February

ARLINGTON: Jan. 18-Feb. 3 “Dead Man’s Cellphone” There’s an incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café, a stranger at the next table who has had enough, and a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins this wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us—it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. 817-275-7661; theatrearlington.org

ARLINGTON: Feb. 22-March 10 “Junie B. Jones Jr.” Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie’s best friend Lucille has found new best friends—and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Featuring many lovable characters and fun-filled songs, this musical captures audiences and Broadway Junior performers’ hearts—just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. 817-275-7661; theatrearlington.org

BRENHAM: Feb. 2-10 Wine and Chocolate Trail For four days on the first two weekends in February, your trail ticket allows you to sample two wine tastings paired with a chocolate delicacy at each of the member wineries along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Various locations. 979- 836-3696; texasbluebonnetwinetrail.com

CANTON: Feb. 1-3 Civil War Reenactment Along with this event, the Mountain offers shopping in an Old West-themed “town” with a variety of dining choices and cabins to rent for the weekend. Old Mill Marketplace has several pavilions that host vendors of all kinds. Enjoy outdoor entertainment and an Old West show and gunfight put on by The Mountains own Texicans. The Mountain at First Monday Trade Days, 542 East Dallas St. 318-455-4489; cantonmountain.com

CLEBURNE: Feb. 1-23 “Newsies the Musical” Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. Plaza Theatre Company at Dudley Hall, 305 S. Anglin St. 817-202-0600; plaza-theatre.com

CLEBURNE: Feb. 7 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Merchants keep their doors open late every first Thursday of the month. Shops offer special promotions, refreshments, and more. Downtown Cleburne. 817-641- 9861; visitcleburne.com

COLLEGE STATION: Feb. 5-6 “The King and I” Two worlds collide in this musical based on the 2015 Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production. One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s finest works, “The King and I” boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Rudder Auditorium, 401 Joe Routt Blvd. 979-845- 1234; mscopas.org

COLLEGE STATION: Feb. 16 Eisenhower Dance Detroit This dance company has spent the past 26 years giving life to the repertoire of internationally known choreographers, as well as the highly acclaimed work of Founding Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower. Established in metro Detroit by Eisenhower in 1991, the company presents an annual subscription series and tours internationally. Rudder Auditorium, Rudder Tower, 401 Joe Routt Blvd. 979-862- 5766; academyarts.tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION: Feb. 23-34 “Some- thing Rotten!” Set in 1595, this hilarious smash hit tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Rudder Auditorium, 401 Joe Routt Blvd. 979-845-1234; mscopas.org

COLLEGE STATION: Feb. 26 “Frankenstein” Written 200 years ago, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was the first true science fiction novel and has inspired countless film and stage adaptations. Often thought of as just a “monster story,” “Frankenstein” raises an important question that we are still pondering today—just because it can be done, should it be done? Rudder Theatre, 401 Joe Routt Blvd. 979-845-1234; mscopas.org

DALLAS: Through April 7 “Jacob Hashimoto: Clouds and Chaos” Exploring this universally compelling phenomenon of nature, the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas presents this solo exhibition’s central work. “Nuvole” is a large-scale site-specific installation that is on view in Gallery III. It is the first major exhibition to debut in the newly renovated museum, which completed a multimillion-dollar expansion including the addition of a new gallery, a reimagined Lotus Shop, interactive “street-side” Pearl Art Studio, and Center for Contemplative Leadership. Crow Museum of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. 214-979-6430; crowmuseum.org

DALLAS: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 Winery, Chocolate, Pizza and Live Music Tour Dallas by Chocolate presents Saturday nights on the town with a wine tasting paired with a yummy cheeseboard and great pizza at a terrific winery, followed by scrumptious desserts in some of the area’s sweetest hot spots. Then check out live music at a fun venue. Includes transportation via private motor coach, food and dessert samples, and beverages on the motor coach (you may also BYOB). Two Corks and a Bottle, 2650 Laclede St. 972-814-5997; dallasbychocolate.com

DALLAS: February 2/6 – 3/3 – An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare – a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience.  All evening shows at 7:30 pm.   2:00 Sunday Matinees on 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, and 3/3.    214-747-5515. www.undermain.org. Ticket prices – $10 – $30

DALLAS: Feb. 23 The Hidden Dallas Tour Discover secret places in Dallas and check out whimsical sculptures, waterfalls, and the last home built by one of America’s most famous architects. Stop along the way for delicious snacks at “insider” culinary gems. The tour includes transportation, a tour guide, snacks, and beverages on the bus. World Market, 3888 Oak Lawn Ave. 972-814-5997; dallasbychocolate.com

DALLAS: Feb. 3 Taste of Bishop Arts Walking Food and Historical Tour Sample the fun and fare of this unique neighborhood with a tour of the eclectic Bishop Arts District on foot. See colorful galleries and shops; stop at great eateries, including one that’s the pitmaster’s choice for best barbecue in Dallas; experience venues that may include a shrine to Bonnie and Clyde; eat tableside s’mores; and dine at other cool places (restaurants vary). Drinks beyond water are available for purchase. Minimum eight people; limit 15 people. Hunky’s, 321 N. Bishop Ave. 972-814- 5997; dallasbitesfoodtours.com

DALLAS: Feb. 3-June 2 “Fortuny: Friends and Followers” Centered on one of Mariano Fortuny y Marsal’s (1838–1874) most well-known paintings, “The Choice of a Model” (1868-1874), this exhibition show- cases the friends, family, and followers of the artist who engaged with the popular Spanish painter’s work, many of whom are represented in the Meadows’ rich permanent collection. Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. 214-768-2516; meadowsmuseumdallas.org

DALLAS: Feb. 21-22 “Fighting Words” Appropriately held the weekend after Valentine’s Day, this repertoire rages, argues, battles, and fights, all in the name of love. Times Ten Cellars, 6324 Prospect Ave.; and Chocolate Secrets, 3926 Oak Lawn Ave. 512-665-2388; lumediamusicworks.com

DECATUR: Feb. 22-24 Wise County Antique Auto Swap Meet Check out antique vehicles at this 44th annual swap meet. Wise County Fair Grounds, 3101 S. FM 51. 940-389-0054; wcaac.com

DENISON: Feb. 16 Celebrate with the Presidents Although the holiday is named for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, we celebrate our nation’s past presidents—especially Dwight Eisenhower. Take part in activities and make crafts. A Birth- place House tour is included. For youth up to age 12. Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, 609 S. Lamar Ave. 903-465- 8908; visiteisenhowerbirthplace.com

DENTON: Dec. 7-Feb. 15 “Life Stories Told Through Quilts” This exhibit features the work of Barbara McCraw, a retired professor, pathologist, and master quilter whose pieces have been exhibited across North America and Europe. Her pieces are in numerous collections including the Smithsonian, the Denton County African American museum, the Denton County Courthouse Museum-on-the-Square, the University of Michigan, and North Carolina Central University. Gough Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. 940- 382-2787; dentonarts.com

DENTON: Feb. 1-May 4 “Materials: Hard and Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition” Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, this event began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 32nd year, the exhibition opens to international artists as it celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Meadows Gallery, Patterson- Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. 940-382-2787; dentonarts.com

ELGIN: Feb. 2 Hatitude, Black History Month This program celebrates the unique contributions of African Americans in Elgin. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Feb. 14 Sip, Shop, and Stroll
 Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in Historic Downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, and live music in many of the venues. Downtown. elgintx.com

ENNIS: Feb. 8-24 “My First Date”
A live theatrical performance. In life, firsts are always ingrained in our hearts as lasting memories. “My First Date” is one of those. Theatre Rocks!, 505 NW Main St. 972-878-5126; theatrerocks.com

ENNIS: Feb. 9 Czech Music Festival
The 13th annual event has a family atmosphere filled with great music by five live bands, dancing, food, and a kid zone. Sokol Hall, 2622 SH 34 East. 972-878- 4748; ennisczechmusicfestival.com

FORT WORTH: Jan. 18-Feb. 9 Stock Show and Rodeo Established in 1896, this event attracts nearly 1 million people for the nation’s oldest livestock show and daily performances of the world’s original indoor rodeo. Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive. 817-877-2400; fwssr.com

FORT WORTH: Feb. 23-24 Cowtown Marathon The largest multi-event race in North Texas features distances for everyone, including 5Ks for both kids and adults, a 10K, half marathon, full marathon, and an ultra marathon. Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. 817-207-0224; cowtownmarathon.org

GLEN ROSE: Feb. 12 The Lorax
 This integrative program connects the story of the Lorax to an endangered Texas native, the Attwater prairie chicken, for which Fossil Rim has an onsite breeding program. This class is intended for homeschool students. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1985 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: Feb. 25 Wolves Behind-the-Scenes Tour Fossil Rim has Mexican gray wolves, red wolves, and maned wolves. Discover the habits and history of these animals, and enjoy the unique opportunity of viewing the resident wolves— possibly all species. This event is intended for homeschoolers ages 7 and up. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1985 CR 2009. 254- 897-2960; fossilrim.org

GRAND PRAIRIE: Jan. 25-27, Feb. 1-3 Lunar New Year Free entertainment and activities include dance performances, fire crackers, live music, multicultural performances, and children and family contests with prizes. There are lots of vendor booths as well selling decor and specialty items only available at the event. Asia Times Square, 2625 W. Pioneer Parkway. 469-865-2918; asiatimessquare.com

GRAPEVINE: Feb. 9-10 Sweetheart Wine Trail Take a tour of Grapevine’s winery tasting rooms with your valentine. Sip wine and cozy up on a romantic journey through historic downtown. Various locations. 817- 410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com

IRVING: Feb. 16 Kiarra Saito-Beckman in Concert The Los Colinas Symphony orchestra welcomes back violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman performing John Corigliano’s “Chaconne” from the soundtrack “The Red Violin.” This concert also features guest conductor Juan Carlos Lomonaco of Mexico. Irving Arts Center—Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 972-252-4800; lascolinassymphony.org

MCKINNEY: Through Feb. 18 “Dinosaurs Live!” Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails. This year’s exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. 972-562-5566; heardmuseum.org/dinosaurslive

MCKINNEY: Feb. 5-March 22 Feathered Friends: 13 Texas Endangered and Threatened Birds Take part in an artistic bird watch of 13 endangered and threatened native Texas bird species as represented by 13 local artists. Guests will learn about what action is being taken to save these avians. The exhibit coincides with National Wild Bird Feeding Month and the Great Backyard Bird Count. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. 972-562- 5566; heardmuseum.org/featheredfriends

NOCONA: Feb. 21-23 Mardi Gras, Nocona Style The celebration includes parades, food, music, and kids activities. Downtown. 940-825-3526; facebook.com/mardigrasnoconastyle

PLANO: Feb. 22-25 Divine Consign Shop for gently-used children’s and maternity clothing, toys, books, games, baby equipment, and more. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway. 214-384- 2716; divineconsign.net/locations/plano

RICHARDSON: Feb. 1 Bumper Jacksons in Concert Folding together early styles of jazz, blues, and country swing, the group strikes a bold yet elegant balance between paying homage to the traditions and fashioning their own unique sound. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744- 4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Feb. 4 “Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Chopin, Liszt, and Schumann” Enjoy a piano concert with lively commentary, making the music more meaningful for all. These three great composers of the romantic 19th century were born months of one another—and each wrote some of the most love-inspired music in the repertoire including: Schumann’s “Fantasy,” Liszt’s “Consolation,” and the Chopin waltzes. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Feb. 9 Paul Taylor Dance Company Established in 1954, the company is one of the world’s most sought-after dance troupes. Mr. Taylor’s dancers travel the globe, bringing his repertoire to theaters and venues of every size. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744- 4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Feb. 14, 15, 16 “My Funny Valentine: Pat Hazell and Dena Blizzard” Join comedians Pat Hazell, one of the original writers for NBC’s “Seinfeld” and a veteran of “The Tonight Show,” and Dena Blizzard, as they come together for an evening of hilarious and heartwarming standup comedy. A special Valentine’s Day Date Night package will be available including two tickets for the February 14 performance, valet parking, dinner at Prelude Café with Champagne and a post-show meet-and-greet with the artists. This show contains mature content. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744- 4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Feb. 16 Plano Symphony: The Five Browns in Concert The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” at about the same time they were featured on “Oprah” and “60 Minutes.” The Five Browns’ first three CDs went to No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Classical Album Chart. The Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-473- 7262; planosymphony.org

RICHARDSON: Feb. 21 Sammy Miller and The Congregation in Concert
 The Grammy-nominated drummer has become known for his relentless focus on making music that “feels good” as a drummer, singer, and bandleader. As a band, The Congregation is focused on sharing the power of community through their music— joyful jazz. This is the third return engagement for the group due to popular demand. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Feb. 22 Arlo Guthrie in Concert The artist is known to generations as a prolific songwriter, social commentator, master storyteller, actor, and activist. During the tour Guthrie will perform “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” in its entirety along with select songs from every full length studio album he has released. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Feb. 28, March 1, 2
“The Best of The Second City”
This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from “The Second City’s” history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, and more, as well as their trademark improvisation. This show contains mature content. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

ROUND TOP: Feb. 9 Valentine’s Concert with Dick Smith and Friends Enjoy a concert for the Institute’s annual library benefit. Overnight accommodations are available on campus. Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road. 979-249-3129; festivalhill.org

SHERMAN: Feb. 23 Main Street Mardi Gras Downtown Sherman hosts its annual Main Street Mardi Gras Celebration. Themed foods and drinks, plus live music are featured throughout. Downtown Sherman. 903-892-7230; shermantx.org

TEMPLE: Feb. 1 First Friday Enjoy street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. Main Street. 254- 298-5379; discovertemple.com

WACO: Jan. 26-May 12 “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” Step into the pages of Eric Carle’s colorful picture books. This exhibit features play-and-learn activities inspired by five of Carle’s classic books. Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. 254-710-1110; baylor.edu/mayborn

 

January

ADDISON: Nov. 24-Jan. 1 Vitruvian Lights More than 1.5 million sparkling LED lights transform the park into a holiday wonderland every winter. The lights remain on each evening, and every Saturday guests can enjoy live music, photos with Santa, an elf balloon artist, gourmet food trucks, delicious desserts, and retail booths for gift browsing. Vitruvian Park, 3875 Ponte Ave. 800-233-4766; visitaddison.com or vitruvianpark.com

ARLINGTON: Jan. 18-Feb. 3 “Dead Man’s Cellphone” There’s an incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café, a stranger at the next table who has had enough, and a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins this wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. A work about how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us—it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. 817-275-7661; theatrearlington.org

BONHAM: Jan. 5 Sam Rayburn’s Birthday Open House Celebrate the birthday of the 43rd Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and a famous Texan, Sam Rayburn. Mr. Sam’s birthday celebration features some of his favorite foods and reflects on the life of the politician. Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site, 890 SH 56 West. 903-583-5558; visitsamrayburnhouse.com

BRENHAM: Jan. 19 Uptown Swirl
Kick off the new year with wine tasting in Brenham’s downtown district. More than 40 wines are available to try in a keepsake glass. Downtown Brenham. 979-337- 7200; downtownbrenham.com

CLEBURNE: Jan. 3-26 “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” A backers’ audition for a new musical on a suburban estate turns deadly, with plenty of confusing murders and knotty plots to unravel, in John Bishop’s comedic thriller. Plaza Theatre Company at Dudley Hall, 305 S. Anglin St. 817-202-0600; plaza-theatre.com

CLEBURNE: Jan. 3 Sip, Shop, and Stroll Merchants keep their doors open late every first Thursday of the month. Shops offer special promotions, refreshments, and diva delights for your shopping plea- sure. Grab your friends and family and shop the streets of historic downtown. Downtown Cleburne. 817-641-9861; visitcleburne.com

COMANCHE: Nov. 24-Jan. 2 Comanche County Christmas Lights Celebrate the season with this sixth annual light show. Featuring more than 30,000 state-of-the- art animated lights plus creative displays set to traditional and contemporary Christmas music, the show delights visitors young and old with activities like Santa’s workshop and the Polar Express. Comanche County Courthouse, 101 W. Central Ave. 817-673-7963; facebook.com/comanchecountychristmas

CUERO: Nov. 19-Jan. 1 Christmas in the Park This lighted, self-guided drive includes 250 festive scenes. Thursday evenings are hot chocolate nights when guests can warm up with a free cup of hot chocolate. Cuero Municipal Park, Leonard Roy Harmon Drive, off US 87 South. 361-275-2112; cuero.org

DALLAS: Through Jan. 6 “Ultimate Dinosaurs” Based on groundbreaking research from scientists around the world, this exhibit reveals a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa, and Madagascar—dinosaurs that are un- familiar to most North Americans. Through hands-on activities and augmented reality technology, guests can discover that an amazing diversity of species evolved as a result of continental drift. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org

DALLAS: Through Jan. 6 “The Nature of Arp” This is the first major North American museum exhibition dedicated to Jean (Hans) Arp in three decades, with works rarely seen in the U.S. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. 214-242-5100; nashersculpturecenter.org

DALLAS: Through April 7 “Jacob Hashimoto: Clouds and Chaos” Exploring a universally compelling phenomenon of nature, the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas presents this solo exhibition. The central work, “Nuvole,” is a large-scale site-specific installation that is on view in Gallery III. It is the first major exhibition to debut in the newly renovated museum, which recently completed a multimillion-dollar expansion including the addition of a new gallery, a reimagined Lotus Shop, interactive “street-side” Pearl Art Studio, and Center for Contemplative Leadership. Crow Museum of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. 214-979-6430; crowmuseum.org

DALLAS: Nov. 17-Jan. 6 The Trains at NorthPark This year marks the 20th year of The Trains at NorthPark, which features more than 750 railcars on a 1,600- foot elaborate configuration of tracks and scenes. The Trains at NorthPark features cityscapes like Dallas, replete with the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and Fair Park; New York with Times Square and Grand Central Terminal; Washington, D.C. with The White House; and San Francis- co’s Golden Gate Bridge. Other highlights include New England’s fall foliage, the Grand Canyon, Garden of the Gods, Mount Rushmore, and Route 66. The charming exhibit has been seen by around 2 million people since its original run more than 30 years ago. NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway. 214-631-7354; thetrainsatnorthpark.com

DALLAS: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 Winery, Chocolate, Pizza, and Live Music Tour
Dallas by Chocolate presents Saturday nights on the town with a wine tasting paired with a yummy cheeseboard and great pizza at a terrific winery, followed by scrumptious desserts in some of the area’s sweetest hot spots. Then check out live music at a fun venue. Includes transportation via private motor coach, food and dessert samples, and beverages on the motor coach (you may also BYOB). Two Corks and a Bottle, 2650 Laclede St. 972-814-5997; dallasbychocolate.com

DALLAS: Dec. 1-Jan. 1 Zoo Lights
The zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with more than 1 million twinkling lights that illuminate the zoo throughout the holiday season. Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway. 469- 554-7500; dallaszoo.com

DALLAS: Jan. 19 The Hidden Dallas Tour Discover secret places in Dallas and check out whimsical sculptures, waterfalls, and the last home built by one of America’s most famous architects. Stop along the way for delicious snacks at “insider” culinary gems. Some walking is involved. The tour includes transportation, a tour guide, snacks, and beverages on the bus. World Market, 3888 Oak Lawn Ave. 972-814- 5997; dallasbychocolate.com

DALLAS: Jan. 6, 20, Feb. 3 Taste of Bishop Arts Walking Food and Historical Tour Sample the fun and fare of this unique neighborhood with a tour of the eclectic Bishop Arts District on foot. See colorful galleries and shops, stop at great eateries including one that’s the pitmaster’s choice for best barbecue in Dallas, experience venues that may include a shrine to Bonnie and Clyde, eat tableside s’mores, and dine at other cool places (restaurants vary). Drinks beyond water are available for purchase. Mini- mum eight people; limit 15 people. Hunky’s, 321 N. Bishop Ave. 972-814- 5997; dallasbitesfoodtours.com

DENTON: Dec. 7-Feb. 15 “Life Stories Told Through Quilts” This exhibit features the work of Barbara McCraw, a retired professor, pathologist, and master quilter whose pieces have been exhibited across North America and Europe. She has created quilts celebrating figures like Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and the Obamas. Her pieces are in numerous collections including the Smithsonian, the Denton County African American museum, the Denton Courthouse- on-the-Square Museum, the University of Michigan, and North Carolina Central University. Gough Gallery, Patterson- Appleton Arts Center, 400 E. Hickory St. 940-382-2787; dentonarts.com

DENTON: Jan. 23-27 Denton Black Film Festival This film festival is a weekend- long festival celebrating the diverse stories and culture of the black community through film, music, and art. The festival offers programming for the family in- spired by the African American experience. DBFF seeks to offer the works of local, national, and international filmmakers that often are not seen by a broad audience and may not be recognized through major theatrical release. Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. 214-247-6028; dentonbff.com

ELGIN: Jan. 10 Sip, Shop, and Stroll
Sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the many stores in historic downtown Elgin. Find diverse merchandise, eclectic decor, artwork by local artists, and live music in many of the venues. Enjoy wine and beer tastings, samples, and refreshments throughout the evening. elgintx.com

ELGIN: Jan. 14 Bastrop County MLK Walk and Program Each year in January, there is a walk followed by a program with guest speakers in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The cities of Bastrop, Elgin, and Smithville take turns hosting the event. elgintx.com

EMORY: Jan. 19 Rains County Eagle Fest This annual event in Emory features bus and boat bird-watching tours, bird exhibitions, vendors, and educational displays. Rains County Elementary, 372 FM 3299. 903-473-2465; emorytx.com

FORT WORTH: Through Jan. 27 “Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera” Simmons’ career-long exploration of archetypal gender roles, especially women in domestic settings, is the primary subject of this exhibition and is a topic as poignant today as it was in the late 1970s, when she began to develop her mature style by using props and dolls as stand-ins for people and places.
 Often isolating the dolls and photographing them situated in tiny, austere settings, Simmons uses fictional scenes to make observations about real life. The Modern, 3200 Darnell St. 817-738- 9215; themodern.org

FORT WORTH: Jan. 18-Feb. 9 Stock Show and Rodeo Established in 1896, this popular event attracts nearly 1 million people from around the world for the nation’s oldest livestock show and daily performances of the world’s original indoor rodeo. Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive. 817-877- 2400; fwssr.com

FORT WORTH: Jan. 19 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s All Western Parade More than 100,000 spectators line the streets of downtown Cowtown to watch this spectacular annual event. An all- Western parade means plenty of horses and wagons—but no motorized vehicles are allowed. Downtown Fort Worth, Main Street and Houston Street. 817-877-2400; fwssr.com

GLEN ROSE: Jan. 5 Rhino Encounter Pro- gram Discover the world of the wondrous rhinoceros during a one-hour interactive learning session followed by a guided tour of Fossil Rim. This event, which has a limit of 12 people, is open to all guests ages 7 and older. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1985 CR 2009. 254-897- 2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: Jan. 21 Vanishing Africa! Explore the geography, wildlife, and conservation issues of the homeland to most of our exotic species. Discover the components and the dynamic balance of a savannah ecosystem. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1985 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GLEN ROSE: Jan. 28 Family Fun! (Taxonomy) Examine how and why we group living things the way we do. Students can go in-depth on the groups that interest them most (e.g., butterflies, trees, birds, carnivores, cats, etc.). This class is designed for homeschool students. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 1985 CR 2009. 254-897-2960; fossilrim.org

GRAND PRAIRIE: Jan. 25-27, Feb. 1-3 Lunar New Year Celebrate a joyous time of festivals and cultural traditions. Free entertainment and activities include dance performances, fire crackers, live music, multicultural performances, and children and family contests with prizes. There are lots of vendor booths as well selling decor and specialty items only available at the event. Asia Times Square, 2625 W. Pioneer Parkway. 469-865-2918; asiatimessquare.com

GRAPEVINE: Through Jan. 1 ICE! and Lone Star Christmas This walk-through holiday attraction, kept at a chilly 9 degrees, features 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and five slides. Experience your favorite scenes from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as they are brought to life. Gaylord Texan Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail. 817-410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas

GRAPEVINE: Nov. 19-Jan. 1 Christmas Capital of Texas With more than 1,400 events over 40 days, Grapevine’s charming Christmas setting makes the city the must-visit Texas destination of the sea- son. Enjoy ICE! at the Gaylord Texan, Scuba Diving Santa at SEA LIFE Grape- vine Aquarium, the North Pole Express on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, mil- lions of twinkling lights, enormous deco- rations, Christmas photo opportunities, and more. Historic Downtown Grapevine. 817-410-3185; grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas

GROESBECK: Jan. 24-27 Right Turn Only Exhibit See wood turning and visual art by nationally renowned Limestone County artist Janice Levi. Springfield Hall, 199 Park Road 35. 936-676-7110; masseyfoundationtx.com

IRVING: Jan. 19 Jacob Cordover in Con- cert The Los Colinas Symphony Orchestra features guitarist Jacob Cordover performing Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.” This performance also features Spanish guest conductor Pascual Osa. Irving Arts Center—Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 972-252-4800; lascolinassymphony.org

LULING: Nov. 21-Jan. 1 Lighted Yule Trail Drive the Yule Trail to see more than 100 lighted Christmas signboards and a giant antique Santa. Downtown Luling, Davis Street. 830-875-3214; lulingmainstreet.com

MCKINNEY: Through Feb. 18 Dinosaurs Live! Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails. This year’s exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig. Note: The Heard is unable to animate the dinosaurs when temperatures drop below 35 degrees. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. 972-562-5566; heardmuseum.org/dinosaurslive

NOCONA: Jan. 10-12 Montague County Youth Fair Watch the judging of farm animals, shop projects, foods, and arts, and take classes. There’s a premium sale Saturday night. Montague County Agriculture Center, 921 W. US 82. 940-894-2831

PLANO: Jan. 19-20 Dallas Area Train Show The train show includes two full days of clinics and many home layouts on tour. Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway. dfwtrainshows.com

RICHARDSON: Jan. 11 Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone in Concert
At the age of 15, Peter Noone achieved international fame as lead singer of the legendary ’60s pop band Herman’s Hermits, which has sold more than 60 million recordings. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744-4650; eisemanncenter.com

RICHARDSON: Jan. 19 “From Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood” Ashley Brown is joined by another Broadway superstar, Ryan Silverman. The duo shares solos and duets from musicals including “Showboat,” “West Side Story,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The King and I,” “Oklahoma!,” and more. The Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972- 473-7262; planosymphony.org

RICHARDSON: Jan. 26 “The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook” Born without his right hand and fitted with a prosthetic hook before he starts school, David is kept on the sidelines of recess until the game becomes Peter Pan. He fits perfectly into the game as Captain Hook but soon grows tired of playing the part and decides he wants to be a hero. With appearances from colorful characters from his child- hood, David teaches the importance of accepting and including those may not look exactly the way others do. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. 972-744- 4650; eisemanncenter.com

ROUND TOP: Jan. 12 Texas Guitar Quartet in Concert The Texas Guitar Quartet returns to the Festival Concert Hall stage to present another astounding performance. Composed of Isaac Bustos, Jay Kacherski, Alejandro Montiel, and Joseph Palmer, TGQ has developed an exciting repertoire by commissioning new works and creating their own arrangements and compositions. Festival Concert Hall, 248 Jaster Road. 979-249-3129; festivalhill.org

ROUND TOP: Jan. 24-27 Winter Antique Show The Round Top Antiques Show draws people from across the U.S. With more than 100 vendors for the winter show, there are great deals to be had and vintage finds you won’t see anyplace else. Various locations. 979-249-4042; antiqueweekend.com or roundtoptexasantiques.com

SEALY: Nov. 30-Jan. 1 Fantasy of Lights The holly jolly event includes a lighted parade, real snow, live music and entertainment, a barbecue cookoff, train rides, specialty booths, vendors, a 5K fun run, a petting zoo, and Santa Claus. Abe and Irene Levine Family Park, 406 Main St. 979-885- 3222; sealycommunityfoundation.org

TEMPLE: Jan. 4 First Friday On the first Friday of every month, Historic Downtown Temple transforms into a giant party. Enjoy street music and performances, drinks, food, and after-hours shopping. Downtown Temple, Main Street. 254-298- 5379; discovertemple.com

THE COLONY: Dec. 2-Jan. 1 Christmas Spectacular This light show is choreographed to music and can be seen every evening until New Year’s Day. Tune your radio to 99.9 FM to enjoy the music. Central Fire Station, 4900 Blair Oaks Drive. 972-625-1106; visitthecolonytx.com

WACO: Through Jan. 6 “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit” This exhibit takes visitors on a journey back in time to experience the legend of the Titanic like never before. The galleries in this fascinating exhibition feature more than 200 real artifacts recovered from the ocean floor along with room recreations and personal stories, each highlighting a different chapter in the compelling story of the Titanic’s maiden voyage. Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. baylor.edu/mayborn

WACO: Jan. 3-5 Ram Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo The PRCA brings the top cowboys and cowgirls from among the Texas circuit to compete. Spectators enjoy seven rodeo events (bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, and barrel racing) along with the fan favorite mutton bustin’. Extra-co Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. 254- 776-1660; extracoeventscenter.com

WACO: Jan. 26-May 12 “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” Step into the pages of Eric Carle’s colorful picture books. “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit” features play-and-learn activities inspired by five of Eric Carle’s classic books: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “The Very Quiet Cricket,” “The Very Lonely Firefly,” “The Very Clumsy Click Beetle,” and “The Very Busy Spider.” May- born Museum Complex at Baylor University, 1300 S. University Parks Drive. 254- 710-1110; baylor.edu/mayborn

WACO: Jan. 31 Mid-Tex Farm, Ranch, and Garden Show The 49th annual show offers exhibitors a first-rate forum to present their products and services to Central Texas farmers and ranchers, as well as the “weekend farmer” and gardeners. Visitors have the opportunity to view top exhibits of the newest farm and ranch equipment, seed, chemicals, and ag-related services and technologies. Weekend farmers and gardeners looking for ways to spruce up the yard, enhance those fields, or simply looking for recreational equipment can find it here. The show also has one-of-a-kind gift items, must-have plants, the hottest new gar- den tools, hand-crafted art and furniture, and specialty seeds. Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. 254-757-5611; wacochamber.com

 

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