What’s Up For The Holidays 2021

What’s Up For The Holidays 2021

HOLIDAY LIGHTS, THEATRE, CONCERTS & BALLET

Enjoy a Western Wonderland at The Fort Worth Stockyards

The holiday festivities kickoff when Cowboy Santa makes his grand arrival to the Stockyards on Friday, November 26th! Guests can welcome him in his stagecoach following the 11:30 a.m. Cattle Drive. Activities to follow his entrance include photos by appointment, Cowboy poetry, story time with Mrs. Claus, holiday carolers and more. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus story time will continue through the holiday season – a full schedule can be found online.

The day concludes with the kickoff of the Stockyards’ holiday light spectacular with a festive tree lighting outside the Exchange Building and at Hotel Drover at 6:00 p.m. Guests can see the Stockyards, Mule Alley, and Hotel Drover adorned with Christmas lights as they welcome Santa and the district wide celebrations commence.

Through the holiday season, guests can journey through a district wide Western wonderland complete with dreamy lighting and decor. Stroll down East Exchange Avenue and Mule Alley, where every tree will be lit, light poles will be wrapped in garland and ribbon, and garland and lights can be found decorating Cowtown Coliseum, the Exchange Building, Stockyards Station, and even the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. Enjoy quintessential Texas themed lights with two boot sculptures up the steps of the Exchange Building, a horseshoe outside of American Paint Horse Association, and a 6-foot large wreath outside Shake Shack on Mule Alley. Guests can enjoy festive shopping down Mule Alley and end their evening at Hotel Drover for seasonal spirits, hot chocolate and coffee around the backyard fire pits.

Also, save the date for Christmas in the Stockyards on Saturday, December 4 from 12-4 p.m. Join The Stockyards as they celebrate the 20th Annual Christmas in the Stockyards featuring Sounds of the Season, Strolling Holiday Entertainment, Festive Activities, Photos with Cowboy Santa, Mrs. Claus Story Time, and a spectacular Christmas parade at 4pm!

https://fortworthstockyards.com/events/cowboy-santas-arrival-parade-2/

A Phunk Dr’s Christmas

Jubilee Theatre / December 10th-12th

Written and Directed by Wambui Richardson, A Phunk Dr’s Christmas is a concert of music, comedy, and more celebrating the holiday season and featuring Fort Worth’s Phunk Dr’s as well as some of Jubilee Theatre’s long time performers.

Don’t miss it! Grab tickets at http://www.jubileetheatre.org !

FWSO presents “Home for the Holidays”

Bass Performance Hall / November 26th – 28th  

Don’t miss one of Fort Worth’s favorite holiday traditions when the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists bring you “Home for the Holidays,” with a spectacular program of Christmas carols and seasonal tunes. Wave to Santa as the orchestra conjures a white Christmas courtesy of a magical snowfall.The perfect gift for the whole family.

https://fwsymphony.org/concerts-tickets/subscriptions-and-series-info/pops-series/home-for-the-holidays

TBT Presents the Nutcracker & The NuttyNutcracker

Bass Performance Hall / December 10th – 26th                                                                                                   

Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) will keep the holiday spirit and a great holiday tradition in Fort Worth alive as they present The Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall thru December 26th                                                       

https://texasballettheater.org/performance/nutcracker-2021/

 

Holiday in the Garden

Fort Worth Botanic Garden / December 11th, 10am – 4pm                                                                 

We are excited to announce Holiday in the Garden! Bring your holiday cheer to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Celebrate the season at this annual event by shopping the wares of artisan vendors, enjoying tasty treats from gourmet food trucks, relaxing to live music from local bands and singing along to holiday carols with the Fort Worth Opera. There will also be a visit from Santa himself!

https://brit.org/events/holiday-in-the-garden/

 

Stage West Theatre presents Scrooge in Rouge

December 2nd – 24th

The Royal Music Hall Variety Players’ production of A Christmas Carol is in a pickle after twenty members of the company suddenly fall ill. This leaves the three remaining members to plow on (so to speak) through a musical performance of the Dickens classic. Expect missed cues, unfamiliar characters, and costume mishaps aplenty. With cheeky puns and bawdy songs, this quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Christmas tale is a hilarious holiday treat!

https://stagewest.org/season/scrooge-rouge

 

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ Holiday Shindig

David McDavid Studio / December 1st, 7:30pm

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis return to McDavid Studio to celebrate the holidays, like only they can. Each renowned for crafting some of the most enduring music on the vast country and Americana landscape, the Texas twosome will perform sawdusty favorites from their recent duet record, Beautiful Lie, songs from their own extensive solo catalogs and, of course, holiday favorites, old and new. Spend the holidays with Texas’ finest country couple.

https://www.basshall.com/tickets–events/2021-2022-pafw-season/21-22-bnsf-popular-entertainment/bruce-and-kelly-holiday-2021/

 

ROBERT EARL KEEN’S The Road to Christmas

Bass Performance Hall / December 30th, 7:30pm

One of Fort Worth’s favorite holiday traditions is back! Robert Earl Keen returns for his Eve of New Year’s Eve concert at Bass Hall this holiday season, with special guest opener, singer-songwriter Brent Cobb . Ring in the new year with an evening of Americana hits and holiday tunes featuring REK’s famous Bluegrass flare.

https://www.basshall.com/tickets–events/2021-2022-pafw-season/21-22-bnsf-popular-entertainment/robert-earl-keen/

 

The Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle – Holiday and Hits

Bass Performance Hall / December 13th, 7:30pm

Country music legends The Gatlin Brothers and Crystal Gayle grace the Bass Hall stage for the very first time in this brand-new holiday special. These musical acts have wowed audiences across the country and the globe, but never have they appeared together, until now. Don’t miss an evening featuring a catalog of hits and holiday favorites.

https://www.basshall.com/tickets–events/2021-2022-pafw-season/21-22-bnsf-popular-entertainment/The-Gatlin-Brothers-and-Crystal-Gayle-Holiday-Hits/

 

Ballet Frontier of Texas presents The Nutcracker: Kingdom of Sweets

Will Rogers Auditorium / December 3rd – 5th

Join Ballet Frontier for the magic of The Nutcracker this holiday season!

Ballet Frontier has been captivating audiences with our production of The Nutcracker for the last 12 years.  With its cast comprised of professional dancers, talented young students, dazzling costumes, and world-class choreography, the stage is set for an unforgettable holiday experience for all ages!  Check website for Waco and Granbury performances.

https://www.balletfrontier.org/the-nutcracker

 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Casa Manana / November 20th – December 23rd

This holiday classic soars off the screen in this musical adaptation. Filled with holiday hits like “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” “The Island of Misfit Toys,” “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” and everyone’s favorite, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer features all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. This show is suitable for all audiences.

http://www.casamanana.org/attraction/rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer/

 

Nashville Christmas at The Reid Cabaret

Casa Manana / November 30th – December 18th

This Christmas, the Reid Cabaret Theatre is headed to the country capital of the world! Don, your boots, kick back and get into the holiday spirit with Christmas tales and songs in the styles of your favorite country superstars like Garth Brooks, Dan + Shay, Faith Hill and more! This show is suitable for most audiences.

http://www.casamanana.org/attraction/nashville-christmas/

 

GM Financial Parade of Lights

Downtown Fort Worth / Sunday, November 21st, 6pm

On Sunday, November 21, 2021, join us for a renewed, live and in-person, GM Financial Parade of Lights! It’s a day filled with exciting things to do throughout Downtown, from taking care of your holiday shopping to dining out in some of the finest restaurants in Fort Worth, all while enjoying the holiday spirit of the country’s top holiday parade.

The GM Financial Parade of Lights begins at 6:00 PM at the intersection of Weatherford and Throckmorton Streets. The parade proceeds east along Weatherford Street, turns south on Commerce and goes all the way to 9th Street. At 9th Street the parade turns west, proceeds past the Convention Center to Houston St., and then turns north on Houston Street to 2nd St.  The final turns for the parade are west on 2nd St. to Throckmorton Street, and south to 3rd St. where the parade will end. For complete route information and a full map click here.

https://www.fortworthparadeoflights.org/

 

Kimbell Art Museum 2021 Holiday Gift Guide & Holiday Sale

Cultural District

To ring in the holiday season, the Kimbell Art Museum invites shoppers to browse unique gifts, take advantage of seasonal savings and enjoy holiday treats.

The Kimbell’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide showcases festive favorites perfect for stuffing into stockings or placing under the tree. Featuring hand-crafted serveware, inspiring publications and imaginative games from the Museum Shops in the Louis I. Kahn Building and Renzo Piano Pavilion, shoppers can discover gifts for everyone on their list, from families to art aficionados.

All products are of limited quantity and available for in-store purchase at the Camp Bowie locations only. Patrons can contact the Museum Shop at 817-332-8451, ext. 744, with any questions.

https://kimbellart.org/

 

Panther Island Ice

Coyote Drive In / November 19, 2021 – January 17, 2022

This is one of the unique holiday traditions Fort Worth offers each year.  Panther Island Ice Returns Panther Island Ice returns this holiday season. Located at Coyote Drive-In, Fort Worth’s outdoor skating rink offers public skating starting on November 19, 2021. The ice rink will operate seven days a week through January 17, 2022, including all holidays. The rink is real ice located mostly under a large pavilion. Patrons can take advantage of the ample free parking, along with the drive-in’s other amenities such as covered seating, gas heaters, restrooms, and a full menu including beer and wine options. It’s a great family outing.  Go early and go often!

https://pantherislandice.com/

 

Radiance Christmas                                              

Weatherford-Decatur-Frisco-Waxahachie / Through January 3, 2021

Texas’ #1 Light Spectacular Radiance! is back, BIGGER and BETTER, featuring less wait time, new scenes and more lights! Better still, one ticket gives you access to both Radiance! AND our all-new family holiday attraction, Frozen in Frisco!

At Frozen in Frisco, you’ll experience an outdoor Winter Carnival full of thrills, fun and magical memory-making moments unlike anything in North Texas!

  • Soar down 2- story Ice Tubing Hills,
  • Ice skate under the stars,
  • Throw snowballs made of REAL snow at Santa’s Snowball Toss,
  • Ride the giant 108ft Ferris Wheel and Christmas Carousel,
  • Spin out on Bumper Cars on Ice,
  • Meet Santa Claus and the Gingerbread Man,
  • Visit Mistletoe Holiday Market, and much more!

https://www.radiancechristmas.com/

 

The Michael Hix Christmas Party

Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / Friday, November 26th 7:30pm

You can’t help but be drawn in by the magnetic charm and wit of Michael Hix. His vocal abilities range from baritone to a high soprano. Vocally, there isn’t much Michael can’t do. However, what’s really impressive about him is his ability to capture an audience and hold their attention for hours. There is no better entertainer, that’s why he’s been dubbed “The Worlds Greatest Entertainer.” If you haven’t seen him in action, you are missing out. He will lift your spirits, make you laugh, cry with joy, and leave you feeling satisfied and excited. There are new and exciting things around the corner for Michael. You will have to follow him here, or on social media to see what all he’s up to! We hope to see you soon and thank you for your support. God Bless. “If talent is a predictor, Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake might should watch out.” – Arlington Today Magazine.

https://www.downtowncowtown.com/events

 

A Twitty and Lynn Christmas

Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / Saturday, November 27th 7:30pm

The grandchildren of famed duo Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, the two have taken to the road to honor their grandparents in an intimate evening of music and storytelling.   Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have seen great success with their Tribute to Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty; going into their second year together, the duo already has at least two dozen tour dates set throughout much of North America and Canada.

https://www.downtowncowtown.com/events

 

Jaston Williams Blood & Holly

Downtown Cowtown at The Isis Theatre / December 10th & 11th 7:30pm

In his one-man show, Blood & Holly, Jaston Williams remembers Christmas in childhood as a warped hybrid of Toyland and Franco’s Spain. Meet the elderly sisters without any eyebrows, the house cat driven crazy by Christmas decorations, and a gift list that includes rubber knives, moist towelettes, and teeth. Known nationally as the co-author and co-star of the award-winning plays in the Greater Tuna cycle, Jaston Williams will leave you in stitches.

https://www.downtowncowtown.com/events

 

ARLINGTON

Arlington Holiday of Lights Parade

December 11th, 6:00pm

Bring your friends and family to the Downtown/University District to enjoy the Annual Holiday Lights Parade. Thousands of people will gather for the pageantry which is followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture with Santa before the parade at the Library at 100 S Center Street or after the tree lighting on the City Hall steps at 101 W Abram Street.

https://holidaylightsparade.com/

 

Elf on a Shelf

Choctaw Stadium (formerly Globe Life Field) / November 18th – January 2nd  

With Christmas Spirit running low, Santa’s sleigh’s compass goes haywire, and Scout Elf Tiny Tinkerman and the Scout Elves need human help! Where’s the Lone Star State’s best place for finding cheer? Choctaw Stadium’s dazzling star-filled concourse, of course!

Join Scout Elf Tiny Tinkerman and the Scout Elves on a quest to collect the ingredients for Christmas Spirit, as you and your elf-loving crew magically shrink down to elf size and embark on a journey through twinkling wonderlands to set Santa and Christmas back on course!

https://elfontheshelfjourney.com/dallas/

 

Arlington Music Hall

Christmas Concerts for 2021 / December 4th – 18th  

December 4th : Wynonna Christmas

December 8th :  Christmas with the Beatles

December 9th :  Texas Tenors Deep in Heart of Christmas

December 17th :  Chad Prather & Friend Christmas

December 18th :  Al Joslin Christmas

https://arlingtonmusichall.net/events/

 

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags over Texas

November 19th  – January 2nd

Holiday in the Park is back! ‘Tis the season for glittering lights, delicious snacks, and a festive spin on your favorite rides.

Gather around for the nightly tree lighting show you’ll never forget! Each night, millions of lights are illuminated at once by Santa in a magical moment. For the little elves in your family, head over to the Merry Marketplace to meet Santa Claus! After meeting Santa, venture into Casa Magnetica and celebrate Nochebuena in our unique tilted house attraction.

Try to catch a glimpse of Santa’s reindeer as you soar 400 feet in the air on Texas SkyScreamer or fly head over heels on BATMAN: The Ride. Make a New Year’s Resolution to experience more thrills on HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity, a giant whirling wheel of adventure to kick 2022 off right! For the little ones looking for less thrills, take a merry ride on the Silver Star Christmas Carousel.

https://www.sixflags.com/overtexas/events/holiday-in-the-park

 

MANSFIELD

Hometown Holidays Merry Midway

Historic Downtown Mansfield / December 3rd & 4th

Prepare for holidays with two days of festivities, shows, shopping and old school carnival rides in Historic Downtown Mansfield. Hit the sled hill, take a ride on the ferris wheel, shop our local vendors, enjoy a concert, visit Santa Claus and be dazzled by our annual tree lighting and fireworks show!

https://www.mansfieldtexasarts.org/calendar/community-events/hometown-holidays

 

GRAPEVINE

Grapevine: The Christmas Capitol of Texas

It’s more merry in Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas! Grapevine is the perfect place to create wonderful Christmas memories with your family and friends. You’ll be amazed at 40 days of unique and traditional Christmas events, as you see Grapevine sparkle with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and much more! Be sure to make Grapevine, Texas your top Christmas destination.

https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/

 

GRANBURY

The New Granbury Live Christmas Concerts 2021

The New Granbury Live / December 3rd – 18th

December 3rd :  Bryan White Christmas

December 4th :  Michael Hix Rock & Soul Christmas

December 11th :  William Lee Martin, The Nutcracker (comedy)

December 16th :  Jingles with Jet Blacq

https://thenewgranburylive.com/shows/

 

HOLIDAY LIGHTS, EVENTS, AND SANTA CLAUS SIGHTINGS

The Modern Lights

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth / November 1st – February 6th

The Modern trees are illuminated with an array of festive lights in celebration of the holiday season. Passersby experience a stunning display, and visitors are invited to enjoy evening viewing opportunities. The museum galleries are open with free admission until 8 pm on Fridays.

 

Dinner with the Modern Lights

Cafe Modern / Fridays, seating from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Executive Chef Jett Mora welcomes you with warm hospitality, creative cuisine, and a seasonal menu rooted in Texas ingredients. Create your own holiday memories on Friday nights at Café Modern. Seating is available from 5 to 8:30 pm. For reservations, call 817.840.2157 or online here.

https://www.themodern.org/modern-lights

 

Gift of Lights

Texas Motor Speedway / November 25th – December 18th

Fill up your car, truck, or SUV and drive through millions of lights at Texas Motor Speedway.

http://giftoflightstexas.com/

 

 Arlington Interlochen Lights

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlington-Interlochen-Lights/1857729784438909

 

Prairie Lights in Grand Prairie

Thanksgiving Night through New Year’s Eve / Open Every Night at 6pm

Prairie Lights is the premier holiday light park in Texas located at Lynn Creek Park on Joe Pool Lake in Grand Prairie, Texas. Prairie Lights 2021 will feature the return of Holiday Village, the magical walk-thru forest, carnival rides, photos with Santa, and more.

https://prairielights.org/

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Veteran’s Day in the Fort

Veteran’s Day in the Fort

  

VETERAN’S DAY 2021

Thursday, November 11th

Tarrant County Veteran’s Memorial Motorcade

Downtown Fort Worth 11am

Bells will toll in communities across the country – in places of worship, schools, town halls, and cemeteries – to mark Veterans Day. Locally, bells will toll to launch the Veterans Day parade, hosted by the City of Fort Worth and organized by the Tarrant County Veterans Council (TCVC). A military flyover about 11 a.m. will kick off the Veterans Day parade. A motorcade will then roll down North Forest Park Blvd. along the Clear Fork section of the Trinity Trails system to Rotary Plaza., then back to Panther Island. Spectators can picnic along the Trinity River while viewing the parade on the west side of downtown Fort Worth.

https://www.fw2021vetsdayparade.org/

 

Stage West Theatre celebrates Veterans with War Words

Wednesday, November 10th & Thursday, November 11th at 6:30pm

Stage West, along with the Atlantic Council, is proud to present an abbreviated reading of the Pulitzer-nominated play War Words by Michelle Kholos Brooks, as part of a nationwide event which celebrates, honors, and recognizes the men and women of our military. The play is a work of docu-theatre, which chronicles the funny, strange, heroic, and heartbreaking stories of military service people who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on interviews with veterans of those wars and their families.  Commending the play, the Council’s board director General (Ret.) David Petraeus says, “Few movies or plays have ever captured for me as powerfully as War Words . . . the experiences of American veterans, especially those who have served in uniform since 9/11.”

https://www.stagewest.org/war-words

 

No Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade in 2021

Even though there will be no Greater Dallas Veterans Day Parade this year, the good news is that the City of Dallas has declared that Veterans Day will henceforth, be a City Holiday. The Greater Dallas Veterans Foundation (GDVF) would appreciate your support with making those around you aware of Veterans Day, and the need to honor our veterans. We know when communities have meaningful ways to honor and appreciate veterans, they become inspired and engaged.

The 2021 GDVF theme is “Commemorating Operation Enduring Freedom”, which was the military response to 9/11 twenty years ago. This year, we are happy to welcome the brave men and women who honorably and selflessly served America in Afghanistan over the last two decades.

Our GDVF 20-25 minute 2021 themed virtual celebration video will be available on the GDVF website on November 1. You are encouraged to view this video, and use it for any event or activity you would like. In November it can be found at greaterdallasveteransfoundation.org under the “2021 Theme and Events” tab. If desired, use this link and let the Foundation know if you would like to involve us in another way to honor the veterans in your community, school, or organization. GDVF provides opportunities like our Virtual Celebration for you to recognize and support veterans, and their ideal of “service above self”.

https://greaterdallasveteransfoundation.org/2020-events

 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Patriotic Pops

Nov 12-14 at Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas

JEFF TYZIK conducts

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY MEN’S & WOMEN’S GLEE CLUBS

MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY PIPES & DRUMS BAND

Join conductor Jeff Tyzik for this uplifting tribute honoring our nation’s men and women in uniform. Lift your spirits with this rousing celebration of our great nation, as Patriotic Pops salutes our veterans with your favorite songs and anthems. The US Naval Academy shares their internationally acclaimed Glee clubs and their Pipes and Drum Band with Dallas. Hooyah!

Click for more details: https://bit.ly/3BCLcx9

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Stage West Presents “War Words”

Stage West Presents “War Words”

STAGE WEST TO PRESENT UNIQUE AND TIMELY “WAR WORDS”

 

This Veterans’ Day, Stage West, along with the Atlantic Council, is proud to present an abbreviated reading of the Pulitzer-nominated play War Words by Michelle Kholos Brooks, as part of a nationwide event which celebrates, honors, and recognizes the men and women of our military. The play is a work of docu-theatre, which chronicles the funny, strange, heroic, and heartbreaking stories of military service people who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, based on interviews with veterans of those wars and their families.  Commending the play, the Council’s board director General (Ret.) David Petraeus says, “Few movies or plays have ever captured for me as powerfully as War Words . . . the experiences of American veterans, especially those who have served in uniform since 9/11.”.

The event is organized by the Atlantic Council, a think-tank affiliated with the Department of Defense, which works to better bridge the gap between those who serve our nation and the general public. In light of recent events from that part of the world, this Veterans’ Day event feels all the more timely, necessary, and special.  War Words is compelling entertainment, which also serves the civic purpose of drawing the audience into a closer relationship with the men and women who serve in the military.

While most Veterans’ Day events are geared towards veterans (who are certainly welcome and encouraged to attend), this event is also geared towards the general public who might not have any relationship with the military.

We at Stage West are thrilled to be one of just six theaters around the nation chosen to present this wonderful event, and to help to bring more awareness to the lives and stories of our military service people.

 

Stage West’s presentation will be directed by Gregg Wiggans, and will feature Sasha Maya Ada, Jakie Cabe, Conor Clark, Allen Dean, Sam Henderson, Sean Massey, Blake McNamara, Dana Schultes, and Morgana Wilborn.  Catie Choate will serve as Moderator, Stage Manager will be Hailey Green, with Lighting and Technical Design by Bryan Stevenson.

 

Performances are November 10 and November 11 at 6:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm, with the Lobby Café’s bar available for pre-show drinks and appetizers. The evening includes an exclusive message via video from General Petraeus. Tickets are just $10 for general public and $5 for Stage West season ticket holders.

Parental discretion is advised (PG-13). This 90-minute event is sponsored by Elbit Systems of America, Bell Textron, and Textron Systems.  Further information can be found at https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/programs/scowcroft-center-for-strategy-and-security/forward-defense/war-words-across-america/

 

Playwright Statement for War Words
By Michelle Kholos Brooks:

 “A few years ago, I considered myself a progressive, open, unbiased person. I didn’t believe in having preconceived notions about individuals based on, for instance, gender, or ethnicity or religion. I didn’t see any of those things. 

But you can bet your boots I saw military.

I believed all the clichés I’d heard about people who serve—they join up because they don’t have other choices; they can’t afford college; people in the military like the adrenalin of the fight, right?

 Then I started this project and my view completely changed. War Words is based on interviews I did with real people who have served during our twenty year “Long War” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Once I began hearing their personal stories, I started to care. 

 I understand a little more about the military now, and I can even follow some (some!) of the acronyms. But I don’t think the information I’ve gathered really matters. What’s important is that I now feel something for the people who I once viewed as “other.” And In feeling something for them, I have started to become more invested in the national policies that send these people away from their families and ask them to do things I would never volunteer to do. I don’t have to agree with these policies to care about the people who are charged with the extraordinary task of carrying them out. A very small fraction of our citizenry bears an enormous burden for the rest of us. It is now clear to me that a little understanding is the very least I can offer to help lighten the load.”

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Jubilee Theatre Launches Season 41

Jubilee Theatre Launches Season 41

JUBILEE THEATRE KICKS COVID’S ***  – LAUNCHES SEASON 41

New Season Begins with “Fabulation,” ends with “Dreamgirls”

 

Fort Worth, TX – Jubilee Theatre ushers in its fifth decade of stellar stage play performances and overall entertainment excellence that rises the Black Experience into the mainstream platform. Five edge-of-the-seat stage plays, one musical concert and other community activities are scheduled that will maintain Jubilee a beacon of the North Texas entertainment circle. This season’s theme is — very appropriately — “A Brighter Day.” Like most institutions, Jubilee went through a lot of real-life drama when the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak forced cancellations of most of their productions at the end of Season 39 and into the first phase of what was planned to be a historic 40th campaign. Put on survival mode, an intestinal fortitude was fostered with the theatre’s staff and supporters, all who toiled together to keep Jubilee and its name alive. “It was the rapper Tupac Shakur who coined the phrase ‘for every dark night, there’s a brighter day,’ said D. Wambui Richardson, Jubilee Theatre’s Artistic Director. “Over 18 months ago Jubilee Theatre, like others, closed its doors to live performances. As a community we all shut our doors, socially distanced ourselves, and protected our loved ones against an invisible enemy.” “As a community we forged ahead in an indomitable spirit towards achieving the impossible,” Richardson continued. “What I have learned from this experience, is just how much we need one another. Though we are still in this fight, together we can celebrate the brighter day ahead. What better way to do so then through story?” Founded in 1981, Jubilee is excited to resume executing their core principles of creating and presenting both traditional and new works that reflect the African-American experience and that forges a universal message to a diverse and multicultural audience.

This season’s productions include:

FABULATION OR, THE RE- EDUCATION OF UNDINE

Written by: Lynn Nottage
Directed by: Ayvaunn Penn

October 1st – 24th

FABULATION is a social satire about an ambitious and haughty African American woman, Undine Barnes Calles, whose husband suddenly disappears after embezzling all of her money. Pregnant and on the brink of social and financial ruin, Undine retreats to her childhood home in Brooklyn’s Walt Whitman projects, only to discover that she must cope with a crude new reality. Undine faces the challenge of transforming her setbacks into small victories in a battle to reaffirm her right to be. FABULATION is a comeuppance tale with a comic twist.

 

A PHUNK DR’S CHRISTMAS

December 10th – 12th

The longtime house band for Jubilee Theatre and one of the hottest cover bands in North Texas, the Phunk Dr’s will lead in a concert of music, comedy and more, celebrating the holiday season and featuring some of Jubilee Theater’s long-time performers.

 

LIL & SATCHMO: A PLAY WITH MUSIC

Written by: Jo Morello
Directed by: Khira Hailey

January 28th – February 27th, 2022

This musical love story showcases the works of both the well-known great Louis Armstrong and Lil Hardin Armstrong, Louis’s second wife (of four), who herself loomed as a highly renowned jazz musician and pianist. Despite their marriage having ended years before, Lil Hardin Armstrong, at 73, plays a lively, boogie-woogie version of “St. Louis Blues” during a televised outdoor concert in Chicago’s Civic Center Plaza on August 27, 1971— as a deep heartfelt loving tribute to the recently deceased legendary “Satchmo.” Expressing her still remaining strong love for Louis while performing one of his all-time favorite songs, an ethereal Louis suddenly appears – but only for her eyes to see.

 

OVER FORTY, THE MUSICAL

Written by: Celete B Walker
Directed by: D. Wambui Richardson

March 25th – April 24th, 2022

OVER FORTY is a rousing musical chronicling four very different women who are hellishly fighting their entry into middle-ageism. These exhilarating women both celebrate and mourn getting older with witty dialogue and soul stirring music. These wise and sexy sistahs, in unison, take the audience on an adventurous journey where both men and women will never dread the “Big 4-0” again.

 

IF PRETTY HURTS, UGLY MUST BE A “MF”: AN AFRICAN FOLKTALE

Written by: Tori Sampson
Directed by: Sasha Maya Ada

May 27th – June 24th, 2022

Combining West African folklore and contemporary American culture, IF PRETTY HURTS UGLY MUST BE A “MF” follows four teenage girls – Kaya, Massassi, Adama and Akim – all in their respective internal wars with the societal definitions of beauty and how it makes them feel. Set in the fictional village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, the young women are given an opportunity to live in a society where their individual beauty can reign supreme. But that high stature also brings heartwrenching pitfalls they must deal with to keep their souls sacred.

 

DREAMGIRLS

Written by: Tom Eyen
Directed by: D. Wambui Richardson

July 29th – August 28th, 2022

One of the most successful and explosive musicals in American theatre history comes to the Jubilee stage to round out Season 41. DREAMGIRLS takes the audience through a time portal of when rhythm and blues and soul music magic were part of a new American sound that swept the nation and world. The musical goes behind the scenes to reveal the business phase of show business and the shared drama that exudes love, heartache, rejection, soulful melodies, high-octane vocals, triumph and defeat – both musically and personally – through all of the characters’ journeys. DREAMGIRLS has become a cultural phenomenon.

 

“There is something magical that happens when we come together to share in one another’s experiences,” said Richardson. “When the lights rise upon the actors for final curtain call, we aren’t just celebrating the work they have done, but acknowledging our deeper understanding of each other through tears, laughter, applause, and exultation. To our sponsors, donors, patrons and long-time subscribers thank you for your continued support and together let us all celebrate season 41- A Brighter Day.”

 

For tickets, call 817.338.4411 or visit www.jubileetheatre.org.

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Stage West Opens JQA

Stage West Opens JQA

Stage West to present Aaron Posner’s JQA

(Fort Worth, Texas)  What could it have been like to be the son of a Founding Father, later to become President himself, who interacted with so many of this country’s movers and shakers?  Aaron Posner tackles this question with wit and intelligence in his play JQA, which he subtitles “A Series of Fictitious Encounters Between John Quincy Adams & Sundry Family Members & Political Associates on the Subjects of Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of a More Rational Relationship with Government.” Stage West will present this timely, entertaining and highly theatrical piece in a regional premiere, from October 7 through 31 in its new Evelyn Wheeler Swenson Theatre.

John Quincy Adams: son of the second President, promising diplomat, one-term senator, Secretary of State, 6th President, member of the House of Representatives. We meet him first in 1776 as a child, having a conversation with his father which is both intimidating and enlightening. The play then moves through a kaleidoscope of conversations with various historical figures at critical points during JQA’s life. Did they happen? Maybe…maybe not.  Posner points out that “the play is not historically accurate, but it is largely historically feasible… The goal has never been historical accuracy, but rather evocation, provocation, and prompting discussion about where we are now and maybe a bit about how we got here.”  Provocative and patriotic, this play will make audiences laugh and think, as it shines a very modern spotlight on the early days of the evolving American experiment.

Due to the rise of the Covid Delta variant, Stage West is requiring that all audience members wear masks other than while eating or drinking. Two sections of the theatre have been set up to allow for distanced seating, should patrons prefer. Additional information about Stage West’s Covid protocols can be found on the website.  Patrons not yet feeling safe about returning to live theatre will be able to stream the production beginning Thursday, October 14.

Aaron Posner is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning director and playwright. He is a founder and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre, is an Associate Artist at both the Folger Theatre and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and has directed at major regional theatres from coast to coast. His adaptations include Chaim Potok’s The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev (both of which have enjoyed successful runs at more than 50 other theatres across the country), as well as his Chekov adaptations Life Sucks and Stupid Fucking Bird (both produced in recent seasons at Stage West). Posner was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives near Washington, DC.

 JQA will be directed by Emily Scott Banks, who last directed Stage West’s Ada and the Engine, as well as its two previous Posner productions.  The cast features Shyama Nithiananda, seen in Stage West’s presentation of Moonrise Initiative’s In Search of the Sublime, Randy Pearlman, recently seen in the Theatre Three production of The Music Man, Nancy Sherrard, previously at Stage West in Major Barbara and The Code of the Woosters, and J. R. Bradford, most recently seen in the Jubilee Theatre production of To Be Young, Gifted and Black, making his Stage West debut. Cast members will play multiple roles, with all four playing Adams at different points. Tiffany Cromwell will serve as Production Stage Manager, with set design by Ian Loveall, costume design by Aaron Patrick DeClerk, lighting design by JoJo Percy, sound design by Ryan Joyner, and props by Lynn Lovett.

 JQA will preview Thursday, October 7 at 7:30 and Friday, October 8 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, October 31.  There will be no opening night reception for this show due to Covid; we hope to resume those on the next show. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00.  The show will be interpreted for the hearing-impaired on Sunday, October 24.

Post show conversations will follow the performances on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 31.

Stage West will also offer a Safe Sunday, October 17, with proof of vaccination required.

Ticket prices for the new season are $40 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $45 on Saturdays and Sundays, with $20 tickets for the two preview performances.  Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are advised).  Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website, www.stagewest.org

The play runs about 90 minutes without intermission, and is rated PG-13 for language.

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Downtown Cowtown at Isis

Downtown Cowtown at Isis

FROM DILAPIDATED TO REJUVENATED: HISTORIC THEATER IN FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS OFFICIALLY OPENS ITS DOORS TO AUDIENCES AFTER 30 YEARS

Newly renovated Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater announces its first live family-friendly event

(Fort Worth, TX, May 11, 2021) — Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater is thrilled to finally announce its official opening with the first live performance in the revived space. The historic venue will open its doors to renewed life on Memorial Weekend.

The Isis theater, which first opened in 1915, has sat vacant in the Fort Worth Stockyards since 1988. Now opening as Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater, the newly renovated venue preserves the original theater’s rich history and welcomes audiences to discover its unique character and historical eminence. The new Downtown Cowtown will meet the Fort Worth Stockyards with authenticity while providing something special for everyone.

“The COVID-19 pandemic forced entertainment venues everywhere to shut down. As concerns begin to subside, people are eager to get out,” says founder Jeffrey Smith. “We feel fortunate to have this opportunity to open at what feels like the right time to give the community a chance to enjoy public outings. We expect to continuously provide patrons with quality entertainment, a unique and engaging environment, and a connection to the rich heritage of Fort Worth.”

Guests can look forward to a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment, with classic western movies by day, and live performances of all types by night. Tickets for all scheduled live events are available now and can be purchased online through www.downtowncowtown.com.

Current Covid safety measures:

● Temperature checks will be taken at point of entry.

● Masks are suggested for moving about the theater but may be removed once seated.

● Hand sanitizer will be provided in multiple locations.

About Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater

Located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, the newly renovated Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater engages guests with a variety of unique, quality entertainment.

Formerly the Isis Theater, the venue originally opened in 1915 as a single screen movie theater featuring silent films with live piano accompaniment. After a fire in 1935, the theater was rebuilt into one of the largest movie screen theaters in Fort Worth. The theater closed its doors in 1988 and the building sat vacant for 30+ years until its rebirth in 2021.

Now, Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater gives new, vibrant life to the space. This 500-seat multipurpose venue boasts a private event area, a VIP room, a family-friendly bar, and a gift shop. Preserving 106 years of historical significance, the theater gives audiences an opportunity to revel in its unique character and artifacts that transport them back in time.

Downtown Cowtown at the Isis Theater strengthens its historic neighborhood by providing visitors one-of-a-kind experiences that entertain, inspire, and reflect the community. For additional information, visit www.downtowncowtown.com, call 817-437-3649, or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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