What to Do This Weekend in Fort Worth

Pictured: The Stolen Shakespeare Guild by Jennifer Stewart

by Sheila Ellis

If surgery simulations, sweating, or Christmas are your thing, read on. If not, keep reading anyway because we have some great events to include in your weekend plans.

Thursday, July 19

An Evening With Gingger Shankar, 7–10 p.m.
Modern Music continues this week at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth with Gingger Shankar, the composer for “Circumstance,” co-composer for “Passion of the Christ,” as well as the only woman in the world to play the double violin. With her own album on the way, this is a great show to catch so you can brag to your friends that you liked Shankar before she was so mainstream.

Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase, noon–11 p.m.
The fifth annual Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase is underway at the Norris Conference Center at 304 Houston St. with non-stop showings of 90-plus films through July 22. While the event mostly showcases Texan filmmakers, international films will make an appearance, as well. Weekend passes are $45, and single day passes are $25. If you only want to catch a few flicks, single block tickets are $8.

Eddie Ifft, begins at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Eddie Ifft is hitting Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub with a set every night this weekend. Ifft has an accomplished track record that includes his own podcast, a special on Comedy Central, a sold-out performance at the Sydney Opera House and numerous guest appearances on shows such as “Showtime’s the Green Room with Paul Provenza.” Tickets are $12-$17, but Thursday night’s show is free.

Friday, July 20

Science on Tap: Human Biology and Cool Technology, 6–10 p.m.
For one night, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History isn’t for kids. The museum’s Grossology exhibit will still be open, which means you get to fulfill your dreams (or rather your parents’ dreams) of being a doctor with virtual surgery simulators and talks from science professors. You can also learn more about virtual reality, or just mingle and enjoy the music, cocktail bar, karaoke and local vendors. Tickets for non-members are $20.

Stolen Shakespeare Guild Presents: The Wedding Singer
Puff your shoulder pads and tease those bangs, because The Stolen Shakespeare Guild is bringing “The Wedding Singer” to the Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s stage. Tickets are $18–22, but for an extra $10 you can tack on the pre-show package that includes preferred seating, appetizers, punch and a slice of wedding cake.

Saturday, July 21

Introduction to Oil Painting, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Artist and professor Devon Nowlin is leading this public oil painting class at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Perfect for the casual doodler or painting dabbler, this course focuses on learning how to mix colors and master the basics. You will get to work with botanic specimens straight from the collection to create your own still life.

Sweat ‘N’ Sip, 10 a.m.–noon
Work off yesterday night with this hour-long bootcamp at Varsity Tavern. It will whip you and those bad decisions into shape in no time ... or, well, an hour. Plus, there are two mimosas and brunch at the end to sweeten the deal. Tickets are $30, and all levels are welcome.

Christmas in July Party, 4–7 p.m.
Can’t wait for Christmas? Neither can Landmark Bar & Kitchen. It’s hosting a Christmas in July party that features $1 drinks, live bands, DJs, vodka-soaked watermelon Christmas trees and a full menu of holiday classics. If you’re looking to get down and escape the heat, this is the place for you. If you’re looking for snow, maybe try another state.

Bombshell: A Pop-Art Show, 5–11 p.m.
Artlandish is presenting a new summer show at Ensemble Coworking on Park Place Avenue. This collaborative effort showcases the work of over 30 local artists working with pop-art and pop-culture themes. Live music, free admission and the chance to socialize with your neighbors instead of staying at home again are enticing enough for us.