DFW Weekend Round Up (11/6-11/9)

DFW Weekend Round Up (11/6-11/9)The arts- live music, film festivals and fashion- are all taking center stage this weekend in DFW.


If you’re looking for more food & drink centric activities, we have a full list here.


Thursday, Nov. 6:

Lone Star Film Festival: This year’s festival runs through Sunday, Nov. 9 and features great movies like Reese Witherspoon’s Wild and Life Partners starring Gillian Jacobs, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody. Screenings take place at AMC Palace 9 and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The 5th-Annual LSFF Ball will take place on Friday.


Stars & Stripes Film Festival: In a salute to Veteran’s Day weekend, Angelika Film Center Dallas will screen military-themed movies from Thursday to Sunday including Saving Private Ryan and Platoon. Proceeds benefit Sons of the Flag.


Jay Leno: The comedian and former host of The Tonight Show for 22 years will be at Bass Performance Hall to serve up laughs and benefit the UNT Health Science Center Foundation.


Friday, Nov. 7:

Eli Young Band House Party: They started at UNT in 2000 and now they’re one of the most famous country groups in the genre. They’re back in the area for the second year to host a country music festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington that will also showcase stars Gary Allan, Pat Green, Cody Johnson and more.


Fashion X Dallas: Fashion takes over in downtown Dallas at Fashion Industry Gallery for three consecutive nights of runway shows and pop-up shops. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Rise School of Dallas.


Saturday, Nov. 8:

The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection: Though he’s best known for his colorful children’s books, Seuss was also an avid painter and sculptor. Check out his works in an exhibit presented by Milan Gallery in Fort Worth through Nov. 24.


Bastille: The British rock band will headline the show at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie with opener Ella Eyre.


Downtown Alamo Drafthouse Groundbreaking: To celebrate the unofficial groundbreaking of the new theater in the Cedars neighborhood, Alamo Drafthouse is hosting a party and an outdoor screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. There will be food trucks and beer from Deep Ellum Brewing Co.


Sunday, Nov. 9:

Cowboys at Jaguars: In week ten, the ‘boys will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at home on Sunday at noon. We’re 6 and 3 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.


Dallas Market Hall Sample Sale: Start your holiday shopping early and find something for everyone on your list- jewelry, toys, apparel, children’s clothing, home accessories and furniture- all at low prices.


Mavs: The Mavs play the Miami Heat at 6:30pm. Get to American Airlines Center to cheer them on.


Image via Fashion X Dallas Facebook

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/30-11/2)

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/30-11/2)

While Halloween is certainly the highlight of this weekend, we understand that not everyone indulges in this spooky holiday. So, we’re giving you options for all kinds of other activities as well as providing the best lists of Halloween events written up by other DFW experts.


If you’re looking for more food & drink centric activities, we have a full list here.


Thursday, Oct. 30:

AIA Dallas Tour Of Homes: If you didn’t get a ticket to the Preservation Dallas Fall Architectural Tour last weekend, now is your chance to get a look at more of the incredible homes Dallas has to offer. This year’s tour includes nine of the most architecturally significant homes in the area, including the Peavy home near White Rock Lake that was constructed using 14 shipping containers. The premiere party is Thursday and tours take place Friday and Saturday.


Decks in the Park: Tonight marks the last night of this fun series at Klyde Warren Park. DJ’s Paradise, Souljah, Nick Van House, Willie Trimmer, and Colly T will all take the stage.


An Evening with Garrison Keillor: The NPR icon will be in Fort Worth for a rare solo performance at Bass Performance Hall.


Nick Swardson: You’ll recognize this actor/comedian from many of Adam Sandler’s films including “Grandma’s Boy” and “Just Go With It,” but he’s been a stand-up comedian for more than 20 years. Get in on the laughs at the Majestic Theatre.


Friday, Oct. 31:

Salt-n-Pepa: The Grammy Award-winning artists will perform live at The Rustic. You’ll remember them for 90’s classic hits like “Shoop,” “Push It,”Whatta Man” and more.


Slipknot: If you’re not into Halloween but you are into heavy metal, you’re in luck. They’ll take the stage for this season’s final concert at Gexa along with Korn and King 810.


Saturday, Nov. 1:

Chive Fest 2014: Country star Jake Owen is the headliner of this year’s event held at Southfork Ranch. From 1 to 11pm, jam out with the largest gathering in Dallas to date.


Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight: Each year, the Tony Award-winning actor adds and edits material in the famous show that he’s been performing across the country since 1954. Join him for a night of “funny stuff” and “serious matters” at Bass Performance Hall.


TEDxSMU: Great minds are coming to Dallas City Performance Hall for this year’s Ted lectures. The theme is “Strangely Familiar” and features music and dance, robots and big data that take you from prisons in Africa to the super-bugs in our own backyard.


All Weekend:

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum through November 26. There will also be a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts, Cinderella’s Carriage and more.


Halloween Events:

Costumer Parties: Check out this list for where to be for the best costume parties in D-FW.


Haunted Houses: This list gives you the scoop on all kinds of haunted houses happening around town.


Other Fun: Here’s a list filled with more options including movies, concerts, kid-friendly fun, pet-friendly fun and more.


Image via Klyde Warren Park Facebook

Preparing for a Power Outage

Preparing for a Power Outage

With all the storms brewing around us recently, we thought it might be a good time to remind you how to prepare for and deal with a power outage. Power outages are a year-round concern, but taking extra caution as the winter months approach is always a good idea. Here are some tips for weathering a blackout.


Perishable Food: If an outage lasts for 2 hours or less, you don’t need to be concerned about your perishable food. During longer outages, grab a cooler, or buy an inexpensive styrofoam one to have on hand, and fill it with ice and the food you’re worried about losing. Cooler temperatures help preserve food longer.

-An unopened fridge will keep food cold for around 4 hours. An unopened freezer can keep food cold anywhere from 24-48 hours. The key is to keep the doors closed as much as possible.


Blackout Box: Create a kit- it doesn’t all actually have to fit inside one box -filled with items to help you get through the outage. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the items are. Here’s what the Blackout Box should have in it:

-Water: 1 gallon per person, per day

-Food: Non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (think granola, protein bars, dried fruit, crackers, dry cereal, nuts, and canned beans).

-Flashlights and extra batteries: Avoid using candles if you can since they can be dangerous.

-First aid kit: A prepackaged one can be bought at any local drugstore and many supermarkets.

-Medications: If you or a family member requires medication, makes sure to have a few days supply on hand.

-Multi-purpose tool: A Swiss Army knife is a very functional buy.

-Sanitation and personal hygiene items: Toilet paper, paper towels, and other necessary items should always be stocked up.

-Emergency contact information: Create a list of personal emergency contact numbers as well as numbers for local emergency centers.

-Bonus: Solar Panel Charger: If you have one of these it can really come in handy, even if it’s just powerful enough to keep a cell phone charged.


During a Power Outage:

 -Turn off and unplug any sensitive electrical equipment. Surges and spikes can cause harm when the power comes back on.

-Leave at least one light turned on so you know when the power returns.

-Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car since traffic lights will likely be out and roads will be overcrowded.

-Be extremely careful with carbon monoxide. Never use a generator, grill or any other propane gas, natural gas, or charcoal-burning products inside your home.


For more information on how to deal with power outages, as well as floods, fires, and other inclement weather, click here to the American Red Cross website.

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage NewsCelebrate the return of sweater weather by indulging in some of the area’s favorite fall food events including the State Fair, the Texas Veggie Fair, and the inaugural year of Cultivate Fest. Plus, check out the latest restaurant openings and what’s coming soon in DFW.


All Week:

Food Truck Schedule: Here’s where to find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week.


State Fair of Texas: The 2014 fair season is in full swing, but, sadly, this weekend will be the last. Check out all the fun including pig races, the auto show, fried foods, rides and more. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.


Thursday, Oct. 16:

Market After Dark: Every Thursday, experience The Shed at Dallas Farmers Market, which is open late for drinks and shopping from 6 to 9pm.


Savor Las Colinas: Get your taste of food and wines from 18 Las Colinas restaurants at the annual fundraising event held at AMLI at Escena. All proceeds from the evening will go towards granting the wish for a selected “Wish Kid.”


Scotch Dinner at Bolsa: Join Bolsa and the Bruichladdich Distillery for a five-course menu paired with whiskey and gin. The farm-to-table menu is by chef Andrew Bell. Call for reservations: 214-943-1883.


Friday, Oct. 17:

State & Allen 10-Year Anniversary: Celebrate this State Thomas neighborhood staple and it’s success over the last 10 years with food, cocktail specials, and dancing.


Saturday Oct. 18:

Cultivate Fest: This marks the inaugural year of the (free) Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festival at Lake Carolyn. There will be performances by Amos Lee, O.A.R, and more, plus demonstrations by chefs Kent Rathbun, Amanda Freitag, Matt McCallister, Sean Brock and others. Chipotle, the Fest’s main sponsor, will provide food and local breweries and wineries will provide beer and wine tastings. There will also be a kid zone, multiple exhibits, a music stage, and so much more.


Food Network Casting: The network’s top celebrity chefs will be at Dallas Farmers Market looking for amazing home cooks. Bring a made-from-scratch, savory dish that highlights your cooking abilities and go up against the competition for a huge cash prize.


Sunday, Oct. 19:

Texas Veggie Fair: Head to Reverchon Park to take part in the 5th-annual event celebrating all things veggie. You can learn about plant-based lifestyles, try vegan food, experience a local beer garden, listen to live music, watch chef demonstrations, partake in yoga, and hear live speakers.


Monday, Oct. 20:

Fall Dine Around at Trinity Groves: The Greater Dallas Restaurant Association is hosting its fall get-together next week. You’ll meet for appetizers at 3015 @ Trinity Groves and then go on a dining crawl to your surprise dinner location. Dessert and a nightcap will be served afterwards back at 3015.



Al’s #1 Italian Beef: Come November, Addison will be the first D-FW home to the legendary Chicago-based Italian beef chain. There are plans to open future locations around the metroplex.


Cane Rosso Cookie Butter Pizza: They’re at it again. Cane Rosso Deep Ellum now offers a dessert pizza called The Lady Bird, made with cookie butter, vanilla bean mascarpone, crushed speculoos cookies, Nutella, and powdered sugar.


Gino’s East: In other Chicago-based news, DFW is slated to get its taste of “Chicago’s original deep dish pizza,” when this famed restaurant opens in Arlington in November.


Remedy: This summer, we reported that the owner of Lower Greenville’s HG Sply. Co, Elias Pope, would be opening a new restaurant. Now, we’re happy to report that it will be open in late November/early December and will feature a “back to the basics” menu using polished techniques. Think BLTs, grilled cheeses, iconic pies and ice creams, etc.


Snap Kitchen: The newest branch of the Austin-based, healthy, to-go restaurant opened Oct. 13 in Preston Royal Village. You can also find branches at Snider Plaza, Uptown at McKinney Ave. and soon on Fitzhugh and in Addison.

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/9-10/12)

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/9-10/12)

Wow, this weekend is packed with amazing opportunities to immerse yourself in DFW culture and activities. From live music to a dog parade, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.


Thursday, Oct. 9:

Jack Ingram at The Rustic: The Rustic and Leukemia Texas present the Beat Leukemia Concert For A Cure featuring Jack Ingram. This free event also celebrates the 1 year anniversary of The Rustic opening in Uptown Dallas!


Thrift Studio: This “not-like-any-other-thrift-store thrift store” is having its kick-off party tonight. Thrift Studio is a bi-annual, 30-day, pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell With Dignity through selling donated furniture, housewares, accessories and high-end designer finds to the public.


Sam Smith: If you turned on the radio this year, you’ve heard Smith‘s huge hits “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One.” Tonight, catch him live at House of Blues Dallas.


Patio Sessions: The series at Sammons Park continues tonight with Luke Wade, the Fort Worth native on NBC’s The Voice, his band No Civilians, and opener Kirk Thurmond. The show is free and there will be food trucks from 6-9pm.


Music Thursday: Tonight’s features in the Klyde Warren Park’s Set List on the Green are The Counselor and the Capitalist, The Ackermans, and Marcella.


Dallas VideoFest: The 27th year of Dallas VideoFest is underway. It began Wednesday and runs through Oct. 19 in various venues across DFW including Alamo Drafthouse and South Dallas Cultural Center. There will be approximately 125 screenings of local, regional and internationally produced media art programs this year.


State Fair of Texas: The 2014 fair season is in full swing. Check out all the fun that continues in the third weekend including pig races, the auto show, fried foods, rides and more. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.


Market After Dark: Every Thursday, experience The Shed at Dallas Farmers Market, which is open late for drinks and shopping from 6 to 9pm.


Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum through November 26. There will also be a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts, Cinderella’s Carriage and more.


Friday, Oct. 10:

A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the late composer and EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony Award) winner and his impressive 50-year career with three concerts Friday through Sunday. Stars like Donna McKechnie and Jodi Benson will join the orchestra at Bass Performance Hall.


Saturday, Oct. 11:

Breakaway Music Festival: Southside Ballroom is hosting a night of music featuring Adventure Club, DVBBS, EDX and more. Doors open at 5 p.m.


Ringo Starr: This former Beatles member will take the stage at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie with his All-Starr Band. It’s been 44 years since the Beatles broke up, but Starr is still rocking out.


BarktoberFest: Celebrate fall and man’s best friend at Frisco Commons Park with a dog parade, costume and trick contests, pet adoption opportunities and more.


Red River Rivalry: Big game this weekend. The Red River Rivalry is on Saturday. Now, maybe you’re a Texas fan, maybe you’re an Oklahoma fan- either way, it’s going to be a big day.


Sunday, Oct. 12:

Cowboys at Seahawks: In week six, the ‘boys will take on the Seattle Seahawks, last year’s Superbowl champs, on Sunday at 3:25pm. We’re 4 and 1 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.


Southwest Airlines Freedom to Fly: If you’ve been living under a rock in DFW, you may not know that Southwest Airlines is finally allowed to add new non-stop destinations beginning Monday, Oct. 13. Join them on Sunday in celebrating the end of the Wright Amendment that’s been holding them back at Klyde Warren Park for a free party featuring Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Jack Ingram, Robert Earl Keen and more.


Image via Patio Sessions

D-FW Weekend Round Up (9/25-9/28)

There’s no doubt, the return of the State Fair of Texas and the Sunday night game between the Cowboys and the Saints are the major highlights this weekend in DFW. But, when you have time to squeeze in some more fun, check out the live music, theater, and social events that are also taking place during this beautiful fall weekend.


Samurai Collection Happy Hour: If you’ve ever ventured up the stairs at Saint Ann, you’ve noticed the mini museum and samurai collection. If you’ve ever wanted a look beyond the glass, tonight’s your lucky night. The restaurant is hosting a guided tour and happy hour from 6 to 7pm.


Music Thursday: This week Klyde Warren Park continues to feature emerging stars in Jazz, with Spenser Lizst & Sky Window. Catch them tonight live on the lawn.


Rocky Horror Show: Four decades after its Broadway premiere, this hilarious show has taken the city by storm at Wyly Theater. The production promises to be wickedly wayward and will run through October 19.


Rapunzel Rapunzel: Dallas Children’s Theater is putting a country-pop spin on the classic tale that will delight guests of all ages. Check out the production, which has afternoon and night shows, until October 26.


Index Fest: If you’re a fan of Indie music, Deep Ellum is the place to be from Friday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 28. More than 90 bands will perform over the weekend on indoor and outdoor stages. There will be a mix of well-known and up-and-coming bands like Local Natives, Ryan Bingham, Mutemath, Dawes and more.


State Fair of Texas: It’s back tomorrow! Take on signature corn dogs, this year’s fried foods, and everything else amazing that comes along with the State Fair experience from Sept. 26 to Oct. 19. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: These rock legends are nearing their 40th anniversary as a band! They’ll be at American Airlines Center on Friday to treat you to all of the classic favorites including “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” Special guest Steve Winwood will also be there.


Sara Evans: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents one of country’s most popular singers in a special concert at Bass Performance Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27. She’s made her mark over the past 20 years with hits like “Born to Fly” and “Suds in the Bucket.”


Fort Worth Day in the District: On Saturday, nine cultural destinations will offer free admission and many of Fort Worth’s cultural organizations will offer free performances in and around each destination. This is the 9th annual Day in the District and it will run from 10am to 5pm with free transportation provided.


Fall Light Farms: Celebrate the beginning of fall with a day of family fun at Celina’s Light Farms on Saturday. Beginning at 4pm, there will be lawn games, burgers, and live music. You can even tour the model homes in the community.


Good Morning, Vietnam: In honor of the recent passing of comedian/actor/star Robert Williams, there will be a free Sunset Screening of Good Morning, Vietnam, arguably one of his greatest performances, at Annette Strauss Square on Sunday.


Cowboys vs. Saints: In week four, the ‘boys will take on the New Orleans Saints in a Sunday night game at home at 7:30pm. Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV. If you have tickets, bring the noise!


Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.


Farmers Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the many farmer’s markets over the long weekend.


If you’re looking for food & beverage events to fill your weekend, click here

D-FW Continues to Win Awards

D-FW Continues to Win Awards

Will the accolades ever stop rolling in for North Texas? It’s highly doubtful since our cities continue to rack up awards. This time around, Grand Prairie, Plano, Irving, Garland, and Fort Worth are all making news.


Grand Prairie (No. 2), Plano (No. 9), Irving (No. 12) and Garland (No. 14) all ranked in the top 15 of WalletHub’s 2014’s Best and Worst Places to Retire. Though retirement and financial security are a common dream, the study reports that “a fifth of American workers approaching retirement age haven’t saved for it.”


In order to establish these rankings, the 150 largest cities in the U.S. were analyzed based on 25 key metrics. These included everything from cost of living to job prospects for workers 65 or older to the availability of recreational activities. Click the link above to see the full list of city rankings and to find out why our four cities are so impressive.


In other great news, Fort Worth’s Sundance Square won the International Downtown Association‘s “Downtown Pinnacle Award” for Downtown Leadership & Management. Here’s a basic summary of why it beat out the 10 other entries in the category:


“Sundance Square has added a remarkable, innovative lifestyle element to downtown Fort Worth: an extremely flexible, comfortable, and active space…literally on Main Street. Sundance Square Plaza makes downtown a more appealing residential option, a better hospitality offering and a more enjoyable office choice.”


So there you have it, people, living in D-FW is just the gift that keeps on giving!


Image via Sundance Square Plaza website

What $400k Gets You in DFW

We’re always interested to see what you can get for the money in different areas around D-FW. So, today we’re exploring four homes that can all be yours for less than $400,000.


Take a look at a wonderful craftsman in Fort Worth, a lakeside retreat in Mabank, an eclectic updated home near Lake Highlands, and a charming tudor near Lower Greenville.


What $400k Gets You in DFW^1320 Washington Ave., Fort Worth: $399,900 | 3 bedrooms | 2 1/2 baths | 1,855 sq. ft.


What $400k Gets You in DFW^198 Bushwhacker, Mabank: $399,000 | 3 bedrooms | 2 1/2 baths | 1,640 sq. ft.


What $400k Gets You in DFW^9629 Whitehurst Drive, Dallas: $354,900 | 4 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2,390 sq. ft.


What $400k Gets You in DFW^5118 Homer Street, Dallas: $350,000 | 2 bedrooms | 1 bath | 1,482 sq. ft.

Texas is The Best State for Business


Well, Texas is winning awards and making headlines once again. For the tenth year in a row, Texas has been named the best state in the country for business by Chief Executive magazine. The winning bid comes as a result of a survey of more than 500 American CEOs who voted based on taxes and regulatory issues, quality of workforce, public health, and cost of living.


Some of the biggest contributors to this national ranking are the powerhouse companies that are based in Texas, including ExxonMobil, AT&T, Dell, and Southwest Airlines. These companies provide strong numbers for the state’s low unemployment rate. Gov. Rick Perry announced in April 2014 that the Texas economy had added 64,100 jobs.


“Rising job numbers and falling unemployment rates continue to equal more opportunity for Texans,” Perry said in a statement. “Every job created represents someone working to build a better life for themselves and their families, whether that means being able to own a home, send a child to college, save for retirement or make other important investments in their future.”


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