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This is a big weekend around Fort Worth, with an annual film festival, the return of a beloved pianist, a national tour of a Broadway musical, two opera productions, larger-than-life Hot Wheels cars, the city's annual marathon, awards honoring the best in Texas country music, and more.

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, November 10

Lone Star Film Festival
The 2022 Lone Star Film Festival will feature eight narrative feature films, nine documentary feature films, and over 50 short films across four days. Highlights include opening night film Butcher's Crossing starring Nicolas Cage; a showcase screening of Living starring Bill Nighy; and a retrospective screening of Pedro Almodovar's 2006 film Volver. Most screenings will take place at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis. The festival will also include a gala on Friday honoring Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan with the Larry McMurtry Award.

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Beethoven Quartet Cycle
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Beethoven Quartet Cycle, featuring the Miro Quartet. The concerts, going on through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, highlight all 16 of Beethoven's string quartets. Bill McGlaughlin, host of Exploring Music will be a special guest at this event presenting the pre-concert talks about the works being performed.

Theatre Wesleyan presents Wonder of the World
Theatre Wesleyan will present Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire, a laugh-out-loud comic confection intended for mature audiences. The play follows the exploits of Cass as she flees from her troubled marriage in a frantic search for the life she thinks she missed out on. Cass heads to the natural wonder of the world - Niagara Falls - crossing paths with a shipload of nutty characters. Does all of the comedic chaos push Cass over the water's edge ... literally? The production runs through November 19 in Thad Smotherman Theatre on the Texas Wesleyan University campus.

The Cliburn presents Vadym Kholodenko
Vadym Kholodenko's dynamic and technically phenomenal performances earned him the gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013. He went on to be named the first artist-in-partnership of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, among other honors. The native of Ukraine and honorary Fort Worthian returns to Fort Worth for his first Cliburn Concerts appearance in nine years, performing a traditional recital at the Kimbell Art Museum on Thursday, and a more casual concert at The Post at River East on Friday.

Friday, November 11

New Fort Worth Opera productions
Fort Worth Opera will present two single-performance productions this weekend. On Friday at Fort Worth Community Arts Center will be the world premiere of Stand Up!, a socially conscious chamber opera that gives the audience a snapshot of the life of South African activist Stephen Biko during 1960s Apartheid, and segues into a modern-day story of a similarly racially divided college campus in Texas. On Sunday at Van Cliburn Recital Hall at TCU will be Of Thee I Sing! Songs of Love & Justice, a recital curated by Karen Slack that features a program with songs around the themes of love and justice as a reminder to the audience that no matter your race, ethnicity, politics, etc., we are all human.

Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Elf the Musical
It may be a bit early to get into the full Christmas spirit, but the story of Buddy the Elf in Elf the Musical is hard to resist. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. The production runs 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 2018's 3. They'll play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall.

Saturday, November 12

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live
At Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, fans will enjoy a new and expanded lineup of monster trucks as they experience the thrill of watching the iconic Hot Wheels monster truck toys come to life in a full-size, kid-focused, immersive Hot Wheels experience. This is the only opportunity to see real-life versions of the famous Hot Wheels monster truck toys, including fan favorites Bone Shaker, Tiger Shark, V8 Bomber, and Demo Derby. There will be three performances through Sunday at Dickies Arena.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Coral
Specially curated by Japanese composer and keyboardist Nobuo Uematsu, the program for Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Coral is a monumental, retrospective celebration of the Final Fantasy music catalogue. Conductor Arnie Roth leads an orchestra and chorus of 100 musicians on stage at Will Rogers Memorial Center, with exclusive HD video direct from creators at Square Enix.

Sunday, November 13

Fort Worth Marathon
The Fort Worth Marathon course is certified by the USA Track and Field Association and can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon. It is a flat out-and-back course along the Trinity River. The event will also include a 20 Mile Race, Half Marathon, and 5K. Beginning and ending at Panther Island Pavilion, there will also be food trucks, hot showers, music, and free money giveaways.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Robert Spano Performs Chamber Music"
Robert Spano, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's new music director and an accomplished pianist, will launch the Kimbell Chamber Series with a song cycle of his own composition, the Sonnets to Orpheus, featuring mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor. The intimate concert experience at Kimbell Art Museum's Piano Pavilion will also include Brahms' Piano Quintet in F Minor and Debussy's Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp.

Texas Country Music Awards
The 2022 Texas Country Music Awards will feature performances by headliner Roger Creager, as well as Terry McBride & The Ride, co-host Brandon Rhyder, Bailey Rae, and more. Artists up for the top award, Entertainer of the Year, include Aaron Watson, Creed Fisher, Jon Stork, Kin Faux, and Randall King. The awards will take place at Billy Bob's Texas.

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Elf the Musical will play at Bass Performance Hall, November 11-13.

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Monster Energy AMA Supercross

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship season comes to Arlington, featuring some of the most talented athletes the sport has ever seen. Three Supercross champions will be competing for another title – two-time defending Supercross World Champion and ESPY award winning Eli Tomac, two-time world champion Cooper Webb, and 2018 world champion Jason Anderson. Both a domestic and international “who’s who” list of competitors will vie for their first title – Marvin Musquin (France), Dylan Ferrandis (France), Chase Sexton, Adam Cianciarulo, Malcolm Stewart, Justin Barcia, Aaron Plessinger, and Christian Craig, all from America.

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Stack Sports presents Big Tex Run

At the 2nd Annual Big Tex Run 5K/10K run, participants can run the streets of Arlington and enjoy scenic views of Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium and the Texas Rangers' Globe Life Field. The run will finish back at Texas Live! for a celebration with celebratory beers and Texas BBQ.

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

Weekend Event Planner

This weekend in and around Fort Worth is packed full of different events, and that doesn't even count the continuing PBR World Finals at Dickies Arena. But speaking of that event, there will be a trio of big-name concerts related to it, as well as a big NASCAR weekend featuring an appearance by a country superstar, two festivals, a world premiere ballet, a celebration of a local comedy institution, and more.

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, May 19

Travis Tritt in concert
During the country music boom of the 1990s, Travis Tritt stood tall among his fellow singers. His first five albums all reached the top 10 on the Billboard country charts, and he scored No. 1 hits with "Help Me Hold On," "Anymore," "Can I Trust You with My Heart," and "Foolish Pride." His career has been up and down since then, but he still knows how to bring it. This concert at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium is part of the PBR World Finals Concert Series.

Friday, May 20

NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend
The NASCAR All-Star Race, taking place on Sunday, will be the marquee event of a race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway featuring all three of NASCAR’s premier series. The SpeedyCash.com 220 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will be held on Friday and the Texas 250 Xfinity Series race on Saturday. Prior to the All-Star Race on Sunday, country star Blake Shelton will perform a one-hour concert. Each day will include a variety of other activities, including practices, qualifying races, a Fan Zone, and more.

38th Annual Main Street Fest: A Craft Brew Experience
The City of Grapevine will present their 38th Annual Main Street Fest: A Craft Brew Experience. Visitors will enjoy three fun-filled days of outdoor shows and performances, a craft brew garden and wine pavilion, live music, carnival rides, and a street fair with flair. New this year, Main Street Fest attendees will encounter a lineup of internationally renowned street performers throughout the festival grounds. The festival takes place in Historic Downtown Grapevine through Sunday.

Texas Ballet Theater presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Texas Ballet Theater will close its season with the world premiere of Ben Stevenson’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audiences will finally see the long-awaited premiere, originally scheduled to close the 2019-20 season. Amidst a forest filled with fairies and frivolity, enchanted lovers resolve mischievous mix-ups and reunite with their intendeds. The production will have five performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.

Four Day Weekend presents 25th Anniversary Retrospective
The critically acclaimed improvisational comedy troupe Four Day Weekend is commemorating its 25th anniversary with a one-night-only retrospective show featuring a champagne toast and after-party with the co-founding four cast members: David Ahearn, Frank Ford, Troy Grant, and David Wilk. The show will feature legacy cast sharing stories, videos, timelines, and favorite show elements. The retrospective will also take place at the Dallas location on Saturday night.

LeAnn Rimes in concert
It's a little crazy that country singer LeAnn Rimes is only 39 years old since she's been entertaining fans for 26 years. Her breakout cover version of Patsy Cline's "Blue" in 1996 set her on a path that would find her going into pop music, returning to country, and now exploring even more unusual territory. She'll play at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in support of her new album, God's Work. This concert is also part of the PBR World Finals Concert Series.

Hyena's presents William Lee Martin
Comedian William Lee Martin is a self-proclaimed All-American mutt, a mixed breed who doesn’t fit neatly into any single box physically, politically, or philosophically. With fresh material and hilarious new stories, he's not afraid to step on toes but still connects with folks who share his everyday problems in always changing America. He'll perform four times through Saturday at Hyena's Comedy Club.

Jake Owen in concert
Country singer Jake Owen is one of those musicians who's experienced a steady stream of success without crossing the threshold over to superstardom. Since his 2006 debut album, Startin' with Me, each of his albums has reached the top 10 on the Billboard Country charts, including his latest, 2019's Greetings from...Jake. He's had plenty of hits, including three No. 1 songs, so there will be lots of sing-alongs at this concert at Billy Bob's Texas.

Saturday, May 21

Fort Worth Fried Chicken & Craft Beer Fest
There are no shortage of restaurants at which one can find great fried chicken, but it's not often that the American staple is celebrated at a festival. Visitors can do so at the Fort Worth Fried Chicken & Craft Beer Fest at Panther Island Pavilion, featuring tons of delicious fried chicken from Fort Worth restaurants, beer tastings from Four Corners Brewing Co, wine & spirits, country bands, vendors, and more fun. (For more of the best food and drink events this weekend, go here.)

Robert Earl Keen in concert
Robert Earl Keen has recorded 19 full-length albums, including 2015's Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions. In 2012, Keen was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame and has written songs for music superstars including George Strait, The Chicks, The Highwaymen, and Nanci Griffith. He'll play at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium. This concert is the final event in the PBR World Finals Concert Series.

Jimmie Allen in concert
There's no better indicator of the increasing stardom of country singer Jimmie Allen than the high-powered guest list on his 2020 EP, Bettie James. Among his collaborators on the seven songs are Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, the late Charley Pride, Nelly, Noah Cyrus, and Mickey Guyton. He's about to release his third album, Tulip Drive, in June, and fans will surely get a preview at this concert at Billy Bob's Texas.

NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend will take place at Texas Motor Speedway, May 20-22, and include a Blake Shelton concert.

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NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend will take place at Texas Motor Speedway, May 20-22, and include a Blake Shelton concert.
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Your daily guide to Texas Motorplex's pulse-pounding Stampede of Speed

Zoom Zoom

Rev your engines for more than a week of heart-racing action at the 37th annual NHRA Texas Fall Nationals, aka the Stampede of Speed.

Fans from across the country will descend on Texas Motorplex, just 35 minutes south of Dallas and Fort Worth, October 2-10.

"We will be hosting events for diehard motorsports fans, non-traditional motorsports fans, and people that have never even heard of the Texas Motorplex," says Andy Carter, Texas Motorplex general manager.

The Stampede of Speed event calendar features both ticketed and non-ticketed events leading up the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals. Here are some highlights:

Saturday, October 2: Night Lights
This celebration is a reminder of how precious special moments together are. Attendees send a decorated lantern into the sky to join thousands of others adorned with hopes, dreams, and messages.

Sunday, October 3: Stampede of Speed Beer, BBQ, and Dustin Lynch Concert
Hot 'cue and even hotter music is the theme of the day, as some of the best grillmasters show off their tasty delicacies paired with refreshing cold beer from DFW-area breweries. Dustin Lynch, Flatland Calvary, Wade Bowne, and Kyle Park will entertain the crowd from the afternoon into the evening, leading to the first of the week's many fireworks displays.

Monday, October 4: The Stampede of Speed Nitro Side Show
This ticketed event features some of the wildest race cars on the planet as they try to set speed records by roaring down the track. The pits will be open for fans to get up close and personal with some of the world's most exotic race cars.

A massive fireworks display caps off an eye-opening, pulse-pounding evening of racing.

Tuesday, October 5: Inaugural NHRA Texas Stampede of Speed Shootout
Competitors from across the region will race in the Stampede of Speed Shootout featuring Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, and Pro Mods. The top 16 sportsman and Top Dragsters will battle it out with a winner-take-all shootout to end the day. Pro Mods from every association including NHRA will face off in a first-ever, no-rules, anything-goes race to be the quickest at the Stampede.

Wednesday, October 6: NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series Pro Invitational (9 am-6 pm)
Pub Crawl and Movie night with The Snake (6 pm-10 pm)

See these powerful race cars make test laps in advance of the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals. The stars of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series will be onsite preparing for the fourth race of the NHRA Countdown.

This first-ever-for-NHRA open schedule test session is a chance for curious motorsports fans to get a taste of the ground-pounding excitement that will play out Friday-Sunday.

Join the stars of the NHRA as they sample local brews and eateries in Waxahachie on a walking pub crawl followed by an exclusive showing of the film Snake & Mongoose, featuring drag racing legend Don "The Snake" Prudhomme hosting an in-person Q&A and autograph session.

Thursday, October 7: Texas Fall Nationals Sportsman Qualifying (9 am-6 pm)
Fan Fest in downtown Waxahachie (6 pm-9 pm)

The racing action continues at Texas Motorplex as the NHRA Texas Fall Nationals officially begins with sportsman qualifying action.

The wildly popular and free Fan Fest event highlights race cars, interactive games, live music, and family fun. A massive driver autograph session will be the highlight of the evening, which will conclude with a fireworks show.

Friday, October 8: Friday Night Live at Texas Motorplex
For the second year in a row, Friday Night Live is turning the traditional qualifying schedule on its head with music, exhibition runs, and a special guest DJ. It all will surround the Friday night NHRA pro qualifiers as they try to top their respective categories at speeds of over 330 mph in under four seconds.

The night ends with a free after-party on the starting line.

Saturday, October 9: Final Qualifying for NHRA Texas Fall Nationals
Teams will only have two chances to make the show or be relegated to spectator status, so tension will be high as teams vying to be one of the lucky 16. The annual DRAW auction accompanied by a concert will begin following the racing action.

Sunday, October 10: NHRA Texas Fall Nationals Race Day
Following a massive opening ceremony, the top drag racers from around the country will be racing to get one step closer to a world championship at the only playoff race in the state of Texas. Hundreds of thousands of dollars will be on the line, as well as the chance for racing immortality.

As always, the pits will be open for fans to mix and mingle with the racers throughout the day. At the conclusion of the event, fans are welcome to join the winner’s circle celebration on the starting line where the Stampede of Speed will finish with the largest fireworks display of the week.

Get your tickets and learn more here.

Enjoy more than a week of activities and events.

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Enjoy more than a week of activities and events.

18 fun walks and runs in Dallas-Fort Worth to step up and give back this spring

On the right foot

Dallas-Fort Worth is in full bloom with spring charitable events that let you get outside for a good cause, including walks and runs benefiting the fights against cancer, Alzheimer's, cystic fibrosis, and other diseases and conditions.

There are literally hundreds of walks and runs to choose from, but we'll start you off with 18 big events for April and May. These charitable events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area run the gamut from family-friendly to dog-approved, and all are opportunities to get outside, have fun, and make a difference at the same time.

For more ways to get involved, check out our charity events calendar, part of CultureMap's Charity Guide, which spotlights organizations that make our communities a better place.

Know of a charitable event that deserves the spotlight? Submit it here. You can also submit a charity to be included in our guide.

Texas Trot, April 13
The nearly one-mile fun run on the Lone Star Park horse track is followed by a party with live music, costume contests, and more. It benefits the Victory Therapy Center, which cares for the “physical, mental, and emotional needs of children, adults, veterans, and their families through the healing power of horses.” The fun begins at 2 pm, and tickets start at $39.95 plus registration fees. Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie.

Epilepsy Foundation Texas presents Fort Worth Walk to End Epilepsy, April 13
This family-friendly walk, which starts at Forest Park and goes to the Fort Worth Zoo, benefits the Epilepsy Foundation Texas. The event starts at 8:30 am, and registration starts at $35. Forest Park, Fort Worth.

March of Dimes presents March for Babies, April 13
This three-mile walk supports March of Dimes, which provides programs to educate the medical community and get mothers and their babies the best care possible. A generous donor is matching the first $50 raised by folks who sign up for the event by April 10 (up to $100,000). The event starts at 9 am. Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth.

Victory Over Violence 5K, April 13
This run/walk raises money to support survivors of sexual abuse and other violence and “raises awareness of these issues and how they affect women, men and children in our community,” according to organizers. The event begins at 7 am. Prices vary for individuals and teams. Trinity Park Duck Pond, Fort Worth.

Texas Rangers 5K, April 14
This scenic race takes participants through Arlington’s entertainment district and ends at Globe Life Park. Participants can also choose the shorter 1K race, which starts 30 minutes before the main event. Both support the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children in need. The 5K begins at 8 am, and registration starts at $35, with a price increase the day of the race. Globe Life Park, Arlington.

Lupus Foundation of America presents Walk to End Lupus Now, April 20
This walk raises money to fight lupus and raise awareness of the disease, which approximately 1.5 million Americans live with. Check-in begins at 8 am, the run begins at 9 am, the walk follows at 10, and a 1.5-mile route opens at 10:15 am. Registration fee of $30 is included in participants' fundraising goal. The Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie.

Active for Autism 5K, April 20
The 5K and one-mile run raise money and awareness for the DYLAN Foundation, which supports families of children with autism by providing funds for therapy, medical intervention, and a respite house. The event begins at 8:30 am. Registration fees vary, and fundraising is encouraged. Katherine Rose Memorial Park, Mansfield.

AT&T Byron Nelson Forest to Fairway 5K, April 27
The inaugural Forest to Fairway 5K from AT&T Byron Nelson benefits Momentous Institute, which specializes in children’s social-emotional health. The race, taking place in Dallas' Great Trinity Forest, is just one part of the iconic golf tournament, which draws some of the biggest names in the profession and also hosts opens for active, retired, reserve, and wounded military personnel. Registration is $10 for the Youth 5K and starts at $35 for the 5K. 5850 Elam Rd. in Dallas.

More Than Pink Walk, April 27
Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth hosts this spring walk (an evolution from the old Race for the Cure) to fight breast cancer, with a target of cutting the number of deaths by 50 percent in 2026. The opening ceremony takes place at 8:30 am, followed by the walk and a celebratory party in the park. Registration starts at $20. Clearfork, Fort Worth.

Dallas Corporate 5K, May 2
Participants representing businesses of all sizes will take part in the 2019 Dallas Corporate 5K, which benefits United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. There will be entertainment and food from top chefs in Dallas before and after the race. The event starts at 7 pm, and pricing starts at $29. Trinity Groves, Dallas.

March of Dimes presents March for Babies, May 4
Local participants will join thousands of people walking across the country to support March of Dimes, which provides programs to educate the medical community and get mothers and their babies the best care possible. The Dallas March of Dimes event starts at 9 am. Signing up is free, but they do ask that participants make a personal donation and/or fundraise. The Lawn at Reunion, Dallas.

Council for Life 10th Annual 5K Run for Life, May 4
Taking place at the Continental Bridge, the run benefits two organizations that focus on adoption, BraveLove and Buckner Children and Family Services. Renowned physical fitness leader Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper and his wife, Millie, will serve as this year's honorary chairs. The family-friendly event includes food trucks, live musi, and more. The event begins at 8:30 am, and pre-registration is $35. Trinity Groves, Dallas.

SPCA of Texas presents Strut Your Mutt, May 11
Join more than 3,000 folks and their fury friends in the fight to end animal cruelty by participating in this 5K timed run or 3K fun run/walk. The event begins at 8:30 am, and registration starts at $35. Trinity Groves, Dallas.

Mimosa Run, May 11
You read that correctly. The fifth annual affair features a two-mile social run or walk and a four-mile race benefiting Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas, brunch, and, as previously stated, mimosas. Festivities begin at 8:30 am, and pricing begins at $50. Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth.

Children’s Medical Center Plano presents Red Balloon Run & Ride, May 11
This annual 5K supports Plano-based Children’s Health, one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the country. There are numerous ways to participate: 1K fun run or walk; 5K walk or run; and 5K-, 23-mile, 36-mile, 57-mile, 72-mile bike rides. The fun starts at 8:45 am, and tickets start at $5. Participants are encouraged to donated at least $100. Children's Medical Center at Legacy, Plano.

Trash Dash 5K, May 11
This event hosted by the Environmental League combines running, exercise, and taking care of the environment. The timed, three-mile race through the woods includes 10 stations where runners can stop and do a simple exercise (think jumping jacks or squats), or they can avoid that by simply dropping off a piece of litter as they pass by (this is called plogging). The Trash Dash supports Environmental League school chapters, and the fun starts at 8:30 am, with entry fees starting at $35. Fair Oaks Park, Dallas.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation presents Fort Worth Great Strides, May 19
This event raises awareness of and supports the fight to cure cystic fibrosis, a rare and genetic disease that makes it difficult to breathe and shortens lives. The walk, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, begins at 8 am, and participants can register family members when signing themselves up. Admission is free. Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth.

Unforgotten Heroes Memorial Day Run, May 27
The 6th Annual Unforgotten Heroes Memorial Day 5K and 10K honors fallen American service members and benefits the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 157 in Arlington. Event begins at 8 am, with registration costs varying by age and event. Globe Life Park, Arlington.

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Global superstar Beyoncé rides into Arlington on highly anticipated world stadium tour

Worldwide concert news

Texas-born pop superstar Beyoncé is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth as part of her just-announced "Renaissance World Tour." She will perform at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on September 21.

And, fans who can't get enough can also catch Bey in her hometown of Houston, at NRG Stadium, on September 23.

Tickets for the world tour dates go on sale Monday, February 6. BeyHive members will enjoy an exclusive presale, while other fans can register now with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan technology here. Those interested can find tickets, schedules, and more information at beyonce.livenation.com and tour.beyonce.com.

Beyonce kicks off her world tour on May 10 in Stockholm, Sweden at the Friends Arena. She'll dot Europe with big stadium shows through June 27, where she'll play Warsaw, Poland.

Her North American tour starts July 8 in Canada, where she'll play Toronto's Rogers Centre. Beyoncé will trek the U.S. through the summer and into September; her Dallas and Houston shows are the sole Texas performances.

She will end her tour in New Orleans (Caesars Superdome) on September 27.

The world tour comes as Beyoncé is awash in Grammy glow: in November, she was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, tying her with her husband (neé Shawn Corey Carter) for the most nominations in Grammy history. The Grammys take place Sunday, February 5.

Critics and fans have lauded Renaissance, her first solo work since the wildly popular and deeply personal 2016 effort, Lemonade — even through its minor controversy.

Start packing and planning those trips. Here's the entire tour schedule:

Europe

May 10, 2023 – Stockholm, SE – Friends Arena

May 14, 2023 – Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium

May 17, 2023 – Cardiff, UK – Cardiff Principality Stadium

May 20, 2023 – Edinburgh, UK – BT Murray Field Stadium

May 23, 2023 – Sunderland, UK – Stadium of Light

May 26, 2023 – Paris, FR – Stade de France

May 29, 2023 – London, UK – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

May 30, 2023 – London, UK – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

June 08, 2023 – Barcelona, ES – Olympic Stadium

June 11, 2023 – Marseille, FR – Orange Velodrome

June 15, 2023 – Cologne, DE – Rhein Energie Stadion

June 17, 2023 – Amsterdam, NL – Johan Crujff Arena

June 21, 2023 – Hamburg, DE – Volksparkstadion

June 24, 2023 – Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park

June 27, 2023 – Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy

North America

July 8, 2023 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre

July 12, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field

July 15, 2023 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium

July 17, 2023 – Louisville, KY – L&N Federal Credit Union Stadium

July 20, 2023 – Minneapolis, MN – Huntington Bank Stadium

July 22, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field Stadium

July 26, 2023 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field

July 29, 2023 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

Aug. 01, 2023 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium

Aug. 03, 2023 – Pittsburgh, PA – Acrisure Stadium

Aug. 05, 2023 – Washington, DC – FedEx Field

Aug. 09, 2023 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium

Aug. 11, 2023 – Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Aug. 16, 2023 – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium

Aug. 18, 2023 – Miami, FL – Hard Rock Stadium

Aug. 21, 2023 – St. Louis, MO – Dome at America's Center

Aug. 24, 2023 – Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium

Aug. 26, 2023 – Las Vegas, NV – Allegiant Stadium

Aug. 30, 2023 – San Francisco, CA – Levi’s Stadium

Sept. 02, 2023 – Inglewood, CA – SoFi Stadium

Sept. 11, 2023 – Vancouver, BC – BC Place

Sept. 13, 2023 – Seattle, WA – Lumen Field

Sept. 18, 2023 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium

Sept. 21, 2023 – Arlington – AT&T Stadium

Sept. 23, 2023 – Houston – NRG Stadium

As always, As with previous tours, Beyoncé will create activations, programs, and giveaways via BeyGOOD, the foundation she created in 2013.

Monumental new sculptures by  renowned 9/11 artist take root at Texas Botanic Garden

blooming work

Here is something new for Texas travelers who enjoy exploring art in nature. An intriguing new collection of sculptures called "Intertwined: Exploring Nature's Networks," by renowned artist Steve Tobin, opened at the Houston Botanic Garden on January 28.

Tobin's collection of pieces soar and wind and unfold against the backdrop of the gardens paths and trees, connecting the bronze, glass, ceramic, and steel sculptures to the landscape.

The connection is important for Tobin, an artist who may be most well known for his Trinity Root, a memorial that was cast from the roots of the tree that protected one of New York City's cathedrals during the 9/11 attacks. As a child, he was known as "Nature Boy," which he says was as apt then as now.

"I would find twigs or mushrooms, and they would mean something to me," he says. "I'm the guy with my nose in the sand and my butt in the air, looking deeper than most people. I think I see more. I think it's part of my DNA."

Originally from Pennsylvania, Tobin graduated from Tulane University in 1979 with a degree in math. He was always drawn to art, however, and his massive creations - from eggs in birds' nests to roots and limbs woven together to branches stretching to sky - evoke the powerful pull he feels to the natural world and a desire to help others see its beauty. The Christian Science Monitor described his works as "monuments to the meeting of science an art."

"Science is more creative that art," he explains. "Scientists have to describe the universe from nothing, and the explanation has to work. Artists can make up whole worlds. Scientists don't get credit for their vast creativity."

By focusing his works on the natural world, Tobin looks to showcase how the two subjects work in harmony, and how people can interact with them. In Eagle Nest, a huge, polished steel egg sits perched in nest.

Polished to a high gloss, the egg becomes a mirror. "You look at the egg and you see yourself," Tobin says. "It shows that you are in the egg."

For Tobin, there is magic in helping people, whether they are art novices or aficionados, find a connection with his art.

"I've done my job when someone has an expression of magic," he says. "And once you open that door, even for a second, it can never be fully closed."

He says he is looking forward to Texas audiences seeing his works in the garden, which he feels is a natural place for his sculptures — the biggest of which is 30 feet high and took 2,000 hours of welding to complete.

Showcasing his sculptures there cements the harmony with nature he feel and thinks is something others should strive to see. Tobin even has a connection to Houston: one of his great friends, a woman he met at Tulane, lives there.

Two other pieces also have roots there. Tobin says Steel Roots will resonate particularly well in Texas. "It's made from repurposed oil pipe, a lot of it from Texas," he says. "So now, it's back home in a different context."

And when Botanic Garden guest encounter the Twisties, they'll likely recall hearing the terms from gymnast Simone Biles, who famously used the word to describe the disconnect she felt between her mind and her body. Tobin's sculptures are between eight and 17 feet high and evoke Asian calligraphy. He describes them as "distorted gymnastics."

Mostly, though, Tobin wants visitors to get a window into how he imagines the world.

"I try to translate into sculpture what I see so people can see what I see."

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"Intertwined: Exploring Nature's Networks" runs Saturday, January 28 through August 13 at Houston Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Garden Ln. Regular garden admission is $15. For tickets and more information, visit Houston Botanic Garden online.

Photo courtesy of Houston Botanic Garden

Tobin's 'Romeo & Juliet' sprouts from the grounds.

Bolstered by 'Yellowstone,' Fort Worth ranks No. 25 on new list of best cities for filmmakers

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Taylor Sheridan continues his magic touch for Fort Worth: For the second year in a row, the city has landed a top-25 spot among the best big cities to live and work as a moviemaker.

Fort Worth repeats at No. 25 on MovieMaker Magazine's 2023 list. It is joined by four other Texas cities in the top 25: Austin (No. 12), Dallas (No. 20), Houston (No. 21), and San Antonio (No. 22).

MovieMaker compiles its annual list based on surveys, production spending, tax incentives, additional research, and personal visits whenever possible — with the notable exclusions of Los Angeles and New York:

"We don’t believe people should have to be rich or well-connected to make movies," writes MovieMaker editor Tim Molloy. "And we know plenty of people who moved to L.A. or New York with filmmaking dreams and ended up working industry-barely-adjacent jobs just to pay the bills. We think the best place to live is one you can afford — a place where you can be happy, inspired, and financially free to pursue your art."

These criteria are themes throughout the ranking: Atlanta, Georgia, took the top spot overall, followed by Vancouver, British Columbia (No. 2), and New Orleans, Louisiana (No. 3). The five Texas cities on the list all boast more affordability than Los Angeles or New York, and each one features a deeply supportive film community and various local incentives.

Fort Worth made the list for the just second year, thanks in large part to the shooting of series in the Yellowstone franchise.

"Fort Worth is the proud home of Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming Paramount+ limited series about Bass Reeves, the once-enslaved man who became a famed federal marshal," Molloy writes. "Sheridan’s Yellowstone prequel 1883 also shoots in Fort Worth, and is based in nearby Weatherford, where Sheridan owns a ranch. Fort Worth offers clear skies, easy permitting, and a vibrant film culture that includes the Lone Star Film Festival.

"The 13th-biggest city in the country also has experienced crews and a cost of living almost exactly in line with the U.S. average. While there’s no official local incentive program, the city’s very accommodating film officials work hard to offer soft incentives like deals on hotels."

Neighboring Dallas came in at No. 20, selected for its location and architecture, among other factors.

"Why choose Dallas? The city offers an online document that addresses just that question, and points to factors including its equal access to both coasts, great weather (except for some cold nights) and striking visuals, including modern and futuristic buildings that form a strikingly camera-worthy nighttime skyline," Molloy writes.

Dallas' diversity, plethora of permitting options, and cost of living also bolster its ranking.

"It’s one of the most diverse cities in the country, with a deep, experienced crew base, easily obtainable permits, and hotel deals to be had — if you’re shooting in Dallas and staying in the city’s hotels for at least 15 nights, you could qualify for up to 10 percent back on rooms," Molloy writes. "It’s a great city to work on other people’s projects so you can save enough money to create your own, and is almost exactly in line with the U.S. average cost of living. Just drive or walk its streets and it’s impossible not to notice the new construction and businesses popping up all over town, and it’s full of rising filmmakers who pitch in to do each other favors and bring one another’s projects to life."

He adds that the Dallas International Film Festival does an admirable job of showcasing must-see films, such as last year’s documentary Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom.

Elsewhere in Texas

"Texas is booming, as you’re about to see from the five Lone Star State cities on this list — all of which would be higher in our rankings if Texas offered more generous tax incentives," Molloy writes. "Still, the state is working hard to attract film and TV projects, and the signs of growth are obvious all over the state."

Austin unsurprisingly took the highest Texas spot at No. 12, scoring points beyond the obvious benefits of SXSW. MovieMaker praised smaller fests like the Austin Film Festival, as well as the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program, and Austin's impressive list of filmmaker residents (Richard Linklater, Robert Rodriguez, and Terrence Malick — to name a few).

Houston placed right behind Dallas at No. 21, with MovieMaker touting its diversity and low cost of living.

San Antonio came in fourth among Texas cities at No. 22, selected for its plethora of permitting options, reinstatement of local film incentives, and growing educational opportunities such as the University of Texas at San Antonio’s new Bachelor of Fine Arts Film & Media Studies program.