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Seth Johnston blazes a polluting trail in American politics in Drag Strip Courage’s Atwater: Fixin’ to Die.

Wed 1 – Next month there will be no shortage of theater troupes trotting out patriotic material, but if you want to get an early jump on the flag-waving, Artisan Center Theatre comes through for you. Red, White, and True Blue! runs thru Jul 4 at Belaire Theater, 420 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst. Tickets are $11-18. Call 817-284-1200.

 

Thur 2- It’s not often that Weatherford hosts the week’s biggest local event in classical music, but that’s what’s happening. As part of the Lone Star Guitar Festival, guitar virtuosos will perform classical concerts all weekend, and there’s a competition as well, though you’ll get to see only the final round. The festival runs today thru Sun at Weatherford College, 225 College Park, Dr. Weatherford. Tickets are free-$275. Call 682-429-5482.

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Fri 3 – A key consultant on George H.W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign, Lee Atwater created negative advertising for the TV age and lived to deeply regret the role he played in turning politics into what it is now. Drag Strip Courage now puts on Atwater: Fixin’ to Die, a biography of the trailblazer, today thru Jun 18 at Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 5th Av, FW. Tickets are $15. Call 817-923-9500.

 

Sat 4 – Hip Pocket Theatre begins its 40th summer of outdoor stage productions with Mr. Weaver’s Backyard Circus Presents: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Johnny Simons is sure to put his own distinctive spin on Mark Twain’s satirical novel. The show runs Sat thru Jun 26 at 1950 Silver Creek Dr, FW. Tickets are $5-20. Call 817-246-9775.

 

Sun 5 – And now for something completely different: The International Pole Convention lands in Fort Worth this year, filling Fort Worth Convention Center with stripper poles for the benefit of both dancers and fitness enthusiasts, while instructors in seminars and demonstrations will teach attendees how to exercise the way the ladies do in places that stay open until 3am. The convention runs Thu thru today at 1111 Houston St, FW. Tickets are $85-175. Call 844-879-7653.

 

Mon 6 – Adapted from a British children’s TV show, Shaun the Sheep Movie was one of last summer’s pleasant surprises, expanding the adventures of Aardman Animation’s funny stop-motion sheep to fill the big screen. This starts Harkins Southlake’s Summer Movie Fun series, with a ticket price that’s likely cheaper than renting the film. The movie runs Jun 6-10 at 1450 Plaza Pl, Southlake. Tickets are $2. Call 817-310-0345.

 

Tues 7 – The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Tuesday Evenings at the Modern lecture series has been such a success that the institution is now starting a summer series entitled Tuesday Evenings at the Modern: Films. This kicks off with Painters Painting, Emile de Antonio’s 1973 documentary that interviews the giants of his time, including Warhol, de Kooning, Rauschenberg, Motherwell, and Frank Stella. The film screens at 7pm at 3200 Darnell St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-9215.

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