8 inches. Photo courtesy of Robyn O’Neil

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org

Robyn O’Neil: WE, THE MASSES This exhibit showcases a Nebraska-born, Texas-educated artist whose best-known works depict tiny people in vast landscapes, some of them ominous. O’Neil’s most ambitious drawing, HELL, 2011, took her three years to complete and features 35,000 collaged elements and 65,000 figures. Oct. 18-Feb. 9 O’Neil is the featured guest 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Tuesday Evenings lecture series. Drawing and animation classes based on O’Neil’s work start in November. See website for more information.


Fort Worth Public Art Vase With Nine Flowers

Texas-born sculptor James Surls not only has a piece inside the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, he also has a permanent installation coming Oct.10 to the Cultural District. The 17-foot-tall towering cluster of stylized six-petal patinaed bronze blooms on stainless steel branches in a larger-than-life vase will be rooted on the grassy corner at Montgomery Street and Lansford Lane, across from the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and near the Western Heritage parking garage. The new outdoor artwork comes courtesy of the Fort Worth Public Art program. “It’s one of the few times our program has done a direct purchase of existing artwork,” says project manager Anne Allen. “We’re very excited about the piece.” Follow Fort Worth Public Art (@fwpublicart) on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates on the upcoming dedication ceremony. For more on the program, visit fwpublicart.org.

Vase With Nine Flowers, 6½ feet by 17 feet, bronze and stainless steel. Photo by Robert Millman


Ann Patchett

Arts & Letters Live

The Dallas Museum of Art’s literary events take place in a variety of venues around town. Book tickets online at dma.org or call 214-922-1818. Times and addresses are on the website.

Ann Patchett, with The Dutch House, a new historical novel, at First United Methodist Church, across the street from the DMA. Oct. 6

John Grisham, with a new legal thriller, The Guardians, at Richardson’s Eisemann Center. Oct. 24

Commonplace Books

WestBend, 1701 River Run, Fort Worth, 405-269-4840, facebook.com/commonplaceftw

Sid Balman Jr. Dallas native and longtime national security correspondent for United Press International, Sid Balman Jr. returns to Texas on tour with his book Seventh Flag, a historical novel that begins before the Civil War, takes us through the tragedies of 9/11 and examines — through a multi-ethnic lens — what it is to be an American. 6 p.m. Nov. 1


Apex Arts League

White’s Chapel UMC,185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake, apexartsleague.com/events

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: The Music of Star Wars and More A family concert featuring beloved John Williams tunes from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Oct. 6

Casa Mañana: Cabaret

Reid Cabaret Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 817-332-2272, casamanana.org
The Pin-Up Girls Performers sing numbers — in styles ranging from the Andrews Sisters to hip-hop — inspired by letters home from U.S. troops. Oct. 9-12 and 16-19

Cliburn at the Kimbell

Kimbell Art Museum, Piano Pavilion, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-212-4280, cliburn.or

Olga Kern Fort Worth still adores its 2001 Cliburn gold medal winner, and she hasn’t appeared on this series in five years. Oct. 10-11

Dallas Opera

Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., 214-443-1000, dallasopera.org

Since Fort Worth Opera’s season is a short one that takes place in the spring, opera lovers might want to look to Dallas the rest of the year, including a pair of comedies this month.

• The Magic Flute On one level it’s a fairy tale about a prince trying to rescue a princess, but Mozart’s genius makes it so much more than that. Oct. 18, 20, 23, 26 and Nov. 1 and 3

• The Golden Cockerel It’s been almost 50 years since DO has presented this Rimsky-Korsakov fantasy about what happens when an inept king’s court astrologer gives him a magic bird. Oct.
25, 27, 30 and Nov. 2

Fort Worth Opera: Opera Shots

Shipping & Receiving Bar, 201 S. Calhoun St., fwopera.org/opera-shots

The opera company takes over the Near Southside bar with fun and informal performances from some of its stars. It’s free, but RSVP online. Oct. 17

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, 817-665-6000, fwsymphony.org

• Ghostbusters: Film With Live Orchestra The ’80s classic gets the full orchestral treatment, with the film screening above the stage as the orchestra plays the score. But how will they handle the hit theme song? Hmm. Oct. 25-27

• Halloween Spooktacular A morning family concert devoted to (gently) spooky favorites such as The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and some Harry Potter themes. Oct. 26


Eric Inkala, Untitled, 2019, acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of Fort Works Art

Fort Works Art 2100 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, 817-759-9475, fortworksart.com

Picking Up the Pieces Brooklyn self-taught artist Eric Inkala made his debut at Fort Works Art two years ago as part of a group show and returns with more than 15 large-scale acrylic-on-canvas paintings. His work is colorful and highly graphic. It’s also a lot of fun. Through Oct. 19


Hall’s Pumpkin Farm & Corn Maze

3420 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine, 817-991-1052, hallspumpkinfarm.net

Kids can experience classic autumn fun at this seasonal attraction. They’ll also enjoy evening hay rides (pulled by a farm tractor), choosing pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, meeting farm animals and romping in the 2-acre corn maze. Small admission and activity fees are cash-only. Opens Sept. 27

Oktoberfest Southlake

Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., 817-481-8200, southlakechamber.com/oktoberfest-home

Enjoy generous helpings of German food, bier, music, vendor booths, costume contests and, of course, the hilarious wiener dog race. Free parking with shuttle service is available at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd. Oct. 4-6



Local artists’ booths, live music, food and drink take over a good portion of this popular Fort Worth area for this annual family-friendly street festival on Magnolia Avenue. An indoor component, Gallery at Goggle, returns to South Main Street. Look for bars, retailers and businesses to turn into gallery spaces hosting art, music and more. Oct. 19

Westlake Classic Car Show

Solana Club, 2902 Sam School Road, Westlake, westlakeclassiccarshow.com

The annual festival offers an impressive lineup of vintage cars and trucks (1909 to 1959), all originals or top-quality restorations. Proceeds benefit the Westlake Historical Preservation Society. Oct. 19

Boo at the Zoo

Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, 817-759-7555, fortworthzoo.org

Celebrate Halloween with the littles ones, visiting treat stations and carnival games scattered throughout the park (kids will need to buy coupons at the entrance), plus animal shows and the usual exhibits. Costumes are encouraged. Oct. 25-27

Photo by Meda Kessler


Texas Ballet Theater

Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth, 877-828-9200, texasballettheater.org

The Sleeping Beauty TBT opens its season with a revival of Ben Stevenson’s sumptuous take on one of Tchaikovsky’s three great classic ballets. This is Texas Ballet Theater at its best. Oct. 18-20

Photo by Meda Kessler


James Corden in NTL’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors. Photo by Johan Persson

Amphibian Stage Productions: National Theatre Live

Broadcasts from the National Theatre in London are presented at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Get tickets at the door, 817-923-3012 or amphibianstage.com.

One Man, Two Guvnors TV host James Corden gets the laughs as an unemployed musician who takes two jobs and must keep each of his bosses from learning about the other. Oct. 2 and 5

Broadway at the Bass

Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth, 817-212-4280, basshall.com

Phantom of the Opera Cameron Mackintosh’s lavish production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic returns, scary chandelier and all. Through Oct. 5

Casa Mañana

3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 817-332-2272, casamanana.org

Tuck Everlasting The Children’s Theater series kicks off with a musical staging of the bestselling book by Natalie Babbitt about 11-year-old heroine Winnie Foster. Oct. 4-20

Annie The Broadway series continues with this beloved musical for all ages. Nov. 2-10

Jenny Ledel (Tessa), Lydia Mackay (Carlin) and Jessica D. Turner (Nell) star in Circle Theatre’s world premiere of What We Were. Photo by Jordan Fraker

Circle Theatre

Sundance Square, 230 W. 4th St., Fort Worth, 817-877-3040, circletheatre.com

What We Were This world-premiere play by Blake Hackler takes us to East Texas for a story about three sisters who share an ugly secret. Note: This has adult language and subject matter. Through Oct. 19

Dallas Theater Center

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., 214-522-8499, dallastheatercenter.org

In the Heights The Tony-winning musical that first showed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s genius to the world is family friendly and inspirational — a love letter to his hometown, the Bronx. Through Oct. 20

Jubilee Theatre

Sundance Square, 506 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-338-4411, jubileetheatre.org

Single Black Female In Lisa B. Thompson’s two-woman comedy, 30-something African-American women look for love and great clothes in an unseeing world that works overtime to stereotype them. Through Oct. 27


Magnolia at the Modern

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org/films

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice The career of a quintessential voice of the 1970s is chronicled in this documentary tracing her life from an Arizona childhood to her current battle with Parkinson’s. Hear interviews with Ronstadt along with Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Don Henley and more. Oct. 4-6

Modern Cinema In a partnership with the Modern and Fortress Presents, film writer Christopher Kelly chooses a weekend’s worth of current and upcoming films (think Sundance Film Festival fare) that haven’t yet screened in Dallas-Fort Worth. Titles include Pain and Glory, a semi-autobiographical story from director Pedro Almodóvar that stars Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz; and The Report, a docudrama about the CIA’s use of torture, with Adam Driver and Annette Bening. Oct. 11-13

Linda Ronstadt is the focus of a special rockumentary. Photo courtesy of Greenwich Entertainment