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Canaletto’s “The Molo,” shown in Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals.

Comics and Canals

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This week we spotlight two presentations by our local art museums about the works hanging in their collections. The Amon Carter starts things on Thursday with an unusual “talk back” session, in which members of the public a...


Martin Clark and Meng-Jung Tsai in The Threepenny Opera.

English Steal

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Before they were chased out of Germany by the Nazis, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill were the most potent force in European theater, pioneering a style of drama called “epic theater” that used devices such as musical numbers ...



Step Rideau brings his Zydeco Outlaws to National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration.

Cowboy Zydeco

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The National Day of the American Cowboy started in 2004 as a result of the efforts of American Cowboy magazine, which wound up designating the fourth Saturday of every July as a day of recognition. This year in Fort Worth, the ...


Ben Stidham and Elizabeth Dewhirst in Anything Goes.

Easy to Love

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Anything Goes was revived on Broadway last year to great acclaim, but the musical has never really been in eclipse. Since it debuted in 1934, the show has endured as a vehicle for some of Cole Porter’s greatest songs. The sto...



Lloyd Harvey stars in Jubilee Theatre’s Company.

Bell Rings, Door Chimes

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Jubilee Theatre has reinterpreted the likes of Shakespeare and Molière before, but when it comes to musicals, the troupe usually sticks with original material. And why not, given that their original shows have been such great ...


Barbara Tucker and Brahms “Bravo” LaFortune in Check Your Body at the Door.

Modern Motion

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The cool, air-conditioned confines of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will be the perfect place to take in the Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, the ninth annual staging of this Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth showcase, wh...



Lucian Freud’s “Girl in Bed” at the Modern.

Subjects Laid Bare

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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth often has artists visit when their works are exhibited there, but that won’t be an option for Lucian Freud: Portraits. The painter (and grandson of Sigmund Freud) died last year at the age ...


Michele Gifford and Shea Johnson will dance this weekend with Ballet Concerto.

Park Passion

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Ballet Concerto, the popular summer dance troupe, celebrates 30 years of open-air performances  with a four-day run at Trinity Park Pavilion beginning Thursday. Founded by Margo Dean (who also founded the Fort Worth Ballet, no...



Brent Alford is Shylock in Trinity Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

A Pound of Flesh

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The Trinity Shakespeare Festival goes into full swing this week at TCU with a couple of Shakespeare plays that are grouped in with his comedies, though only one of them fits snugly into that category. That would be The Merry Wi...


John Graham’s “Table Top Still Life with Bird”

Three Musketeers

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For some reason, John D. Graham is never mentioned among the giants of the abstract expressionist movement. Born Ivan Gratianovich Dombrowsky in Kiev in 1886, he had been a lawyer and a decorated veteran of World War I before h...