Dear Weekender subscribers (and you skinflints who don’t

subscribe to our awesome weekly A&E newsletter), due to

circumstances beyond our/my control, this week’s newsletter


is all about Valentine’s Day. But I went ahead and put

together a Weekender anyway. Lots of fun stuff to do this

weekend, starting tonight.

Orphan Art Project Benes
Multiple artsy Fort Worth folks will be pitching in over the

next few weeks to support the Orphan Art Project, in which

artsits all over the world create and sell art for two

privately owned South African orphanages. The first of

several fundraising events takes place Friday at The Where

House (2510 Hemphill St, Near South Side, 817-913-7777). The

Tin Art Show will feature art and crafty art by Fort Worth’s

Piranha Bear collective, food and booze for sale, a raffle,

and performances by several talented musos, including Fort

Worthians Secret Ghost Champion, Southern Gothic

singer-songwriter Clint Niosi, and alarmingly talented

upstart Brenna Manzare. Proceeds from art sales and the $10

cover will go toward OAP. A second OAP event will take place

Sunday night at Lola’s Saloon (2736 W 6th St, 817-877-0666).

Metal for Orphans will feature three heavy-hitting North

Texas doom metalists: Lotus Sutra, Pagan Assassin, and Four

Days to Burn. Proceeds from the $5 cover will go toward OAP.

The last and arguably biggest OAP event will be on Saturday,

Feb. 18, at Casa Mañana (3101 W Lancaster Av, 817-332-2272).

Super Bowl-Watching Parties
Though there’s nothing particularly local about this year’s

Super Bowl — unless you count the fact that the Giants and

Cowboys play in the same division, giving locals somebody to

root against — local bars and bar/restaurants will be

televising the big game, and why the hell not? Football’s the

greatest sport ever invented, and the Super Bowl represents

the last game for a while. One place that’s great anytime but

particularly great during big games is Papa G’s Bedford (2900

Hwy 121, 817-354-4140), where domestics and pints will be

only $2 a pop, pitchers only $6.25, and appetizers discounted

throughout the game. Another excellent though less

traditional spot for Super Bowl-watching will be Lucky Strike

(2845 W 7th St, 817-566-1470), where the customer with the

best fan costume can win a $50 gift card to Lucky Strike

(announced at halftime). There’ll also be beer bucket

specials throughout the game. The Pour House (2725 W 7th St,

817-335-2575) will definitely be in on the SB action,

offering a $7.95 all-you-can-eat buffet featuring Super

Sloppy Joe Sliders, Cajun sausage chili with chips, Pour

House Hot Dogs, Buffalo fries, and more.

Pete Feresten Exhibit Opening
Pete Feresten will always be remembered as Fort Worth’s

premier art photographer, especially in relationship to the

South Side. Opening tonight (Thursday) from 5 to 7pm at The

Art Corridor II Gallery (TCC Southeast Campus, 2100 SE Pkwy,

Arlington, 817-515-3522) … my mind wanders to the south

side of town, a “composite vignette,” says ACII curator

Christopher Blay, of Feresten’s massive portfolio. Admission

is free. The exhibit will hang until Mar 8.

Oh, That Frank Artsmarter
ACII curator Christopher Blay (see: above blurb) has an evil

alter-ego who comes to life every now and then to comment on

the art world at large. Not too long ago, this character,

Frank Artsmarter, “stood for art” — he actually spent six

hours standing in front of the Modern Art Museum of Fort

Worth. Just. Standing. But for art! Mr. Artsmarter’s latest

divertissement is Modern ruined, thick and wordy, a

one-evening-only mixed-media work taking place 7-10pm on

Saturday at a newly renovated formerly vacant apartment,

Historic Bomar Apartments (1507 Alston Av, South Side,

817-308-7598). The event is BYOB, and there’ll be a free

hot-pop of Ramen noodles.

Shows of Ever-Increasing Significance
Tonight (Thursday), Lola’s (2736 W 6th St, 817-877-0666) will

ring with the sounds of Fort Worth’s blues-breaking Quaker

City Night Hawks opening for Kansas’ Split Lip Rayfield.

Cover is $12-18. (And if you’re there, say hi to that clucker

Cockburn for us.) The Grotto (517 University Dr, Cultural

District, 817-882-9331) will be the place to be Saturday

night, when three sludgy-to-melodic Fort Worth outfits —

Cosmic Trigger, FTW, and Southern Train Gypsy — perform.

Cover is $5.