WED ▪ 12
How do we design interior spaces that reduce our stress levels? One answer: Figure out a way to keep smartphones out of said spaces. TCU interior design professor Laura Prestwood should have more enlightening ideas, though, when she gives a lecture called Creating Calm Places as part of Fort Worth Center for Architecture’s monthly design talk. The lecture is 7pm at 3425 W 7th St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-921-2111.
THU ▪ 13
Summer means Shakespeare for local theater troupes, and the Trinity Shakespeare Festival is good for two plays this month. They’re putting on the domestic comedy The Taming of the Shrew, but we prefer the political-thriller intrigue of Julius Caesar. Both plays are running at TCU thru Jun 30 at Buschman Theatre and Hays Theatre, 2800 S University Dr, FW. Tickets are $20-25. Call 817-257-8080.
FRI ▪ 14
This is outdoor grilling season, and the likes of Brownstone, Kincaid’s, Shaw’s, Tommy’s, and others will be battling it out to see who can serve up the tastiest burger in the first annual Battle of the Burger at the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. In addition, there’ll be face painting, roping lessons, a raffle, armadillo races, and live music with Luke Wade & No Civilians. The event is at 6pm at 1720 Gendy St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-336-4475.
SAT ▪ 15
Circle Theatre goes for a lighter option this month with Miracle on South Division Street, Tom Dudzick’s comedy about a Polish-American Catholic family in Buffalo who keep faith with the notion that the family patriarch had a vision of the Virgin Mary in his barbershop back in 1943. The play runs Jun 13-Jul 13 at 230 W 4th St, FW. Tickets are $10-30. Call 817-877-3040.
SUN ▪ 16
We’ve got dueling mermaids here! While Artisan Center Theatre is running The Little Mermaid Jr., based on the Disney animated musical film, Grapevine’s Palace Theatre opens a puppet-theater version of The Little Mermaid this week based on the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. You can compare these versions and decide which is better, especially if your kids can’t get enough of the story. The play runs Jun 12-Aug 14 at 300 S Main St, Grapevine. Tickets are $8-12. Call 817-410-3100.
MON ▪ 17
The Fort Worth Cats play the McAllen Thunder this week, and when we say “this week,” we really mean it. The homestand involves nine games on eight consecutive days, including a doubleheader on Saturday. The teams should get heartily sick of each other, and you can forgive the Thunder if they come to think of LaGrave Field as their home stadium. The series runs Jun 14-21 at 301 NE 6th St, FW. Tickets are $5-16. Call 817-226-2287.
TUE ▪ 18
The Juneteenth celebration goes on all week, with a parade and a pageant on Saturday and a father-and-children fishing tournament on Sunday. Today the annual celebration of African-Americans receiving news of their freedom from slavery is marked by a poetry slam at Barcelona at 8pm at 515 Houston St, FW. Cover charge is $3. Call 817-229-3621