WED ▪ 21
Sam Mendes’ staging of King Lear won rave reviews for its conception of Shakespeare’s tragic hero as a genocidal dictator and its opulent staging. (The Guardian opened its review with, “It would be worth it for the storm scene alone.”) Now you can see that production when National Theatre Live brings it to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth at 2pm and 7pm at 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $12-20. Call 817-923-3012.
THU ▪ 22
Dallas Symphony Orchestra makes one of its periodic forays over to our side of the county line when they take the stage at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church this evening to play Prokofiev, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. Not only is tonight’s performance much closer to us, it’s also much cheaper to get into than their regular concerts. The music starts at 7:30pm at 185 S White’s Chapel Blvd, Southlake. Admission is $19. Call 214-692-0203.
FRI ▪ 23
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra closes out its season with a performance of Berlioz’ revolutionary Symphonie Fantastique, while Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth joins the group for a performance of the bustling, urbane Trumpet Concerto by the 20th-century Armenian composer Alexander Arutiunian. The performances are today thru Sun at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $11-80. Call 817-665-6000.
SAT ▪ 24
Boo Weekley isn’t what our readers e-mail us when they’re displeased with what we write. Rather, it’s the name of the defending champion of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, which starts up this week, with the Florida native looking to don the plaid jacket once again. The tournament runs Wed-Sun at Colonial Country Club, 3735 Country Club Cir, FW. Single tickets are $45. Passes are $100-800. Call 817-927-4280.
SUN ▪ 25
If you were dying to see someone parody the softcore S&M and stilted prose of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody this week. The Chicago theater critics thrashed this musical spoof (yes, that’s right), but we’re sure that some of the book’s fans will get a chuckle out of it. The show runs Wed-Sun at McDavid Studio, 301 E 5th St, FW. Tickets are $60.50. Call 817-212-4280.
MON ▪ 26
If you find a long-nosed snake in the wild, don’t try to pick it up. It has the disgusting defense mechanism of emptying its bowels along with a lot of blood when it’s disturbed. This is just one species of the Snakes of Tarrant County, a subject on which Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge will give a lecture at 10am Sat and 9:15am Sun-Mon at 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, FW. Admission is free with museum entry fee. Call 817-237-1111.
TUE ▪ 27
Acknowledging popular demand, the National Cowgirl Museum has brought back its Hard Twist exhibit, featuring photographs by Barbara Van Cleve showing women doing the hard chores on ranches throughout the West. Now’s a good time to catch these photos if you missed the show the first time around. The exhibit runs thru Aug 31 at 1720 Gendy St, FW. Admission is $8-10. Call 817-336-4475.