Tarrant-area arts planner for fall 2014

08/30/2014 10:13 PM

08/31/2014 8:33 AM

Hopefully the outdoor temps will start dropping soon because it’s time to wrap up in a pashmina or throw on a sport jacket and head indoors to your nearest well-air-conditioned arts venue.

The fall performing and visual arts season is upon us. Among the highlights: The national tour of the “new” Gershwin musical Nice Work If You Can Get It begins in North Texas (Dallas and then Fort Worth), the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has several rising soloists making their debuts, and Texas Ballet Theater again has live music for a major story ballet — this time, The Sleeping Beauty.

This fall, local museums will be full of French art. Two huge shows are coming in October — portraits from the Musèe D’Orsay to the Kimbell and French still lifes to the Dallas Museum of Art.

If your tastes are more contemporary, you’ll want to take in the offering at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, “Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s.” This show, and the artists who will stop by the Modern during the course of its run, promises to be the area noise-maker.

Here’s a guide to help you plan your own arts and entertainment outings this season, from September to November. It’s not comprehensive, so check your favorite local venues for more events and information.

September

Dance

Sept. 4-6: Dark Circles Contemporary Dance opens its second season with a performance featuring guest choreographers. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $12-$20. 575-993-3584; www.darkcirclescontemporarydance.com.

Sept. 12-13: The TITAS season opens with MOMIX. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$135. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Sept. 13-14: The Bruce Wood Dance Project continues on, with “Lovett and More,” featuring the late Wood’s Lovett and other works. Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. $25-$100. 214-428-2263; www.brucewoodance.org.

Sept. 20: Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its annual DanceAfrica, with an outdoor festival in the Dallas Arts District during the day, and a performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Montgomery Arts Theater at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 2501 Flora St., Dallas. $25-$40. 214-871-2390; www.dbdt.com.

Sept. 27: TITAS presents Spectrum Dance Theater. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$135. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Theater

Sept. 2-14: The national tour of the latest Gershwin revue, Nice Work If You Can Get It, begins in North Texas, via Dallas Summer Musicals. Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., Dallas. $15-$85. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

Sept. 3-6: The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s new Off Broadway on Flora series begins with the solo show Buyer & Cellar, starring Plano native Michael Urie (of Ugly Betty fame). Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. $35-$65. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Sept. 5-14: Lyric Stage’s season opens with a full-orchestra production of Fiddler on the Roof. Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. $25-$53. 972-252-2787; www.lyricstage.org.

Sept. 11-Oct. 19: Dallas Theater Center opens its season with The Rocky Horror Show. Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. $18-$105. 214-880-0202; www.dallastheatercenter.org.

Sept. 12-Oct. 5: Theatre Arlington does the regional premiere of Ed Dixon’s Whodunit — The Musical. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $20-$22. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.

Sept. 12-28: Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre opens its second season with The Crucible. Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $8-$15. 800-838-3006; www.thetart.org.

Sept. 16-Oct. 11: Undermain Theatre’s season opens with the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquist’s sci-fi drama Tomorrow Come Today. Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St., Dallas. $10-$40. 214-747-5515; www.undermain.org.

Sept. 16-21: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents the Gershwin revue Nice Work If You Can Get It. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$99. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Sept. 19-Oct. 12: Hip Pocket Theatre presents an adaptation of the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.

Sept. 20-28: Casa Mañana opens its season with the beloved The Sound of Music. Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

Sept. 26-Oct. 26: Jubilee Theatre does the Texas premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s drama The Brothers Size. Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth. $18-$26. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.

Concerts

Sept. 5-7: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Pops season opens with “ Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure.” Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$90. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Sept. 10: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band are at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $60-$88. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Sept. 12-14: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Symphonic Series opens with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto featuring cellist Claudio Bohórquez and pianist Katia Skanavi. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $12-$85. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Sept. 13: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra gala concert features violinist Itzhak Perlman. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $49-$499. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Sept. 14: The Texas Camerata season begins with soprano Ava Pine performing sacred cantatas and motets by Handel. First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St., Fort Worth. $5-$20. www.texascamerata.org.

Sept. 19: Jazz singer Storm Large performs at McDavid Studio, Fort Worth. $33. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Sept. 19-21: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Series begins with the Mahler Symphony No. 9. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $22-$111. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Sept. 20: The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth season kicks off with “The Unexpected Journey: Paris to Budapest” with the Amernet String Quartet. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $7-$35. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.

Sept. 25-28: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Series presents violinist Hilary Hahn playing Beethoven. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $22-$111. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Sept. 26: Mandolin player Chris Thile and stand-up bassist Edgar Meyer perform at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27.50-$55. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Sept. 27: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents country superstar Sara Evans. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $35-$99. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Sept. 30: Cliburn Concerts kicks off its season with 2013 Cliburn silver medalist Beatrice Rana. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $20-$90. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

Other entertainment

Sept. 27: The ninth annual Day in the District happens in the Fort Worth Cultural District, in and around the museums (all of which offer free admission), with performances from local groups happening between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Complimentary transportation within the Cultural District is provided by The T. Performers include Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society, DVA Productions, Kids Who Care and Amphibian Stage Productions stilt-walking outreach Jumbies. www.fwdayinthedistrict.org.

Visual art

Sept. 6: Fort Worth Art Dealers’ Gallery Night takes place in numerous locations around the city. Galleries are open until 9 p.m., sometimes later. Check the www.fwada.org map for locations and times.

Sept. 13-Jan. 4: “Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio” highlights the architecture, products and public installations of a most inventive man, Thomas Heatherwick. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas. $5-$10. 214-242-5100; www.nashersculpturecenter.org.

Sept. 14-Jan. 4: “Isa Genzken: Retrospective” exhibits nearly 200 diverse works from the last 40 years of Genzken’s influential output. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. Free. 214-922-1200; www.dma.org.

Sept. 21-Jan. 4: “Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s.” As the artists who emerged in that decade now set records at auction, the era is ripe for examination. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $4-$10. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.

October

Dance

Oct. 10-12: Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents a site-specific performance called “Sky Descending: Dancing Between Two Buildings” at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-922-0944; www.cdfw.org.

Oct. 17-19: Texas Ballet Theater opens its season with The Sleeping Beauty, featuring live music by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $15-$177.75. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org.

Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s fall concert is Director’s Choice. Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. $25-$55. 214-871-2390; www.dbdt.com.

Theater

Oct. 3-11: Drag Strip Courage’s Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot) production is Barbara Garson’s MacBird, a take on Macbeth set in the LBJ administration. Arts Fifth Avenue parking lot, 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth. $10. 817-923-9500; www.artsfifthavenue.org.

Oct. 10-26: Casa Mañana Children’s Theatre opens its season with Snow White and the Prince. Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $16-$35. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

Oct. 16-Nov. 16: Stage West opens its 36th season with Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce. Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $16-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.

Oct. 16-Nov. 16: Dallas Theater Center does Driving Miss Daisy, starring Oscar nominee June Squibb. Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. $18-$90. 214-880-0202; www.dallastheatercenter.org.

Oct. 17-Nov. 2: Stolen Shakespeare Guild’s season opens with the musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15-$18. 866-811-4111; www.stolenshakespeareguild.org.

Oct. 23-Nov. 22: Circle Theatre presents the area premiere of Fellowship! The Musical Parody of “The Fellowship of the Ring.” Circle Theatre, 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $25-$45. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.

Oct. 24-26: Hip Pocket Theatre presents Hip Film Fest With Memaw and Her Spam Surprise. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.

Oct. 24-Nov. 9: Theatre Arlington does Tom Dudzick’s comedy Miracle on South Division Street. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $17.50-$22. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.

Oct. 24-Nov. 2: Lyric Stage presents a full-orchestra revival of the rarely done musical The Golden Apple. Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. $25-$53. 972-252-2787; www.lyricstage.org.

Oct. 30-Nov. 23: Amphibian co-founder Carman Lacivita returns to Fort Worth to star in Becky Mode’s one-actor, many-roles comedy Fully Committed. Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $18-$33. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.

Opera

Oct. 24-Nov. 9: The Dallas Opera season opens with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $19-$259. 214-443-1000; www.dallasopera.org. On opening night, there will also be a free simulcast of the performance in Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas.

Oct. 30-Nov. 8: The Dallas Opera presents Richard Strauss’ Salome. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $19-$259. 214-443-1000; www.dallasopera.org.

Concerts

Oct. 2-5: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents pianist Emanuel Ax. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $22-$111. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Oct. 3-5: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents works by Beethoven and Ravel with pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $12-$85. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Oct. 10-12: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Pops series presents a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$90. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Oct. 11: Cliburn Concerts presents composer Lowell Liebermann at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $25. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

Oct. 12-13: Schola Cantorum of Texas opens its season with African-American spirituals and other choral works. Oct. 12 at First United Methodist Church of Grapevine; Oct. 13 at Arborlawn United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. 817-485-2500; www.scholatexas.com.

Oct. 16: The Symphony Arlington season begins with pianist Simone Sala. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St. $16.50-$46.50. 817-385-0484; www.symphonyarlington.org.

Oct. 17-26: Creative Arts Theatre and School opens its new black-box theater and new season with Home Front, a play by local writer Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, about a family coping with war while the husband and father is in combat. 602 E. South St., Arlington. $8-$10. 817-861-2287; www.creativearts.org.

Oct. 18: The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents “French Romantics Plus” with Joseph Kalichstein on piano. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $7-$35. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.

Oct. 20: Pop singer Susan Boyle performs at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $45-$85. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Oct. 19 and 21: The Hall Ensemble season opens with music from Beethoven, Lussier, Bach and others. Oct. 19 at Avoca Coffee, 1311 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth ($25); Oct. 21 in a private residence (address given with tickets purchased) ($60). www.hallensemble.org.

Oct. 23: The Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society season kicks off with Denis Azabagic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. $35. 817-498-0363; www.guitarsociety.org.

Oct. 24-26: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Cliburn Gold with 2013 gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko playing Verdi, Prokofiev and Brahms. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $12-$85. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Oct. 30: Cliburn Concerts presents violinist James Ehnes at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. $50. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

Oct. 30-Nov. 2: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $22-$111. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Other entertainment

Oct. 30: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents An Evening with Garrison Keillor. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $33-$88. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Visual art

Oct. 2-Jan. 18: “Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River” features paintings and drawings of North America’s travel arteries in the 19th century. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-989-5065; www.cartermuseum.org.

Oct. 11: Arts Goggle, a street fair with more than 200 artists and 50 bands thoughout Fort Worth’s Near Southside. Noon-10 p.m. Free. 817-923-1658; www.fortworthsouth.org.

Oct. 19-Jan. 25: “Faces of Impressionism: Portraits From the Musée D’Orsay” explores the character and development of the portrait in French painting and sculpture from the late 1850s until the first years of the 20th century through major figures such as Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.org.

Oct. 24-Jan. 18: “Sightings: Anna-Bella Papp” highlights the Romanian-born artist. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas. $5-$10. 817-242-5100; www.nashersculpturecenter.org.

Oct. 26-Feb. 8: “Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting From Chardin to Matisse” is a gathering of lovely French flowers, from such artists as Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Henri Fantin-Latour, Édouard Manet and Paul Cézanne. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. $8. 214-922-1200; www.dma.org.

November

Dance

Nov. 21: TITAS presents Brian Brooks Moving Company. Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. $25-$75. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Theater

Nov. 1: Hal Holbrook returns in Mark Twain Tonight! Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $55-$110. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Nov. 8-16: Casa Mañana presents A Tuna Christmas. Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

Nov. 13-15: The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Off Broadway on Flora series presents famed Chicago improv troupe The Second City. Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. $35-$65. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Nov. 18-23: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents the area premiere of the musical Elf, based on the 2003 film that starred Will Ferrell. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $44-$110. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Concerts

Nov. 6: The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Recital Series season opens with violinist Joshua Bell. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $45-$100. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Nov. 6 & 8: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents the Bartók opera Bluebeard’s Castle. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $22-$111. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Nov. 7-9: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Pops does a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$90. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Nov. 11: Cliburn Concerts presents string trio Time for Three at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth. $20. www.cliburn.org.

Nov. 13: Violinist Emily Sun performs with Symphony Arlington. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St., Arlington. $16.50-$46.50. 817-385-0484. www.symphonyarlington.org.

Nov. 13: Cliburn Concerts presents pianist David Fray. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. $50. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

Nov. 14-16: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents “American Ballads” with violinist Simone Porter. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $12-$85. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Nov. 14-16: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents cellist Alisa Weilerstein. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $22-$111. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.

Nov. 15: The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents “Masters of Form and Color” with pianist and popular two-time Cliburn semifinalist Alessandro Deljavan. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $7-$35. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.

Other entertainment

Nov. 6: Jay Leno performs at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $90-$110. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Nov. 11: Taps ‘n Tunes Productions presents the 4th annual “Salute to Our Veterans,” 1-6 p.m. at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst. Free. 817-268-0388; www.tapsntunes.com.

Visual art

Nov. 15-Jan. 25: “Focus: Jules de Balincourt” looks at the Americana utopias and dystopias of the Brooklyn-based artist. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $4-$10. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.

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