Photo courtesy of Las Colinas Association

In partnership with the American Institute of Architects Dallas Chapter, the Las Colinas Association presents the Las Colinas Home Tour, where guests can step behind the gates and experience some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Dallas-Fort Worth. Architecture enthusiasts, curious neighbors, and design aficionados will enjoy this self-guided tour that offers a rare glimpse into the homes that make Las Colinas so special.

Tickets are good for both days; guest may choose to visit all homes in one day or split them among both days. Tour hours are from 10 am-4 pm each day.

Courtney McCullagh

Dallas Bites & Sights Tours presents The Dallas Vegan Tour

The Dallas Vegan Tour will highlight the tastiest, coolest new vegan options at local eateries as it takes visitors on their air conditioned motorcoach.

Co-led by Courtney Garza McCullagh (former editor of VegWorld Magazine and noted authority on all things vegan), the tour will impress vegans and non-vegans alike. There will be lots of tastings, including yummy giveaways.

Admission includes food at venues and motorcoach transportation.

Jeanine Stevens

Dallas by Chocolate/Dallas Bites & Sights Food Tours presents The Moms Love Chocolate Tour

During The Moms Love Chocolate Tour, guests can treat their moms to a wonderful experience to some of Dallas' premier chocolatiers, pastry makers, and ice cream shops. Guests will travel around Dallas in an air-conditioned motorcoach, viewing landmarks and learning about historic neighborhoods. They can also play Chocolate Trivia for prizes and more.

Price includes motorcoach transportation, beverages onboard (soft drinks & water; guests can BYOB).

Swiss Avenue Historic District

Swiss Avenue Historic District presents Mother's Day Home Tour

Swiss Avenue Historic District's Mother's Day Home Tour is a weekend-long tribute to Dallas' historic past that will feature a collection of the city's most fabulous early 20th Century homes. There will also be an open-air art fair, a vintage auto display, a children’s play area, live entertainment in Savage Park, free horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary air-conditioned mini-coaches, and food trucks offering a variety of freshly prepared menu items, ice-cold beverages, and more.

Photo by Jeremy Daniel

ATTPAC's 2023-24 Broadway season overflows with Tony-winning titles

Season Announcement

Familiar titles populate the Broadway at the Center 2023-24 season lineup at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. And within these mostly classic musicals, there are 16 Tony, 20 Drama Desk, one Outer Critics Circle, and one Grammy award winners.

New this season are some pre- and post-show events, including pre-show Facebook Live viewings, post-show talkbacks, afterparties, themed photo opportunities, themed bar drinks, and more.

“We are so excited to bring in this new season of shows with fan favorites on the best stage in North Texas for Broadway,” says Warren Tranquada, president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. “We are also delighted to share our new campus activations we will have before and after shows in the 2023-2024 season that will let patrons embrace and invest in the Center’s new offerings.”

This is also the fifth year of the partnership between Broadway Dallas and the AT&T Performing Arts Center, where certain Broadway Dallas shows are presented at the Winspear Opera House. In 2024 that means five weeks of Hamilton, with subscribers to both ATTPAC and Broadway Dallas given priority access to score tickets.

And now without further ado, here is the season:

The Cher Show — Superstars come and go, but Cher is forever. For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture — breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. The Cher Show is the Tony Award-winning musical of her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon. This is the show that caused a sequin shortage in New York City, thanks to all the Bob Mackie-designed, Tony-winning gowns it showcases. It run December 14-16, 2023.

Annie — Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production — just as you remember it and just when we need it most. It runs March 14-16, 2024.

Chicago — After 25 years, Chicago is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. No wonder Chicago has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations. It runs April 4-6, 2024.

Shrek the Musical — “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek....” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Yes, your favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning, smash hit, DreamWorks animated film. The Tony Award-winning stage version features songs from Jeanine Tesori (Kimberly Akimbo; Caroline, or Change), a sidesplitting book by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Kimberly Akimbo), and brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life. It runs July 18-20, 2024.

That's the main season, with the option to add on these shows:

MOMIX Alice — Seamlessly blending illusion, acrobatics, magic, and whimsy, MOMIX sends audiences flying down the rabbit hole in Moses Pendleton’s newest creation, ALICE, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. “I don’t intend to retell the whole Alice story,” Pendleton says, “but to use it as a taking-off point for invention.” Join this dazzling company on a mind-bending adventure as Alice encounters time-honored characters including the undulating Caterpillar, a lobster quadrille, frenzied White Rabbits, a mad Queen of Hearts, and a variety of other surprises. It runs September 22-23, 2023.

CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY WONDERLAND — Igniting joy and wonder like never before, Wonderland is an all-new musical journey that transports audiences to a magical land far away for a fun-filled, holiday-themed show experience. Be dazzled by the acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks, and holiday cheer. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with a musical mix of timeless seasonal favorites. It runs December 22-23, 2023.

Jagged Little Pill — Joy, love, heartache, strength, wisdom, catharsis, life — everything we’ve been waiting to see in a Broadway show — is here in the exhilarating, fearless new musical based on Alanis Morissette’s world-changing music. It's directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin, 1776) with a Tony-winning book by Diablo Cody (Juno). It runs January 12-14, 2024.

Hamilton This is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater, a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. Presented in partnership with Broadway Dallas, it runs May 8-June 9, 2024.

Subscription packages go on sale Friday, March 31, with single tickets available closer to the opening of each show. Four-show subscription packages range from $95 to $595 and may be purchased by phone at 214-880-0202, or online at www.attpac.org/broadway.

Photo by Josh Goleman

Bluegrass trio Nickel Creek celebrates new tour + album with fall Dallas date

Welcome Back

The Grammy Award-winning bluegrass trio Nickel Creek — mandolinist Chris Thile, violinist Sara Watkins, and guitarist Sean Watkins — is extending their 2023 tour into the fall with a stop at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas on October 20.

This is the first tour that the folk group has headlined since 2014, and it kicks off in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 15. The Dallas stop is one of the tour's last, followed only by a night at Austin's Moody Amphitheatre at Waterloo Park on October 21.

Nickel Creek is also releasing a new 18-track studio album for the occasion, titled Celebrants. It's their first new album in nine years and is available beginning March 24, which is also when tickets for the Texas tour stops go on sale.

Ahead of the release, Nickel Creek has unveiled three album tracks: “Where The Long Line Leads,” “Holding Pattern,” and “Strangers."

Nickel Creek revolutionized bluegrass and folk in the early 2000s and ushered in a new era of what we now recognize as Americana music. After meeting as young children and subsequently earning the respect of the bluegrass circuit for a decade, the trio signed with venerable label Sugar Hill Records in 2000 and quickly broke through with their Grammy-nominated, Alison Krauss-produced, self-titled LP.

Each member has also kept busy with individual projects over the years. Thile is a 2012 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and served as the host of the American radio variety show Live from Here (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) from 2016 to 2020.

Sean Watkins is a co-founder of Watkins Family Hour alongside his sister Sara, who has released four albums and maintains a long-running collaborative show in Los Angeles. Sean has also released a string of solo albums, while Sara’s extracurricular projects include the Grammy-winning roots trio I’m With Her, which she co-founded alongside Aoife O’Donovan and Sarah Jarosz.

Sara has also contributed fiddle to recordings by artists like Phoebe Bridgers, the Killers, and John Mayer.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale now, with general onsale beginning March 24 at 10 am here.

There is also the option to join the VIP Celebrants Club, which in addition to a premium reserved or GA ticket includes a private pre-show performance and Q&A with Nickel Creek plus early access to the venue, an enamel pin, and a limited edition poster signed by the band. Membership starts at $169 plus taxes and fees. More info can be found here.

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DART releases schedule for Memorial Day weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth

Holiday Travel News

Memorial Day looms before us in Dallas on Monday May 29 with places to go and things to do.

Here's Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) addressing your planning needs with an update on its holiday weekend schedule:

The Trinity Railway Express (TRE). TheTRE will not operate on Memorial Day. What this means for people in Dallas:

  • No Memorial Day day trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards
  • No holiday escapade to Sundance Square
  • No shopping for Tim Love's new jeans

If you're relying on public transportation, then you'll want to be sure to plan ahead and make your pizza run to Pizza Verde, nominated for Best Restaurant of the Year at CultureMap's 2023 Tastemaker Awards, on Saturday May 27 or Sunday May 28.

DART Buses and Light Rail: Operating on a weekend schedule.

DART GoLink: GoLink service will be available in all zones except the Inland Port Connect (IPTMA) Zone.

Customer Information: DART's Customer Information Center will be open from 8 am-5 pm at 214-979-1111 for trip-planning needs.

Customer Service: The administrative offices, DARTmart, Lost & Found, and the Customer Care Center, which handles complaints, commendations, suggestions, will be closed.

DART Paratransit: Paratransit Services will run a Saturday schedule. The Paratransit Scheduling Center will be closed. Customers may call Thursday, May 25, to book their trips through Monday, May 29, and Friday, May 26, to book their trips through Tuesday, May 30. Customers can also now schedule, view and cancel trips 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at DART.org/paratransit.

Route and schedule information for DART and the Dallas Streetcar is available at DART.org or by calling 214-979-1111. TRE schedule information can be found at trinityrailwayexpress.org.

It only takes 3 steps to get medical cannabis in Texas

Easy As 1, 2, 3

As the Texas Legislature convenes for its 88th session, many patients, physicians, and advocates are pushing for expansions to the Compassionate Use Program, the state’s medical cannabis program.

Since 2015, the program has expanded twice, allowing for more than 150 conditions to qualify for medical cannabis.

For thousands of patients in the state, medical cannabis provides a safe alternative to opioid medications and effective relief for symptoms like pain, insomnia, anxiety, nausea, muscle spasms, and more.

Texas Original, the state’s leading medical cannabis provider, makes the process of getting a prescription easy. Receiving a medical cannabis prescription starts with a few simple steps:

Step 1: Find out if you qualify
The first step is to find out if you qualify by scheduling an appointment with a doctor registered in the Compassionate Use Program.

Several registered doctors offer convenient virtual appointments through telemedicine practices so patients can meet with the doctor from anywhere in Texas.

To set your appointment, visit Texas Original’s website and fill out the form. Veterans, first responders, teachers, and medical professionals are eligible to receive a free first appointment for a six-month prescription. If you belong to one of these eligible groups, simply check the box on the form.

Step 2: Talk to a doctor
During your appointment, the doctor will review your medical records and confirm if you are eligible for medical cannabis, then discuss your treatment plan.

Once approved, your doctor will add your prescription to the online medical cannabis registry, where it can be accessed by licensed dispensaries.

Step 3: Receive a prescription
After your appointment, call 512-614-0343 to place your first order. Texas Original offers the state’s leading medical-grade cannabis products, including Texas’ first fast-acting medical cannabis gummies.

All products undergo rigorous testing and the results are published publicly on Texas Original’s website for patients to access anytime.

The dispensary team will help you select your products, then schedule you for a pickup at a location nearest to you or arrange home delivery.

Medical cannabis provides Texans an all-natural option that may help alleviate symptoms like pain, insomnia, and anxiety that are commonly associated with approved medical conditions.

If you or a loved one are ready to start your journey with medical cannabis, reach out to Texas Original to get started. Plus, enjoy a 20 percent discount on your first order at Texas Original.

3 buzzy Dallas restaurants and wine shop are relocating to new quarters

Relo News

When restaurants are leaving their locations, it's usually bad news, but this roundup has a more upbeat theme: relocation.

Relocation is suddently a new hot trend in the Dallas food & beverage world, with three epic names all leaving their current quarters for new digs. (It takes three to make a trend, or at least it takes three to make a trend story.)

One is a popular dive bar. One is an iconic longtime date-night restaurant. One is a cool one-of-a-kind wine shop.

Here's who they are and where they're going:

Bar and Garden
This truly unique wine and spirits store is moving. After six-plus years at 3314 Ross Ave., the bar is relocating to 1900 N. Haskell Ave., in a pretty good foodie zone, across from Loro and E-Bar, and on the same side of the street as Dolly Python.

Co-owner Julie Buckner Lane says they're going to restore the building to its original glory with retail on the bottom floor and offices on top and ample parking in back for both. They'll be doing construction this summer and hope to re-open in the next few months.

It's easy to take what they do for granted, specializing in organic and natural wines, featuring winemakers who treat their vineyards like a living ecosystem and embrace biodiversity, relying on minimal-intervention winemaking, and showcasing the truest expression of the grapes and the land on which they are grown.

Natural wines use only native yeasts, and often avoid filtering, fining or additives. What this means to the wine drinker: no headaches, no aftermath.

B&G were originally planning to leave their Ross location on June 30, when the lease is up, but Lane says it made more sense to close down in May and allocate their resources to the new space.

That means they'll be open one last weekend and plan on closing up shop on Wednesday, May 31. They'll be open on Monday, Memorial Day from 12-6pm.

Definitely stop in on Saturday May 27 as they open up a random selection of items left in their inventory.

"Our spirits are moving quickly, though we still have a lot of the basics in stock, and we still have a lot of wine to move through," she says.

St. Martin’s Wine Bistro
Longtime French restaurant at 3020 Greenville Ave., known for signature dishes such as champagne Brie soup and chocolate souffle, closed on May 20, after reaching the end of its current lease.

The restaurant had been in business for 46 years, which seems like a rather peculiar lease. In any case they served as a gateway for many aging Dallasites who went there for their first fancy-dining outing and first exposure to French food.

They've found a new location in Old East Dallas, at 4223 Bryan St. at the intersection of Peak Street. It's an extremely foodie corner, with restaurants on all sides including Bangkok City and Vietnam, plus Ciao! By Civello's pasta, Bryan Street Tavern, Ober Here Filipino Rice Bowls, I mean there is no shortage of eateries in this area.

They're taking over the former L&B Antiques space, which will require extensive renovations to get it restaurant-ready, according to a representative from the landlord, with a projected completion date in September.

The Grapevine Bar
One of Dallas' favorite dive bars which has been serving low-key drinks since 1996 is leaving its current address on 3902 Maple Ave., where the lease is expiring.

Owners Michelle and Ronny Honea have found a new location: The bar is moving to 2213 Butler St., previously home to Redfield's Tavern, which closed in December 2022.

The bar is beloved for its laid-back atmosphere and diverse clientele, "from prom queens to drag queens."

The other part of its charm is its quirky decor with a motley assortment of vintage light fixtures and other decorative items, accumulated over the years, in a layer-by-layer evolution. They also feature a rooftop deck, basketball court, patio, and happy-hour specials on drinks.

But the couple vows to recreate that patina and will definitely have a basketball court on site.

The move will take place sometime this summer, exact date still TBA.