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May is that golden month in North Texas, where the weather is warm but not yet scorching. Dare we call it ... spring?

That alone makes it an excellent month to get outside, especially if your goal is to run (or walk) a 5K, 10K, or even a marathon.

Here are but a few of the races and fun runs you can participate in during May:

Run for the Rosé 5K , McKinney, May 6
What makes everyone run faster? A glass of sparkling rosé waiting at the finish line. There will also be brunch bites, grape-stomping competitions, a photobooth, and local vendors after you run through Towne Lake Park, all presented by Mayweather Boxing + Fitness McKinney and benefiting The Treasured Vessels Foundation.

Grand Prairie Cinco de Mayo 5K, May 6
There's a distance for everyone, with 1 mile, 5K, and 10K, and it's your last chance to get moving through scenic Mike Lewis Park before the Texas summer heat. Creative costumes are encouraged, as are pom poms, horns, instruments, and signs (for spectators).

Bagel Run, Dallas, May 14
Join JCC Dallas for "the mother of all runs," now in its 37th year. Run or walk through a scenic neighborhood course in a timed 10K, 5K, or Kids K run. Winners in each category receive the coveted bagel trophy while everyone gets to enjoy the real thing post-race.

Fiesta de Mayo Half Marathon, Irving, May 20
Held at Toyota Music Factory and downtown Las Colinas, this USATF-certified race (which also include 5K and 10K), benefits the Irving Schools Foundation. Race day perks include cash prizes, free professional race photos, and trophies for fastest 5K team, fastest 10K team, and best-dressed team. The post-race party on Texas Lottery Plaza includes free beer, tacos, live entertainment, and much more.

Honor Connor 5K & Smile Mile, North Richland Hills, May 20
Nicknamed "the happiest race in Texas," this high-energy event celebrates the life of Connor Kelly Gage and benefits The LV Project. Connor was a runner who enjoyed the scenic trails around his home, so the course follows that route and welcomes everyone to run, walk, or even crawl. Besides medals, winner can score a happy face spatula, pancake skillet, or flag, among other prizes.

22nd Annual Polkafest, Ennis, May 28
Name a better hype instrument than tubas — we'll wait. Polkafest Run benefits the children's reading program at the Ennis Plublic Library, and you can choose from 5K, 10K, or a fun run/walk, all starting in front of the Lonestar Fitness Center. There is food, drinks, and entertainment post-race.

Memorial Day 5K, Fort Worth, May 29
Head to Trinity Park to join others who are running or walking, some in memory of, to servicemen and servicewomen who have given their lives to protect our freedom. Awards will be given out for overall male and female, Masters male and female, and top three for each 5-year age group.

Camp Sweeney's 11th Annual Play for the Day 5K & Festival, Lake Highlands, May 29
Bring the whole family to this 5K and 1K fun run, which also features a live band, dancing, Memorial Day celebrations, and Kid Zone rides and games. The day raises awareness for childhood diabetes and T1D, as well as scholarship funds for children to attend Camp Sweeney.

Photo by Josh Folan

The Women's Center of Tarrant County presents Victory Over Violence Walk/Run

The Women’s Center is hosting its 26th Victory Over Violence Walk/Run. The event begins with a 1K fun run followed by a 5K walk/run. NBC 5 Today morning news anchor, Deborah Ferguson, will be the event emcee.

The race kicks off a month-long recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Photo by Joan Marcus

These are the 12 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Weekend Event Planner

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.

Elf the Musical

Photo by Joan Marcus

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

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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.

Photo by Jacob Power

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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'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.

Endless creativity of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse keeps superhero story in overdrive

Movie Review

The blast of pure fun that was 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse accomplished several goals, but none more important than reclaiming the character from being part of just the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By not participating in the never-ending connecting stories of the MCU, the filmmakers could do whatever they wanted, first and foremost using Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) instead of Peter Parker as its main character.

It was also at the forefront of multiversal storytelling that has become the rage in the MCU and elsewhere. Given the multitude of Spider characters that have existed in the comics over the years, it was uniquely suited to telling a story with people from multiple universes. That concept is taken to the nth degree with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, a film that has seemingly limitless levels of creativity.

Miles, having separated from Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), and other Spider-people at the end of the first film, is doing well as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, casually protecting people from threats big and small. But when a highly unusual villain named The Spot (Jason Schwartzman) proves especially tricky, a series of events has Miles follow Gwen into a portal where he encounters every other Spider character in existence.

Lest you think that’s hyperbole, among the people he meets are Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman (Issa Rae), Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099 (Oscar Isaac), Hobie Brown/Spider-Punk (Daniel Kaluuya), Ben Reilly/Scarlet Spider (Andy Samberg), and Spider-Man India (Karan Soni), and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Revelations made while meeting all of them lead Miles to a whole new understanding of himself and the multiverse in general, with far-reaching consequences.

The filmmakers, once again led by writers/producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, fill the screen with so many visual elements that at times it can be overwhelming, but in the best possible way. Unlike most animated films, there are multiple different styles employed throughout, and never knowing what to expect gives the film a kineticism that borders on manic, although it always stops short of being incomprehensible.

The storytelling is much more complex this time around, no surprise since it involves so many more characters. But the personal stories of each of the Spider characters, especially Miles and Gwen, maintain a grounded nature that keeps the plot anchored even while delving into increasingly fantastical territory.

Although this film deals with some darker themes, there is still plenty of humor to be had. The intersection of so many Spider characters highlights their differences, and the way they interact can’t help but be entertaining. Miles is still a 15-year-old kid, and the way he navigates the world(s) has a lightness to it that is a sharp contrast to the various adults in his life.

Moore, who’s not as well-known as some of his co-stars, has proven to be the perfect voice for Miles, making him relatable and powerful at the same time. Everyone else gives similarly great performances, although the fact that many of them are famous for their non-voicework doesn’t really play a factor in how well they come across here.

A third film, Beyond the Spider-Verse, is teased with a cliffhanger, and unlike other franchises where multiple films are unnecessary, there are no such reservations here. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse equals the success of the first film, and there is no doubt that the filmmakers will bring the same level of attention to detail to the end of the trilogy.


Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is now playing in theaters.

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

American Airlines adds travel perks for summer including new food & films

Airline Food News

Fort Worth-based American Airlines has made some additions to its in-flight lineup for summer 2023, including new meals and foodie snacks, Wi-Fi updates, and new movie options to stream.

That includes a special selection of films celebrating Pride Month in June.

The new food options include chef-curated menu options in premium cabins and choices for the indulgent or health-conscious traveler in the main cabin.

Plant-based: Customers flying on transcontinental American Flagship service flights have a new premium entrée and it's plant-based, woo-hoo: The new Plant-Based Bulgogi Noodle Bowl entrée comes with yakisoba noodles, stir-fry vegetables, and plant-based beef crumbles — offering a new meal option that is both nourishing and delicious.

Avli on the Park: Customers flying in premium cabins to Europe from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this summer can enjoy dishes from Avli on the Park, a Greek restaurant in Chicago and a Michelin 2023 honoree. Options include a Greek Beef Orzo Stew and a Kagiana Egg Scramble for breakfast. These items from Avli on the Park are available on six nonstop flights to Europe: Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, London, Paris, and Rome.

Wi-Fi updates
Wi-Fi enhancements for the summer months include:

Complimentary Wi-Fi for T-Mobile customers: By July, 100 percent of American's Wi-Fi-equipped regional and narrowbody aircrafts will offer T-Mobile In-Flight Connection On Us, allowing eligible T-Mobile customers to enjoy complimentary connectivity with streaming on domestic flights.

Summer streaming: Travelers to international destinations should be able to enjoy faster Wi-Fi speeds and a more reliable service for all their connectivity needs thanks to increased bandwidth planned for American's widebody aircraft, offering 100 percent mainline aircraft with video streaming capabilities.

New film and viewing options include:

Monthly exclusives: New movies will be offered monthly which customers can watch exclusively inflight such as the new AppleTV+ movie Ghosted.

Pride Month: American is offering an entertainment channel featuring top LGBTQ+ talent; customers can choose from a list of movies and series.

American Black Film Festival channel: This summer, American is bringing new content to the American Black Film Festival channel, elevating the unique voices and power stories of the Black community to offer a deeper understanding of the Black experience.

"Our customers are the inspiration behind everything we do, and American is committed to consistently deliver a world-class experience for them,” said Kim Cisek, Vice President of Customer Experience. “We know customers want a convenient travel experience throughout their journey on American and to arrive at their destination satisfied and ready to explore — a focus we keep in mind when refreshing and creating new experiences for them to enjoy on the ground and in the skies."