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James Lassen’s “Velvet Elvis Costello” is up for auction at VELVEASL.

VELVEASL Cheese

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Here’s an interesting fact about velvet paintings: Velvet comes from the Kashmir region of Asia, and the first paintings on black velvet were executed by Russian Orthodox priests depicting religious icons of the Caucasus regi...


Brave Combo plays both Denton Arts & Jazz Fest and Prairie Fest this weekend.

The Great Outdoors

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There won’t be enough hours in this weekend to attend all of the different outdoor events going on, so you can just pick and choose which ones you’d like to use to take advantage of the lovely spring weather. Oenophiles are...



Mary Dunleavy stars as Mimi in Fort Worth Opera’s production of La Bohème, opening 7:30pm Sat at Bass Hall.

Opera Festival Time

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The annual Fort Worth Opera Festival is back. Taking place mostly at Bass Performance Hall over the next several weeks starting this weekend, the event will feature a mix of old and new operas, including Puccini’s La Bohème,...


Snag one of these t-shirts from Miss Molly’s Toy and Candy Shop, Sat.

Westside Saturday

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Saturday is shaping up to be a Westside kinda day. From 11am to 6pm, the three-mile stretch of Camp Bowie Boulevard between University Drive and Ridglea Avenue will be bustling as part of Camp Bowie District’s inaugural Fresh...



The Whirling Darvish and his Rangers teammates are back. AFLO/ZUMAPRESS.com

Welcome Back

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Remember how the Texas Rangers’ season ended last year? Wow, that was anticlimactic. You probably have another word for it that’s just as good. They went this off-season without acquiring any big-ticket players, but they st...


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Swish!

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Though it isn’t the Final Four, the regional round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament offers up some tasty games –– the four surviving teams from the South region will stop by Cowboys Stadium this weekend. The firs...



A Bright New Boise plays at Circle Theatre, Mar 21-Apr 13.

My Own Private Idaho

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Circle Theatre continues to keep our theater scene fresh and relevant, opening the quietly disquieting A Bright New Boise this week. Samuel D. Hunter’s play, which debuted in New York in 2010, takes place entirely in the brea...


TCU Cellofest runs Thu-Sun.

Sit-Down Strings

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In his day job as a music critic, George Bernard Shaw once dismissed the cello as “a bee buzzing in a stone jug,” but more appreciative music-lovers know the instrument as the one that most closely approximates the range an...



Lambarena will be performed as part of TBT’s spring repertory, Fri-Sun.

Spring Fling

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Texas Ballet Theater brings two major works to Bass Performance Hall this weekend, plus a sprinkling of pas de deux. The two main attractions are Glen Tetley’s powerful Voluntaries, set to Francis Poulenc’s concerto for org...


Jafar Panahi in This Is Not a Film.

Films and Not Films

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By now, the story has become part of cinematic lore: Confined to house arrest and banned from filmmaking, Iranian director Jafar Panahi responded by shooting a documentary in his house and smuggling it out of Iran on a flash dr...