Joshua Goode, Hulktaur, 2018

Spring may not officially be here yet, but we can tell it's on the way as art springs up all over.

In Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Art Dealer's Association (FWADA) welcomes the season with their annual Spring Gallery Night on March 25. FWADA's website features a list of member organizations you can check out for their planned events for the evening.

In Dallas, March could be called a warm-up month for Dallas Arts Month in April. Till then, here are eight must-see exhibitions to visit in March, in order of opening date.

"Artists of Texas Spring Fling"
Keller Town Hall, March 6-April 20
The work of 11 Texas artists will be on display in the Town Hall in Keller this month. Works span from watercolor to modern abstract, covering subject matter from animals to the outdoors and more. An artist reception will be held at 7 pm on March 16 at 1100 Bear Creek Parkway.

Rapheal Crump "B.O.R.N." Solo Exhibition
Atelier Gallery, March 11
It's only right that luxury apartments in the Dallas Arts District have their own galleries, right? At Atelier on Pearl Street, this month's exhibition is from Raphael Crump, who moved to Dallas in 2014. He classifies his work as urban contemporary art, and indeed, scenes from Dallas play a role in his "Beautiful Outside Right Now" show. Join the artist for a gallery walkthrough and talk at 11 am on Saturday, March 11 at Atelier.

"Modern Analog: Historical Processes in the Digital World"
Dallas Center for Photography, March 11-25
The photographs in this juried exhibition use "a wide array of analog and alternative processes, including pure analog from start to finish, film-captured to digital-print, Polaroids, alt processes, cyanotypes, digital negatives and photograms, and many more techniques that incorporate the unique traits and discipline of analog photography." Juror Lisa Elmaleh and several exhibiting photographers will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, March 11 at 6 pm.

"Parables of Mayhem"
Kirk Hopper Fine Art, March 11-April 15
Artist Shaun Roberts, an associate professor of art at Stephen F. Austin State University, creates self portraits and narrative works influenced by allegory, and the universal human condition. This exhibit features twenty of his paintings from the last six years and illustrate pandemonium, desperation, and the enduring human spirit's unvanquished capacity for redemption. The artist's reception will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday, March 11.

"Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation"
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, March 12-July 9
This exhibition, which includes the work of seven contemporary Black artists, explores the legacy of the Civil War. With installations including sculpture, photography, and paper and textile fabrications, each work is an artist's response to a sculpture in the Carter's collection, The Freedman, by John Quincy Adams Ward.

"Talk of the Town: A Dallas Museum of Art Pop-Up Exhibition"
NorthPark Center, March 19-April 29
Featuring artworks from the Dallas Art Fair, and opening during Women's History Month, this group exhibit celebrates women using non-traditional portraiture. All of the works on display were acquired by the DMA in the last six years through the Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Program. Visit the free exhibit at NorthPark Center’s Level Two, between Nordstrom and Macy’s.

Joshua Goode: "The Ruins of Burg Worth"
Fort Works Art, March 25-April 29
In his first solo show at Fort Works Art, North Texas artist and curator Joshua Goode brings together created artifacts and remnants of the "ancient" past with performance art in an interactive installation. In the exhibit, Fort Worth history is reimagined and set in a fortress at Eagle Mountain.

Goode intertwines his research of local culture and background in archaeology into his creations of sarcophagi and other items reminiscent of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. With works featuring extinct animals, objects and artifacts, he aims to expose “the malleability of our past, present, and future” and the ease at which history can be distorted. An opening reception will be held on Gallery Night, March 25, from 12-9 pm.

"We are all Homeless"
Art on Main, March 26-April 9
For more than 30 years, SMU Meadows School for the Arts professor Willie Baronet has been purchasing signs from people experiencing homelessness. The installations Baronet creates from them help viewers "explore the humanity of the signs, and questions regarding the nature of home, compassion, and what it means to truly see each other." Art on Main will host an artist reception from 3-5 pm Sunday, March 26 with an accompany event from 2-4 pm. to help put together Blessing Bags to be distributed to people in Dallas experiencing homelessness.

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DFW's dismal ranking among best places to live leads this week's 5 most-read headlines

This week's hot headlines

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

1. Dallas-Fort Worth no longer a top 100 place to live, declares U.S. News & World Report. Dallas-Fort Worth has fallen from grace in a closely watched annual report of the best places to live in the U.S. The Metroplex appears at a dismal No. 113 (out of 150) in U.S. News & World Report's Best Places to Live ranking for 2023-2024. Last year, DFW landed at No. 32; it was No. 37 in 2021. Here's (sort of) why it plummeted in the rankings.

2. Sliders restaurant from Detroit shimmies onto Dallas' Greenville Ave. A slider concept from the Great Lakes State is expanding to Texas, and that includes a high-profile location in Dallas: Called Savvy Sliders, it's a young fast-casual concept founded in Flint, Michigan, and it will open its first Dallas restaurant at 4818 Greenville Ave., in the space recently vacated by vegan chicken restaurant Project Pollo.

3. New lagoon-waterpark with lazy river dives into Dallas-Fort Worth. A long-awaited waterpark in Cedar Hill is debuting Memorial Day weekend with two of Texas' favorite splashy attractions: a lagoon and lazy river. The Lagoon at Virginia Weaver Park will open Saturday, May 27 after more than a year in development.

4. Happy Hippie Brewing to bring peace, love, and beer to new HQ in Richardson. A craft beer brewery is opening a splendid new facility in Richardson: Happy Hippie Brewing Company, a small brewery specializing in Belgian-style beers, is opening an an 11,000-square-foot brewery and taproom at 500 Lockwood Dr., in the Lockwood area within the city's evolving CORE District.

5. Asian restaurant Howard Wang's shutters location in Uptown Dallas. A Chinese restaurant in Uptown Dallas closed: Howard Wang's Uptown Grill, one in a family-owned chain, closed its location at 3223 Lemmon Ave. #103, with the final day of service on May 21. The restaurant had been at that location for 12 years.

21 North Texas museums offer free admission to military families this summer

Giving Back

Nearly two dozen Dallas-Fort Worth museums are honoring active duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, May 20-September 4, 2023.

Established by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Blue Star Museums program annually provides military families free access to 2,000 museums nationwide throughout the summer. The program begins yearly on Armed Forces Day in May and ends on Labor Day.

Free admission is extended to personnel currently serving in the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard (including those in the Reserve), and all National Guardsman. Members of the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps are also included in the program.

Those who qualify can use their military ID to bring up to five family members - including relatives of those currently deployed. More information about qualifications can be found here.

There is no limit on the number of participating museums that qualifying families may visit. Admission for non-active military veterans, however, is not included.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts website, the initiative was created to help "improve the quality of life for active duty military families" with a specific focus on children. The site states 2 million have had a parent deployed since 2001.

"Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of reintegration," the organizers say. "This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together."

In Dallas-Fort Worth, participating institutions include well-known art, science, and history museums, as well as smaller museums outside the city limits. Here's a look at all the museums in North Texas that are participating in the Blue Star Museums initiative this year.

In Dallas:

In Fort Worth:

In Garland:

In Irving:

In Mesquite:

In Cleburne:

In Krum:

In Sanger:

More information about Blue Star Museums and a full list of participants can be found on arts.gov.

These are the 7 best most intriguing hot dogs in Dallas right now

Hot Dog News

Editor's Note: In prior stories, CultureMap contributor Lila Levy has sussed out the top bagels in Dallas, and tried pretty much every lavender latte in town. Now she's ready to offer her take on that summertime classic: hot dogs.

Portillo's hot dogs
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Hot dogs are the quintessential summer food and an item that nearly everyone loves. They're simple, flavorful, easy to make at home, and affordable if you dine out.

Some cities like Chicago have a long-standing tradition with hot dogs, and while Dallas is not Windy-City-level quiet yet, we've seen an influx of some exciting new hot dog concepts come to town, joining a few locals who've been dishing out memorable hot dogs all along.

Here's the 7 most interesting hot dogs you can find in Dallas-Fort Worth:

Portillo’s in the Colony, Chicago-style hot dog, $4.50
Chicago-based fast casual brand known for its hot dogs and other favorite Chicago fare, has expanded to Texas, with its first restaurant in The Colony, which opened in January 2023. Chicago-style hot dogs are my favorite kind, and Portillo's does it right. Their basic hot dog comes with "everything": mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, sliced tomato, pickle, and sport peppers on a steamed poppy seed bun. I loved the condiments, especially the peppers and relish. My companion thought the bun was too soft, but it was fine for me. Their hot dogs have a snappy casing with a robust tangy flavor.

Hunky'sHunky Dog, $4.25
Cedar Springs pioneer has been serving hamburgers, fries, and malts, since 1984. They're known for their burgers but they also do a trio of hot dogs including the classic "Hunky Dog," a hefty quarter-pounder with relish, onions, and mustard. I've been here before and know it's best to ask for the hot dog to be grilled extra, to give it that additional "burnt hot dog" cookout flavor. At $4.25, it's a bargain and their presentation is cool: They split the hot dog down the middle and place the onions and relish on top, and they toast the edges of their bun.

Fletcher's Original Corny DogsMake Mine Texan, $10
No story on hot dogs is complete without Fletcher's, famed purveyor of the classic corny dog. You used to have to wait for the State Fair of Texas to get them, but now that they have a food truck, you can find them camped at venues such as the Dallas Arboretum, and they're also at Klyde Warren Park Tuesdays-Sundays. They've expanded their lineup of flavors so I ordered their most recent invention: Called Make Mine Texan, it's a hot dog made of beef and brisket, with smoke seasoning that adds a heartier Texas flavor.

Dog Haus in RichardsonTooo Chi, $8
California hot dog chain takes a gourmet approach with jumbo hot dogs, veggie dogs, vegan sausages, and 40+ toppings including some you might not expect, such as arugula. I ordered the Tooo Chi, their version of the Chicago hot dog, which they brag is a hormone- and antibiotic-free beef hot dog, with tomato, pickle, neon-green pickle relish, mustard, diced onions, sport peppers, and celery salt. Their cooking added a nice char that emphasized the grilled flavor. It made me nostalgic to the days when my parents would grill hot dogs in the summer outside. Their point of distinction is their bread: sweet rich King's Hawaiian rolls, which they butter and grill, for a nice contrast of soft roll and crisp edges.

Angry DogAngry Dog, $8.95
Deep Ellum staple had hot dogs on the menu long before hot dogs became the foodie sensation they are today, and they offer a simple plain hot dog on a bun as a nod to those humble days. But everyone gets the signature Angry Dog: a kosher dog, split in half and grilled, placed on a toasted open-faced bun, then topped with chili, grilled red onions, mustard, and shredded cheddar cheese. It's more of a chili casserole than a hot dog, a knife-and-fork kind of deal where the bun gets soggy underneath the mountain of toppings, and you almost lose track of the hot dog. But unbeatable for a hangover cure or a big cheat meal.

Globe Life Field, Ballpark hot dog, $7
In recent years, the Texas Rangers' food service division has been jazzing up its ballpark menu, introducing new items, some of them crazy like the Boomstick 2-foot-long hot dog. I stick to the basic ballpark hot dog, with the only option being that you can get grilled onions at no additional charge. It's a standard six-inch hot dog, with self-serve mustard, ketchup, and relish, on a soft, nondescript bun, with a nice snap, the prototypical hot dog you eat while cheering on the hometown team.

Frank Seoul, Potato hot dog, $5.49
Korean hot dogs, also known as Korean corn dogs, are a Korean street food that started showing up in Dallas a few years ago, via Korean-born chains such as Two Hands and K-Town. Frank Seoul was one of the first and has locations in Carrollton and Frisco. Their specialty is hot dogs coated in a batter and deep-fried, like a corny dog but with a batter made from flour or rice flour, and additional ingredients such as the coating of diced potatoes in the potato hot dog that I ordered. They have a wild variety like a "cream cheese dog" — literally cream cheese on a stick &mdash and prices are all $6 or less.

This is not the place for a hot dog purist. The hot dog itself was lackluster, but the "shell" of crispy fried potatoes was magnificent, like a wonderful hash brown, and great on its own, didn't need the mustard I added a bit.