The Cliburn finals
Its the last weekend for the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, so catch the rest of the final round at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; thats followed by the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bass Hall. Final-round tickets are $40-$135, and $30-$50 for the awards presentation. See the schedule and more at www.cliburn.org.
Betty Buckleys The Vixens of Broadway
After flirting with the boys of Broadway in her last concert, now shes taking on the bad, or misunderstood, women of musicals, singing songs like The Millers Son from A Little Night Music and I Caint Say No from Oklahoma! 7:30 p.m. Thursday and June 15 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $45. 866-499-2787; www.ticketstothecity.com.
Archy and Mehitabel
Another sign that summers here: The venerable Hip Pocket Theatre begins its season of ragtag outdoor shows. First up: a rare musical from the 60s, written by Mel Brooks, Joe Darion and George Kleinsinger, also sometimes called Shinbone Alley. Its based on a series of cartoons about a cockroach and a cat. Friday through June 30 at Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$15; season passes $136. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.
Concerts in the Garden
Did someone mention outdoors and the arts? The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras annual series kicks up this week, featuring performances by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on Friday, A Tribute to Elvis With Kraig Parker on Saturday and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy with the Garden Festival Swing Orchestra on Sunday. Shows are at 8:15 p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3320 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. The concert series runs through July 6. Tickets start at $20. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
In the past 20 years, no one has changed TV more than this man, with his legendary sitcom, Seinfeld. You might say the same about his influence on comedy. The master of his domain does two shows this weekend, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, at the AT&T Performing Arts Centers Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $69-$86. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
The Firestone 550 and more
Its race weekend, and the events also include the WinStar World Casino 400 Truck Series at 8 p.m. Friday ($10-$70), with the Firestone 550 IndyCar Series race at 7:30 p.m. Saturday ($10-$90), at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth. Prices vary for practice laps and other events. 817-215-8500; www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
Polar-opposite concerts at Verizon Theatre
Its country versus shock rock, or good versus evil. Either way, theyre two noteworthy shows. Sunday, ex-Hootie Darius Rucker headlines a show that also features Rodney Atkins and Jana Kramer ($20-$59.50). And Monday, its Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson ($19.99-$59.50). If you go to both, blog about it. Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Robert Harlings play about Southern women is always a hit, and with characters that hang out in a beauty shop in Louisiana, it seems a good fit for an all-black cast, which is what DVA Productions is doing. (And what director Kenny Leon did with his 2012 TV film version.) Friday through June 16 at Fort Worth Community Arts Centers Sanders Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15-$20. 817-313-3052; www.dvaproductions.org.
The great singer-songwriter-pianist-composer, who comes from a pedigreed music family, performs with the backing of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Franco. 8 p.m. Thursday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $29-$75. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Mumford and Sons
All sorts of musical influences come together in this Grammy-winning folksy band, along with a vintage Okie look. Somehow, theyve hit pay dirt. And if people are buying tickets to see real instruments being played, were not gonna gripe. 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., Dallas. Sold out, but some lawn tickets could be released right before the concert. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Stars Under the Stars
The free outdoor movie series in Sundance Square is back, so just ignore all that construction around you. This week, its Brave at 8:00 p.m. and then Big Miracle, 8 p.m. June13 in the Gateway Parking Lot (bordered by Fourth, Houston, Fifth and Throckmorton streets), Fort Worth. Bring blankets and chairs; folding chairs are available for rent for $2. www.sundancesquare.com.
Twenty at the Tower
In preparation for the 2014 Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival next March, a pop-up restaurant series is happening Sundays and Mondays in June and July in the Tower in downtown Fort Worth, in the former Vault space. The sweet tease? You never know what cuisine or what local celebrity chef is going to be featured that night. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. each night. The $75 price includes tax, valet and ticketing fees (but not gratuity). Register at www.fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com.