Pictured: Anime Vanguard via Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
By Sheila Ellis
Whether or not you get to enjoy the entirety of Labor Day Weekend, there are plenty of events to squeeze in. Here are our picks for your calendar.
Friday, Aug. 31
Toadies Vinyl Preorder Listening Party, 7–9 p.m.
When Fort Worth’s very own rockstars, Toadies, came to Billy Bob’s last December, they also recorded a live album. Although it’s not expected to release until late September, you can be among the first group to hear it at Docs Records and Vintage. You can also expect Bockslider from Martin House Brewery, a raffle for a guitar signed by each member of the band and some freebies.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Bell’s Carnival, 3–8 p.m.
Maybe you’ve come to expect movie nights, live music and a wide range of beer from the Flying Saucer in Sundance Square. Go ahead and add carnival to the mix, sans any freak shows or caged wild animals (it is the 21st century, after all). A dunk tank, carnival foods like cotton candy and popcorn and the Flying Saucer’s signature beer collection are all up for grabs.
Labor Day Block Party, noon–4 p.m.
Even if your boss doesn’t honor the magnificence of Labor Day, you can still have a party on Saturday at Harley Davidson on 3025 West Loop 820. This block party features music from the country band Sideshow Drifters, finger foods, drinks and raffles that benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Everyone in the family, including the fuzzy four-legged children, are welcome.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Anime Vanguard, begins at 2 p.m.
Growing up, you might have busted a vein trying to go Super Saiyan, or maybe you snubbed the anime-loving kids. Whatever group you fall into, forget it all. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is hosting a screening, and it’s all about contemporary, avant-garde anime. The event includes experimental pieces, minimalistic shorts, music videos and more. Your ninjutsu is probably rad, but maybe leave it at home this time. Tickets are $10.
Fort Worth Movies That Matter Latino: Clinica de Migrantes, 4–6 p.m.
Sunday is turning out to be a movie day, so after the anime, check out this quarterly series courtesy of the City of Fort Worth Human Relations. This month’s screening is “Clinica de Migrantes,” a documentary that sheds light on immigrants facing adversities within the U.S. health care system. You can catch it for free at the Rose Marine Theater on 1440 North Main St.