Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum

It's a pretty big and eclectic weekend in and around Fort Worth, featuring four concerts from artists of all different ages. There will also be a classic car showcase, an encore of one of 2022's best films, a home tour, a family-friendly symphony concert, a Japanese celebration of the full moon, a dance company homecoming, 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.

Friday, September 16

29th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals
The 29th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals at Texas Motor Speedway will feature over 2,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, imports, and trucks through '97. There will also be NASCAR stock car rides, a Nitro Thunderfest dragster exhibition, a burn out competition, a Summit Super Shopping Experience, a swap meet & Cars 4 Sale Corral, and a kids zone with free arts and crafts, games, prizes, and more. The event takes place through Sunday.

Magnolia at the Modern: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
If you missed your choice to see one of the best-reviewed movies of the year back in July, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is giving you a second chance. Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. When a documentary filmmaker discovers them among the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope at finding his long-lost family. The film will screen seven times through Sunday.

Brothers Osborne in concert
The list of country music duos is long and distinguished, whether it's official duos like Brooks & Dunn, Florida-Georgia Line, or The Judds, or collaborators like Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty, or George Jones & Tammy Wynette. Brothers Osborne have been making a name for themselves, releasing three albums since their debut in 2016. They're also notable for one of the brothers, T.J., being one of the few country musicians to come out as gay, which he did in 2021. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

Saturday, September 17

Wedgwood Historical Association presents Parade of Homes
Wedgwood Historical Association's annual Parade of Homes features now-historic homes where visitors can learn about some of Wedgwood’s earliest residents. Four homes will be featured during this year's event, all of different styles. Proceeds will go toward WHA’s work in education and preservation.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Family Series: "Dancing with the FWSO Stars!"
At this special Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra family concert, kids and family can explore all types of dance music from around the world. From traditional to folk, and from ballet to modern, attendees will hear how an orchestra shakes their bones as they travel through different cultures utilizing the rhythmic power of dance and music. The concert takes place at Bass Performance Hall.

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents "Perspectives"
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will open the 2022-2023 season with "Perspectives," featuring guest artists Díaz Trio with Angela Cheng on piano. Selections will include Schubert's B Flat Trio, Beethoven's Trio In G Major, Mozart's Sonata in G Major K. 301, and Mozart's Piano Quartet in E Flat Major. The concert, taking place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, is preceded by a pre-concert conversation at 1:15 pm.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Modern by Moonlight: Otsukimi Festival
Modern by Moonlight: Otsukimi Festival is an annual Japanese festival that honors the autumn moon and the season ahead, in recognition of the rich heritage of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s architect, Tadao Ando. In addition to the Modern’s special exhibition, "Women Painting Women," the event features live entertainment by the Dondoko Taiko Japanese Drumming Group, Boyblk, Rizkilla, and Cabus. Japanese-inspired food and beverages crafted by Café Modern are available throughout the evening.

Steve Miller Band in concert
The legendary Steve Miller Band, known for songs like "The Joker," "Livin' in the USA," "Take the Money and Run," "Rock'n Me," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Jet Airliner," "Jungle Love," and "Abracadabra," comes to Will Rogers Auditorium, for a retrospective of their long and distinguished career. Their most recent album was their 2021 concert album, Shady Grove Music Fair (Live '73).

Bruce Wood Dance presents "Homecoming"
Bruce Wood Dance will open their new season with a return to Fort Worth, aptly titled "Homecoming." The program will include Wood's audience favorites Red, which premiered in Fort Worth in 2001; Lovett!, which expresses Wood’s experiences working on ranches, raising horses, roping cattle, and rodeo riding; and excerpts from Joy Bollinger's acclaimed Slip Zone. The performance takes place at W.E. Scott Theatre.

Mike Ryan in concert
Country singer Mike Ryan, a native of San Antonio, may be on the verge of breaking out after a decade of trying to make it in the business. His fourth album, Longcut, is set for release on October 28, and in addition to this concert at Billy Bob's Texas, he'll serve as an opening act for Morgan Wallen at his mega-concert at Globe Life Field in Arlington on October 8.

Sunday, September 18

Kimbell Art Museum presents "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth"
The special exhibition "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth" celebrates the genre paintings of one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden age: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. While Murillo is primarily known for his religious subject matter, some of his most iconic works depict secular themes. Comprising approximately 50 works, the exhibition explores themes of youth and age, comedy, romance and seduction, faith and charity, landscape, portraiture, and modern realism. The exhibition will remain on display through January 29, 2023.

Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert
The Red Hot Chili Peppers rose to fame in the early 1990s, but unlike other acts, they haven't stayed tied to that decade. All of their albums have landed in the top 5 on the Billboard 200, with their latest — Unlimited Love, released in April — coming in at No. 1 in multiple countries. And they have another album, Return of the Dream Canteen, due next month. They'll play at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

Kimbell Art Museum presents "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth," starting on September 18.

Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum
Kimbell Art Museum presents "Murillo: From Heaven to Earth," starting on September 18.
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These are the 10 can't-miss shows in Dallas-Fort Worth theater for September

Theater Critic Picks

The theater calendar is getting busier as the weather (finally) cools down — in fact, fall is the perfect time to bring a picnic to Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre for Shakespeare Dallas' final production of the year.

In order of start date, here are 10 local shows to watch this month:

Big Scary Animals
Theatre Three, September 1-25
An older white couple from the country moves to the city to be closer to their granddaughter and unknowingly settles in the gay neighborhood. What begins as polite dinner conversation with their gay, multi-ethnic neighbors careens out of control in this updated version of the Matt Lyle's play, presented at Theatre Too in 2017.

Lonesome Blues
Undermain Theatre, September 1-18
This is the true story of the legendary bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson: born blind, but ultimately able to express his deepest emotions through music. Discovered on a street corner in Deep Ellum in 1925, Jefferson made more than 80 records over the next four years, becoming one the most prolific and influential performers of his generation and propelling the growth of rhythm and blues, soul, doo-wop, rap, and hip-hop.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Classics Theatre Project, September 2-11
With a romanticism rooted in reality, the story unfolds on a night in the Mississippi Delta as the Pollitt family gathers to celebrate the birthday of its aging and ailing patriarch, Big Daddy. His two sons vie for an inheritance with former football hero, Brick, also contending with his wife’s, Maggie-the-Cat’s, unbridled sexuality and the nature of his own, in a relationship burdened by repressed love.

Circle Theatre, September 2-24
Troy Maxson, a former star baseball player, is excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime in this classic play by August Wilson. Troy’s bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife, who re-evaluates their marriage when Troy comes home with a baby he fathered with another woman, and his son, who now wants his own chance to become a football star.

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations
Broadway Dallas, September 6-18
This Broadway musical follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts, creating 42 top 10 hits, with 14 reaching No. 1.

The Bridges of Madison County
WaterTower Theatre, September 7-11
Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway seeking directions, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca's life.

St. Ella
Ochre House Theatre, September 7-24
St. Ella takes a satirical look at the iconic women found in 20th-century plays and explores their roles as oppressed women and the brutish men who ruled over them. The dark comedy is filled with song, dance, new vaudevillian techniques, and exposes the woman’s "world that is dying within her."

Shakespeare Dallas, September 7-October 15
Known as one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, Shakespeare Dallas’ interpretation of Hamlet features an all-woman cast (led by Jenny Ledel) and is directed by celebrated local actress and director Christie Vela.

Dallas Theater Center, September 8-25
Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie, which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects.

Disney's Winnie the Pooh
Irving Arts Center, September 16-18
Featuring the Sherman Brothers' classic Grammy Award-winning music with further songs by A.A. Milne, this fresh stage adaptation is told with life-sized puppetry through the eyes of the characters we all know and love in a new story from the Hundred Acre Wood.

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These are the 6 can't-miss shows in Dallas-Fort Worth theater for August

Theater Critic Picks

Do y'all feel like you need a break? Agreed, it's time for a breather. Theaters around Dallas-Fort Worth have eased up this month, offering a light roster of plays and musicals with plenty of padding in between so you can see them all.

In order of start date, here are six local shows to watch this month:

When We Were Very Young
Hip Pocket Theatre, August 5-21
The A.A. Milne classic book of musings and poems is brought to life for the stage through music, puppetry, and dance.

Jubilee Theatre, August 11-14
One of the most successful and explosive musicals in American theatre history comes to the Bass Hall stage to round out Jubilee's 41st season. The musical goes behind the scenes to reveal the business phase of show business and the shared drama that exudes love, heartache, rejection, soulful melodies, high-octane vocals, triumph and defeat — both musically and personally — through all of the characters’ journeys.

Curse of the Puerto Ricans
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, August 11-28
Julia Rodriguez has sacrificed everything for her family, comprised of her alcoholic father, her miserable mother, her absentee older sister, and her lively little sister. When "the one that got away" re-enters her life and asks her to run away with him to California, she begins to question if she’s made a mistake.

Between Riverside and Crazy
Stage West, August 18-September 11
Ex-NYPD cop and recent widower Walter "Pops" Washington is under a lot of pressure. He is stubbornly pursuing a lawsuit over an officer-involved shooting. Barely holding on to the rent-controlled apartment he shares with his newly paroled son and motley surrogate family, he is ready to accept neither payout nor surrender. But as tensions come to a head in a swirl of demands from family and friends, a final ultimatum from former colleagues causes "Pops" to draw the line and make some demands of his own.

The Little Dog Laughed
Uptown Players, August 19-28
Douglas Carter Beane’s 2006 play tells the story of two lovers fighting against the world to keep their passion for each other alive. Mitchell, an up-and-coming actor, and Diane, his agent/producer, pretend to be a couple to avoid negative press about Mitchell’s homosexuality. The plan works until Mitchell falls for Alex, a young male sex worker, who changes Mitchell’s views about relationships and convinces him to love, much to the dismay of Diane, who tries desperately to avoid a scandal.

Mamma Mia!
Lyric Stage, August 24-28
This ABBA musical is a classic for a reason. Set in Greece, this fun show tells the story of Sophie, a young woman who’s trying to find the identity of her father on the eve of her wedding and hilarity ensues.

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These are the 15 can't-miss shows in Dallas-Fort Worth theater for July

Theater Critic Picks

UPDATE: Second Thought Theatre's production of Pass Over has been delayed — its new dates are July 20-30, 2022.


Just like the summer heat, theater in Dallas-Fort Worth won't quit. Musicals, plays, festivals, tours — take your pick.

In order of start date, here are 15 local shows to watch this month:

Teatro en Fuga Festival
Cara Mía Theatre, July 2 & 9
On July 2, see Fantazmx by Hector Cantu, writer of the nationally syndicated comic strip Baldo. The festival closes July 9 with Tomás Ayala-Torres’s new translation of Yanga by Mexican playwright Jaime Chabaud.

The Secret Comedy of Women
Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, July 6-31
Inspired by authors Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein’s earnest and amusingly absurd writings in their girlhood diaries, The Secret Comedy of Women is a mix of sketch, improvisation, audience participation, witty songs, and clever videos that rejoices in the challenges of being a woman, from boys to bras and pantyhose to menopause.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Theatre Three, July 7-17
Late one evening, after an alcohol-fueled university faculty party, middle-aged couple Martha and George receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as late-evening guests. They draw them into their bitter and frustrated marital love-hate ambivalence and pummel each other senseless in a verbal slugfest. T3 artistic director Jeffrey Schmidt and associate artistic director Christie Vela take on the roles of George and Martha. Due to ongoing construction in the Quadrangle, all performances will be pay-what-you-wish.

The Odyssey
Dallas Theater Center, July 8-10
Inspired by the historical pageantry movement of the early 1900s — known for blending mass spectacle with community engagement — this final work in deBessonet and Almond’s grand trilogy reimagines the Greek epic with Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members, and special guests. Man-eating Cyclops, a sorceress that turns sailors to beasts, and the deadly sweet song of the Sirens explode onto the stage with spectacular numbers in this joyful, larger-than-life musical about finding your way home, no matter where fate may lead you.

The Diaries of Adam and Eve
Hip Pocket Theatre, July 8-24
Through the wit of Mark Twain, The Diaries of Adam and Eve hilariously examines the loss and love of human relationships. Told through an ensemble of Adams, Eves, and a Forbidden Chorus, this adaptation reminds us that the original love story wasn't always a walk in the park but was worth it in the end.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Broadway at the Bass, July 12-17
With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes "I Don’t Know How to Love Him," "Gethsemane," and "Superstar."

Pass Over
Second Thought Theatre, July 13-30
In Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s play — the first full play to open on Broadway following the pandemic lockdown — Moses and Kitch talk smack, pass the time, and hope that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space and disrupts their plans.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Mainstage Irving - Las Colinas, July 15-30
This zany musical is set in sexy 1980s Madrid, featuring the unravelling world of Pepa, Pepa’s wandering lover, the lover’s nutty ex-wife, their son and his fiancée, Pepa’s ditzy friend and that friend’s suspicious boyfriend, plus a lawyer, and a talkative taxi driver. All this comedic chaos is served up with a very specially laced gazpacho and an irresistible Spanish beat.

Kinky Boots
Uptown Players, July 15-31
Having inherited a failing shoe factory from his late father, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola to produce a line of high-heeled boots to continue his father’s legacy and save the business. In the process, Charlie and Lola discover that they are not so different after all.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
WaterTower Theatre, July 20-31
Set in London in 1907, the musical centers on Monty Navarro, a penniless clerk who is informed after the death of his mother that he is ninth in line to inherit the earldom of Highhurst, controlled by the wealthy D’Ysquith banking family. After the imperious ruling Lord dismisses Monty’s claim of being a relative, the eight D’Ysquiths ahead of young Mr. Navarro begin dying in natural and unnatural ways. Meanwhile, Monty is desperately trying to woo money-minded Sibella Hallward — until he finds himself drawn to young Phoebe D’Ysquith.

Disney's Frozen
Broadway Dallas, July 20-August 7
Frozen features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez.

Steel Magnolias
Casa Mañana, July 23-31
In Chinquapin, Louisiana, anybody who is anyone has her hair done in Truvy’s beauty salon. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”), Miss Clairee, an eccentric millionaire with a raging sweet tooth and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby is getting married.

The Prom
AT&T Performing Arts Center, July 26-31
The Prom is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and a love that unites them all.

Mean Girls
Broadway at the Bass, July 26-31
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

Jubilee Theatre, July 29-August 31
This explosive musical goes behind the scenes to reveal the business phase of show business and the shared drama that exudes love, heartache, rejection, soulful melodies, high-octane vocals, triumph and defeat — both musically and personally — through each characters’ journey.

Photo by Melanie Maganias Nashan

The road goes on to Billy Bob's for Robert Earl Keen's final Fort Worth show

The party finally ends

The road, it seems, does not go on forever, and the party — at least the live one — is wrapping up for legendary Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen. In January 2022, he announced his decision to retire at the top of his game, and the acclaimed musician is now making the most of his final touring year with a romping, rowdy set of shows across his home state of Texas — including a final show in Fort Worth.

He'll bring his "World Tour of Texas" to Billy Bob's Texas for one night only, Thursday, August 25. (It'll be a return "final tour" engagement in Fort Worth, as he just played there as part of the PBR World Finals Concert Series at Will Rogers Auditorium on May 21.)

The night before, he'll stop at The Factory in Deep Ellum for one show.

“I’ve been blessed with a lifetime of brilliant, talented, colorful, electrical, magical folks throughout my life,” Keen shared in a video on his social media channels. “This chorus of joy, this parade of passion, this bull rush of creativity, this colony of kindness and generosity are foremost in my thoughts today. It’s with a mysterious concoction of joy and sadness that I want to tell you that as of September 4, 2022, I will no longer tour or perform publicly.”

The final leg of his final tour will kick off in Corpus Christi on August 4 and run through September 4, making stops at several Texas institutions, including two nights at the legendary Gruene Hall in New Braunfels (August 17-18), one show at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion near Houston (August 20), and two nights at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin (August 28-29).

With a catalog of 21 albums, his band of stellar musicians, and many thousands of shows under his belt, Keen has earned living-legend status in the Americana music world. A Houston native, he grew up on classic rock and Willie Nelson records, teaching himself the guitar by the time he entered Texas A&M University. Keen co-wrote “The Front Porch Song” with fellow Texas legend and friend Lyle Lovett, which both artists recorded on their debut albums.

Keen followed in the footsteps of some of the Lone Star State’s most revered singer-songwriters, producing and financing his first album No Kinda Dancer before moving to Nashville. By the time he moved back to Texas, he had a publishing deal, a new label, and a national booking agent. He released The Live Album and West Textures, the seminal album which debuted what remains his all-time fan favorite, "The Road Goes on Forever."

Since then, two more albums, A Bigger Piece of Sky and Gringo Honeymoon, produced instant classics like "Corpus Christi Bay," "Gringo Honeymoon," "Dreadful Selfish Crime," and "Merry Christmas from the Family.” Keen’s acclaim as a writer has earned him membership in the Texas Heritage Songwriter Hall of Fame, The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Texas Institute of Letters.

While Keen will continue to write music, host his popular podcast, support young artists, and follow his artistic muse wherever it takes him, his already-sold-out final public concert will be September 4 at John T. Floores Country Store in Helotes, Texas, followed by a fan appreciation party at the same venue on September 5.

Below is the complete list of dates and venues for his World Tour of Texas. Local presale tickets will go on sale on Thursday, May 26, from 10 am-10 pm. All tickets will be on sale Friday, May 27, at 10 am, through his tour site.

  • August 4 — Concrete Street Amphitheater, Corpus Christi
  • August 5 — Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio
  • August 6 — KOKE Fest, Hutto
  • August 12 — Starlight Ranch, Amarillo
  • August 17-18 — Gruene Hall, New Braunfels
  • August 19 — The Grand 1894 Opera House, Galveston
  • August 20 — Texas Uprising, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston
  • August 21 — Julie Rogers Theater, Beaumont
  • August 24 — The Factory Deep Ellum, Dallas
  • August 25 — Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth
  • August 26 — Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, Midland
  • August 28-29 — ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin
  • September 1 — Floore’s Country Store, Helotes (sold out)
  • September 2 — TBA, College Station
  • September 3-4 — Floore’s Country Store, Helotes (sold out)
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Kendrick Lamar brings new tour to DFW after Fort Worth stars in edgy 'N95' video

Hip-hop news

Hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar is showing a lot of love to Dallas-Fort Worth: First, with an explosive new music video, and now with a tour stop.

The Grammy-winning lyrical genius dropped the music video for his new song "N95" on Saturday, May 14 — and it featured some familiar Fort Worth landmarks, including the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum and the Active Pool at the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

According to WFAA, Lamar hired Fort Worth-based Red Productions, which scouted locations to match his ideas for the shoot.

"We had collaborated with someone else on their team before on a previous music video and they remembered how film-friendly Fort Worth was...," owner Red Sanders told WFAA. "They sent over like a mood board, and like ideas of what they wanted shots to look like."

The 34-year-old California-born rapper, who is unabashedly proud of being straight outta Compton (the famed L.A. neighborhood), has gained a loyal following for his critique of current societal trends. “Take off them fabricated streams and them microwave memes — it’s a real world outside” he demands in the politically charged “N95.”

As of Tuesday, May 17, the the music video had almost 10 million views and was the No. 2 trending video on YouTube.

But, forget YouTube.

Local fans will get to see him perform the song live when he brings his just-announced "Big Steppers Tour" to Dallas' American Airlines Center on July 23.

The nationwide trek supports his new album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers (on which "N95" appears). He’ll also make Texas stops at Austin’s new Moody Center on Thursday, July 21, and Houston's Toyota Center on July 22.

Lamar will be supported by Baby Keem on all dates and Tanna Leone on select dates.

General ticket sales start at 12 pm Friday, May 20 via Ticketmaster. Meanwhile, presale tickets will be available to Cash App customers via an exclusive ticket presale, beginning at 10 am Thursday, May 19. Get details here and here.

While YouTube views continue to rack up, "N95" — directed by Lamar and Dave Free — is also receiving worldwide buzz and critical acclaim. Billboard calls it "striking" and "explosive" and describes it thusly:

[It] opens with the phrase “This S— Hard” flashing across the screen in red capital letters. From there, the rapper is seen hovering in a Jesus-like crucifix pose over crashing ocean waves while a young child looks on from the beach. The three-and-a-half minute video alters from color to black-and-white, as Lamar takes on several roles with striking imagery, including a piano player surrounded by beautiful women and a man doing an intense workout on the rooftop of a large building.

In the song, Lamar offers a perfect blend of introspection and aggression using the “N95” mask, popularly used during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a metaphor for fake inauthenticity amongst contemporary American society.

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'Lightscape' shines bright in this week's 5 most popular Fort Worth stories

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. What to expect at 'Lightscape,' Fort Worth's new walk-thru winter wonderland. Fort Worth’s most Instagrammable new holiday lights display is best enjoyed without clinging to a phone. “Lightscape,” which made its North Texas debut at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on Friday, November 18, walks visitors through a winter wonderland experience unlike any other in DFW.

2. Hoffbrau Steak fires up the grill for new location in Grapevine. A longtime steakhouse is coming to Grapevine: Hoffbrau Steak & Grill House, a small family-owned and -operated chain that's been in Dallas-Fort Worth for more than 40 years, will open a location November 28 at 700 W. State Hwy 114, previously home to a Brick House Tavern & Tap, which closed during the pandemic.

3. Yellowstone and 1883 stars cowboy up at Fort Worth gala honoring Taylor Sheridan. Fort Worth has always been "where the West begins," and now it's where TV's hottest Western drama begins, too. The 2022 Lone Star Film Festival Gala - held November 11 at Hotel Drover in the Stockyards - leaned hard into the city's connections to Yellowstone and its prequel, 1883, with signs and programs that boasted "The Road to Yellowstone Began in Fort Worth."

4. Divine doughnuts and tempting tamales top this Fort Worth restaurant news. This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth has tidbits about doughnuts, Cajun food, vegan tamales, and gourmet ice cream, culled from press releases, social media, and the occasional hot tip. Here's what's happening in Fort Worth restaurant news.

5. Here comes Santa House, back to Grapevine for a very charitable 2022 Christmas season. After taking a much-needed break last year, Louie Murillo and his family are once again decking their halls, yard, and rooftop to bring back the Grapevine Santa House — a smash hit during the 2020 holiday season. The half-acre property is a "Where's Waldo?" maze of more than 1,000 Santa statues, which visitors can walk among, snap photos with, and then, they hope, make a donation to Grace Grapevine's Christmas Cottage program.

Texas parks beckon throughout 2022 holidays with festive events and peaceful escapes

If roasting ‘smores and hiking in the great outdoors sounds fun, pack up your family and visit one of Texas’ state parks this holiday season.

Texas state parks and historic sites are ringing in the holidays with a number of festive events. There are drive-thru light tours, special holiday hikes, arts and crafts for the kiddos, and more.

Reservations fill up quickly, so be sure to visit an individual park's website before you head out. And check the Holidays in the Parks page for many more fun options, pricing information, and more information.

Dallas-Fort Worth-area parks

Tyler State Park
Avoid the Black Friday madness with the 15th annual “Walk-off the Bird” Bird Walk, a 2.1-mile walk by the lakeshore at 9 am November 25. Bring your binoculars to relax and enjoy the bird life of the East Texas Pineywoods. At 2 pm the same day, enjoy a Fall in the Savannah fall foliage hike. Enjoy Reading Ranger Campfire Stories around a cozy campfire at 3 pm December 3. Head back December 9-10 for A Pineywoods Christmas, when you can stroll or drive through the Lakeview and Big Pine campgrounds to take in campers' elaborately decorated sites and take a Winter Wonderland Hike.

Lake Tawakoni State Park
Drive through or stay at the park and decorate your campsite with your favorite Christmas decorations to receive your second night of camping free during your stay. There will be a decorating contest, complete with awards, as well as a reading of The Night before Christmas — all part of Twinkle Tour 2022, 5-8 pm December 3.

Daingerfield State Park
Drive through the park lit up like Santa Land during the 10th annual Christmas in the Park drive thru lights tour December 14-17 (times vary). Marvel at the decorated campsites and lights, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while waiting for a chance to visit with Santa.

Eisenhower State Park
Help those in need and spread holiday cheer — and as a bonus, get free entry to the park — by bringing one unwrapped donation item to the park’s Holiday Donation Drive from November 25 to December 19. Come back December 9-10 to visit the Light Up the Park drive-thru lights event, featuring milk and cookies with Santa. This year, the park is taking unwrapped toys to donate instead of collecting entrance fees for the event.

Cleburne State Park
Enjoy Pancakes With Santa and make pinecone bird feeders 9-11 a.m. December 10.

Cedar Hill State Park
Walk off your Thanksgiving Day meal and explore nature in the cool fall air during the three-mile Thanksgiving Nature Walk 7:30-9 a.m. November 26. Search for birds taking their winter break at the park during their Winter Birding Walk, which takes place 7:30-8:30 am December 13. Explore Christmas on Penn Farm on December 17: Learn about the history and pioneers of the Penn Family and the farm they built 150 years ago.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Experience Christmas, cowboy style, at Cross Timbers Cowboy Christmas, December 3. Park ranger and cowboy poet David Owens will gather guests around a campfire at the Lone Star Amphitheater for an evening of cowboy culture through songs, stories and poems.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
In partnership with Toys for Tots, the park is hosting Christmas in the Valley, a full day of ranger-led events, programs, family friendly activities, arts and crafts, food and more. Bring a new and unwrapped toy for free admission for the whole family. The event takes place 1-4 pm. December 17.

Austin/San Antonio-area parks

Bastrop State Park
The park’s annual Gobble Till You Wobble hike November 25 has been canceled due to predicted rains. However, you can still follow ornaments with clues through the park every day in December during the annual Fa La La Through The Forest Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy the Lost Pines Christmas Parade, a collaborative event with Bastrop and Buescher Parks, at 6 pm December 10. Tour the inside of the historic Refectory and see how the Civilian Conservation Corps celebrated Christmas away from home during A Lost Pines CCC Christmas 9 a.m. to noon December 17.

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Attend Deck the Halls, 10 am. to 3 pm November 26 to explore how early Texans at the Sauer-Beckmann Farm got ready for the holidays by stringing popcorn and decorating cookies to hang on their Christmas tree; learn how to make wreaths out of local cedar and dip candles as the farm staff get ready for das Weihnachten (Christmas). Return to the park at 5:30 pm December 18 for the 53rd Annual Tree Lighting, a holiday tradition started by President and Mrs. Johnson.

Garner State Park
Join the Buffalo Soldiers program and friends as they stop into Garner State Park before leaving for Christmas break during the Marching Towards Christmas event 10 am to 2 pm December 10. Christmas activities will include hand-dipped candles, frontier Christmas painting, Christmas-themed hard tack in Dutch ovens, and stories of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Buescher State Park
Take a Giving Thanks Guided Hike and learn how the Civilian Conservation Corps built the park from 3-4 pm November 26. On the Fa La La in the Forest Scavenger Hunt, you can follow ornaments with clues through the park to secure a prize at the end, December 1 to January 1. Enjoy the Smithville Festival of Lights and Lighted Parade, a collaborative effort between Buescher and Bastrop parks, on December 3.

Hill Country State Natural Area
See how art, history and state parks are connected; learn some basic watercolor techniques and paint a card or two to take home during the Watercolor Christmas Cards event 2:30-4 p.m. December 3. Come back for Horses in History & Ornament Craft from 2:30-4 pm. December 22 and learn how horses played important roles in the lives of vaqueros, native people, ranchers and more. Then, play a round of horseshoes and paint a horse ornament to take with you.

South Llano River State Park
At Christmas at the Ranch, 2 to 5 pm December 3, guests can warm up with hot chocolate and cider, listen to live entertainment, enjoy crafts and cookie decorating, and anticipate Santa's visit while taking in the twinkling lights and Christmas decorations at the historic Ranch House that now serves as Park Headquarters.

Houston and Gulf Coast-area parks

Brazos Bend State Park
Holiday in the Park is an all-day affair on December 10. Events include a self-guided "Elf Hike," Christmas crafts, "Pup Parade," s'mores, and more.

Goose Island State Park
See the park in lights, enjoy holiday activities, and camp for free when you decorate your campsite during Christmas in the Park on December 17. Guests are invited to "Santa's Village" at the CCC Recreation Hall for holiday crafts, games, hot chocolate around the campfire, and to drop off letters to Santa in the North Pole Mailbox.

Lake Livingston State Park
Learn about your favorite Thanksgiving food (the turkey) during Campfire Turkey Talk on November 26. Rangers will cover the history of Thanksgiving, the habits and behaviors of wild turkeys, and share interesting facts about turkeys, including how it nearly became our national bird.

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Get in the holiday spirit with the second annual Holiday Light Drive Thru 6-9 pm December 10. Visitors can enter the park for a drive through the lighted areas of Javelina and Opossum Bend camping loops, plus the Old Pavilion.

West Texas and the Panhandle-area parks

Franklin Mountains State Park
Pack your Thanksgiving leftovers and hike 1.5 miles up to Aztec Caves during the park’s Turkey Trot at 11 am November 25. On December 3, make ornaments and holiday cards with recycled materials as part of the Art in the Parks series. During Cookies and Cocoa, you can decorate and take home your own Christmas treat while sipping on a cup of hot chocolate 2-4 pm December 23. Come back on Christmas Eve for a guided, two-mile Santa Hike at 11 am.

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Bring your family out for Home for the Holidays guided family hike on December 10 and moderate hike on 17.

San Angelo State Park
Enjoy a drive-thru tour of lights and optional pictures with Santa and Smokey Bear during Holly-Days in the Park 6-8 pm December 10.

Affluent Fort Worth neighbor leads list of lavish holiday spending budgets in U.S.

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As the most wonderful time of the year approaches, holiday shopping budgets are in the spotlight, and a study from WalletHub lists Flower Mound as one of the top cities where Santa doesn't need a whole lot of help.

According to the personal finance website, the average holiday budget in Flower Mound is $3,531 per person, the third highest in the nation.

The town's 2021 population of 77,243 (per the U.S. Census) boasts a median income $139,703 and earlier this year was named by Ventured.com as the richest city in Texas.

In spite of an increase over last year's gift list totals, Flower Mound dropped to the third spot after being ranked No. 1 last year with a budget of $3,427. Newton, Massachusetts (budget $4,233) and Palo Alto, California (budget $3,920) edged out the Texas city this year.

Flower Mound was the only Texas city in the top 10, but there's plenty of holiday cheer to be found in the report, and not just for Flower Mound Santa fans.

Each year, WalletHub calculates the maximum holiday budget for over 550 U.S. cities "to help consumers avoid post-holiday regret," the website says. The study factors in income, age of the population, and other financial indicators such as debt-to-income ratio, monthly-income-to monthly-expenses ratio and savings-to-monthly-expenses ratio.

Despite nationwide focus on inflation strains, holiday spending is expected to be healthy, and higher than last year.

"The seeming social upheaval in recent times may lead households to spend more in an attempt to take some control of the environment which they can control," says Robert Wright, University of Illinois, Springfield professor emeritus who was among five experts consulted for advice about holiday shopping.

This could be good news if your Christmas wishes are on local shopping lists. Eight other North Texas cities landed in this year's top 100 heftiest holiday budgets:

  • Allen, No. 17 , $2,670
  • Frisco, No. 37, $2,150
  • McKinney, No. 45, $2,070
  • Plano, No. 50, $1,999
  • Carrollton, No. 55, $1,837
  • Richardson, No. 58, $1,823
  • North Richland Hills, No. 81, $1,658
  • Lewisville, No. 90, $1,630

Fort Worth landed at No. 366 with a budget of $890, while Dallas landed at No. 401 out of 558 cities with an average holiday budget of $845.

Elsewhere in Texas, spending in the Austin area won't be ho-hum with the Capitol City's budget of $1,705 ranked at No. 78. Two Austin suburbs, Cedar Park (budget $2,855) and League City (budget $2,541) ranked 14 and 20, respectively.

Santa's bag could be a mixed bag in the Houston area with three suburbs in the top 100, but the urban center falling behind:

  • Sugar Land, No. 15, $2,793
  • Pearland, No. 36, $2,172
  • The Woodlands, No. 71, $1,733
  • Houston, No. 366, $890

Things don't look too jolly for San Antonio, ranked at No. 431 with an average budget of $803 or Pharr, which was the lowest ranked city in Texas.

At No. 553 with a budget of $487, the Rio Grande Valley city came in just a few spots ahead of last place Hartford, Connecticut, with a budget of only $211.