Night & Day
WED ▪ 29
Oley Sassone’s 1994 film of The Fantastic Four was never intended to be seen and was made on the cheap to fulfill a contractual requirement that would ensure that Roger Corman’s production company retained the rights to the Marvel Comics title until it could be filmed properly. Though it never got distribution, copies of this crude superhero movie circulated underground for years. Now the Wondercrust Movie Watchers Club is showing it for their amusement. And yours too. The screening is at 10pm at The Grotto, 517 University Av, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-657-7648.
THU ▪ 30
In Venus in Fur, a misogynistic playwright/director who complains about a parade of auditioners “who sound like 6-year-olds on helium” gets cut down to size by a tardy actress in thigh-highs trying out for a role in his adaptation of a novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (from whom we get the word “masochism”). David Ives’ play debuted in New York in 2010, and Circle Theatre brings it here tonight thru Mar 8 at 230 W 4th St, FW. Tickets are $10-30. Call 817-877-3040.
FRI ▪ 31
Snake Plissken slithers again in Escape from New York, but this isn’t just any re-airing of John Carpenter’s 1981 dystopian thriller. It’s the start of ArthouseFW, consisting of four series of films (including samurai movies, Luis Buñuel, and silent films) that Lone Star Film Society will be showing on Friday evenings at either the Kimbell Art Museum or the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Tonight’s screening is at 10pm at the Modern, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Admission is $5-7. Call 817-913-634-5067.
SAT ▪ 1
In early 1865, the famous actor Edwin Booth saved a young man’s life by pulling him onto a crowded train that had started to move while the man was still hanging on the door. Not until later, after Booth’s brother had assassinated Abraham Lincoln, did Booth learn that the man he had saved was the president’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln. Booth’s glittering stage career and the national tragedy that haunted him are explored in Thomas Walsh’s play Edwin Booth: To Thine Own Self. It receives a staged reading at 10:30am at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-989-5030.
SUN ▪ 2
The country of Greece isn’t known for its contributions to classical music, but that might have changed if Nikos Skalkottas hadn’t died young in 1949. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform selections from his lively Greek Dances, as well as Schumann’s Fourth Symphony and Saint-Saëns’ Third Violin Concerto, Fri-Sun at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $12-80. Call 817-665-6000.
MON ▪ 3
A graduate of Arlington High School (the one in Massachusetts, not the one here), Olympia Dukakis will be at UNT to discuss her career. The 82-year-old won an Oscar for her supporting role in 1987’s Moonstruck, but she also distinguished herself in Away From Her, Steel Magnolias, and the first two iterations of TV’s Tales From the City. The lecture is at 2pm at Curry Hall, 200 Av A, Denton. Admission is free. Call 940-565-4510.
TUE ▪ 4
There’s no word yet on which pieces of music Vocal Majority will be singing when they come to UNT this evening, but this will be our first chance to hear the Dallas ensemble under new artistic director Greg Clancy without having to make the trip to Dallas. The concert is at 8pm at Winspear Hall, 2100 I-35E, Denton. Tickets are $5-10. Call 940-369-7802.