Photo courtesy of Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival - always a highlight of the spring calendar - is coming back for its remarkable 36th year. "Main St.," as fans know and love it, will take place April 20-23, 2023 in downtown Fort Worth. (Look how cool and easy-to-remember that date is.)

The event, presented by PNC Bank, will once again be family- and dog-friendly, free to attend, and jam-packed with arts, entertainment, and food across 18 square blocks and centered on Main Street.

According to a release, this year's lineup includes 215 jury-selected visual artists, live music on two stages, authentic local cuisine, the family-friendly “TCC Makers Zone,” craft beer, wine tastings, and more.

Let's start praying to the weather gods for a nice weekend and take a closer look:

The main reason for the festival's existence, Main St.'s 2023 outdoor gallery will showcase 215 artists who were hand-selected to exhibit their work from nearly 1,000 applications, organizers say. "An estimated $4 million worth of art is expected to be sold from local, regional, and national artists representing 15 artistic media, including sculpture, painting, photography, wood, glass, jewelry, metalwork, printmaking, mixed media, and more," the promise.

Artists will include: 2022 Best of Show-winner Karen Libecap (painting), Best Emerging Artist Jeribai Andrew-jaja (drawing), and Merit Award-winners Richard Wilson (drawing), Adam Crowell (wood), James Pearce (wood), Kina Crow (mixed media), Steven & Beth Radtke (mixed media), Marge Margulies (ceramics), and Robin Lauersdorf (drawing).

Another 30 or so Tarrant County artists were selected to exhibit, including Anne Cubbage, Christopher Curtis, Thomas Diel, Sarah Murphy, Ralinda Owens, Pamela Summers, Tyler Wagner, and more.

Two different stages will feature entertainers ranging from Southern rock bands and jazz keyboardists to R&B groups and Tejano vocalists, the release says. Headliners include Fort Worth’s favorite cover band Poo Live Crew, jazz vocalist Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, New Orleans’ funk & RB quintet Galactic with special guest Anjelika Jelly Joseph, Southern rock band Them Dirty Roses, Harlem-based blues artist King Soloman Hicks, alternative roots rock artist Bones Owens, '80s rock band DadRock, Tejano powerhouse vocalist Monica Saldivar, and many more. For more information, visit “Music on MAIN.”

Food & drink
Arrive hungry and thirsty. This year's culinary offers will include dishes prepared by top local chefs and long-standing festival vendors across five food courts. There'll be Texas barbecue, spicy fried chicken, zesty steak fajitas, original corn dogs, and more. Beverage offerings include mojitos, craft brews, and the ever-popular “Wine Experience” hosted by City Center, which pours select wines-by-the-glass from Chloe and Imagery wines.

For the kids
Main St.'s “TCC Makers Zone,” located at the north end of Main Street, will offer creative, hands-on activities for children of all ages. Live demonstrations on themes such as space, pottery, robotics, clay, photography, art, and more will be presented, along with other activities such as invention stations, sand art, caricatures, and face painting, organizers say. A new highlight for 2023: the PNC Bank Mobile Learning Center.

For planning purposes, Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival 2023 hours will be: Thursday, April 20: 10 am-10 pm; Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22: 10 am-11 pm; and Sunday, April 23: 10 am-8 pm. For more information, visit/follow along on the event's website and social mediapages.

Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

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Fort Worth's favorite downtown festival returns April 20-23, 2023.

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Fort Worth boutique hotel praised among Texas' best in prestigious U.S. News ranking

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A luxe Fort Worth boutique hotel is among the best in the state this year, according to US News and & World Report. The publication collects its information through hotel ratings, customer reviews, and industry award analysis.

The Ashton Hotellands at No. 24 on the prestigious list for 2023. It is joined by three other Dallas-Fort Worth hotels: The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (No. 2), Ritz-Carlton, Dallas (No. 6), and Thompson Dallas (No. 25). The list looks a bit different than it did last year, when seven local lodgings made the cut.

Of Fort Worth's storied Ashton, US News writes, "Located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, The Ashton Hotel proves that sometimes luxury looks better in a smaller size. This petite boutique has only 39 guest rooms, but it feels rather spacious, according to recent visitors who held functions in one of the property's three event spaces. Although a historical hotel, modern amenities include premium down pillows and bathrooms with separate showers and tubs. The downside to this property is that there is no restaurant on-site, only breakfast is served. And because it is older, it lacks amenities typically seen in other hotels, including a pool, a spa and a fitness center. The best thing about the hotel though, according to recent visitors, is the location. The Ashton Hotel is within walking distance of the Fort Worth Convention Center and two blocks away from Sundance Square."

Despite not having a dedicated restaurant, the Ashton does serve an elegant Afternoon Tea on limited days.

Tea at the AshtonThe Ashton serves a traditional English tea on certain days.Facebook/The Ashton Hotel

Houston’s only double five-star hotel and spa, The Post Oak Hotel, was awarded the No. 1 spot on the US News list. The hotel is known for its “tropical sanctuary” pool, nine restaurants and bars, and ultra-modern room amenities and decor.

“This prestigious list evaluates the top hotels from around the globe, and it is an honor to be included,” said Steven Chou, general manager at The Post Oak Hotel, in a statement.

Dallas' famed Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek takes No. 2 with its elegant decor, proximity to nearby parks, and acclaimed restaurant. It's up from No. 6 in 2022.

"This five-star hotel gets rave reviews, with many recent travelers saying the staff go above and beyond to anticipate guests' needs," US News says. "What's more, the hotel completed a large renovation in fall 2020, bringing the pricey property's design, rooms and suites, and public spaces up to the same vaulted level of service that impresses past travelers."

Uptown's swanky Ritz-Carlton, Dallas lands at No. 6 (up from last year's ranking of No. 7).

"Located near the Museum of Art, the Dallas edition of the luxurious Ritz-Carlton brand goes beyond just offering many of the amenities you'd expect from a five-star hotel," says US News. "For instance, this hotel boasts not just a pool, but a saline-treated rooftop pool; and not just facials and massages, but a 12,000-square-foot spa.

Rounding out the top 25 is the Thompson Dallas.

Other top hotels in Texas from the US News and & World Report hail from Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Fort Worth.

The full list of the top 25 best hotels in Texas include:

  1. The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
  2. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek – Dallas
  3. Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection – Austin
  4. Hotel Emma – San Antonio
  5. Four Seasons Hotel – Houston
  6. The Ritz-Carlton – Dallas
  7. Thompson San Antonio Riverwalk
  8. The Driskill – Austin
  9. Fairmont Austin
  10. Four Seasons Hotel – Austin
  11. JW Marriott Houston Downtown
  12. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa – San Antonio
  13. JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa
  14. The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
  15. The St. Regis Houston
  16. Austin Proper Hotel & Residences
  17. Miraval Austin
  18. Lake Austin Spa Resort
  19. La Cantera Resort & Spa – San Antonio
  20. Hotel Granduca Austin
  21. Mokara Hotel & Spa – San Antonio
  22. Hotel Granduca Houston
  23. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa – Austin
  24. The Ashton Hotel – Fort Worth
  25. Thompson Dallas
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Much anticipated Italian restaurant from top Fort Worth team has a date

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A new restaurant from one of Fort Worth's top food & beverage teams has an opening date: 61 Osteria, the much-anticipated restaurant from restaurateur Adam Jones and acclaimed chef Blaine Staniford, will open in downtown Fort Worth on January 31. Ta-da.

It's opening at 500 W 7th St., on the ground floor of the First on 7th building, originally known as the First National Bank building, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill of New York.

The cuisine will be traditional Italian with a focus on simple, seasonal ingredients from best and local farmers. Staniford is taking a modern approach to Italian ingredients.

The name includes a tribute to the building’s completion date in 1961 and the celebration of its 61st birthday this year. Adam Jones was also born in 1961. Osteria is a place serving wine and simple food.

61 osteriaVegetable bagna cauda with raw veggies and garlic-anchovy aioli.Kathy Tran

"61 Osteria will focus on the traditional foods that come from all 20 regions of Italy, so the variety will be quite interesting for our guests," Staniford says.

Menu highlights include starters such as:

  • Antipasti with citrus marinated olives with parmesan, spiced corn nuts, and pickled vegetables
  • Salumi with house cured calabrian coppa, truffle salami, fennel seed lonza and mortadella
  • Prosciutto di Parma Tasting of 12 & 24 month aged ham with castelvetrano olives and parmesan
  • Prawns with head on blue prawns, salsa verde, and charred meyer lemon
  • Vegetable Bagna Cauda with petite raw vegetables served with roasted garlic and anchovy aioli

61 OsteriaBistecca Florentina with porterhouse steakKathy Tran

Housemade pastas will include

  • Bucatini Cacio e Pepe made from semolina pasta with cracked black pepper and pecorino fulvi
  • Smoked Spaghetti Carbonara with house guanciale, pecorino toscano, and egg yolk
  • Tagliatelle Bolognese with braised brisket, veal and pork based sugo with aged parmesan DOP

Entrees include

  • Swordfish with eggplant puree, castelvetrano olives, and puttanesca sauce
  • Black Sea Bass with spinach gnudi Florentina, broccolini, roasted sunchokes, and pistachio pesto
  • 44 Farms Short Rib with parmesan polenta, white bean ragout, Toscano kale, radicchio, and salsa verde
  • Bistecca Florentina with porcini and fennel pollen crusted 28-oz. prime porterhouse

The beverage program will include New World and Old World sparkling, white, and red wines by the glass and bottle, with an emphasis on Italian producers.

61 OsteriaBar at 61 Osteria has a sunny yellow disposition.Kathy Tran

The wine list will begin with a map of Italy for reference. A map of Italy is always welcome, especially if you like boots, and who does not like boots. Jones says they'll focus on a couple of major areas within Italy including Piedmont, Veneto, Tuscany, and Sicily, but also wines from Old World and New World regions.

Cocktails will use fresh-squeezed juices, house-made simple syrup, and give a nod to Italian classics. Bottled and draft beers from local, domestic, and imported Italian producers will also be available.

The space is 7000 square feet with seating for 120 in the main dining room, 50 in the bar, 30 on the patio, and 15 in the lounge.

61 Osteria will be open for dinner only at first with lunch, brunch, and family-style Sunday Suppers added in the coming weeks, maybe months. Qualsiasi!

Photo by Timothy Brestowski

13 things to know before you go to Parade of Lights 2022 in downtown Fort Worth

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Downtown Fort Worth will light up with holiday spirit a few days before Thanksgiving, as the 2022 GM Financial Parade of Lights ushers in the festive season on Sunday, November 20.

This year, the area will shine extra bright because the old tradition of lighting the Fort Worth Christmas Tree in Sundance Square on parade night is returning (more on that in a sec).

Themed “Lights, Camera… Christmas,” the Parade of Lights is marking its 40th year as the city’s official kick-off to the holiday season. Attendees can expect more than 100 festive floats festooned with holiday decor and over half a million sparkling lights, plus marching bands and carolers, sparkling antique cars, precision equestrian units, festive horse-drawn carriages, and the big arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

But first you've got to get there. Here's what to know about road closures, parking, and more before you head downtown. All information is provided by the parade organizers, and more can be found on their website.

Tree lighting details: The lighting of the 65-foot Fort Worth Christmas Tree in Sundance Square Plaza will take place at 5 pm Sunday, November 20, an hour before the parade starts. It will feature ornaments made by local artists.

Time and place of parade: The parade begins at 6 pm Sunday, November 20 near the intersection of Weatherford and Throckmorton streets. The whole parade takes about 40 minutes to make its way along the 1.59-mile route.

When to arrive: Traffic will start getting congested by 3 pm. Parade-goers, especially those with reserved seats, should plan to arrive in downtown no later than 4:30 pm (earlier if they're attending the tree-lighting). Refunds will not be given if parade-goers are unable to make it to their reserved seats due to traffic or congestion.

Street closures: There will be about 35 street closures, and they'll begin as early as 6 am Sunday. Closures include portions of Weatherford Street, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd streets, Taylor, Lamar, Burnett, Cherry, and Florence streets. Spur 280 from Interstate 35 will close at 4 pm. (Belknap, Houston, and North Main streets will remain open to traffic during the parade.) For a full list of street and intersection closures and times, check this very detailed chart.

Parking: Downtown garages offer free parking on Sundays, and many lots will be available. Hint: Visit this Fort Worth parking site for many nearby options. Do not, under any circumstances, park at roped-off meters.

Navigating there: Organizers say to turn off your GPS unit and use this map. "Determine where you would like to sit along the route, and then approach from that direction into downtown," they advise. "Try to stay on the side of your viewing area and do not attempt to drive all the way through downtown to get to your seats. Come in from that side. There are plenty of streets accessing downtown, and you do not have to come in Spur 280."

Public transportation: If you've never tried a local train or bus, this is an excellent night to start. What to know:

  • TEXRail will operate on parade-day, transporting attendees to and from Fort Worth Central Station, located two blocks from the parade route (the last eastbound train will depart at 10:40 pm).
  • TEXRail riders can park for free at six different Trinity Metro park-and-ride stations and ride the train to downtown.
  • Trinity Metro will offer bus service to downtown via bus routes 1, 2, and 15, and also operate its electric bus service – The Dash – throughout downtown and the Cultural District until 10:30 pm.
  • TRE will not be running on Sunday.
  • Visit www.RideTrinityMetro.org for operating schedules and more info.

Parade route: The 1.59-mile route snakes through downtown, beginning at Throckmorton and Weatherford streets, precisely at 6 pm. The parade will proceed east along Weatherford Street and turn south on Commerce Street all the way to 9th Street. At 9th Street, the parade will proceed west to Houston Street, and then turn north on Houston Street all the way to 2nd street. At 2nd Street, the parade will proceed west to Throckmorton Street, then turn south to conclude at 3rd and Throckmorton Streets. The complete route is here.

Free or paid viewing? The parade itself is free to attend; almost all sidewalks along the route will be open for free public viewing. However, there are reserved "street seats" still available. Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased here. Discounts are available for seniors (60 and older) and children (12 and younger); infants, as long as they can sit in a lap, will not need a reserved seat.

Restrooms: Portable restrooms will be set up around the parade route.

TV and digital viewing: The parade will be broadcast live from 6-9 pm on KTXA-TV (TXA-21), and via the Parade of Lights’ Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/ParadeofLightsFW as well as at CBSDFW.com. You can follow along on Facebook or Instagram using the official hashtag, #ParadeOfLights2022. The parade will also air Christmas Day at 7 pm.

Grand marshal: This year's grand marshal is John Sharp, 72-year-old Texas A&M University System Chancellor, humanitarian, Texas politician, and former second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserves.

What else to do: Downtown Fort Worth restaurants, bars, and retailers will offer pre-parade music, displays, and specials to make a day of it. Filled with holiday spirit afterwards? Pile into a car and head to some spectacular Christmas light displays and drive-thrus, many of which will be shining bright by Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Worthington Renaissance Hotel

8 essential tips for sky-high fun at Fort Worth's new Rooftop Cinema Club

Movies in the sky

After months of anticipation and a few delays, the new Rooftop Cinema Club Downtown Fort Worth finally premiered on November 1. The al fresco urban cinema at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel is more than an outdoor movie theater — it's a whole experience. (And a great date night.) But where, exactly, is it, and where do you park? Here are some tips for making the most of an evening at the Rooftop Cinema, based on an opening-night experience and information from the venue.

Where it is
The actual address for Rooftop Cinema Club is 235 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth. This is different from the The Worthington Renaissance Hotel's address, 200 Main St. It's advertised as being on the "Mezzanine Level," which may not mean anything to Fort Worthians who've never stayed at the hotel and had reason to find the Mezzanine Level.

Specifically, the entrance to Rooftop Cinema Club faces Throckmorton Street (across from Jimmy John's). If you're on the Toro Toro side of the hotel, you're on the opposite side and need to walk all the way to the other end. Once you find the entrance, walk up a couple flights of stairs and you'll be on the third-floor Mezzanine Level.

If you start from inside the hotel, take the elevators to the "M' level and simply walk outside to the terrace. Which brings us to ...

Where to park
Do not valet at the hotel or you'll end up paying the hotel's general valet price. What you want to do is self-park in The Worthington Renaissance garage, whose entrance is near the entrance to the Rooftop Cinema off Throckmorton, just north of 2nd Street.

You'll get a rate of $10 if you bring your parking ticket to the box office — don't forget that!

There's also nearby street parking, and if you're up for a walk, Sundance Square lots and garages are free on weekday evenings and weekends.

Tip: If you dine at the hotel restaurant Toro Toro before or after a movie, you'll receive complimentary valet parking up to three hours. There's a special Toro Toro "Show on the Road" menu offered from 5-6:30 pm for pre-cinema dining. You can also get 10 percent off your Toro Toro bill when you show your movie ticket. Which brings up...

Food and drink
You do not need to eat before you arrive at the Rooftop Cinema. Concessions go beyond popcorn, candy, and cokes (though they do have them all) and into a limited menu of chef-driven dishes served from a concession stand on-site.

Toro Toro chef Richard Sandoval helped create an "elevated" menuthat includes pulled pork tacos, hot dogs, chips with salsa and brisket queso, and more. To be clear, we're not talking $3 nachos and $2 tacos. Think $12-$18 per dish. A limited selection of cocktails, beer, and wine is for sale for $7-$12, too.

Bringing in your own food or beverages is not allowed.

Rooftop Cinema ClubYou can easily move between the lounge and theater areas.Photo by Michael Merry

What to bring
BYOB a blanket. The venue will be open on cold winter nights and searing summer days. Dress appropriately for the outdoors (don't forget hats and sunscreen on sunny days), and on these current chilly fall evenings, bring a blanket or throw to snuggle under. You can also toss it over a chair or loveseat and reserve your spot before the movie starts.

Starting December 1, they'll offer wind-proof, Rooftop Cinema Club-branded blankets for purchase. Blankets can be brought back each time for a free treat.

What if it rains?
Light rain probably won't thwart a movie showing (bring a poncho), but if inclement weather affects the guest experience, they say, screenings may be canceled. They outline the official procedure:

"In the event of a cancelled screening, we will notify you as soon as possible via email with details on how to transfer your tickets to another screening or obtain a refund. If creating an account, please be sure to use the same email address you used to purchase your tickets. You can also check the current status of your screening on its thumbnail visible on the venue page or its booking page."

More information about ticket transfer is here.

Rooftop Cinema ClubEveryone gets a set of personal wireless headphones. Photo courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club

The movie-watching experience
This is not your father's drive-in. Guests sit in either single or double, love seat-style Adirondack chairs (depending on which ticket you buy; see below), with cushions and wide armrests for drinks; side tables help contain food trays and popcorn cartons.

Upon entry, everyone is given a pair of personal wireless headphones, "silent-disco" style. Movie audio is piped in loud and clear. (You still may hear some street and airplane noise, but if you're paying attention to the movie, ambient noises are not distracting.) Suddenly craving Raisinets? You can move easily between the theater and concession areas with the headphones on during the film, and you won't "miss" much. The headphones are turned back in at the end.

A large, L-E-D movie screen has a crisp picture quality, right under the moon and stars. (To this eye, the lights coming from inside the office building behind it were slightly intrusive — but maybe they'll read this and start to turn them off at the end of the day.)

You'll want to arrive on time for your movie; unlike most modern movie theaters, there aren't 30 minutes of previews and commercials.

Rooftop Cinema Club Fort WorthThe outdoor theater is surrounded by downtown buildings.Photo courtesy of Worthington Renaissance Hotel.

What else to do
The whole venue feels like a backyard party, complete with high-top tables, lounge areas, games, and even an old pick-up truck for photo opps. (It can be rented out for special events and private screenings.) Arrive early or stay late to play cornhole, ping-pong, or Cards Against Humanity. Don't miss the chance for a sky-high selfie against Fort Worth landmarks like the Tarrant County Courthouse clock tower.

Rooftop Cinema ClubPhoto opps abound.Photo courtesy of Worthington Renaissance Hotel

All tickets are sold online only, but can be purchased up until movie starts. Standard tickets range from $17.50–$26.50, depending on ticket type and time of day:

  • Adirondack chair only: $17.50-$19.50
  • Adirondack chair with popcorn: $22.50
  • Loveseat with popcorn: $26.50

Active, retired, and family of military personnel can get 15 percent off with the code FortWorthMilitary2022. (Bring any form of valid military ID as proof.) Students can get 10 percent off with the code FortWorthStudent2022. (Active student ID or student schedule required as proof.)

A complete list of upcoming movies is here. There are special Open Caption screenings for the hearing impaired, sing-a-longs, dog friendly "Wooftop" events, and more special programming (like "corny Christmas classics") planned.

Note that all screenings before 4:30 pm are open to all ages, while screenings starting at 4:30 pm or later are strictly for those 18 and older.

Photo courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club unveils new opening date and movie lineup for Fort Worth

Rooftop movie news

Rooftop Cinema Club Downtown Fort Worth will start showing movies on top of The Worthington Renaissance Downtown Fort Worth Hotel on Tuesday, November 1.

The company, which offers an, outdoor cinema experience in multiple locations around the U.S., will let guests enjoy 360-degree views of downtown Fort Worth from the rooftop of the hotel while they relax in deckchairs with personal wireless headphones in front of the state-of-the-art LED screen showing iconic movies.

The Fort Worth venue previously had been scheduled to open October 4, but got delayed.

According to a release, the opening night film on November 1 will be the romantic classic The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Other opening week offerings will include Grease, Coco, Urban Cowboy, Top Gun: Maverick, Nope, The Princess Bride, and more.

All screenings through December 30 are now on sale, with future screening dates to be announced soon.

Rooftop Cinema Club will offer a variety of special screenings, including open caption screenings for the hearing impaired, sing-alongs, dog-friendly events, and more. There will also be themed nights like Zodiac-centric films, anniversary celebrations for milestone movies, and holiday favorites.

This location will offer typical concessions like fresh popcorn, soft drinks, and candy, but they have also joined with The Worthington Renaissance and Toro Toro by Richard Sandoval to create an elevated concession-style menu. Guests can also enjoy options like the Soft Salted Pretzel, Hot Diggity Dog, Pulled Pork Tacos, and Nacho Libre, along with drinks like the classic Margarita, a TX Old Fashioned, and wine and beer.

Rooftop Cinema Club Downtown Fort Worth offers three ticket types for two different types of chairs – a single Adirondack Chair for one, an Adirondack Chair and Popcorn for one, and a double-width Loveseat Adirondack and Popcorn for two. All seats come with cushions and side tables. Seating is not reserved; guests are seated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Standard tickets range from $17.50–$26.50, depending on ticket type and time of day. All screenings before 4:30 pm are open to all ages, while screenings starting at 4:30 pm or later are strictly for those 18 and older.

With the outdoor cinema located at The Worthington Renaissance, the hotel and its restaurant, Toro Toro, are offering special deals. Guests can receive 10 percent off their meal at Toro Toro when they subscribe here. They can also book an overnight stay package, A Night of Cocktails & Cinema, at The Worthington Renaissance to receive a $50 dining credit to Toro Toro, special guest room amenities, and a 20 percent discount code to apply when purchasing their movie tickets.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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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.

Get free pet food, vaccines, and spay/neuter at Fort Worth animal event

Animal News

Animal shelters across North Texas are overcrowded right now, due to an increase in owner surrenders, and a group of animal rescues are coming to the rescue.

Several Texas-based animal welfare organizations are coming together on Saturday June 3, to offer a day of free pet food, vaccines, microchips, and spay/neuter vouchers to pet owners in Fort Worth.

The owner surrenders are a symptom of economic pressures and related issues such as food insecurity, which are up in Texas and across the U.S.

According to a release, in Fort Worth alone, the North Texas Food Bank estimates that 30 percent of the population faces challenges accessing nutritious food. These issues affect not only people, but pets as well - often resulting in families surrendering their pets to a shelter or to an animal rescue.

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control (FWACC), which receives animals from the area, has seen an increase in animals—more than 1,000 additional animals coming through its doors so far this fiscal year—with many exhibiting signs of illness easily prevented by vaccinations.

The significant increase in animals has stressed resources that are already maxed out. FWACC for example, has faced a difficult crease in its "live release rate" - the percentage of animals that leave their care alive. Last year, its live release rate was at 96 percent and a year later, it has decreased to 87 percent.

Keeping pets at home where they have families who love them is a key component to preventing shelter crowding and the impact felt by the organizations who are faced with it.

The event is Saturday June 3, from 8 am-12 pm, rain or shine, and will take place at 1678 Rockwood Ln., across from Rockwood Park.

Organizations stepping up to help include Cowtown Friends of Fort Worth Animal Control; Spay Neuter Network; Dallas Pets Alive; The Love Pit; and SPCA of Texas.Partners: Fort Worth Animal Care and Control; Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank; Saving Hope Animal Rescue; and Rahr to the Rescue.

The event is supported by CUDDLY, a mission-driven company centered around the needs of rescued animals and the community focused programs that sustain them.

3 Dallas-Fort Worth entrepreneurs rank among Forbes' richest self-made women for 2023

Elite entrepreneurs

Twelve of the country's 100 most successful female entrepreneurs live in Texas this year, and three of them call Dallas-Fort Worth home. So says Forbes in its 2023 list of America's Richest Self-Made Women, released June 1.

"Bolstered in part by a rebound in the stock market, [the richest 100 female entrepreneurs] are cumulatively worth a record $124 billion, up nearly 12% from a year ago," says Forbes.

To make the Forbes list, women had to garner wealth on their own, rather than by inheriting or winning it.

Texas' wealthiest women have made their fortunes in fields ranging from home health care, insurance, and aviation logistics to jewelry design, dating apps, and running the show at SpaceX.

The three female entrepreneurs from North Texas who appear in the elite club of America’s richest self-made women (and their national rankings) are:

  • Robyn Jones, No. 29, of Fort Worth. Her net worth is estimated at $830 million. Jones is founder of Westlake-based Goosehead Insurance Agency LLC. She started the property and casualty insurance agency in 2003 after being frustrated with her truck-driver husband's "road warrior lifestyle," Forbes says. He joined her in 2004 and they took the company public in 2018. It has nearly 1,000 franchised offices.
  • April Anthony, No. 34, of Dallas. Forbes puts her net worth at $740 million. She founded the Dallas-based home health and hospice division of Encompass Health Corp and sold it for $750 million to HealthSouth. In 2022, she was named CEO of VitalCaring, a home health and hospice care firm.
  • Kathleen Hildreth, No. 44, of Aubrey. Her net worth is estimated at $590 million. Hildreth is co-founder of M1 Support Services LP, an aviation logistics company based in Denton. A service-disabled Army veteran, she graduated from West Point in 1983 and was deployed all around the world as a helicopter pilot.

The nine other Texans who appear on the list are from Austin and Central Texas.

With an estimated net worth at $4.8 billion, Thai Lee, of Austin, remains at the top of the list in Texas, and ranks No. 5 nationally.

She falls behind only No. 1 Diane Hendricks of Wisconsin (co-founder of ABC Supply, $15 billion net worth); No. 2 Judy Loveof Oklahoma (chairman and CEO, Love's Travel Stops And Country Stores, $10.2 billion); No. 3 Judy Faulkner of Wisconsin (founder and CEO, Epic Systems, $7.4 billion); and No. 4 Lynda Resnick of California (co-founder and co-owner of Wonderful Company, $5.3 billion) among America's richest self-made women.

For some additional perspective, Oprah Winfrey lands at No. 13 on the list for 2023. The TV titan (and most famous woman on the planet) has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion, Forbes says.

Austin's Lee, a native of Bangkok who holds an MBA from Harvard University, is founder, president, and CEO of SHI International Corp., a provider of IT products and services with a projected revenue of $14 billion in 2023. Fun fact: "Lee majored in both biology and economics," Forbes says, "in part because her English was less than perfect and she wanted to avoid writing and speaking in class."

The remaining eight Texas women on the list are:
  • Gwynne Shotwell, No. 27, of Jonesboro (Coryell-Hamilton counties). Her net worth is estimated at $860 million. Shotwell is president and COO of Elon Musk's SpaceX. She manages the operations of the commercial space exploration company and owns an estimated stake of 1 percent, Forbes says.
  • Lisa Su, No. 34, Austin. Forbes pegs Su’s net worth at $740 million, tying her with April Anthony of Dallas. The native of Taiwan is president and CEO of Santa Clara, California-based semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices.
  • Kendra Scott, No. 47, of Austin.Forbes says she has amassed a net worth of $550 million as founder of Kendra Scott LLC, which designs and sells jewelry in more than 100 stores (and is worth $360 million). The celebrity entrepreneur is also a judge on TV's Shark Tank.
  • Whitney Wolfe Herd, No. 52, of Austin. She is worth an estimated $510 million. Herd is co-founder and CEO of Bumble Inc., which operates two online dating apps: Bumble and Badoo. She owns a 17% stake in Bumble and became the youngest self-made woman billionaire after it went public in February 2021.
  • Paige Mycoskie, No. 73, of Austin. She is worth an estimated $380 million. Mycoskie created founded her 1970s-inspired California lifestyle brand, Aviator Nation, which took off during the pandemic and now has 16 retail locations across the U.S. If the name sounds familiar, that's because she's the sister of TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, with whom she competed on TV's The Amazing Race.
  • Imam Abuzeid, No. 77, of Austin. Her net worth is estimated at $350 million. Abuzeid is the co-founder and CEO of Incredible Health, which she started in 2017 to help alleviate America's nursing shortage. Forbes describes it as "a souped-up version of LinkedIn for nurses." Abuzeid is one of only a handful of Black female founders to run a company valued at more than $1 billion, Forbes notes.
  • Julia Cheek, No. 92, of Austin. Her net worth is estimated at $260 million. Cheek founded at-home testing company Everly Health in 2015 "out of frustration at having to pay thousands for lab testing to diagnose issues related to vitamin imbalance," Forbes says. It got a Shark Tank deal with Lori Greiner and is now worth roughly $1.8 billion.
  • Belinda Johnson, No. 96, of Austin. She is worth an estimated $250 million. Johnson was Airbnb's first chief operating officer and led many of its legal disputes. She stepped down from that role in March 2020, Forbes says, and left the company's board in June 2023.