WED ▪ 9
Perhaps the greatest farce ever written in the English language, The Importance of Being Earnest represents the high point of Oscar Wilde’s diamond-like wit, frequently verging on absurdity in its hijinks. Artisan Center Theater’s staging of this classic lights up Tarrant County’s theater scene. The show runs thru May 26 at Belaire Theater, 418 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst. Tickets are $7-18. Call 817-284-1200.
THU ▪ 10
Besides the ability to capture fleeting, powerful images (in pictures or words), what is the connection between photography and poetry? Art historian and poet Roberto Tejada will trace the influence of verse on the art of taking pictures in his lecture The Poem and the Image at 6pm at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-1933.
FRI ▪ 11
With all the celebration of the French Impressionists has come a lot of trashing of the Academie Française and their stuffy, heroic, established art that the Impressionists were rebelling against. However, in recent years there have been attempts to rehabilitate the art of the Academy. Williams College art history professor Marc Gotlieb continues the efforts with his lecture, Who’s Afraid of “Academic” Art?, focusing on a pillar of the establishment, Jean-León Gérome. The lecture is at 6pm at Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-332-8451.
SAT ▪ 12
With summer around the corner and the abundance of rain we received this past winter, this year’s boating season should be a great deal of fun, so now’s the weekend to see some boat shows, namely the North Texas Boat Show at North Texas Marine and the Texas Paddlesport Show at Lake Grapevine. The North Texas Boat Show runs Fri-Sat at 1100 NE Loop 820, FW. The Texas Paddlesport Show is 9am Sat at Trawick Tr & Minnow Loop Rd, Grapevine. Admission is free.
SUN ▪ 13
If only Molly Ivins had lived long enough to see Rick Perry’s presidential campaign crash and burn! The Texas legend’s wit and political acumen come to life at Stage West with Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, a one-woman show written by Margaret and Allison Engel. The play runs May 10-Jun 17 at 821 W Vickery Blvd, FW. Tickets are $15-30. Call 817-784-9378.
MON ▪ 14
While the Molly Ivins show is running on the weekends, Stage West occupies itself Monday through Wednesday with its Festival of the Kid, a selection of plays written by local students, cast with kids ages 14-19, and directed by professionals such as Rob Bosquez, Justin Flowers, and Chuck Huber. The festival runs May 14-16 at 821 W Vickery Blvd, FW. Tickets are $5-10. Call 817-784-9378.
TUE ▪ 15
Sportscaster Lewis Johnson is best known for providing color commentary for track and field events for NBC at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He’ll be doing the same thing again this year, but before he jets off to London, he’ll stop at the British Emporium to give us a preview of what to expect at the 2012 Games. The event is at 7pm at 140 N Main St, Grapevine. Admission is free. Call 817-421-2311.