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Through Feb. 28 Penguin Days, the Dallas Zoo's annual winter gift of discounted admission is here! Through the end of February, the admission price drops just in time for the holiday season and cooler weather. For the second year in a row, the zoo is starting its Penguin Days pricing a month early, in December. Until Feb. 28, Dallas Zoo guests can visit the African penguins (and all the other 2,000+ residents) for just $7 per person. (Children age 2 and younger and Dallas Zoo members are always free.) Winter hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information:

Jan. 21-22 The USA Film Festival presents the 33rd Annual KidFilm, the oldest and largest children's film festival in the United States. This year, the festival will salute favorite children's book authors and illustrators, celebrate diversity and tolerance, animated adventures, magical journeys, classic films, the importance of friends and family, and environmental awareness with a program of thought-provoking films, books and artists. Tickets for all shows are free for children and adults, however, tickets and seating are limited. Lines can form early. Tickets are available day-of-show only, beginning one hour before each show time. All KidFilm programs will take place at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane. Information:

Jan. 22 For more than twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on "Politically Incorrect" (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last fourteen years on HBO's "Real Time," Maher's combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 38 Emmy nominations. Maher won his first Emmy in 2014 as executive producer for the HBO series, "VICE." See him live at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Avenue. 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 events and performances include:
Jan. 22 Odd Squad LIVE
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
Jan. 27-29 Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to 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 it the zestiest weekend of the year! Produced by Spicy Food Productions, ZestFest is held at Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Boulevard. Information:

Jan. 28 The Big D Climb is set for Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Bank of America Plaza, 901 Main Street. The Big D Climb is the biggest stair climb in North Texas. Participants race up 70 stories of stairs at Bank of America Plaza in Downtown Dallas to raise money for blood cancer research. More than 2,400 climbers raced in January 2016 and helped to raise $310,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. January 28, 2017 will mark the event's 9th year and the goal is to sell out the climb and raise more than $350,000. Information:

Jan. 28-29 The Rubber Stamp, Paper Crafts & Scrapbook Show is at the Plano Centre, 2000 East Spring Creek Parkway. Attendees will be able to shop for the latest in rubber stamping and scrapbooking products and see demonstrations and examples from vendors from around the country. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 29. Information:
  • Via DART Bus Route 350 to Spring Creek @ Des Moines (Saturday only)

Jan. 28 Chinese New Year Festival at Crow Collection of Asian Art. Say goodbye to the Year of the Monkey and celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Crow Collection's signature Chinese New Year Festival. Highlights include must-see performances every hour, such as lion and dragon dances, face changers, kung fu and breaking demonstrations, Beijing Opera renditions, musical performances, and traditional Chinese dances to help welcome the new year. The festival is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Crow Collection of Asian Art is located at 2010 Flora Street. Information:

Jan. 28-29 The North Texas Comic Book Show will kick off 2017 with its annual two day event in the Embarcadero Building at Fair Park. The initial lineup includes comic legends George Perez and Marv Wolfman as guests of honor. They will be joined by the great Michael Golden; Transformers artist Bob Budiansky; Alien Legion creator Carl Potts; the phenomenal Steve Erwin; Graham Nolan, the co-creator of Bane, and Renee Witterstaetter. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an early bird entrance at 9:15 a.m. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information:

Jurassic Quest Jan. 28-29 Jurassic Quest brings you a Dinosaur Adventure for the whole family. The main dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs; Over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages. There are huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the "Dino Bounce" area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more! The event takes place in the Centennial and Automotive buildings in Fair Park. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Information:

Jan. 28-29 The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action packed 2016-2017 tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars before the game where they will be available for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (Magic Pass subject to availability). See them live at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Avenue. Information:

Feb. 11-12 Dallas Comic Show is a family-friendly event featuring exciting comic book and media guests, costumed characters, gaming and Anime content. You can also shop in the collectible-filled dealer room. The show takes place at Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Boulevard. Information:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

Fort Worth:

Through Feb. 4 The legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is a 23-day extravaganza at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, offering a unique atmosphere rich in tradition and history. In addition to the various livestock shows and professional rodeo thrills, Stock Show patrons can also enjoy the All Western Parade on January 14 at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Fort Worth, interactive kid-friendly exhibits, nearly four acres of fun shopping, "Moo-seum Experience" presented by Central Market that lets Stock Show guests explore the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for free, live music, an exciting carnival, great food and much more! The Will Rogers Complex is located at 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive. Information:

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion Through Jan. 29 Monet: The Early Years. This groundbreaking exhibition is the first ever devoted to the young genius of Claude Monet. Monet: The Early Years will feature approximately 60 paintings from the first phase of the artist's career, from his Normandy debut in 1858 until 1872, when he settled in Argenteuil, on the River Seine near Paris. Through the 1860s, the young painter - still in his twenties - absorbed and transformed a variety of influences, as the lessons of the Barbizon school and his mentor Boudin gave way to the challenges posed by his friends Manet, Pissarro, Renoir and Sisley. 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. Information:

Through Feb. 12 American Photographs, 1845 to Now is on exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. This exhibit brings together more than 70 photographs drawn from the Amon Carter's permanent collection. Spanning the history of the medium, the works reflect the diversity of photographic practices in the United States that grew along with the country's industrial development beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. Covering 170 years of photography's history, from unique daguerreotype portraits to large-scale contemporary works, the exhibition provides a glance at photography's central role in recording the people, places, and events that have come to define the United States. Admission to the museum is free. Information:

Jan. 21-May 7 Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites is at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Step into the pages of beloved children's books and enter a world of early literacy adventures! This exhibit immerses children and adults in favorite picture books, from the gardens of The Tale of Peter Rabbit to the urban snowscape of The Snowy Day and the tropical island of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Storyland engages visitors in storylines and literacy that lead them to discover that it's never too early to develop a love of reading. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located at 1600 Gendy Street. 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:

Sundance Square offers the widest range of entertainment options in Fort Worth. Live music, live theatre, and improv comedy. World-class shows and performances. Museums and art galleries. Nightlife and hangouts. Movies both indoors and out. Plus special events and festivals for both adults and kids. Learn more at:

Denton and Lewisville:

Jan. 27-29 The Denton Black Film Festival is a three-day affair of engaging and entertaining films and events from January 27 to 29, at the Campus Theatre in the historic downtown Denton square. The festival will feature family-friendly films inspired by the African-American experience that entertain, educate, inspire, and communicate Black American cultural themes to the broader community. Ride the A-train and Denton Connect Routes 6, 7, 8 and 9 to see all these great films! 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

Tall and proud, the giraffes at Giants of the Savanna are not above looking for a "handout" - especially when it contains a fresh green leaf of romaine lettuce. The Diane and Hal Brierley Giraffe Ridge offers a fun animal encounter at the Dallas Zoo as guests can choose to feed the animals when they gaze eye-to-eye with the tallest animal on land. This is just one of many adventures to discover at Texas' largest and oldest zoo. 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:

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