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Hip hip, hooray! Eight months after the death of Britain’s beloved Queen Elizabeth II, it’s finally time for the coronation of King Charles III and soon-to-be Queen Camilla, on Saturday May 6 at London's Westminster Abbey. Dallas-Fort Worth is ready to party with the rest of the world tuning in to watch all the pomp and pageantry that makes Britain great.

It’s all happening a wee bit early for DFW royal-watchers. The coronation service will start at 5 am CDT time (11 am in London), with a horse-and-carriage procession starting around 4 am. The two-hour service will be followed by more carriage processions and a royal family appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Set your alarm, fluff your fascinator, and use this guide to the local coronation-watching parties, royal-themed events, specials, and more. (It will be updated as more are announced.) Prefer to watch in your jammies at home? Check out the viewer’s guide below.

British Emporium
Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier destination for all things British will host a Coronation Watching Party in the parking lot, 140 N. Main St., Grapevine. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs and to dress as if attending at Westminster Abbey; fascinators are encouraged.

Viewing of the procession will begin at 4 am. Attendees are asked to arrive by 5 am so as not to disrupt the Coronation when it begins at 5 am. At 7 am, the viewing will end and the store will open to shop commemorative items. British Emporium has an impressive selection of official coronation teacups and mugs, books, tea towels, shopping bags, Christmas ornaments, and more. (They also have party items like paper bowls, napkins, children’s activities books, and British groceries like pasties, meat pies, and sausage rolls for at-home celebrations.)

Special guests Amy Bishop from WRR Classical 101.1 FM and Bill Young from KERA will join the party.

At 11 am, His Grace Bishop Keith L. Ackerman, bishop for the Diocese of Quincy in the Episcopal Church, and the bishop vicar of the Diocese of Quincy of the Anglican Church in North America and Assisting Bishop of Fort Worth, will be at the store to say a blessing for the new king.

The Londoner
All three DFW locations - Colleyville, Addison, and Mockingbird Station Dallas - will host Coronation Celebrations from 5-10 am May 6. Coffee and tea, scones & crumpets, and bacon/egg/toast will be served during the live coronation broadcast. The Dallas and Addison locations encourage patrons to arrive early; reservations for the Colleyville location are required here.

Regular brunch with tea and scones will be served at all locations from 11 am-3 pm. A signature cocktail called "His Majesty" along with English Rosie & Pimms Cup cocktails will be offered at a discount all day.

A special afternoon tea will be available by reservation only in Colleyville from 10 am-2 pm.

From Across the Pond
The British gastropub in Colleyville will offer coronation-day specials: Baked Chicken Entree, Mushroom on Toast Appetizer, and Victoria Trifle for dessert.

Central Market

Central Market cooking schools in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Plano will host coronation-themed classes this week:

Afternoon Tea: A Coronation Tea Partywill take place 3-4:30 pm Thursday, May 4 at Central Market-Lovers Lane and 3-4:30 pm Sunday, May 7 at Central Market Plano. Guests will learn about and enjoy traditional tea, coronation pastries, and more. Menu includes Scottish Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches, Beef Wellington Bites, White Cheddar & Chive Shortbread Coins, Buckingham Palace's Fruit Scones, Strawberry & White Chocolate Mini-Cakes, Chocolate Biscuits, Lemon Bar Bites, and Pots of Hot Tea. Reservations are $50, and the class is 16+.

Central Market Lovers Lane, Plano, and Fort Worth cooking schools will host A Coronation Dinner at 6 pm May 6. Menu for the hands-on class includes Coronation Roast Rack of Lamb with Asian-style Marinade with Roasted Potatoes, Coronation Aubergine (Grilled Eggplant with Fried Onions, Raisins & Coriander), Strawberry & Ginger Trifle. The 2 ½-hour class is $75, for 18+ up (those 21 and older will get a complimentary glass of wine.)

British-themed events continue Sunday, May 7 with a Great British Baking Intensive at Central Market-Lovers Lane (details here) and an Alice in Wonderland-inspired tea party for parents and kids at Central Market Fort Worth (details here.)

The Proper Baking Co.
The East Dallas bakery, which handcrafts authentic British baked goods, is offering a celebratory King’s Coronation Menu. Choices include Coronation lemonade cupcakes, Coronation Chicken pasties and party-size savory pies, chocolate biscuit cakes, sausage rolls, scones, crumpets, beef Wellington, and more. Orders must be placed 24hours in advance. DFW Delivery is available Wednesday and Friday, and curbside pickup is available from their kitchen at 2201 Tucker St. #110, Dallas. (UPDATE: As of Tuesday, May 2, they closed pre-orders but announced they would be at the Dallas Farmers Market on Saturday, May 6 for last-minute coronation needs.)

Ida Claire
In honor of the coronation, the Addison restaurant has crafted a cocktail called The King’s Gambit, described as a modern take on the classic Royal Balmoral Punch. The mixologist behind the drink told Forbes the elegant cocktail is a blend of apricot-infused Aberfeldy 12-year-old Scotch and apricot brandy, organic English breakfast demerara syrup, fresh-pressed apple juice, and lemon juice. It's finished with black walnut bitters and apple bitters and garnished with three lemon roses on a crown cocktail pick and served with an edible flower ice sphere. It was inspired by King Charles's love for scotch and draws inspiration from the royal family’s summer home, Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The Adolphus
The Adolphus hotel is celebrating Coronation Day through the month of May with a glamorous package fit for a king or queen. And for good reason: Buckingham Palace selected The Adolphus for the official state visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Dallas in 1991. At their request, the hotel says, the Queen and the Duke were introduced to every staff member who personally served them during their stay, and the Queen, as a thank-you, gifted an official portrait to be hung in the hotel lobby.

The Adolphus’ exclusive Royal Stay package costs a pearl-clutching $15,000 and includes:

  • one-night accommodation in a luxury suite with a limited edition coronation tea set by ceramicist Nicole Acquillano.
  • full use of the Butler’s Pantry with refrigerator, dining table set for six, ample living space with sofa and seating, and a billiards table.
  • two bottles of Bollinger with exclusive Charles III Coronation Cut Crystal Highland Champagne Flutes.
  • a private tour in a Rolls Royce Ghost sedan to explore Dallas for the day.
  • two tickets to the “Royal Tea Service” in The French Room during the month of May.
  • a Fortnum and Mason Globetrotter Picnic Hamper filled with teas, chocolates, biscuits and more by Fortnum and Mason.

Local viewing guide

No matter how you watch the coronation, you can prepare and follow along using this handy Coronation Liturgy guide.

Major networksand news channels including ABC, NBC/MSNBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, Fox News, and BBC America will cover the coronation live, with most beginning coverage at 4 am. (Some will begin coverage earlier or will air coronation-related specials before the broadcast; check local listings.) Find out more details about anchors, special guests, and commentators here.

Those without cable TV providers will be able to live stream it on DIRECTV, Hulu + Live TV, FuboTV and Sling TV.

You can also watch several live streams on the Sky News and BBC website, app, and YouTube channels.

For the most authentically British coverage, download the BritBox streaming app or stream at BritBox.com or on its Youtube channel. (You can sign up for a free seven-day trial, then it’s $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year.)

On Sunday, May 7, a Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle featuring performances by Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Tom Cruise, Andrea Bocelli, and more superstars will be covered live on ABC’s Good Morning America beginning at 2 am. (Other networks are expected to cover it, too.) BBC, producer of the concert, will stream it live on their platforms.

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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.

Quonset hut in south Fort Worth to be transformed into ballroom

Quonset Hut News

A Quonset hut in south Fort Worth is about to make a Cinderella-like transformation: Called the Quonset Ballroom, it's being developed into an entertainment space which will host live music, food trucks, and events.

The hut is located at 2608 W. Dickson St., and was previously home to a lawn care operator for 30 years.

Husband-and-wife Jason and Hedy Peña stumbled onto it while searching for a new location for Hedy’s insurance agency, Armor Texas Insurance Agency. They landed at 2612 Dickson St., a cool mid-century office building built in 1957, which was ideal for the agency, even despite its offbeat address in a heavily industrial area.

“It was a piece of property where we could locate the office and it also had this 4,000-square foot Quonset hut next door,” Hedy says. "We started thinking about creating a venue which could be rented for parties, weddings, and social events."

Quonset huts are sprinkled across the Dallas-Fort Worth landscape, most dating back to the 1940s, shortly after the structure was first invented at Quonset Point Naval Air Station in Rhode Island.

Fort Worth is also currently in thrall with Quonset huts, thanks to the hip PS1200 mixed-use development near the Medical District which opened in July.

This one was built in 1948, and will require an overhaul, including new flooring, AC, and framing, with a planned-for capacity of 250 people.

Even as they work on the revamp, the Peñas have hosted private parties as well as a campaign event for Jason Peña, who ran unsuccessfully for Fort Worth city council in May 2023.

“We’ve had some private events there, but it’s not ready for a full event," Hedy says.

They currently have no plans for a bar but they're building a kitchen space to serve as a platform for the food trucks, including hookups.

The tract also has what was once a 10-car garage, which the Peñas are developing as storefronts they hope to lease as office spaces.

The industrial nature of the neighborhood initally gave them pause, but Hedy says it's turned out to be a positive, and the property itself has mature, leafy trees.

"Everything around us is industrial and at first I was uneasy about opening the insurance agency there," she says. "But the neighborhood has not deterred customers. We've even grown. And without homeowners nearby, it's a good setup if we have live music."

She envisions a spot that will eventually have a community feel, where families can dine and sit outside or inside – there will be seating – and enjoy music and conversation.

“It will be open to rent to the public, for sure, and could turn into something where it has regular hours," she says. “It will be for everyone, the public, our friends, family, so that everyone can see what we have here.”

Gamestop stock saga gets fun, star-filled movie treatment with Dumb Money

Movie review

The stock market feels like one of those aspects of American life that only a select few truly understand. The rest of us acknowledge it as something that exists and affects our lives in some way, but how and why any particular stock is traded and becomes more (or less) valuable can be a complete mystery.

Dumb Money tackles one of the most interesting recent stories to come out of the stock market, the surprising inflation of Gamestop stock in late 2020/early 2021. The film bounces around to a variety of characters, but centers mostly on Keith Gill (Paul Dano), a YouTuber who went by the name of Roaring Kitty. Gill, an amateur stock trader, took an early position about liking the lightly-regarded Gamestop stock, regularly posting videos and on the Reddit thread WallStreetBets about how his significant investment in the stock was doing.

Concurrently, hedge fund managers like Gabe Plotkin (Seth Rogen) were actively trying to short, or bet against, the stock. That began a battle by Gill and other similarly-minded individual investors to fight back against what they saw as unfair trading practices by the big firms, resulting in Gamestop’s stock rising astronomically in a relatively short period of time.

Directed by Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) and written by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, the film is notable for what it is not, a deep dive into the inner workings of the stock market. Instead of getting into the nitty gritty details, the filmmakers treat it as the ultimate David vs. Goliath story, with Gill and other everyday people like a nurse, Jenny (America Ferrera), Gamestop worker Marcus (Anthony Ramos), and college student Harmony (Talia Ryder) going up against billionaires like Plotkin, Steve Cohen (Vincent D’Onofrio), Ken Griffin (Nick Offerman), and Vlad Tenev (Sebastian Stan).

Paul Dano in Dumb Money

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Paul Dano in Dumb Money.

It doesn’t hurt that Gill is an eccentric character who wears cat-emblazoned shirts and a headband, and that the Reddit community he inspires communicates primarily in memes, upping the entertainment factor of their side immensely. The story is also a suspense in a way; as the variety of individuals drive the stock ever higher, their net worth – on paper – also grows exponentially, and the longer each of them holds on without selling ups the potential that they could be burned.

Because the real-life event happened during the thick of the pandemic when it was still up in the air as to the full impact of COVID-19, the story takes on a little more significance. Characters mask up regularly, conversations take place on the phone or over Zoom, and a general feeling of unease permeates the film. That may or may not have influenced how certain people approached the situation, but in the context of the film, it definitely seems to play a part.

The back-and-forth between the haves and have-nots takes up so much time in the film that it barely has time for such well-known actors as Shailene Woodley, Dane Dehaan, Olivia Thirlby, and Pete Davidson, among others. Each of them plays a supporting character to one of the main people, and all of them deliver that little something extra in what could have been throwaway roles.

Dano is a chameleonic actor who’s gone between drama and comedy with ease throughout his career. This role is a mixture of both, and he has an effortlessness about him that makes everything he says instantly believable. Rogen is great casting as Plotkin, amiably playing the buffoon of the story. After her big role in Barbie, Ferrera once again shows that she deserves as many showcases as Hollywood can give her.

Storytellers can rarely go wrong in showing people with little power taking on those with great wealth, and the fact that the story shown in Dumb Money is (mostly) true makes it that much better. You may not understand the stock market any more than you already did at the end, but you’ll be so entertained that it won’t matter.


Dumb Money is now playing in theaters.