The Near Southside will be the place to be this weekend.
On Friday night, it’s another edition of Friday on the Green. Acoustic rockers Whiskey Folk, the loud and rowdy Longshots, and the psychedelic Un Chien will take the stage at Magnolia Green Park (1100 Lipscomb St.) at 7 p.m., weather permitting. Bring folding chairs and/or blankets, but leave the coolers at home. Cold, frosty refreshments and food truck fare will be available for sale. There’s no cover to either Friday on the Green or the next day’s festivities.
Taking place at various locations throughout the neighborhood, the annual Arts Goggle is sort of like Gallery Night and the Music Awards Festival all wrapped up in one. Since it’s called “Arts Goggle,” there will be art. Lots of it. The biggest names will be at the Moncrief Cancer Institute (400 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-288-9800). Curated by the fine folks at William Campbell Contemporary Art, the group show includes work from Carol Benson, J.T. Grant, Billy Hassell, Julie Lazarus, Richard Thompson, Cecil Touchon, and Judy Youngblood. Several other artists, including Fort Worth’s Art Hunger collective and Adam Werner, will paint murals at designated spots.
There also will be other artful goodies. Dueces to Divas specializes in ’80s-inspired handbags, accessories, and t-shirts. Odris Jewelry Collections does great clunky stonework on necklaces and bracelets, and Eccentrically Metal makes ruggedly hip clothing for men and women.
Of course there will be a ton of music, more than 80 artists in all, including some local heavy-hitters. The spooky Dove Hunter, the moody Cozy Hawks, and the rollicking RTB2 will close down the evening at Shipping & Receiving (201 S. Calhoun St., 817-887-9313). Avoca Coffee (1311 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-233-0957) also has a tremendous lineup: Leon Bridges & The Texas Gentlemen at 2 p.m., Secret Ghost Champion at 5 p.m., Oh Whitney at 6 p.m., and one of my all-time favorite Fort Worth bands, Tame … Tame & Quiet, at 8 p.m.
Probably the loudest stages will be at Magnolia Green Park, where Black James Franco, Animal Spirit, Panic Volcanic, and Dead Vinyl are set to play, and SiNaCa Studios (1013 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-899-0024), where Sally Majestic and Picnic, Lightning will perform at 5 and 6 p.m. respectively.
Also try to check out Cleanup at 8:30 p.m. at Zio Carlo Magnolia Brewpub (1001 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-923-8000), Jetta in the Ghost Tree at 5:30 p.m. at The Chat Room Pub (1263 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-922-8319), a performance by members of the Fort Worth Opera at 4:30 p.m. at the Moncrief, and, crazily enough, the Karaoke World Championships USA 2014 National Finals at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge (1311 Lipscomb St., 817-926-0968). Running Thursday through Saturday, the contest will produce two first-place finishers (male and female), who will represent the United States in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Karaoke World Championships 2014 World Finals November 13-15.
Have a blast and be safe.
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