FWS Shorts

Fort Worth Secrets showcases events and attractions around the Fort Worth area that don’t get enough attention. But there are many more of these than I’ve written about elsewhere on this site. Here are some additional places to see and things to do in Fort Worth that don’t have their own articles because I haven’t gotten around to doing them or because I don’t have enough to say to justify a full article.

This page is constantly changing and evolving as new places and happenings in Tarrant County are added or get their own pages, so please check here frequently to stay in the know.

Art

Art in the Dark at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art happens several times a year and includes a chance to tour and explore the museum on a Thursday evening. Past events have included musical presentations, films, dancers, cupcake decorating tables on the porch and cheese tastings in the member’s lounge — all for free. Watch the schedule at the museum’s website for more details.

Film

The KinoMonda foreign film series at Texas Christian University draws 40 to 100 or more people to a lecture hall at the university to watch foreign films that range from classic Fellini to just-released Mexican comedies and many documentaries. The event is free, open to the public and provides a fun and multicultural atmosphere, but it’s easy to get the idea that organizer John Singleton doesn’t want the event to outgrow its often-packed hall. Each event includes a free dinner at 6:30 p.m., then the movie starts around 7 p.m. There’s no website about the event, so you must contact Singleton by email at j.singleton@tcu.edu for information — or simple show up any Wednesday night during the spring or fall semesters at TCU’s Sid Richardson Building Lecture Hall 4. Note that events are sometimes held in other locations to accommodate a bigger crowds. Additionally, some events include unannounced lengthy presentations by professors and others, so take your patience and openmindedness along with you.

A Thursday night film series at Texas Christian University brings American classic films to the screen in a comfortable lecture hall at the university. Screenings aren’t as frequent or as well-attended as the KinoMonda screenings on Wednesday night, but a solid core group gathers for each screening. For more information and the latest schedule, contact Dr. Joan McGettigan at j.mcgettigan@tcu.edu.

Movies That Matter is a film series sponsored by the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Committee. The series brings documentaries about social issues to the big screen at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and other venues around the city. Screenings are held several times each year and a mini-festival of several screenings happens in December. Information is sometimes updated infrequently on websites that promote the events, so watch the Movies That Matter Facebook page for the latest screening information.

Don’t forget outdoor summer screenings of recent and classic films monthly at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and weekly at Sundance Square Plaza. These screenings aren’t obscure or secret at all, but they’re great events for the whole family — although waiting for dark means the start times are late.

Looking for a Fort Worth art house theater? Fort Worth doesn’t have a movie theater dedicated to showing independent releases and artsy, experimental fair, but the Magnolia at the Modern series brings one current art house release to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s beautiful 250-seat theater each weekend. A complete schedule is available on the Modern’s site.

Music

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Steve Harrison and his brother Rodger play at Benbrook Public Library’s First Monday Music. Photo by Gip Plaster.

First Monday Music at Benbrook Public Library is a great place to see a solo act or small group on an otherwise-quiet Monday evening. Artists perform for about an hour starting at 7 p.m., and modest refreshments are provided. It’s a good change to get a glimpse of a singer-songwriter you might not otherwise discover. (Benbrook is a suburb of Fort Worth located southwest of the city.)

The 3rd Thursday Jazz Series at the Fort Worth Library isn’t exactly a secret since hundreds of people attend, but I think even more would attend — if that’s even possible — if they understood the quality of the performances and the great sound the library provides. (There are even refreshments.) The series usually runs May through September and includes five shows. The event is at 6:30 p.m. in the Gallery at Central Library, 500 W. 3rd Street. The event is free, and parking is free in the nearby garage and on the street after 6 p.m. Try to arrive early for the best seats. A staircase leading to the library’s basement stacks is located in the middle of the room, obstructing some views and generally getting in the way.

It’s often possible to see the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for free at a Community Concerts  — rather than paying the high prices required to see these amazingly talented people at Bass Hall. The orchestra presents a number of free concerts throughout the year at churches and other local venues. Watch for one in your neighborhood or try a performance at Arborlawn United Methodist Church or Broadway Baptist church. In most cases, programs are short and designed for inexperienced symphony goers. There are many free performances around the holiday season and very few in summer months. The linked page is updated frequently with new information. (Not all performances listed on the linked page are free.)

Nearby

Weatherford College offers a play, a choir concert and a jazz band performance as well as art openings and other events every semester, mostly at their Fine Arts Center. While the quality of performances can vary because this is a small college with limited resources, you can always expect the jazz band performances to be high-quality events. Watch the Weatherford College events schedule for dates and times. Events are usually free. And baseball and basketball are also played on campus. Attending a game makes for a nice, casual and low-key outing. The campus is in Weatherford, Texas, less than 30 miles west of Fort Worth.

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