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Brunch has become a big trend, but it has always been a thing on Easter Sunday, when it's a tradition to hit up a brunch as a reward for attending Mass. It's such a thing that some restaurants in Fort Worth that are usually closed on Sundays open for special hours on this one holy day.

Here's than where to get brunch (and dinner) on Easter Sunday in Fort Worth:

Blue Mesa Grill. Brunch award-winner will add extra items for Easter including ginger chipotle glazed ham, on top of signatures like street tacos, omelets, Belgian waffles, churros, biscuits & gravy, blue corn cheese enchiladas, potato chile tarts, Chimayo corn, Adobe Pie, and dessert bar with chocolate-dipped strawberries, banana pudding, fruit cobbler, raspberry-cajeta bread pudding, cookies, and bars. $35, includes Mimosas, or $10 for 11 and under. 8 am-4 pm. 817-332-6372.

Bonnell's. Chef Jon Bonnell has a dozen to-go options for Easter, including rack of lamb, beef tenderloin, prime rib, turkey breast, and sides for 4 or 8 people, plus cake, cheesecake, and pies. $35 to $300. Order online by March 31 at 12 noon for pickup on April 8 from 11 am-6 pm. 817-738-5489.

Capital Grille. Opening early with full dinner menu, as well as four special brunch features: lobster frittata with asparagus, NY strip steak & eggs, filet mignon with white cheddar hash browns, and smoked salmon and caviar. 10 am-2 pm. 817-348-9200.

Eddie V's. 3-course brunch includes cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting, choice of salad, lobster bisque, smoked salmon, steak & eggs with red-eye gravy, lobster quiche Florentine with Fuji apple salad, avocado and crab on brioche toast, seasonal berries, or bananas Foster cake. Kids menu includes fruit, scrambled eggs, chicken fingers, Mac & cheese, sorbet, or ice cream. Full menu also available. $52, or $16 for 12 and under. 10 am-2 pm. 817-336-8000.

Fort Brewery and Pizza. Regular brunch menu with signatures like their "Panther Bones" extra-large extra-garlicky breadsticks, avocado toast, biscuits & gravy, the hangover burger, pizzas, cinnamon roll, waffle on a stick, do we need to go on. 10 am-10 pm. 817-923-8000.

Fuzzy's Taco Shop. Easter to-go for parties of 10 or more with Build Your Own Taco bar ($120), Fajita bar ($140), and Nacho bar ($100). Order online by April 7.

Hotel Vin Autograph Collection. Brunch in the Bordeaux and Tuscany ballrooms with chef Juan Pablo Silva's bountiful menu includes flambee crepe and Belgian waffle station, seafood station, raw bar, prime rib carving station, omelet station, and kids buffet. Reservations include entry into an Easter egg hunt plus Easter bunny photo op. 11 am-3 pm. $90, or $45 for 12 and under. 817-796-9696.

Malai Kitchen. Brunch includes banh mi French toast, Thai eggs benedict, fried rice “over easy”, spicy bloody Marys, and mimosas. Price varies. 11 am-3 pm. Southlake 682-707-3959.

97 West. Holiday brunch at Hotel Drover eatery will feature breakfast pastries, followed by choices from beignets, deviled eggs, spinach & blueberry salad, smoked salmon & cucumber tea sandwiches, white bean soup, shrimp cocktail, lobster omelet, steak & eggs, fried chicken & biscuit, crab benedict, salmon, pork belly brunch burger and desserts for the table, which include petit four and mini cheesecake. $59. Special menu for 12 and under includes chocolate chip pancakes, chicken bites, and cheeseburger, $25. 8 am-2 pm. 682-255-6497.

Omni Fort Worth. Brunch includes charcuterie, deviled eggs, ceviche, cheese & herb soft scrambled eggs, Belgian waffles, spice-rubbed chicken, bourbon-honey smoked brisket, honey-baked ham, cakes, tarts, cookies, cupcakes, rocky road bread pudding, dark chocolate pot de creme, green matcha tiramisu, profiteroles, and an Easter Boulangerie with poblano corn loaf, beer bread, Parmesan lavash, hot cross buns, lemon meringue muffins, bagels, pumpernickel, focaccia, and cinnamon-raisin toast. Plus egg hunt and Easter bunny. $76 or $40 for 12 and under. 11 am-3 pm. Seatings every 45 minutes. 817-535-6664.

Perry's Steakhouse. Holiday specials include choice og glazed ham ($49) or prime rib ($69) accompanied by whipped potatoes and green beans almondine, with choice of starter from salad or carrot-ginger soup. Regular menu is also available. 11 am-9 pm. 214-855-5151.

Pinstripes. Brunch buffet includes waffle station, carving station, sweets table, bottomless mimosas, and Aperol spritzes. The Easter Bunny will hand out treats and take pictures with the kids. $32, or $15 for 12 and under. 10 am-3 pm. Reserve online or call 682-352-0905.

Reata. Brunch with pecan biscuits & elk sausage gravy, fried quail & waffles, hues rancheros, stuffed French toast, chicken chilaquiles, shrimp & grits, crab eggs Benedict, and scrambled eggs with ham or chicken-fried steak. $13-$17.11 am-2 pm. 817-336-1009.

Silver Fox. Full menu plus an Easter special: Roasted Beef Tenderloin Benedict, with poached egg, hollandaise, asparagus, and fingerling potatoes, for $60. Drink specials include a Bloody Mary with Tito’s Handmade Vodka for $18, and a Mimosa for $12. 11 am-4 pm. 817-332-9060.

61 Osteria. Brunch includes scrambled egg bruschetta, granola, semolina Dutch baby, and mozzarella in carrozza. Prices a la carte. 10 am-2 pm. 817-953-3271.

SusieCakes. SusieChick luscious lemon cake, Easter cupcakes (with carrots, bunnies, and Happy Easter decorations), Peeps sugar cookies, cookie decorating kits, and cakes with bunny and cross decorations. 817-813-2253.

Taste Project. Special pay-what-you-can brunch prepared by chef Jeff and team of volunteers. 9 am-2 pm. Reservations required, online only. 817-759-9045.

Toro Toro. Signature brunch at Worthington Renaissance Hotel with unlimited shrimp cocktail, grilled corn, arepas, steak & eggs, Belgian waffle, plus bloody Mary bar and a la carte options. $49. 11 am-3 pm. 817-975-9895.

Truluck's. Easter special favorites including miso-glazed sea bass with crab fried rice, tuna, King crab, lobster tail, and a spring fling cocktail with vodka, ramazotti rosato, and cava. 11 am-8 pm. Southlake, 817-912-0500.

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

Weekend Event Planner

This weekend across Fort Worth features a nice mixture of big and small events. On the larger side are a golf showcase, a dance production, shopping for funky items, and a St. Patrick's Day celebration. More intimate will be a local theater production, a trio of concerts, an opera competition, shows by a traveling comedian, and a symphony concert.

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.

Friday, March 17

11th Annual DFW Golf Show
The DFW Golf Show is a three-day event that will feature dozens of vendors, interactive games, golf fittings, and entertainment for the whole family. Visitors will be able to see World Long Drive Champion and former UNT golfer Kyle Berkshire, US Women’s Open champion and Dallas-Fort Worth local Brittany Lang, golf comedy group Country Club Adjacent, and more. The event takes place through Sunday at Esports Stadium Arlington.

Jubilee Theatre presents Bread N’ Gravy: The Songs and Life of Ethel Waters
Bread N’ Gravy: The Songs and Life of Ethel Waters is a staged reading performed in collaboration with Jubilee Theatre and The Modern Museum of Fort Worth. The play, written by Frank Cullen and Donald McNeilly, tells the story of American singer Ethel Waters and her many contributions to jazz and blues genres. Along the way, audiences will learn more about Waters’ life through song and performance theater. There will be four performances through Sunday at the Modern.

Ben Rector in concert
Singer-songwriter Ben Rector has been releasing music since 2007, and had a nice run in the mid-2010s with a trio of albums charting high on the Billboard 200 and Folk charts. The pandemic might have slowed his progress a bit, as 2022's The Joy of Music is his first album of new songs in four years. He'll play at Will Rogers Auditorium as part of his Old Friends Acoustic Tour, joined by Stephen Day and Jordy Searcy.

Texas Ballet Theater presents "Modern Masterpieces"
Texas Ballet Theater presents "Modern Masterpieces," featuring three different pieces. In Bartok, playful motifs and intriguing backdrops set the stage for a ravishing neoclassical ballet. In Image, the arc of Marilyn Monroe’s tragic life, from Hollywood ingénue to iconic starlet, is captured in this one-woman performance. Imbue is modern and minimalistic, a dramatic piece that celebrates human growth and transformation. There will be four performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.

Cody Canada & The Departed in concert
The music of Cody Canada & The Departed blurs the lines between hard-edged country, rock & roll, and all the gritty sounds in between. The band has released four albums in their career, most recently 2022's Soul Gravy 2022. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

Saturday, March 18

The 15th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling
The 15th Annual Funky Finds Spring Fling features the sweetest batch of handmade and vintage items, showcasing the funkiest finds in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The event also will include a charitable raffle and other fundraising, which will benefit child advocates CASA of Tarrant County and Saving Hope Animal Rescue. The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Fort Worth Stockyards presents Cowtown Goes Green
Fort Worth's largest and most family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration will feature an entire day of Irish-Western fun in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The event includes festive food & drink, live music, armadillo races, lawn games, pony rides, Old West gunfight shows, cloggers & dance troops, cattle drives, a special matinee Stockyards Championship Rodeo at 1:30 pm, and an Irish-Western parade at 4 pm.

Fort Worth Opera presents The McCammon Voice Competition
After a five-year hiatus, the Fort Worth Opera will present the return of The McCammon Voice Competition. Over 500 hopeful singers have applied to the competition, which seeks to foster the talent of young opera singers. Ten gifted finalists will perform for judges and the audience at W. E. Scott Theatre at Arts Fort Worth.

John Crist: The Emotional Support Tour
John Crist is a fast-rising stand-up comedian who's widely known for viral videos like Honest Football Coach, Every Parent at Disney, Brands that need to be Cancelled, and more, although Crist would still tell you that his live show is better than any of his videos. He'll perform twice on Saturday at Will Rogers Auditorium.

Mark Chesnutt in concert with Casey Chesnutt
It will be a family affair at Billy Bob's Texas on Saturday as longtime country star Mark Chesnutt headlines, with his son Casey serving as the opening act. Mark was among the wave of male country vocalists who rose to fame in the early 1990s, scoring eight No. 1 hits in as many years, including "Brother Jukebox," "I'll Think of Something," and "It's a Little Too Late." Casey is just getting started, having released two EPs, most recently 2021's Down Mexico Way.

Sunday, March 19

Texas Ballet Theater presents Modern Masterpieces
Photo by Amitava Sarkar

Texas Ballet Theater presents "Modern Masterpieces" at Bass Performance Hall, March 17-19.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "From Despair to Hope: Messiaen and Mozart"
Messiaen wrote the first sketches Quatuor pour la fin du temps ("Quartet for the End of Time") as a prisoner in Germany during World War II for himself and fellow musician prisoners, who premiered the work at the camp. Pianist Robert Spano and musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will bring to life the anguished voices of the birds of Messiaen's best-known work as well as Brahms' transformative Trio in E-flat Major for Piano, Violin and Horn. The concert will be at Kimbell Art Museum.

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These are the 9 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This week in gluttony

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and that means everyone is feeling Irish, as evidenced by the onslaught of St. Patrick’s Day-themed festivities happening this weekend. Don’t forget to wear green, or prepare to be pinched. Save room for lots of mac and cheese by week’s end. By the way, we're just a few weeks away from this year's Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, and tickets are going fast; find out more here.

Friday, March 17

44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill
It’s the biggest tradition in downtown Arlington. Visit all day starting at 11 am for lunch and 4 pm for the outdoor party. A half dozen bands, green beer, and Irish nachos – natural cut cottage fries with melted cheddar, bacon, chives, onions, tomatoes and jalapenos – will combine for a good time.

St. Patrick’s Day at Angelo’s Bar-B-Que
While Texas barbecue is not exactly Irish, there’s a St. Patrick’s Day tie to this Fort Worth barbecue institution. Angelo’s opened on March 17, 1958, and every year on its anniversary, the beloved barbecue joint hosts Irish bagpipers to play for guests while they dine. Visit during dinner and enjoy the music along with a green beer paired with brisket or ribs.

St. Pawtrick’s Day Party Mutt’s Canine Cantina
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns will leave a trail of golden stickers on the bottom of select Barkaritas at this dog park and bar. Find one and pick from the pot of gold to win prizes like food, drinks, merchandise, and more. The agave tequila-based Barkaritas, made with fresh lemon and lime juice, will be made green for the occasion. The giveaways will take place all weekend long, Friday through Sunday.

Greek Wine Tasting at Wine Thief
The intimate wine bar inside the Omni Fort Worth Hotel will host a Greek wine tasting with small bites to match. A guest speaker will guide participants through each varietal. The tasting is $45, plus tax and gratuity, and will run from 5-7 pm.

After Hours in the Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Enjoy the beauty of the Botanic Garden after dark. There’ll be live music by singer and songwriter Joseph Neville, light bites, wine, and beer. Tickets are $18 for members or $25 for non-members. Bringing a blanket for sitting is encouraged. The event will run from 6:30 – -8:30 pm.

EIEIO Wine Dinner at Waters
The downtown high-end seafood destination will welcome winemaker and owner of EIEO & Company, Jay McDonald, for a five-course wine pairing dinner. Menu highlights include roasted Texas quail, cherrywood coal salmon, and coffee-ancho chile rubbed beef tenderloin. There’ll also be pinot noirs a ‘plenty. Dinner is $190 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and will begin at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, March 18

Spirits & Coffee Tastings at John Wayne: An American Experience
Coinciding the Fort Worth Stockyards Cowtown Goes Green Parade, the John Wayne museum will host a complimentary tasting. Stop by the John Wayne Stock & Supply store from 2-4 pm to sample the lineup of Duke Spirits, including bourbon, rye, and tequila, as well as The Quiet Man Irish Coffee made with John Wayne Gold Handle Coffee. Playing in the background will be Wayne’s movie The Quiet Man, which filmed in Ireland. John Wayne’s youngest daughter, Marisa Wayne, and eldest grandchild, Anita LaCava Swift, will also be on-site for a book signing of John Wayne: The Official Cocktail Book and DUKE: The Official John Wayne Movie Book.

St. Paddy’s Irish Whiskey Tasting at Hooligan’s Pub
After the mayhem of St. Patrick’s Day settles down, partake in a traditional Irish meal paired with Irish whiskeys at Hooligan’s Pub in Arlington. The tasting will include pours of Tullamore Dew, Busker, Proper Twelve, and Teeling whiskeys paired with a corned beef sandwich, sauerkraut, and pickles. Then wash it all down with a pour of Guinness at the end. The tasting is $49 and will be available from 5-8 pm.

Sunday, March 19

Mac Attack
It’s the only macaroni and cheese competition in Fort Worth, and it’s happening this Sunday at Tokyo Café. Founded by Tokyo Café chef Kevin Martinez, the culinary competition features 17 chefs and restaurants who’ll vie for making the best mac. Competitors include Fred’s Texas Café, Luckybee Kitchen, Mariachi’s Dine-In, Dayne’s Craft Barbecue, The Bearded Lady, Funky Picnic Brewery & Café, and more. Guests will do the voting, and the top three winners get a homemade trophy and ticket proceeds toward their charity of choice. Tickets are $35 and include two beers. Or pay $25 for no beer. Kids can get in for $10. The competition will run from 1-3 pm. A VIP ticket of $45 grants early entry at 12 noon.

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Roll into Beaumont, the Cajun Capital of Texas, for murals, Mardi Gras, and more

Hit the Road

Turns out, you don't have to go all the way to the Big Easy to satisfy your Cajun cravings.

On the border of Louisiana, just 90 minutes from Houston and right around four hours from San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas-Fort Worth, Beaumont boasts a unique Cajun-meets-Lone Star State attitude all year round — not just during Mardi Gras, which of course it does up big.

Outside of confetti and King Cake, there are many more ways that Beaumont keeps the good times keep rolling.

As one of America's original boomtowns, the place is teaming with history. You can strike it rich at Spindletop, a recreated boomtown with a gusher reenactment and an outdoor museum that’s dedicated to the discovery of oil.

The town’s flourishing mural and art scene kicks into high gear on March 2-5 with the annual Mural Festival, featuring artists from across the United States and around the world painting the town red — and every other color imaginable — during live-painting events and more.

Another Instagrammable moment to capture while you’re there is the world's largest working fire hydrant, donated by Disney, at The Fire Museum of Texas, where you’ll also find antique engines, uniforms, and firefighting equipment.

Beaumont is also a nature-lover’s dream, with bayous, birding, and the Big Thicket, America’s first national preserve with nine unique ecosystems and more than 100,000 acres to hike, bike, and paddle.

Cattail Marsh is another way to get outdoorsy, with 900 acres of scenic wetlands and a long boardwalk where you can spot more than 280 species of birds during peak migration.

Disc golf and the botanical gardens are right in the vicinity too, or enjoy Saturday morning yoga with a view at one of the classes offered there. Namaste.

To learn more about all that Beaumont has to offer, head over to visitbeaumonttexas.com.

McFaddin-Ward House postcard in Beaumont

Photo by Lauren Monitz

Soak up the Big Easy vibes in the Cajun Capital of Texas.

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Try your luck at these Dallas-Fort Worth fitness happenings in March

March Movement

Much like the flowers and trees, this gorgeous spring weather has us perking up and ready to stretch. Put all that new-found energy to good use with a new type of workout, classes meant to build camaraderie, or a storied Dallas tradition.

Here's what's on the fitness calendar this month:

Rumble Boxing Frisco, now open
The boutique fitness concept that was founded in New York City and counts Justin Bieber, David Beckham, and Kendall Jenner among its fans has opened a new studio at 4331 Main St. in Frisco. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed, water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Right now classes are buy one, get one for first-timers.

Crescent Fit, now open
Managed by The Spa at The Crescent and available exclusively to the employees and tenants of The Crescent building at 500 Crescent Ct., this new two-story fitness center features state-of-the-art strength training equipment, including Peloton Bikes and REFLEX treadmills by Freemotion, as well as free weights for individual training or group classes.

ATTPAC Wellness Series: Zumba, Tuesdays, March 7-28
Join a true outdoor dance cardio party in Sammons Park with popular Dallas instructor and Social Joy founder Martha Palacios. This class is perfect for anybody and everybody, whether you’ve ever danced or not. The secret sauce is highly motivating music and easy-to-follow choreography. All fitness levels are welcome. You only need water, a towel and positive vibes — it's free with an RSVP.

International Women's Day at Movement, March 8
Join this climbing gym — with locations in The Hill and the Design District — for women-led yoga and fitness classes, plus pop-ups by women-owned businesses. Stop by The Hill at 7 pm for a special edition Women's Climb Night.

St. Paddy's Day Dash Down Greenville 5K, March 11
This green-drenched race has kicked off the St. Paddy's Day Parade festivities for nearly three decades, and this year is introducing a brand-new course. Participants will have a chance to walk, jog, run, and dance on the parade route for the first time ever, and will be competing for the largest cash prize ever offered by the run (up to $750). Off the race course, all participants can get into the competitive spirit with the annual St. Paddy's Day Spirit Tutu Contest and a donut eating contest.

Time to Paddy 5K/10K and Lucky 13.1, March 12
Head to Marine Creek Lake in Forth Worth for a family-friendly race with a St. Patrick's Day theme. All registered participants receive a shirt guaranteed to ward off pinches come March 17.

Arlington Marathon, March 26
This annual marathon, half-marathon, and 5K welcomes competitive runners, mid-pack runners, joggers, and walkers, beginning at the UTA Mavericks Stadium.


These are the 10 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This week in gluttony

It’s a week full of celebration: Fat Tuesday, National Margarita Day, a big barbecue anniversary, and an early taste of spring. Don’t miss a potential President’s Day freebie to start the week. Looking for Mardi Gras king cake-inspired treats? Find a handy list here.

Monday, February 20

Presidents Day at World of Beer Bar & Kitchen
If you share the same last name of any U.S. President, then prepare for a little presidential treatment: a free build-your-own burger at World of Beer. Just present a valid I.D. to prove your credentials. The special is valid only on Presidents Day 2023 and note that certain toppings may add an additional cost.

Tuesday, February 21

Mardi Gras at Fish City Grill
Let the good times roll at this festive seafood chain, which will host live music for Mardi Gras at all of its DFW locations. In Tarrant County, that includes Southlake and Mansfield, and there’s a Burleson location, as well. Crawfish will be on the menu for $9.99 per pound, and other New Orleans specialties will include the classic hurricane, gumbo, and plenty of beads to go ‘round.

David’s Barbecue 113th Anniversary Celebration
The Pantego barbecue joint will celebrate 113years in the business with a big throwback special: $1.13 (a penny for each year) for smoked turkey, smoked ham, brisket, and sausage sandwiches. The deal will start at 11 am and run until 8 pm or until the meat runs out. The family-owned-and-operated restaurant has roots dating back to 1910. That’s when Elias Bryan, the great-grandfather of current pitmaster and fourth-generation proprietor, Jimmy Harris, opened the family’s first barbecue restaurant in Oak Cliff.

Fat Tuesday at Tulane’s
Fat Tuesday celebrations that actually land on Fat Tuesday are few and far between in Fort Worth, but this New Orleans-inspired bar in The Foundry District never misses a Mardi Gras. Open at 3 pm, Tulane’s will feature vendors, tarot readings, drink specials, live music, and food trucks, including The Beignet Bus. Tulane’s is also known for its large and deliciously floppy pizza slices, and the kitchen is open late.

Fat Tuesday Crawfish Boil at J. Gillian’s
An Arlington establishment iconic for its St. Patrick’s Day celebration every year is testing the waters with an inaugural Mardi Gras party. J. Gillian’s will host a cornhole tournament that coincides with Fat Tuesday. Go for free crawfish, live music, drink specials, and giveaways. The party is sponsored by Shiner Bock and begins at 5 pm.

The Ultimate Taco Challenge at El Chingon
Fat Tuesday is traditionally a time for indulgence, and this taco-eating contest fits right in with tradition. Gather your team of four and compete to devour 42 tacos in four minutes and 20 seconds at the West 7th district bar and restaurant. The team that finishes fastest wins a bottle of Don Julio 1942 and an El Chingon gift card. Note that the tequila must be redeemed for bottle service the night of the event. Teams can register in advance online. Check in from 7-7:30 pm and the contest will start at 8 pm.

Wednesday, February 22

National Margarita Day at Texas Live
Here’s a National Margarita Day bar crawl worth taking the day off. Visit the Arlington entertainment complex for $5 margarita specials all day long. Plan ahead for the following stops with these specialty drinks: jalapeno margarita at the Texas Live arena, frozen strawberry and classic rocks at Rangers Republic, pomegranate margarita at Troy’s, and watermelon margarita at Lockhart Smokehouse. The $5 specials will start at 11 am.

Wine Dinner and Communal Gathering at FnG Eats
The Keller dining destination will host one of its popular communal wine dinners featuring multiple comfort food courses. This one offers smoked tomato and prosciutto salad, smoked brisket mac and cheese, beef tournedos and garlic greens and potato torts, and apple cinnamon empanadas with miso caramel sauce and fresh cream. All courses will be paired with wines. The dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 7 pm.

Thursday, February 23

Meet the Maker at Toro Toro
The flashy Latin steakhouse located on the ground floor of the Worthington Renaissance hotel downtown hosts a complimentary spirits tasting on the last Thursday of each month. On the heels of National Margarita Day, Toro Toro will feature 21 Seeds Tequila. Visit from 5-7 pm for samples and take advantage of happy hour pricing in the restaurant bar.

Friday, February 24

Spring Fling Wreath & Wine Party at Messina Hof Grapevine Winery
Get ready for a cheery spring season with this wreath-making class paired with wine and charcuterie. Participants can choose from several different themed wreath kits and will be led by an instructor on weaving together a beautiful finished product. The $95 price includes five wine tastings and a charcuterie board. Class will run from 6-8 pm.

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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.

Carter Museum in Fort Worth showcases rare Western photos by celeb shooter

Photography News

Photographer Richard Avedon is best known for his work in fashion and portraits, but the Amon Carter Museum of American Art is showcasing another glorious side.

Called"Avedon's West," it's an installation of select works Avedon shot from 1979-1985 for an exhibit that was commissioned by The Carter in 1979. That exhibit, called "In the American West," was a landmark body of work of 124 photographs.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Avedon's birth, the Carter will showcase 13 of those 124 photographs, several on view for the first time since their 1985 premiere.

The museum-wide installation is on view at the Carter now through October 1.

"We are excited to take part in the national celebration of Richard Avedon’s 100th birthday and to have the opportunity to highlight this influential project, which our museum commissioned nearly 45 years ago,” says Carter Executive Director Andrew J. Walker in a statement.

"Today, Avedon’s 'In the American West' is regarded as a turning point in the photographic canon, challenging conceptions of portraiture and late twentieth-century American life," Walker says. "We are proud to be a part of the history of this monumental project, which is rooted in the Carter’s long-held commitment to working with living artists to tell a broader story of American art."

In 1979, the Carter commissioned Avedon to create a portrait of the region. He spent the next six summers, from 1979 to 1984, traveling to 189 towns in 13 states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming — and into Canada.

He conducted 752 sittings of everyday and often marginalized people - oilfield and slaughterhouse workers, coal miners, students, and service workers - in the same iconic style he used in portraits of celebrities and politicians: against a seamless white backdrop, designed to remove visual markers of place and focus on the individuality of each person.

Each photograph is titled with subject name, location, date, and an occupation. The 1985 exhibition was regarded as a landmark work of portraiture and a definitive expression of the power of photographic art.

Highlights of the works on view in Avedon’s West include the following subjects and commentaries:

Ruby Mercer, publicist, Frontier Days, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 7/31/82 (1982) — This portrait is on view in the Modern America gallery, which highlights the explosive growth of technological advances and urban development in the twentieth century, and artists’ responses to these dramatic transformations. Avedon’s portrait of Mercer not only highlights the role of working women in the West, which is often overlooked in antiquated narratives of the region, but her profession as a publicist emphasizes the business of selling the West as a commodity.

Carol Crittendon, bartender, Butte, Montana, 7/1/81 (1981) — While most western art features male figures such as Euro-American cowboys, "In the American West" expands the narrative incorporating women more fully into the story of the West. Two photographs of Montanan women, including this portrait, are on view in the Legacy Gallery alongside iconic works by Charles Russell, who lived in Montana for over 40 years, broadening the gallery’s presentation of the American West to include other genders and professions.

Blue Cloud Wright, slaughterhouse worker, Omaha, Nebraska, 8/10/79 (1979), Avedon’s portrait of Wright is on view in the America as Landscape gallery, a space dedicated to depictions by nineteenth-century artists of the landscapes of what is now the United States. This positioning allows viewers to confront the reality of the slaughterhouse industry in a gallery that probes the relationships between humans, animals, and land in American national identity.

Rusty McCrickard, janitor, Tracey Featherston, motel maid, Dixon, California, 5/10/81 (1981) — As a photographer who spent his career photographing the powerful and famous, Avedon’s decision to turn his attention toward picturing everyday people in the same monumental style declares their importance and poses questions about class and equality that reverberate today. This portrait, on view in the Opulence and the Everyday gallery, focuses on the artwork that blossomed out of the affluence of the late nineteenth century. The insertion of Avedon’s subjects within the surrounding representations of wealthy socialites further reinforces the artist’s mission to democratize portraiture.

Country music bad boy Morgan Wallen headlines ACM Awards benefit show in Dallas-Fort Worth

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Dallas-Fort Worth will be the center of the country music universe on May 11, when the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards are broadcast from The Star in Frisco. As with any worldwide, Super Bowl-level event, there'll be many happenings leading up to it. First up: a benefit concert headlined by Morgan Wallen.

The country music bad boy (and current superstar and reigning ACM Album of the Year winner) takes top billing on "ACM Lifting Lives LIVE: Morgan Wallen & Friends," a fundraiser for Lifting Lives, the philanthropic partner of the Academy of Country Music. The "friends" taking the stage with him include reigning ACM Songwriter of the Year HARDY, reigning ACM New Female Artist and Song of the Year winner Lainey Wilson, ERNEST, Bailey Zimmerman, and DJ 13lackbeard.

The show will be held at 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 10 on the golfing green at Topgolf in The Colony. It will follow the Topgolf Tee-Off and Rock On Fundraiser, presented by VGT by Aristocrat Gaming, taking place earlier that day; the concert is ticketed separately from the golf tournament.

Just what does Lifting Lives do? According to a release, "in addition to distributing more than $4 million to date through its Covid Relief Fund, ACM Lifting Lives provides critical support through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, significant annual commitments to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Music Health Alliance, and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and individual grants to organizations that reach communities all across America."

Now in its fourth year (and first in Texas), the golf tournament brings together artists, industry members, and fans for a golf skills competition and an extended day of live entertainment.

"ACM Lifting Lives does great work providing aid in times of need to folks inside and outside of the music industry,” Wallen says in the release. “My band and I are excited to help them raise funds to continue doing this amazing work.”

Now, for the ticket details, per the release:

  • General Admission tickets to the concert became available to ACM Members, ACM A-List subscribers, 58th ACM Awards ticket holders, and Topgolf Friends and Family through an exclusive presale that started at 12 pm Thursday, March 23.
  • Remaining tickets will be available for a general public onsale beginning Friday, March 24 at 10 am through AXS.
  • Tickets to the benefit concert only are $350 plus service fees.
  • Those who have purchased bays for golf will be able to remain in their bay for the concert, with the bay serving as a suite to watch the show. A limited amount of VIP fan golf bays for the Topgolf Tee-Off and Rock On are available for purchase; email rockon@acmcountry.com.