Arts & Culture

Dallas-Fort Worth spring arts planner

Pianist Alessandro Deljavan is accompanied by Gary Levinson on violin at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (Star-Telegram/Ron T. Ennis)
Pianist Alessandro Deljavan is accompanied by Gary Levinson on violin at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (Star-Telegram/Ron T. Ennis) Star-Telegram

We barely had a winter, so it’s been feeling like spring for months now — and we have the aching back from mowed lawns to prove it. There’s still plenty of spring arts action to jump on before the dog days of summer hit.

The Fort Worth Opera Festival has a major world premiere with JFK, plus two newer works based on Edgar Allan Poe stories paired up, The Barber of Seville and the annual Frontiers showcase.

The exhibition that is likely to create the most buzz this spring will be found at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which hosts a major retrospective of works by noted contemporary American painter and printmaker Frank Stella, beginning April 17.

At the ballet, check out “First Looks” from Texas Ballet Theater, which includes a world premiere by Val Caniparoli. In theater, we’re excited about I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers (this show starred Bette Midler a few years ago on Broadway).

This list includes exhibitions opening mid-March and beyond, and performances that are not yet sold out. The calendar goes through Memorial Day; look for a preview of the summer arts action around that time. Stay cool!

Visual arts

Through July 17: “Rebecca Warren: The Main Feeling” at the Dallas Museum of Art. This survey of works by British sculptor Warren, which opened March 13, includes Pas de Deux (Plaza Monument), a work commissioned by the DMA. Free. 214-922-1200; www.dma.org.

Through July 17: “Sightings: Mai-Thu Perret” at the Nasher Sculpture Center. This Swiss artist has spent the past 16 years developing works around a fictional feminist art commune she created called the Crystal Frontier. The installation includes ceramics, paintings and lifelike human figures related to that ongoing project. $5-$10. 214-242-5100; www.nashersculpturecenter.org.

April 14-17: The 31st annual Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival takes place in downtown Fort Worth. The four-day event includes visual and performing arts. Free. 817-336-2787; www.mainstreetartsfest.org.

April 14-17: The eighth annual Dallas Art Fair takes place at the Fashion Industry Gallery. The event features artwork from prominent national and international art dealers and galleries. $20-$25. 214-220-1278; http://dallasartfair.com.

April 15-Aug. 14: “Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty” at the Dallas Museum of Art presents more than 140 photographs by Penn, an American photographer who enjoyed a 70-year career before his death in 2009. $16. 214-922-1200; www.dma.org.

April 17-Sept. 18: “Frank Stella: A Retrospective” at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is an exhibition of about 120 works by the well-respected American artist, who began his career as a minimalist before exploring a wider range of abstract styles. The exhibit was assembled by the Modern in partnership with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, where it recently ended a well-received run. $4-$10. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.

April 30-July 17: “FOCUS: Thomas Demand” at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The artist and photographer’s works, which sometimes involve building models, photographing them and then destroying the models, are described as merging “truthful documentation and unsettling artifice.” $4-$10. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.

April 30-Sept. 18: “Identity” at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, an exhibition of prints, highlights two new Carter acquisitions: The 99% — Highland Hills by Sedrick Huckaby and Runaways by Glenn Ligon. Huckaby interviewed and sketched friends in this Fort Worth neighborhood as the basis for his series of lithographs. Free. 817-989-5067; www.cartermuseum.org.

May 7-Aug. 21: “Joel Shapiro” at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas. The Nasher will offer a multifaceted exhibition of works by the New York sculptor. In addition to a series of suspended works that recall the mobiles of Alexander Calder, the exhibition will include recent ink and gouache works on paper and some “key works” by Shapiro from the Nasher’s permanent collection. $5-$10. 214-242-5100; www.nashersculpturecenter.org.

May 21-Aug. 21: “Vivian Maier” at the Arlington Museum of Art. While working as a nanny in Chicago in the mid-20th century, Maier pursued an avid interest in photography. She is believed to have taken almost 200,000 pictures of street life in her native New York, as well as Chicago and Los Angeles. The photographs and unprinted negatives were discovered in an abandoned storage unit in 2007, just two years before Maier’s death. $5-$8. 817-275-4600; http://arlingtonmuseum.org.

May 22-Sept. 11: “The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France” at the Kimbell Art Museum. Two relatively obscure artists from the 1600s have their day in an exhibition put together by the Kimbell, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Musee du Louvre-Lens. The exhibition will offer more than 50 works by the brothers. $10-$14. 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.org.

Dance

March 25-26: TITAS presents Cie Hervé Koubi, a group of Algerian and West African dancers. Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas. $25-$75. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

March 25-27: Texas Ballet Theater presents Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella at Bass Hall, featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. $16.50-$143. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org.

April 21-22: TITAS presents Kidd Pivot. Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas. $25-$75. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

April 29-May 1: Dark Circles Contemporary Dance’s third season closes with Joshua L. Peugh’s new version of The Rite of Spring. Erma Lowe Hall at TCU, Fort Worth. $12-$20. 575-993-3584; www.darkcirclescontemporarydance.com.

May 6-8 and 27-29: Texas Ballet Theater presents “First Looks,” featuring a world premiere by Val Caniparoli, Minus 16 by Ohad Naharin and Glen Tetley’s Voluntaries. First at Dallas City Performance Hall ($16-$65) and then at Bass Hall ($15-$125). 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org.

May 7: TITAS presents its Command Performance Gala. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $12-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

May 20-22: Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents “Spring Celebration” at the Wyly Theatre, Dallas. $2.50-$52.50. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

May 21: TITAS presents Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $12-$135. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Theater

Through April 10: Stage West in Fort Worth presents Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer and Cellar in its Studio theater. $17-$35. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.

Tuesday-April 3: The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Broadway Series presents Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw in Love Letters. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $25-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

March 25-April 2: DVA Productions presents From the Mississippi Delta, starring Sheran Goodspeed Keyton and Liz Mikel. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre. $20-$30. 817-313-3052; www.dvaproductions.org.

March 25-April 24: Jubilee Theatre in downtown Fort Worth presents Rudy Eastman’s God’s Trombones. $18-$28. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.

March 29-April 3: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $55-$132. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

April 1-17: Theatre Arlington presents The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful. $22-$30. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.

April 1-30: The Miracle Worker, based on the life of Helen Keller, has a run at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst. $9-$18. 817-284-1200; http://artisanct.com.

April 7-May 1: Fort Worth’s Amphibian Stage Productions presents I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers. $18-$33. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.

April 8-24: Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre. $15-$19. 866-811-4111; www.stolenshakespeareguild.org.

April 15-May 8: Casa Mañana Children’s Theatre presents Seussical Jr. at Casa Mañana Theatre, Fort Worth. $16-$37. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

April 20-May 14: Dallas Theater Center presents the world premiere of David Lozano and Lee Trull’s Deferred Action. Wyly Theatre, Dallas. $18-$115. 214-880-0202; www.dallastheatercenter.org.

April 27-May 1: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents The Wonder Bread Years. McDavid Studio, Fort Worth. $30-$40. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

April 28-May 21: Circle Theatre in downtown Fort Worth presents Michael Hollinger’s Under the Skin. $15-$38. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.

May 20-22: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Mamma Mia! at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $55-$115.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

May 26-June 26: Stage West presents Frederick Knott’s Wait Until Dark. $17-$35. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.

May 27-June 26: Jubilee Theatre presents Judi Ann Mason’s Livin’ Fat. $18-$26. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.

Classical music and opera

March 24-26: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra plays Beethoven’s beloved Symphony No. 5, with Jaap van Zweden conducting. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas. $67-$340. 214-849-4376; www.mydso.com.

March 31: Part of the Cliburn Sessions concert series, Timo Andres and Gabriel Kahane perform at 8 p.m. at Live Oak Music Hall in Fort Worth. $10-$25. 817-926-0968; www.theliveoak.com.

April 1: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Wagner’s Die Walkure, with Jaap van Zweden conducting, at the Meyerson Symphony Center. $39-$109. 214-849-4376; www.mydso.com.

April 5: The Cliburn presents pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $20-$90. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.

April 7: The Fort Worth Opera presents “Caruso in Cowtown,” a re-creation of Enrico Caruso’s 1920 concert at Cowtown Coliseum, performed by Stephen Costello. At Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards. $200. 817-731-0726; www.fwopera.org.

April 7: The Allegro Guitar Series presents Jason Vieaux, at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Piano Pavilion, Fort Worth. $35. 817-498-0363; www.guitarsociety.org.

April 8-10: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony.” Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $30-$89. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

April 10-11: Schola Cantorum of Texas presents Cathedral Echoes. April 10 at First United Methodist Church, Grapevine; and April 11 at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, Fort Worth. $20. 817-485-2500; www.scholatexas.com.

April 11: Texas Camerata presents Baroque Brass. Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-457-4258; www.texascamerata.org.

April 14: Symphony Arlington presents violinist Delmar Pettys. Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. $15-$45. 817-385-0484; www.symphonyarlington.org.

April 15: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Wagner’s Lohengrin, with Jaap van Zweden conducting, at the Meyerson Symphony Center. $19-$109. 214-849-4376; www.mydso.com.

April 15-May 1: The Dallas Opera presents Show Boat. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $19-$229. 214-443-1000. www.dallasopera.org.

April 16: The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents “Roads Originating in Russia,” featuring the Amelia Piano Trio, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. $7-$35. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.

April 16: The Dallas Opera continues its family-friendly series with a performance of The Billy Goats Gruff at Winspear Opera House. $5. 214-443-1000, http://dallasopera.org.

April 17: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Opus 100 Organ Series presents Olivier Latry, organist at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas. $19-$29. 214-849-4376; www.mydso.com.

April 22-24: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra welcomes jazz trumpeter Chris Botti to the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas. $29-$180. 214-849-4376; www.mydso.com.

April 23-May 8: The Fort Worth Opera Festival brings the world premiere of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s JFK (April 23, May 1 and 7) and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (April 30, May 6 and 8) to Bass Hall, and two one-act operas, Jeff Myers’ Buried Alive and Patrick Soluri’s Embedded (April 24, 26, 29 and 30; May 3 and 7) to Scott Theatre in Fort Worth. The annual Frontiers program is May 4-5 in the Kimbell Art Museum’s Kahn Auditorium. Prices vary; ticket packages available. 817-731-0726; www.fwopera.org.

April 28-May 1: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present Carmina Burana at the Meyerson Symphony Center. $29-$235. 214-849-4376; www.mydso.com.

May 12: Symphony Arlington presents Cliburn alumnus Stephen Beus on piano. Arlington Music Hall. $15-$45. 817-385-0484; www.symphonyarlington.org.

May 13-15: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents violinist Midori on a program that includes Tchaikovsky and Gershwin. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $20-$82. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

May 13-15: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents “Symphonic Oscars” at the Meyerson Symphony Center. $19-$135. 214-849-4376; www.mydso.com.

May 14: The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents “Mostly Schubert’s Last Year,” featuring Cliburn favorite Alessandro Deljavan on piano, at the Kimbell Art Museum. $5-$28. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.

May 17: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and AT&T Performing Arts Center present “Rules of the Game,” a multidisciplinary world premiere that includes original music by pop superstar Pharrell Williams. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $19-$109. 214-849-4376; www.mydso.com.

May 19: AT&T Performing Arts Center presents Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $25-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

May 21: Sounds Modern presents “Stellar Sounds” in conjunction with the Frank Stella retrospective on exhibit. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Free. www.soundsmodern.org.

May 27-28: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents “Jaap van Zweden Conducts Mahler,” at the Meyerson Symphony Center. $33-$171. 214-849-4376; www.mydso.com.

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