WED ▪ 16
Back in the early days of cinema, special effects were nonexistent, so when shooting a film about World War I pilots, filmmakers had no choice but to send their actors up in real planes and film them. (Something to ponder while watching The Avengers.) You can see the 1927 film Wings, the first ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, when it’s broadcast at 2pm and 7pm at Cinemark Town Center, 2041 Hwy 287, Mansfield, and Cinemark Tinseltown, 911 W Hwy 114, Grapevine. Tickets are $4-8.
THU ▪ 17
Single women shouldn’t be denied the pleasures of travel, but doing so alone can present particular challenges, so author Beth Whitman is here to walk you through it. She’ll be at Backwoods to discuss her book, Wanderlust and Lipstick: The Essential Guide for Women Traveling Solo. She appears at 7pm at 2727 W 7th St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-332-2423.
FRI ▪ 18
There’s nothing like free pizza to rope people in. This year’s Main Street Days festival features a pizza piazza with slices paired with wine and craft beer, as well as a contest to pick the best pie. Even the grilling competition will feature grilled pizza for its final round. The festival runs Fri-Sun at historic downtown Grapevine. Tickets are $5-7. Passes are $15-20. Call 800-457-6338.
SAT ▪ 19
Whiskey Folk Ramblers, The Hanna Barbarians, and Spoonfed Tribe are just three of more than a dozen exceptional Fort Worth bands that will be playing throughout the day as part of this spring’s Arts Goggle, a free walkable festival of art, refreshments, and live music. Arts Goggle runs 4-10pm at various locations on the Near South Side, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-923-4313.
SUN ▪ 20
Theatre Arlington couldn’t have planned it this way, but with the president endorsing gay marriage and a gay-bashing incident coming to light from his presumptive opponent’s past last week, now seems like the perfect time to revive The Laramie Project, Moises Kaufman’s play about the murder of a gay student in Wyoming. The play runs May 18-Jun 3 at 305 W Main St, Arlington. Tickets are $19. Call 817-275-7661.
MON ▪ 21
The Dutch haven’t made many notable contributions to classical music beyond producing some top-level symphony conductors, but at tonight’s Spectrum Chamber Music Series of Fort Worth concert, you can hear Dutch music in Nicolai von Wilm’s Larghetto, an impassioned Romantic work. Other items on the bill include Henriette Renié’s ascetic Andante Religioso and Michael Torke’s intriguingly titled Two Girls on the Beach. The concert is at 7pm at First United Methodist Church, 800 W 5th St, FW. $5-10 donations are requested. Call 817-377-0688.
TUE ▪ 22
The story of the Freedom Riders, a group of civil-rights activists who rode buses to end segregation in 1961, was told last year in a documentary presentation on PBS. This week, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History opens an exhibit dedicated to these agents of change and will screen the documentary as well next month. The exhibit runs thru Jun 15 at 1600 Gendy St, FW. Admission is $10-14. Call 817-255-9300.