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The top 10 list: Sip into spring in Arlington, or have a picnic in Fort Worth

Clear weather drew crowds to the Art on the Greene festival in Arlington on May 20, 2016, where artists from across the country were selling their work. This year’s event starts Friday.
Clear weather drew crowds to the Art on the Greene festival in Arlington on May 20, 2016, where artists from across the country were selling their work. This year’s event starts Friday. Star-Telegram archives

1. 7th annual Art on the Green

Arlington lifts its wineglass in a toast to spring with this arts festival that kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday. It will have 125 artists, 10 bands and food vendors, plus a tasting featuring six Texas wineries ($15-$20). Hours are 3-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. It's in Richard Green Linear Park, 1601 E. Randol Mill Road, between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium. Get more event details at artonthegreene.com. You may purchase advance tickets to the wine tasting online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-tasting-at-art-on-the-greene-art-festival-tickets-44265165301.



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2. Voices' Mothers Day Concert

Don't have the voice to sing Mom's praises this weekend? Let Voices, a 24-voice a capella chamber choir, do it for you. The group, led by Jerome Bierschenk of Texas Wesleyan University, will perform a concert of music that celebrates mothers in particular and women in general at 2 p.m.Saturday at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, where you can also take in the newly installed Saint-Gaudens sculpture of Diana, the Roman goddess and protector of mothers and children. Admission to the Amon Carter is free. The museum is at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org

3. 'No Walk on the Beach'

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth ends its 30th anniversary season with this concert featuring the Tempest Trio. Violinist Ilya Kaler, cellist Amit Peled (who will perform on Pablo Casals' 1733 Goffriller cello) and pianist Alon Goldstein will perform piano trios by Brahms, Beach and Beethoven in a program beginning at 2 p.m.Saturday in the auditorium of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. A pre-concert musical "conversation" will begin at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $7-$35. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicFW.org

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4. Alina Bercu in concert

The 2017 Cliburn competitor returns for several concerts in Van Cliburn's adopted hometown, including two free ones. See the young Romanian concert pianist perform at 12:15 p.m.Friday in Sundance Square Plaza in downtown Fort Worth or at 2 p.m.Saturday at the Shops at Clearfork, 5188 Monahans Ave., Fort Worth. Each Cliburn in the Community performance will run about 45 minutes.

5. 'Cry Havoc' at Amphibian

This one-person play is written and performed by U.S. Army veteran Stephan Wolfert, and directed by Off-Broadway artistic director Eric Tucker. Walker, who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder, chanced on a performance of Shakespeare's "Richard III" and was saved. "Cry Havoc" addresses his transformation -- and Shakespeare's enduring relevance. Tickets are $20; a limited number of free tickets will be offered to vets on a first come, first served basis. The show opens 8 p.m. Friday, and runs through May 27. (Other shows this weekend are 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.) Amphibian Stage Productions is at 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianstage.com

6. 'Sunset Boulevard'

Some movies, and movie stars, never grow old. And so it goes with director Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard" and its larger-than-life star, Gloria Swanson, in the role of once-glamorous Hollywood star Norma Desmond. It's the role she won a Best Actress Oscar for in 1951. A digitally restored version of the movie, also starring William Holden, Erich von Stroheim and Nancy Olson, will screen as part of the TCM Big Screen Classics at 2 and 7 p.m.Sunday and 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at participating area theaters. You can find tickets and theater locations at www.FathomEvents.com.

7. Lunch in the Garden

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with this event organized by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. It's 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Friday, and you can bring your own packed lunch, blanket and/or camp chairs, or take advantage of the food trucks and outdoor seating that are being provided. There will be music from acoustic guitarist Victor Andrada and a walking tour of the gardens with horticulturist Steve Huddleston from 12:30 to 1 p.m. The Botanic Garden is at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. http://www.fwbg.org/events/ BRIT is at 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. brit.org

8. 36th annual Fairmount Tour of Historic Homes

You know it's really spring when the jewel-bright doors of these beautiful homes open like the petals of a wildflower. There are six homes/buildings on this year's tour of the popular south side neighborhood, everything from Craftsman bungalows to stately Victorian homes. (Get a quick look at the six on the Fairmount Tour Facebook page.) The tour will be noon-6 p.m.Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. Tickets are $15 online at http://historicfairmount.com/index.php/home-tour/, or $20 during tour weekend at Sinaca Studio, 1013 W. Magnolia Ave., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Home tour proceeds, including poster and T-shirt sales, benefit the neighborhood association. http://historicfairmount.com/index.php/home-tour/

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The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge is known for its bison herd -- and it's annual Buffalo Boogie 5K and 1-mile run. Star-Telegram archives

9. 26th annual Buffalo Boogie

Want to run a 5K with NBC 5 meteorologist David Finfrock? Oh, why not. He's the master of ceremonies of this year's event, benefiting the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, a green, little spot famous for its growing herd of bison. The 10K begins at 7:30 a.m.Saturday, and the 5K and the 1-mile run/walk at 8 a.m. Register for the 10K, $45 per runner, or the two other events, $40 per runner, at https://naturecenterfriends.org/index.php/buffalo-boogie-2018/. Dogs and strollers are welcome in the 5K and fun run. After the run, stay for the festival and vendors, or perhaps go and see the bison. The refuge is at 9601 Rossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth. 817-392-7410; www.fwnaturecenter.org

10. Arsenio Hall

The former late-night talk show host and TV star returns to his stand-up comedy roots with four shows in Arlington. See him at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.Friday and 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.Saturday at the Arlington Improv Comedy Club. The show is for 21 and older. Tickets are $25-$35 at http://www.improvarlington.com/. The club is at 309 Curtis Mathes Way, No. 147, Arlington.. For more information, call 817-635-5555.

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