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September was absolutely packed to the gills with huge concerts around Dallas-Fort Worth, but if you thought that was something, wait until you see what's in store for October. Big names abound throughout the month, with some staying for multiple dates and one act pulling rare double duty in both Dallas and Fort Worth.

Below are some of the most-anticipated concerts taking place in October; while by no means a comprehensive list of every concert taking place, it should serve as a guide to the musicians people want to see the most. (For more listings, check our event calendar.)

Keith Urban (October 1)
It's been four years since country superstar Keith Urban played his one and only Texas tour stop in Dallas, and now he'll make his one and only Texas tour stop at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. Urban is finally getting around to touring in support of his 2020 album, The Speed of Now Part 1. There's no news on when - or if - Part 2 is coming, but he has plenty of hits with which to entertain his many fans.

The Beach Boys (October 1)
There are few bands who could have the music, stamina, and good luck to last for over 60 years, but the Beach Boys are just such a band. The band's membership has changed a lot over the years, with two original members dying and two others no longer touring, but Mike Love has kept the group's legacy alive by continuing to go on the road into his eighties. The band will play all the hits you know and love at Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie.

The Smashing Pumpkins (October 2)
Alt-rock band The Smashing Pumpkins was at their peak in the mid-to-late 1990s thanks to mega albums like Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. But they've maintained a hold in popular culture thanks to the constant presence of lead singer Billy Corgan and a willingness to push musical boundaries. Their latest project, Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts, may be their most ambitious yet, coming out in increments over six months starting this November. They'll play at American Airlines Center in Dallas with Jane's Addiction as special guest.

Mary J. Blige (October 2)
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige has been presiding over her kingdom for 30 years now. Since her debut with 1992's What's the 411?, Blige has been a mainstay at the top of the charts, with 12 of her 14 albums reaching the top 10 on the Billboard 200. She released her latest album, Good Morning Gorgeous, earlier this year to critical acclaim, and now she'll perform at Dickies Arena as part of a national tour, with support from Queen Naija and Ella Mai.

Pitbull (October 5)
The rapper Pitbull is one of the hardest working entertainers around, having released 11 albums since his debut in 2004, a nearly unprecedented pace in this day and age in the music business. His latest album was 2019's Libertad 584, and if it weren't for the pandemic, he'd probably have released another album by now. He'll play at Dickies Arena with special guest Iggy Azalea.

Roger Waters (October 8)
The band Pink Floyd has always been known for using their music to protest against governments and other institutions, and even though Roger Waters left the band in 1985, he has continued on in that tradition. During this concert at American Airlines Center, part of Waters' This is Not a Drill tour, he will give an indictment of the corporate dystopia in which we all struggle to survive, and a call to action to love, protect, and share the precious and precarious planet Earth. The show will include a dozen songs from Pink Floyd's golden era, alongside other newer songs.

Morgan Wallen (October 8)
Few entertainers have had a better start to their careers than country singer Morgan Wallen. His 2018 debut If I Know Me went double platinum and yielded a No. 1 hit, Whiskey Glasses. His follow-up, 2021's Dangerous: The Double Album, has been even bigger, going to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was named Album of the Year at the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards. He'll play at an appropriately big venue, Globe Life Field in Arlington, as part of his first headlining tour.

The Chicks (October 10 and 11)
The last time The Chicks came to town in 2016, they still had the word "Dixie" attached to their name. But in 2020, in conjunction with the release of their latest album, Gaslighter, they decided to drop that part since it came with unintended negative connotations. Gaslighter, while still very much a country album, found the trio once again forging their own path that has been a bumpy-but-rewarding one since the early 2000s. They'll play back-to-back nights at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving.

Lil Nas X (October 12)
Being gay no longer holds the stigma it once did in the entertainment industry, but even still, few gay artists have put that side of themselves out there - and found huge success doing so - as much as Lil Nas X. After the runaway success of "Old Town Road" in 2019, his debut album, Montero, has been massive, yielding two more No. 1 hits and an international profile that few could have envisioned just three years ago. He'll perform at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory.

Reba McEntire (October 14)
Another queen - this time the Queen of Country - will make her way to Dickies Arena as part of her first solo tour in the United States in 10 years. After 45 years in the industry, Reba McEntire has little to prove to anybody. Despite that fact, her album releases are always an event - her latest album of new songs, 2019's Stronger Than the Truth - made the top 5 on the Billboard Country charts, and even a covers album like the new My Chains Are Gone: Hymns & Gospel Favorites sells extremely well.

KEGL's Freakers Ball featuring Disturbed (October 16)
For years, festival-style concerts like KEGL's annual Freakers Ball were strictly the domain of Dallas-area venues since Fort Worth didn't have any comparable spaces. But the opening of Dickies Arena changed all that, and now heavy metal fans can get their freak on in Cowtown. Headlining the event is Disturbed, arguably the pre-eminent heavy metal band of the 21st century, with five No. 1 albums to their credit. Also playing will be Asking Alexandria, Drowning Pool, Dorothy, and New Years Day.

The Black Keys (October 18)
Unlike some other acts on this list, rock duo The Black Keys took the slow road to success. They had already released five albums before the sixth, 2010's Brothers, gave them their first hit song, "Tighten Up." That led to their next album, 2011's El Camino, being even bigger, and then 2014's Turn Blue was their first - and so far only - No. 1 album. The duo has stayed busy during the pandemic, releasing two albums - 2021's Delta Kream and the new Dropout Boogie. They'll play at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas.

Post Malone (October 21 and 26)
Perhaps the biggest contemporary artist to come out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, rapper/singer Post Malone has been huge since the release of his debut album, Stoney, in 2016. Since then, he's gone on to work with a string of other big artists like Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, and Doja Cat, helping him solidify himself as a trendsetter. Showing that he hasn't forgotten his roots, he'll play one show at American Airlines Center and then another at Dickies Arena less than a week later in support of his new album, Twelve Carat Toothache.

The Judds: The Final Tour (October 22)
What was meant to be the last hurrah for mother-daughter duo Naomi and Wynonna Judd has turned into a bittersweet tour after the death of Naomi in April. Wynonna Judd will go on without her, joined at this concert at Dickies Arena by fellow country music icons Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride. McBride will play a full set of her own classic hits before Wynonna takes the stage to sing some of her own hits and songs by The Judds.

Chris Stapleton's All-American Roadshow (October 27)
Country singer Chris Stapleton can't seem to get enough of Dallas-Fort Worth. He was supposed to headline the first-ever event at Globe Life Field in Arlington on March 14, 2020, but, well, you know. He did make it back there the following summer, and now he's back yet again, only this time at Dickies Arena. This version of the All-American Roadshow will find Stapleton playing songs from his 2020 album, Starting Over, joined by special guests Elle King and Morgan Wade.

Lizzo (October 28)
Just like Lil Nas X, singer/rapper Lizzo makes no apologies for who she is. She owns her big size, making it the centerpiece of her music and accompanying videos, which typically feature plus-sized backup dancers. She's even used her brand to branch out into other areas of the industry, making the reality TV series Lizzo's Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, which just won the Emmy for Outstanding Competition Program. Her latest No. 1 song, "About Damn Time," off her new album, Special, sums up her world-beating attitude more than anything. She'll perform at American Airlines Center.

Maren Morris (October 28)
Country singer Maren Morris is another local artist who made it big, as the Arlington native started her career by playing clubs throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. But she didn't taste true success until she moved to Nashville, scoring with the 2016 album, Hero, and the hit song "My Church." Like others on this list, she's gone her own way, crossing over to pop on occasion and standing up for trans rights and other causes. She'll play at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in support of her new album, Humble Quest.

The Misfits (October 29)
Punk rock band The Misfits only lasted a short time in their original incarnation, but the music they made influenced bands ranging from Metallica to Green Day to My Chemical Romance. The band, which features singer Glenn Danzig, bassist Jerry Only, and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, feuded through the years, but since 2016 they've been back together as The Original Misfits. They'll play their only headlining show of 2022 at Dos Equis Pavilion, with Alice Cooper as special guest.

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The Chicks will play at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving on October 10 and 11.

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Trailblazing actress Christina Ricci shows support for The Family Place in Dallas

Lunching for a Cause

Recently Emmy-nominated actress Christina Ricci was the keynote speaker at The Family Place's Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon on September 23 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Ricci — known for her roles in such movies as The Addams Family, Mermaids, and Now and Then, and the hit Showtime series Yellowjackets — posed for pictures and mingled with VIP guests prior to the luncheon's start.

As the more than 550 guests found their seats in the ballroom, they listened to recreated calls received through The Family Place's 24-hour crisis hotline. The Family Place CEO Mimi Crume Sterling then welcomed patrons and shared how The Family Place removes barriers to ensure brighter futures for survivors of family violence.

Host Andrea Lucia from CBS Channel 11 introduced the invocation from Rabbi Nancy Kasten with Faith Commons and Chaplin Carlos R. Bell of Baylor Scott & White Health.

Co-chairs Jeannie Barsam, Stacee Johnson-Williams, and Lisa Sherrod shared their personal connections to family violence. Each guest was given a “shoe card” at their place setting that lists the signs of abuse and The Family Place’s contact information to share with anyone in need.

The Texas Trailblazer Awards have, since 1996, honored those who create positive change in the community. This year’s recipient was Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who is set to retire in January 2023 after serving her 15th term representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas.

She is the first African American female to chair the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and is also the highest-ranking Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In 2020, she introduced the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which received bipartisan support, was signed into law, and created the recently introduced 9-8-8 hotline.

“Congresswoman Johnson leads by example, working tirelessly to help others and create change at the local, state, and national level,” Sterling said. “This year’s Texas Trailblazer goes above and beyond the call of duty to make Texas and our United States a better place.”

Patty Bryant-Jones, domestic violence survivor and a case manager at The Family Place, then shared her story via an inspiring and moving video of life after abuse, and how she was able to create a brighter future.

Ricci then took the stage to discuss her decades-long entertainment industry career, experiences, and personal hurdles. Ricci stressed the importance of organizations such as The Family Place in educating and supporting domestic violence survivors.

Spotted in the crowd were Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Elizabeth Chow, Lauren McKinnon, Denise Wolford, Karen Danage, Theresa Little, Diana Aguirre, Theresa Flores, Delia Jasso, Irish Burch, Murphey Sears, Nancy Bierman, Elizabeth Ward Creel, Andrea Cheek, Nikki Webb, and Lynn McBee.

In addition to donations, guests were encouraged to purchase raffle tickets in support of The Family Place. Raffle items included a $1,000 gift certificate to Miron Crosby; a two-night stay at any Omni property valued at $1,000; a $400 gift certificate to Al Biernat’s; $4,000 toward a Naturepedic mattress; and 1 ct. solitaire diamond earrings and a Bulova Latin Grammy watch, both donated by Zales.

All funds raised go to support prevention, intervention, restoration, and educational programs for survivors of family violence. For more information on The Family Place, visit

To conclude the afternoon, Lucia announced the 2023 Texas Trailblazer Awards date, September 29, 2023, and announced next year’s event chairs, Lindsay Jacaman and Holly Krug.

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Irish Burch, Murphey SearsPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Jeannie Barsam, Lisa Sherrod, Stacee Johnson-WilliamsPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Mimi Sterling, Nakita Johnson, Lauren McKinnonPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

Trailblazer Awards Luncheon Nancy Bierman, Elizabeth Ward Creel, Andrea CheekPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Nikki Webb, Lynn McBeePhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Patty Bryant-JonesPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Theresa Little, Christina RicciPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Congresswoman Eddie Bernice JohnsonPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon 2022 Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Elizabeth Chow, Lauren McKinnonPhoto by Tamytha Cameron, Celeste Cass

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NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's ranch north of Dallas listed for $22.5 million

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An Oklahoma ranch around 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s owned by NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw is back on the market for $22.5 million.

Bernard Uechtritz, owner of Dallas-based real estate agency Icon Global Group, says the 744-acre ranch was relisted after a deal with a would-be buyer fell through. Cancellation of the purchase followed a series of contract extensions, along with repeated assurances from the potential buyer and their representatives that the deal would close, according to Uechtritz. It’s unknown how much that buyer was willing to pay for the ranch.

Over the years, Uechtritz and Bradshaw have been “inundated” by inquiries about selling the ranch, where the E! reality TV series The Bradshaw Bunch was filmed, according to an Icon Global news release.

Terry Bradshaw ranch The E! reality TV series The Bradshaw Bunch was filmed here.Photo courtesy of Icon Global

Bradshaw says in the news release that he and his wife, Tammy, are “sad to leave this great big ranch and our wonderful home, which has been our idyllic retreat of so many years; however, it is time that we slowed down a little, freeing us up to travel more, as well as enjoy new grandchildren, family, and other interests.”

The Bradshaws now live on a smaller farm in Texas where they continue to operate their Quarter Horse breeding business. In conjunction with the sale of the ranch, the Bradshaws are selling 150 Quarter Horses at an October 22 auction.

Terry Bradshaw ranch The ranch sits on 744 acres.Photo courtesy of Icon Global

The ranch, just east of Thackerville, Oklahoma, and a few miles west of the Texas-Oklahoma border, will keep operating until the new owner takes over. The property, overlooking the Red River, sits within the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation, which is home to the massive WinStar World Casino and Resort.

“The property and facilities are a turnkey-ready proposition for a major equestrian player in the horse business, or continued use as a cattle or private recreational ranch,” Uechtritz says.

Highlights of the ranch include:

  • Rustic 8,600-square-foot home with six bedrooms, six bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, and four fireplaces
  • 2,600-square-foot manager’s house
  • Four-bedroom bunkhouse
  • Outdoor patio encompassing about 1,000 square feet, with a full kitchen, bar, fireplace, hot sauna, and fire pit
  • Eight lakes and ponds
  • Outdoor pool
  • Two-story doghouse made of stone
  • 12-stall stallion barn
  • 20-stall show barn
  • 50-stall mare barn with a laboratory, breeding facility, office, and covered arena
  • 20-stall barn for weaning horses
  • Hay barn
  • Show-pig barn

The property has been on and off the market for a number of years. At various times, it’s been priced at $11.9 million, $10.8 million, $10.6 million, and $9.9 million, according to media reports.

Terry Bradshaw The Bradshaws are selling 150 Quarter Horses at an October 22 auction.Photo courtesy of Icon Global

As quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s and ’80s, Bradshaw led the team to four Super Bowl victories and twice clinched Super Bowl MVP honors. The Louisiana native, who celebrated his 74th birthday earlier this month, retired from pro football in 1984 after a 14-year stint with the Steelers and then joined CBS Sports as a football analyst. He’s been a Fox Sports football analyst since 1994.

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Dallas Fan Festival

At Dallas Fan Festival, guests in costumes can participate in the pop culture playground’s many activities, contests, and special events that put creativity front and center.

The festival will include celebrity photo ops and meet and greets, the chance to meet comic book creators, and shopping. The festival will introduce specialty programming that embraces the spookiness of the Halloween season and newly introduced theme days.

For more information, visit the event website.

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US Open champ Iga Swiatek leads tennis superstars into North Texas for 2022 WTA Finals

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Iga Swiatek is the No. 1 women's tennis player in the world.Fresh off her US Open victory, the world's No. 1 female tennis player, Iga Swiatek, will lead the top eight singles players and doubles teams into Fort Worth next month for the 2022 Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals.

The competition will take place October 31-November 7 at Dickies Arena, and tickets are now on sale.

The prestigious year-end finale has been moved to Fort Worth from Shenzhen, China, for one year only, WTA officials say. It's the first time the contest has been staged in North Texas, and the first time it's in the United States in 17 years.

“The Dickies Arena and the city of Fort Worth has a proven track record of hosting world class sporting and entertainment events, and we are excited to bring the WTA’s showpiece tournament back to the United States for the first time since 2005,” says Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO, in a release. “This location and venue for the 2022 WTA Finals will provide a fantastic experience for players and fans alike and offer a fitting finale as another exciting season on the Hologic WTA Tour comes to a close.”

While the race to the top eight is still on, with several tournaments still to be played in coming weeks, both Swiatek and No. 2-ranked Ons Jabeur officially have qualified for the finals.

"I’m really excited to qualify for the WTA Finals this year for the second time in my career and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans in Fort Worth,” Swiatek says in the release.

The top-ranked doubles team of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova also has qualified.

"We are really looking forward to playing in Fort Worth in Texas and hopefully defending our title," Krejcikova says.

Two American stars, Jessie Pegula and Coco Gauff, currently stand at No. 3 and 4 in singles, respectively. Together, they are the 4th-ranked doubles team in the world. If they maintain these standings or climb higher, North Texas fans will get to seem them play.

Coco Gauff Coco Gauff is one of the top-ranked singles and doubles players. Julian Finney/Getty Images

As of press time, the top eight singles players are:

1. Iga Swiatek (Poland)

2. Ons Jabeur (Tunisia)

3. Jessie Pegula (USA)

4. Coco Gauff (USA)

5. Caroline Garcia (France)

6. Aryna Sabalenka*

7. Daria Kasatkina*

8. Simona Halep (Romania)

As of press time, the top eight doubles teams are:

1. Barbora Krejcikova (Cze) / Katerina Siniakova (Cze)

2. Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) / Giuliana Olmos (Mex)

3. Lyudmyla Kichenok (Ukr) / Jelena Ostapenko (Lat)

4. Jessie Pegula (USA) / Coco Gauff (USA)

5. Elise Mertens (Bel) / Veronika Kudermetova*

6. Yifan Xu (Chn) / Zhauxuan Yang (Chn)

7. Demi Schuurs (Ned) / Desirae Krawczyk (USA)

8. Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) / Ellen Perez (Aus)

(*Per WTA style, players native to Russia do not have their country listed.)

Click here to follow the latest standings on the Race to the WTA Finals and here for the most up-to-date 2022 WTA Tour calendar.

All Session Tickets for the WTA Finals went on sale at 10 am Thursday, September 22, via Ticketmaster.

Single Session Tickets will go on sale at 10 am Tuesday, September 27, via Ticketmaster. (Venue presale is Monday, September 26 from 10 am-10 pm, CODE: SINGLES)

The WTA was founded by groundbreaking tennis legend Billie Jean King in 1983 on the principle of equal opportunity and has remained a global leader in women’s professional sports.

"The WTA is one of the world’s most recognizable and high-profile sports organizations, consisting of more than 1,600 players representing approximately 87 nations, all competing to earn WTA rankings, points, and prestigious tournament titles," the organization says. "The Hologic WTA Tour is annually comprised of around 50 events and four Grand Slams, spanning six continents and nearly 30 countries and regions with a global audience of over 900 million."

Keep up with the WTA at

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These are the 11 best things to do in Dallas this weekend

Weekend Event Planner

Big names litter the landscape in and around Dallas this weekend, appearing at a film event, two stand-up comedy performances, a trio of concerts, and a pro-am tennis competition. You can also attend a hot air balloon festival, a classical music concert, a theater festival, and the newest immersive art exhibition.

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.

Thursday, September 22

HEB | Central Market Plano Balloon Festival
The Plano Balloon Festival is a multi-day event at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve that features balloons glows, skydivers, hot air balloons, concerts, fireworks, a huge kid’s fun zone, merchandise vendors, corporate exhibitors, and variety of foods. There will also be a half marathon, relay, 5K run/walk, and 1-mile Fun Run. On opening night will be a performance by the Plano Symphony Orchestra, featuring movie favorites. The festival takes place through Sunday.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents "Symphonic Dances"
The latest concert from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra looks at America from three distinct viewpoints. The fantasy world of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft inspired Connesson’s "Celephais" from Cities of Lovecraft. James Agee’s poem depicting a summer evening in a sleepy southern town is represented musically in Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Rachmaninoff blends his love of his new American home with nostalgia for his native Russia in his Symphonic Dances. The concert, featuring conductor Stéphane Denève and soprano Jeanine De Bique, will play three times through Saturday at Meyerson Symphony Center.

Dallas VideoFest presents The Ernie Kovacs Award Honoring Al Franken
Dallas VideoFest will award comedian and former U.S. Senator, Al Franken, best known for his work on the NBC staple Saturday Night Live, with the coveted Ernie Kovacs Award. Immediately following the event at Texas Theatre will be a screening of the 2006 documentary, Al Franken: God Spoke. VIP admission will include an exclusive reception before the event with Franken.

Cara Mia Theatre presents Latinidades Theatre Fest
Cara Mia Theatre's annual multi-weekend Latinidades Theatre Fest starts with two events. On Thursday will be the Opening Night Celebration, featuring an outdoor ceremony with a mask performance, live music, danza, and food. The initial production is Pachuquísmo, a multi-disciplinary show on Friday and Saturday that explores history, culture, and rhythm through the lens of the Mexican American pachucas that American society tried to eradicate. Both events are at Latino Cultural Center.

Friday, September 23

Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light
The newest immersive exhibit at Lighthouse Dallas, Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light features the most famous of Egyptian rulers, the Pharaoh Tutankhamun, bringing to life the story of King Tut’s passage into the afterlife as he escorts the sun through the underworld each night to rise again victoriously each morning. Launched to commemorate the 100th anniversary of archeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of the legendary “boy king” in November 1922, the exhibit will be on display through at least November 13.

Nick Swardson: "Make Joke From Face" Tour
Comedian Nick Swardson is known for his roles in multiple Adam Sandler movies, his character Terry on Reno 911!, Grandma’s Boy, Bucky Larson, and his own shows, Comedy Central’s Pretend Time and Typical Rick. Touring what’s to be his sixth stand up special, Swardson will take audiences on a journey of smells and laughter. He'll perform at Majestic Theatre.

Roxy Music in concert
Roxy Music is touring for the first time in more than a decade to mark the 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album, with band members Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, and Paul Thompson together on stage for the first time since 2011. Regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time, whose work has inspired generations of musicians, they'll play at American Airlines Center, with support from Dallas singer St. Vincent.

Saturday, September 24

ZZ Top in concert
When original bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill died in 2021, it was fair to wonder if that was the end for legendary Texas rock band ZZ Top. But the surviving band members — Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard — have made it clear they have no intention of retiring, continuing to tour, with Elwood Francis, Hill's guitar tech, taking his place. They'll play at Dos Equis Pavilion.

Camilo in concert
Colombian singer Camilo has an enviable musical track record, along with one of the sweetest 'staches going today. His debut album, accurately called Por Primera Vez, was released just after the start of the pandemic in 2020, but still went to No. 1 on the Billboard US Latin Pop charts. He's released two more albums in as many years since, including the new De Adentro Pa Afuera, both of which have charted highly. He'll perform at American Airlines Center.

Sunday, September 25

Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic
Returning after a three-year break, the fifth annual Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic takes place at SMU Tennis Center, hosted by the beloved NBA champ and Dallas Mavericks legend. Joining Dirk for the one-day charity pro-am competition will be Luka Dončić, JJ Barea, former tennis pros Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, and Mark Knowles, and more.

Kevin James in concert
We all know Kevin James from his sitcom The King of Queens and movies like Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Hitch, and Grown Ups, but long before he was a star, he was a stand-up comedian traveling the country. In the last few years, he's gotten back to his stand-up roots, something he'll prove in this special show at Majestic Theatre.

Photo courtesy of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation

Dirk Nowitzki will host the 5th annual Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic at SMU Tennis Center on September 25.

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Top-ranked high schools make the grade in this week's 5 hottest Dallas 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. 2 distinguished Dallas high schools sit at head of the class as Texas' best in 2022. Two campuses in Dallas have earned extra credit as the best high schools in Texas. In the latest rankings from education review website Niche, Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented & Gifted tops the list of the state’s best public high schools, and St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas leads the list of the state’s best private high schools.

2. NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's ranch north of Dallas listed for $22.5 million. An Oklahoma ranch around 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s owned by NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw is back on the market for $22.5 million. The 744-acre ranch was relisted after a deal with a would-be buyer fell through.

3. Dallas grilled cheese restaurant abruptly closes location in Oak Cliff. A Bishop Arts restaurant dedicated to making grilled cheese sandwiches has closed: The aptly named Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. closed its original location at 310 W. 7th St., after nearly eight years. According to co-owner Diana Ezzell, the closure was prompted by problems with the location.

4. Best vegan grocer in Denton relocates to market-deli space. An acclaimed market in Denton specializing in all things vegan is making a move: Mashup Market, the plant-based specialty grocer that debuted at 316 Oak St. in 2020, is closing that original location and making its new headquarters at 1302 W. Hickory St., its second location that opened in 2021.

5. Dallas man allegedly scammed $26M from Chinese real estate investors. A Dallas-area man has been charged for allegedly scamming Chinese investors out of more than $26 million in a real estate scheme. Timothy Lynch Barton, the 59-year-old president of real estate development firm JMJ and CEO of real estate investment firm Carnegie Development, has been indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of securities fraud.

Beto to visit Dallas college campuses following debate on TV with Abbott

Campaign News

On November 8, Texas will vote for its next governor — choosing from either incumbent Republican Greg Abbott or Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

In anticipation, the two will participate in a debate on September 30, which takes place at 7 pm at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. It's hosted by KXAN news anchor Britt Moreno and will feature questions from a panel of journalists.

The debate will air on Nexstar television stations which in Dallas is KDAF Channel 33; the Texas Tribune will also livestream.

It's their only scheduled debate and according to the Associated Press, Abbott conditioned his participation on the debate taking place without an audience.

"Sources tell me Abbott would only agree to face Beto with no audience in the room," said journalist Scott Braddock, in a tweet which is right here:

This will be first time Abbott and O'Rourke meet since the May 25 press conference where O’Rourke confronted Abbott after the shooting in Uvalde.

O'Rourke, who previously undertook a summer tour across Texas, holding 70 public events in more than 65 counties, is now launching a College Tour focused on young voters. It includes visits to two Dallas-area campuses, with only one open to the public, as follows:

  • Monday October 3, 10 am: Town Hall at University of North Texas, at the University of North Texas - Gateway Center Ballroom, 801 N. Texas Blvd., Denton. Open to UNT students only.
  • Monday October 3, 12:30 pm: College Tour Town Hall at Dallas College El Centro Campus, 801 Main St., Dallas. Open to the public.

During the College Tour, he'll hold more than a dozen public events at colleges and universities around the state, affording an opportunity not only for him to share his platform — reproductive freedom, reducing gun violence, raising minimum wage, legalizing marijuana — but also an opportunity to get students and young people registered before the October 11 deadline.

'Wide-awake' Dallas neighbor is 2nd best U.S city for families, says Fortune

No place like home

Fortune advises readers to not let Wylie’s “picturesque, historic downtown fool you.” And for good reason. The magazine hails the North Texas city as “a fast-growing, modern community that doesn’t skimp on the amenities.”

Thanks in large part to those amenities, Fortune puts Wylie at No. 2 on its list of the 25 best places in the U.S. for families to live. Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes the top spot.

In recognizing Wylie, the magazine cites the city’s well-above-average public schools, numerous facilities for older residents, and events such as the Bluegrass on Ballard festival and Wylie 500 Pedal Car Race.

"With its start as a stop on the Santa Fe Railway in the 1880s, Wylie has always been a gathering place," the magazine writes. "In fact, because shops stayed open late to accommodate the railway visitors and business, one of the town’s nicknames became 'Wide-Awake Wylie.' The historic downtown continues that tradition of community today..."

Fortune lists the median home price in Wylie as $399,838 and the median household income as $96,845. The booming suburb is home to nearly 60,000 residents. It now stretches across Dallas, Collin, and Rockwall counties.

To come up with its ranking, Fortune combed through mounds of data for almost 2,000 communities in the U.S.

The only other Texas city in the top 25 is the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, ranked 17th.

“Residents have a sweet spot for this Houston suburb that brings the community together through its lively downtown hub, local events, and even a ball game or two,” Fortune says.

Among other highlights, Fortune notes Sugar Land’s “outstanding schools,” the Sugar Land Space Cowboys minor-league baseball team, Sugar Land Town Square, and high-quality health care at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

In Sugar Land, the median home price is $399,250 and the median household income is $121,665, according to Fortune. The suburb is home to around 110,000 people.