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The “City of Hate,” as Dallas was called after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, is about to be the focus of that event again, in the local, national and international media. That’s what happens when you reach a significant anniversary — in this case, the 50th — of something that changed the country.

This month, look for a multitude of events related to the occasion in North Texas, including lectures, exhibits, music, theater and other happenings. Many of them are in Dallas, of course, but a surprising number focus on Fort Worth, too, since that was the city where he stayed the night before he died. In fact, his final day, in Fort Worth, will be the focus of a new opera commissioned by the Fort Worth Opera, tentatively called JFK. Audiences will have to wait until 2016 to see it, but those interested can get a taste of it at an opera event, one of the many anniversary-related arts and entertainment happenings around town. For detailed information about these events and more, visit www.jfk50thevents.org.


Sixth Floor Museum

This, obviously, is the place to learn about JFK’s assassination in Dallas, in the old Texas School Book Depository building. The ongoing exhibit “John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation” is on display, and throughout the month there will be several lectures and book signings; check the website for more information. Sixth Floor Museum, 411 Elm St., Dallas. Adult admission is $16. 214-747-6660; www.jfk.org.

“Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President

and Mrs. John F. Kennedy”

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents an exhibition of artworks by the likes of Picasso and others that were in the suite in Fort Worth’s Hotel Texas, where JFK stayed on the night before his trip to Dallas. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org. Through Jan. 12.

“JFK in Fort Worth: A Lasting Impression”

This exhibit featuring photos and memorabilia is on display at the Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth. Free. 817-392-7323; http://fortworthtexas.gov/Library. Through Dec. 6.

“Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Retrospective

of JFK”

From the archives, photographs of JFK’s visit to Fort Worth are the focus of this exhibit from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection archived at the University of Texas at Arlington. At the UTA Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place, Arlington. Free. www.uta.edu/library/spco/currentexhibit.php. Through Feb. 8.

“The JFK Air Force One”

A mock-up of President Kennedy’s aircraft, created from the fuselage of a section of an actual Boeing 707. Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., Dallas. $5-$8. 214-350-3600; www.flightmuseum.com. Through Nov. 26.

“Jackie and Main Street”

An exhibit examining the influence of Jacqueline Kennedy on fashion retail in the early 1960s, at H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery at El Centro College, 801 Main St., Dallas. Free. www.elcentrocollege.edu/programs/

upcoming-exhibitions. Nov. 11-Dec. 13.


“JFK In Fort Worth: A Lasting


Journalist and Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer speaks about the day of the assassination, when he worked as a reporter at the Star-Telegram. 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth. Free.817-392-7323; http://fortworthtexas.gov/Library.

50th Anniversary Commemorative


The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce hosts a High Impact Breakfast in commemoration of President John F. Kennedy, featuring keynote speaker Agent Clint Hill, formerly of the U.S. Secret Service, and honoring former House Speaker Jim Wright. 7:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Hilton Fort Worth, 815 Main St.; $50, limit two per person. (Note: The event is sold out, but check the website after Nov. 8 for availability.) 817-338-3399; www.fortworthchamber.com.

The 50th: Honoring the Memory

of President John F. Kennedy

The tickets for this Nov. 22 remembrance in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza have been given out, but it’s still worth knowing that it’s happening. Find out more, and how to get on the wait list, at http://50thhonoringjohnfkennedy.com.


Oswald: The Actual Interrogation

Casa Mañana presents Dennis Richard’s play taken from the transcripts of Lee Harvey Oswald’s interrogations after he was captured at the Texas Theatre. Casa Manaña Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org. Nov. 9-17.

“The New Frontier: Landmark Speeches of John F. Kennedy”

Undermain Theatre presents a staged reading of JFK’s famous speeches in its reading series at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. Free. 214-747-5515; www.undermain.org.


Remembering JFK

The Turtle Creek Chorale presents a tribute concert featuring Austin’s SoCo Women’s Chorus at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave.; and 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3826 Gilbert Ave., Dallas. $25. 214-526-3214; www.turtlecreek.org.

A JFK Tribute

The Orpheus Chamber Singers perform traditional choral works with original narration about the life of the 35th president. 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. $10-$40. 214-546-1252; www.orpheuschambersingers.org.

JFK: A Final Day in Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Opera presents a first look at its newly commissioned opera JFK (the working title), which will premiere in 2016, a collaboration with the Lyric Theatre. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Hilton Fort Worth, 815 Main St., Fort Worth. $50. 817-288-1215; www.fwopera.org.

President John F. Kennedy Memorial Concert

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents a commissioned work about JFK from Chinese-American composer Conrad Tao called The World Is Very Different Now. It’ll be paired with works by Sibelius, Milhaud and Beethoven, and features violinist Joshua Bell. Nov. 21-24 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. Tickets start at $39. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.org.

Requiem for a Fallen Leader

The Orchestra of New Spain performs the 1765 Requiem Mass by Francisco Courcelle, which was written on the occasion of the death of Austrian Emperor Francis I. 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Road, Dallas. Free ($10 donation requested). 214-750-1492; www.orchestraofnewspain.org/.

Music from Yellow Barn: In Memoriam JFK

The Soundings: New Music at the Nasher series commemorates the 50th anniversary with works by Olivier Messiaen and John Cage, and the premiere of a commissioned work, One Red Rose, from composer Steven Mackey and featuring the Brentano String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. $10-$25. 214-242-5100; www.nashersculpturecenter.org.



The film about the doctors and nurses at Parkland Memorial Hospital on that fateful day is showing at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230, Dallas. $10. 214-841-4713; www.angelikafilmcenter.com.

Letters to Jackie

Film screening of a new documentary, with a Q&A with the director. In conjunction with Dallas Film Society. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. Free (tickets are sold out; check the website for any availability). 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

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