WED ▪ 3
The Mimir Chamber Music Festival runs this week at TCU. Among the highlights are Prokofiev’s Second String Quartet (subtitled “On Kabardinian Themes,” referring to the mostly Muslim ethnic minority from the northern Caucasus region), Paul Schoenfield’s exercise in Jewish humor Tales From Chelm, and Britten’s Third String Quartet, a deeply moving piece written as the composer was facing the end of his life. The festival runs thru Sun at TCU, PepsiCo Recital Hall, 2800 S University Dr, FW. Tickets are $25. Call 817-257-7602.
THU ▪ 4
Willie’s Picnic (see sidebar) will be the biggest event today, but there are still plenty of other local Fourth of July celebrations that are cheaper to attend. Concerts in the Garden and Fort Worth Fourth are reliable standbys, but the 4thFest at Bedford Boys Ranch is celebrating its 60th edition. That may be the way to go, depending on where you’re located. The celebrations are at various times and locations. Check Calendar for details.
FRI ▪ 5
Theater and golf have never found too many intersection points, but Stage West looks to remedy that with its production of The Fox on the Fairway, a farce by Lend Me a Tenor playwright Ken Ludwig that takes place during a tournament between two rival country clubs. The play debuted in 2010 and has been making its way through regional theater companies. Fox on the Fairway runs Jul 5-Aug 11 at 821 W Vickery St, FW. Tickets are $20-30. Call 817-784-9378.
SAT ▪ 6
Dovetailing nicely with the Fourth of July celebrations in Granbury is the final weekend of Granbury Theatre Company’s production of 1776, Peter Stone’s musical with, yes, a few cringe-inducing songs but also an unexpectedly complicated take on our nation’s formative years and a heroic view of John Adams decades before that became fashionable. The play runs thru Sat at 100 E Pearl St, Granbury. Tickets are $15-20. Call 817-579-0952.
SUN ▪ 7
Of late, filmmakers in Israel have started to make movies about small-scale domestic subjects rather than the country’s military and political strife. The latest of these is Fill the Void, a much-lauded depiction of a girl’s dilemma in Tel Aviv’s Orthodox community that was written and directed by Rama Burshtein, a member of that community herself. The film runs Fri-Sun at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $6.50-8.50. Call 817-738-9215.
MON ▪ 8
The Disney musical The Little Mermaid revived its studio and helped remove the stigma from animated films as strictly for kids, and a large part of that sprang from the brilliant Alan Menken and Howard Ashman songs. These get showcased in Artisan Center Theater’s production of The Little Mermaid Jr., which runs thru Jul 27 at Belaire Theater, 420 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst. Tickets are $5-7. Call 817-284-1200.
TUE ▪ 9
Since we’re now coming up on midsummer, now’s a good time to take in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The fantastical farce set off by magic spells and misunderstandings is a treat when it’s done right, and it’s part of the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. The play runs thru Jul 20 at Samuell Grand Amphitheatre, 1500 Tenison Pkwy, Dallas. Tickets are $10. Call 214-327-4001.