August 11 – 27, 2017 Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Grease

Sanders Theatre, Fridays @ 8:00PM, Saturdays @ 2:00PM & 8:00PM, Last Sunday @ 2:00PM

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "T-Birds" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightning", "It's Raining on Prom Night", and "Alone at the Drive-In Movie."

Book, music & lyrics by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey.  Directed by Lauren and Jason Morgan, Choreography by Mary Jerome.  For more information & tickets 

August 12-26, 2017 Billy’s Globe House Theatre presents The Boy Who Cried Giant in the Sanders Theatre.  Performances for the Children’s Theatre are at 10:30 am on Friday and Saturday mornings.  Tickets are $5-$7.  For more information & tickets 

August 19, 2017 Ballet Frontier of Texas presents Tchaikovsky, Chopin & Pinocchio,  Scott Theatre, 7:30 PM. 

Ballet Frontier brings back three beloved pieces from its repertoire in this captivating evening of ballet.  The ballet company will be performing Andante & Finale and Lady of the Camellias choreographed by Artistic Director Chung-Lin Tseng.  Ballet Frontier will also present Pinocchio, an entertaining family favorite featuring the wooden puppet Pinocchio and the toy maker Geppetto.  Don’t miss out on the first performance of the season, which will delight all ages.   For more information Tickets  

September 1-2, 2017 The Fort Worth Community Arts Center and Texas Nonprofit Theatres presents the Second Annual Fort Worth Fringe Fest.

Labor Day weekend, starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. All events are at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, with shows at the Scott Theatre and the Sanders Theatre, and one immersive piece in “the Vault,” a basement space.

The event includes various disciplines of performing arts, from across the state of Texas. Performances include Upstart Productions’ staging of the play Lenny Bruce is Back starring Joey Folsom as the legendary comedian; dance from American Classical Ballet Company and Jude McCoy; improv from the JIM Experiment and Frisco Improv Players; the Fort Worth Poetry Society; Lisa Loving Dalton’s new one-woman show Big Bumps....A Stunt Gal's Voluptuous Rollercoaster Life; EllaBeth Bondo in Act-o-philous or Vinegar Love; a mentalist/illusion show from Grant Price; and Brainstorm Productions doing Sam Shepard’s 1975 one-act Killer’s Head in an immersive experience in the basement, starring Chuck Huber. Musician Deanna Valone (see video above) plays Friday night.

Festival passes, which are $105 for all access, $85 for a 10-show pass and $50 for a five-show pass, are available here.  Tickets 

September 9, 2017 Afallon Presents Paul Thorn: Hammer & Nail 20th Anniversary Tour

Scott Theatre, 7:00 PM, doors open.  Show 8:00 PM  All ages. Ticktets 

Paul Thorn’s new album Too Blessed To Be Stressed stakes out new territory for the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer. “In the past, I’ve told stories that were mostly inspired by my own life,” the former prizefighter and literal son of a preacher man offers. “This time, I’ve written 10 songs that express more universal truths, and I’ve done it with a purpose: to make people feel good.”

Which explains numbers like the acoustic-electric charmer “Rob You of Your Joy,” where Thorn’s warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. The title track borrows its tag from a familiar saying among the members of the African-American Baptist churches Thorn frequented in his childhood. “I’d ask, ‘How you doin’, sister?’ And what I’d often hear back was, ‘I’m too blessed to be stressed.’” In the hands of Thorn and his faithful band, who’ve been together 20 years, the tune applies its own funky balm, interlacing a percolating drum and keyboard rhythm with the slinky guitar lines beneath his playful banter.

Thorn’s trademark humor is abundant throughout the album which was released August 19, 2014 on Perpetual Obscurity/Thirty Tigers. “Backslide on Friday” is a warm-spirited poke at personal foibles. “I promised myself not to write about me, but I did on ‘Backslide,’” Thorn relates. The chipper pop tune is a confession about procrastination, sweetened by Bill Hinds’ slide guitar and Thorn’s gently arching melody. “But,” Thorn protests, “I know I’m not the only one who says he’s gonna diet and just eat Blue Bell vanilla ice cream on Sundays, and then ends up eating it every day!”

“Mediocrity Is King” takes a wider swipe, at our culture’s hyper-drive addiction to celebrity artifice and rampant consumerism. But like “Everything Is Gonna Be All Right,” a rocking celebration of the simple joys of life, it’s done with Thorn’s unflagging belief in the inherent goodness of the human heart.



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