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A Texas craft beer brewer has closed down its outlet in Fort Worth: Deep Ellum Funkytown Fermatorium, a brewpub that opened a year ago in Fort Worth's Lindale District, has shuttered.

The owners, who also own Deep Ellum Brewing Co., said that the closure was due in part to the coronavirus, but also to the wanky alcohol laws in the state of Texas.

"We were very excited to get up and running with our first location outside of our home in Deep Ellum," they say in a post. "Unfortunately, the last few months have presented many challenges and we have made the difficult decision to close this location."

The Fermatorium was a Deep Ellum Brewing Co. spinoff that opened in March 2019 at 611 University Dr. Founder John Reardon wanted to expand, and thought Fort Worth was the most logical first step.

Compared to the original, it was far more food-centric, with a kitchen and a bar. The menu included pizzas and delicacies such as doughnut holes for dessert.

Even their opening was fraught: It was delayed due to a federal government shutdown, initially preventing them from hiring employees or selling beer.

But the reasoning behind the closing is two-fold.

"The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic paired in part with our lack of ability to sell beer to go due to House Bill 3287 have made it very difficult for us to make it work," they say.

HB 3287 was enacted in 2017, and requires brewers who produce more than 225,000 barrels a year to pay a distributor to deliver their beer — even if the destination is inside their own facility. Critics call it an "extortion fee" that benefits big beer companies instead of small craft beer brewers.

While the Fort Worth location may have closed, Deep Ellum Brewing is still rolling out the beer.

"We can assure you that Deep Ellum Brewing Company is not going anywhere, and you can still find our beers at retail locations throughout Texas," they say. "Once we're able to reopen our Dallas taproom according to guidelines from the State of Texas, we would love to host you there as well."

"We want to thank you for your love and support over the last year as we set out to put down roots in the great community of Fort Worth."

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Dallas-Fort Worth teens get a bomb prom thanks to creative Deep Ellum music venues

Kings and Queens

School's canceled, activities are canceled, prom's canceled — or is it? Music venues The Bomb Factory, Canton Hall, and Trees — all in Dallas' Deep Ellum — are teaming up to give students a one-of-a-kind free virtual prom on Friday, May 16 at 8 pm.

"Bomb Prom 2020" will stream via Vimeo, Facebook Live, Twitch, and YouTube, and purports to be the first online production like this that's dedicated to bringing a virtual prom experience to the high school students of Dallas-Fort Worth.

Attendees can expect a number of traditional elements through interactive and virtual formats, including voting for a royal court, surprise celebrity cameos, a virtual photo booth, and DJ battles featuring High School Hype vs. Kings of Prom.

Local school districts are also collaborating with businesses in the Deep Ellum neighborhood to produce the Bomb Prom Box. This goodie box of prom-appropriate items will be hand-selected by Deep Ellum boutiques, encouraging attendees to safely patronize local businesses for their prom night essentials.

The goal is to reach as many students and families as possible — even outside the DFW area — and anyone and everyone is welcome, say the organizers. Additional information regarding Bomb Prom can be found at TheBombFactory.com/Bomb-Prom.

Photo by Ashley Gongora

Dallas brewery expands into white-hot hard seltzer market

Local Sips

Dallas' Deep Ellum Brewing Company has been turning out innovative brews since 2011, when it became the city's first craft brewery. It has since expanded with an off-site small-batch brewery and taproom in Fort Worth called the Funkytown Fermatorium.

When it comes to what Dallas (and beyond) is drinking, DEBC has been bold, fearless, and unapologetic from the start.

Now it's made the leap into hard seltzer, the most popular drink of the moment, with the release of Blind Lemon. Like everything Deep Ellum Brewing does, it's made to stand out — and here's how:

The story behind the name
The moniker is in tribute to blues legend "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, who began his career in the 1920s playing guitar and singing on the streets of Deep Ellum neighborhood. He went on to become one of the biggest-selling down-home blues artists in American history. He was known for his unusual vocal range and loud volume, and in homage to the original Blind Lemon, this hard seltzer bubbles over loudly with lemony flavor.

Natural ingredients
It starts with natural lemon flavors, then continues with only one gram of carbs and zero grams of sugar per 12 ounce serving. Oh, and it's only 100 calories, with 5 percent alcohol by volume.

How it's made
Crafted with a process similar to DEBC's other brands, Blind Lemon makes use of cane sugar instead of the usual malted barley that is in a typical beer. When yeast is added, the result is an unusually spritzy and light brew, great on its own or even better as a cocktail base.

Drink up, do good
DEBC has partnered with many amazing local organizations including Foundation45, Deep Ellum Community Association, Deep Ellum Foundation, and Paws in the City, to name a few. Now you can feel even better about supporting this Texas brand.

How to get it
Blind Lemon is available both on draft and in 12-pack cans. While you're at it, be sure to load up on Dallas Blonde, Deep Ellum IPA, the Mexican-style lager Neato Bandito, and Easy Peasy, a session IPA brewed with lemon and tangerine peel.

Deep Ellum Brewing Company now has hard seltzer: Blind Lemon.

Deep Ellum Brewing Blind Lemon hard seltzer
Photo by Ashley Gongora
Deep Ellum Brewing Company now has hard seltzer: Blind Lemon.

Deep Ellum's cool record shop bar spins off new location in Fort Worth

Records and Drinks

A one-of-a-kind concept from Deep Ellum is about to become two of a kind. Off the Record, the truly unique spot that combines a craft beer bar and a record shop, is spinning off a second branch in Fort Worth's Magnolia District.

The first Off The Record opened in Deep Ellum in 2014. It's a collaborative concept from the folks who own a collection of Dallas clubs and neighborhood bars such as City Tavern, Club Dada, Independent Bar & Kitchen, along with the folks who own Good Records.

The idea came from Dada co-owner Josh Florence, who recruited Penn and Good Records to oversee the spins.

The Fort Worth location is opening in the up-and-coming Magnolia District at 715 W. Magnolia Ave., an address that was once upon a time home to a place called Daddio's Jazz Cafe, along a strip that includes Hot Damn Tamales and Brewed Coffee. Just like its bigger brother, the Fort Worth OTR will sell thousands of vinyl records for sale along with craft beer and cocktails while featuring local bands and DJs.

Its bar offerings will include 20 craft and local beers on draft along with a hand-crafted cocktail menu featuring local and small batch whiskeys and house-infused spirits.

It is once again teaming with Good Records, owned by musician Tim DeLaughter of Tripping Daisy and Polyphonic Spree, Julie Doyle, who also co-owns Lounge Here in East Dallas, and Chris Penn, to provide the vinyl collection.

Penn describes the concept as "three-fourths bar, one-fourth record store," with bins of vinyl records for browsing and purchasing. "When I'm doing my ordering for Good Records, I order extra copies for Off the Record," Penn says. Vinyl continues to see a resurgence in sales.

The original location in Dallas has proven to be a boon for the local DJ scene, with lots of DJ nights along with discount drinks.

The decor at the Fort Worth store will feature two patios, one in front, one in back, plus a stage for full bands and DJs, multiple TVs, and a first-class sound system.

Construction is currently being finalized, with plans to open in November. Hours will be 4 pm-2 am Monday-Friday and 12 pm-2 am Saturdays and Sundays.

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Uncommonly popular coworking space announces Fort Worth expansion

Work With Perks

One of Dallas' most ubiquitous coworking spaces, Common Desk, is set to open its first Fort Worth location this September. It will be one of the newest tenants of Crockett Row at West 7th, which is how the popular West 7th shopping, dining, and entertainment area near the Cultural District is rebranding itself.

The Fort Worth outpost of Common Desk will occupy 13,000 square feet, with 75 shared desk seats, 110 dedicated desks, 25 private offices, and five conference rooms, all of which are available to lease on a monthly basis. There will also be an outdoor patio, shared bikes for exploring the surrounding area, and a hospitality bar with snacks, beer, and locally roasted coffee.

“Opening a location in Fort Worth will be our most exciting expansion to date," says Common Desk founder Nick Clark in a release. "Fort Worth is ripe with freelancers, small businesses, and entrepreneurs, and we think our brand’s culture will bring an added resource to help these professionals continue to grow their businesses."

Currently there are Common Desks in Dallas' Deep Ellum and Oak Cliff neighborhoods, with one in West Plano's Granite Park set to open in June. One of the perks of membership — which spans Shared Desk, Nights & Weekends, Dedicated Desk, Private Office, Corporate, and Virtual — is unlimited access to any location.

"Fort Worth's community is built around a big city with a small town feel," says MaryClaire Perry, director of people and culture at Common Desk. "Our approach to community is similar; though Common Desk is an ever-growing network, we use each space, hire specific positions, and create unique events to zero in on community. Because of this, we think Fort Worth is going to be a perfect match for us."

In addition to growing westward, the company is also expanding its original Deep Ellum location. The very first Common Desk, which opened in 2012 with 3,500 square feet, recently grew to 17,000 square feet.

Besides a new exterior paint job, two new exterior signs, and a new front entrance, the extra space added 20 custom-made dedicated desks; a nap room; two additional conference rooms; a shower; an outdoor patio work area; and 10 new private, customizable offices. There's also a new coffee shop seating arrangement, art installations done by local artists, and a new hospitality bar with "a friendly host who serves members and guests cold brew, craft beer, and snacks."

Common Desk memberships include unlimited conference room usage, a business mailing address with complimentary mail handling, printing services, bottomless coffee and beer, and weekly community events.


These 6 startups are the ones to watch in Dallas-Fort Worth right now

Best Startups To Watch

The spirit of innovation is alive and well here, and Texas is home to some of the nation’s best-known companies. It goes without saying we’re excited about the companies emerging this year. From health and wellness to shopping local and getting involved with municipal politics, these six startups are ones to watch.

The medical world is confusing and frustrating, but EverlyWell is out to change that. Born of founder — and Dallasite — Julia Cheek’s own frustration with diagnostic tests, Austin-based EverlyWell offers consumers 12 different lab tests that they can take at home. The results are processed by certified lab partners and each test undergoes a physician’s review before you receive the results.

Tests include food sensitivity, thyroid function, vitamin D and inflammation, breast milk DHA levels, and more. Prices are comparable to what you may pay at your doctor’s office — $69 for a metabolism test to $399 for a women’s health and fertility test — and the results are easy to read via EverlyWell’s secure dashboard. There’s even a report for your physician that you can take to your next checkup.

Inspired by the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, Matt Brashear, founder and CEO of FourScore, created an app that puts voters in touch with local candidates. Although the app is currently in beta, the DFW-based company looks forward to getting the app out to voters several weeks before the year’s local election season starts in summer. FourScore is simple: You enter information about your core beliefs and the political issues that concern you the most, and FourScore matches you with local candidates that match your values.

With an average of 40 elected officials that represent every voter in America — if you count city council members, school board members, and the like — FourScore fills a wide gap between voters and candidates. As Brashear says, the local level is where politics affect us most. FourScore hopes to get us more engaged where it matters.

As social media evolves, we’re beginning to see companies like InstantLocal pop up. Based on the concept of moment marketing, which allows businesses to connect with consumers in real-time, Austin-based InstantLocal brings local businesses, advocates, and consumers together to help people experience a city on a more intimate level. For the consumer, that means no more sifting through Google or Yelp to try and find a nearby coffeehouse or store.

Businesses upload posts directly from smartphones to advertise the day’s specials or cool new inventory. Other businesses can advocate for InstantLocal companies and direct consumers to their partners’ posts, although there are no ads or sponsored content on the app. The best part? It looks like Instagram and behaves like Pinterest boards. Founded by Austin residents Vance Reavie and Ricky Coburn, and Dentonite Gabriel Killian, InstantLocal has been available in Austin since November 2015 and recently came to Dallas-Fort Worth, featuring favorites from the Deep Ellum Foundation, and Uptown and Downtown districts. The free app is available on iOS and Android.

Bright, clear Instagram photos are a must-have for businesses these days, and individuals want them too. We must admit, some of the photos on social media are gorgeous. New Dallas-based app Mendr might be the secret. Mendr connects everyday smartphone photographers with freelance editors who can remove a pesky photobomber, fix wrinkles, remove tattoos, and even change the background of photos.

The Dallas-based app is the brainchild of co-founders Josh Farrar, CEO, and Pat Thibodeau, COO, who say that Mendr’s craftsourcing — a term they coined — helps both freelance photo editors and consumers alike. Mendr’s users like its familiar feel, and editors can pick up work when it’s convenient for them. Grab the Mendr app for iOS and Android for free, and have your photos conveniently edited for a nominal rate, based on services chosen.

Hotel keys are a hassle to keep up with, but we always seem to know exactly where our phones are. In 2014, Dallas-based OpenKey set out to make access to hotels as hassle-free as possible. Users can download the free app and check-in to their hotel from anywhere — even before they step off their plane. When you arrive at your hotel, you can bypass the front desk, get to your room, tap the OpenKey icon, hold your phone next to the door lock, and you’re in.

Not only is the app convenient, but it also cuts down on waste — an estimated 1,300 tons of plastic ends up in landfills each year from keycards alone. Hotel companies also save millions each year, all while offering guests a better hospitality experience. OpenKey is currently used across the country and was just chosen as one of Plug and Play’s 2017 members to the Travel & Hospitality Innovation Platform. The free app is available for iOS and Android.

Imagine this scenario: Your friend is moving to a new city and the leather sofa you’ve coveted for a year can’t make the trip with her. She knows how much you love it, so she asks if you want it. The only problem? You don’t have a way to transport it. Enter PickUp, an instant delivery service you can access right from your smartphone. Simply enter your info and a thoroughly vetted “Good Guy” will arrive in a pickup truck and move your stuff from point A to point B. Most are off-duty firefighters, military vets, and public safety officials — people you know you can trust.

Founded by Brenda Stoner, Chief Good Guy, PickUp takes the on-demand service concept we all love and applies it to something super practical. No more calling around to friends to see who has a truck and can help you move. PickUp is currently available in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, with more cities coming this spring. The app is available for iOS and Android. Prices start at $45 and include insurance for up to $20,000 of your items.

Professional photo editors can fix any photo via the Mendr app.

Professional photo editors can fix any photo via the Mendr app.
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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Yellowstone news

Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Launch your next Texas trip with this essential guide to its biggest cities

Hit the Road

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the state itself. At 268,597 square miles, it's a lot to traverse — but luckily there's plenty to see, do, eat, and drink along the way.

No matter what kind of trip you're planning around Texas, Marriott Bonvoy Hotels can be the launchpad for your next travel or culinary adventure. Its hotels and resorts are as diverse as the Lone Star State and offer amazing culinary, spa, and destination experiences in each city.

Plan your next trip from this guide below:

People stand-up paddleboarding in AustinSee Austin from the water.Photo courtesy of Marriott International

At a glance: Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is also home to the State Capitol. University of Texas at Austin helps "Keep Austin Weird," but it's also a growing tech hot spot with a vibrant, culinary-focused atmosphere.

Must-see spots: Ladybird Lake, Texas Capitol, Barton Springs Pool, Zilker Botanical Garden, Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, Pennybacker Bridge, Blanton Museum, ACL Live at Moody Theater, Rainey Street, UT Austin.

Must-try eats & sips: Head to the new Dean’s Steakhouse Austin at JW Marriott Austin for a special occasion or business dinner, and try the Wagyu beef cuts in addition to an acclaimed raw bar and generous happy hour.

Travel north to Renaissance Austin’s restaurant, Knotty Deck & Bar, for an urban retreat with patio views of the Texas Hill Country. It serves elevated Austin cuisine with a spacious backyard for bean bags and other outdoor games to enjoy with family and friends.

Austin easily features the highest density of rooftop bars in the state, including the popular Zanzibar, a tropical oasis serving up inventive Tiki cocktails. Toast to “golden hour” nightly at Otopia Rooftop Lounge with craft cocktails high above the nearby university.

Must-attend events: SXSW Conference & Festivals (March), Blues on the Green (all summer long), Pride in Local Music Festival (June), Austin City Limits (October), Austin Film Festival (October).

Must-experience vibes: Get your retro music fix with unique vinyl record programs at the Otis Hotel Austin and the W Hotel Austin.

Family at Las Colinas ResortTake the whole fam to Las Colinas Resort.Photo courtesy of Marriott International

Dallas-Fort Worth
At a glance: A pair of cities that have undergone true transformation, beginning as cattle hubs and railroad centers and blossoming into Texas' current window to the world with incredible art museums and performing arts centers (the largest arts district in the nation, in fact).

Must-see spots: Dallas Museum of Art, Katy Trail, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Reunion Tower, Fair Park, Meyerson Symphony Center, Kimbell Art Museum, the Deep Ellum and Bishop Arts neighborhoods, Mesquite Rodeo Arena, Fort Worth Stockyards, NorthPark Center.

Must-try eats & sips: Dallas’ dining scene is highlighted by Margaret’s, the restaurant at the JW Marriott Dallas Arts District that's opening in June. It offers farm-to-fork ingredients in a dramatic setting with sweeping views of the city and a lively bar with handcrafted cocktails from seasoned mixologists.

Head to Uptown Dallas for its sophisticated restaurant, shopping, and boutique fitness scene highlighted by Good Graces in Marriott Uptown Dallas, a bright and airy brasserie where you can indulge in fresh oysters, charcuterie boards, crisp salads, and a variety of steak and seafood dishes.

In the northwest suburb of Irving, visit LAW at Las Colinas Resort to experience the very best of land, air, and water elements, alongside locally sourced ingredients. Mesa Mezcal at the Westin Irving is the spot for modern Mexican fare, curated mezcal cocktails, and YogaRitas on the patio, a partnership series with YogaSix Studio.

Head west to Fort Worth to dine al fresco at 97 West, where a Southwestern ambiance beckons adventurous spirits and serves up classic Texas heritage dishes.

In the heart of Cowtown, experience the convivial dining culture of Central and South America at Toro Toro in the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth. Slip outside afterward to take in a movie on its rooftop deck via a partnership with Rooftop Cinemas, complete with a food truck for snacks and drinks.

Marriott Bonvoy’s restaurants aim to incorporate local and regional breweries in their beverage menus whenever possible, so ask your bartender for his or her favorite brew. Explore DFW's robust brewery scene, from Martin House Brewing Company to Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Celestial Beer Works to Manhattan Project Beer Co., and Peticolas Brewing to Texas Ale Project.

Must-attend events: Dallas Pride Parade (June), Homegrown Music & Arts Festival (June), Riverfront Jazz Fest (September), State Fair of Texas (September-October), Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (January-February).

People on rooftop in HoustonThe best way to see Houston? From a rooftop.Photo courtesy of Marriott International

At a glance: Founded as a bustling commercial center and shipping port in the mid-1800s, with major influence from Charlotte Baldwin, known as the "Mother of Houston," today H-Town is statistically the most diverse major city in Texas with a thriving gastronomic scene, world-class museums, and the Houston Space Center.

Must-see spots: The Museum District (18 institutions within walking distance; includes the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), The Galleria, Houston Aquarium, Buffalo Bayou Park, POST Houston entertainment district, Chinatown, Houston Graffiti Park, Discovery Green, Houston Zoo.

Must-try eats & sips: Located inside the Magnolia Houston, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is The Dispatch, which pays homage to its building’s rich history as the home of the Houston Post-Dispatch paper. The Art Deco vibes complement the eatery’s contemporary American cuisine and enticing cocktails.

After a day of shopping at The Galleria mall, stop by White Oak Kitchen + Drinks for a collection of fresh ingredients, a curated wine and cocktail menu, and weekend brunch.

Explore Houston’s culinary melting pot with an experience at Xin Chao, a modern Vietnamese restaurant owned by MasterChef winner Christina Ha. Locals also hail Killen’s BBQ as some of the best in the state.

Houston visitors will also find food trucks dotted around the city, offering inventive cuisine with global fusion showcasing Houston’s diversity.

Must-attend events: Freedom Over Texas Festival (July), Houston Restaurant Week (August), Fiestas Patrias (September 2023), Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (February-March).

Must-experience vibes: Stay cool in the Houston heat this summer by diving into the city's best urban party playground: the iconic, Texas-shaped lazy river at the Altitude Rooftop & Pool at Marriott Marquis Houston.

San Antonio River WalkIt's always a party on the San Antonio River Walk.Photo courtesy of Marriott International

San Antonio
At a glance: Remember the Alamo! Explore San Antonio’s famed River Walk or journey further south to the San Antonio Missions National Park, where some of the Lone Star State's most pivotal moments occurred. Northwest of the city, treat your family to a thrill at world-class amusement parks.

Discover the emerging arts and culinary scene while touring historic, trendy neighborhoods like the impressive King William District, dotted with colonial mansions, and Dignowity Hill, sporting the Hays Street Bridge and a deep-rooted sense of community.

Must-see spots: The Alamo, the San Antonio Missions, River Walk, San Antonio Botanical Gardens, San Antonio Zoo, Southtown, Brackenridge Park, SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Historic Pearl Brewery, Tower of the Americas, La Villita, Market Square.

Must-try eats: Check out incredible South Texas fare on the River Walk such as Tributary restaurant in the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, with seasonally rotating menus and ingredients sourced from regional farming partners and purveyors.

Escape to the Texas Hill Country at 18 Oaks for an outstanding quality of meats and seafood prepared with style and expertise, ideally enjoyed after a day of golf at TPC San Antonio or a splashy time at the nine-acre waterpark at the JW San Antonio Hill Country Resort.

Take the kids or pups and head to the Historic Pearl Brewery, where you'll find everything from upscale bistros to an array of dining choices inside the Food Hall at Bottling Dept. Enjoy a picnic on the green spaces and a family-favorite splash pad while taking in the quaint European vibes in this special area of Alamo City.

Must-sip drinks: Visit the new 1 Watson rooftop deck atop the AC Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk for downtown views and a cocktail or two by a fire pit.

People at Knotty Deck in Austin

Photo courtesy of Marriott International

Gather at Knotty Deck & Bar in Austin.

Hop on the city’s shared bike or scooter systems to explore local-favorite breweries and coffee shops such as Merit Coffee, Freetail Brewing, Weathered Souls Brewing, and Alamo Beer Co.

Must-attend events: Fiesta San Antonio (April), Pride San Antonio (June), Día de los Muertos (November), San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo (February).


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Pop culture provocateur Janelle Monáe loves on Dallas-Fort Worth with Age of Pleasure tour stop

Lipstick lover

Janelle Monáe's upcoming Age of Pleasure album is already making headlines with her latest single (and music video) "Lipstick Lover." And thankfully, Dallas fans won't have to wait long after the album's release (June 9, via Atlantic Records) to watch it come to life on stage.

The critically acclaimed and award winning singer and actress will bring her "Age of Pleasure Tour" across North America later this year, with a 26-city lineup kicking off on August 30 at WAMU Theater in Seattle, Washington. The Texas leg of her tour will include a stop in Dallas-Fort Worth (October 9 at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory) before moving on to Houston's Bayou Music Center on October 10 and Austin's Moody Ampitheater on October 11.

Known worldwide for her inimitable style and visionary sound, Monáe is an eight time Grammy Award-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, performer, and fashion icon. According to a release, she promises to light up your body, soul, and all of your senses with an unforgettable performance featuring songs off her latest album and classic hits from her discography.

Tickets for the tour go on sale Thursday, June 1, starting with a Verizon presale at 10 am; the exclusive presale via Verizon Up gives customers access to purchase presale tickets for select shows until Tuesday, June 6, at 10 pm. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general onsale beginning Wednesday, June 7 at 10 am on Ticketmaster.

The full list of tour dates is below:

Wed Aug 30 – Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater
Thu Aug 31 – Vancouver, BC – UBC - Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Sat Sep 02 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Wed Sep 06 –Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Thu Sep 07 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 09 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland Theatre
Mon Sep 11 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory
Wed Sep 13 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
Thu Sep 14 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
Sun Sep 17 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Mon Sep 18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met
Wed Sep 20 – Montreal, QB – Mtelus
Thu Sep 21 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Sun Sep 24 – Washington, DC – The Anthem*
Tue Sep 26 – New York City, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Thu Sep 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
Mon Oct 02 – Charlotte, NC – Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tue Oct 03 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Wed Oct 04 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
Fri Oct 06 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre Atlanta
Mon Oct 09 – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Tue Oct 10 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Wed Oct 11 – Austin, TX – Moody Amphitheater
Sun Oct 15 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Financial Theatre
Tue Oct 17 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Wed Oct 18 – Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater

* non-Live Nation date