THERE’S A LOT TO SEE AND DO OUT THERE. GET UP. GET OUT. GET GOING. CHAMBER MUSIC Mimir Chamber Music Festival An international faculty of established musicians meets up with emerging artists for two weeks of intense coaching — and an impressive run of concerts — at Mimir. The 18-year-old festival has long held bragging rights to one of the best classical music events in the area; this year that pride extends to having the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic on the roster. Longtime Mimir violinist Frank Huang returns to Fort Worth to teach and perform before heading east for his new job. The festival has won a following for its sophisticated programming but, this time around, expect lesser-known works by favorite composers like Schubert and Shostakovich, Beethoven and Bartdk and contemporary pieces by Kenji Bunch and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Festival founder Curt Thompson expanded the festival to Melbourne, Australia, when he took a teaching post at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2012; the festival reprises there in September. Concerts, July 2-10. $10-$30. PepsiCo Recital Hall, Texas Christian University, and Renzo Piano Pavilion, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth; 817-984-9299 or mimirfestival.org. MODERN DANCE Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth The modern dance company celebrates its 25th season this year — and its 12th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern, a fixture of the summer arts scene. In honor of its milestone, CD/FW adds to the usual lineup a program titled "Dance Unplugged," with guest companies and artists performing without recorded music. Also programmed are films from the 2015 Dance On Camera festival of New York City, including short works from Denmark, Canada, Israel and the United States. The festival culminates with CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Choreographers Showcase, featuring the premiere of "Inside Out," a collaboration between Dallas choreographer and dancer Sarah Newton and Fort Worth composer and harpsichordist John Hopkins. July 10-24. Free. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth; 817-922-0944 or cdfw.org. FILM Virtuosity In this documentary — made during the 14th Cliburn Competition — snippets of competitors' performances serve as compelling reminders of their considerable talents. Those who missed the documentary's world premiere at Bass Performance Hall during last year's Lone Star Film Festival should not miss the national broadcast on PBS this month. The film explores the lives of the young pianists off stage, too, from practice sessions to facing feedback from critics to goofing around with family. Directed by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Christopher Wilkinson, it's touching, personal and sometimes funny. The documentary airs at 8 p.m. July 31 on KERA/Channel 13. ON STAGE Lucky for us, the theater scene doesn't take a summer break. In addition to Amphibian Stage Productions' Don Quixote-influenced world premiere (page 84), here are four grown-up tickets to snag. • Stage West Theatre Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a Tony Award-winning play by Christopher Durang about three middle-aged siblings named by their parents for Chekhov characters. A much younger lover and a doomsday-predicting maid stir the pot. Harry Parker directs the comedic tale of sibling rivalry and regrets. Through July 12. $30-$34. 821/823 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth; 817-784-9378 or stagewest.org. • Circle Theatre Mass Appeal, the 1980 play by Bill C. Davis that went on to Broadway and the big screen, has only two characters — a happily complacent Catholic priest and a passionate, idealistic young seminarian. Conflict and occasional humor ensue as they tackle thorny topics. Alan Shorter directs the Circle Theatre production. Through July 18. $20-$35. 230 W. 4th St., Fort Worth; 817-877-3040 or circletheatre.com. • Bass Performance Hall Pippin, directed in the '70s by Bob Fosse, followed the story of a young prince's search for a meaningful life, told through his interactions with a theatrical troupe. The Tony Award-winning revival from director Diane Paulus takes Pippin's story to the circus instead of the theater, with Cirque-style acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts de la Main. July 21-26. $44-$121. Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, Sundance Square, Fort Worth; 817-212-4280 or basshall.com. • Jubilee Theatre The Color Purple, about a young black woman overcoming unthinkable adversity in the early 1900s, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (Alice Walker) and an Academy Award-winning film (Steven Spielberg). Now director Akin Babatunde brings a musical adaptation to Jubilee Theatre, with a cast of more than 20 characters. Previews, July 24-30; regular run, July 31-Aug. 23. $20-$30. 506 Main St., Fort Worth; 817-338-4411 or jubileetheatre.org. EVENTS Red, White, and Blues at the Modern It's been 35 years since The Blues Brothers brought a Saturday Night Live act to the big screen. The premise? Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi portray brothers on "a mission from God" to raise money to save the Catholic home where they grew up — by playing the blues, of course. Join the anniversary screening outdoors by the reflecting pool of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; the cast of the classic musical comedy includes a long list of talent: Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway and Ray Charles, to name a few. Go early; event tickets include admission to the galleries, and you'll also want time to enjoy the DJ and concessions (order picnics ahead of time through Cafe Modern). Bring a blanket to sit on. Lawn doors open, 7:30 p.m.; film, 8:45 p.m. July 3. Tickets, $7-$15. 3200 Darnell St.; 817-738-9215 or themodern.org. FIREWORKS DISPLAYS Where will you go to get your fix of the traditional snap, crackle and pop? Note that some events get a jump on the holiday, letting their fireworks fly as early as July 2. Read on for five festive ways to celebrate Independence Day. ARLINGTON • Light Up Arlington! Levitt Pavilion's Independence Day celebration gets rolling at 6 p.m. with children's activities. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with local singer-songwriter Brad Thompson, followed by Beatles tribute Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band at 8:45 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:45 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and a picnic (no glass). July 3. Free. 100 W. Abram St., Arlington; 817-543-4308 or lightuparlington.com. FORT WORTH • Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's patriotic concerts are a highlight of the Concerts in the Garden season. Pack a picnic — alcohol is permitted, so don't forget the wine — or order ahead of time through Central Market (817-377-9307). Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; concerts begin at8:15 p.m.; and fireworks follow. July 2-4. Seats at the blue tables, $50, have the best views; lawn tickets are $22. Fort Worth Botanic Garden (University Drive and I-30); 817-665-6000 or fwsymphony.org. • Fort Worth's Fourth It's easy to make a day of it when the gates open at 2 p.m. for children's activities, tubing and Jet Ski and flyboard shows. Live music starts at 6 p.m. with Jimmy Buffett tribute band The Landsharks, followed by cover band Downtown Fever at 8 p.m. And atlOp.m., it's finally time for fireworks. Five VIP ticket options offer various seating locations and amenities; no coolers are allowed. July 4. Free admission; VIP tickets, $10-$40. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth; 817-698-0700 or fortworthsfourth.com. GRAPEVINE • July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza If it's just fireworks you're after, it's hard to do better than watching them over the water. But with this year's high lake level and lakeside parks closed, it's best to either park at the Gaylord Texan Resort and head to the roof of the parking garage (expect a party and a DJ), or park at Grapevine Mills and watch the fireworks from the parking lot (download accompanying music from the website). 9:30 p.m. July 4. Free except for parking. Visit grapevinetexasusa.com/summer. SOUTHLAKE • Stars & Stripes Southlake Before the sparks fly at the 17th annual celebration, there's lots of live music. The Southlake Community Band plays at Family Park, while The Key West Band and Limelight entertain at Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park. A limited number of VIP tables at the latter offer great views and appetizers (call ahead; tables for four are $50). Stick around for fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 6-11 p.m. July 3. Free. Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main St., Southlake; 817-748-8019 or starsandstripessouthlake.com. POPULAR MUSIC Telegraph Canyon It's been nearly six years since The Tide and The Current brought national attention to the Fort Worth-based band and "Safe on the Outside" into regular rotation on KXT 91.7. Telegraph Canyon is back. The groovy 7-inch vinyl single, "Why Let It Go," debuted June 23; the full-length You From Before is out July 31. "There are several different kinds of songs on the record, but they all have a common thread. The album is meant to be a journey rather than the same kind of songs over and over," says bandleader Chris Johnson. "The band took a lot of chances on this go-around and didn't play it safe by making the same kind of record as our last. We're all really excited to share it with everyone." Expect folksy rock and heartfelt vocals; tracks like "Wheel to the Garden," already a concert favorite, should be floating out on the airwaves soon. Upcoming local shows include Dan's Silverleaf in Denton (July 9) and Granada Theater in Dallas (Aug. 14). Look for You From Before at Good Records in Dallas, on iTunes and telegraphcanyon.net. AMERICAN ART Amon Carter Museum of American Art "Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection" includes 120 works — pictographic arts, sculptural objects, pottery, baskets and more — from North American tribes. The museum hosts an adult bead-weaving program July 25. Exhibit, July 7-Sept. 13. The Amon Carter remains open during construction; enter and exit the building from Lancaster Avenue and park in the west lot of Will Rogers Memorial Center (enter via Gendy Street) or along Will Rogers Road. Free. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-738-1933 or cartermuseum.org. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame If you haven't seen the large mobile in the Grand Rotunda or the new Anne W. Marion Gallery with Terri Kelly Moyers' "Grace & Grit: Visions of the West," soon you'll have yet another new reason to visit the Cowgirl. This month, watch for the opening of the new gallery, Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Shows, featuring a life-size statue of Annie Oakley by local artist Janice Hart. Museum admission, $8-$10 (free for children 3 and under with paid adult). 1720 Gendy St.; 817-336-4475 or cowgirl.net. Sid Richardson Museum From the quiet, regal Self-Portrait on a Horse by Frederic Remington to the dust-raising intertribal warfare of Counting Coup (Medicine Whip) by Charles M. Russell, the "Remington & Russell, Retold," exhibit focuses on the westward expansion of the late 19th century. Both Remington and Russell were prolific and largely self-taught; the exhibit brings together 38 of their oil paintings and watercolors. Through Jan. 10, 2016. Free. 309 Main St., Sundance Square, Fort Worth; 817-332-6554 or sidrichardsonmuseum.org.
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