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“Christmas spirit” come Spring Break, starting fresh on January 1 is here. I’d lost loved ones before. I’d lost loved ones around the holidays –– my family and I buried my 61-year-old father 25 years ago this past Christmas Eve –– but I’ve never been so emotionally crippled by the season than I am now. It’s not the pain that has me down, the constant reminders that my otherwise healthy older brother took his life a little over a year ago. For me, it’s the joy that’s unbearable. I love Christmas. Privately. Sort of. I am 48 years old, a stereotypically lefty writer, cynical to the core, and I haven’t been to church in years. I pray but mostly out of the fear alone that my wondrous, kind, smart 8-year-old son is going to be kicked out of second grade because he can’t keep his hands to himself and won’t sit still or that he’s going to be attacked by his bully. When my wife and I adopted Apollo (birthname: Kweku) from West Africa as a terribly ill orphaned infant, we knew the darkness he had experienced had

imprinted itself on his DNA. Sometimes the darkness wins. “Please, Jesus, watch over everyone who’s homeless or hungry and please watch over our sweet Apollo. Guide him, help him to make good decisions, give him the strength to regulate his emotions, and, most importantly, keep him safe.” That’s what I mutter to myself every morning driving back home or to work after dropping him off at elementary school for the day. That and one “Our Father” and precisely 10 “Hail Mary”s. I also solicit watchfulness from the spirit of my father, a generationally hewn racist who died long before our African son was born but who also, I imagine, would have grown to love him, and now the spirit of my brother Adam, who loved Apollo openly and truly. And while I have been to church on Christmas Day as an adult, it’s been years, and it doesn’t look like that streak’s going to be ending soon. My congenital cynical leftiness won’t allow it. My wife is another Christmas lover, so we are good together for decorating the


character in Leslie Bricusse’s 1970 movie musical Scrooge when he is confronted by the toy store owner after buying nearly ever doll, game, and cricket bat on the shelves to hand out to the town children. “Mr. Scrooge,” the shopkeeper asks, his face slack, his eyes bulging. “What has happened?” “Well,” Scrooge says. “It’s very simple, Pringle. I’ve discovered that I like life.” I miss Scrooge. And all my other movies. The only thing I can watch without tearing up is A Christmas Story, which is problematic because it’s the only movie in our library that we can’t watch with our son

–– it’s way too violent and the themes too adult-oriented. I’ve tried a couple of times to watch my faves. More than a couple. Just the other night, after Apollo had gone to bed, my wife and I put in It’s a Wonderful Life, whose ending I couldn’t even handle before my brother’s suicide and that I know I definitely can’t bear now. I can make it as far as when Mr. Gower starts hugging and kissing young George after slapping his ears back before I start crying. That’s approximately 10 minutes into the film. It all brings me back to the few weeks following Adam’s death, when dozens of family members and friends expressed

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Naturally, I feel I have to apologize for my devotion to what is at its heart a Christian holiday. The “liberal media” (of which, I suppose, I am a member) and the cultural intelligentsia will tell me this is the perfect time for me to grow up. They hate Christmas anyway. To them, it’s just avarice unbound, and that doesn’t even include Santa Claus, whom they see as nothing but a sinister device to keep mediocre-or-worse parents from having to do any actual parenting. As handy as Santa may be in our household for reminding the little dude that every action has a consequence, my wife and I never exploit the jolly elf. To us, Santa is just this great, magical spirit who believes that every good little boy and girl deserves a reward for listening to their parents and not talking back throughout the year and who, yeah, breaks into your house while you’re

sleeping every December 24. We don’t care. We want Apollo to continue believing in the magic for as long as possible. There’s only so much mystery and wonder left in his childhood, in every childhood. I want the little fella to enjoy every ounce of it. I guess most of my friends and coworkers probably get a kick out of their buddy Anthony, the Christmas-loving idiot, but by the time December rolls around, I am completely exhausted with being cynical and jerky and actually want to chill and be more understanding, more empathetic. All day long I carry around in my heart the image of Albert Finney as the titular

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their sympathy to me. Some of their notes were so beautiful, they crushed me. Indeed, the thought has occurred to me that maybe I am broken. For good. I’m not a very good Christian, if I can even be called that. Along with looking for spiritual help for my son every day, I also pray because I grew up praying. I was raised Roman Catholic and had a happy childhood with lots of happy Christmases. I remember lots of get-togethers with tons of loving faces, lots of family time in the warm embrace of home, and lots of presents. I wanted for next to nothing. A knockoff Les Paul with effects built in from Sears? Sure. An Atari 2600 three years after they came out? No problem. Whatever I did to deserve such bounty, I’ll never know. While I wasn’t necessarily a problem –– I did my homework most of the time and loved sports to the point of religiosity –– I was certainly no angel. Remember those chronically missing Miller Ponys from the fridge, Dad? Yeah, that was your youngest child and his buddies in eighth grade. Prayer brings me back to that metaphorical place where my parents and three siblings are all together and getting along, the Soviets are floundering, and my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers are winning every Super Bowl. Though church is still a nonstarter, I still love the thought of a god –– a listening god, a forgiving god, a saving god –– whose mere love alone can make all the hurt go away. I love the god in the old churchy hymns most of all, especially the Christmas ones.

The good news, for me at least, is that selfpreservation has started to kick in. I don’t cry every day anymore out of pure sadness. I also have stopped carrying around a photo

of Adam everywhere I go. My wife bought me a large picture frame strung with wires and clips for my three best photos of him to hang. That’s where my favorite one is now. There’s also a printout of it hanging on my computer at work. I say, “Hey, bro” and “Later, Adam” to it every day. It’s the photo that we chose to enlarge and display at his memorial service back home in Pittsburgh last October. I bet my friends thought I had lost my mind when they first saw me outside the church. I wasn’t presenting myself as someone who had just suddenly and tragically lost his best friend. I was smiling and talking casually. It wasn’t until near the end of my eulogy that friends and family members might have realized that I had been faking it. The whole point was for me to be able to make it through the eulogy without collapsing into a mound of tears and snot on the altar. For Adam’s sake. Because that’s what he would have wanted –– his strong-willed younger brother being a leader. I credit 30 milligrams of Buspar and the thought of a cold Bud Light afterward with carrying me through to the end. The Buspar doesn’t appear to be helping now. Or is it? Maybe I would be crying at the mere suggestion of Santa Kurt if not for the medicine. For months after Adam’s death, I avoided talking to my old friends from home. I texted with them when they checked in on me, but I wouldn’t talk. I didn’t want to lose my shit in front of them. I was too proud to be seen, or heard, breaking down in public. Again. The first time was last year while I was waiting in the drive-thru at the pharmacy. I was listening to one of the two local radio stations playing Christmas music nonstop through December 25 because of course I was. The Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan’s “God Rest Ye Merry


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I always thought the song was beautiful but had never cried to it until last Christmas. Now I’ve cried to it four times after it hearing it precisely four times since then. I have been in the car by myself each time. If it comes on when I’m with my family, I will simply change the station. Of all people, my son can’t see me crying. It’s not that he’ll think I’m weak, though maybe that’s how kids’

brains work. It’s that he may take on my sorrow, and for a special boy like him, he needs all of the positivity and hope he can get and that my wife and I can muster. He’s a sweet soul, our son. With no prodding from anyone last year before Adam’s memorial, he made me a sympathy card. On green construction paper, Apollo wrote in blue marker, “I’m sorry Adam died. I hope you feel better soon, Dad. I love you, Dad.” This poor young kid is worried that his father is going to be sad forever. I’m sort of worried, too. I’m already prone to serious bouts of sobbing. It’s just different this time. This time, in a weird, strange, powerful way, is new. This time I’ve been rattled, and I’m thinking that maybe it’s because my brother and I are so similar, two white middle-class, middle-aged males. The biggest difference is that I’m still married. Adam’s downhill slide really accelerated during and after his divorce. And don’t think that I don’t know that I’m a few mistakes away from being in the same rueful position as he was. I’m more than aware of how precarious marriage is, especially with a little one in the middle. There’s no real telling what tore Adam and his ex-wife apart. For my wife and me, I know that if it’s anything, it will

be one of two things or both: my cynical, jerky demeanor and/or our parenting philosophies. My wife and I appear to be on two different planets. She’s on Earth, and I’m not just saying that to remain in her good graces. I know that she’s the alpha. It’s as if she was born with 100 years’ worth of parenting knowledge in her brain. But as she is down here on terra firma kicking ass, I am on Uranus. I’m very seat-of-my-pants. If I’m not going to worry about something in five years –– a little high fructose corn syrup isn’t going to kill him; he’s only kidding when he rolls his eyes at us and moans, “I knooow” –– then I’m not going to worry about it now. That’s sort of the way I go through life. And look at how great I turned out! *takes swig of Miller Pony from under desk* Enduring Christmas, now and in the future, is definitely something I’m going to be worried about for a long time. I’m sort of chaffed now just realizing that I have to write “enduring Christmas” when it’s my favorite time of year. Maybe holding onto it is what Adam would have wanted me to do. He was a good brother. I know he wouldn’t have wanted any of his loved ones to lose a deep part of themselves over him. As long as A Christmas Story is the only movie we watch, I think I’ll be fine. l

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Nonprofits rely on the kindness of strangers, particularly during the holiday season. Those kindnesses continue locally even as donations have fallen nationwide. Seems the Republican Party’s “trickledown� economic theory means pissing on the poor. Americans donated fewer dollars to charities in 2018 after Trump-led Republicans initiated changes to the tax code in 2017. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act raised the standard deduction, prompting many tax filers to claim the deduction rather than donate to charities to claim tax breaks. In July, a Newsweek article linked the new tax law with a $54 billion drop in charitable donations. A spokesperson for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a group that promotes ethical fundraising through education, networking, research, and advocacy, described the new tax law’s effect on donations as “jaw-dropping.� It’s too early to determine its impact on charitable giving this year, but a strong stock market and fading memories of the Great Recession appear to be creating confidence among consumers. Shoppers spent a whopping $7 billion online during Black Friday and another $9 billon on Cyber Monday. Amazon reported its biggest shopping day of all time on Monday. Is that consumer confidence filtering down to charities? “Until the year is over, it is hard to tell whether donations are up or down,� said Keith Harrison, spokesperson for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. Harrison, though, knows from experience that “the people of Tarrant County are incredibly generous.�

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So far, donations have remained consistent, he said. Has the Trump tax been felt? “There are people who give for tax reasons and people who give because you tug at their heart strings, and those people are going to give regardless of what the tax laws are,� Harrison said. The media spotlight shines brightest on charities during the holidays, but the demand for services stays strong throughout the year. Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County provides one million meals a year to the area’s frailest residents, including homebound folks unable to cook for themselves. “We rely on donations coming in literally every single day of the year for us to continue being able to provide meals,� Harrison said. “It’s incredibly important. We are not a government agency. We rely on the kindness of the people in the community to want to take care of their own.� Most nonprofit representatives I spoke with hesitated to discuss the tax change because of the partisan manner in which it’s been packaged, sliced, and diced. Donations come from all sorts of people from all walks of life, they say, obviously not wanting to sound political. Few nonprofit leaders are as experienced or savvy as Tillie Burgin, executive director at Mission Arlington. The nonprofit fed 6,000 families on Thanksgiving. She responded with careful precision after I asked whether the tax change had impacted donations. “There is a lot of sacrificing that people do to give,� Burgin said. “We are just grateful. We take it a day at a time.� For Christmas, Mission Arlington provides more than 30,000 toys to families.

“We focus on toys –– and helping families not to use their rent money on toys,� Burgin said. “Any time people can drop by and help with children’s diapers, food, or toys, there is always a need.� Nonprofit folks tend to talk among themselves, and a representative for a local organization told me that most charities are seeing fewer donations. When adjusted for inflation, the amount of charitable giving to human services organizations has increased every year except for on two occasions –– in 2008 amid the Great Recession and last year. Stephen Raeside, Tarrant Area Food Bank’s director of development, said the tax change was felt by most nonprofits. “There is a lot of association between charitable giving and that deduction,� he said. “We do think the change in the tax code has resulted in a change in the structure of our public support.� The tax change, however, wasn’t the only reason donations suffered. “There was a perfect storm,� Raeside said. “Not only did we have the change to the standard deduction, but the stock market just about crashed in November to December [of 2018]. Our holiday giving was way down.� He spoke with some of the food bank’s major donors early last year, and they expressed trepidation about the new tax law — at first. “As it turned out, most of those major donors came back in late April and May once they’d done their tax returns,� he said. “It kind of evened out over the year. Our major donors had to talk to professionals, their accountants, and their tax planners, to see the full impact of the tax changes.� In 2019, donations are higher than last year but “still behind our historical performance for the holiday giving season,� Raeside said. l


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taken in shoes with worn-out soles. I became an expert at molding pieces of cardboard to the inside of my regulation kicks. Each piece of cardboard would last most of the school week. Yet I had the latest jacket and the most fashionable version of school uniform trousers, those that were just within uniform regulations but cool enough to feel like my friends and I were sticking it to The Man. My family had full cupboards and a heaving fridge and freezer most times. On grocery-shopping day, Mom would come home with an unimaginable amount of food. We would see it as our singular mission to get through the best stuff as quickly as possible – first the cookies and the chips, next the cheese and cold meats. Christmas was a time of expected excess, without fail. Mom paid into a Christmas club. Weekly payments would accrue through the year leading to the fervidly anticipated delivery of a colossal hamper of goodies: fat turkey, fruits recognized and mysterious, chocolates, tinned goods you never saw from one year to the next, and an assortment of stuff for grown-ups. To this day I am not sure neither what brandy snaps are nor what they do. Christmas morning was a remarkable litany of presents. One year, a snooker table was the principal gift I received. It had a digital watch sat upon it, surrounded by board games, candy, and a box of magic tricks. Another year, a Raleigh Grifter bike and all the trimmings stole the show. Typically. we got up before dawn, and after the gift frenzy our excitement turned to breakfast, which morphed into snacks and chocs before the annual Snowball. I assumed this to be a festive drink for kids. Turns out, advocaat is an alcoholladen liqueur. Mom and Dad were seeking quietude, and they were giving us a lowkey buzz to achieve it. Fair play. In adulthood, Christmas becomes otherwise focused. I guess it becomes

focused on ensuring shit becomes out of focus – the booze-a-palooza. For years, family was still central, with a big meal the centerpiece. Grandparents all died before my teen years were out, so we were down to the five of us, dad’s twin brother at dinner, and a parade of aunts and uncles through the day who seemed to be on some epic alcohol hunt around the shire. Since moving to Fort Worth, it’s been the two of us. My better half works a regular job, insofar as they have colleagues, which leads to office parties and a slew of catch-ups to round out the work year. As a mandarin of the gig economy, I have no such structure. December looks just like mid-March or any other time. The only noticeable differences will be the poor quality of tunes being played in Central Market and the unmissably absurd sweaters people insist are ironic and fun. Family, now, comes in the form of the ladies who bring lunch at Vickery Café. Their smiles, chat, and surface friendships are not markedly different from the aunts’ and uncles’. The food is just as good, and there is no washing up. The food extravaganza will not be gleaned by careful saving, gathered incrementally. We will splurge hundreds of dollars on food and booze at Central Market and track down advocaat online because somebody will already have snagged the two bottles that Total Wine & More stocks in every year. The missus and I will lay in bed ’til late morning, start drinking early, and pad the booze with definitely not turkey or any other form of meat and veggies dinner. I will probably do my Italian slow-roasted pork shoulder lasagna, with homemade pasta. It will be the ideal complement to the missus’ drink of 2019, pinot noir. We will raise several glasses to Mom, who died this summer. Well, at least that is one less gift to buy this year. l


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You could stay home to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, but Grand Sunday Berry Theater is giving you a reason to go to their place this afternoon for it. They’ll have the Rich Malloy Trio performing Vince Guaraldi’s jazz score from the TV special live, and they’ll also screen the less-known sequel, It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown! The screening is at 3pm at 2712 Weisenberger St, FW. Admission is $8.

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Philip Glass wrote his opera Akhnaten in 1983, Wednesday and its current revival at the Metropolitan Opera is winning rave reviews, especially for the performances by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges. The opera about the Egyptian pharaoh who tries to turn his empire into a monotheistic state screens at 6:30pm at Cinemark Ridgmar, 1888 Green Oaks Dr, FW. Tickets are $16.24. Call 817-591-8940.

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If you’ve always wanted to see a rufous-sided towhee captured for all Tuesday time, head to the Amon Carter Museum. All about the brothers who followed in the footsteps of John James Audubon to document the wildlife of Texas in paint, Tracing the Past: Scott and Stuart Gentling’s Birds of Texas runs Sat thru Mar 8 at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-1933.

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A goldsmith’s son, Albrecht Dürer trained in his father’s profession but went against his wishes and turned to artworks instead. He executed paintings (including a number of self-portraits, a genre which he pioneered), but his main body of work was his engravings and woodcut prints. He made two major trips to Italy and wound up filtering Italian Renaissance solidity and draftsmanship through his German sensibility, formed by a study of his native land’s philosophers and theologians. The invention of the printing press allowed him to disseminate his works throughout Europe. Arlington Museum of Art’s new show Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints features more than 30 of the Renaissance master’s prints, including a full set of his Engraved Passion, depicting the final torment of Jesus, an appropriate theme for the Christmas season. The exquisite detail of Dürer’s works on paper will be complemented by prints from other masters of the time, including Albrecht Altdorfer and Martin Schongauer, who briefly taught Dürer the trade before his own death. If the holiday leaves you in a German mood, this blockbuster art show will be just the place to indulge it. Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints runs Dec 6-Feb 23 at Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W Main St, Arlington. Admission is $5-8. Call 817-275-4600.


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CLASSICAL/CHORAL Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Allen Hightower conducts Handel’s Messiah, with soprano Jocelyn Hansen, mezzo-soprano Hilary Grace Taylor, tenor Myles Pinder, and baritone David Robinson as soloists. 7:30pm Fri. Murchison Performing Arts Center, 801 N Texas St, Denton. $25. • 7:30pm Mon. Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. $27.50-88. 817-665-6000. Saginaw MasterWorks Series Music by Concert Bells of Fort Worth. 7pm Sat. Recreation Center, 633 W McLeroy Blvd, Saginaw. Free. 817-283-3406.

OPERA The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Akhnaten. Karen Kamensek conducts Philip Glass’ opera about the Egyptian pharaoh. 6:30pm Wed. $27.06-29.23. • The Magic Flute. Encore presentation of Mozart’s opera, starring Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, and René Pape. 1pm Sat. Cinemark Ridgmar, 1888 Green Oaks Dr, FW. $16.24. 818-761-6100.

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E V E N T S Dan’s Silverleaf Holiday at Hogwarts. Show by Her Sins Burlesque. 9pm Fri. 103 Industrial St, Denton. $10-25. 940-320-2000. Fathom Events INXS: Live Baby Live. 1991 footage of the band performing at Wembley Stadium. 7pm Mon. Cinemark Ridgmar, 2300 Green Oaks Rd, FW; AMC Parks at Arlington, 3861 S Cooper St, Arlington; Cinemark Tinseltown, 911 Hwy 114, Grapevine; Cinemark Roanoke, 850 E Hwy 114, Roanoke. $16.24. 818-761-6100. Festivus Celebration Includes tour of Christmas light displays, food, and craft vendors. Proceeds benefit One Safe Place. 5:30-9:30pm Fri. 1100 Hemphill St, FW. $5-10. 817-916-4323. Holiday Punch Dramatic monologues, prize drawings, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and music. 7:30 Sat. Circle Theatre, 230 W 4th St, FW. $50. 817-877-3040. Myohmy Drag show. 7:30pm Fri. Red Goose Saloon, 306 N Houston St, FW. $22. 817-9462295. NCHA World Championship Futurity Thru Dec 15. Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W Lancaster Av, FW. Free. 817-244-6188. Panther Island Ice Thru Jan 20. 223 NE 4th St, FW. $6-13. 682-704-7711. The Red Party Includes live music by DJ Blake Ward, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent art auction. 8:30pm Fri. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. $200. 817-332-8451. Repeal Day Party Photos, live music, and casino games. 9pm Thu. Bird Cafe, 155 E 4th St, FW. $10. 817-332-2473.

A R T M U S E U M S Amon Carter Museum of American Art Set in Motion: Camille Utterback and Art That Moves. Installation by the artist. Thru Sun. • Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-50. Photographs by the artist. Thru Dec 29. • Puente Nuevo. Installation by Justin Favela. Thru Jun 30. • Tracing the Past: Scott and Stuart Gentling’s Birds of Texas. Dec 7-Mar 8. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Free. 817-738-1933. Arlington Museum of Art Albrecht Dürer: Master

S U P P O R T AIDS Outreach Center SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery Group. 10am every Wed. • El Sol. 5:30pm every other Wed. • El Futuro Unidos. 6pm first Mon of month. • Mujeres Unidas. 10am every Tue. • Sista to Sista. 11:30am every Tue. 1425 Pennsylvania Av, FW. 817-3351994 or 817-229-4621. Cancer Friendship and Support Group 6pm Wed. Star Café, 111 W Exchange Dr, FW. 817-624-8701.


S P O R T S AT&T Stadium Big 12 Championship: Baylor vs. Oklahoma. 11am Sat. 1 Legends Way, Arlington. $95-312. 800-732-1727.

KIDS Bedford Public Library Preschool Storytime.

10am every Tue. • Storybook Club. 11am every Tue. 1805 L. Don Dodson Dr, Bedford. Free. 817-952-2372. Fort Worth Public Library branches: Central Storytime. 10:30am every Wed & 3pm every Sun. 500 W 3rd St, FW. Free. 817-8717701. Diamond Hill/Jarvis Storytime. 4pm every Wed-Thu. 1300 NE 35th St, FW. Free. 817-6247331. East Berry Storytime. 6pm every Wed & 10:30am every Tue. 4300 E Berry, FW. Free. 817-536-1945. East Regional Storytime. 6pm every Wed & 10:30am every Sat & 10:30am every Tue. 6301 Bridge St, FW. Free. 817-871-6436. Northside Storytime. 7pm every Wed & 4pm every Mon. 601 Park St, FW. Free. 817-6268241. Northwest Storytime. 7pm every Thu &

10:30am every Sat & Tue. 6228 Crystal Lake Dr, FW. Free. 817-392-5420. Ridglea Storytime. 10:30am every Fri & 7pm every Mon. 3628 Bernie Anderson Rd, FW. Free. 817-737-6619. Riverside Storytime. 10:30am every Wed & 4pm every Mon. 2913 Yucca Av, FW. Free. 817-8386931. Seminary South Storytime. 4pm every Wed & 10:30am every Sat. 501 E Bolt St, FW. Free. 817-926-0215. Shamblee Branch Storytime. 4pm every Mon. 1062 Evans Av, FW. Free. 817-871-6621. Southwest Storytime. 10:30am every Wed & Sat. 4001 Library Ln, FW. Free. 817-782-9853. Summerglen Storytime. 4pm every Wed & 7pm Mon & 10:30am every Tue. 4205 Basswood Blvd, FW. Free. 817-232-0478. Wedgwood Storytime. 10:30am every Wed & 4pm every Tue. 3816 Kimberly Ln, FW. Free.

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M U S E U M S Big Bear Native American Museum Display of Native American artifacts collected by Leonard J. Beal. 10am-5pm Sat & 1-5pm Sun. 101 Chisholm Tr, Cleburne. $5. 817-648-1486. Cattle Baron Mansion Tours Tours of McFarland House and Thistle Hill historic homes. Wed-Fri & Sun. 1509 Pennsylvania Av, FW & 1110 Penn St, FW. $7.50-15. 817-332-5875. Christian Arts Museum Featuring Judeo-Christianthemed paintings, sculpture, and wax figures. 10am-3pm Wed-Sat. 3205 Hamilton Av, FW. Free. 817-332-7878. Fort Worth Aviation Museum Historic airplanes and history of aviation in North Texas. 9am-4pm Wed; 9am-5pm Sat; 11am-5pm Sun. 3300 Ross Av, FW. $1-5. 855-733-8627. Fort Worth Museum of Science & History The Polar Express. IMAX presentation. Thru Dec 23. • Superpower Dogs. IMAX presentation. Runs indefinitely. • Backyard Wilderness. IMAX presentation. Runs indefinitely. • Tornado Alley. IMAX presentation. Runs indefinitely. 1600 Gendy St, FW. $12-15. 817-255-9300. Granbury Doll House Display of historic dolls, plus doll making and dollhouse furniture making. 10am-4pm Fri-Sat; 1-4pm Sun. 421 Bridge St, Granbury. 817-894-5194. JFK Tribute Exhibit Site of the president’s last public speech, with sculpture and historic display. Open all hours. General Worth Sq, 916 Main St, FW. Free. 817-870-1692. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Laura Wilson: Looking West. Photographs by the artist. Thru Mar 15. 1720 Gendy St, FW. $6-12. 817-336-4475. National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame Noon-4pm Wed-Fri & noon-5pm Sat. 2029 N Main St, FW. $10. 817534-8801. Noble Planetarium Laser light shows set to classic rock and Pink Floyd songs, plus shows for families. 5-10pm Fri-Sat. 1600 Gendy St, FW. $4-8. 817-255-9300.

Stockyards Museum Artifacts and photographs from the early history of Fort Worth. 10am-5pm daily. 131 E Exchange Av, FW. $2. 817-6255082. Veterans Memorial Air Park Historical military airplanes. 9am-noon Mon-Wed and 9am-5pm Sat and 11am-5pm Sun. 3300 Ross Av, FW. $1-5. 800-575-0535. Vintage Flying Museum Display of historical airplanes, artifacts, and memorabilia. 9am-5pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun. 505 NW 38th St, FW. $3-8. 817-624-1935.

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Co-Dependents Anonymous 6pm every Fri. Meeting Rm, Unity Church of Fort Worth, 5051 Trail Lake Dr, FW. 817-423-2965. Depression Bipolar Support Association 7:30pm Fri. Community Rm, All Saints Hospital, 1400 8th Av, FW. 817-654-7100. DFW PCOS Cysters 1pm Sat. First Congregational UCC Fort Worth, 4201 Trail Lake Dr, FW. 817-8990745. Eating Disorders Support Group 6pm every Tue. 1521 Cooper St, Arlington. 817-584-5399. Emotions Anonymous 7:30pm every Tue. Smithfield United Methodist Church, 6701 N Smithfield Rd, North Richland Hills. 817-868-9404. Families Anonymous 7pm every Wed. Travis Avenue Baptist Church South Complex, 717 W Berry St, FW. 817-332-6329. Fort Worth Cancer Support Group 7pm every Mon. Chaplain’s Office, Harris Methodist Fort Worth, 1301 Pennsylvania Av, FW. 817-882-2092. Fort Worth Ovarian and Gynecological Cancer Support Group 6pm Wed. Central Market, 4651 W Fwy, FW. 817-244-4991. Foundation 45 Support groups for addiction, mental illness, and suicide. 7pm every Mon. Valhalla Wellness, 8551 Boat Club Rd, FW. Free. 214-8626292. Lance-a-Lots Diabetic support group. 7:30pm Thu. Harris Methodist Hospital, 701 5th Av, FW. Free. 817-250-3646. Natural Works Wellness Clinic Cancer support. 7pm every Wed. • MS Support. 2pm every Sun. 1314 Lake St, Suite 102, FW. 817-332-5570. Overeaters Anonymous Noon Tue. South Hills Christian Church, 3200 Bilglade Rd, FW. 817-9242328. Widowed Persons Service Regular meeting. 2:30pm Sun. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7620 Baker Blvd, Richland Hills. 817-551-2922.

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Forget whatever Amazon is peddling this Christmas. Fort Worth is a trove of great gift options that are made and sold right here in the Fort. We’ve compiled suggestions for presents that run the gamut, from kitschy and cute to sentimental and thoughtful. These creative gifts might even elevate you from tolerable to downright lovable in the eyes of that special someone.

Some jewelry is worn for pizzazz or pop. B. Everly Jewelry’s Stability Earrings ($79) have a more thoughtful meaning. The 14k gold-plated crosses are symbolically imbued with stability and resilience. The pieces are great statements for everyday wear or special occasions. B. Everly is a woman-owned business that works to make high fashion-inspired jewelry accessible and affordable for all Texans. Visit B-everly.com.

’Tis the season for a well-crafted libation. Brown Bag Etc. (2702 S Hulen St, 817-735-9361) offers four home infusion kits: cranberry martini, sangria, hot toddy, and hibiscus ginger lemon. Each Camp Craft Cocktails jar is filled with dried spices and fruits that are just waiting to soak up the only missing ingredient — booze. Once the inebriants are tossed in, each $30 container needs to chill in the fridge for three days. While you’re stocking up on infusion kits, you can knock out most of your holiday shopping by snagging glittery keychains ($12), classic aprons ($25), stainless steel straws ($8.50), and more. Visit Brownbagetc.com.

Fig-ures You’ve been thinking about a baby. Why not have one? The Baby Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree ($28) won’t overcrowd your house. The one-and-a-half-foot tall tree comes in a 6-inch pot. If fig trees aren’t your thing, the staff at S & V Plant Love (1616 S Henderson St, 214-334-8562 ) have plenty of leafy green options for you to take home. Visit them on Facebook @S & V Plant Love. facebook.com

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One of the most recognizable (and oldest) U.S. pickle brands calls Fort Worth home. Thanks in no small part to the recent collaboration with Martin House Brewing Company that birthed Best Maid Pickle Beer, Best Maid Pickles have enjoyed something of a pop-culture resurgence. You can stay ahead of that trend by ordering green or yellow “I Got Pickled” or “I’m Kind of a Big Dill” T-shirts ($15 each). Couple that effort by throwing in a sixer of Martin House Brewing’s pickle beer (available at Tom Thumb, specialty stores, and select grocery stores), and that special someone will pucker up — for a big thank you kiss or due to the super-sour beer. Visit Best-maid-pickles. myshopify.com.

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Razor Sharp Still not sure what to buy for Dad? The Single Edge Starter Set by Supply (2914 Stanley Av, 817-367-9794) will remind your pop that manliness and refinement sometimes come in small boxes. The shaving kit includes a minimalist singleedge razor, lather, post-shave spray, shave brush, and a threemonth supply of blades. Visit Supply.co.

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If your spiced egg nog doesn’t impress them, your chime-tolling, animated music box will. The illuminated miniature town square is topped with several brasscoated bells that render 70 festive songs, including 35 Christmas carols. The popular centerpieces have sold out on QVC, where they retailed for $200. The folks at Dr. Deals Resale Mall (4715 E Lancaster Av, 817-709-7901) have two left in stock with prices below half the retail value.

The Greenhouse 817 (411 S Main St, 817688-1658) sells custom floral arrangements that come in unorthodox designs and nontraditional containers. If you’re branching out for new ideas, the botanical design studio also has many fun gift ideas. Floral Libations ($20) features 41 fragrant botanical-forward cocktail recipes. Give your newly adopted plant an eye-catching home with the Stoneware Pot ($10), which comes in gray and blue. If you’re still bouncing around gift ideas, the Variegated Rubber Tree ($45) is a medium-sized plant that is considered easy to care for. Visit Thegreenhouse817.com.

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Sweet-ish Gifts

Classic Wear Morgan Mercantile (121 S Main St, 817-720-6160) recently announced its first cutand-sew release. The Chore Jacket ($175) is made with old-fashioned selvedge denim, featuring dual-entry hand pockets, a single chest pocket, and an interior pocket. It’s hard to out-hip Fort Worth’s hipsters, but this classic workwear jacket will at least make for a cool conversation starter with the fashion cognoscenti. Visit Morganmercantile.com.

The perfect gift for your child or immature friend, the SAGOSKATT robot ($4.99) from IKEA (1000 IKEA Pl, Grand Prairie), is soft and oh-so huggable. One of several stuffed creatures designed by children, the robot likes to “help at home, dance, and sing.” SAGOSKATT probably also likes to do whatever you make him do. It’s the kind of gift that John Stuart Mill would have liked: Multi-purposed, utilitarian, and, um, utilitarian, the RÅSKOG Utility Cart ($29.99) comes in one color. The black tray on wheels can hold pretty much anything you may need to cart around your house. Or you can leave it in the corner as an ad hoc shelf. The UPPHETTA French press coffee maker ($7.99) offers the promise of a strong pot of java for a reasonable price. The press enjoys a 4.5-star rating. Pretty much everyone loves the product except Tjiam, who said it broke when he hit it with a mug: one star. Visit IKEA.com. l


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We have to start this piece with Netflix. The streaming company has major awards contenders out this season that we may not have the chance to see in theaters. Last year, that is what happened to Roma, Netflix’s main Oscar pick which was cheated out of a Best Picture win by a determined lobbying effort on the part of Steven Spielberg and a misguided attempt to protect the primacy of the theatrical experience. (And so the putrid Green Book won the Oscar. Great job, everyone.) This year, Netflix has two films that can plausibly be considered as the movie of the year. The first is The Irishman, Martin Scorsese’s 179-minute epic that ranks among

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his finest gangster films. Robert De Niro stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, the real-life confidante of Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) who claimed to have played a party in Hoffa’s murder. The other is Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach’s drama with career-best performances by both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as a couple who don’t want their divorce to become acrimonious and wind up hurting each other really bad. These films are both currently playing in indie theaters in Dallas. The major theater chains (AMC, Cinemark, and Regal) won’t show these movies because Netflix won’t keep them off their streaming services for 90 days after they release. That’s why we didn’t see Roma in theaters last year unless you drove to Dallas like I did. This year, however, the unaffiliated Grand Berry Theater is up and running, and it could provide those films to Fort Worth moviegoers (hint, hint, heavy hint). Baumbach’s life partner, Greta Gerwig, has her own awards contender out opposite his, an excellent adaptation of Little Women with a bubbling mix of performances by its actresses. Elsewhere with prestige fare, Sam Mendes’ 1917 is a World War I film with a gimmick: It tells its story about two British soldiers on a near-impossible mission in what’s meant to look like a single take. More topically, Bombshell is a quick-hitting, funny, and scathing look at the sexual harassment scandal that enveloped Fox News in 2016, with Charlize Theron imitating Megyn Kelly’s delivery to perfection and John Lithgow under about 100 pounds of prosthetic fat to play Roger Ailes. I wrote up Just Mercy in my recap of the recent Lone Star Film Festival, and it features Michael B. Jordan

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With the recent release of several long-awaited titles, annual entries, and sequels, the 2019 holidays almost seem like a gauntlet more than a shopping season. Thankfully, the holiday glut is one of quality as much as quantity. Maybe the most eagerly awaited and oddest game this season is Death Stranding, the first from Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima after leaving Konami to found Kojima Productions. Taking place in a future after the barriers between life and death are broken, this well-reviewed third-person action-stealth adventure puts you in the boots of Norman Reedus-portrayed Sam Bridges as he tries to deliver packages and reconnect people across a devastated America rife with roving gangs of thieves, rain that ages people in seconds, and otherworldly beings intruding on the world of the living. Even longer in the waiting, Ys Net’s Shenmue 3 finally came out after a successful Kickstarter campaign and 18

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is one of this year’s awards-season specialties.

and Brie Larson as defense lawyers who aim to free a wrongly condemned killer (Jamie Foxx) in Alabama. Also, Adam Sandler is earning some of the best reviews of his career, playing a lowlife Jewish diamond merchant with a gambling problem in Uncut Gems. If you were creeped out by the trailer for Cats, the director has promised that the CGI in the finished film looks much better. We’ll see. If your tastes run more lowbrow, Black Christmas is another remake of the 1974 slasher flick and the first version of the story directed by a woman. (Not just any woman, either. Sophia Takal did some unsettling work with her psychological horror film Always Shine.) A scant 10 months after the third Ip Man film came out, Ip Man 4: The Finale hits theaters, with Donnie Yen as the kung fu master who sets up shop in America. I’m looking forward to this because it will give a big-screen showcase to the shamefully underappreciated British martial-arts fighter Scott Adkins. If the Frozen sequel didn’t sate your appetite for animated films, more are coming. Spies in Disguise features Will Smith as the voice of a superspy and Tom

years since the second entry. While reviews have been mixed, people looking for old-school gameplay (the kind that inspired modern open world games like Red Dead Redemption and the Yakuza series) should be satisfied. The holidays also have their share of surprises. Announced at last summer’s E3, EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order does plenty to scratch the itch for some Star Wars action and exploration. A galaxy far, far away isn’t the only space to visit, as the creators of the original Fallout at Obsidian Studios present The Outer Worlds, an action-RPG set amid a wry, class-obsessed, and distressed group of planets. If sci-fi isn’t your thing, there’s always fantasy, as the remake The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening by Nintendo brings the classic Game Boy adventure to the Switch with colorful and adorable graphics and classic top-down Zelda gameplay. Then, of course, there are good ol’ sequels. With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, developers Infinity Ward return the venerable FPS title to a more realistic and serious setting, to largely positive reviews, while far less seriously, Borderlands 3 from Gearbox Software brought the lootand-shoot FPS-RPG series back to fan acclaim. On the other end of the spectrum, family-friendly games have a strong representation in Nintendo’s Pokémon: Sword and Shield for the Switch, supplying plenty of adorable animal-on-animal violence, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 keeps the ghost-vacuuming fun going, throwing

Holland as the scientist who accidentally turns him into a pigeon. Less heralded is A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, which is for anyone who was charmed by the original stop-motion film. Meanwhile, Japan’s submission to the Oscars is Weathering With You, an anime film by Makoto Shinkai (Your Name) about a runaway boy who meets a girl who can change the weather. Specialty releases are a specialty of mine, of course. Alla Kovgan’s Cunningham is a documentary about the choreographer Merce Cunningham that features creatively filmed performances of his dances. In a whole different vein, The Russian Five is a highly entertaining documentary about how the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1997 by being the first NHL team to field five Russian players. On the live action front, Austin’s Trey Edward Shults’ family drama Waves reaches us this week, and I’ll weigh in in some form. Kristen Stewart stars in Seberg, a biography of the American actress of the French New Wave whose romantic relationships earned her a thick FBI dossier. France’s submission for the foreign film Oscar is Les Misérables, which I also mentioned in my LSFF wrap-up, but many people in France were upset that Portrait of a Lady on Fire wasn’t submitted in its place. The 18thcentury lesbian romance dazzled viewers at Cannes. Let’s see, am I forgetting something? Ah, yes, this particular Star Wars trilogy comes to an end with The Rise of Skywalker, with returning appearances by Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) and Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), who might not be all that dead. When I know more, dear readers, so will you. l

in multiplayer and co-op modes to boot. Smaller studios and indies have plenty to offer as well. Frontier Developments’ Planet Zoo more than ably fills the Zoo Tycoon void, with a variety of animals and park customization. Koei Tecmo’s Atelier Ryza seems to have finally broken the RPG titles out in the West, earning good reviews for its fun and involving alchemy-crafting gameplay. Black Future 88, from excellently named developer SUPERSCARYSNAKES, supplies frantic rogue-like shooter action. Those wanting a more laid-back experience focused on beautiful visuals should check out Concrete Genie, a game about living graffiti livening up a run-down town, by developer Pixelopus. If you want something horrible, unique, and replayable, Edmund McMillen returns with a prequel to The Binding of Isaac with The Legend of BumBo, swapping Isaac’s Zelda-inspired, rogue-like shooter for a deck-building puzzle while keeping its grotesquely memorable art style. Already released games continue to expand with downloadable content as well, the largest addition belonging to Monster Hunter World from Capcom, with its new expansion Iceborne adding a large new area and tons of new and returning monsters to hunt and from which to craft weapons and armor. With its deluge of content, the holiday quarter of 2019 offers more than enough variety to keep any type of gamer entertained, at least until the games of 2020 clog their backlog all over again. l


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This season sucked. Scratch that. Beating up on the Texas Longhorns is still great fun, but watching the Horned Frogs fail in single-possession slugfests all season is an experience I don’t wish to repeat. Coach Gary Patterson’s underachievers finished their season on Friday by cementing their identity as a team that competed but rarely won. Several positives surfaced as the hometown boys fell to the Mountaineers. Sophomore receiver Taye Barber (No. 4) carried the ball twice –– once for a 64yard jet sweep to out-gain all Horned rushers. Headline receiver Jalen Reagor (No. 1) returned to the spotlight by juking and sprinting for a 70-yard touchdown on a punt return. Patterson’s defense overachieved per usual by picking off West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege (No. 2) three times. Highlight reel finished. Sonny Cumbie’s offensive unit pieced together 10 first-half points but failed to contribute in the second. Quarterback Max Duggan (No. 15) threw two interceptions –– one of them into triple coverage –– and completed fewer than half of his 36 attempted passes. For as good as the

I’ll admit it. Friday night –– in my leftover turkey-induced stupor –– I wanted Cumbie’s head on a spike in my front yard. I restrained myself from writing, suspecting my annoyance would subside over the weekend. TCU dropping six onepossession games this season couldn’t possibly be the fault of just the offense, could it? Now that some time has passed, I still want the spike. The Horned Frog offense has been unwatchable for two consecutive seasons. Hiding behind young players (this season) or injuries (last season) is unacceptable. There are two kinds of coaches –– those who craft their gameplan based on the capabilities of their players and those who should be looking for new jobs. Cumbie is the latter. His unit isn’t holding up its side of the team to complement a continually outstanding defense, which has dealt with similar youth and injury problems during the past two seasons. One needs only to rewind to the Baylor and Oklahoma games as case studies in mediocrity. TCU’s offense scored a combined 26 points during regulation against the Bears and Sooners. That’s 3.25

Redshirt freshman Ar’Darius Washington nabbed his fourth and fifth interceptions of the season against West Virginia despite the loss.

points per quarter. Both games, entirely because of the defense, could still have been won with a late touchdown drive. Duggan, who had been Cumbie’s rushing leader in four games this year, was asked to rush the ball only eight times against West Virginia. The leading rusher on Friday –– from a team that had led the conference midseason –– was a receiver with two carries. Cumbie needs to be replaced with an adaptable playcaller and athletic developer. No situation is perfect, but great coaches thrive on capitalizing with their players’ strengths while developing skills they lack. Current play-calling forcefeeds a philosophy that can be successful but produces nothing when chemistry is absent. It might seem that Duggan is the linchpin but shouldn’t be. Successful collegiate offenses feature receivers running without defenders draped over them. Their pass catchers aren’t better athletes than

our purple and white speedsters. Their play designs spring them into open spots allowing passers easy looks. TCU doesn’t have that. Relying on Reagor or Barber to run 30-yard fly patterns hoping to bull’seye their outside shoulder is foolhardy and too much to ask of most quarterbacks. Patterson won’t coach forever. Love or hate him, he’s on par with Alabama’s Nick Saban or Bill Belichick in defensive knowledge and acumen. GP is also known for fierce loyalty to his coaching staff and hasn’t tipped his sweaty visor an inch regarding Cumbie’s removal. He threatened to end a recent press conference if asked, but we know he’s thought about it and is probably thinking harder than ever right now. In the end, he owes it to his players, his fans, and himself to seek a coordinator who can complement his reputation of developing lesser-recruited players and morphing them into draft picks enjoying 11-win seasons. l

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I See You (R) Adam Randall’s crime thriller/alien invasion film stars Jon Tenney as a detective who finds strange occurrences while investigating the disappearance of a boy. Also with Helen Hunt, Judah Lewis, Owen Teague, Gregory Alan Williams, Erika Alexander, and Sam Trammell. (Opens Friday in Dallas) The Islands (PG-13) This historical film stars Teuira Shanti Napa as Kapi’olani, the 19th-century Hawaiian high chiefess who demonstrated her new Christian faith by climbing down into an active Mt. Kilauea. Also with Ricky Sua’ava, John Savage, Michael Camp, Malia Marquez, and Mira Sorvino. (Opens Friday at Premiere Cinemas Burleson) A Million Little Pieces (R) Adapted from James Frey’s fraudulent memoir, this film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the aspiring writer who checks into a facility for his drug addictions. Also with Billy Bob Thornton, Odessa Young, Dash Mihok, David Dastmalchian, Charlie Hunnam, Giovanni Ribisi, and Juliette Lewis. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Panipat (NR) This Indian historical epic dramatizes the 1761 battle between the Maratha Empire and the King of Afghanistan (Sanjay Dutt). Also with Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Mohnish Bahl, Padmini Kolhapure, and Sunasini Mulay. (Opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills) Playmobil: The Movie (PG) This animated film based on the kids’ toys is about a dashing British secret agent (voiced by Daniel Radcliffe) who’s forced to team up with two civilians (voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy and Gabriel Bateman) on a mission. Additional voices by Jim Gaffigan, Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert, and Kenan Thompson. (Opens Friday) Trauma Center (R) Bruce Willis stars in this action-thriller as a police detective assigned to protect a hospitalized woman (Nicky Whelan) who is the target of two vicious killers. Also with Steve Guttenberg, Texas Battle, Roman Mitichyan, Tito Ortiz, and Heather Johansen. (Opens Friday in Dallas) The Two Popes (PG-13) Fernando Meirelles (City of God) directs this drama about an imagined conversation between Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) and Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) as the former prepares to give up power to the latter. Also with Juan Minujín. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Waves (R) This drama by Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night) is about a high-school athlete (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) whose life plan unravels after he suffers a careerthreatening injury. Also with Sterling K. Brown, Taylor Russell, Alexa Demie, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Clifton

Collins Jr., Neal Huff, Harmony Korine, and Lucas Hedges. (Opens Friday) The Whistleblower (NR) Lei Jiayin stars as a Chinese expat in Australia who discovers that his employers’ new mining technology is a danger to public health. Also with Tang Wei, Qi Xi, Ce Wang, John Batchelor, Brett Cousins, and Stephen Hunter. (Opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills) The Wolf Hunter (R) Naomi Watts stars in this thriller as a former hippie leader who has become a shut-in recluse in New York in the summer of 1977. Also with Emory Cohen, Jennifer Ehle, Brennan Brown, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills)

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efficiently, with Chris Evans standing out playing a real bastard in the victim’s grandson. The detective, who may or may not know what he’s doing, is a fun character, and the twists will keep even seasoned detective fiction fans guessing. Also with Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Frank Oz, K Callan, Noah Segan, M. Emmet Walsh, and LaKeith Stanfield. Queen & Slim (R) A terrific scenario — what if an unarmed black man killed a white cop instead of the other way around? — proves fitfully powerful in this bracing road movie. Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie TurnerSmith play a Cleveland couple on their first date when a white cop (Sturgill Simpson) wounds her and the man shoots him during a struggle. First-time film director Melina Matsoukas seldom leaves the side of these two as they make a run for New Orleans, and it would have been better if she’d taken in the nationwide protest movement that seems to spring up around their flight from the law. However, she does excel in the film’s smaller moments, with our protagonists determined to snatch every small pleasure from life because they know it will probably end soon. The star turn comes from British newcomer Turner-Smith, who finds her character’s family dysfunction under her regal air. Also with Bokeem Woodbine, Indya Moore, Benito Martinez, Jahi D’Allo Winston, Flea, and Chloë Sevigny. 21 Bridges (R) Two bad guys (Stephan James and Taylor Kitsch) rob a Brooklyn restaurant where cocaine is being stashed and wind up murdering eight cops plus the restaurant’s owner, and a homicide detective with a reputation for killing perpetrators (Chadwick Boseman) shuts down all access to and from the island of Manhattan when he receives word that the criminals are there trying to unload the stolen coke. This is really just another boilerplate cop thriller, and you’ll have picked out the main villain long before the film points out that person. Still, Boseman does some good work, especially in a scene where he gets into a hostage situation with the last of the cop-killing armed robbers left standing. Also with J.K. Simmons, Sienna Miller, Alexander Siddig, Louis Cancelmi, and Keith David.


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As someone who navigates life with high blood pressure, depression, and a rare case of sass-mouth, regulating my diet is something that crosses my mind only after I take down an entire pint of ice cream with a fork. I’ve always assumed it unwise to attempt any life-altering changes during the holidays, when all three of my afflictions rev like a fiftysomething dentist’s first Harley. Turns out, vegans eat at Christmas, too. Even though I’ve never considered going full on herbivore, Chef Julia Dunaway makes it sound delicious. After 30 years in the military and then a second career as a social worker and mental-health administrator, Dunaway was pursuing yet another life change when she enrolled at the Culinary School of Fort Worth in 2009. Fast-forward a decade, and she’s now one of the leading plant-based culinary instructors in North Texas. Dunaway has given us a couple of holiday-ready non-critter-based recipes for those of us who want to lose the body fat and cholesterol but none of the flavor this holiday season.

Savory Holiday Tofu

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Dixya Bhattarai is registered dietician, blogger, half of the innovative culinary popup/instructor team Hao & Dixya, and partowner of the newly opened culinary market and studio The Table. Angel Fuentes is the chef and co-owner of standout taqueria Mariachi’s Dine-In. Along with business partner Ashley Miller, he offers elevated takes on traditional and vegan Mexican cuisine. Blaine Staniford is one of the city’s best known and most revered chefs. As the head honcho at both Grace and Little Red Wasp, the North Texas native has amassed a lifetime’s worth of awards and critical acclaim. We asked these three very different chefs the same questions over email. The Weekly: Can you tell the readers where you are from and what kind of food you generally grew up eating? Bhattarai: I was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal (land of Himalayas & Buddha) and moved to the United States in 2007. A typical Nepali meal is called daalbhat-tarkari, which consists of lentil soup, steamed rice, and sauteed veggies or meat curry, and it was eaten twice a day. 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp coconut aminos 1 tbsp tahini 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp thyme 1 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 tsp lemon zest

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1/4 cup of real maple syrup, amber if available 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard 1 tbsp of turbinado sugar Minced fresh thyme, parsley, sage, and oregano Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Remove the tofu from the package, drain, and rinse with water. Position the tofu on a cutting board set on top of a baking sheet and place a second cutting board on top of it. Place a heavy object on top of the cutting boards for approximately 10-15 minutes to press the liquid out of the tofu. Alternatively, use a tofu press. Cut the tofu into two slabs across the whole block of tofu, not slices. The slabs should be the size of the entire block of tofu. Mix the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, coconut aminos, tahini, and spices in a large shallow baking dish or zipper-

Sometimes, the meal is accompanied by pickled vegetables and yogurt. Drinking tea (chiya –– spiced milk tea) is a social practice, and it’s not uncommon to drink chiya two to three times day. Fuentes: My family is from Monterrey. I absolutely grew up eating traditional Mexican food: pan dulce (sweet bread) for breakfast; fideos (noodles), soups, and stews for lunch; and carne asada for dinner. It’s funny, my mom was so good to us, I hadn’t even tried canned soup until a few weeks ago. As a kid, my favorite thing she cooked was mole con pollo, rice, and tortillas. Staniford: I’m from North Texas, and most of my family lives in and around the area. We grew up eating your traditional American holiday foods. What kind of food did your family prepare for the holiday season? Were these the kinds of dishes you ate only during the holidays? Bhattarai: Nepal is a predominantly Hindu nation, and there are two national holidays celebrated around October/November: type plastic bag. Place the slabs of tofu in the marinade and coat all sides well. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to several hours. Place the slabs on parchment or lined baking sheets. Score the tops of each slab of tofu in desired pattern, such as diagonal cuts, cutting about a quarter of an inch and not cutting all the way to the bottom. Bake for 20 minutes, turn over and bake for 10 more minutes. During these 10 minutes, brush the tops of the non-scored side with the maple syrup mixture. Turn back over to scored side. Brush scored side with glaze and bake 5 minutes or until you see your desired color. Serve with finely minced herbs on top.

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1 flax egg 326 grams (or 2 1/3 cup) of wholewheat pastry flour 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground cardamom 1 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/2 cup almond butter 3/4 cup organic cane sugar 1/4 cup almond milk 1/3 cup molasses

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Dashain (symbolizing the victory of good over evil celebrated for 15 days) and Tihar (festival of lights that shows reverence to not just elders and gods but also to animals such as crows, dogs, and cows). It is customary for families and friends to visit each other during these holidays, so, naturally, food plays a big part. My grandmother would prepare shelfstable snacks such as nimki (savory crackers with cumin seeds), furundana (Nepali Chex Mix made with savory/spicy seasonings), and a variety of fermented pickles leading up to the holidays. My mom would prepare various dishes, including rice pilaf, varieties of goat and chicken curries, cauli-aloo (a curry with cauliflower, potato, and peas), seasonal greens like mustard or spinach, and fresh pickles made with potato called aloo ko achar or tomato, tamator ko achar. Dessert like juju dhau (king yogurt), lalmohan (fried donut holes soaked in simple syrup infused with cardamom), or burfi (milk fudge) was often sourced from the neighborhood sweetshop. Goat meat and different body parts like intestine, liver, and tongue are a specialty in Dashain, so we always looked forward to it. What I miss the most about these holidays is to thin the glaze To make flax egg, microwave 3 tablespoons of water for about 20 seconds. Add 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and let sit for 10 minutes. Place the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices in a medium mixing bowl and whisk together until well combined. In a large bowl, mix the almond butter and cane sugar together until it looks creamy and fluffy. Add the flax egg mixture, molasses, and almond milk to almond butter and sugar mixture. Mixing in a little bit in at a time, add the flour mixture and mix just to combine. Don’t over-mix. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. This dough is best after chilling for 1-2 hours or up to overnight. To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Form dough into balls of equal size, 1/2-ounce each. Place on cookie sheet. Press down to thickness of 1/2 an inch. Bake for 12 minutes and start checking for doneness. They will burn quickly, so don’t over-bake. Remove to wire rack to cool. After they’re completely cool, drizzle with glaze. For more recipes and a schedule of her classes, check out Dunaway’s website, chef-julia.com, and follow her on social media. Be on the lookout for her cookbook, which should be out next year. Contact Chow, Baby at chowbaby@fwweekly.


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visiting different relatives’ houses and trying their version of goat curry, nimki, or pickled vegetables. Fuentes: At my house, we didn’t cook many special things on holidays –– we treated them like every other day with carne asadas, grilled onions, and tortillas for dinner. If my family had a little extra money, we would make a big pot of spicy charros. What really made the holidays special for me as a kid was being out of school. Staniford: Both of my grandparents are amazing Southern cooks –– nothing was fancy, just very well executed and fresh. My grandmothers are great at making deviled eggs and mac ’n’ cheese from scratch. We always had two types of stuffing/dressing. One had to be cornbread-based, and one had to be white bread-based. My mom always made this dish called Seafoam. It’s the color seafoam –– a mixture of Cool Whip, lime Jell-O, cottage cheese, and crushed pineapple. It sounds weird, but it’s really good. Are you carrying on these traditions?

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the past, I have cooked a few of my favorite dishes (goat curry and cauli aloo) and invited my non-Nepali friends to share a little taste of home and holiday traditions. Being in the United States, I feel stuck in between two cultures, because I haven’t yet fully immersed in an American holiday like Thanksgiving. However, Nepali holidays feel more distant with the passing of each year. Fuentes: Absolutely. I definitely still enjoy cooking a big pot of frijoles charros and sharing them with my friends. You can’t go wrong with a big pot of spicy beans with bacon and chorizo. I even make a vegan version for Ashley. Staniford: My parents are divorced, so it’s a tradition to have Thanksgiving and Christmas not actually on either of the correct days. Was preparing holiday meals a whole family affair? Or was there one person who did most of the work? Bhattarai: Typically, the women –– my mom, grandmother, and aunts –– would spend hours in the kitchen preparing and cooking the feast. My dad helped a lot with shopping and cooking goat, which is a common animal sacrificed and eaten during

Dashain. Over the years, I have seen my dad really step in to help with household duties, which is a refreshing change. Fuentes: My brother and I would wake up every Christmas morning, open presents, and tear up some pan dulce and my abuelita’s champurrado (chocolate beverage). Afterward, we would fire up the grill and wait for my dad to get back from the butcher. My mom did the hard part, though: She made the salsas. She would use a molcajete to make the spiciest charred jalapeño-tomato salsa. Staniford: My grandmother or step-mom prepares most of the food, with the rest of family bringing a side or dessert. Did these holiday dishes influence your career path? Can you talk about the symbolism of the holiday meals and what that means to you and your family? Bhattarai: While growing up, I took traditions and holiday dishes for granted and stayed far away from the kitchen. I don’t know if holiday dishes directly influenced my career path as a dietitian, but I have definitely gotten more comfortable and excited to share Nepalese dishes. For my family and me, being able to sit together at the same table during holidays

and sharing morning chiya or going to the butcher’s to pick the goat meat would mean the world because it’s such a rare affair. The last time I celebrated holidays in Nepal was about six years ago, so it’s time for another holiday trip soon. As I have gotten older, I am more interested in learning about the rituals, traditions, and food around holidays (and Nepali food in general), because I would like to continue these traditions in Fort Worth and hopefully share them with my community and pass them on to my children someday. Fuentes: As a kid, I never thought I would make a career of cooking. Preparing a meal during the holidays was something my whole family did together. It’s a lot of work making everything fresh. I really do feel that the sense of family and teamwork my parents showed me is something that I still bring to the kitchen to this day. Now that I’m the managing partner at Mariachi’s Dine-In, I’m not always cooking, but when I’m in the kitchen, I still find it difficult to set down the spatula. I’m lucky to have an amazing team of chefs there. Being in a kitchen for me means always keeping my hands busy. Staniford: I’ve always been the one in the kitchen lifting lids and getting my hand slapped. I still do it to this day. l

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Bird Café 155 E 4th St, FW. 817-332-2473. Tightly run, delightful new restaurant and bar from the people who brought you The Flying Saucer. $$ Chop House Burger 300 Throckmorton St, Ste180, FW. 682-312-8477. Just a few blocks off Sundance Square, enjoy patio dining at this casual burger joint featuring gourmet milkshakes and local beers on-tap. $ Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House 812 Main St. 817-877-3999. A perfect example of Texas extravagance, from décor to prices to portions. Fort Worth Weekly Best Steak four years running. $$$

HoYA Korean Kitchen 355 W 3rd St, FW. 817-3347999. Korean food for traditionalists and newbies. $ Little Red Wasp 808 Main St. 817-877-3111. This laidback (but still rather pricey) downtown eatery from Grace owner Adam Jones features generously portioned casual American fare with top-quality ingredients like “knife + fork” sandwiches (reubens, ahi tuna, hot dogs), salads, and brunch and dinner entrées. $$

Razzoo’s Cajun Café 318 Main Street (817) 4297009 Serving Cajun favorites such as gumbo, etoufee, jambalaya and fat po’ boy sandwiches. 2006 Readers Choice Best Cajun. $$ Reata Restaurant 310 Houston St. 817-336-1009. Reata elevates ranch cuisine to gastronomic highs with pear-stuffed pork chops, goat cheese enchiladas, tenderloin tamales, and red meat from the CF ranch near Alpine. The menu is all hits, no misses but getting a seat without a reservation is a game of chance. Fort Worth Weekly 2006 Readers’ Choice Best Restaurant, View. $$ Taco Diner 156 W 4th St, FW. 817-566-0357. Attentive service and a beautiful outdoor patio more than make up for some of the kitchen’s shortcomings. $ Tia’s on the Bluff 1301 E Bluff St, FW. 817-3490964. 11am-3pm Sun, 11am-10pm Mon-Sat. The Sotelo family has rolled out a modest menu of del norte classics in a forgotten corner of downtown Fort Worth. $ Uno Chicago Bar & Grill 300 Houston St. 817-8858667. This pizzeria is true to its name, serving up a hearty version of Chicago’s famed deep-dish pizza and fresh pasta dishes. $$

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Bangkok Cuisine 4613 Denton Hwy #35, Haltom City. 817-498-3316. Casual and small, with wonderful, authentic Thai food. $ Dixie House Cafe 5115 NE 28th St, Haltom City. 817222-0882. 6200 E Lancaster, FW. 817-451-6180. (other locations, too) Home-cooked meals such as a plate-size chicken-fried steak, beef tips on rice, and just-baked pies that will do you some wonderful damage. Fort Worth Weekly 2005, 2006 Readers’ Choice Best Home Cooking. $ Enchiladas Olé 901 N Sylvania Av, FW. 817-984-1360. This small, friendly Mexican eatery specializes in simple, healthy, and delicious enchilada plates with various flavorful homemade sauces, including mole and ancho chile. $ George’s Café 2337 Gravel Dr. 817-595-7441. Fresh and friendly office deli hidden in a business park.$

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Terra Mediterranean Grill, 2973 Crockett St, FW. 817744-7485. This recently opened eatery in the West 7th Street development offers a small but spectacular menu of traditional Greek-LebaneseSyrian items like hummus, baba ghanouj, gyros, kabobs, and moussaka. $$ Tuk Tuk Thai, 3431 W 7th St, FW. 817-332-3339. Enjoy Thai classics delivered, carried out, or in the casual comfort of the dining room at this family-run shop on West 7th. $

Velvet Taco 2700 W 7th St, FW. 817-887-9810. The Dallas-based taqueria’s eclectic and inventive array of non-traditional tacos has something for just about everyone. The big flavors mixed with fast service makes for a savory, enjoyable experience. $

Alba’s Italian Restaurant 4601 Boat Club Rd, FW. 817-238-6664. This traditional, family-owned Italian establishment features top-quality salads, pastas, subs, hot rolls, and pizzas. $ Ginger Brown’s Old Tyme Restaurant & Bakery 6312 Lake Worth Blvd, Lake Worth. 817-237-2114. The name says it all: kitschy home-cooking, but not annoyingly so. $ Moe’s Café 4705 River Oaks Blvd. 817-378-9262. Plain-Jane to look at, Moe’s still serves up hearty and tasty American fare, from the Philly steak sandwich to good ol’ fashioned burgers. $ Rise no. 3 5135 Monahans Ave. Located in the Shops at Clearfork. 817-737-7473. Discover the art of the soufflé at this French-inspired bistro with an exceptional wine list. $$$ Sesame Grill Star Village Commons, 3980 Boat Club Rd, Lake Worth. 817-238-1888. Much better than average Asian buffet. Features canned tuna fish sushi (it’s better than it sounds), terrific egg foo

yong, fresh-off-the-grill teriyaki chicken and beef, and delightful soups. $ Skillman Wok, 4310 Western Center Blvd, FW. 817306-9988. The bread and butter of this small stripmall joint is delivery, but if you find yourself in North Fort Worth jonesing for a hearty — and healthful — bite, swing by and sample the lo mein and anything Szechuan-style. They’re some of the best in town. $

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Asia Bowl and Grill 2400 Lands End, Ste 115 (at I-30 and Green Oaks Blvd). 817-738-1688. A mix of solid Asian food, with some outstanding dishes. $ Drew’s Place 5701 Curzon Av. 817-735-4408. On the edge of Como, a slice of heaven disguised as sweet potato pie. But start with the smothered pork chops. Fort Worth Weekly 2006 Readers’ Choice Best Soul Food. $ El Ranchito 9016 White Settlement Rd, White Settlement. 817-246-1411. Well-prepared enchilada platters, lunch specials, and more. $

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Angelo’s Barbecue 2533 White Settlement Rd. 817332-0357. This restaurant used to have sawdust on the floor. Now, it just has Fort Worth’s most famous barbecue. $ The Buffet at the Kimbell Art Museum 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-332-8451. Eat among the masters at the lunch buffet of specialty soups and salads. $ Café Modern 3200 Darnell St. 817-840-2157. Delightful luncheon spot in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the perfect place to gaze at Tadao Ando’s inspired building while noshing on nouvelle cuisine. $$ Day Break Café 2720 White Settlement Rd. 817-3350805. Breakfast and lunch, from hamburgers to machacado (shredded beef, scrambled eggs, 0jalapeños, rice, and beans). Open early. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 Staff Choice Best Greasy Spoon. $ Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, 3120 West 7th St, FW. 817336-8000. You get what you pay for, and at Eddie V’s, you’re paying for some of the best seafood and service in town. $$$ Fred’s Café 915 Currie St. 817-332-0083. Chef Terry Chandler heats it up with a blackboard menu of chili-infused specials. Fort Worth Weekly Readers’ Choice Best Greasy Spoon three years in a row, 2005 Staff Choice Best Steak, 2006 Staff Choice Best Non-Traditional Burger. $ J&J Oyster Bar 612 N University Dr. 817-335-2756. Sure to please oysters, catfish, and gumbo. Do not miss the fries. Great patio seating available. $ Melis Taqueria 4304 W Vickery Blvd. 817-377-8484. Tortas here are the real deal — big, spicy sandwiches that are less expensive than those from most fast-food joints. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 and 2006 Readers’ Choice Best Taqueria. $ M&O Station Grill 200 Carroll St. 817-882-8020. The former owners of 7th Street Station have relocated to the Leonard’s Department Store Museum building — same great diner food, prettier surroundings. Fort Worth Weekly 2008 Readers’ Choice Best Hamburger and 2018 Critics’ Choice Best Burger. $ Oni Ramen 2801 W 7th St, FW. 817-882-6554. Chef Jesus Garcia brings Texas heat to his Japanese noodle shop on West 7th Street. $$ Piola 3700 Mattison Av. 817-989-0007. After closing Ciao and Fizzi, Bobby Albanese returns with this homey, predictably masterful Italian venture that includes stellar lasagna, risotto, and chicken and beef dishes with sides like asparagus and polenta. $$ Pop’s Safari 2929 Morton St. 817-334-0559. While specializing in cigars and wines for the connoisseur, Fort Worth Weekly 2005 Readers’ Choice Best Wine List. $$

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Mama E’s Bar-B-Q & Home Cooking 818 E Rosedale St, FW. 817-877-3322. Ultra-casual yet confident and satisfying, this family-owned operation serves up reliably tasty beef, pork, ribs, and sides available by the sandwich, the plate, and the pound. Make sure and try the turkey leg. $ My Lan Vietnamese and Chinese Restaurant 4015 E Belknap St, Haltom City. 817-222-1471. Dozens of affordable dishes such as shredded pork with egg roll, “beked egg” and rice are available. $ Sammie’s Bar-B-Q 3801 E Belknap St. 817-834-1822. This might be Fort Worth’s oldest barbecue restaurant, and with service, according to one of our readers, “a click or two less surly than at Angelo’s.” $ Stop 6 Bar-B-Que 4708 E. Rosedale St. 817-7447999. All the classics: meaty ribs, sweet-smoky brisket, homemade sausage, and beautifully moist chicken. Of course there’s baked beans, potato salad, and 7-Up cake. $ Thai Charm Cuisine 4023 E Belknap St, Haltom City. 682-708-8921. Haltom City overflows with terrific Thai and Vietnamese restaurants, and newcomer Thai Charm is definitely one of them. Fort Worth Weekly 2006 Staff Choice Best Thai. $$ Tu Hai, 4201 E Belknap St, Haltom City. 817-8346473. One of the original bastions of fine, inexpensive Vietnamese cuisine right outside of downtown. $ Wilson’s Bar-B-Q 6513 Brentwood Stair Rd. 682-2132343. Same great brisket, ribs, and sides as the defunct West Side location, plus a 24-hour weekend drive-thru. $

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Fortuna 5837 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-737-4471. Reasonably priced café features Italian-American standards like baked pasta (lasagna, ravioli), pizza, and pasta specialties. $ Kincaid’s 4901 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-732-2881. There’s a big noon-time crowd at the picnic tables in this landmark grocery and burger joint. Fort Worth Weekly 2005, 2006 Best Hamburger. $ Malai Kitchen 5289 Monahans Avenue, FTW. 682707-3959. This vibrant fusion of Thai and Vietnamese cuisines is served in a casual, contemporary setting. Its scratch kitchen features exceptional seafood, and the bar offers its own line of house beers. $$ The Original Mexican Eats Café 4713 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-738-6226. Basic Tex-Mex in a familyfriendly setting. $$ Press Café 4801 Edwards Ranch Rd Ste105. Beautiful and tasty food with a few service glitches and long wait times. $$ Snappy Salads 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. 817-6160616. Some of the best, freshest salads in town made to order at this fast-casual place. $$ Thailicious, 4601 W Fwy, Ste 206, FW. 817-7378111. This Westside eatery has everything you could want in authentic Thai cuisine. $ Tokyo Joe’s 5925 Convair Dr, Ste 501. 682-3164255. The Japanese version of the build-your-own meal is now available in Fort Worth. $$ Zeke’s Fish and Chips 5920 Curzon Av. 817-7313321. Camp Bowie fixture for fried stuff. Huge portions, great desserts. $

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Buffalo Bros 612 Carroll St. 817-386-9601. Great wings, exotic sandwiches from the far East – well, from Buffalo, N.Y., anyway – and good drink specials make this one of the best hangouts in the TCU neighborhood. $ Carshon’s Delicatessen 3133 Cleburne Rd. 817-9231907. Deli dishes up big servings of comfort food and desserts. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 and 2006 Readers’ Choice Best Deli. $

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Greek House 2426 Forest Park Blvd. 817-921-1473. Gyros, Greek salads and more. $ Hoffbrau Steaks 1712 S University Dr. 817-870-1952. Serving the usual array of steaks, burgers, salads, and more. $$ Ol’ South Pancake House 1509 S University Dr. 817336-0311. A popular late-night and breakfast hangout. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 to 2018 Readers’ Choice Best Breakfast, Late Night Dining . $ Pacific Table 1600 S University Dr, Ste 601, FW. 817887-9995. Delicious bistro-style cuisine tucked into a tiny space in University Park Village. $ Silver Fox Steakhouse 1651 S University Dr. 817-3329060. A qualified rave for the Fox. Expensive, fantastic, prime aged beef, expertly served in a clubby, comfortable restaurant. If the in-laws are paying, splurge on a New York strip steak. $$$

near soUTh side /soUTh Fw Benito’s 1450 W Magnolia Av. 817-332-8633. Homestyle Mexican dishes perfect when you need a Mexican food fix, especially late at night. $$ Cat City Grill, 1208 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817-9165333. Readers’ choice for “Best Restaurant” in our 2011 Best Of Fort Worth issue, Cat City Grill is a homey but classy joint for superb American standards, including a fancy-but-hearty chickenfried steak. $$ Ellerbe Fine Foods, 1501 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817926-3663. Unusual and delicious upscale, downhome Louisiana fare. $$ Ernesto’s 2603 8th Av. 817-921-3147. This no-frills diner offers marvelous tacos, tostadas, fajita platters, and more. $ Esperanza’s 1109 Hemphill St. 817-332-3848. Breakfast and lunch only. Fort Worth Weekly 2006 Staff Choice Best Tamales. $ Fiesta 3233 Hemphill St. 817-923-6941. This place is family-run and friendly. Try the fajita tacos or the flautas. $$ Giovanni’s 5733 Crowley Rd. 817-551-3713 Giovanni’s offers solid, hearty pasta, pizza, subs, and salads. BYOB. $

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Jesus BBQ, 810 S Main St, FW. 817-332-0168. Succulent CFS, Tex-Mex, and barbecue are served up with a smile at this nigh historic Southside diner. $ Lili’s Bistro on Magnolia 1310 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817-877-0700. This small eatery near Spiral Diner and Nonna Tata serves fresh burgers and sandwiches for lunch, along with excellent sides like the gorgonzola fries and bulgur with cranberries. $$ Nonna Tata 1400 W. Magnolia Av. 817-332-0250 Authentic Italian cuisine, with housemade pasta, in a pretty but tiny bistro. Cash only. Fort Worth Weekly 2006 Best Italian Food. $$ Paris Coffee Shop 700 W Magnolia Av. 817-3352041. A FW institution where waitresses call you honey, the coffee is just coffee, and the pie meringue is a mile tall. Breakfast and lunch only. $ Salsa Limón, 4200 S Fwy in La Gran Plaza, Ste 1099. 817-921-4807. Tacos with tongue, tripe, and cow’s cheek are just some of the delicacies offered here. $ Spice by Thai Select Thai Kitchen and Bar 411 W Magnolia Av. 817-984-1800. Part of a family-owned chain of Thai Restaurants, this Spice is a little mild but still does a lot of traditional goodies well. $ Spiral Diner 1314 W Magnolia Av. 817-3EATVEG (3328834). The wraps and pasta entrées at Fort Worth’s first vegan restaurant make a terrific change of pace from Cowtown standards. Fort Worth Weekly Best Vegetarian four years running.$ Vallarta Seafood & Grill 1108 W Seminary Dr. 817923-9444. Seafood-based Mexican food that you’ll love. $ Wild Bunch 101 S Jennings Av. 817-335-9453. Subs, salads, and homemade cake with a Butch Cassidy/ Sundance Kid motif. $ Z’s Café, 1116 Pennsylvania Av, FW. 817-348-9000. This little Community Arts Center eatery’s second location, in the Hospital District, is simple but elegant and occasionally hearty. $

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Bonnell’s 4259 Bryant Irvin Rd. 817-738-5489. Upscale setting where fine Texas cuisine, including wild game specialties, gets a Southwestern-Creole make-over. $$ Edelweiss 3801-A Southwest Blvd. 817-738-5934. There are singing musicians in lederhosen, but the German food is excellent. The selection of German beers is one of the best in town. $$ Juanes Taqueria 3401 Altamesa Blvd. 817-346-2911. The slow-simmered meats are fabulous in tacos, burritos, and gorditos, but don’t miss the marvelous enchiladas de mole. $ Maharaja 6308 Hulen Bend Blvd. 817-263-7156. Menu features Tandoor-prepared dishes, curries, breads, and more. Fort Worth Weekly Best Indian five years in a row. $$ Pak-A-Pocket 5512-D S Bellaire Dr. 817-735-4363. If it fits in a pita, you’ll find it here. Falafel, hummus, and other Middle Eastern staples prepared differently. The spinach pie, for example, is baked in bread dough instead of phyllo. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 Staff Choice Best Sandwich, Fast Food. $ Prima Pasta & Pizza 6108 S Hulen St. 817-263-7711. Authentic family Italian: all the classic dishes plus inspired specials, served with housemade pasta. $ Razzoo’s Cajun Café 4700 Bryant Irvin Rd (817) 292-8584 Serving Cajun favorites such as gumbo, etoufee, jambalaya and fat po’ boy sandwiches. 2006 Readers Choice Best Cajun. $$ Samwon Garden 5201 McCart Av. 817-926-1515. Tarrant County’s only Korean restaurant prepares classic kimchi, Korean barbecue, and spicy seafood dishes. $$ Taste N See Chicken & Waffles 3329 Altamesa Blvd, FW. 682-708-7115. Taste and see that the chicken and waffles (and pretty much everything else) is good at this family-owned restaurant. $$ The Tavern, 2755 S Hulen St, FW. 817-923-6200. There’s a little bit of everything –– but mostly outstanding Tex-Mex –– at this family-friendly Tavern. $$ Ume Sushi & Korean BBQ 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd, Ste 842, FW. 817-370-0685. Ume offers the best of both Japanese and Korean cuisine from the humble confines of a Cityview strip mall. $

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Stoc k ya r d S /No r th Byblos Lebanese Restaurant 1406 N Main St. 817625-9667. Middle Eastern specialties plus belly dancers for entertainment. The lunch buffet is a winner. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 Best Greek/ Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, 2006 Best Middle Eastern. $$ Cattlemen’s Steak House 2458 N Main St. 817-6243945. Rustic meat-and-greet place in the heart of the Stockyards. $$ Esperanza’s 2122 N Main St. 817-626-5770. Now serving dinner as well as breakfast and lunch; wonderful tamales to eat in or take out. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 Staff Choice Best Bakery. $ H3 Ranch 105 E Exchange Av. 817-624-1246. Hickory-smoked everything, from spit-roasted pig to trout and steaks. Even the salsa has a hickory flavor to it. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 Staff Choice Best Steak Under $12.95, 2006 Best Chicken-Fried Steak. $$$ Mariscos La Marea Mexican Seafood 601 W Northside Dr, FW. 817-378-8571. This recently opened family-friendly Mexican seafood joint has hot, fresh, terrifically seasoned traditional appetizers, soups, salads, and entrées featuring fish, shrimp, oysters, and calamari. $ Los Paisanos, 1446 N Main St. 817-625-TACO. This restaurant and taqueria in the old Los Alamos location serves simple but terrific Mex-Mex dishes like tacos, huevos con chorizo, guiso, and fajitas. $ Mercado Juarez 1651 E Northside Dr. 817-838-8285. Big servings of Tex-Mex in a big place. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 Staff Choice Best Red Salsa. $$ Nuevo Leon, 1544 Ellis Av. 817-625-0757. Though Tex-Mex is on the menu, the Monterrey and Vera Cruz dishes, especially the seafood, stand out. $$ Star Café 111 W Exchange Av. 817-624-8701. Familyrun cafe serving prime steaks, big burgers, oldfashioned desserts such as root beer floats and apple pie. Fort Worth Weekly 2006 Staff Choice Best Hamburger. $$ Tacos Del Norte 300 W Central Av, FW. 682-7081444. Get barbecue and Tex-Mex on the same plate at this Northside eatery and patio. $$ Texas Pit Oyster Bar, 3349 Western Center Blvd, FW. 817-306-0700. From the folks behind Texas Pit BBQ comes a seafood joint that serves up some mighty fine raw oysters along with serviceable seafood-joint staples. $

Peace Burger Dive Bar & Grill 1228 William D. Tate Av, Grapevine. 817-410-4074. If you’re out to drink some beer and power down huge portions of badfor-you food with your friends, this is your place. $ Thai Charm Cuisine 4023 E Belknap St, Ste A, Haltom City. 682-708-8921. This suburban gem specializes in authentic Thai food and fantastic service. $ Thai Jasmine 3104 Harwood Rd, Bedford. 817-2838228. This charming oasis of Southeast Asian food offers tempting coconut soup, green-papaya salad, panang curry, and seafood with chile and sweet Thai basil leaves. Smiling, helpful service. $ Thai Thip 461 W Harwood Rd, Hurst. 817-285-7298. This tiny, family-operated eatery run by chef Thippawan Phasavat offers excellent soups, noodles, vegetarian and meat entrées, and salads with homemade curries and other sauces. $ Tio Carlos Mexican Latin Grill 4843 Colleyville Blvd, Ste 330, Colleyville. 682-325-4397. The Colleyville location is the second for this Irving-based scratchkitchen, which features Tex-Mex favorites as well as classics from all over Latin America. $$

Tolbert’s 423 S Main St, Grapevine. 817-421--4888. Serves up an array of decent-to-good comfort foods, from Frito chili pie to chili dogs, hamburgers, salads, to that old State Fair staple, Donkey Tails. $ Tony’s Pizza and Pasta 6245 Rufe Snow Dr, Ste 800, N Richland Hills. 817-427-0580. Little Italy in a strip mall next to Albertson’s: Italian dinners, New York-style pizza, homemade bread and tiramisu. $ Tributary Café 2813 Race St, FW. 817-744-8255. Chef Cindy Crowder-Wheeler brings her hands-on technique to the River East neighborhood, with a lively menu of fresh gulf seafood and Creole classics. $$ Vie à Paris French Bakery 954 Melbourne Rd., Hurst. 817-595-4755. Small selection of freshmade soups and crossaint sandwiches; large selection of delicious pastries. $ Weinberger’s Delicatessen 601 S Main St, Grapevine. 817-416-5577. The Chicago-style deli imports cold cuts from the Windy City and makes sandwiches fat enough to make any Midwesterner proud. $$

N or t h ar l iN gt oN Airways Hamburgers 1106 N Collins St. 817-4611601. A wide variety of burgers and sandwiches plus breakfast. $ Catfish Sam’s, 2735 W Division St, Arlington. 817275-9631. What this 60-year-old institution lacks in variety more than makes up for in quality. $ Chop House Burgers, 2230 W. Park Row Dr., Ste A, Arlington. 817-459-3700. Good old-fashioned burgers, nothing fancy, in an Arlington strip mall. Don’t pass on the cheeseburger: a patty served not between two buns but two grilled cheese sandwiches. $ Damian’s Cajun Soul Café, 185 S Watson Rd, Arlington. 817-649-7770. Unexpected little twists of flavor pop up all over in Damian’s mouthwatering downhome soul/comfort food. $ Eddie Deen Crossroads, 1004 N. Collins St, Arlington. Simple, Southern comfort food in the shadow of Cowboys Stadium. $$

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Alvarado Mexican Food 5302 Davis Blvd, N Richland Hills. 817-849-9433. Amazingly tasty tortas, enchiladas, breakfast burritos, and more, cooked to order. Drive-thru open 24 hours. $ Big Fish Seafood Grill & Bar 414 S Main St, Grapevine. 817-481-2010. If it’s a month with the letter “R” in it, hightail it here, where the raw oysters are as big as a small sloop and much tastier. The blackened fish entrées make for a good catch too. $ Chef Point Café 5901 Watauga Rd, Watauga. 817656-0080. Gourmet food in a gas station: Chef Franson Nwaeze prepares everything from garlicky burgers to duck a l’orange inside this convenience store. Look for the Conoco sign. $ DeVivo Bros. Eatery 750 S Main St, Ste 165, Keller. 817-431-6890. Family-owned, family-friendly, DeVivo offers homemade comfort cooking. $ El Paisa 2801 Harwood Ave., Bedford. 817-481-1111. The best authentic Mexican taqueria in Bedford. And the only one. But it’s still very good. $ Great Scott 1701 Cross Roads Dr, Grapevine. 817717-7701. Grapevine’s newest charcuterie restaurant puts the pig on a pedastal. $$ Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse 3305 E. Hwy. 114, Southlake. (817) 410-2221. Classic upscale steakhouse: dark room, huge portions, stellar service. $$$$ Los Molcajetes 4320 Western Center Blvd. 817-3069000. A wide variety of tantalizing Mexican items, like red snapper in ranchero sauce, pollo con broccoli, and chile con queso over rice. $$ Main Street Bakery 316 Main St, Grapevine. 817424-4333. A Francophile’s delight, this bakery offers sustenance beyond breads and pastries. Try the chicken salad sandwich and tomato-basil soup before diving into the decadent crème brûlée. $

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Fork in the Road 1821 S Fielder Rd, Arlington. 817459-3675. Small sandwich shop serving up delicious sandwiches and craft sodas. $ No Frills Grill 1550 Eastchase Pkwy, Ste 1200. 817274-5433. Bar food that’s much better than average, plus 25 tv sets. $ Prince Lebanese Grill 502 W. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, 817-469-1811. In a former Sonic, delicious and cheap Lebanese standards. The thyme pie is a taste worth acquiring. $ Sushi Domo Bar & Grill, 3330 Matlock Rd, Arlington. 817-557-3135. A lovely oasis of unexpected sophistication in an otherwise unexceptional strip mall. $$ Tandoor 1200 N Fielder, Ste 532. 817-261-6604. Outstanding Indian breads to accompany fiery vindaloos and creamy curries. Fort Worth Weekly Best Indian three years in a row. $$

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Jay Jay Café 1001 S Bowen Rd., 817-861-1060. 4401 Little Rd, Ste 580, 817-563-1090. A Southerninfluenced home-cooking menu of meats, sandwiches, and vegetable sides with obvious care for very familiar fare. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 Staff Choice Best Chicken-Fried Steak. $ No Frills Grill & Sports Bar 4914 Little Rd. 817-4781766. (Also at 1550 Eastchase Pkwy, Ste 1200, FW. 817-274-5433.) Chicken-fried shrimp, burgers, etc. in a sports bar with a big screen tv. $ Pho Vietnam 1000 W. Pioneer Pkwy. Arlington. 817275-5638. Authentic Vietnamese food in a former Denny’s with possibly the best potstickers in town. $ Song Huong 703 E Pioneer Pkwy. 817-271-8128. The owners hail from Hue, the culinary (and onetime imperial) capital of Vietnam. Expect the unexpected. Fort Worth Weekly 2006 Staff Choice Best Vietnamese Food. $ Taste of Europe, 1901 W Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington. 817-275-5530. Hearty Russian chow that should please the meat-and-potatoes crowd. $$ Thai House 3701 S. Cooper #131. 817-375-0441. Standard Thai menu of curries, noodle and rice dishes, soups, and meat and seafood dishes. $

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Wilshire Blvd, Burleson. 817-447-4646. If you’re near Burleson and craving Tex-Mex, you might find this Mojo’s working on you. $ Nicky D’s 1605 FM 1187, Crowley. 817-297-0333. Great burgers and more in a former gas station. $ Off the Bone BBQ, 5144 Mansfield Hwy, Forest Hill. 817-563-7000. Eastside barbecue flavor that errs on the side of sweet. $ Old Texas Brewing Co. Grill 112 W Ellison St, Burleson. 817-447-2337. Part bar, part barbecue joint, Old Texas is a welcome oasis of independence in the wasteland of chain establishments that is North Johnson County. $$ Steven’s Garden and Grill 223 Depot St, Mansfield. 817-473-8733. Don’t let the garden setting fool you Steven’s is a barbecue joint. The attractions are succulent chicken, robust ribs, juicy pulled pork, and melt-in-your mouth brisket. $ Texas Roadhouse 2536 I-20 W at Great Southwest Pkwy, Grand Prairie. 972-206-0860. Steaks and Texas kitsch. $ Trio New American Cuisine 8300 Precinct Line Rd, Ste 104, Colleyville. 817-503-8440. This suburban eatery serves innovative fine cuisine to rival any upscale restaurant in the rest of North Texas. $$$ Vintage Grill & Car Museum, 202 Fort Worth Hwy, Weatherford. 817-594-3750. It looks like a diner attached to a classic car museum, but it serves inspired, high-quality comfort food. $$


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Whoever claimed this as “the most wonderful time of the year” obviously did not grow up in a dysfunctional family. ’Tis the season for ugly socks you never asked for, unwanted attention from creepy Uncle Bob, not-so-subtle inquisitions about why you still don’t have a sig o, and, with any luck, lots of spiked eggnog. For those of us who need a way to cope with the storm that’s about to hit, a few local drinkeries are staying woke this holiday season, so while your newly single Aunt Karen desperately huddles ’neath a sprig of mistletoe and Grandpa Joe spouts off-color comments to a doeeyed newb caught in his crosshairs, you can slink off to literally anywhere else — with a stiff drink in hand. Throughout December, get lit at Whiskey Ranch. Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. (4250 Mitchell Blvd, 817840-9140) went all out this year, even erecting a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree made of whiskey barrels. Though the tree lighting has since occurred — the week before Thanksgiving, to my keen chagrin — you can witness the structure in all

its majesty when you hoof it to Whiskey Ranch’s many seasonal activities. Naughty or nice, anyone can schedule an evening holiday tour of the distillery during any available time slot until 9pm Thu-Sat through Dec 21. Even if you can’t make a tour, grab a special edition bottle of TX Whiskey or TX Bourbon or have your bottle engraved with a festive message. Hearts won’t be the only things glowing. While Jack Frost nips at your nose, warm up with any number of yule-inspired whiskey drinks, like TX Eggnog, Pecan Old Fashioned, Maple Whiskey Cider, TX S’mores, and more. Whiskey Ranch is even hosting a couple of special events in the final month of 2019. On Dec 11, shop local retailers during Whiskey Wednesday to find the perfect presents for the lot you call loved ones. To cap it all off, jam out to yuletide carols that’ll jingle anyone’s bells during Whiskey Ranch’s concert series on Fri, Dec 20. For more brews and live music — and a holly jolly time — sneak over to HopFusion Ale Works (200 E Broadway Av, 682-841-1721) during its Holiday Special at The Hop on Sat, Dec 14. Camp out all day at HopFusion, open from noon to midnight, in anticipation of tunes from Noah Galaviz & The Strangers in the Night Band starting at 8pm. The event page shows no tickets, no cover, and no age limits, so jive to classic ditties and use whatever leftover jingle you have from Christmas shopping to get blitzened.

For those more savvy at solving riddles and recalling random factoids, Collective Brewing Project (112 St Louis Av, 817-708-2914) challenges you to holiday trivia 7:30pm on Wed, Dec 18. Trivia by the Contrarian Librarians quizmasters will cover holiday-themed everything, and, according to the event description, the winner will receive a “stocking [stuffed] with something way better than frankincense: beer money!” You can repeat that sounding joy. Alright, maybe you’re from a perfectly “normal” family and you want to give back this holiday season — while indulging in some hops, of course. In partnership with Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Martin House Brewing Company (220 S Sylvania Av, Ste 209, 817-222-0177) is hosting My Favorite Toy Drive, For Beer through Dec 12. Simply bring a cherished childhood toy — a new one; don’t be a Scrooge — and hand it to a bartender during taproom hours in exchange for a free beer. That’s one less toy Santa’s elves have to build, one more tiny tot with eyes all aglow on Christmas morning, and one more malt in your craw. Whether you’re escaping your family’s clutches or clutching your family close this holiday season, the taverns around town have got you covered — serving up holiday cheer and festive drinks that sleigh. — Christina Berger Contact Last Call at LC@fwweekly.com.

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Lou n g e s 4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge 506 East Division Street Suite 160 South side of the building, facing, E Front St, Arlington, TX, 682-276-6097. Craft cocktails made with the best rums, fresh juices, and a lot of heart! Bar 10Ten 1010 Houston St, 817-529-9200. Blackland Distillery 2616 Weisenberger St, 682-268-5333. The Boardroom Whisky & Cigar Lounge 1708 8th Ave, 817945-2975. Enjoy a great cigar and the finest whisky and craft beers in Fort Worth. Bodega W.7th 2921 Morton St, 682-250-6399. The Boardroom Whisky & Cigar Lounge 1708 8th Ave, 817945-2975. Enjoy a great cigar and the finest whisky and craft beers in Fort Worth. Cassidy’s at the Radisson Hotel 2540 Meacham Blvd, FW. 817-625-9910. Happy hour specials, DJ Sat. Keys Lounge 5677-H Westcreek Dr, FW. 817-292-8627. Live music nightly except Mon. Billiards. Milo’s 501 E Division St, Arlington. 817-275-4011. Happy hour daily. Billiards, ping-pong. Free WiFi. Niles City Hall Saloon 112 E Exchange Ave, 817-624-2222. Ozzie Rabbit Lodge 6463 E Lancaster Av, FW. 817-446-9010. Billiards, jukebox. Patio. Classic country DJ Wed. The Peppermill Lounge 6825 E Lancaster Av, FW. 817-4460310. Happy hour 4-7pm daily. Free billiards daily. Karaoke contest Thu w/Kevin McCloud (cash prizes). Karaoke 7pm2am Fri-Sat. The Poop Deck 3570 W Seminary Dr, FW. 817-921-4861. Karaoke galore. Proper 409 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817-984-1133. Small, classy space away from the hustle and bustle. Specials often. Scat Jazz Lounge 111 W 4th St, Ste 11, FW. 817-870-9100. Live jazz Wed-Sat. Table Service. Closed Mon. Silverleaf Cigar Lounge 426 Commerce St, FW. 817-887-


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The American Pub 2800 Bledsoe St, Ste 200, FW. 817439-9443. Relaxed environment, large patio. Pizza and wings. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Ampersand 3009 Bledsoe St, 682-707-9626. The Chat Room Pub 1263 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817922-8319. Free internet-capable computers. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice Pub. Conlon’s Pub 2528 White Settlement Rd, FW. 817698-9777. Happy hour 2-7pm Mon-Fri, 3-6pm SatSun. $1.75 Texas beers Sun. Karaoke Sat. Durty Crow 2801 Crockett St, FW. 817-878-2882. Sexy watering hole, live DJ Fri-Sat . Finn MacCool’s 1700 8th Av, FW. 817-923-2121. Solid Irish-themed retreat in the Hospital District. The Flying Saucer 111 E 3rd St, FW. 817-336-PINT. $2.75 “Pint Night” Mon. Live music Thu, Fri, Sat. Full menu. The Mad Hatter 706 Carroll St, FW. 682-703-2148. Happy hour 3-9pm Mon-Fri, all day Sun. Malone’s Pub 1303 Calhoun St, FW. 817-332-5330. Service-industry friendly. Billiards. Oscar’s Pub 6323 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. 817-7323883. Happy hour all day Mon.

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features seasonal beers, bar food, and desserts. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice Wine Bar, Bar Bathroom, Place to Day Drink. Landmark Bar + Kitchen 3008 Bledsoe St, FW. 817984-1166. Huge space, party atmosphere. Best Of 2015 readers’ choice Patio. The Local 2800 Bledsoe St, FW. 817-882-8536. Beer, booze, and babes. Lola’s Saloon 2736 W 6th St, FW. 817-877-0666. Best live indie music venue in town. $2 wells and domestic bottles 12-8pm daily. Lola’s Trailer Park 2737 W 5th St, FW, 817-7599100. Outdoor venue behind Lola’s with open space, free shows, and games for the entire family. Indoor bar as well if you need some AC. Lone Star Oyster Bar 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd, FW. 817370-0030. Big-screen TVs. Patio. Full menu. Los Molcajetes 4320 Western Center Blvd, FW. 817306-9000. Extensive Tex-Mex menu. Luther’s Saloon 2513 Rodeo Plaza, FW. 817-8001037. Stockyards nightclub with live music and DJs throughout the week. Cheap drink specials nightly. Main at South Side 1002 S Main St, 682-707-7774. MacGyver’s 4276 Farm to Market 1187, Burleson. Billiards, shuffleboard, darts, and karaoke. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice Biker Bar. Magnolia Motor Lounge 3005 Morton St, FW. 817332-3344. Happy hour 3-8pm Mon-Fri includes $2 domestic pints, $2.75 import pints, $2.75 domestic bottles, $2 Pearl Light, $3 import bottles, $2.75 wells. $1.50 PBR pints all day every day. Full menu. Mercado Juarez Café 125 E 1-20, Arlington. 817-5579776. • 1651 E Northside Dr, FW. 817-838-8285. Exceptional Mexican fare and margaritas. The Moon 2000 W Berry St, 817-793-7928. No Name Bar 4701 Camp Bowie Blvd, 817-229-6572. People’s Republic 3717 McCart Ave, FW. Specials include $2.50 Margarita Mondays, 25% off all Texas products on Tue, half-off beer Thu, happy hour weekdays. Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar 621 Houston St, FW. 817-3357383. Home of the never-ending bachelorette party. Pouring Glory Growler Fill Station & Grill 1001 Bryan Ave, FW 682-707-5441. Fresh craft beer and wine, craft food, and craft sodas. Puckett’s Billiards 5707 Crowley Rd, FW. $2.50 wells and $2 longnecks during happy hour. Best of 2015 critic’s choice Place to Shoot Pool. R Bar & Grill Arlington Hilton Hotel, 2401 S Lamar Blvd. 817-640-3322. Classy establishment with superior food. Railhead Smokehouse 2900 Montgomery St, FW. 817738-9808. Happy hour specials daily. Patio. Full menu. Rodeo Goat 2836 Bledsoe St, FW. 817-877-4628. Happy hour 4-7pm Mon-Fri. Amazing gourmet burgers. Shaw’s Patio Bar & Grill 1051 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817-926-2116. Large selection of beer, wine, and spirits. Happy hour 4-7pm Tue-Fri ($2.50 wells, $2.50 domestics, $3 16-oz. drafts). Superb gastropub food. Sunday brunch. Live music often. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice Margarita. Shipping & Receiving Bar 201 S Calhoun St, FW. 817-887-9313. Live music weekends. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice DIY Venue, Local Music Show of Last 12 months (Summerthon). Sidetracked Pub & Grub 3101 E Division St, FW. 817640-6101. Good times. Taps & Caps 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd #114, 682-4995516. Texas Live! 1650 E Randol Mill Rd, Arlington, TX, 817852-6688. Vibrant entertainment center featuring a variety of restaurants, cocktail bars & giant sports TVs. Texas Pit Bar-B-Q 324 Saginaw Blvd, Saginaw. 817847-0400. Popular joint with famously cold beer and big. steaming hot ribs. The Winchester Tavern 903 Throckmorton St, 817675-0735. WineHaus 1628 Park Place Av, FW. 817-887-3101. Great, sophisticated yet comfortable lounge. The Wine Thief Omni Fort Worth Hotel. 1300 Houston St, FW. 817-350-4108. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice Place to Have a Nightcap. Winslow’s Wine Café 4101 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. 817-546-6863. Wonderful food and wine in an unpretentious setting. Your Mom’s House 3005 Bledsoe St. Yucatan Taco Stand 909 W Magnolia Av, Ste 10, FW. 817-924-8646. Excellent, affordable Tex-Mex.


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It is now officially the holiday season, and the exhortations to buy local are undoubtedly zigging and zagging across your social media feeds like one of Santa’s reindeer –– Dancer, I imagine –– high on pure peppermint powder and overjoyed to fly through the night hauling presents and the jolly, corpulent mass of End of Year Gift-Giving Paw Paw all over the goddamn earth. I support buying local wholeheartedly, of course –– don’t forget that you can “buy local” by attending the live performances of area bands in local venues nearly every night of the week, spending your own (perhaps locally earned) dollars on locally produced beers, locally recorded/screen-printed merch, and shots for locally sourced scenesters. I also shop at Target, mostly for things like soap, socks, and underwear. Nothing against locally made soap or handcrafted briefs, but a 20-pack of crew socks that are made in China and retailing for $18 is tough to pass up. The same may be said

for big-ticket shows in huge venues –– I know spending an evening with Michael Bublé in April at Dickies Arena costs about the same as six to 10 shows at Lola’s Saloon, but the heart wants what the heart wants, especially if it wants to see Heart. Heart has not released any 2020 tour dates, but if you want a good ’70s rock fix, the Eagles are doing a run, playing two shows at American Airlines Center on Feb 29 and Mar 1. Deacon Frey, son of the late Eagles cofounder Glenn Frey, and Vince Gill are both in the touring lineup. Honestly, you might as well catch as many icons of the classic-rock pantheon while they’re still around. Every day is a gift! Speaking of the classic rock pantheon, Pearl Jam probably deserves a spot somewhere on the mountain where the rock gods (golden and otherwise) live, if for no other reason than that they are reliably awesome. In 2020, they’ll be celebrating their third decade as a band. At present, they have announced only some summer dates in Europe, but seeing as how every American my age wore a fucking flannel shirt in the summer of 1992 on account of their videos, I’d imagine they’ll be releasing American tour news soon. At present, their Euro-shows feature a

double-bill with the Pixies, with White Reaper and IDLES in the opening slots, and I’d recommend keeping an eye out for their stateside stops. I also recommend seeing them in Amsterdam on July 22. YOLO, right? Closer to home and easier on your savings account than a trip to the Netherlands to see a venerable alt-rock band, there’s OM at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill on Feb 23. When Sleep announced that it was going into “hypersleep,” I hoped that meant bassist Al Cisneros would take his other band –– OM –– on the road, and I was ecstatic to find my wish granted. Tickets are only $18, and the band’s meditative, Tibetan-influenced expression of heaviness will be well-suited to GMBG’s open-air environs, assuming it’s not freezing. But I will go to this show even if I have to wear ski goggles and mittens. OK, that’s a lie –– mitten weather is probably too cold for me to watch a band outdoors, unless the mittens are part of some kind of festival-costume, in which case, it’s probably the spring anyway. I don’t know if Fortress Festival’s unreleased lineup will include the kind of band you wear mittens to watch, but it’s

scheduled for Apr 25 and 26. Not that it’s my duty to promote this event, but there was a time when Fortress Fest did not exist, and I prefer how things are now, with the advent of the festival’s fourth edition. Side note: Remember this year, how there was that drama about Ubbi Dubbi, an EDM fest held at Panther Island Pavilion, the same weekend as Fortress? Well, next year, Ubbi Dubbi is the week before at Globe Life Park. Soccer Mommy, the nom de guerre of Nashville-based indie rock songwriter Sophie Allison, is playing the Granada Theater on May 7. I thought she had been in a previous Fortress Fest lineup, but maybe I was thinking about that band Hockey. But even if both are wrong, a couple Soccer Mommy songs algorithmically appeared in one of my Spotify playlists this year, and I haven’t been able to shake them. They’re hooky, and witty, and angry, and I bet this show sells out. Treat yourself or a friend to some tickets for Christmas before they go the way of the Cabbage Patch Kids. –– Steve Steward Contact HearSay at hearsay@fwweekly.com.

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songwriter Cody Lynn Boyd recently released “Down by the River,” a moody Black Heart Procession-esque dirge. Indie guitar slinger Drew Gabbert (Missing Sibling, Fate Lions) recently had an album of atmospheric sound design leap out of his subconscious. Glymmur mixes Western-style guitars, synths, and sound effects to evoke what Gabbert calls the balance of the “serenity in my life and the war between my ears.” Saturday will see a pair of laudable woman-fronted groups debut new tunes. Dream-pop five-piece Big Heaven will offer the closed-eye-sway-inducing “Someone Else.” A summery swimming pool-themed vid will accompany the single to add some warmth to the December frost. Smoke-filled nightclub soundtrack purveyors Hightower will have a new three-song EP out that day as well. “Magnolia” is its first single. Later this month, a highly anticipated hip-hop collaboration between two of the city’s premier MCs will finally see the light of day. Smooth, smoke-fueled hippy rapper Wrex and veteran wordsmith Dru B’ Shinin are just about ready to drop Bruce Leroy, a co-op that guarantees to glow as much as The Last Dragon, the ’80s kung-fu/blaxploitation

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film from which the project draws its name. Additionally, soulful singer-songwriter Daryel Sellers has a new rock band backing him called The Turners. Look for “I Might,” the group’s debut single, before the New Year. The blizzard of new music doesn’t end with the ball drop on the 31st either. Producer Joe Tacke (Mean Motor Scooter) just wrapped up albums for hooky rock North Richland Hills-based Josh & The Jet Noise, and the quirky, eclectic Bruce Magnus. The erudite MC known as The.Naaman’s long-awaited debut album, The Albatross, is scheduled for a Valentine’s Day release. Spurred on by a thumb injury that kept him from playing guitar for a bit, Darren Miller (Ox Combine, Boozy Moods, Tame … Tame and Quiet) dusted off some synths and created a moody, atmospheric darkwave project, Anafell Lights. Underground label Sinkhole Texas, Inc. recruited Miller’s new music for a soon-to-be finished split EP with Great Unwashed Luminaries, a fellow label alum. With fingers drumming on the table, we’re still anxiously awaiting the debut album from noisy electro-psyche-dirgers All Clean. Singer/guitarist Zach Edwards said he’s hoping for an early spring release. The due date may just line up with the sophomore album from garage-revivalists Picnic Lightning. Add to this a plethora of polished singersongwriters like Jessie England, Wayne Floyd, Van Darien, and Aubrey Wallace, all of whom have new wares just over the next hill, and 2020 is looking to be every bit as stacked as this, the last year of the 20-teens, has been. l

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U P C O MIN G C O N C ERT S Pepe Aguilar 7:30pm Sat, Dec 14. $41-325.  Dickies Arena, 3434 Trail Dr, FW. 800-622-6317. Jackson Browne 8pm Sun, Dec 29. $76-226.  WinStar World Casino & Resort, 777 Casino Av,  Thackerville. 800-622-6317. Carcass, Power Trip, Vio-lence, Razor, Deafhaven, Sheer Mag, Drab Majesty, Prurient, Warthog, Torche, Wiccans, Red Death 2pm Sat,  Jan 11. $46-100.50. Southside Ballroom, 1135  S Lamar St, Dallas. 214-421-2021. Chance the Rapper, Lil Yachty, Taylor Bennett  7pm Sat, Jan 25. $59.95-129.95. American  Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Av, Dallas. 800745-3000. Cher, Nile Rodgers & Chic 7:30pm Thu, Dec 19.  $77.95-500. American Airlines Center, 2500  Victory Av, Dallas. 800-745-3000. DaBaby 8pm Sat, Dec 21. $39.95. Southside  Ballroom, 1135 S Lamar St, Dallas. 214-4212021. Chip Davis 8pm Sun, Dec 29. $39-129. Toyota  Music Factory, 316 W Las Colinas Blvd, Irving.  972-810-1499. Céline DIon 7:30pm Mon, Feb 3. $130.50-455.  American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Av,  Dallas. 800-745-3000. John Fogerty 8pm Tue, Dec 31. $75-299.  WinStar World Casino & Resort, 777 Casino Av,  Thackerville. 800-622-6317. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit 8pm Fri, Jan 24. $65125. WinStar World Casino & Resort, 777 Casino  Av, Thackerville. 800-622-6317. Robert Earl Keen 7:30pm Mon, Dec 30. $55-88.  Bass Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. 817-2124280. Chaka Khan 8pm Fri, Jan 31. $40-125. WinStar  World Casino & Resort, 777 Casino Av,  Thackerville. 800-622-6317. Hayley Kiyoko 8pm Mon, Feb 3. $32.50-190.  Southside Ballroom, 1135 S Lamar St, Dallas.  214-421-2021. Gladys Knight 8pm Fri, Jan 10. $35-125.  WinStar World Casino & Resort, 777 Casino Av,  Thackerville. 800-622-6317. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Betts Band, Asleep at the Wheel 8pm Tue, Dec 31. $27.50-197.50.  American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Av,  Dallas. 800-745-3000. Michael Martin Murphey 7:30pm Mon, Dec 16. 

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION FOR AN AIR QUALITY PERMIT PERMIT NUMBER: 45430 APPLICATION AND PRELIMINARY DECISION. ExGen Handley Power, LLC, 6604 E Rosedale St, Fort Worth, TX 76112-7027, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for an amendment to Air Quality Permit Number 45430, which would authorize modification to an Electric Power Generation Facility located at 6604 E Rosedale St, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas 76112. This application was submitted to the TCEQ on July 16, 2019. The amendment will authorize an increase in emissions of the following air contaminants: nitrogen oxides. The executive director has completed the technical review of the application and prepared a draft permit which, if approved, would establish the conditions under which the facility must operate. The executive director has made a preliminary decision to issue the permit because it meets all rules and regulations. The permit application, executive director’s preliminary decision, and draft permit will be available for viewing and copying at the TCEQ central office, the TCEQ Dallas/Fort Worth regional office, and at the Fort Worth Public Library, East Regional Branch, 6301 Bridge Street, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, beginning the first day of publication of this notice. The facility’s compliance file, if any exists, is available for public review at the TCEQ Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Office, 2309 Gravel Dr, Fort Worth, Texas.

MAILING LIST. You may ask to be placed on a mailing list to obtain additional information on this application by sending a request to the Office of the Chief Clerk at the address below. AGENCY CONTACTS AND INFORMATION. Public comments and requests must be submitted either electronically at www14.tceq.texas.gov/epic/eComment/, or in writing to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78711-3087. Please be aware that any contact information you provide, including your name, phone number, email address and physical address will become part of the agency’s public record. For more information about this permit application or the permitting process, please call the Public Education Program toll free at 1-800-687-4040. Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040. Further information may also be obtained from ExGen Handley Power, LLC at the address stated above or by calling Ms. Chandra Copplin, Sr Program Manager Air Quality at (512) 993-1877. Notice Issuance Date: December 2, 2019

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INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE. When they become available, the executive director’s response to comments and the final decision on this application will be accessible through the Commission’s Web site at www.tceq.texas.gov/goto/cid. Once you have access to the CID using the above link, enter the permit number for this application which is provided at the top of this notice. This link to an electronic map of the site or facility’s general location is provided as a public courtesy and not part of the application or notice. For exact location, refer to application. http://www. tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=32.727222&lng=-97.22&zoom=13&type=r.

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RESPONSE TO COMMENTS AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ACTION. After the deadline for public comments, the executive director will consider the comments and prepare a response to all relevant and material or significant public comments. Because no timely hearing requests have been received, after preparing the response to comments, the executive director may then issue final approval of the application. The response to comments, along with the executive director’s decision on the application will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments or is on a mailing list for this application, and will be posted electronically to the Commissioners’ Integrated Database (CID).

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PUBLIC COMMENT/PUBLIC MEETING. You may submit public comments or request a public meeting about this application. The purpose of a public meeting is to provide the opportunity to submit comment or to ask questions about the application. The TCEQ will hold a public meeting if the executive director determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the application or if requested by a local legislator. A public meeting is not a contested case hearing. You may submit additional written public comments within 30 days of the date of newspaper publication of this notice in the manner set forth in the AGENCY CONTACTS AND INFORMATION paragraph below.

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