<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Events, Concerts, Shows, and Things to Do]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/the-scene/events http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:27:37 -0500 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:27:37 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA["Undateable" Tour Hits DFW]]> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:44:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/undateable.jpg A new sitcom will soon debut on NBC called Undateable -- on Thursday, NBC 5 sat down with the show's star, Chris D'Elia, and the show's creator, Bill Lawrence and talked about the show and the pre-launch comedy tour. Read more here.]]> <![CDATA[Cool Things to Do St. Patrick's Weekend]]> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:44:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-st-pats.jpg Dallas Morning News' Sarah Blaskovich talks about all the cool things to do this weekend around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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<![CDATA[Survival Guide: Dallas St. Patrick's Day 2014]]> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:50:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Dallas-Kid-Friendly-Parade-.jpg

More than 125,000 people are expected to turn out along Greenville Avenue for the 35th annual Dallas St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday, March 15, 2014. This year the Dallas Maverick's bought the naming rights to the parade, which makes since since owner Mark Cuban has been making generous contributions to keep the annual parade going for a couple of years now.

This year the parade is taking a more kid-friendly theme and will be good for "leprechauns of all ages," according to the Dallas Morning News.

Here's what you need to know to survive the crowds... and your own drinking habits.

RE-ROUTING: The parade begins at 11 a.m. and travels south on Greenville Avenue. It begins at Greenville at Blackwell Street and ends at SMU Boulevard. Here's the parade's official Facebook page. Roads on and near the parade route will close by at least 10 a.m. While there will be plenty of police and signage to make sure you don't run into one of the 90 floats, trying to drive around the area will be an exercise in patience. Re-route significantly if you're just passing through the area to avoid the traffic or head out as early as 7 a.m. to find a legal parking spot and a good place to watch the parade.

PRIME PARKING: Hitting the parade after-party on Lower Greenville? Parking is, and has always been, the scourge of Lower Greenville, so pay extremely close attention to posted signs -- temporary no parking signs have already gone up in the area and resident parking only signs are posted in neighborhood areas. Carpooling is a great idea for parking reasons, but it's not the only option -- there are other ways to get to the festivities, Uber Dallas is providing first-time riders free rides (up to $20 off) with the code 'LUCKYUBERDAL' and there's always DART (this makes for a nice transition ...).

FORGET THE CAR: If you live in Dallas, do the rest of the Metroplex a favor and don't drive to the party. Jumping on a DART train to Mockingbird Station, Lovers Lane Station or Park Lane Station are convenient and easy ways to make sure you're not taking up parking space, nor drinking and driving. Free Monster Energy Drinks will be offered at all three DART stops. Shuttles to the party will be available at DART's Mockingbird Station (click here for more information on DART's "Top O' the Morning" S. Pat's Day plans). Taxi stands will also be posted on Greenville Avenue at the conclusion of the event. Click here for DART's On The Go. In the Know Travel Tools and Apps

DRINK RESPONSIBLY: No alcohol can be brought to the event area, and Dallas police will be enforcing all city ordinances, such as 6-6.1, which addresses public consumption of alcohol, especially outside the designated area of the block party. As in years past, officers will exercise some discretion with enforcement, but don't push your luck of the Irish. Also watch fro TxDOT's Segway street team, they'll be handing out education materials as part of the "DWI Hangovers Don't Go Away" campaign.

PARTY AFTER THE PARADE: This isn't a "watch and leave" parade -- Lower Greenville businesses, restaurants, bars, and music venues will all be ready for the day-long party. 15,000 are expected for the block party that runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nearby bars stay open until 2 a.m. Click here for list of events

KID-FRIENDLY THEME: Mavs Corner, featuring children’s activities, will be outside the Meadows Building on Greenville Avenue between Milton Street and University Boulevard. Champ and the Mavs Man, as well as Mavs Cheerleaders and the Mavs ManiAACs are expected to be there. (Parents, heads up, the next event on this list seems to be within earshot of the little ones)

IT'S SHOW TIME: Starting at noon in the Energy Square parking lot (corner of Greenville and University), the Dallas Observer and House of Blues Entertainment will present a 21-and-up concert headlined by rapper Ludacris.

BE READY FOR RAIN:
Green-tinted beer might be in-season for the party, but don't forget to sip something other than spirits. Bring cash to buy bottled water from the street vendors or bring your own. The high Saturday will be 69 degrees. NBC 5's meteorologists are calling for clouds and drizzle in the morning and a 70 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms by afternoon and evening. Click here for the NBC 5 Meteorologists' written forecast


Going to the party? Send in your photos of the event to isee@nbcdfw.com and we'll highlight the best in a gallery and on the air!

More: Official Website for the 35th Annual Dallas St. Patrick's Parade &  Festival



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<![CDATA[Popular Paddy's Parade Adds Family-Friendly Fun]]> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:22:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/st-patricks-day-031414.jpg

Dallas businesses are getting ready for one of the biggest parties of the year.

More than 125,000 people are expected to cram Greenville Avenue Saturday morning for the 35th annual Saint Patrick's Day parade.

The parade starts on Greenville and Blackwell Street and stays straight on Greenville until it ends at SMU Boulevard. The barricades are already lined up along the sides of the road, ready to be moved into place early Saturday morning.

New for this year; Milton Street near Lover’s Lane will become "Mavs Corner." That section of Greenville Avenue will be dedicated to a family-friendly experience, with balloon animal artists, face painting, food trucks, and games.

"We don't think you can't be kid-friendly and have something where young adults can have fun and celebrate. They don't have to be mutually exclusive. We want to create something for everyone," said Kevin Vela, who helped organize the parade.

Since the Dallas Mavericks bought the naming rights to the parade, the kid-friendly "Mavs Corner" on Milton Street will also feature appearances by the ManiAACs and the Dallas Mavericks Dancers.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of opportunities to drink and get crazy.

"We're not trying to move away from that. What we're trying to do is add something that other people can come in and enjoy," Vela said. "If the effect is that it curtails the excess partying a little bit, then that's OK."

Delivery guys are making never-ending loops today between all the Greenville Avenue bars, groceries, and liquor stores -- lugging 100-pound kegs of beer everywhere they go.

"This is obviously going to be the biggest week of the year. It always is. Every year it seems to get better," said ParkIt Market owner Tony Todora.

The Greenville area party has a hard-earned reputation for hard-partying and drunkenness. For places that sell booze, that means a lot of cash.

"It’s by far the biggest day of the year. 15 times bigger than any other day of the year. Seriously," Todora said.

The store's vault was full of beer kegs by 8 a.m. Friday where 250 kegs lined the refrigerator from wall to wall. For the rest of the day, the delivery guys had to leave the kegs in the middle of the store where customers could pick them up.

Todora said kegs sell for $100-$120, and most of his 500 kegs are already paid for.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

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<![CDATA[Are These the 5 Worst Christmas Songs?]]> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:30:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kid-yelling-with-headphones.jpg

It's a holiday tradition to turn on tunes while trimming the tree, but after hearing just one of these awful excuses for "holiday classics," we're more likely to trim off our ears to keep from hearing them again. Here are five of the terrible tunes we hope to avoid this year.

Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer - Elmo and Patsy

It might have been funny when we were six, but this "comic" salute to octogenarian homicide via arctic mammal seems idiotic now. We're all for having fun during the holiday season, but this piece of hokey sonic sludge irks every time a DJ thinks it's time for "something lighter" after a four minute version of the sluggish Bob Seger version of "Little Drummer Boy."

 Last Christmas - Wham!

We'd imagine the conversation went something like this: "Hey guys, it's your manager. Holiday season is coming up and the label really thinks a Christmas song will be a big hit. I know you're working on that broken heart song, do you think you could just insert the word Christmas into it? Like, instead of, 'Last year, I gave you my heart,' it could be, 'Last Christmas, I gave you my heart?' Would mean huge sales for the holidays! Thanks, guys!"

Seriously, listen to this song; the lyrics could change with all the holidays -- "Last Halloween," "Last Valentine's Day," "Last Veteran's Day," etc. -- and it wouldn't change the fact that it's a whiny love song about being dumped. Where's the love, togetherness, or family in this Holiday song? Get over it, guys.

The Christmas Shoes - NewSong

We originally read the story of "The Christmas Shoes" in a chain e-mail. It didn't touch our stony hearts then, and the NewSong adaptation into this schmaltzy piece of sickening trash actually made us turn against this tale of a kid that begs for shoes in order to get his mom well-dressed for the afterlife. Yes, we know Jesus is the reason for the season, and we don't dispute the fact that if we'd read it in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, we'd be a little more likely to be emotionally effected -- still, it's a strange thought that the kid is more worried about how his mom will look when she's dead than spending time with her on their last Christmas together.

Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid

Is it really a good idea to remind everyone feasting on fruitcake and Christmas ham that African children are dying of starvation and won't see snow? This product of the '80s not only gives us the guilty Debbie Downer feeling after we hear it, the video provides photographic evidence of the largest gathering of mullets ever. With the amount of money these pop stars spent on their hair, we'd bet they could have fed Africa three times over. Thanks for killing our Christmas cheer, Bob Geldof -- go spray your hair with the guys from Duran Duran.

Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney

Absolutely the worst holiday song ever, this massive pile of nonsense isn't just the worst thing ever written by a Beatle (yes, we're including Ringo's solo stuff), it's the only song we've ever heard that can use just two notes to raise our blood pressure to near heart attack levels. The lyrics are useless, the synth line sounds like a kid playing on a new Casio keyboard they just got for their seventh birthday, and it's mixed all together with some ridiculous choral portions that serve only to remind us that Paul was able to convince others to join in on this affront to all good musical sense.

We've heard urban legends that the song was written to win a bet against someone who challenged Paul to write a holiday song in just five minutes, but as much as we'd like to excuse the song for rushed composing, it's still a terrible song that shouldn't have been released. We just don't understand why people like this horrific holiday tune that makes us simply have a terrible Christmastime.

You think these are bad? Check out Five Terrible Animal-Theme Holiday Songs here and share your least favorites.

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<![CDATA[Veterans Day Events and Activities in Dallas-Fort Worth]]> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:46:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Veterans-saluting-jobs.jpg

Many activities honoring our servicemen and women are scheduled for Veterans Day in North Texas. Parades, memorials, and special offers for veterans at local businesses show some of the public's support for our nation's heroes.

Veterans Day Parades
Dallas
NBC 5 invites you to come out and enjoy the 2013 Dallas Veterans Day Parade on Monday in Downtown Dallas.  Ceremonies will begin at 10:50 a.m. with an “Oath of Enlistment Ceremony” for over 150 enlistees from all services in front of Dallas City Hall. The ceremony will follow at 11 a.m. This year’s theme is: “Honoring the Veterans and POWs of Vietnam.” Click here to see the parade route.

Fort Worth
The City of Fort Worth is hosting their Veterans Day parade on Monday as well. The parade will begin around 10 a.m. and stages at the LaGrave Field parking lot at North 7th Street and Main Street. The parade route goes south on Main and around the downtown and Sundance Square area. Streets, including Houston and Main, will be closed starting at 9:30 a.m. Click here to see the parade route.

Additional locations may be hosting Veterans Day parades. Please check with your local city.

Veterans Day Memorials
Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery
The DFW National Cemetery holds remains of military members on a over 600-acre parcel of land that overlooks Mountain Creek Lake in Dallas. The cemetery will host a special Veterans Day ceremony at 3 p.m. on Nov. 11 and have flags placed on all the graves in the cemetery on that day.

Additional memorials may be hosted in various locations.

Special Offers for Veterans
"Next Steps for Veterans"
NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC 5, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have launched a web portal that features tools and resources to help veterans transition after returning home from military service. Features include a resume engine tool to transfer military experience into strengths civilian employers can understand, a job finder tool that includes jobs from the veteran's job bank, and information on small business creation, support for families, and a library of NBC News content on transitioning home.

NBCUniversal is proud to support our veterans and their families.

Free Food
Military personnel and veterans with a military ID can get free food at many restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The list includes Applebee's, Bennigan's, California Pizza Kitchen, Chili's Bar and Grill, Denny's, Golden Corral, Hooters, Olive Garden, On the Border, Shoney's, TGI Fridays and many, many more. Additional restaurants may be offering discounts or free items. Check this list provided by MilitaryBenefits.info.

Please check with the location nearest you for their offers before gong to the restaurant.

If you have additional Veterans Day events you would like to be featured on this page, please click here to e-mail with the information.



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<![CDATA[North Texas' Scariest Haunted Attractions]]> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:38:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cutting-edge-wide-2.jpg

Metroplex residents have plenty of places to go for a great night of fright. So as Halloween approaches, be seen and be scared at these DFW area “haunted” attractions.

NEW: Find haunts by County. Click on the county name to jump directly to those listings.

Dallas | Tarrant | Collin | Denton | Other

Dallas County

The Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus
For their first time in Texas, this haunted circus is claiming high-tech haunts with high production values in a bizarre abandoned circus maze filled with some strange looking creatures. By the way, if you're scared by clowns, you'll be shaking in your shoes walking through this beast. Seriously, don't go if you're scared of clowns. They're everywhere. Click here for more information.

DOLLZ Haunted House
An evil presence still resides beneath the subterranean floors of the West End Marketplace. Toy dolls have taken over the factory and are out for revenge. Not for the faint of heart, those "brave souls" courageous enough to enter the world of darkness will be horrified, thrilled and shocked. DOLLZ Haunted House is conveniently located within walking distance from the DART. Click here for more information.

"Halloween Nights" at Dallas Zoo
More fun than frightening, this event at the Dallas Zoo lets kids come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout the park while getting candy, encounting animals, playing games, and participating in other activities. The even runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every night through Sunday. It's $10 for kids 3 and up, but all younger ones are free.

Tarrant County

Hangman’s House Of Horrors
This classic has been scaring up Fort Worth for over 25years and was featured on the Travel Channel’s “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” special, but now, it's taking a final bow. It's the final season for Hangman's, which means you only have one more Halloween season to enjoy their serious scare factor. Click here for more information.

Cutting Edge
Just the location of this place is creepy -- an abandoned meat packing plant now houses a 250,000 square foot haunt. A favorite for haunted house enthusiasts, it's often reviewed as one of the scariest in the Metroplex. This year HauntedHouseRatings.com ranked it No. 1 in the country, so be prepared to have some new gray hairs after a trek through. The location won a Guinness World Record for the longest walk-through for a haunted house, so you know you'll get a lot of boo for your buck. Throw in moving walls, flying corpses, and a easy to get to location in Fort Worth, and Cutting Edge might be the perfect pick this season. Click here for more information.

Terrorplex
Four haunted attractions located in one location with other dark amusements including a Mermaid Sideshow will keep everyone entertained and screaming. The attraction Infected will have you on a military compound trying to escape the remains of a zombie virus outbreak. Will you make it out unaffected? Test your luck... Click here for more information.

Zombie Manor
With voodoo and dark magic being deep rooted in Landrun Manors dark history. It was only a matter of time before all of those dark forces combined into something sinister and evil. Hordes of zombies lurk all over the premises of this estate so be prepared to try and survive as one of humanities last hopes of survival. Fans of The Walking Dead will enjoy this for sure. Click here for more information.

Moxley Manor Haunted House
Prepare to face the wrath of the Moxleys as you enter this haunt located in Bedford. According to the Moxley story, the young family had plans to make the location a shelter for trouble youth and local homeless -- before they tortured and killed more than 20 people. This year Moxley Manor will expand and introduce new scares featuring clowns, dolls, and zombies. Click here for more information.

Fright Fest
Six Flag's annual celebration of the darkness offers a good balance of roller coaster thrills and haunted house chills. Not only is it fun to ride at night  -- the Fright Fest turns many monster rides into rides with monsters. Rather tame by comparison to other haunted attractions, the roaming ghouls do provide some surprising sights -- and scares -- while you enjoy the theme park. Click here for more information.

The Boneyard Haunted House
The Boneyard Haunted House features high tech effects and good old-fashioned blood-and-guts scare tactics. In 2006, the Boneyard was submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest walk though haunted house in the world. The walk through Boneyard is more than a half a mile and includes more than 50 movie-quality sets, some with animatronics. Click here for more information.

Boo at the Zoo
Fort Worth Zoo hosts their annual trick-or-treat festivities Oct. 25, 26, and 27 and lets kids in costume snag sweets and take part in dozens of activities -- all for free with zoo admission. Don't fret, it's not frightening for the little ones.

Rangers Ballpark Halloween Events

There's two options for folks who prefer baseball bats to the kind flying around to suck your blood. The Trick or Tours option takes kids and families through the Ballpark and includes crafts, stories, games, and, of course, treats on Oct. 25, 26 and 31. These daylight hour tours cost $20 for each child and $10 per adult. But when the sun goes down Oct. 28-30, the Ballpark gets spooky. Their Flashlight Fright tours take guests through the ballpark using flashlights to lead the way. The $14 per person fee doesn't include the flashlight, but does promise a couple of things might "pop up."

Collin County

The Dark Hour Haunted House
A brand-new spot in Plano for haunting, the Dark Hour complex includes three shows -- Dominion of the Dead, Coven Manor, and Voodoo Vengeance -- each complete with large-scale sets, theatrical lighting and, of course, lots of scares. Visit the 40,000 sq. ft. facility to find out if this Dark Hour is your darkest nightmare. Click here for more information.

Denton County

The Parker House
Dentonites will love this haunt. With two attractions, The Parker's Mortuary and The Ratliff Sanitarium, the spot centers around the story of Mary Parker's descent into murder and torture after being surrounded by death from a young age. According to their story, Parker is still around the grounds, waiting to add to her body count. Click here for more information.

The Dark Path Haunt
Are you scared of the dark? You will be -- after you visit this 6 acre outdoor haunt with a path that takes you through frightening woods with only one flashlight to guide you. That's right, kids, your group only has one light to guide you through the dark and scary forest area behind the Swisher Courts facility in Lake Dallas. Click here for more information.

Fear Factory Insanitarium
Fear Factory Insanitarium is ready for those patients who are brave enough to walk through the hallways. Dr. Blackburn is waiting for your yearly checkup and to have you participate in some of his "experiments." Just don't get pushed to the reject pile..you never know what you'll find there. Click here for more information.

Other Counties

Tayman Graveyard Haunted Theme Park
Revamped from the old Addamsville Terror Complex, the Tayman Graveyard park features an abandoned gold mine complete with cramped quarters, dark tunnels and maze-like features. That's not the only thing you'll find at Tayman -- the titular graveyard features ghosts ready to bring you to the grave. Click here for more information.

Screams
Yes, you’ll shriek at Screams, but you’ll also have a great time with the five haunted attractions in the “world’s largest Halloween theme park.” Make sure you bring a good pair of walking shoes, as you'll be covering rugged and uneven terrain on the grounds. Operated in Waxahachie by the same two families since 1996, Screams has a legacy of scaring its “victims” and hits the top of many best attractions list…including this one. Click here for more information.

Thrillvania
Four dastardly haunted attractions are located on Thrillvania’s property. Whether roaming the halls with some over the top clowns inviting you to their “special” party or performing a séance in a dark and twisted theater. Thrillvania has pulled out all of the horrific stops to put on a scaringly good time for everyone. Located east of Dallas in Terrell, the range of frights and attractions make this a must see scare. Click here for more information.

The Haunt House
"The Haunt House" offers scare seekers some of the more gory frights. If you are not a fan of clowns wielding axes and mallets that chase after you then stay far away from this haunted house as there are rumors that Spoils the Clown haunts the hallways. If you would like to see the darker side of a carnival then "The Haunt House" is the scare razing place for you to come visit. Click here for more information.

Reindeer Manor Amusement Park
Featuring three haunts including the titular Reindeer Manor scarehouse, this complex has 40 seasons of scares under its belt and has been featured in various local and national publications for their frightening attractions. Additionally, they claim to be one of the few haunts that's actually, well, haunted -- they even have ghost tours on the property in the off-season.  Click here for more information.

Chaos Crew Presents (Texas Scaregrounds)
The former Texas Scaregrounds has been re-titled and re-located into Chaos Crew Presents, which features a haunted house called Mischief Manor and an "interactive zombie apocalypse training adventure" they're calling Chaos Academy. While the haunted house may be your traditional scare, we're more intrigued with the zombie apocalypse activity that would have you shooting zombie actors with water guns. Aim for the head. Click here for more information.

Now that you know where to be scared…maybe you’ll need to read our Haunted House Survival Guide.

Are we missing a scary spot? Leave us a comment below or e-mail us here to let us know!



Photo Credit: Cutting Edge Haunted House]]>
<![CDATA[State Fair of Texas]]> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:36:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/welcome-back-big-tex-092613.jpg

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<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Shobha]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:18:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/2012_08_Shobha_Columbus_Circle.jpg

What’s not to love about the Shobha? When you want to look your best and you need your eyebrows groomed as well as other parts of your body tended to, Shobha is the place to go. With over a decade of experience and excellence in hair removal, Shobha caters to a clientele that includes top beauty editors, A-list celebrities and busy New Yorkers.

Shobha is known for its consistent quality and client sensitivity embodied in its line of products and all-inclusive treatments for the brows, body and bikini area. Shobha herself, founder and entrepreneur extraordinaire, has fused her Indian cultural heritage with a high-powered business education and background (Harvard MBA, Fortune 500 work) to create a successful company infused with warmth and fantastic services and goods.

Good news for Washington, D.C.! !ith four upscale locations in NYC, Shobha will be opening its doors in spring 2013 in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. D.C. will soon see what Lucky magazine says about Shobha, “fast, efficient and ultra-hygienic!"

For more information, visit the website.

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<![CDATA[The Trains at NorthPark Help a Good Cause]]> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 00:11:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NorthPark-Trains-010613.jpg Sunday was the last day to see The Trains at NorthPark. It's the 25th anniversary of the attraction, proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.]]> <![CDATA[Mothers Inspire Hathaway in Les Misérables]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:35:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap2012121709h14m19s210.jpg Bobbie Wygant talks with Anne Hathaway, who is playing Fantine in the big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables.]]> <![CDATA[Looking Back on 2012 with 1st Look]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:33:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LOOKINGBACK.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as we take a look back at the best of 2012. ]]> <![CDATA[1st Look's Best of Adventure 2012]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:33:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BESTOFADVENTURE.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as she takes a look back at some of 1st Look's most exciting adventures of 2012.]]> <![CDATA[1st Look's Best of 2012]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:15:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/1LK_3191_WEB_PROMO.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky to take a look at the best "1st Look" moments of 2012, Saturday after "Saturday Night Live" on NBC.]]> <![CDATA[Kimbell Exhibit Blends Past and Present]]> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:28:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kimbell40thanniversary.jpg

For the last 40 years, The Kimbell Art Museum has been collecting and displaying pieces of art in Fort Worth, with an emphasis on conservation.

In the new exhibit, "The Kimbell at 40: An Evolving Masterpiece," the museum is putting on the largest display ever of its permanent collection from Oct. 7 to Dec. 30.

More than 220 pieces from the collection will be on display throughout the museum -- and it's all free.

Going further, the Kimbell has produced a brand-new app for iPad that allows visitors to get additional information about 32 selected works from the collection.

"Conservation is one of the most important and fascinating things we do here at the Kimbell, and it's so rare that we have the opportunity to share this type of behind-the-scenes information with our visitors," Museum director Eric M Lee said. "With the iPad app, we're able to deliver in-depth research, descriptive images and intriguing discoveries too extensive to be included on the gallery wall labels, in an innovative format that allows for personalized exploration of the collection."

The app is a significant update to the labels, audio tours, or other interactive informational options as it allows visitors to access background text, zoomable images, and more for works by Caravaggio, Monet, Picasso, Michelangelo and others at their own pace.

The free app will be available for public use on 20 iPads available for public use at the museum.

NBC 5 is a media sponsor of "The Kimbell at 40" exhibit.

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<![CDATA[First Lady's "Night Before Christmas"]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/michelleobamareads.jpg First lady Michelle Obama teamed with actor Rico Rodriguez this year for the reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

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<![CDATA[Plano Christmas Parade Draws Thousands]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:02:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/girl+plano+2012+parade.jpg

Tens of thousands of people attended Plano's annual Christmas Parade.

The Early Lions Club puts on the annual event.

"It's a tradition in Plano we think is very special that we enjoy doing every year," resident Mark Sims said. "The kids look forward to it. We get doughnuts and hot chocolate."

The marching bands of all nine Plano high schools performed in the parade, which had dozens of floats from civic groups and churches. Boy Scouts and other groups handed out candy to children.

The Lions say 4,200 people were in the parade.

Before the parade, which NBC 5 sponsors, the Lions held a pancake breakfast with Santa Clause where people donated canned goods to the Plano Food Pantries.



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<![CDATA[Marathon Is Opportunity for W. Dallas Businesses]]> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 11:53:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallasskyline120712.jpg

A previous version of this story had the incorrect start time for the Dallas Marathon. The marathon starts at 8 a.m. NBC 5 regrets the error.

The Dallas Marathon may be taking its cues from one of James Brown's signature lines.

Brown used to say "let's take it to the bridge" during his songs -- and the marathon's new route crosses the Trinity River into the West Dallas loop and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

The change means a big single-day marketing opportunity for West Dallas businesses.

"It's the Super Bowl for all of us in this area," said Mike Babb, owner of Babb Bros BBQ. "Right now, it's a big deal."

About 25,000 runners are expected participate in the Dallas Marathon, formerly the Dallas White Rock Lake Marathon. Thousands more will line the streets as spectators.

West Dallas Loop organizers say the visitors will see the new hot spot for growth in Dallas.

"It's really just been in the last six months, if you will, that there's been an enormous amount of activity in terms of openings," said Jeff Herrington of West Dallas Loop. "They're going to be passing through and seeing a West Dallas that's transforming."

New businesses such as restaurants, health spas, and retail stores are along the west loop. There are plans to highlight them with micro-parties featuring food, live music, entertainment and children's activities.

Businesses plan to put their best foot forward during the marathon to build a lasting new customer base.

"For a long time it's been Kessler Park, Bishop Arts, the Methodist hospital and, now, it's another brand new community," said Dustin Thibodeaux of the Clairevista Vitality Club.

The marathon starts at 8 a.m. Sunday.



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<![CDATA[23,000+ Runners Take Part In 2012 Dallas Marathon]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 01:30:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2012dallasmarathon.jpg More than 23,000 runners took part in the 2012 Metro PCS Dallas Marathon. The winner was Vladmir Saronov of Russia.]]> <![CDATA[Adventure Show Holds DFW Casting Call]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 19:07:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bear-grylls-adventure.jpg

Feeling adventurous? A new reality show is looking for outgoing people, and there's a casting call in Dallas.

"We're going throughout the country looking for teams of two people; people who are up for the challenge, people who are outgoing, whether you're family members, whether you're co-workers, whether you're buddies. We're looking for people who already have a connection and people who are willing to give it their all for what is definitely going to be the ultimate reality survival competition," said Bear Grylls of his upcoming adventure show to air on NBC.

To be eligible, contestants must be a legal U.S resident who is at least 21 years old as of Feb. 1, 2013. They also must have a United States passport that's valid as of Feb. 1, 2013 through Oct. 15, 2013.

The North Texas casting will be Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Gilley's at 1135 South Lamar St. in Dallas, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show relies on pairs, and it's important that both people attend the casting call for the team to be considered.

Full details, the application and requirements are posted on NBCBearShow.com.
 

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<![CDATA[Mary J. Blige Cancels Dallas Concert, Again]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:21:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/maryjblige2.jpg

Mary J. Blige fans will be sad to hear the singer has canceled her Sunday concert and won't be rescheduling this time.

Blige was scheduled to take the stage at the American Airlines Center in November, but that show was rescheduled for Sunday, December 9.

The AAC reports The Liberation Tour with special guest Brandy has been canceled. Ticket holders can receive a refund from the point of purchase.

Reason for the postponement were not immediately released.

Unfortunately the singer's website was still urging fans to buy tickets for the canceled concert. And the singer's Twitter account touted tickets to the Dallas concert as well.

Blige has no other scheduled tour dates in 2012, but according to EW.com she's expected to join the Rolling Stones at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Saturday night.
 



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<![CDATA[The History of the Christmas Tree]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:02:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Christmas-Tree-722x406-7849.jpg

From the Tannenbaum to the pre-lit artificial tree sitting in your living room, we highlight the history of Christmas tree.

The modern Christmas tree dates back to 16th century Germany. In that period, some churches and guildhalls began putting up evergreen fir trees, or Tannenbaums. These trees were often decorated with fruit, nuts, or pretzels, which were then collected by the children on Christmas morning as gifts.

As the tradition gained prominence, people like Martin Luther have been said to introduce other elements to the tradition, including adding decorations to symbolize the stars in the sky. In the 19th century, Russia, France, and England began to adopt the tradition, though American immigrants from Germany claim to have introduced Christmas trees as early as 1777.

Before electric string lights were created, Christmas trees were lit by candles placed in the branches of the tree, a process still used by some to decorate their tree. The dripping wax then fell too often on the floor of the house, along with needles, which added the need for a tree skirt below the tree.

Traditions for setting up the tree vary from place to place. In many countries, setting up the tree previous to the first day of winter -- Dec. 22 -- is considered bad luck, while in others, like Australia, the tree is put up as early as Dec. 1, the normal start date for their school holiday season. In the United States, the day after Thanksgiving is often for more than just getting some shopping deals -- it's also time to bust out the Christmas decorations.

Artificial trees have become very popular in recent years as deforestation, fire danger, and allergies have become leading reasons look into purchase of the reusable trees instead of the annual ritual of chopping down a new fir. Even with pre-lit artificial trees, traditions for decoration vary from family to family.



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<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: "The Dash Snow Initiative"]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:25:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/dash-snow-initiative.jpg

Among the glittering events happening in Miami for Art Basel is a private dinner and auction presented by Chanel and Paddle8.com to benefit the Henry Street Settlement’s Boys & Girls Republic (BGR) and the Dash Snow Initiative.

A group of Snow’s closest friends are honoring his memory by raising funds for an after-school program in his name, and the artists donating works include high-wattage names, such as Julian Schnabel, Ryan McGuinley, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Dan Colen, among many others.

This unique project honors Snow’s legacy by giving back to the most vulnerable youth in BGR's community, a neighborhood with significant meaning in Snow's life.

Bidding is open until tomorrow, December 5th at 12pm EST — please visit Paddle8.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[Baby Elephant Plays with Mom]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:50:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BabyElephant1204.jpg The Oregon Zoo's new Asian elephant calf plays in wood shavings with her mom, Rose-Tu. The female calf was born at 2:17 a.m. on Nov. 30 and weighed 300 pounds. ]]> <![CDATA[Perot Museum Hopes To Educate, Fill A Need]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:50:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2012-12-01-13h54m18s140.jpg

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a spectacle inside and out, yet there were more jaw-dropping sights to be seen outside the museum Saturday as two acrobats danced to music while rappelling down the side of the museum. 

Minutes later, the museum opened and hundreds of people went in to explore Dallas’ latest wonder.

“It’s big,” said Qwun Davis, referring to the building and not the dinosaur bones he’s surrounded by in one exhibit.  “I like the outside.  I don’t really know how it (the building) stands up because it’s all placed weird.  It’s cool.”

On all five floors, and in all 11 permanent exhibit halls, there’s something to engage or challenge the mind and boddy.

“I just think they’re going to learn so much,” said Ann Hardaway moments after watching her 7-year old daughter Charlotte play meteorologist in front of a map, camera and teleprompter.  “I think they’ve (the museum) done a really good job putting all the information together.  They’ve touched on all the things kids can understand layman-wise.”

“It’s spectacular and it’s engaging, “ said Walt Davis, who’s touring the museum with his wife and grandsons.  “It draws you in and you do things and you learn things as you go along.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is all about inspriring young people to want to learn about science and it’s what Ross Perot said needs to happen.

“In our country, we don’t have near enough scientists and engineers,” Perot told NBC 5 shortly before the museum opened.  “80 percent of our PhDs at all of our elite engineering schools like Cal Tech and MIT come from two countries, China and India. Is that amazing?  We’ve got to create those engineers right here.”

Organizers hope the museum is unlike any other and amazes all who enter.

“It’s more than we ever expected,” said former teacher, and Ross Perot’s wife, Margot Perot.  "It’s going to mean a lot to people of all ages so I hope people come again and again."

The five adult Perot children made a $50 million gift to get the museum named in Margot and Ross Perot’s honor.

For more on the museum and to order tickets on line visit perotmuseum.org.
 

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<![CDATA[Perot Nature and Science Museum Opens Today]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:50:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/perotmuseumdallas.jpg

Dallas's newest museum, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, opens Saturday.

The museum, which has been under construction since 2009, will showcase 11 exhibit halls filled with interactive, hands-on learning that is spread out over 180,000 square feet.

In the sports hall, you can compare your form to professional athletes at the motion lab.  On the running wall, you can race a T-Rex, cheetah or even Cowboys running back Felix Jones while learning about your body in motion and velocity.

"The exhibits are finishing up.  The exhibits are fast and furiously getting ready for opening day," said Jennifer Scripps, director of business and partnership development.

Movie star Owen Wilson is a narrator in the Expanding Universe Hall.

"A lot of people know the voice.  You have to tell them, 'He's from Dallas.  It's Owen Wilson'  It's a lot of fun in the Universe Hall.  That's next to the dinosaur hall," said Scripps.

In the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall visitors will see the first-ever installation of the Alamosaurus.  You can also compete against an opponent in the "Predator vs. Prey" game to see how adapting to your surroundings is the key to survival.

"I hope people come and have fun.  This is a world-class science museum, and our community is in for a treat," said Scripps.

Tickets are $10 for kids, $15 for adults.  Annual memberships are also available. The museum is located along Woodall Rogers Freeway at Field Street.

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<![CDATA[Snowball Express Arrives in North Texas]]> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:03:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SnowballExpress.jpg

This story was originally published in 2012. Since that time, details may have changed.

It is a gathering unlike any other across the country, and it only happens in North Texas.

Throughout the day on Friday, more than 1,700 children and military spouses arrived at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as part of the seventh annual Snowball Express, a event for the families of fallen service members.

American Airlines brought in nine charter planes full of families. Others arrived on regular flights, some flying from as far away as Guam, Puerto Rico and Germany.

The loads of planes were greeted with thunderous applause and cheers from dozens of volunteers, American employees, Patriot Guard Riders, military members and even regular travelers.

"It's the least we can do for these kids, for these families who have given so much," said Capt. Jim Palmershem, an American pilot who flew the first flight of the day from Nashville and Arkansas.

The Strattons arrived on a charter from Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. The family of three children and mother, Jennifer, from Stafford, Va., are attending their third Snowball Express.

"The first event we went to, my daughter, Delaney, looked around at all the people and she said, 'They haven't forgotten daddy.'" Jennifer Stratton said. "And I said, 'No they haven't.'  This is one of those weekends where it's America at its best. We just love coming to Texas and that Texans remember our fallen heroes."

The Snowball Express isn't just a warm greeting at DFW Airport.

"We do a thing called the 'Walk of Gratitude,' said Dan Ronan, a member of the board of directors of the Dallas-based charity Snowball Express. "And this is a chance for the community to come out and to try and show people how much they appreciate the service and sacrifice these families have made."

"On Sunday morning, about 10:30, we'll kick off with about 2,000 folks that we can cheer on and let them know how much we appreciate them," Palmershem said.

The Syversons from Carlisle, Penn., have attended every Snowball Express after Army Maj. Paul Syverson was killed by a mortar in Balad, Iraq, in 2004. His daughter Amy, who was just 2 months old at the time, said she enjoyed coming to North Texas for the events.

"It's really great to be here with everyone's support," she said. "It's really nice."

Her mother, Jackie, echoed the sentiment.

"It's a cool honor, because holidays are hard in their own way," she said. "And then when the kids get to come here and do something really cool like this and be around other kids who are like them, it works out great. It's just a really cool way to start the holidays, it means a lot to us."

It also means a lot to the volunteers, who spend hours coordinating the massive five-day operation.

Bridget Johnson, an American operations agent, helped decorate a part of Terminal C for the arriving planes. A former military member herself, Johnson said she can't think of a better way to honor the families.

"We didn't pay the ultimate sacrifice, and these families did," she said. "It means a lot for us to be able to give back."

"It's about creating some happy times around Christmas time," Palmershem said. "I'm not sure who gets more out of it, the kids or the volunteers. But we're just so glad to be here and be a part of this and looking forward to a great weekend here in Dallas-Fort Worth."

Jennifer Stratton said she knows her husband would be happy to hear that his family gets a holiday treat away from home and a chance to remember the families that have lost a loved one in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

"He would be happy to know that America doesn't forget their heroes," she said.

The Walk of Gratitude will begin at 10:30 on Sunday along East Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards. The public is encouraged to line North Main Street for the walk. Click here for more information.



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<![CDATA[White House Holiday Decorations ]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Michelle-Obama-Christmas.jpg With the holiday season just around the corner, Christmas trees and piles of present decorate the White House. Take a look at some of its best decorations.

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<![CDATA[Rockefeller Tree-Lighting Time Lapse]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:52:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tree_add_P10.jpg A time-lapse video of the tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center.

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<![CDATA[The Meaning Behind Rockefeller Christmas Tree]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/134312125.jpg This year's lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree represents joy and hope at the start of the Holiday season.

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<![CDATA[A Light Show to the Beat of Christmas]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:02:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/christmas-lights-112712.jpg

Some people decorate their home with a few Christmas lights for the season.

Then there is Marty Pasieka.

Pasieka's front yard in Flower Mound has a 22-foot tall Christmas tree made of more than 4,000 lights. It stands next to 10 smaller Christmas trees that glow red, green and white.

And he's just getting started with the Christmas spirit.

Pasieka has synchronized the lights to blink to the beat of five different Christmas songs. Passers-by can hear the music if they pull up a few yards from the house and tune in to the radio station he's programmed the music to play through.

"This is just my second year doing this so, definitely, the palette is -- there's a lot more on there," he said. "Half empty or half full, definitely there is a lot more that I can do."

Pasieka said he has plans to expand the Christmas display from the current 10,000 lights.

"I have a few ideas," he said.

But he doesn't want to give too many of his secrets away, so Pasieka is keeping his plans quiet.

Meanwhile, his neighbors can't stop gushing about the display.

"My wife and I always pull up and stop," one man yelled out his window, before driving off.

Pasieka said it took him a few months to build the frame to hold the lights, and it takes a few days to program the lights to blink to the beat of the music. The computer work takes more time, he said.

"That takes a lot more time," he said. "You have to separate it by seconds, hundredths of a second, tenth of a second, to kind of look at it and, you know, see what you like, see what it looks like."

Pasieka also put on a light show for Halloween, with one sequence set to "Gangnam Style."

Pasieka jokes that decorating his lawn is just a hobby. His real job? A baggage handler for Southwest Airlines.

If you want to swing by and see the display, the family lives in the 4900 block of Marcus Drive in Flower Mound. The lights are on Sunday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the lights are on from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Shoot Better Holiday Lights Photos]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:02:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/ed49ea10db8c4743be1c23c7552aed58.JPG.jpg

Feel like your holiday light photos aren't shining as brightly as you'd hoped? Check these tricks for making those lights look clearer.

Hold the Flash Back
Using your camera's flash could wash out those twinkling lights. Snap your pictures without the flash to ensure the lights you're seeing are provided by the designed strands you're trying to capture. Most modern cameras have good sensors for detective what values to set exposure, even in the auto settings. Conversely, if you're more focused on what's not lit -- the kids in front of a Christmas tree, for example -- add that flash. Better yet, take one photo each way and see which one turns out better. Don't know how to turn off your camera -- or camera phone's -- flash? Now's the perfect time to learn.

Slow and Steady
Lowering your shutter speed will let more light into the camera, which could make those lights brighter -- but might add blur if the camera is moved. Try investing in (or borrowing) a tripod to keep your camera rock solid while the photo is taken. This slow and steady approach will make your photos clearer.

Dusk to Dusk
Use the twilight time to shoot your photos outdoors rather than waiting until it gets darker. You can often catch some of the color in the sky instead of a black sky, which will look a little nicer, plus you'll have some natural light that can illuminate decorations you might lose when only the strands are shining.

iPhone Home
The camera you're most likely to carry with you is on your phone -- but it's got some faults you'll need to overcome. First, many cameras on phones aren't able to make settings on shutter speed, ISO settings, or any of the advanced elements you might want to try. The more recent your phone is, the better the camera is likely to be -- but that's no gaureentee you'll get a good image. Also, while they're small enough to fit in your pocket, the tiny size of modern phones leads to blurry photos as you stuggle to shoot straight. You may want to check out alternate camera apps on the various app stores to make sure your camera's functions are accessible, too.

Once you've taken those shining shots, share them with us by e-mailing them to isee@nbcdfw.com and view other Holiday Photos here.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Museum of Art Free Admission, Membership]]> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 05:16:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-museum-of-art-2012-722.jpg

The Dallas Museum of Art is now free to visitors.

Both the admission and membership prices for the DMA are free starting January 21, 2013.

The change was announced in December during a special news event.

Maxwell L. Anderson, the Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, published a video message addressing the change.

Anderson said current museum members will be transitioned to a new "Partners" status, which will give them special benefits including free admission to special exhibitions, free parking, and exclusive programs.

“Visitors literally bring life to the Dallas Museum of Art. Their participation in our galleries, exhibitions, education initiatives, and public programs activates the DMA and is the cornerstone of a vibrant cultural community,” Anderson said in a press release. “Through a return to free general admission and the new Friends & Partners program, we can open the doors of the Museum and show appreciation to our visitors for the many ways their participation matters to the DMA. We believe that by increasing access to the Museum and by finding new ways to say ‘thank you,’ we can fundamentally change the role museums play in a global society.”  

The free general admission will also offer visitors to become "Friends" of the museum and earn credits based on their participation with the museum. Those credits could allow "Friends" to become "Partners" as well.

“New technologies and online participation are already an integral part of many visitors’ daily lives,” said Rob Stein, the DMA’s Deputy Director, who, along with Anderson, is spearheading technology initiatives at the Museum. “As part of our new approach to visitor engagement, we want to provide our audiences with enhanced ways to feel connected to the Museum and to share their opinions with us and each other. In doing so, we hope to build a virtual community that is as strong as our physical one. The DMA Friends program uses technology to demonstrate to our visitors that the DMA recognizes the value they bring to the Museum when they engage deeply in sharing their creativity and ideas with us.”

The DMA previously was free to visitors until 2001. The 2013 change is being called a "reinstatement of the policy."

More information on the changes is posted to the museum's official site.

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<![CDATA[Rockin' with the Rockettes at Radio City]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:51:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/rockettes1stlook.jpg Join us for the Rockettes 85th celebration at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. ]]> <![CDATA[Lighting Up Sundance Square]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:02:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2012+ftwtree.jpg

Sundance Square has the Christmas spirit.

On Friday, Sundance Square hosted the 8th Annual Fort Worth Parade of Lights. Tens of thousands of people crowded the streets to get a look at more than 100 floats decorated with lights.

But the big draw was a big tree. Santa Claus came into town to help light up a 55-foot blue spruce from Michigan decorated with ornaments.

Based on reaction from kids in the crowd, the event was a hit.

“We get to see the tree light up, and we get to see, we get to see Santa!” said an excited Kaila Delane of Irving. “It's my first time, but I kind of like it. It's like New York.”

Hundreds of people waited in line to pose for a picture with Santa and the tree. Pictures are $7 and benefit charity.

Want to see more local lights? Click here to find holiday lighting displays around North Texas.



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<![CDATA[SMU Hosts JFK Programs on 50th Anniversary of Assassination]]> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 09:58:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jfk4.jpg

It may seem hard to believe, but 2013 will bring the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and many across North Texas are already coordinating plans for marking the occasion.

On the 49th anniversary of the assassination, city leaders in Dallas unveiled plans for a memorial service in Dealey Plaza on the 50th anniversary.  Two weeks ago, across the street from the hotel where Kennedy spoke to thousands on the morning of Nov. 22, the city of Fort Worth opened a new memorial to the fallen leader.

In Dallas, Southern Methodist University has partnered with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Sixth Floor Museum to host a yearlong series of public programs that  began on President's Day.

"The series will begin with 'The Politics of Memory' on President's Day 2013 (Feb. 18, 2013) and end on President's Day 2014 (Feb. 17, 2014) with 'Coping With Crises: How Presidents Manage National Crises,' a program sponsored with the Sixth Floor Museum and the Bush Library and Museum. Other programs examining the legacies of the Kennedy presidency and its impact on American domestic and foreign policy are planned for the months leading up to Nov. 22, 2013," SMU said in a news release Wednesday.

SMU said they will organize the programs with a special committee of distinguished SMU faculty members and guests known as the Tower Center Working Group on Remembrance and Commemoration:  The Life and Legacy of JFK. 

Here is more from SMU on the group:

The committee is led by Dennis Simon, SMU political science associate professor, a fellow in the Tower Center and director of the Tower Center program on American Politics. George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Director Alan Lowe is a member of the committee, as is Jeffrey Engel, founding director of SMU's new Center for Presidential History and associate professor in the Williams P. Clements Department of History.

The working group includes William Bridge, SMU associate professor in the Dedman School of Law; Lee Cullum, journalist and Tower Center fellow; Kenneth Hamilton, SMU associate professor in the William P. Clements Department of History and director of ethnic studies in Dedman College; James Hollifield, SMU professor of political science and Arnold Fellow of International Political Economy, director of the Tower Center and chair of the Sixth Floor Museum Board; Rita Kirk, director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility at SMU and a professor in the Division of Communication Studies;  Thomas Knock, SMU associate professor of history and member of the board of trustees of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library; Ruth Morgan, former SMU provost and professor emerita of political science; Daniel Orlovsky, SMU professor of history and SMU's George A. Bouhe Research Fellow in Russian Studies; and Tom Stone, SMU senior English lecturer who teaches courses that view the assassination through the works of writers, artists and scholars.

"SMU is looking forward to bringing an academic and scholarly orientation to the observance of this somber anniversary," Simon said.  "The Tower Center has a history of productive partnerships with the National Archives and Records Administration and presidential libraries, as well as with the Sixth Floor Museum. We are excited about the opportunity to reexamine the life and legacy of JFK and to help commemorate this tragic event."

The George W. Bush Presidential Center, which houses the Presidential Library and Museum, will be dedicated in late April 2013 on the SMU campus.

Further details of the JFK-related series will be released as they become available.

With the observance in mind, the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas remains open on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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<![CDATA[4,000 Runners Support Special Needs Leagues]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:51:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2012+friscoturkeytrot.jpg

On Thanksgiving morning in Frisco, the city’s relatively new North Texas Turkey Trot tradition was bursting at its seams.

“This year, we’re topping off at 4,000 [runners],” said Cacy Saffery, a board member of The Miracle League of Frisco.
The Miracle League is responsible for seven sports teams, supporting school-aged athletes with special needs.
Before the run last year, Saffery said he and other organizers were hoping for maybe 1,000 participants.
They ended up with about 1,800, never imagining they’d more than double that number the following holiday.
“We love our family and we wanted to do something fun,” said runner Brandy Couchot, running with her cousin Lauren and much of the extended family, all dressed up as turkeys and other festive Thanksgiving characters.
The first run of the morning, however, focused on The Miracle League’s athletes.
"We hope this will be a family anchor throughout our community,” Saffery said.
“There’s a void, and we want to fill that void. We want it to be the standard and not the exception.”
The Miracle League of Frisco offers opportunities for kids to play basketball, soccer, baseball, bowling, track and more.


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<![CDATA[Join 1st Look for Game Night with a Twist]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:12:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/237*120/1stlookgamenight.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky and watch "1st Look" Saturdays after "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Experience the Dallas Zoo For Just a Buck ]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:37:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-zoo-722.jpg

With another beautiful day on tap, you may want to make plans to head to the Dallas Zoo on Wednesday, but you may have a little wait.

That's because the zoo is hosting its dollar day, which, of course, is one of the most popular days at the zoo.

That's right, for just a buck you can get into the zoo to enjoy everything it has to offer from its new Koala Walkabout exhibit, to the Wilds of Africa experience and everything in between. Kids 2 and younger get in free.

For a little extra cash, you can even feed the giraffe, take the monorail safari tour or hop up and take a camel ride.

The zoo is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and parking will cost you $8. Don't want to drive or bother with parking? No problem, the zoo encourages you to take the DART red line, which will take you right to the zoo entrance.

Getting there:
Dallas Zoo
650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway                                 
Dallas, TX 75203

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<![CDATA[Weird News Photos: Holiday Edition]]> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 06:59:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/turtle-1217.jpg From the Santa Bandit to the Grinch Cop, check out these weird, offbeat news photos — with a holiday twist — from around the world.

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<![CDATA[Make your Heart Sing at "Once"]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:03:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ONCE.jpg If you're looking to spend some time on the Great White Way, make sure check out "Once." Join Ali onstage as she grabs a beer from the Irish Bar set and see just what it takes to put on one of the most creative shows on Broadway! Once: A New Musical 242 West 45th St., New York, NY 10036 / 212- 239-6200]]> <![CDATA[See the Origin of the Universe at the Brooklyn Museum]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:33:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BROOKLYNMUSEUM.jpg Showcasing some of the best and most diverse talent in the city, the Brooklyn Museum should be on every visitor's radar. With the art of Mickalene Thomas on display, no self-respecting art lover should miss a trip to this museum. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238 / 718-638-5000]]> <![CDATA[Diwali Celebrations Expected to Draw Thousands]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:50:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/diwali-prep-111712.jpg

Thousands of North Texans are expected to participate in Indian New Year festivities in Irving on Saturday.

Diwali, which literally means "festival of lights," will be celebrated by more than one billion people around the world.

"It comes to mark the end of the Indian calendar year and, of course, the resolution and the steps one takes for the new year going forward," said Shashi Upadhyaya, BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir spokesperson.

More than 12,000 people are expected to attend the second annual Diwali Celebration throughout the day.

More than 400 volunteers prepared over the past three months to make the Mandir look its best for the festivities. Handcrafted paintings made out of colored rice and glitter are placed prominently at the entrance. Hallways are lined with information about India's contributions to the world. And a theater room will show a 45-minute film called "Mystic India Show" every hour from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

"We can all celebrate one another's diversity, one another's customs, and realize that there's so much we can enjoy just through education and knowledge of opening our minds in such a way," Upadhyaya said.

The exhibitions and food booths open at 12:30 p.m., and a fireworks display will take place at 8 p.m. The Mandir is located at 4601 North State Highway 161 in Irving.



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<![CDATA[City Lights Brightens Up Downtown Dallas]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:03:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lights_722x406_2174858176.jpg

Bright bursts of fireworks, the lighting of the holiday tree, and, of course, Santa Claus stopping by for his yearly visit.

The holiday season is kicking off into full gear Nov. 17 in downtown Dallas with their annual City Lights event.

Starting at 6 p.m., the event begins with a Holiday Festival along Main Street featuring holiday vendors of all kinds, delicious treats, and  the music of the season.

At 7 p.m. the Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin with Santa's Arrival to downtown. Last year he replaced reindeer power with horse power by arriving in style in a bright red convertible. Who knows what he will arrive in this year?

The festivities take place in the Main Street Garden Park at 1902 Main St. in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[What You're Doing This Weekend]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:56:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP120115120053.jpg

Turkey Day is a week away, but before you serve the bird, try serving up some strong singing and a free film.

THURSDAY, 11/15
One Week Until Turkey Day: It's just one week until Thanksgiving, so it's a pretty good idea to plan your menu, find a way to survive Turkey Day, and get ready for the onslaught of Black Friday shopping. Luckily, we have all that info stuffed into our "Turkeys and Deals" feature page. Give it a look before you put the bird in the oven.

FRIDAY, 11/16
"The Burbs" at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: Your friendly neighborhood Scene editor posed the question "What's your favorite Tom Hanks movie?" on Facebook a while back and "The Burbs" was well represented. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema must have the same opinion, as they're holding a free screening of the flick (on 35mm film!) at their future home in Richardson. Roll into the corner of US-75 and Beltline around 5 p.m. to snag some beers from local breweries and food from area trucks. Movie starts at 7 p.m.

SATURDAY, 11/17
City Lights: Dallas' annual Holiday lighting display will flip the switch at 7 p.m. Saturday at Main Street Garden Park, then hold family-friendly festivities along Main Street in downtown Dallas through 10 p.m. Personally, we think it's a little too early to be lighting "holiday trees," but whatever...the kids will love it.

SUNDAY, 11/18
Mary J. Blige:  UPDATE: Blige's Sunday show has been postponed, according to the venue. A new date is still to be determined. Reason for the postponement were not immediately released.


What You're Doing This Weekend:
Find the latest Dallas-Fort Worth area events, concerts, and more with our North Texas event listings. Click here for more.



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<![CDATA[Seacrest Opens Studio at Children's Medical Center]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:05:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ryan-seacrest-2.jpg

Two big names in music are celebrating a big addition to a North Texas hospital.

Radio and television host Ryan Seacrest and Grand Prairie-native Selena Gomez cut the ribbon on a state-of-the-art broadcast studio inside Children's Medical Center.

The studio will air children's programming to patients who are unable to leave their rooms and the addition includes an outdoor performance stage so that visiting musicians can host concerts for patients.

Seacrest said the idea for the studio came from bored, hospitalized children who needed something to do while battling their illness.

"We decided to build these studios where they [kids] can come and they can participate if they can leave their rooms, if they can't they can also participate through their televisions and phones. Every room is going to have the program wired into their room -- the phones connect to the studio so they to can participate.  So everybody can be involved," Seacrest said Wednesday in Dallas.

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation has now build three studios in the U.S. so far and Seacrest said he hoped to have eventually built 10.  For the Dallas location, Seacrest tossed the credit to Gomez.

"This is one of the best facilities in the country, as those who have used it know.  It's also the hometown of Selena, and she said to me about a year ago, 'If you're going to open more would you consider doing it in my hometown ... I'd like to be a part of that,' so, here we are," Seacrest said.

“The studio will be a hub of activity,” said Ben Retta, senior director of support services for Children’s, in a statement published on their website. “The purpose will be to uplift the spirits of the patients, families and staff. The programming will have a positive impact and allow patients some normalcy while dealing with a chronic illness. It gives us a unique opportunity to enhance the patient-family experience here at Children’s and to provide a virtual playroom for children.”

In a statement on their web site, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation says the group "is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives."



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