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Mar. 30-Apr. 9 The Dallas International Film Festival returns for 11 days of film. The festival shows the best narrative features, documentaries and short films and celebrates the filmmaker's art with more than 150 films, panel discussion, special events and educational activities. On March 30, DIFF 2017 Opening Night is at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street. Information: diff2017.dallasfilm.org.
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Mar. 31-Apr. 2 Tourney Town presented by Capital One is held during the Women's NCAA Basketball Championship Weekend March 31 - April 2 adjacent to the American Airline Center. This is a free fan fest for fans of all ages! Tourney Town is a festival within a festival jam packed with youth clinics, basketball contests, giveaways, concerts, zip-line, interactive games, special appearances, autograph signings and much more! Be at the epicenter of women's basketball fun with activities and events for the whole family. Come early and stay late to experience Tourney Town! On Sunday before the national championship game, don't miss a free concert by Grammy-nominated Texas country artist Pat Green. The American Airlines Center is located at 2500 Victory Ave. Information: www.ncaa.com.

Mar. 31-Apr. 2 Fan Expo Dallas returns for three days at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, 650 S. Griffin Street. Featured in the weekend are autograph sessions, celebrity photo sessions, cosplay masquerade, panels and Q&As with media guests, artist alley, costumes, shopping and exhibits. Guests for this year's show include Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Tim Curry, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Catherine Tate, John Barrowman, Karl Urban, Alan Tudyk, Alex Kingston, Karen Gillan, and many more. Information: fanexpodallas.com.

Mar. 31-Apr. 1 Dallas' original and award-winning beer festival, Big Texas Beer Fest, returns to the Fair Park Automobile Building for two separate sessions, Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1. Sample from 500+ beers from over 100 breweries. General admission tickets start at $35 and VIP from $60. Admission covers your first (12) 2 oz. samples; additional 12-sample cards are available at the event for only $2. Ride DART rail for a quick drop off at the front door. Jam out to live music in the outdoor food and music pavilion! There will be 10 local food trucks to choose from, and local music from Matt Tedder and other local favorites throughout the weekend. Information: www.bigtexasbeerfest.com.

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:
Mar. 31 Lisa Lampanelli
Apr. 9 Heart of Texas Film Series: Tender Mercies
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information: www.dallasculture.org.
Apr. 1 Enjoy the 5th season of The Marketplace Garland, featuring fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, sweet breads, culinary items, unique items from local artisans and craftsmen and more! The Marketplace Garland supports Good Samaritans of Garland and for those interested in doing so, donated items of canned and boxed food items will be accepted at the Good Samaritans booth. This event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month (except May 6th), April through October, in the heart of Garland's historic downtown square. 108 N. Sixth Street. Information: themarketplacedfw.com.

Apr. 1-2 Travel and Adventure Show, America's favorite travel show, returns to Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Frwy. Discover the leading destinations, local travel experts, top celebrity personalities, comprehensive content, and exclusive travel deals that you just can't find anywhere else. Come face-to-face with some of your favorite celebrity travel speakers, get expert packing tips, technology trends and budget travel hacks on the Savvy Traveler Theater, and much more. Information: travelshows.com/shows/dallas.

Apr. 3-7 Dallas Startup Week is a free, five-day celebration of the community that builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship. DSW17 Chase Basecamp will be located at St. Paul Place, 750 North St. Paul Street. Located in the heart of downtown, Chase Basecamp offers something for everyone. You'll find leading panelists and speakers, opportunities to sharpen your startup idea with other entrepreneurs, complimentary happy hours, and more. Venues for other events are found throughout downtown. Find the 2017 schedule at: www.dallasstartupweek.com.

Apr. 7-9 The Deep Ellum Arts Festival transforms six blocks of Main Street in the Deep Ellum entertainment district into one enormous street festival. The free 3-day festival exemplifies everything that makes this area rock. Experience more than 200 decorative and visual artists selling and commissioning original works, 100s of original bands and performance artists showcasing the newest sights and sounds from five stages! Festival attendees can stroll through displays of cutting-edge decorative arts and admire, commission, and purchase the works of sculptors, muralists, jewelers, painters, leather and wood crafters, and other specialized fine artists, some of whom will be creating pieces on the spot. Admission to the festival is free. Information: www.deepellumartsfestival.com.

Apr. 15-16 Easter Fun for every Bunny at Reunion Tower. On Saturday April 15th and Sunday April 16th from 12 to 3 p.m., hop up to the GeO-Deck for Easter fun. Kids 12 and under can enjoy Easter by snapping a photo with the Easter Bunny, receiving a Reunion Tower balloon and completing an Easter-themed activity sheet, all with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Come up and put a new spin on Easter! Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. E., is accessible via a pedestrian tunnel from Union Station. Information: www.reuniontower.com.


Events in Fort Worth and Denton


Fort Worth:


Through 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: www.fwmuseum.org.

Opens Feb. 17 Dream Big: Engineering our World, opening February 17 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History's Omni Theater, an IMAX® Dome, tells the stories of engineers who answer the call to build a better future. Innovative thinkers who are transforming the world because they dared to dream big. They are driven by a passion to make a difference in our world. From the world's tallest buildings, to underwater robots, to a solar car race across the Australian Outback, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected ways. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located at 1600 Gendy Street. Information: www.fwmuseum.org.

Through June 25 Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is in the Louis Kahn Building at the Kimbell Art Museum. The American architect Louis Kahn (1901--1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the 20th century. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. Among his most important works are the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California (1959-65), the National Assembly Building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1962-83) and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas (1966-72). The exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and diverse range of architectural models, original drawings, photographs and films. The Kimbell Art Museum is located at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Information: www.kimbell.org.

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: www.fortworth.com.

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: www.sundancesquare.com.

Denton:


Through May 6 Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 30th year, the exhibition opens to international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Materials will be on view thorugh May 6, 2017 at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center; $5 for public, FREE for GDAC members, students and children under 12. Information: dentonarts.com.

Mar. 30 Taste of North Texas. Do you wish you could sample food and drinks from restaurants all around Denton? The Denton Kiwanis Club's most anticipated event, Taste of North Texas, will allow you to do just that! This event will take place at the Golden Triangle Mall in Denton on Thursday, March 30, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets prices $15 for adults (Ages 18 and older), $10 for ages seven to 17 and students and children ages six and under get in free. Ride Denton Connect Route 2 to live out your food loving dream! Information: www.tastefornorthtexas.org.

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: www.discoverdenton.com.

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: www.firstfridaydenton.com.

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: www.ghostsofdenton.com.

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 cvad@unt.edu or visit northtexan.unt.edu/content/unt-art-path.

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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: dallaszoo.com.



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