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Broadway at the Bass: Annie

Broadway at the Bass: Annie

Photo by Joan Marcus

Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theater goers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production. This celebration of family, optimism, and the American spirit remains the ultimate cure for all the hard knocks life throws your way.

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Casa Mañana presents Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

Casa Mañana presents Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

Something terrible happened to Junie B Jones at school today - someone stole her new furry mittens! When Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right? Because finders keepers, losers weepers. And guess what? There’s a new boy in kindergarten and he is the handsomest. The only thing is both Grace and Lucille want him to be their boyfriend. Maybe he will love Junie B. when he sees her wonderful pen. It is okay to keep it, right? Junie B. Jones is not a crook … or is she?

The production is a hilarious and heartfelt tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. This show is suitable for all audiences.

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Artisan Center Theater presents West Side Story

Artisan Center Theater presents West Side Story

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Photo courtesy of Sid Richardson Museum

Sid Richardson Museum presents "Night & Day: Frederic Remington's Final Decade"

Sid Richardson Museum presents "Stunning Saddle"

Sid Richardson Museum presents "Night & Day: Frederic Remington's Final Decade," which explores works made in the final decade of Remington’s life, when the artist alternated his canvases between the color dominant palettes of blue-green and yellow-orange. The works included range from 1900 to 1909, the year that Remington’s life was cut short by complications due to appendicitis at the young age of 48.

In these final years Remington was working to distance himself from his long-established reputation as an illustrator, to become accepted by the New York art world as a fine artist, as he embraced the painting style of the American Impressionists. In these late works he strove to revise his color palette, compositional structure, and brushwork as he set his Western subjects under an interchanging backdrop of the shadows of night and the dazzling light of day.

Throughout his career Remington revised and reworked compositions across media, from his illustrations to his oils to his three-dimensional bronzes. As part of this process of revision, Remington took extreme measures from 1907 to 1909 when, as part of his campaign toward changing the perception of his art, he destroyed well over 100 works that he felt did not satisfy his new standards of painting.

A contract made with Collier’s magazine that began in 1903 meant that many of the works he destroyed are preserved through halftone reproductions published by that journal. The inclusion of these images in this exhibition offers the opportunity to compare them with modified and remade compositions Remington produced in his final years.

Photo courtesy of Sable Elyse Smith

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation"

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation"

In conjunction with the 160th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art will present "Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation," featuring newly commissioned and recent works by Sadie Barnette, Alfred Conteh, Maya Freelon, Hugh Hayden, Letitia Huckaby, Jeffrey Meris, and Sable Elyse Smith.

The new exhibition visualizes Black freedom, agency, and the legacy of the Civil War in 2023 and beyond. The seven installations, spanning sculpture, photography, and paper and textile fabrications, will react to the legacy of John Quincy Adams Ward’s bronze sculpture The Freedman (1863) from the Carter’s collection and will highlight the diversity of materials and forms in sculpture, installation, and mixed media today. Co-organized by the Carter and the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), the exhibition demonstrates how historical art collections can be a resource and inspiration for contemporary artistic practices.

Seeking a deeper understanding of what freedom looks like for Black Americans after 160 years, "Emancipation" interrogates the role of sculpture in American life by bringing the perspectives of contemporary Black artists into dialogue with the multi-faceted form and content of Ward’s The Freedman. Initially envisioned and sculpted by Ward before the end of the Civil War, the figure is depicted on the cusp of liberation, with bonds ruptured but not removed. The work is one of the first American depictions of a Black figure cast in bronze, and the Carter’s cast from 1863, dedicated to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, an all-Black infantry unit, is the only copy of its kind with a key that releases a shackle from the figure’s wrist.

While considered aspirational in its time, over a century and a half later, The Freedman’s reflection of uncertainty and endurance seem to manifest the long reach of American slavery. Contextualized by a selection of other Civil War-era works from the Carter; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park; and other collections, the figure’s contemporary resonance issues a prompt for portraits of freedom, imprisonment, corporality, personhood, and power in 2023 to inform the next century.

The seven living artists represented in "Emancipation" were each invited to explore The Freedman through the lenses of their own lives and the multiplicity of meanings those contexts create for the form of emancipation.

Photo by Christina Fernandez

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Christina Fernandez: "Multiple Exposures"

Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Christina Fernandez: "Multiple Exposures"

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will present Christina Fernandez's exhibit, "Multiple Exposures." The exhibition, organized by the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS in Riverside, California, is the first extensive survey of work by the Los Angeles-based artist who has spent decades in a rich exploration of migration, labor, gender, her Mexican-American identity, and the unique capacities of the photographic medium itself. The exhibition firmly centers Fernandez’s work within contemporaneous movements including postmodernism and the Chicano movement.

Fernandez is an artist and educator acclaimed for photographs that examine her connections to her native Los Angeles, the intersections between public and private spaces, personal and historical narratives, exurban and urban spaces, and the cultural border and historical relationships between Mexico and the United States.

The artworks showcased in the exhibition span 30 years, illuminating the formal and conceptual threads that connect them. In this comprehensive solo exhibition, Fernandez’s images compel viewers to reconsider history, the border, and the lives that cross and inhabit them.

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Dallas-Fort Worth jingles all the way to a top spot on new list of most festive U.S. places

Holiday Best

As Dallas-Fort Worth residents start to decorate their homes and view spectacular Christmas lights all around town, we might take for granted that our Yuletide cheer is one of the best in the country. In fact, one recent study names DFW the No. 2 most festive metro area in the U.S.

Is it any wonder, with blockbuster holiday displays and experiences like Lightscape, Enchant, Prairie Lights, and all the happenings in Grapevine, "the Christmas capital of Texas?" Even Hallmark Channel chose DFW as one of eight cities for its "Countdown to Christmas" pop-up.

This survey, though, was about homes and neighborhoods. Thumbtack, an app helping millions of homeowners care for their homes, compiled data from millions of home projects across all 50 states to reveal their list of the Most Festive Cities in the U.S.

The company used data from consumer requests on their platform between January 2022 to November 2022 for holiday lighting installations and removals. Basing their rankings on the relative frequency of such requests adjusted for the population of state and metropolitan areas, four Texas cities made the list, with three in the top five.

Austin was deemed most festive city of all.

The most festive cities in the U.S. based on Thumbtack’s findings are:

  1. Austin, Texas
  2. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  3. Seattle, Washington
  4. Houston, Texas
  5. Denver, Colorado
  6. Phoenix, Arizona
  7. Atlanta, Georgia
  8. San Francisco, California
  9. Kansas City, Missouri
  10. San Antonio, Texas

According to the release, the average cost to hire a holiday lighting pro is $168-$300 and wrapping outdoor trees with holiday lights can cost $60-plus, depending on the type, shape, and height of the tree.

So, when should you book your holiday lights installation? The second to last week of November (21-27) is the most popular time of year. (Oops, better get on that.)

“Christmas light installers book very quickly once the holiday season is in gear, so plan to call and schedule your installation as early as possible,” states David Steckel, home expert at Thumbtack, in a release.

To read more about the most festive U.S. cities and a list of tips and tricks to save money on home holiday decorations this year, check out the full report at Thumbtack.

New boba tea shop in Arlington is a pink palace with trendy treats

Tea News

Arlington has no shortage of boba tea shops, but surely none quite this pink: Called P'tit Tea Maison, it's a tea shop that Tik Tok calls the "cutest all-pink boba tea shop" and it opened the first week of November at 2745 N. Collins St. #113.

Serving tea and Asian-style mochi doughnuts, the shop is in Riverview Village, a typical shopping center just north of I-30, anchored by Tom Thumb. But once you enter, it's an unexpected pink oasis with pale pink walls and a long pink banquette lined with pink pillows. One wall has fake greenery with a pair of neon angel wings, where you can pose or hoist your drink for a photo, right beneath the neon halo.

The menu features teas, smoothies, bingsu (Korean-style shaved ice desserts), and coffee drinks made with Vietnamese coffee. Most go far beyond the realm of beverage, verging more on dessert, with rich, exotic, trendy toppings and additions.

For example, there's a drink called Lychee & Rose, which features oolong tea topped with "cheese cream," a thick foam topping that's like an amped-up version of whipped cream, containing cream cheese, heavy cream, milk, and sugar. The presence of cheese adds a salty flavor that contrasts with the sweetness of the tea.

P'Tit Tea Maison Does tea taste better when the furniture is pink?P'Tit Tea Maison

There are five coffee drinks: authentic Vietnamese coffee, Vietnamese milk coffee, Vietnamese coconut milk coffee, and two versions of dalgona, the sweet Korean-inspired coffee drink which comes topped with a coffee-and-sugar foam.

Pretty much every cutting-edge Asian-inspired drink is here and then some, including black sugar tiger milk tea (in which ribbons of thick brown sugar syrup are drizzled on the inside of the cup to give it a stripey appearance), plus less-common beverages such as their Blue Pea Flower Series in which butterfly pea flower petals are added to tint the drink blue; and sakura foam, a creamy topper that adds a floral, cherry flavor.

"Want something creamy and pretty?" they ask, and that is pretty much their whole deal.

Other extras include boba pearls, lychee jelly, and chia seeds. They give two unique customization options: how much sugar you want and how much ice, ranging from lots of ice to no ice. This is some macro-level choicing.

They also serve mochi doughnuts, the moist, chewy bumpy-looking doughnut made with rice flour.

P'Tit is no relation to Tea Maison in Las Vegas, another boba tea shop that favors pink, and is owned by Ni-Nhien Nguyen, a Vietnamese native who was previously in marketing for a variety of retail companies. It's open Monday-Saturday 10 am-8 pm, and Sunday 10 am-7 pm.

Give the gift of great times and delicious food with The Shops at Clearfork's City Works

Treats for Everyone

If you're looking for somewhere to kick back and enjoy great food and drinks this holiday season, City Works Eatery & Pour House is the ultimate choice.

Located in The Shops at Clearfork, the sports bar and restaurant has holiday fun and new flavors galore, plus an extra incentive for stopping by.

Buy gift cards, win big
This year, choose the gift that provides an experience and a reason to gather and celebrate again.

Now through New Year’s Eve, buy $100 or more in City Works gift cards and you’ll receive a $50 bonus for yourself, plus be entered to win a full-size kegerator so you can keep the party going at home all year.

A little more about that grand prize: The EdgeStar KC2000 kegerator is free-standing with one tap, and can easily be rolled around on its attached casters. At 36 inches high and about 25 inches deep, it can fit almost anywhere the party takes it.

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Introducing a new menu
Known for their elevated take on bar food, City Works' new menu adds shareable dishes like:

  • Sticky ribs ($18) with Asian barbeue sauce, scallions, and sesame seeds
  • Beer cheese soup ($7 and $9) with smoked cheddar, Bottlenectar pale ale, jalapeño, bell pepper, scallions, and bacon lardons
  • The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($16) with smoked chopped brisket, barbecue-bacon onion relish, beer cheese sauce, American cheese, and smoked provolone on challah bread
  • Brisket tacos ($16) with smoked chopped brisket, pickled red onion, cilantro lime slaw, avocado, queso fresco, and micro cilantro on flour tortillas

City Works grilled cheese Photo courtesy of City Works

Trivia Tuesdays
City Works hosts free trivia every Tuesday, when you can try the new menu while competing in audio/visual rounds of trivia beginning at 7 pm. Show up early to take part in happy hour from 4-6 pm. No sign-up required.

Test your knowledge of holiday movies on December 20, or general trivia all other Tuesdays.

Rock 'N' Roll Weekend Brunch
City Works pays homage to rock 'n’ roll’s attitude of self-expression, fun, and the ability to bring people together with expanded menu offerings, rock 'n’ roll music, and rockstar service every Saturday and Sunday until 3 pm. A list of “greatest hits” from the weekday menu is also available during brunch hours.

The menu includes dishes such as the Sweet Child O’ Mine, which is stuffed brioche French toast with Bailey’s cream cheese, vanilla bean ice cream batter, mixed berry compote, and powdered sugar; and The Clash Smash, with smashed avocado on toasted challah with roasted corn, pickled red onion, shaved radish, and sliced hard-boiled egg.

Groups can also indulge in shareable dishes like the Jon Bun Jovi, a warm jumbo cinnamon roll with vanilla icing, and Donut Stop Believin’, powdered sugar-coated doughnuts with chocolate hazelnut sauce and mixed berry jam.

Brunch beverage offerings include the Flapjack Old Fashioned, made with Devils River rye whiskey, butterscotch Schnapps, candied maple syrup, bacon, and orange bitters; and the Hot Blooded, an 18 oz. spicy Bloody Mary crowned with fried onion rings and garnished with a celery stalk and a skewer loaded with candied bacon, housemade spicy pickles, a cheese curd, an olive, cornichon, pepperoni, pickled jalapeños, and a hard-boiled egg.

Guests can also order mimosas by the bottle or by the flight, with such flavor options such as classic, Bellini, tropical, sangria, rosé, or paloma.