Concerts in the Garden
The Fort Worth Symphony’s popular event is all about splashy this weekend, with “ Star Wars & Beyond: A Laser Light Spectacular” on Friday and “1812 Overture and Symphonic Sparklers” on Sunday. On Saturday, it’s local band Green River Ordinance. Every concert ends with fireworks. Each concert $21-$26 for lawn tickets; $26-$46 for tables. Parking is $10 for shuttle from Farrington Field, $15 in North or South lots, or $20-$25 for VIP/valet. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org
West 7th Party on Crockett
The West 7th Street District is a hot place for a street party, with bands and food, wine from Times Ten Cellars and art at Art7 Crockett Community Gallery (a satellite gallery of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center), 6-10 p.m. Saturday along Crocket Street in the West 7th District. Free. www.west-7th.com
FW Weekly Music Awards Festival
Nearly 50 Tarrant County bands will play in eight venues this Sunday, from 4 p.m. to closing, to celebrate the alt-weekly’s annual awards. Among the acts slated: Quaker City Night Hawks, Telegraph Canyon, the Hanna Barbarians, Panic Volcanic, Dru B Shinin’, Secret Ghost Champion, Un Chien, Oil Boom, War Party and the Joey Green Band. Free. For details and venues, visit www.fwweekly.com.
What is the British comic going to do on his Force Majeure tour? Cross dress? Engage in political humor? Be exceptionally funny in his three nights in Dallas? Roger that. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. $42-$65 (and nearly sold out, so getting moving). 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com
Matsuri! A Samurai Celebration
The Kimbell Art Museum celebrates its Samurai exhibit with an outdoor festival that’ll have samurai-themed events, except for the killing-each-other-with-swords part; plus music by headliner Sarah Jaffe. Also, Air Review and the Taiko Drummers. 1-10 p.m. Saturday at Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. The exhibit ends Aug. 31. 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.org
Everyone’s favorite tall drink of water on The Voice, the country singer brings his Ten Times Crazier tour, which also features the Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan+Shea to Dallas. 7 p.m. Saturday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., Dallas. $31-$60.75. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com
‘Hope and Gravity’
Circle Theatre stages the country’s second production — second and third productions are as important as premieres, by the way — of this work by a playwright it loves: Michael Hollingers ( Incorruptible, Opus, Ghost-Writer). Hope and Gravity connects nine stories in time-jumping fashion, with an elevator as the common point. Previews Friday and at the 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday; opens 8 p.m. Saturday and runs through July 19 at Circle Theatre, 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $15-$30. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com
The area’s original film series where you float in the water while watching kicks off, starting with Monsters University at dusk Friday. Put on your calendar the annual showing of Jaws, on Aug. 1. Films are at dusk on Fridays at NRH2O, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. Park admission is $25.99 ($20.99 for those less than 48 inches tall; free for ages 2 and younger). 817-427-6500; www.nrh2o.com
Texas Elvis tribute performer Johnny Lovett brings his swiveling hips to the Queen City Music Hall in downtown Fort Worth. He’ll be appearing with his backing band, the Rochem Stochum Band, as well as a Priscilla Presley look-alike, Kay Shannon. Reserved seating is $25 (online only), $15 general admission in advance, and $20 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. 425 Commerce St., Fort Worth. 888 454-4353; queencitymusichall.com.
Oak Cliff Film Festival
It’s the third year for this eclectic indie-film fest and the line-up this time is especially promising. From the latest from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry (the fanciful Mood Indigo starring Audrey Tatou) to the debut from Terrence Malick editor A.J. Edwards ( The Better Angels which tells the story of Abe Lincoln’s childhood) and Dog, the doc about the real man Al Pacino portrayed in Dog Day Afternoon, there’s a lot worth seeing. The fest runs through Sunday at various locations including the Texas Theatre and the Bishop Arts Theater Center. Admission to most films is $10. For more information, go to oakclifffilmfestival.com.
Love him so much we’ll take him without his critical darling band Wilco. Now what would really rock is a tour featuring him and Jay Farrar for an Uncle Tupelo reunion. 8 p.m. Sunday at Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. $40-$50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com
‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage explores the live of an early black actress in Hollywood, who played maids in many films. Previews through Sunday and opens Monday, running through July 13 at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., Suite 168, Dallas. $25-$50. 214-871-3300; www.theatre3dallas.org