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1. Dallas' most VIP couple leads all-star gala for Perot Museum 10th anniversary. The 10th anniversary of a Dallas landmark deserves a star-studded party and a few fireworks, too — and that's exactly what the Perot Museum of Nature and Science did to celebrate its milestone birthday. Dallas' most VIP couple led the festivities. Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki co-chaired the 10th anniversary Night at the Museum Gala on Saturday, November 12.

2. Dallas hires Martine Elyse Philippe as new director of arts and culture. The city of Dallas has a new Arts boss: Martine Elyse Philippe, who has worked in arts administration and the nonprofit world, has been appointed Director of the Office of Arts & Culture, a division of the City Manager's Office that fosters partnerships and support with arts and cultural organizations.

3. Record store in Dallas' Oak Cliff to spin off hip new restaurant-lounge. There's a hip new lounge bar restaurant opening in Dallas' Bishop Arts: Called Ladylove, it's going into the favorably located space previously occupied by Dallas Grilled Cheese Co., and is forecast to open in early 2023. Ladylove, whose subhead is "Lounge & Sound," is from David Grover and Kate Siamro, the same amazing team who own Spinster Records, the vinyl record store in Bishop Arts.

4. New Uptown Dallas movie theater sets opening date in time for the holidays. A little over a year after it was first announced, Violet Crown Cinema will open its first Dallas theater in West Village in early December. The theater is located in the former Magnolia Theater, which closed when the pandemic hit in March 2020 and never reopened.

5. Dallas university among best in U.S. for entrepreneurship programs, says Princeton Review. Dallas entrepreneurs, take note. The University of Texas at Dallas is near the top of its class among the country's best entrepreneurship programs. UTD's Naveen Jindal School of Management appears at No. 12 for best graduate entrepreneurship program and No. 25 for best undergraduate entrepreneurship program on new lists from The Princeton Review.

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Dallas' most VIP couple leads all-star gala for Perot Museum 10th anniversary

Night at the Museum

The 10th anniversary of a Dallas landmark deserves a star-studded party and a few fireworks, too — and that's exactly what the Perot Museum of Nature and Science did to celebrate its milestone birthday. Dallas' most VIP couple led the festivities.

Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki co-chaired the 10th anniversary Night at the Museum Gala on Saturday, November 12. The longtime Perot Museum patrons — along with Eugene McDermott CEO Dr. Linda Silver — welcomed more than 1,200 guest and all founding donors to the sold-out event that took over every floor of the museum, including the outside plaza.

Attendees took in exhibits on four different levels, from the new "Science Behind Pixar" exhibit to the always dazzling Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall.

They noshed and sipped throughout the evening. Among the special highlights was a 10th anniversary edition beer provided by Community Beer Co. Legendary executive chef Wolfgang Puck (who was in attendance) created a menu of fully Texas-sourced cuisine as a nod to the Perot name, synonymous with Texas.

Outside, guests enjoyed the fun and games of a neon arcade presented by Texas Instruments.

DJ RomiQ kept beats spinning throughout all levels of the museum during the evening. Then Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra amped things up, closing out the night in the after-party pavilion as guests danced the night away.

The night was capped by fireworks, presented by Goldman Sachs, which lit up the Dallas skyline.

There was a lot to celebrate — not only the decade of impact that the Perot has had on the community, but the fact that $14 million has been raised to date over the museum’s anniversary year.

Spotted in the crowd, taking it all in, were numerous museum founders, supporters, and guests, including Abigail Williams, Annika Cail, Ashley Chellgren, Chantel McCraney, Lindsay Billingsley, Blake Stephenson, Trammel Crow, Steve and Carrie Becker, Chantel McCraney, Jason Valdivia, Darin Kunz, Brittanie Oleniczak, Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, Amber Venz Box, Catalina Gonzalez Joba, Merritt Beck, Jason Friedman, Nadia Dabbakeh, Molly Clennon, Jordan Rihani, Justin Evans, Johnny Pompa, Caleb Hernandez, Dean Gresham, Michael and Rachel Osburn, Talley Hodges, Miles Parker, Meredith Garvey, Woody Abbott, Meredith Abbott, Katie Samler, and Matt Samler.

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Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki chaired the event.

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'Yellowstone' stars premiere season 5 in Fort Worth ahead of filming in North Texas

Hollywood in Cowtown

On a chilly fall Sunday evening, the cast and crew of Yellowstone descended on Fort Worth for the hit Paramount TV show's long-awaited season 5 premiere.

Stars and supporters of both Yellowstone and its Fort Worth-shot prequel 1883 - including creator Taylor Sheridan and his wife, Nicole - hit the red carpet (okay, technically it was black) at the Fort Worth Stockyards' Hotel Drover before sitting down to a screening at the Downtown Cowtown at the Isis theater on Sunday, November 13.

The premiere-event was a homecoming for Sheridan, an honorary Fort Worthian who attended Pascal High School and lives on a ranch in Weatherford. It also preceded a day of shooting in the small North Texas town of Venus on Tuesday, November 15, WFAA reported.

Sheridan's Yellowstone chronicles the Dutton family of Montana, led by John Dutton (played by Kevin Costner), who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the U.S. Amid shifting alliances, unsolved murders, open wounds and hard-earned respect, the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders: an expanding town, an Indian reservation and America’s first national park.

Although Yellowstone's biggest star, Costner, was not in Fort Worth for the premiere, other "Duttons" in attendance included Luke Grimes (Kayce Dutton), Kelsey Asbille (Monica Dutton), Brecken Merrill (Tate Dutton), and Kylie Rogers (young Beth Dutton).

After the screening, guests attended a reception at the Barn at the Hotel Drover, where they were met by a Texas Longhorn and three Drovers from the Fort Worth herd. The reception featured Yellowstone-themed “Blue Montana” and “Dutton Ranch” beverages as signature cocktails.

Country singer Hayes Carll entertained, and a unique “Shop the Scenes” experience allowed attendees to simulate living on the Yellowstone ranch.

Guests were able to wander virtual sets and shop authentic products from the shows. Other fun activities included a custom Wrangler Denim Jacket Station, custom luggage tags with “Yellowstone” signature “Y” branding, a 3D photo booth, a boot shiner and “Yellowstone 1883” Reserve wine tasting.

VIP attendees included cast and crew Gil Birmingham, Mo Brings Plenty, Wendy Moniz, Jefferson White, Ian Bohen, Denim Richards, Jen Landon, Piper Perabo, Hassie Harrison, John Emmet Tracy, Ethan Lee, Dawn Olivieri, Kai Caster, Kathryn Kelly, Kyle Silverstein, Eric and Sainty Nelson, Dave Annable, Jake Ream, Buck Taylor, Christian Wassana, and directors Stephen Kay and Christina Voros. Additional notable guests included Craig Cavileer, managing Partner of Stockyards Heritage Development Co. and Hotel Drover; Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Paramount Media Networks; David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios; and Jenny Wood, president of Bosque Ranch.

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Taylor Sheridan and Nicole Sheridan at the Yellowstone season 5 premiere in Fort Worth.

The event was presented at the conclusion of the 16th annual Lone Star Film Festival, which screened a variety of narrative feature films, documentaries and short films at various destinations in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Two days earlier at the LSFF Gala, Sheridan had received the 2022 Larry McMurtry Award, the festival's highest honor.

The award, presented by the Lone Star Film Festival and the Fort Worth Film Commission, honors native Texans who have made great contributions to the film, television, and creative industries.

In 2023, Sheridan will receive the state's highest honor for achievement in the arts, a Texas Medal of Arts Award.

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Robert and Sibylle Redford celebrate premiere of symphony-film project with Dallas arts patrons

Arty party

What: The Way of the Rain: Hope for Earth premiere parties

Where: Meyerson Symphony Center and Hall Arts Gallery

The 411: The weekend of October 20-22, local arts supporters and prominent names in the world of film descended on Dallas for the U.S. premiere of The Way of the Rain: Hope for Earth.

The multidisciplinary environmental performance, presented by EarthX and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, was a creation for orchestra, chorus, film, art, and spoken word. The work was meant to interpret nature’s powerful beauty while calling attention to Earth’s vulnerability brought on by climate change.

And it came with celebrity panache. The performance, created and directed by artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford, was in collaboration with music composer Tim Janis, performance film artist Floyd Thomas McBee, with a special narration by legendary actor/director (and Sibylle's husband) Robert Redford. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Julien Benichou.

The weekend of celebrations kicked off on October 20 with a private reception at Christopher Martin Gallery, where a show of Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s art was presented.

Then, on Saturday, October 22, guests were feted at a cocktail event at the Meyerson’s East Loge prior to the premiere of The Way of the Rain: Hope for Earth. Following the performance, supporters dined in a private engagement at Hall Arts Gallery.

Who: Event chairs were Doris Jacobs, Teffy Jacobs, and Kim Jacobs Calloway, with honorary chair Jacque Wynne. Other notable supporters in attendance included Trammel Crow, Gregory Leon Baird, Gomeo Bobelu, Elizabeth Demmer-Janis, Tiana Jones, Ron Hall, Beth Hall, Barbara Bancroft, Chris Bancroft, Linda Ambeva, Geoff Lloyd, Michael Cain, Beverly Camhe, Jim Hart, Stephanie Spaulding, Kim Burgan, Amy Bishop, Therese Moncrief, Staci Hunt, Steve Kemble, Holly Quartaro, Chad Collom, Nathan Crow, Itzel Crow, Bill Loughborough, Sarah Loughborough, Sam Moon, Sandra Moon, and many more.

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Gomeo Bobelu, Tim Janis, Thomas McBee, Robert Redford, Sibylle Szaggars Redford, Elizabeth Demmer-Janis, Gregory Leon Baird, Tiana Jones

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Hollywood comes to Dallas for star-studded Farrah Fawcett Foundation fundraising fiesta

Starry night

What: Farrah Fawcett Foundation Tex-Mex Fiesta

Where: The Rustic

The 411: Texas Rodeo met Rodeo Drive when the Farrah Fawcett Foundation moved its annual star-studded fundraiser from Beverly Hills to Dallas on October 20. Hollywood A-listers walked the red carpet, then mingled with Dallas patrons under a starry Texas sky - all to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Co-chairs Alana Stewart and Jaclyn Smith - the late Farrah Fawcett's bestie and Charlie's Angels co-star, respectively - welcomed 350 guests to The Rustic. The crowd dined on Tex-Mex cuisine (Fawcett's favorite), and margaritas flowed throughout the evening.

Actor and famously tanned man George Hamilton emceed the presentations with his signature charm, wit, and flirtatiousness. He brought onstage Dr. Lawrence Piro, Fawcett’s former oncologist and Chief Medical Advisor for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, who underscored the importance of the evening’s fundraising efforts. Proceeds would go to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge and Stand Up To Cancer.

Smith presented the “Angel Award” to Dallas star Linda Gray, who declared how much she really does love Dallas off-screen, too. Fawcett's partner Ryan O’Neal was also acknowledged with the Angel Donor Award; O’Neal’s son Patrick O’Neal accepted the award and shared a moving tribute and letter from his father.

A live auction led by Samantha Robinson of Heritage Auctions raised thousands of dollars with one-of-a-kind items like lunch with George Hamilton the following day at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and an LA package including three nights at the glamorous Beverly Hills Hotel and a dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago. An art piece created by Fawcett was one of the biggest "gets" of the night.

For music fans, the highlight of the night was an acoustic set by Grammy-Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. From stage, she spoke of her personal battle with breast cancer before playing some of her biggest hits.

At the end of the night, each guest took home a stylish burlap party bag, courtesy of Neiman Marcus, filled with red carpet-worthy swag: full-sized luxury products including Retrouve face serum, Sobel Skin moisture cream, and Knesko Nanogold Repair face masks; plus a signed copy of Linda Gray’s book The Road to Happiness and a bag of Tom’s Perfect 10 Ginger Zing Granola.

The fiesta didn't end when guests departed. Everyone received tortilla chips and Zubi's salsa and queso to-go for the ride home.

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Alana Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Jaclyn Smith

Who: Hundreds of Dallas patrons and supporters, including Marjon Henderson, Jonika Nix, Tracy Lange, Mark Bradford, Allen DiCastro, Tim Quinn, Mark Turnipseed, Chris Floyd, Chuck Steelman, Sami Abboud, Ross Blackstone, Steve Rahhal, Patrick Foley, Nellie Sciutto, Christine Romeo, and many more.

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Dallas nonprofit channels the spirit of Taos for 40th anniversary celebration

New Mexico Nights

What: Spirit of Taos benefiting Wilkinson Center

Where: On the Levee

The 411: More than 170 attendees gathered in the Dallas Design District to support the Wilkinson Center on Friday, October 14.

Friends of Wilkinson Center president Ellen Estee and event chairs Shannon Hanberry and Ashley White welcomed Taos-attired guests to the ninth annual fundraiser while Ernesto’s Music Mariachi Band serenaded.

At dinner time, emcee Jenny Anchondo, host of CW33’s Inside DFW with Jenny Anchondo, emceed presentations from Wilkinson Center leadership, including executive director Anne Reeder Corley. She underscored the organization's mission to serve families facing critical life challenges, including food insecurity, lack of education, economic instability, and unemployment.

A video celebrated 40 years of Wilkinson Center, which was founded in 1982 when the Rev. Clayton Lewis, then pastor of Munger Place United Methodist Church, saw a child scouring a dumpster for food and resolved to help neighbors in need. The video featured interviews with Lewis’ sons Jim Lewis and Mark Lewis, Sande Wilkinson Ford, daughter- in-law of Ruby Wilkinson, for whom the Wilkinson Center is named, former executive director Brian Burton, and others.

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Caitlin Maddox, Emily Hildebrand

A live auction conducted by Wes Poole of Murad Auctions got guests bidding competitively for fabulous packages and chances to give back to Wilkinson Center. Patrons then danced the night away to the live tunes of the Jimmy Stadler Band and stopped at a photo booth to take memorable photos of the night.

Who: Caitlin Maddox, Emily Hildebrand, Danielle and Ron Cooper, Heath Oakes, Marc Janni, Kara Janni, Holly Ross, Drew Ross, Meridith Zidell, Katy Lopez, Joanie Khoury, Suzi Nguyen, Kayla Hodge, Ashley Mallone, Charlie Morris, Lindsey Morris, Charles Morris, Carlin Morris, Caitlin Hyatt, Mike Hyatt, Kylie and Corey Nathan, Maddie Rhone, Derek Cohen, Alex MacKillop, and Avery Freese.

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Longtime Mexican restaurant in Deep Ellum closes, breastaurant on the way

Deep Ellum News

A longtime Mexican restaurant in Deep Ellum is closing: Maracas Cocina Mexicana, which has been in business at 2914 Main St. in one form or another since 1992, will close this weekend, to be replaced with another concept whose identity is still to be (officially) announced.

The restaurant is going out with a goodbye party on November 25, at 5 pm, with a DJ and its signature cheap drinks.

They've already started clearing out equipment and this will be their final weekend. A staffer speaking for the restaurant said that current owner, who asked not to be named but also owns a number of Mexican sandwich shops around DFW, is doing a rebranding.

"It's re-opening as a breastaurant, and the menu will be more focused on Mexican seafood," the staffer said.

The working title for the new concept is La Toxica Mariscos Y Micheladas.

Maracas' long history began in 1992 when it was was founded as Monica's Aca Y Alla, named for founder and veteran restaurateur Monica Greene, who opened it on what was then the eastern, rather sleepy edge of Deep Ellum. (Actually, it was originally Eduardo's Aca Y Alla, founded prior to Monica's transgender transformation in 1993.)

By 2012, Greene became restless after 20 years with what she perceived as sluggish development in Deep Ellum — a sad irony since the neighborhood started to blow up just a couple of years later.

She handed over the reins to managers Jose Sanchez and Angel Borjas, who kept much of what it had been — cheap and affordable Tex-Mex, a laid-back party atmosphere — and rebranded it as Maracas. The current owner came on board in 2014.

At 30 years, the restaurant is easily one of the longest running in Deep Ellum. When it opened, restaurants were somewhat of a minority in a neighborhood dominated by live music clubs. Now restaurants are the majority, and clubs have become the minority instead.

Some of Maracas' employees have worked there for decades, and are reportedly being given the option to work at the owner's other establishments.

The Friday night party will be $15 at the door, which gets you appetizers. Otherwise, patrons can order off the menu. House margaritas will be $4.50 and beers will be $5.

The restaurant will be be open as Maracas for the remainder of the weekend, including brunch: from 11 am-11 pm Saturday and 11 am-9 pm on Sunday.

"It's been a watering hole for many of us for so many years!" says Kendell Liptrap, a regular.

Where to eat on Christmas 2022 at Dallas restaurants

Holiday News

It seems impossible to fathom but we've reached that point where we are starting to think about Christmas, and restaurants are already cooking up options, whether you're looking to dine out or grab something to take home.

This list has a little bit of everything: places that are open on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, or places doing take-out only. As the holiday draws nearer, the list will surely grow, so check back for updates, which we'll make as they come in.

Here's our list of Christmas dining options:

Dive Coastal Cuisine. To-go items include mini potato latkes, bruschetta ciabatta crostinis, charcuterie, chicken, beef tenderloin, whipped or whole sweet potatoes, holiday everything salad, and whole key lime pie. Order by December 21. 214-891-1700. Closed Christmas Day.

Dolce Riviera. Special edition Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. $85. December 19–December 24. 469-458-6623. Closed Christmas Day.

Mercat Bistro. Christmas Day brunch with festive 3-course menu. $68. Make reservations to sit in the restaurant’s famous Polar Bear section. 10 am–3 pm. 214-953-0917.

Magnolias Sous Le Pont. Open Christmas Day morning with winter themed beverages including Toffee Crunch Affogato, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and frozen peppermint mocha. 469-249-9222.

Postino WineCafe. Family-size to-go menu feeds up to 15, including two starters, bruschetta platter, and salad. Add-ons are available for an additional cost. $285, Order by December 23. 972-210-2102. Closed Christmas Day.

Tacodeli. Chile En Nogada and Spiked Horchata, available for dine-in or to-go.Available through December 23. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. West Dallas – 214-760-1930; The Hill – 214-206-8980; Park & Preston (Plano) – 972-200-5101; Parkwood (Plano) – 214-997-6047.

TJ’s Seafood Market. Holiday to-go menu includes holiday platters, shrimp, smoked salmon, oysters, and gumbo. Order by December 23 for pickup December 24. Preston Royal – 214-691-2369; Oak Lawn – 214-219-3474.

SusieCakes. Christmas desserts include chocolate candy cane cake, holiday cupcakes, cupcakes, frosted sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and decorating kits. Order by December 24. Preston Center – 214-983-2253; Hillside – 945-245-2253. Closed Christmas Day.

Ten50 BBQ. To-go smoked meats, sides, and desserts. Order by December 21. 1-855-QUE-1050 or email catering@ten50bbq.com. Closed Christmas Day.

City Hall Bistro. Restaurant at the Adolphus has a three-course menu featuring squash & kale salad, honey baked ham, cornbread dressing, candied yams, pumpkin pie, and Texas praline crunch brownie. Additional items are available for an extra cost including prime rib and salmon. 12–8 pm. $70. 214-651-3686.

Texas chef invites foodies to explore Europe on guided culinary adventures in 2023

Bon Voyage

Good news for Texans who have been enviously binge-watching From Scratch and other food shows lately: One of San Antonio's best chefs is inviting locals along on a delicious, food-filled adventure through Europe next year. Founder of The Good Kind Hospitality Group (which includes Tim the Girl Catering, The Good Kind restaurant, and the Ivy Hall Events venue), chef Tim McDiarmid is hosting two curated trips in summer 2023.

Born in British Columbia, the award-winning chef is a James Beard Fellow (2019) and former Chopped competitor got her start in New York City, where she worked in restaurants for over 20 years before moving with her son to San Antonio in 2011. As a single mother in need of a flexible schedule, she founded Tim the Girl Catering that same year.

In 2017, McDiarmid opened her first retail outpost, The Good Kind, in the Historic Pearl’s Bottling Department food hall. She went on to open a second Good Kind location in 2018 and took over the management of Ivy Hall Events venue space in the King William district before closing the Pearl location of the Good Kind in 2020. In 2019, she was selected as a James Beard Fellow for the James Beard Foundation's Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program.

Along the way, McDiarmid has guided numerous groups through Italy in collaboration with a travel company, ItalianFix, which organizes tours for those seeking to experience a place, rather than just pass through. McDiarmid is the perfect guide for these adventures, weaving her culinary and hospitality experience into a highly curated itinerary. In turn, she pulls from her travels as inspiration for her catering company and restaurants back home in San Antonio.

In 2023, McDiarmid will host two trips. The first will be a woman-only getaway to the The Cinque Terre, exploring picturesque seaside villages along the Italian Riviera for eight days and seven nights between June 24 and July 1, 2023. The second is open to all adults and spans three countries, traveling through the the Italian & French Rivieras for nine day and eight nights from July 3 to July 11, 2023.

Reservations for these one-of-a-kind trips are open, and payment plans are available after a small initial deposit. Space is limited, so interested travelers should scurry over to italianfix.com to sign up and start planning for the adventure of a lifetime.