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DANCE

Carolyn Judson makes her final TBT appearance in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo by Steven Visneau.

Texas Ballet Theater

Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas; Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth; texasballettheater.org

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Artistic director Ben Stevenson and TBT present the world premiere of Stevenson’s first new full-length ballet since he joined the company in 2003. Based on Shakespeare’s play, the production features sets and costumes by British designer David Walker. Select shows will feature Carolyn Judson, a 19-year veteran of TBT, who dances the role of Titania in her final performance with the company. The 90-minute ballet is family-friendly. May 6-8, Winspear Opera House; May 20-22, Bass Performance Hall

BOOKS

Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora St., Dallas, attpac.org

An Evening with Neil Gaiman The award-winning English novelist takes to the stage to talk about works past and present and anything he might have working for the future. He kicked off his speaking tour in late April; Dallas and Houston are his only Texas stops. Gaiman has published more than 20 novels and the comic book series The Sandman, but the author, known for his science fiction and fantasy books, also is a provocative storyteller. He promises to answer questions and “amaze, befuddle and generally delight.” May 20

FILM

Joan Crawford and Ann Blyth star in Mildred Pierce. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Palace Theatre

300 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817-410-3100, palace-theatre.com

Mildred Pierce The First Friday Film Series celebrates one of the most memorable screen mothers (Joan Crawford) as she shows her steely determination to protect and provide for her unappreciative daughter. Neither class prejudice nor manipulative men can stop her. May 6

Magnolia at the Modern

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

The Duke Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren together in a feel-good British comedy? Yes, please. This charming film tells the true story of 60-year-old retired bus driver Kempton Bunton, who steals a portrait of the Duke of Wellington from London’s National Gallery. In exchange for its return, he wants the government to stop making the elderly pay TV taxes. Mirren stars as Bunton’s wife, Dorothy. Bunton is caught and charged, but what happens after that is part of the film’s charm. May 6-8

Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent star in The Duke. Photo courtesy of Sony Picture Classics

Petite Maman A dark fairy tale threaded with suggestions of sci-fi, this one-off multigenerational story is both spine prickling and revelatory. A grandmother’s death brings Nelly to her mother’s childhood home. As her parents busy themselves with adult duties, Nelly explores the surrounding woods, where she meets an eerily similar girl exactly her age. Revelations merge past and present events in a tender exploration of grief. May 20-22

A young girl’s unexpected encounter with someone just like her fuels the mystery of Petite Maman. Image courtesy of Neon 

EVENTS

Photo courtesy of Mayfest

Trinity Park

Fort Worth, mayfest.org

Mayfest After a hiatus the past two years, the family-favorite event returns this month to celebrate its 50th anniversary. For four days, the banks of the Trinity River are filled with carnival rides and games, live music and entertainment, art, food and beverage vendors and more. The Children’s Area offers new interactive fun, plus a chalk house, a giant sand pit with hidden treasures, and free arts and crafts. For adults, the beer and wine garden, introduced in 2019, returns with more options, including 12 craft beers on tap and six varietals of wine (there’s a Mother’s Day Rosé All Day $5 special on Sunday), plus seating where you can hang out and enjoy live music. A $150 donation to Mayfest gets you a seat on the VIP Patio (two adults and two children under 12). New this year is a cashless system (debit and credit) instead of prepurchased coupons. Admission is free on Thursday. May 5-8

Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media

Dickies Arena

1911 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, 817-402-9000, pbr.com

Professional Bull Riders World Finals The best of the best — including the four-legged competitors — compete on two weekends for 8 seconds of glory along with championship titles and lots of cash. First-round winners move on to the four-day finale, which moved this year from its longtime run in Las Vegas to Fort Worth. Look for lots of related events to take place in the Stockyards, too. May 13-15; May 19-22

Photo courtesy of Charles Schwab Challenge

Colonial Country Club

3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth, charlesschwabchallenge.com

Charles Schwab Challenge Fort Worth’s historic Colonial Country Club plays host to defending champ Jason Kokrak (ranked No. 28 in late April) and tour favorites this month. For spectators, it’s a cashless event, so bring plastic for food, drink and anything else you might need. If you want to spectate in style, get the PXG Patio Club ticket, $575 a day, with access to the grounds, the private Villages and the Poolside Plaza, plus unlimited eats and drinks. May 23-29

MUSIC

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., fwsymphony.org

Concerts In The Garden Tickets are on sale now for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s summer series. CITG kicks off June 16 with Asleep at the Wheel. Other performers range from local artists Jackopierce and Sarah Jaffe to popular shows such as The Music of The Rolling Stones and, of course, the
July 4 finale. Fireworks are part of each concert, with the biggest bang on Independence Day. Prepurchased parking also is available, and Central Market has a special picnic menu for two to six people (pick up your meal at the Botanic Garden). June 16-July 4 

Photo courtesy of Asleep at the Wheel

Photo courtesy of Jackopierce

Kimbell Art Museum

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

Jazz on the Green Take friends and blankets to hang out on the Kimbell lawn and enjoy an evening concert (seating is limited). There are free activity kits for kids; light snacks and refreshments are available for purchase and there’s a cash bar. No coolers or pets. Free, but registration is required. June 3

Photo courtesy of the Kimbell Art Museum