Courtesy Vogt Gallery

The partial estate of one of the Lone Star State's most esteemed and prolific writers, Larry McMurtry, is about to go to auction — and fans will be able to get a first glimpse online.

Taking place at San Antonio-based Vogt Auction Galleries on May 29, "The Estate of Larry McMurtry" auction will include items from the author's home in Archer City, Texas, including his writing desk, typewriters, artwork, and much more.

McMurtry wrote some of Texas' most enduring stories and shaped the history of modern American storytelling, both on the page and on the screen. His Pulitzer-Prize winning Lonesome Dove was adapted into a television miniseries that earned 18 Emmy Award nominations and seven wins. Several of his other novels were adapted for the big screen, including The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and Brokeback Mountain, which earned McMurtry an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

In total, the author's adapted works received 34 nominations and 13 Oscar wins throughout his career.

The celebrated author passed away in March 2021 at the age of 84.

The auction will feature a wide range of treasures, from personal copies of the author's books to memorabilia from his Hollywood productions, home furnishings, firearms, and boots.

Presented by Vogt Auction Galleries, the auction will take place on Monday, May 29, beginning at 1 pm.

A full catalog will be published on May 5 at TexasAuction.com, and bids will be accepted in by in person, by telephone, live online, or by absentee bid. Head to vogtauction.com for more details and to stay up to date.

Larry McMurtry auction

Courtesy Vogt Gallery

Personal copies of McMurtry's books will be part of the auction.

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More than 90 live music acts will perform at 2023 State Fair of Texas

State Fair News

The State Fair of Texas will return in fall 2023 with a music lineup that includes more than 90 artists performing live on three stages. Headliners include Lonestar, Ceelo Green, and 38 Special, as well as a tribute to Selena Quintanilla Pérez, Experience Selena.

Other acts kicking off opening weekend September 29 to October 1 include Chrisette Michele, Lil Jon, Hairball, and Bowling for Soup.

For the first time, the State Fair of Texas has partnered with Romeo Entertainment Group, who are producing the entire music lineup for 2023.

Based in Nashville, Romeo boasts 65-plus years of experience and a long list of clients. Romeo president & CEO R.J. Romeo says in a statement that “it's an honor to bring music to the Fair that is as expansive and varied as the great state of Texas itself. I am proud of our team, led by Lacey Hayes, for programming such an outstanding lineup."

According to fair spokesperson Karissa Condoianis, Romeo replaces Glenn Smith Productions, who retired after more than 30 years. In 2018, they also began working with Dallas-based independent record label State Fair Records to book other free live music stages throughout the fairgrounds.

Fairgoers can experience all different kinds of live music – country to R&B, Norteño to electro-pop – across the fairgrounds during all 24 days of the 2023 State Fair of Texas, all included with their admission ticket.

The Chevrolet Main Stage is an outdoor venue with a huge festival-type stage and experience, as well as an ADA-compliant area for guests needing special assistance. Featuring headlining and regional acts, the Chevrolet Main Stage is located next to the Craft Pavilion, near the Hall of State.

Highlights include:

  • September 29: Lonestar
  • September 30: Ceelo Green/ Chrisette Michele
  • October 1: La Zenda Nortena
  • October 2: UNT Four O'Clock Lab Band
  • October 3: Bowling For Soup
  • October 6: Hairball/ Matt Hillyer
  • October 7: Lil John
  • October 8: 38 Special
  • October 9: Little Mermen
  • October 13: X Ambassadors
  • October 14: Craig Morgan
  • October 15: Shane Smith & The Saints
  • October 20: Forever Motown / The War & Treaty
  • October 21: Charlotte Sands / Red Jumpsuit Apparatus / We the Kings
  • October 22: Yahritzia Y Su Esencia

The Bud Light Stage, located in the heart of Cotton Bowl Plaza, showcases local and regional talent all 24 days of the Fair.

Highlights include many of Dallas' and Texas' best and brightest acts such as the State Fair Records All Star Band, John Pedigo's Magic Pilsner, Matt Tedder, Brave Combo, Rosie Flores, Ginny Mac, The O's, Max Stalling, and DJ Mark Ridlen.

The Yuengling Flight Stage, located outside the Go Texan Pavilion, features a Friday night comedy series, titled “Deep Fried Comedy,” along with live music throughout the week.

Highlights include: Shelley Carrol, Charming Gardeners, Katrina Cain, Lorena Leigh, Ceci Ceci, Min, Saborcito Puro, Vanita Leo, Garrett Owen, and a showcase by Spinster Records.

The full schedule of acts with dates and times can be found online.

The 2023 State Fair of Texas will open on September 29 and run through October 22.

Mediterranean restaurant lands legendary patio spot in Uptown Dallas

Patio News

In major-major patio news, there's a new restaurant set to take over the former Primo's space on Dallas' McKinney Avenue. Called Lyla, it's a Mediterranean restaurant from Dallas-based hospitality entrepreneurs Veeral Rathod and Obi Ibeto of GAP Concepts and concept partner Reham Choudhury, in partnership with Refined Hospitality Concepts, who were/are the owners of Primo's. That's quite the team.

According to a release, it'll open at 3309 McKinney Ave. in August.

Lyla is visioned as a casual yet sophisticated hangout, channeling the chic beachy vibe of destinations like Santorini, Mallorca, or St. Barths. The team is already busy reimagining the 3,000-square-foot dining room, lounge, and terrace, which was a pioneer on the patio front.

Rathod is a Dallas native with a background in finance and private equity whose resume includes cofounding custom clothier J.Hilburn, holding the CEO role at Spence Diamonds, and serving on the board of menswear company Knot Standard.

“Growing up in Dallas, I spent countless hours on that patio," he says in a statement. "We’ve long had our eye on the prime site, and we’re so excited to have the opportunity to be part of bringing it back better than ever."

The food and drink will be coastally-inspired Mediterranean cuisine with a creative beverage program.

Leading the kitchen will be Chef Cristhofer Sanchez, a native of Palm Beach, Florida who previously worked at high-profile spots such as Carbone, Uchi, Zaytinya, Top Knot, and Kai at Legacy West.

The food will focus on European coastal classics, paired with an extensive cocktail and wine offering. Food willinclude sharable apps like specialty dips, crudo, pizza, salads, pastas, wood-grilled fish, chicken, and steak.

Decor will include an entry fountain, whitewashed walls, lush plantings, arched windows, a one-of-a-kind pergola patio cover, bleached seating, classic Azulejo blue & white tile accents outdoors, an open bar, an eclectic mix of indoor and alfresco furniture including beachy banquettes, woven pendant lighting, feature art walls, and tropical greenery.

"Our intent is to offer a unique and elevated experience keeping with the area, and we also want Lyla to become a warm and inviting neighborhood bistro with a menu and ambience that we hope will entice guests to become regulars," Ibeto says. "Ultimately, it’s a place to relax with friends – and make new friends - over drinks and light bites, just like you would at a seaside cafe."

Alt-rockers Wilco set Dallas date on major U.S. tour this fall

Music That Might Change Your Life

Alt-rock band Wilco has added a series of dates across the United States to its 2023 "Cruel Country" tour, including a stop at South Side Ballroom in Dallas on Thursday, September 28.

The tour, which had already revealed 20 dates in Europe in August and September, will start in Wichita, Kansas, on September 25. The U.S. leg will include 22 shows through October 27, including a stop in Austin on September 29.

The tour is in support of Wilco's most recent album, 2022’s Cruel Country, a two-disc album that was released to critical acclaim. The record is the band's 12th of their career, dating back to their 1995 debut, A.M.

In addition to the tour, Wilco fans can look forward to the release of frontman Jeff Tweedy's new book, World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music, which will be released on November 7. The book is mix of memories, music, and inspiration built around the 50-plus songs that changed Tweedy’s life.

Ticket sales for the Dallas show will begin with a presale on Wednesday, June 7 at 10 am, ahead of the general on-sale on Friday, June 9 at 10 am at Ticketmaster.com.

Wilco Tour Dates

  • Mon. Sept. 25 - Wichita, KS @ Wave
  • Tue. Sep. 26 - Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
  • Thu. Sep. 28 - Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
  • Fri. Sep. 29 - Austin, TX @ Moody Amphitheater @ Waterloo Park
  • Sun. Oct. 1 - Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
  • Tue. Oct. 3 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Scottsdale Civic Center East Bowl Stage
  • Wed. Oct. 4 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • Thu. Oct. 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • Fri. Oct. 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
  • Sun. Oct. 8 - Monterey, CA @ Rebels & Renegades Festival
  • Wed. Oct. 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Bellwether
  • Fri. Oct. 13 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theatre
  • Sat. Oct. 14 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
  • Mon. Oct. 16 - Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
  • Tue. Oct. 17 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
  • Wed. Oct. 18 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
  • Fri. Oct. 20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Eccles Theater
  • Sun. Oct. 22 - Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
  • Mon. Oct. 23 - Omaha, NE @ The Astro Theater
  • Wed. Oct. 25 - Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
  • Thu. Oct. 26 - St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre
  • Fri. Oct. 27 - Bentonville, AR @ The Momentary