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Casa Mañana presents Charlotte's Web

Casa Mañana presents Charlotte's Web

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Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer,” is determined to save Wilbur. She begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.

This show is suitable for all audiences.

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These are the 13 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Weekend event planner

Welcome to February, when the ice always seems to come to town. This week's storm has already wreaked havoc with early week events, and it's possible weekend events - of which there are many - will be affected as well. For now, the ones listed are still scheduled to take place, but check with the event organizer or venue before heading out to be sure.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, February 2

Final days of Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
It may be cold and icy outside, but the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo goes on through Saturday. Some outdoor events like the carnival may be canceled on Thursday and Friday due to the frigid weather, but it'll be nice and cozy inside Dickies Arena for the final three days of the rodeo. There will also be two more concerts in the Auditorium Concert series - keep reading for details.

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo's Auditorium Concert Series: John Anderson with Bryan White
The final two concerts of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo's Auditorium Concert Series will start with country singer John Anderson with special guest Bryan White. Anderson, whose most recent album was 2020's Years, celebrated the 40th anniversary of his iconic hit “Swingin'” in 2022. White, best known for No. 1 hits like "Someone Else's Star" and "Rebecca Lynn," has released five albums in his career, most recently 2009's Dustbowl Dreams.

Circle Theatre presents Lonesome Blues
Lonesome Blues is the celebration of the legendary local bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson. Born blind, but ultimately able to express his deepest emotions through music, Jefferson was discovered on a street corner in the Deep Ellum section of Dallas in 1925. He made more than 80 records over the next four years, becoming one of the most prolific and influential performers of his generation and propelling the growth of rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, rap, and hip-hop. The production runs through February 11 at Circle Theatre.

Ryan Bingham in concert
Americana/roots rock musician (and Yellowstone star) Ryan Bingham is one of those artists whose popularity is belied by his chart performance. He has released seven albums in his career, most recently 2019's American Love Song, with only a couple reaching the top 10 on the Country charts. His biggest success has been winning an Oscar for his song "The Weary Kind" from the 2009 film Crazy Heart. Winner of the Stephen Bruton Award at the 2022 Lone Star Film Festival Gala, Bingham returns to Fort Worth to play two shows at Billy Bob's Texas on Thursday and Friday. Both are sold out, so scour the resale market if you want in.

Friday, February 3

Magnolia at the Modern: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Movie lovers wanting to be completists for the upcoming Oscars will want to see Best Documentary nominee All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitrasis. It is an epic, emotional, and interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography, and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis. There will be six screenings through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

TCU Opera Series: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
While the next Fort Worth Opera production won't come until Aida in April, opera lovers can get a temporary fix by taking in this performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute from The School of Music for the TCU Opera and TCU Symphony Orchestra. The performance of the classic opera will take place in Ed Landreth Auditorium on the TCU campus.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Twist & Shout: The Music of the Beatles"
"Twist & Shout" celebrates The Beatles in America, beginning with their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, and following their journey through the U.S., including highlights from their Shea Stadium and Hollywood Bowl appearances that brought Beatlemania and the British invasion into the hearts of Americans everywhere. Conducted by Bryon Stripling, the concert will have three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.

Jubilee Theatre presents Moon Man Walk
Upon hearing about the sudden death of his mother, Spencer returns to his home in Philadelphia to plan her funeral. Along the way Spencer falls in love, discovers the truth about his absent father, and learns that his past is also the making of his present. This magical journey through space and time takes audiences literally from Philadelphia to the moon and back. The production runs through February 26 at Jubilee Theatre.

Saturday, February 4

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Family Series: "Heroes at the Symphony"
This family-friendly concert from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the most memorable musical themes of heroes and heroines, from Beethoven to Superman. Attendees will hear all their favorites from blockbusters like Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, The Incredibles, The Avengers, Star Wars, and more. The concert will be at Bass Performance Hall.

Casa Mañana presents Charlotte's Web
In Charlotte's Web, Charlotte the spider, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer,” is determined to save Wilbur the pig. She begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. The all-ages production will run through February 19 at Casa Mañana Theatre.

Kody West in concert
Country singer Kody West is one of the latest in a long line of musicians to come out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Hailing originally from Denton, he gained a loyal following with his 2017 debut album, Green, which led to him serving as the supporting act for artists like Charlie Robison, Whiskey Myers, and Koe Wetzel. He'll play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall in support of his new album, Circles.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Auditorium Concert Series: Shane Smith & The Saints
The final event of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo will be this concert by Shane Smith & The Saints from the Auditorium Concert Series at Will Rogers Memorial Center. The Austin-based band can be considered veterans, having released their first album 10 years ago. They've become a mainstay on the Texas circuit, playing at a wide variety of local venues and festivals (and recently appearing on Yellowstone). Their most recent album was 2021's Live from the Desert.

Casey Donahew in concert
Country singer Casey Donahew had a nice run of success on the national country music scene, charting four straight albums in the top 10 on the Billboard Country charts in the 2010s, including the No. 3 All Night Party. He comes back to town in support of his 2022 album, Built Different. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

Photo by TayStan Photography

Circle Theatre presents Lonesome Blues through February 11.

Photo courtesy of Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

Fort Worth ranks 10th least expensive U.S. city to raise a family, says report

Family-friendly Fort Worth

It can be costly to raise a family, especially these days, but parents living in Fort Worth can welcome some good news: the city ranks as one of the least expensive American cities to raise a family.

A recent report from Harmony Healthcare IT, a data management firm that works with health data, deemed Fort Worth the 10th most economical city in the U.S. to raise a family. Also making the top 10 are DFW neighbors Plano (No. 3), Irving (No. 4), and Garland (No. 6).

No other Texas cities made it onto the list of most or least expensive.

The cheapest city to raise a family is Gilbert, Arizona, and the most expensive is San Diego, California, according to the report.

To determine the most and least family-friendly cities, Harmony Healthcare IT evaluated the 100 most populous cities in the U.S. They compared a variety of data including the cost of living, education, childcare, crime, healthcare and housing.

No. 10-ranked Fort Worth is known for warm greetings and hospitality, inviting neighborhoods, and a vibrant and rich culture. While offering a “small-town feel,” the city offers “big-city perks,” touts the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. Residents know some of those perks include a top-ranked zoo, botanical garden, science museum, and more. Annual family-friendly events include the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival, and Mayfest.

Similarly, the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce describes Irving, the No. 4 least expensive city to raise a family, as a “great place to live, work, play and raise a family.” It boasts a wide variety of housing, from contemporary affordability to high-end luxury. The chamber also notes the city’s 190 acres of parks and greenbelts, 17 miles of canal waterways, 10 miles of riverside hiking and biking trails and four libraries.

Garland, ranked No. 6, has the 10th largest school district in Texas and remains dedicated to quality teaching and interaction for every individual student, according to the Garland Chamber of Commerce. One of Garland ISD’s most popular advantages is that parents are able to choose the campus they wish to have their child attend.

So, what helped Plano score the top ranking in Texas?

The Plano Chamber of Commerce touts Plano as “the best city to live in Texas,” thanks to an exceptional academic environment, diverse population, residential neighborhoods, and outstanding city amenities, according to the chamber website. Its diverse population “comes together to create a connected community with a distinctive friendly nature and independent spirit,” the chamber website states.

The Plano ISD plays a vital role in Plano’s economic success and lures both families and companies to the city, according to the Plano Chamber of Commerce. With enrollment of 52,629 students, PISD boasts one of the highest performances on college entrance exams in the nation.

To view Harmony Healthcare IT’s full report, click here.

Photo by Ayuma Photography

Kid-friendly Texas hotel named best for families by Good Housekeeping

Night and Day

One of Austin’s greatest strengths (at least for its legions of visitors) is its wide selection of boutique hotels, and one South Congress standout is representing the city in Good Housekeeping's new awards.

The venerated publication has selected Austin’s Colton House Hotel as one of five winning Southern destinations for its first-ever Family Travel Awards, calling it a “spacious suite retreat.”

Good Housekeeping sent more than 75 testers out, some with families, to scout great travel locales in the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, taking into account experience, amenities, sustainability, inclusion, and more, for a well-rounded snapshot. Along with write-ins, they determined that Colton House was especially good for families who would like some separation between rooms to really relax.

In addition to the multi-room suites the tester pointed out, Colton House was majorly accommodating to kids. A family dinner in — homemade in the full kitchen or kitchenette, or from the onsite food truck — can go smoothly with a “children's eating kit.” Packing is light and laundry is streamlined with a washer and dryer. Toys and games are also on-loan outside.

While all these touches are excellent news for families, the posh hotel can be very adult for other travelers. The stylish decor includes lots of Oriental rugs, leather, and tufted accents, and the pool’s private cabanas maintain some personal space on the deck. A coffee and cocktail lounge, Simona, provides a beautiful getaway for planning next moves out in the city, or relaxing without FOMO about what’s going on a few blocks away. This hotel is not a budget option, so although kids will be well cared-for, large families are probably not going to be the main clientele.

Colton House was the only Austin establishment featured in the lengthy awards, and it was one of only two hotels in the South. This isn't the only accolade for the hotel, which was named one of the hottest in the U.S. by TripAdvisor earlier this year.

The expansive list of winners from Good Housekeeping's inaugural awards, including Children’s Museum Houston, can be found here.

Photo by Scott Bruhn

These are the 11 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Weekend event planner

This weekend in and around Fort Worth will be headlined by two big-name comedians whose brands of humor come from opposite ends of the spectrum. Other choices include screenings of an Oscar-nominated film, a new local theater production, a quartet of concerts, the unofficial start of baseball season, a unique opera event, and a final look at notable art exhibition.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, January 26

Hyena's presents Marlon Wayans
A member of the vaunted Wayans family, Marlon Wayans could be considered comedy royalty. Marlon is an actor, producer, comedian, writer, and director known for movies as diverse as White Chicks and Requiem for a Dream. His first-ever comedy special, Woke-ish, premiered on Netflix in 2018, and he can also be seen in the recent Netflix movies Sextuplets and The Curse of Bridge Hollow. He'll perform four times through Saturday at Hyena's in downtown Fort Worth.

Friday, January 27

Magnolia at the Modern: Living
Williams (Bill Nighy), a veteran civil servant, is an important cog within London's bureaucracy as it struggles to rebuild post-World War II. Buried under paperwork at the office, lonely at home, his life has long felt empty and meaningless. Then a shattering medical diagnosis forces him to take stock – and to try and grasp fulfillment before it goes beyond reach. Living is the story of an ordinary man who at the eleventh hour makes a supreme effort to turn his dull life into something wonderful – into one he can say has been lived to the full. The film, for which Nighy just received a Best Actor Oscar nomination, will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Artisan Center Theater presents Freaky Friday
The musical Freaky Friday is a heartfelt and comedic update on an American classic. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter. The production runs through March 4 at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst.

Jason Boland & The Stragglers in concert
Members of the Red Dirt/Texas Country genre, Jason Boland & The Stragglers are actually a product of Oklahoma, having gotten their start when Boland and drummer Brad Rice met at Oklahoma State University. But they've proved their Texas bona fides since then, with one of their albums named Live and Lit at Billy Bob's Texas. They'll play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall in support of their 2021 album, The Light Saw Me.

Josh Ward in concert
Country singer Josh Ward has had a big presence in the Texas country music world over the past 15 years or so. Over that time, he's released five albums (including 2019's Live at Billy Bob's) and charted nine consecutive No. 1 songs in the state. He'll return to one his favorite venues, Billy Bob's Texas, for another turn at entertaining the masses.

Saturday, January 28

Texas Rangers Fan Fest
With the Cowboys - boo hoo - now out of the playoffs, the revamped Texas Rangers can take centerstage in Arlington again. The annual Fan Fest at Globe Life Field will feature autograph sessions with current Rangers players and alumni; interactive Q&A sessions with Rangers executives, players, and announcers; on-field activities like running the bases, wiffle ball home run derby, bullpen fast pitch, and inflatables; and more.

Fort Worth Opera presents An African American Requiem
An African American Requiem is a profound work by Damien Geter, the first Requiem to honor African Americans who have lost their lives due to racial violence. The music is infused with elements of jazz, gospel, and spirituals. Presented in 19 movements, the Requiem will be conducted by Geter himself, with soloists Bernard Holcomb, Karmesha Peake, Brandie Sutton, Thomas Cannon, poet and heARTivist Dr. S. Renee Mitchell, the Fort Worth Opera Chorus, prepared by Alfrelynn Roberts, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be at Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU.

Jackopierce in concert
Jackopierce - a folk rock duo made up of Jack O'Neill and Cary Pierce - is a Dallas original, releasing their first album in 1990. Since then, they've gone through the usual ups-and-downs of a rock band, including breaking up for around five years to explore solo options. But they've always gravitated back to each other, with their latest release being their 2022 EP, The Dalhattan Project Vol. 2. They'll play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall.

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Auditorium Concert Series: Larry the Cable Guy
Comedian Larry the Cable Guy comes to town as part of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Auditorium Concert Series. One of the members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, a comedy troupe that included Bill Engvall, Ron White, and Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy has become one of the top comedians in the country and is known for voicing Tow Mater in the Cars series, among other roles. He'll perform at Will Rogers Auditorium.

Pat Green in concert
After rising through Texas' dancehall scene years ago, Pat Green earned himself major label support in Nashville and became the poster child of Texas music for a whole generation of fans. Green’s explosive live shows have made him a fan favorite, and the San Antonio native and Fort Worth resident has sold over 2 million albums and been nominated for three Grammy Awards. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of his 2022 album, Miles and Miles of You.

Sunday, January 29

Kimbell Art Museum presents "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth" closing day
Sunday will be the final day to view the special exhibition "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth" at Kimbell Art Museum, which celebrates the genre paintings of one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden age: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. While Murillo is primarily known for his religious subject matter, some of his most iconic works depict secular themes. Comprising approximately 50 works, the exhibition explores themes of youth and age, comedy, romance and seduction, faith and charity, landscape, portraiture, and modern realism.

Photo by Scott Bruhn

Larry the Cable Guy will perform at Will Rogers Auditorium on January 28.

Universal

Universal Studios will open a new family-friendly theme park in North Texas

Theme Park News

Dallas-Fort Worth, get ready to meet Shrek: Universal Parks & Resorts is opening a one-of-a-kind theme park in Frisco, promised to be unlike any other in the world — a new park set in a green landscape featuring immersive themed lands that celebrates Universal's iconic characters and stories.

According to a release, the company has purchased 97 acres of land, east of the Dallas North Tollway and north of Panther Creek Parkway, which will also be home to a themed hotel.

The complex will boast a completely different look, feel, and scale from Universal's existing parks, one designed to appeal to a new audience for the brand.

It will also be a regional version, smaller than Universal's other parks in Hollywood and Orlando, designed to be more intimate and engaging for younger audiences, although surely the same quality as the larger parks.

Features will include family-friendly attractions, interactive and playful shows, character meet & greets, unique merchandise, and food & beverage venues.

The release says that Universal Parks & Resorts selected Frisco for its growing population and ability to attract businesses.

"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the city of Frisco and Mayor Jeff Cheney as we work to bring this innovative new concept to life, designed specifically for a younger generation of Universal fans," says Page Thompson, president of New Ventures at Universal Parks & Resorts.

"We think North Texas is the perfect place to launch this unique park for families given its growing popularity within this part of the country," she says.

The new park is part of a bigger expansion for Universal Parks and Resorts, which is also opening a third theme park at Universal Orlando Resort, as well as a smaller horror-themed park in Las Vegas.

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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.

Hill Country town puts a Texas twist on Carnival season for 18th annual Cowboy Mardi Gras

Cowboy Mardi Gras

New Orleans may be top of mind for Mardi Gras, but Texas has its fair share of Fat Tuesday festivities. While Galveston's may be the state's oldest celebration, San Antonio wins points for actual floats (courtesy of the River Walk), and Dallas-Fort Worth offers up King Cake alternatives aplenty, one little Hill Country town has put its own spin on the annual event for almost 20 years.

Known as the "Cowboy Capital of the World," Bandera hosts a three-day Cowboy Mardi Gras that attracts over 15,000 people from all over the world to the town of 839 residents. Featuring traditional Cajun bands, country music, a Cowboy Mardi Gras parade, costume contests, gumbo cook-off, and more, the 2023 iteration takes place from February 9 to 11.

Bandera is located a little over two hours from Austin, a pleasant 300-mile road trip for North Texans looking for a colorful start to Carnival season. This year's event honors James and Stella McGroarty, former owners of Bandera's 11th Cowboy Bar, who will act as the 2023 Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade Grand Marshals.

With a 20,000-square-foot bar and 70-foot stage, the bar is one of the largest music venues in the Texas Hill Country, housed in a historic wood-framed building with a porch out front and expansive outdoor venue area out back. James McGroarty acquired the bar in 2006, transforming it into the destination it is today and elevating the town's annual Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade to the party it is today.

In July 2022, D. Foster, Melinie Ivey, and Richard and Sasha Sutton purchased the bar from McGroarty, planning to carry on McGroarty's legacy.

"We are so honored to take on the tradition of the 18th Annual Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade," says Richard Sutton in a release. "Bandera is a remarkable town that knows how to throw one hell of a party and we're looking to carry on that tradition."

“James McGroarty has said that 11th Street Cowboy Bar is all about providing the best Country Western music experience in Texas and sharing drinks with good friends," adds D. Foster. "He wanted to make all things in Bandera bigger than life. This is why we bought the bar and we want to carry on James McGroarty's legacy."

This year's lineup of live music will feature a variety of artists including Deanna Carter, Gary P. Nunn, Dale Watson, Jake Worthington, and many more. Find a full lineup of music and daily activities at cowboymardigrasbandera.com, as well as ticketing information. Tickets for the festivities start at $75 in advance or $85 at the door.

Photo by Tessa Kolodny
The three day celebration brings over 15 thousand people from all over the world to Bandera.

9 heartwarming art openings in Dallas-Fort Worth this February

MUST-SEE ART

As our thoughts turn to love and Valentines Day, Texas artists get to show some real heart this February. Several exciting group exhibitions bring to life themes both familiar and novel. Meet the artists or simply view their work to warm your spirit as we wait for the arrival of spring. Here are nine must-see exhibitions to visit in February, in order of opening date.

28th Annual "El Corazón"
Bath House Cultural Center, through March 4
This longstanding tradition brings the work of local and regional visual artists to the Bath House Cultural Center each year in collaboration with Jose Vargas, who has been curating the exhibit for decades. Each work showcases an artist's individual interpretation of the human heart, and the show as a whole encompasses an eclectic collection of ideas, styles, and concepts.

"Out of the Fire"
Love Texas Art, through March 19
This group exhibition in the art lounge, gallery, and shop in Sundance Square brings the work of 17 ceramics artists into view. Each woman whose work is on display is based in Texas. With both traditional and modern references, works range from conceptual to utilitarian, demonstrating the varying perspectives of women's roles in life and art.

Grand Opening Event, "Roll up to The Rollup"
The Rollup, February 9 and February 11
The Rollup is a Texas-based artist incubator and art event producer, and its first show and sale is coming to Deep Ellum on Saturday, February 11. The exhibition will present painted skate board decks created by DFW artists. A pre-event VIP party will be held on Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm. Proceeds from both events will benefit 4DWN, a volunteer-fueled and skateboarding-centered Dallas area charitable organization.

"MVMTLS: Movement of Lone Stars"
South Dallas Cultural Center, February 10-March 24
South Dallas became a supporting character in this multimedia exploration of Black collective memory. Filmmaker Adriane McCray assembled a collection of interviews with South Dallas residents conducted during the pandemic lockdown of 2020. Each subject addresses childhood memories, with the assembled product a collage of home videos, aged photographs, collected archival footage, and present-day photography. The opening reception for the exhibit is Friday, February 10 at 6 pm.

"I'll Be Your Mirror: Art and the Digital Screen"
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, February 12-April 30
One of the most anticipated exhibits of the season, "I'll Be Your Mirror" surveys the impact of the digital screen on art from 1969 to present day. The works of more than 50 artists explore themes of liminal space, connectivity, surveillance, the repository, digital abstraction, the posthuman body, automation and the loneliness epidemic, ecology, and turning a mirror on ourselves. Curator Alison Hearst brings together a show that's described as one of very few "presentations exploring art and digital technology in the past decade at this scale."

"Joaquin Soto: Mestizo"
Gallery 2960 at The Epic Grand Prairie, February 13-24
Joaquin Soto explores his deep connection to native and European traits, and how they have blended to be part of his Mexican background, in this exhibit of sculptural and wall-mounted art. The display will run through March 3 with an artist's reception on Thursday, February 16 at 5 pm.

JD Miller’s annual Valentine’s Day LIVE painting
Samuel Lynne Galleries, February 14
A favorite Valentine's Day event returns to Samuel Lynn Galleries, with Dallas artist J. D. Miller painting live in the gallery. Miller, the founder of Reflectionism, will bring together color texture and shape to create his perspective of a floral arrangement provided by McShan Florists while incorporating the energy of those assembled in the gallery. The gallery will raffle off a signed copy of JD Miller’s new artist book, JD Miller: Reflections from Dragon Street, and Miller will sign copies after the live painting. The event takes place from 6-9 pm, Tuesday, February 14 with Miller's live painting to begin at 6:45 pm.

Photo courtesy of Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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"Deep in the Art of Texas"
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, February 18-March 25
Photographs from 29 diverse Texas artists make this show revelatory and undoubtedly eclectic. The photographs were taken as early as the 1940s to present day, and include landscape, documentary, portraiture, and abstract concepts. The opening reception for the exhibit is Saturday, February 18 at 5 pm.

"In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Creating the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art”
Meadows Museum, February 26-June 18
In 1966, artist and collector Fernando Zóbel opened The Museum of Spanish Abstract Art as the first museum in Spain exclusively for abstract art. Highlights from the museum's collection are making their way to the United States, many for the first time. Works in the collection represent a broad spectrum of abstract works created during Franco's dictatorship, 1930 to 1975.