WED ▪ 30
Alan Ayckbourn’s farce A Small Family Business was written in 1987, and there’s some disagreement over whether its satire of Margaret Thatcher’s economic vision (family values and individual greed are both good) still has bite today. You can judge for yourself when National Theatre Live broadcasts its recent revival of this play. The play shows at 2pm & 7pm at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $12-20. Call 817-923-3012.
THU ▪ 31
With Chris Pratt starring in Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, now’s a good time to revisit The Lego Movie, an animated film that featured the same actor in the lead role, taking advantage of Pratt’s comic flair and Everyman relatability. It screens as part of the Rave North East Mall’s summer movie club, and its low admission price makes it a much better value than a VOD price. The movie screens at 10am Wed thru today at 1101 Melbourne Rd, Hurst. Admission is $1. Call 817-284-3427.
FRI ▪ 1
Whether you call her a stripper or a burlesque dancer, Gypsy Rose Lee attained a level of fame in her time that’s hard to imagine now. The Broadway show about her life, Gypsy, remains fresh because of the songs by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, and it can be a hellacious theatrical experience with the right actors. Stolen Shakespeare Guild’s production runs today thru Aug 17 at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $15-19. Call 866-811-4111.
SAT ▪ 2
This is your last week to catch Hip Pocket Theatre’s Rose Nose Rhapsody, Lake Simons and John Dyer’s fantasy about the end of the world, enacted by performers wearing red noses. It doesn’t appear that anyone sings about a reindeer named Rudolph, but the show does boast some expert clowning by the actors. The show runs thru Sun at 1950 Silver Creek Dr, FW. Tickets are $5-20. Call 817-246-9775.
SUN ▪ 3
We at Night & Day always delight in recognizing a breed of dog or species of fish on sight, so we can easily recommend the Bird Identification Field Trip at Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. Only 15 people will be allowed into the program, and preference will be given to those who attended the seminar last month, but you can learn to tell birds apart by their colors and songs. The program runs 8-11am at 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-237-1111.
MON ▪ 4
Much of the wildlife on the island of Madagascar is under threat due to increased human habitation, climate change, and the fact that most animals there don’t live anywhere else. Lemurs are the most personable of these animals, and you can learn about them at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, which is showing the IMAX film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar thru Aug 22 at 1600 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $6-7. Call 817-255-9300.
TUE ▪ 5
In case your craving for Japanese anime isn’t filled by the Miyazaki at the Modern event (see: sidebar), Funimation is premiering Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods in movie theaters this midweek. The film carries on the storyline from the TV show, with the Z fighters endeavoring to save their home planet. The movie screens today and tomorrow at various theaters. Check Calendar for locations. Tickets are $10. Call 818-761-6100.