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2023 College Baseball Showdown

2023 College Baseball Showdown

Photo by Kelly Gavin/Texas Rangers

The 2023 College Baseball Showdown is a three-day tournament featuring six college baseball programs from the SEC and Big 12 Conference.

The kickoff to college baseball season features Big 12 Conference members TCU, University of Texas, and Oklahoma State University facing off against Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Missouri from the Southeastern Conference.

Five of the six programs in the 2023 lineup advanced to the postseason in 2022, with University of Texas and Arkansas both advancing to the College World Series.

Photo by Kelly Gavin Texas Rangers

2023 College Baseball Showdown

2023 College Baseball Showdown

Photo courtesy of Texas Rangers

REV Entertainment presents Bout at the Ballpark

Bout at the Ballpark presented by Kubota will return to Globe Life Field for the second straight year. The event will feature competition with top ranked wrestling teams Oklahoma State (No. 10) and Michigan (No. 3).

The event will feature a new format this year, with one wrestling mat placed on home plate. Floor seating will also be added for the event.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys present Divisional Watch Party

The Dallas Cowboys are inviting fans back for a free Divisional Watch Party at Miller Lite®House at AT&T Stadium. Gates will open at 4 pm, with the Cowboys-49ers game kicking off at 5:30 pm. Fans can watch the game on over 60 outdoor television screens throughout the venue.

The Watch Party will feature appearances by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys alumni and the official mascot, Rowdy.

Miller Lite®House boasts a 70-yard Cowboys turf field featuring field games, four video boards and over 60 television screens, two fantasy football screen walls, and over 87,000 outdoor square-feet for event day experiences. The space also features two beer gardens and a walk-in beer cooler with $5 Miller Lites offered. Food trucks will be located in the Miller Lite®House area with food for purchase. The Pro Shop tent will also be open with Dallas Cowboys merchandise for sale.

Free parking for fans is available in lots 6, 7, 10, and 11.

American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Championship

For the third consecutive year, the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship will be contested at Dickies Arena. Running March 9-12, the first day will overlap with the day of the women's championship.

Schedule of events

Thursday, March 9

Session 1

  • Men’s Game 1: No. 9 seed vs. No. 8 seed – 11:30 am
  • Men’s Game 2: No. 10 seed vs. No. 7 seed – 1:30 pm

Session 2/Women Session 5

  • Men’s Game 3: No. 11 seed vs. No. 6 seed – 6 pm
  • Women’s Game 10: Championship, Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9 – 8 pm

Friday, March 10

Session 3

  • Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. No. 1 seed – 12 pm
  • Game 5: No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed – 2 pm

Session 4

  • Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 2 seed – 6 pm
  • Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 3 seed – 8 pm

Saturday, March 11

Session 5

  • Game 8: Semifinal 1, Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 – 2 pm
  • Game 9: Semifinal 2, Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 7 – 4 pm

Sunday, March 12

Session 6

  • Game 10: Championship, Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9 – 2:15 pm

American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Championship

For the third consecutive year, the American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship will be contested at Dickies Arena. Running March 6-9, the final will take place on the first day of the men's championship.

Schedule of events

Monday, March 6

Session 1

  • Women’s Game 1: No. 9 seed vs. No. 8 seed – 1 pm
  • Women’s Game 2: No. 10 seed vs. No. 7 seed – 3 pm
  • Women’s Game 3: No. 11 seed vs. No. 6 seed – 5 pm

Tuesday, March 7

Session 2

  • Women’s Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. No. 1 seed – 12 pm
  • Women’s Game 5: No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed – 2 pm

Session 3

  • Women’s Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs. No. 2 seed – 6 pm
  • Women’s Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. No. 3 seed – 8 pm

Wednesday, March 8

Session 4

  • Women’s Game 8: Semifinal 1, Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5 – 4 pm
  • Women’s Game 9: Semifinal 2, Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 7 – 6 pm

Thursday, March 9

Session 5 (includes Session 2 of Men's Championship)

  • Men’s Game 3: No. 11 seed vs. No. 6 seed – 6 pm
  • Women’s Game 10: Championship, Winner of Game 8 vs. Winner of Game 9 – 8 pm
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Brooks & Dunn boot-scoot into this week's 5 hottest Fort Worth headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Brooks & Dunn kick up 'Reboot Tour' with 2023 stop in Fort Worth. Brooks & Dunn, the best-selling duo of all time, are continuing their "Reboot Tour" in 2023, including a stop at Dickies Arena on Saturday, May 6. Fort Worth is the only Texas city on their list, and tickets went on sale Friday, January 27.

2. Much anticipated Italian restaurant from top Fort Worth team has a date. A new restaurant from one of Fort Worth's top food & beverage teams has an opening date: 61 Osteria, the much-anticipated restaurant from restaurateur Adam Jones and acclaimed chef Blaine Staniford, will open in downtown Fort Worth on January 31. Ta-da.

3. Wealthy Fort Worth neighbor cashes in as the richest city in Texas for 2023. North Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

4. Quite the bounty of bites in this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news. This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth includes restaurants newly opened, restaurants coming soon, new menus, new tacos, new pizzas, and more. So much more. Here's the latest batch of Fort Worth restaurant news.

5. The best Fort Worth restaurants to celebrate Valentine's Day 2023. For restaurants, Valentine’s Day is the Super Bowl of dining events, which is ironic this year since the actual Super Bowl takes place just two days prior, on February 12. This is not stopping some restaurateurs from hosting special Valentine’s dinners all weekend long, although some are cautiously opting out of Sunday and Monday. Here are the best options around town.

DFW-based Cinemark theater chain hosts Oscars-themed movie marathon

Awards News

The Cinemark movie chain is giving movie buffs an opportunity to brush up on the Oscars.

Plano-based Cinemark Holdings, Inc. will host its annual Oscar Movie Week festival, this year running from Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12, in anticipation of the 95th Oscars ceremony, which airs on March 12 on ABC.

The theater chain will air all of this year’s Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees, at more than 120 participating Cinemark theaters nationwide.

According to a release, passes are now on sale now at Cinemark.com/movieweek.

A full Digital Festival Pass is $40 and includes showings for all Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees. There's a perk! If you purchase a festival pass, you get 50 percent off any size popcorn during Oscar Movie Week.

Individual showtime tickets will be available starting January 27 at standard pricing, with showtimes beginning March 6.

All Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees are bundled into one viewing for just $10 from March 10-12.

For other brushing up, take a look back at what CultureMap’s film critic, Alex Bentley, had to say about each of the nominees (listed in alphabetical order) when they were originally released.

Cinemark has been hosting other similar marathon events such its collaboration with ESPN to bring college football games to the big screen.

The event takes place at these theaters across the U.S., including the following locations in Texas:

  • Austin: Cinemark Southpark Meadows
  • Denton: Cinemark 14
  • Fort Worth: Ridgmar Mall
  • Grapevine: Cinemark Tinseltown
  • Houston: Cinemark Memorial City
  • Plano: Cinemark Legacy
  • Plano: Cinemark West Plano
  • San Antonio: Cinemark San Antonio 16
  • The Woodlands: Cinemark 17

New play about Uvalde shooting takes the stage at Fort Worth university

#UvaldeStrong

A TCU faculty member has written a new play called For the Love of Uvalde: A Play Inspired by the Robb Elementary School, and it's premiering January 28 both in-person on-campus and online via streaming.

Playwright Ayvaunn Penn, who is part of the Theatre TCU faculty, also wrote a play in 2020 inspired by the Botham Jean shooting by police officer Amber Guyger.

The premiere staged reading of For the Love of Uvalde promises a similar evening of art for social change, paired with a panel-led community discussion. This staged reading will feature select songs and monologues from the show.

The original play uses testimonies to explore the aftermath and varying viewpoints of the families, politicians, and medical professionals affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last May. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

Panel members for the discussion include Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, TCU Chief Inclusion Officer; James McQuillen, director of Theatre for Youth at Casa Mañana; Professor Lisa Devine, UNT Theatre for Social Change professor; and Shania Tari, M.S, LMFT-A & EMDR trained.

A collaboration between Theatre TCU, TCU School of Music, and El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, the event is free to attend, though tickets are required and may be reserved here. It begins at 6:30 pm at PepsiCo Recital Hall at the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Center for Performing Arts on the TCU campus.

El Progreso Memorial Library will also stream the event on YouTube so that community members may join and participate in the discussion and reflection.