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DART to Winter Fun DART drops you off practically at the front door of these winter events. Let food, art and music warm you until springtime rolls around. Forget the traffic and parking hassles, and make DART your ticket to fun.

Rider Insider Featured Event: Jan. 23-25 Indulge in a fiery food experience as ZestFest brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend. ZestFest is the ultimate party for bold and flavorful food enthusiasts. Cooking demos by celebrity chefs, live music, interactive contests and thousands of bold food samples will make January 23-25 the zestiest weekend of the year. It all happens at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Information:

Downtown Carrollton Gazebo Jan. 24 Story Time at C Square Café, sponsored by the Carrollton Train Depot Foundation, is Saturday morning at 9 a.m. This monthly story time for children is held from 9-11 a.m. Some months will feature a small train display from one of the model railroad groups. The C Square Café is located at 1101 S. Broadway St. in Historic Downtown Carrollton. Information:

Through Jan. 31 Drawn to Action: The Life and Work of Arthur Szyk is on exhibit at the Dallas Holocaust Museum, 211 N. Record St. When Hitler invaded Poland, caricaturist and activist Arthur Szyk was drawn to action. His pen became a weapon against hatred and injustice. His artwork became his way of participating in the war against the Nazis and the Axis powers. He was on a mission, literally “to alert and inform the Americans about the gravity of the situation in Europe.” Eleanor Roosevelt described him as "a one-man army" for the Allied cause. Information:

Through Feb. 1 The Marvel Experience at Fair Park is a state-of-the-art, mind-blowing, traveling theme park, of sorts. You will be able to put on a super-power wristband and join forces with Marvel Comics' superheroes to help save the universe. The 90-minute-plus interactive experience brings its domes, activity areas, technology, and 4-D ride to Dallas as the second stop on its debut tour. Ticket prices can vary depending upon the ticket holder age, day of week, and any extras you might want to add to your experience. Plus, you will want to have some cash in your pocket for the gift shop ... because saving the universe deserves a souvenir. The Experience will be set up in the parking lot next to Fair Park Coliseum, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. (main entrance). Information:

Through Feb. 28 Penguin Days are back at the Dallas Zoo, 650 South R.L. Thornton Frwy. The temperature is dropping and so is the price of admission to the Dallas Zoo. Throughout January and February, guests can visit the African penguins (and all the other animals) for just $5 per person. The Dallas Zoo is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. Information:

Majestic Theatre
Live at The Majestic hosts shows ranging from nationally touring concerts and comedy acts to locally produced cultural events in one of the most elegant performing arts venues in the southwest, the historic Majestic Theatre. Upcoming performances include:
Jan. 22 John Mulaney
Feb. 6 Miranda Sings
Feb. 24 Trailer Park Boys
Mar. 6 Bo Burnham
Mar. 7 Lisa Lampanelli
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Jan. 24-25 The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. for their biggest and wildest tour yet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability). Information:

Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you've seen before. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers - Iron Man, Hulk, and more, and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza, coming to cities around North America. You'll definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. It's being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it! Information:

Feb. 7-8 Dallas Comic Con returns with Fan Days 2015 at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Sci-Fi and comic fans have the opportunity to get autographs, have a picture taken and listen to panels and Q&A's with their favorite stars. Scheudled to appear are Stephen Amell, John Barrowman, Billie Piper, Katie Cassidy, Melissa McBride, Nichelle Nichols, Colin Baker, Chris Sarandon, comic guests Ken Lashley, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Steve Erwin and many more. Information:

Feb. 13-15 The O'Reilly Auto Parts AutoRama is at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy. America's love affair with the automobile is legendary. Hot rods are always at the heart of each show, but in recent years the composition has expanded to include manufacturer displays. As a result, today's show appeals equally to those who own competition cars, specialty and concept vehicles and those who dream about owning them. Information:

North Texas Irish Festival Mar. 6-8 North Texas Irish Festival returns to Fair Park. The festival is recognized as one of the premier locations for true Irish and Celtic performers and over the past 30 years has hosted some of the greatest of all Celtic musicians. Expect great music, dance, exhibitors, workshops, plays and demonstrations. There's even a colorful Scottish Village for those who trace their Gaelic roots to the other side of the Irish Sea. An annual parade features horses, pipers, clans, vendors, dogs, you name it. Information:

Events in Fort Worth, Denton and Lewisville

Fort Worth:

Kimbell Art Museum Through Jan. 25 Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d'Orsay explores the character and development of the portrait in French painting and sculpture from the late 1850s until the first years of the 20th century. The major figures of Impressionist portraiture - Caillebotte, Cézanne, Degas, Monet and Renoir - will be represented in depth. Among the approximately 70 masterworks on loan will be Cézanne's Portrait of Gustave Geffroy and Woman with a Coffee Pot; Degas's Self-Portrait with Evariste de Valernes and L'Absinthe; and Renoir's Portrait of Claude Monet and Yvonne and Christine Lerolle at the Piano. The Kimbell is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Information:

Through Feb. 7 The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo takes place every year for 23 days during the months of January and February. Don't miss out on edge of your seat PRCA rodeo action, world-class livestock shows, kid-friendly exhibits, daily live music, a fun-filled carnival midway, daily shopping and more. It all takes place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. This thing is legendary! Information:
  • Via Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Fort Worth ITC Station, then the T's bus route 2, 7 or 57
    Note: Last eastbound TRE train to Dallas Union Station departs ITC Station at 9:46 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:54 p.m. on Saturday. No TRE service on Sundays.
  • The T's Stock Show Shuttle will be available Saturdays and Sundays during the Stock Show.
    Leaving from select Park & Ride lots where parking is free, the T's Stock Show Shuttle will take you directly to the front gate, pick you up there, and return you to your vehicle parking lot for only $1.00 per person each way.

    The T's bus shuttles to Will Rogers Memorial Center will operate on Saturdays Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, and on Sundays Jan. 18, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1. No shuttles on Sunday, Feb. 8.
    Park & Rides:
    Ridgmar Mall (near Macy's)
    every 30 min., 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
    (note: last return to Ridgmar Mall leaves Stock Show @ 10:00 p.m.)
    Billy Bob's north parking lot at the Stockyards
    every 20 min., 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
    (note: last return to Billy Bob's lot leaves Stock Show @ 10:00 p.m.)

    The cost each way is one dollar per person (no change made). Children under age 5 ride free. No transit passes or GoPass may be used for the Stock Show Shuttles.

Feb. 14-Apr. 26 What's Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones is a new traveling exhibition at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St. It reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time. The exhibition is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, and the Museum of the Moving Image. What's Up, Doc? examines Jones' development as a filmmaker and visual artist and showcases many of his most significant films, which come to life on screens throughout the exhibition. Chuck Jones brought to animation an unparalleled talent for comic invention and a flair for creating animated characters with distinctive and often wildly eccentric personalities. Jones perfected the quintessentially suave and wisecracking Bugs Bunny, the perpetually exasperated Daffy Duck, the hapless but optimistic Elmer Fudd, and created the incurably romantic Pepé Le Pew, and the eternal antagonists Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Information:

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion Mar. 1-May 24 The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass is a selection of paintings and sculptures amassed by two pillars of Texas philanthropy and business. From this collection of Impressionist to post–World War II art, 37 works of painting and sculpture will be on view, including an impressive pair of paintings by Van Gogh - Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888, and Enclosed Field with Plowman, 1889 - and a major still life by Picasso, Fruit Dish, Bottle, and Guitar, 1923. The exhibit will be on view in the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Admission is free to this special exhibition. Information:

The Herd Twice Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Texas Longhorn and the American cowboy are two of the most enduring symbols of the Old West. They're a big reason why Fort Worth earned the nickname "Cowtown." And they formed the core of the great cattle drives of the late nineteenth century. Now, the romance and mystique of cowboys and cattle drives returns to Fort Worth with The Herd - Texas Longhorns driven by genuine Texas cowhands - offering an unforgettable glimpse into the past. You'll hear the jingle of spurs, the cattle bawling, and the rhythm of the hoof beats. As The Herd passes, a bygone era comes to life before your eyes. The world's only twice-daily cattle drive happens at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily in the Stockyards National Historic District, 130 E. Exchange Ave. in Fort Worth. Look for the Drovers before and after each cattle drive for photo opportunities and to learn more about life on the trail! Note: drives are not held on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Information:

Denton and Lewisville:

Through Feb. 7 The "Abstract" exhibit will be on display at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater in the North wing gallery through February 7. This exhibit of Abstract art work is presented by the members of the Visual Art League of Lewisville. The gallery is open from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles Street, between Main and Church streets. Information:

Discover Denton's historic Courthouse-on-the-Square, built in 1896, making the building at the center of a town more than 100 years old! The building itself is beautiful with architectural details that make the courthouse shine as an icon for Denton County. The best part about the Courthouse-on-the-Square is that everything in Denton seems to revolve around it. With something going on every day on the Square, there is no such thing as a dull day in downtown Denton. Whether you're looking for a place to listen to live music, grab a drink, or even an old-fashioned ice cream sundae, you only have to walk a few steps from the Courthouse to find it. Information:

First Friday Denton First Friday of every month First Friday Denton is on the first Friday of every month, and is significant because that is the day when artists and artisans in the business district surrounding the Denton County Historic Courthouse on the Square open their doors for visitors and patrons to visit and see them at work, browse and perhaps buy a unique piece of art, jewelry or a myriad of other art objects - for yourself or someone special. And First Friday also offers patrons a chance to visit their favorite restaurants and businesses that have extended First Friday hours, so come to First Friday ready for music, art, books, coffee and great original foods. Information:

Fridays and Saturdays Ghosts of Denton haunted history tours. The city of Denton, and the county surrounding it, has fascinating history. It also has more than its fair share of ghostly stories. Join Shelly Tucker, a professional storyteller for 27 years, on a 90 minute tour. Most of the tour revolves around the square, although there is one (and possibly now there are two) stops about two blocks away. Tour participants should wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. In summer, it's a good idea to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Scheduled tours begin at 8:00 p.m (sharp) on Friday and Saturday nights from Jupiter House Coffee at 106 N. Locust in Denton (on the east side of the Courthouse-on-the-Square). Advance tickets are available online or at Jupiter House Coffee. Information:

UNT Art Path Discover the UNT Art Path, a self-guided walking tour of art works on the University of North Texas campus. You can pick up UNT Art Path brochures in the University Union Information Center, the Office of the Dean in the Art Building, UNT on the Square and the Alumni Center at Gateway Center. Docent-led tours are available by appointment. For information, contact Tracee W. Robertson, UNT Art Gallery Director, or Eva James Toia, development director for the College of Visual Arts and Design, at 940-565-4001 or or visit

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Special Offers with your DART Pass

Koala Walkabout Meet the only koalas in Texas - Kobi and Tekin - at the Koala Walkabout at the Dallas Zoo. The exhibit features koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, kookaburras, and lorikeets (in an interactive feeding aviary!). Special Dallas Zoo Offer with a DART Pass: Mondays and Tuesdays, show your same-day DART Pass at the Dallas Zoo to enjoy a $2 discount on regular admission prices. Information:

Pierre Bonnard, Pitcher with Flowers, c. 1935, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
Pierre Bonnard, Pitcher with Flowers, c. 1935, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
Through Feb. 8 The first major American exhibition to consider the French floral still life across the 19th century is at the DMA. Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse, co-organized by the DMA and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, showcases approximately 60 floral still lifes from painters such as Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, Henri Fantin-Latour, Édouard Manet, and Paul Cézanne to highlight the well-established painting genre in France during the 1800s. This exhibition includes six works from the DMA's collection, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated color catalogue. Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse will require an $8 special exhibition ticket. The DMA is located at 1717 N. Harwood. Information:

Half price tickets with your DART pass:
See what's in bloom this winter in Bouquets: French Still Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse. Explore beautiful works from French painters across the 19th century, including Chardin, Manet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, and more. Bouquets tickets just $4 when you bring your valid DART ticket or show your GoPass ticket at the DMA Visitor Services desk through February 8, 2015. Or use code DART2DMA to buy your Bouquets tickets online.

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