WED ▪ 8
The Modern Kids Summer Flicks Series screens short films for free aimed at children of different age groups. This afternoon’s session includes a modernized take on Hansel and Gretel, a re-telling of Abelard and Heloise’s romance with mice, and the story of an office toy that wants to take a road trip across the country. The series runs thru Thu at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-9215.
THU ▪ 9
Buckle down for six hours’ worth of marching bands, as DCI 2012: Big Loud & Live 9 broadcasts in local movie theaters. Bands from all over the country will gather for the preliminary rounds of the world championship competition, and you can hear them live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The event screens at 5:30pm at various locations; check Calendar for theaters. Tickets are $18. Call 818-761-6100.
FRI ▪ 10
Will Eisner and Jerry Iger were inspired by H. Rider Haggard’s novel She when they created their comic book Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, though the popularity of Tarzan movies at the time may also have had something to do with it. Johnny Simons brings the story of the wild woman who can talk to the jungle animals to Hip Pocket’s stage this weekend. The play runs Aug 10-Sep 2 at 1950 Silver Creek Dr, FW. Tickets are $8-15. Call 817-246-9775.
SAT ▪ 11
Released in early 2011, the animated film Gnomeo & Juliet transplants Shakespeare’s plot into a story of neighboring clans of garden gnomes who carry out their war beneath the notice of their human owners, with Emily Blunt and James McAvoy voicing the star-crossed ceramic lovers. Sprinkled with Elton John songs and clever casting, the movie is cleverer than it really should be. It screens 1pm at Fort Worth Library, 500 W 3rd St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-871-7323.
SUN ▪ 12
Lee Blessing’s chamber drama Two Rooms has been staged elsewhere in Tarrant County, but Runway Theatre is bringing it to Grapevine for two weekends only. The intense play about a hostage crisis is a nice change of pace from the troupe’s usual lighter fare. The show runs Aug 10-19 at 215 N Dooley St, Grapevine. Tickets are $12. Call 817-923-9500.
MON ▪ 13
To prepare operagoers for its upcoming staging of The Aspern Papers, Dallas Opera is screening the film version of Henry James’ novel. The 2010 movie is notable mainly for giving an acting role to Joan Juliet Buck, the journalist who’s currently infamous for writing a flattering profile of Syria’s first lady during the Arab Spring. She might want to start building up her acting resumé right about now. The film screens at 7pm at Studio Movie Grill, 11140 N Central Expwy, Dallas. Admission is free, RSVPs are recommended. Call 214-443-1044.
TUE ▪ 14
A great way to liven up a Tuesday evening is through the Ballet in Cinema series running this summer at the Cinemark Alliance, presenting broadcasts of performances by the Bolshoi and London’s Royal Ballet. A screening of Frederick Ashton’s staging of La Fille Mal Gardée is at 7pm at 9228 Sage Meadow Tr, FW. Tickets are $12. Call 817-750-0560.