Fall breathes life back into local visual and performing arts venues, as music groups, theater troupes and museums unfold their new seasons and exhibits.
This fall, look for a broad range of music, from George Gershwin to Lyle Lovett; celebrity appearances by David Sedaris and Bill Maher; a blockbuster exhibit of Mexican art; and 50th-anniversary tributes and commemorations of President John F. Kennedy on both sides of the Metroplex. Late fall also marks the opening of the Kimbell Art Museums long-awaited Renzo Piano-designed building.
Heres a guide to help you fill your calendar until about Thanksgiving. (As always, this list isnt exhaustive. Contact your favorite venue for more complete information on seasons and performances.)
Sept. 6-8 The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra opens its 2013-2014 Pops season with An Evening of Gershwin at Bass Hall. $27-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Sept. 10 2013 Cliburn gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko performs at Bass Hall at 7:30 p.m. $20-$90. 817-738-6536; www.cliburn.org.
Sept. 13-15 Head to Bass Hall for a weekend of Strauss, as well as a piece by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras new composer-in-residence, Donnacha Dennehy. $11-$80. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Sept. 19-22 The Dallas Symphony Orchestra opens its new season with Tchaikovskys Fifth Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center. $43-$184. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.
Sept. 21 The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra does a little bit of rockin and rollin with Viva Elvis!, featuring tribute artist Kraig Parker. 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $18-$75. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Sept. 21 Composer Kevin Puts opens the Cliburn at the Modern series with a concert at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth at 2 p.m. $25. 817-738-6536; www.cliburn.org.
Sept. 21 Timeless Concerts performs Spanish music at its annual fundraising concert and reception, 8 p.m. at a home in Dalworthington Gardens. $40, $15 for guests under 18. 817-303-4189; www.timelessconcerts.com.
Sept. 22 Texas Camerata will open its season with Portraits of Mary at St. Patrick Cathedral, 1206 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth. 7:30 p.m, $20. 817-738-7939; www.texascamerata.org.
Oct. 1-2 The Hall Ensemble kicks off its fourth season with a four-piece program titled 4X4. Concert to take place at 7:30 p.m. at a home in Fort Worth. $60. 817-456-3584; www.hallensemble.org.
Oct. 4-6 The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras weekend program at Bass Hall, The Scottish Symphony, blends Western and Eastern music themes for a performance featuring award-winning violinist Benjamin Beilman. $11-$80. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Oct. 10 The Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society will host a concert by Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang at 7:30 p.m., at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. $35. 817-498-0363; www.guitarsociety.org.
Oct. 11-12 The Dallas Symphony Orchestra debuts a new program called ReMix the DSO, featuring performances of non-traditional pieces and a casual atmosphere, including drinks that guests can bring into the concert hall. $16-$36. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.
Oct. 11-13 The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra provides the backdrop music to popular movie-musical Singin in the Rain, as it plays onstage. $27-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Oct. 13-14 Schola Cantorum opens its season with a program called How the West Was Once at 7:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 941 W. Bedford-Euless Road, Hurst, on Oct. 13, and the same time Oct. 14 at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth. $7-$20. 817-485-2500; www.scholatexas.com.
Oct. 17 Symphony Arlington opens its 2013-2014 season with a concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center. St., Arlington. $16.50-$46.50. 817-385-0484; www.symphonyarlington.org.
Oct. 19 The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth opens its season with a performance by the Miró Quartet at 2 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum. $28, with discounts for seniors and students. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.
Oct. 22 Soprano Deborah Voigt will perform with Brian Zeger on piano at a Cliburn concert, 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $20-$90. 817-738-6536; www.cliburn.org.
Oct. 25-27 The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven, Vladigerov and Debussy at Bass Hall. $11-$80. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Oct. 26 Camille King and Ian McEuen of the Fort Worth Opera Studio join Texas Camerata onstage for a program titled All the Kings Men, 2 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. $20. 817-738-7939; www.texascamerata.org.
Oct. 25-Nov. 10 Dallas Opera opens its season with Carmen at the Winspear Opera House. $19-$325. 214-443-1043; www.dallasopera.org.
Oct. 27 The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents its annual family-friendly Halloween Adventures concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center. A costume contest will take place. $24-$71. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.
Oct. 29 Jan Cornelius, winner of the last McCammon Voice Competition, will give a recital at 7 p.m. at a private residence. Reception begins at 6 p.m. $100. 817-763-0055; www.mccammonvoice.org.
Oct. 29 Philip Glass, leading his famous Ensemble, will perform the score to the classic 1931 film Dracula onstage at Bass Hall at 7:30 p.m., while the movie plays silently overhead. $22-$99. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Nov. 1-3 Ashley Brown, known best as Mary Poppins on Broadway, will perform a program of Broadway hits, accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. $27-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Nov. 12 Renowned violinist Midori performs a Cliburn concert at Bass Hall with pianist Özgür Aydin at 7:30 p.m. $20-$90. 817-738-6536; www.cliburn.org.
Nov. 14 Pianist Lei Weng joins Symphony Arlington onstage at the Arlington Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. for a program that includes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. $16.50-$46.50. 817-385-0484; www.symphonyarlington.org.
Nov. 14 Slovenian guitarist Mak Grgic performs at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Worths Modern Art Museum, sponsored by the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society. $35. 817-498-0363; www.guitarsociety.org.
Nov. 15-17 The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 at Bass Hall, featuring Texas-born pianist Adam Golka. $11-$80. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Nov. 16 The Atrium String Quartet continues the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worths Season of Reflection with a program titled From Venice of the North to New York Harbor. 2 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum. $28. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.
Nov. 21-24 Legendary violinist Joshua Bell joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for a 50th Anniversary Memorial Concert in honor of President John F. Kennedy. $39-$139. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.
Nov. 23 The Brentano String Quartet performs at the Nasher Sculpture Center in a concert to honor President John F. Kennedy. Time and ticket price TBA. 214-242-5100; www.nashersculpturecenter.org.
Sept. 6 Sara Hickman performs songs from her latest album at Fort Worths McDavid Studio at 8 p.m. $27.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Sept. 9 Texas musician Lyle Lovett brings his Acoustic Group to Bass Hall for a concert at 7:30 p.m. $44-$132. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Sept. 12-13 Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis will celebrate their latest album release with two nights of performances at the McDavid Studio in Fort Worth. $35.20. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Sept. 13 CitySquares annual fundraising event, A Night To Remember, starts at 8 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House and features a concert by music legend Diana Ross. $75-$125. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Sept. 16-19 The PanAmerican Music Festival comprises three free concerts across DFW, at Texas Wesleyan University (Oct. 16), Southern Methodist Universitys Caruth Auditorium (Oct. 17) and Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth (Oct. 19). 817-564-3677; www.panamericanmusicfest.com.
Oct. 2 The Orquesta Buena Vida Social Club, whose members include several alumni from the original Cuban music group, will perform at Bass Hall at 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$82.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Nov. 6 The legendary Doobie Brothers perform at Bass Hall at 7:30 p.m. $44-$132. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Nov. 15 Harry Connick Jr. performs at Dallas Winspear Opera House at 8 p.m., with an exclusive meet-and-greet afterward. $45-$85, $250 donation for meet-and-greet. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Sept. 6-22 The newly formed Tarrant Actors Regional Theatre stages The Woman in Black in the 65-seat Harry and Betty Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. $8-$25. 682-231-0082; www.thetart.org/.
Sept. 6-Oct. 12 Artisan Center Theater in Hurst stages Cole Porters timeless musical Kiss Me Kate. $7-$18. 817-284-1200; www.artisanct.com.
Sept. 12-15 Singer Diana Sheehan performs the lyrics of Lorenz Hart in a special event, Nobodys Hart, at Amphibian Stage Productions. $15-$25, with limited table seating available at $60-$120. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.
Sept. 22-23 Amphibian Stage Productions holds two readings of Thom Pain (based on nothing), at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday. $5-$15. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.
Sept. 13 Theatre Arlington begins its 41st season with Altar Boyz, which runs through Oct. 6 . $22. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.
Sept. 13 Hip Pocket Theatre presents Sassafras, Poppy Cock, and Prittleprattle with Lum and Abner, through Oct. 6, at its outdoor theater, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$15. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.
Sept. 13 Dallas Theater Center opens A Raisin in the Sun, , directed by Tre Garrett of Fort Worths Circle Theatre. At the Wyly Theatre in Dallas through Oct. 27. $15-$60. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Sept. 17-29 Peter and the Starcatcher, touted as a grown-ups prequel to Peter Pan, runs for two weeks at the Winspear Opera House. $30-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Sept. 21-29 The classic story of Huckleberry Finn gets a weeklong run in Fort Worth with Big River at Casa Mañana. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
Sept. 27-28 Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Menopause the Musical at Bass Hall. $22-$71.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Oct. 4-27 Clybourne Park opens at the Dallas Theater Centers Wyly Theatre. The play shares the context of the companys previous show, A Raisin in the Sun, from a new perspective. $15-$60. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Oct. 9 As part of National Theatre Live, Amphibian Stage Productions shows Othello at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. $10-$18. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.
Oct. 11-27 Dora the Explorer Live!: Doras Pirate Adventure runs at Casa Mañana Childrens Theater. $10-$36. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
Oct. 17 Death Tax, a play inevitably about both death and taxes, runs at Amphibian Stage Productions until Nov. 10. $15-$30. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.
Oct. 17 Circle Theatre closes its 2012-2013 season (but doesnt spoil the broth) with Too Many Cooks at its space in downtown Fort Worth. Runs until Nov. 16. $20-$35. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.
Oct. 18-27 As the weather gets cooler, Hip Pocket Theatre closes its 2013 season of outdoor theater with Fuzzbug Follies. $5-$15. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.
Oct. 18 Take a journey through time with Jubilee Theatres Neat, the companion piece to another popular Jubilee hit, Pretty Fire. Neat runs through Nov. 10. $18-$25, $15 for preview shows Oct. 11 through 17. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.
Oct. 18 Artisan Center Theater in Hurst stages The Philadelphia Story, through Nov. 9. $7-18. 817-284-1200; www.artisanct.com.
Oct. 23-27 Youre invited to Tony N Tinas Wedding at Bass Hall. Your ticket includes the show, dinner, music, dancing, champagne, and even a slice of wedding cake. Single tickets TBA. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Oct. 25 Theatre Arlington presents an adaptation of Steinbecks literary classic Of Mice and Men. Runs until Nov. 10. $19. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.
Oct. 31 Stage West opens its season with Richard Brindsley Sheridans The Rivals, running until Dec. 1. Tickets are $16-$32, with discounts available. 817-784-938; www.stagewest.org.
Nov. 6 Fort Worths Modern Art Museum hosts a National Theatre Live screening of Macbeth, presented by Amphibian Stage Productions, at 2 and 7 p.m. $10-$18. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.
Nov. 9-17 Casa Mañana runs Oswald: The Actual Interrogation, chronicling the events of the two days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, when Lee Harvey Oswald was in Dallas police custody. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
Nov. 15 Artisan Center Theater in Hurst stages Little Women the Musical, through Dec. 21. $7-$18. 817-284-1200; www.artisanct.com.
Nov. 19-24 Bass Hall gets the holiday cheer going early with How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Subscriptions start at $185. Single tickets on sale TBA. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Dance and onstage performance
Sept. 8 Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth gives a Day in the District performance at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas at 11 a.m., titled Irresistible Forces: A Happening in Honor of Mother Nature. Free. 817-922-0944; www.cdfw.org.
Sept. 14 The dancers of the New York-based Jessica Lang Dance company will perform at 8 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House. $12-$135. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Sept. 22 Juggling virtuoso Mark Nizer performs his trademark tricks onstage at Bass Hall at 4 p.m. $27.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Sept. 24 Bass Hall hosts An Evening With Bill Cosby, the proceeds of which will benefit the TCC Foundation scholarship funds. Show begins at 7:30 p.m, $45-$125. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Sept. 29 Stand-up comedian Lewis Black performs his show, The Rant Is Due! at Bass Hall at 8 p.m. $39.50-$69.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Oct. 7 More than 10 arts programs in Dallas join together for A Gathering, a night of music, dance, and theater performances benefiting Dallas AIDS service organizations. 7 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House, $12-$125. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Oct. 10 The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, dressed in authentic costumes, performs traditional folk songs and dances from Hungary at Bass Hall at 7:30 p.m. $22-$44. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Oct. 18-20 Texas Ballet Theater dances into its 2013-2014 season with the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet. $15-$110. 877-828-9200 ; www.texasballettheater.org.
Oct. 24-26 A collaboration between Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and the UT Dallas Dance Ensemble begins at 8 p.m. at the theater on campus at the University of Texas at Dallas. $15. 972-883-4419; www.utdallas.edu.
Nov. 9 Popular humor writer David Sedaris spends an evening with the audience starting at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. $22-$71.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Nov. 10 FROGZ!, by Imago Theatre, makes its way to the Family Series at Bass Hall at 4 p.m. A hodge-podge of comedy, illusion, and stage acrobatics, this show is fun for all ages. $27.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Nov. 17 Bill Maher, television personality and political commentator, comes to the Winspear Opera House for a night of stand-up comedy at 7:30 p.m. $58-$88. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Nov. 23 Amphibian Stage Productions presents Tad-Poles at the Modern, a showcase of Mexican stilt-dancing performed by three dancers from Mexico City. Noon at the Modern Art Museum. Noon. Free. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
Art, film and museum events
Sept. 5-28 The annual Preservation is the Art of the City art show and sale put on by Historic Fort Worth begins Sept. 6 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. A reception with the shows artists will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Free admission to the show, $110 for the reception. www.historicfortworth.org.
Sept. 7 Fall Gallery Night, a city-wide event that opens dozens of galleries across Fort Worth for a night of art and food, is free and open to the public. 817-735-0301; www.fwada.com for more information and a full list of participating galleries.
Sept. 7 The Botanical Research Institute of Texas opens an exhibit celebrating one of Japans most celebrated botanical gardens. Kochi Makino: An Amazing Botanical Garden in Japan runs through Nov. 30. 817-332-4441; www.brit.org.
Sept. 15 Fort Worths Modern Art Museum unveils its big fall exhibit, Mexico Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990. Free with museum admission: $4-$10, children under 12 free. Through Jan. 5. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
Sept. 21 Dallas Nasher Sculpture Center opens an exhibit called Return to Earth, which includes ceramic sculptures by Fontana, Noguchi, Picasso, and more. Museum admission is $5-$10; children under 12 free. Through Jan. 19. 214-242-5100; www.nashersculpturecenter.org.
Sept. 21 A new exhibit of documentary photography, John Alboks Neighborhood, opens at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and runs through Feb. 23. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.
Sept. 21 The Dallas Arboretum will unveil the $62 million Rory Meyers Childrens Adventure Garden, 17 indoor and outdoor galleries aimed at children through middle-school age. $10-$15. 214-515-6500; www.dallasarboretum.org.
Sept. 28 Fort Worths favorite day for the arts, Day in the District, offers free admission to 10 museums and cultural institutions across the city. Full list of participating locations at www.fwdayinthedistrict.org.
Oct. 3-6 Chris Kellys Modern Film Festival enters its ninth edition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Titles and ticket prices to be announced. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
Oct. 5 The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History opens a new family exhibit called Curious George: Lets Get Curious! Through Jan. 5. $10-$14. 817-255-9300; www.fwmuseum.org.
Oct. 5 Color! American Photography Transformed opens at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, showcasing the evolution of color photography from its earliest introduction to present day. Through Jan. 5. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.
Oct. 6 The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth opens a new exhibition featuring over 100 pieces from the Art Institute of Chicago, including works by Picasso and Matisse. Through Feb. 16. $14-$18, free under age 6. 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.org.
Oct. 11 The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth debuts a new after-hours event, Modern Til Midnight, featuring extended hours, gallery activities and live music on the lawn. $20, with picnic dinners for two available for $40. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
Oct. 12 Dozens of Fort Worth businesses will showcase the work of local artists at the 2013 Fall Arts Goggle event, which is free and open to the public. www.fortworthsouth.org.
Oct. 12 The specially-orchestrated collection of art that hung in President John F. Kennedys suite the night before his fateful trip to Dallas will come together once more for a special exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, through Jan. 12. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.
Oct. 19 The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas celebrates its 10th anniversary with the installation of 10 commissioned sculptures in 10 locations around the city. Nasher XChange is on display through Feb. 16. 214-242-5100; www.nashersculpturecenter.org.
Oct. 19 In an exhibition titled ¡Hombre! Prints by José Guadalupe Posada, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art honors both Dia de los Muertos and the 100th anniversary of the death of one of Mexicos most celebrated artists. Through April 6. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.
Oct. 24 The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth debuts a new exhibit, Hanskaska: The Shirt Wearers, featuring pieces by artist and costume designer Cathy A. Smith, to run through April 27. 817-336-4475; www.cowgirl.net.
Nov. 2 Artes de la Rosa hosts its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration at Rose Marine Theater, featuring live music, dancing, puppetry, crafts and more. 817-624-8333; www.artesdelarosa.org.
Nov. 15 A new exhibit focused on everyones favorite flightless birds opens at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Penguins runs through Feb. 9. $10-$14. 817-255-9300; www.fwmuseum.org.
Nov. 21 Scott Grant Barker, Fort Worth art historian, gives a free lecture at 6 p.m. at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art on the historical context of the the Kennedys 1963 stay in what was then called the Hotel Texas. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.
Nov. 27 The Kimbell Art Museum unveils the long-awaited addition to the museum complex, a pavilion designed by architect Renzo Piano, at an event that includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music and tours. The first 1,000 guests will receive prizes. 10 a.m., free. 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.org.