Wed 2 – The touring festival may be called Mountainfilm, but it’s devoted to short films that celebrate all parts of nature. This year’s films stopping in Fort Worth include Freddie Wilkinson and Renan Özturk’s Rinpoche Speaks, about a Nepalese monk raising questions about the sustainability of mountain climbing, and Harri Grace’s Making Waves, about a 17-year-old Muslim girl who defies her community’s norms to surf off the coast of Morocco. The screenings start at 7pm at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $15. Call 817-332-2423.
Thurs 3 – The 2000 comedy The Dish is about the little-known episode of history when NASA officials worked with local technicians in remote rural Australia to help relay radio communications between astronauts and Houston during the first Moon landing. There’s a great gag when an Australian band tries to welcome NASA with the American national anthem and plays the wrong piece of music. The movie screens at 7pm at TCU, J.M. Moudy Bldg, 2805 S University Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-257-7630.
Fri 4 – Whether you’re shopping for artwork for your hallways, decorations for your garden, or furniture for your living room, you can find it at the Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art. For the 53rd time, the annual event retakes its usual spot at the Will Rogers Memorial Center this weekend. The show runs Thu-Sat at 3401 W Lancaster Av, FW. Admission is $8. Call 817-291-3952.
Sat 5 – Percussive, zigzagging, and filled with dramatic pauses, Thelonious Monk’s improvised piano compositions were so unique that classical composers frequently paid tribute to his work. Sam Walker may not be a classical composer, but he’ll perform his own tribute to Monk this evening at 8pm at Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 5th Av, FW. Admission is $15. Call 817-923-9500.
Sun 6 – Screenwriter John August adapted Daniel Wallace’s novel Big Fish for Tim Burton to make into a movie in 2003, but he wasn’t done with the story of a Southern gentleman who tells fanciful tales. A few years later, he collaborated with songwriter Andrew Lippa to make a musical version of the novel for the stage. Artes de la Rosa’s show, which opens this week, runs Fri thru Mar 18 (though there’s no matinee performance today) at Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N Main St, FW. Tickets are $12-16. Call 817-624-8333.
Mon 7 – The Mayan theme at this year’s Butterflies in the Garden reflects how the Fort Worth Botanic Garden is bringing in Central American butterflies this year, including the glass wing butterfly with its transparent wings, the brilliant green malachite butterfly, and the starry night butterfly, whose pattern does indeed resemble van Gogh’s painting. The exhibit runs thru Apr 3 at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, FW. Admission is $5-10. Call 817-871-7686.
Tues 8 – Hermann Goetz was a German composer in the 19th century who trained as a mathematician but gained fame from his music — no less than Gustav Mahler frequently conducted his work — before dying of tuberculosis at age 35. Cliburn pianist Alex McDonald joins the Hall Ensemble for a performance of Goetz’ Piano Quintet, along with music by Brahms and Mozart. The concert starts at 7:30pm at BRIT, 1700 University Dr, FW. Tickets are $15-25. Call 817-456-3586.