Things to Do

'Waitress' leads the menu of top 10 things to do in DFW

Lenne Klingaman, Desi Oakley and Charity Angel Dawson in "Waitress"
Lenne Klingaman, Desi Oakley and Charity Angel Dawson in "Waitress"

1. 'Waitress'

This musical, featuring the music of Sara Bareilles, is inspired by Adrienne Shelley's movie about a woman who pours her unhappiness into astonishingly creative and delicious pies. The Broadway tour, starring Desi Oakley as the pie-baking Jenna, will be June 19-24 at Bass Hall. Also on stage will be two young North Texas actresses — June Whitley, 5, of Arlington, and Quinn Copeland, 6, of Fort Worth — in the role of Jenna's daughter, Lulu. Get tickets, $44-$115.50, at or by calling the Bass Hall box office at 817-212-4280. The Bass Hall ticket office is at 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth.

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Narrator Zak Reynolds in "Every Brilliant Thing" Tim Lone

2. 'Every Brilliant Thing'

Need a simpler outlook on life? This play, written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donohoe, just is more of an experience, with the audience contributing to the list each night. As it grows longer and longer — with items like ice cream, laughter and water balloon fights — under the guidance of the narrator, Zak Reynolds, you're reminded of what really matters. Tickets are $25-$38. (Discounted previews are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.) The show opens at 8 p.m. Saturday and runs through July 14. (It has adult language and subject matter.) Circle Theatre is at 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. 817-877-3040;

3. Levitt concerts in Arlington

The little concert series that could just keeps sailing through summer. This weekend it's Motown-influenced singer Cas Haley on Friday, local faves Green River Ordinance on Saturday and Grammy Award-winning country singer Rick Trevino ("She Can't Say I Didn't Cry") on Sunday. The concerts start each night at 8. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic and bug spray — don't forget that last item. Come a little early for a good spot. The Levitt Pavilion is at 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. 817-543-4301;

4. Concerts in the Garden

This particular concert is so popular, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is repeating it, and then repeating it again. You can sit under the night sky for "Star Wars and Beyond: A Laser Light Spectacular on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The concert starts at 8:15 each night, but the usual rules about getting there early for a good "seat" on the lawn apply. The lawn tickets are $25. Table seating is $19-$65. Parking options are $10-$25. And at the end, there's fireworks. The Botanic Garden address is 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. 817-665-6000;

5. An Evening With Helena Deland

This Montreal singer describes her songs as "unsent letters" and if you listen to one of them (try "Baby," off Deland's EP "Drawing Room"), you can hear why. Her voice is apologetically romantic, powerful and yet whispery. It's obviously trying to tell you something using clever lyrics and interesting melodies, a la Courtney Barnett. Deland will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 21 as part of the Fortress Presents summer concert series at the Modern Art Museum, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. General admission tickets are $12 at

The Foundry District is hosting the Thursdays on the Rocks music series this summer. The Foundry District

6. Thursday on the Rocks

The fairly newly minted Foundry District near West Seventh celebrates Throwback Thursday this summer series featuring live music, picnic tables and arts and crafts, all for adults. Also on tap: wines and local craft beers at a cash bar. The live music will be from post-prog band Mountain Kid with opener Le Qube. It's 8-10 p.m. June 21. Admission is $7 for those 18 and older, parking is free. Plug 2625 Whitmore St., Fort Worth into your GPS to find "Inspiration Alley."

7. Tanya Tucker

Country legends never die — they just come to Billy Bob's Texas and show the young 'uns how it's done. This Friday the master lesson will be delivered by Tucker, one of the most respected singers in country music. She has 23 Top 40 albums, and 10 of them hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Country Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Television Awards — she has several of each. Tucker hits the stage at 10:30 p.m., but doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 general admission, $30 reserved. Billy Bob's is at 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth. 817-624-7117;

Juliette Binoche in "Let the Sunshine In" Sundance Selects

8. 'Let the Sunshine In'

Yes, most of the people will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for a man named Murakami this weekend, but never underestimate the star power of French actress Juliette Binoche ("Chocolat," "The English Patient"). The movie, in French with subtitles, is described as a sensuous and romantic exploration of the life a divorcee (Binoche), a painter who is searching for true love but who won't settle for damaged goods. Good for her. Tickets are $10; the noon Sunday show is half-price. Shows are at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; and noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. The Modern Art Museum is at 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817-738-9215;

9. 'The Missing'

This little Western art collection a few steps from Sundance Square has a devoted following, and it's events like these that make them so. Its "Movies at the Museum" series, which this season is dedicated to telling "stories that celebrate women in the Old West," continues at 6:30 p.m. Friday with 2003's "The Missing," by director Ron Howard. The story of an estranged father and daughter who must work together to rescue her kidnapped daughter is set in 19th century New Mexico and stars Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett and Evan Rachel Wood. Its free, so call 817-332-6554 to see if there's still a spot. The museum is at 309 Main St., Fort Worth.

10. Father's Day concert and Jeep show

Take Dad to the Lost Oak Winery on Sunday, especially if he likes food, wine and Jeeps. If he drives one, he can even enter it in the People's Choice Awards. There will be seven categories for everything from military Jeeps to modified ones. Trey & the Tritones will perform, and there will be a food truck from Keebs and Sunshine's Stuffed Grill in Fort Worth and wines, naturally. The event is 2-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 kids at It's $10 to enter a Jeep in the contest; the price includes admission for two. The Lost Oak Winery is 8101 County Road 802, Burleson.

Sandy Guerra-Cline, 817-390-7545, @GuerraCline