Wed 10 – To accompany its current show of Vivian Maier photographs, the Arlington Museum of Art is holding a series of Wednesday lectures and film screenings this month designed to supplement your viewing experience of the exhibit. Tonight, UTA professor Bryan Florentin drops in to discuss the history of street photography, at 6pm at 201 W Main St, Arlington. Admission is free. Call 817-275-4600.
Thur 11 – “Homelessness is a situation. It’s not who you are,” says a social worker in The Homestretch. Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly’s 2014 documentary follows three Chicago teenagers as they try to survive and graduate from school while dealing with homelessness. This film that the Village Voice called “a humane accomplishment” screens at 7pm at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-9215.
Fri 12 – It seems perverse to make a stage musical out of not just a movie musical but one as intimately bound up with the medium of cinema as Singin’ in the Rain. The challenge Stolen Shakespeare Guild will have when it mounts the show about silent film stars making the transition to sound will be making it as magical as it was on the screen. The show runs today thru Aug 28 at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $15-19. Call 866-811-4111.
Sat 13 – Do you like to play fetch with your dog using a Frisbee or other disc-like toy? Head over to the North Texas Disc Dog Pro-Am, a Benbrook sporting event where hundreds of spectators will show up to watch competitors from Texas and Oklahoma toss discs to their dogs for distance, accuracy, and style. How does one go pro in this discipline? The event starts at 8pm at Dutch Branch Park, 1888 Winscott Rd, Benbrook. Admission is free. Call 817-999-8648.
Sun 14 – There were college fraternities well before National Lampoon’s Animal House came on the scene, but John Landis’ 1978 comedy launched the whole genre of Hollywood frat-boy comedies, extending through American Pie and Neighbors. The movie gets a reairing today in various places, so come over and remember the motto of Faber College: “Knowledge is good.” The film screens at 2pm and 7pm at various movie theaters; check Calendar for locations. Tickets are $5.25-7.15. Call 818-761-6100.
Mon 15 – Andrew Lloyd Webber wanted to make a musical version of Rev W. Awdry’s children’s book Thomas the Tank Engine, but Awdry wouldn’t give permission in fear of what the transition to the musical stage would do to the beloved characters, so the composer wrote Starlight Express, a show about a steam train that wins a legendary race. The show runs Fri thru Sep 3 at Belaire Theatre, 420 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst. Tickets are $11-18. Call 817-284-1200.
Tues 16 – If you want a comedy performance but are stuck in the middle of the week, you don’t have to go to YouTube. Four Day Weekend now offers improv comedy performances every Tuesday night in which visiting troupes from all over North Texas come to keep their skills sharp. Tonight’s performers are The Learning Curve, The Hammock District, and Hans Wermhat. The show begins at 8pm at 312 Houston St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-226-4329.