Laura Samuel Meyn 2017-12-23 07:21:18
THERE’S A LOT TO SEE AND DO OUT THERE. GET UP. GET OUT. GET GOING. INSTALLATIONS Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth My, what big ears you have. When artist Jonathan Borofsky was asked to create a self-portrait for the Modern’s solarium in its old Montgomery Street location in 1980, he portrayed himself with large ears. He described them as dog- or rabbitlike, explaining that he wanted to tap into their heightened radar. Self-Portrait with Big Ears (Learning to be Free) was created as an overhead transparency, so the work is projected in relation to the architecture — its dimensions vary — and then painted directly onto the wall. Last month, Self-Portrait was installed in the Modern’s downstairs double-height gallery. The work reaches 33 feet high and already has proven popular on Instagram. Curator Andrea Karnes collaborated with Borofsky, known locally for his 50-foot-tall Man with Briefcase brushed aluminum sculpture in Burnett Park, to select the spot and size for the new installation. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, 817-738-9215, themodern.org. DANCE Ballet Frontier Established and emerging performing artists pool their talents for Ballet Frontier’s “Director’s Choice” program, featuring two new works from company artistic director Chung-Lin Tseng, accompanied by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra associate concertmaster Swang Lin. Guest choreographers Jay Kim and LeeWei Chao also contribute new pieces. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance brings its Les Fairies to the stage, a modern reimagining of Les Sylphides set to music by Chopin; Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Encore! Makes an appearance, too. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 3505 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 817-852-6887, balletfrontier.org. THEATER • Stage West Theatre Like a Billion Likes follows the desperate attempts of high school sophomore Misty Riggs to stand out from the crowd in the awkward, misguided fashion that only a 15-year-old could muster. Be among the first to see Erik Forrest Jackson’s dark comedy, which won the 2016 Southwest Playwriting Competition, as it makes its world premiere this month. Jan. 18-Feb. 11. 821/823 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-784-9378, stagewest.org. • Circle Theatre Overlapping paths of the characters provide the structure for This Random World, a comedy by Steven Dietz that raises questions about serendipity. Intended for mature audiences, the play contains adult language and subject matter. Jan. 25-Feb. 24. 230 W. 4th St., Sundance Square, Fort Worth, 817-877-3040, circletheatre.com. EVENTS Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo The All Western Parade is one of the best things about the annual three-week event. The TCU Horned Frog Marching Band steps off first, and it’s horses galore for this non-mechanized event, which winds through downtown Fort Worth and draws more than 100,000 people. Reserved seats offer viewers a spot in Sundance Square Plaza or at the Convention Center, and the reservation doubles as general admission for the FWSSR grounds any day of your choosing. Parade, 11 a.m. Jan. 13. For seats, 817-877-2420 or ticketmaster.com. “Buck, Sweat & Steers” is this year’s FWSSR theme, and the stock show promises the usual livestock competitions, midway rides and rodeos. New is Vine 2 Wine, a program aimed at exploring Texas viticulture and winemaking. Wine Wednesdays (Jan. 24 and 31) offer seminars and tastings at 3 and 6:30 p.m.; those same days, Sip and Shop pours a flight of varietals to enoj y while browsing the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall from 4 to 8 p.m. FWSSR, Jan. 12-Feb. 3. 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, 817-877-2400, fwssr.com. CHAMBER MUSIC Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth “From Vienna to Brotherhood” features brothers Andrés and Roberto Díaz, cellist and violist, together with husband and wife Gary Levinson and Baya Kakouberi, violinist and pianist. The quartet tackles works by Mozart and Schumann in an afternoon performance at the Modern; we recommend going early to have lunch and wander the collection. 2 p.m. Jan. 6. Tickets, $35 (discounts available). 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, 817-877-3003, chambermusicfw.org. Cliburn Concerts The most spine-tingling concerts happen when an intimate theater is filled with a commanding performance. Cliburn Concerts’ “Virtuosos” series brings Russian-born German pianist Igor Levit, who impresses audiences with fresh takes on classic repertoire, to the Kimbell’s Piano Pavilion. Levit, who sold out his Carnegie Hall debut last year, offers masterful interpretations of works by Shostakovich and Schumann, among others. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-212-4240, cliburn.org. MUSICALS Something Rotten! The Broadway at the Bass season debuts with Something Rotten!, the Tony-nominated musical on tour with three of its original Broadway stars. The comedy, written by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, tells the tale of playwrights and brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are hoping to rise above the more successful Will Shakespeare by writing the first musical in history. The production hilariously brings together Shakespearean-costumed characters with jazz hands and tap dancing. If that’s your kind of entertainment, consider season tickets; 2018’s Broadway at the Bass continues with Finding Neverland (March 20-25), Waitress (June 19-24), the Phantom sequel Love Never Dies (Aug. 7-12) and School of Rock (Aug. 28-Sept. 2). Something Rotten!, Jan. 17-21. Bass Performance Hall, Sundance Square, 4th and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth, 877-212-4280, basshall.com. MUSIC Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra From Peggy Lee’s album of classics, Fever, to music from the film Dirty Dancing, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s “Let’s Dance” program is all about music that moves you. William Waldrop conducts; joining the orchestra onstage are two vocalists adding their stylings to the set list, plus seven professional dancers to waltz, tango and cha-cha their way through the program. Jan. 26-28. Sundance Square, Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth, 817-665-6000, fwsymphony.org.
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