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We’d like to thank everyone that comes through our doors and dines at our tables, putting your appetites in the hands of our dedicated and awardwinning chefs for the past 12 years. Our pleasure is to continue to serve you in an atmosphere that is both inviting and elegant and we sincerely appreciate your trust in Del Frisco’s. We look forward to seeing you soon,

Greg Kalina

Greg Kalina, General Manager

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COMING SOON to Bass Performance Hall and McDavid Studio Bass Performance Hall 4th & Calhoun Streets Fort Worth, TX 76102

McDavid Studio

Inside The 12 Days of Christmas A Bakers Dozen of Holiday Shopping Ideas.............

A Modern Streetcar Comes to Town And What it Will Mean for You..................................

Texas Ballet Theater ‘Tis the Nutcracker Season.......................................

Omni FW Is a Vital Economic Engine for the Cityy..................

Green Tree Going Green with a Holiday Twist............................

Armed Forces Bowl Inside the Bowl Game Hosted in Cowtown.............

Rock the Stock(yards) A 7th Street Rock Club Owner heads North.............

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The Foodie Pages

Table Scout.................................................. 16 You Gotta Try This.......................................... 16 Beat the Clock............................................. 17

Entertainment December Style Here’s what to do this New Year’s Eve.....................

Alive and Kicking Urban retreats for you to call home........................ Andy Taft, President 777 Taylor St., Suite 100 Fort Worth, Texas 76102 817-870-1692 • Editor Stacey Pierce Director of Marketing and Communications Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. Advertising Director Kristen Jenkins Marketing Director Dana Crumbliss-Mariani JSW Publishing 817-321-9724 Business/Operations Trish Bermejo Art Director/Layout Editor Amy Royer


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december • 2008 DOWNTOWN FW is a free monthly publication distributed in the Fort Worth center city, and supported by the downtown Public Improvement District. The entire contents of DOWNTOWN FW are copyright 2005 by DFWI and JSW Publishing. NO portion may be reproduced in whole or in part by any means, including electronic retrieval systems, without the express written permission of the publication. DFWI Mission Statement To be the catalyst for transforming Downtown Fort Worth into a vibrant place to live, visit, enjoy and conduct business through aggressive leadership of

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Days of Christmas



By Celestina Phillips

rapping eight maids a-milking along with six geese a-laying can get messy. Forgo the piping pipers, partridges, and pear trees and create your own 12 days of Christmas complete with a Fort Worth twist. Give them all at once or up until the big day. Either way, your recipients will appreciate your thoughtfulness, and they’ll never miss the (oftenobnoxious) calling birds.

Overall Well-Being

On the first day, to set the appropriate tone for the season, give the gift of relaxation, peace, and stressrelieving tranquility with spa certificates. Perfect for those who abuse themselves otherwise, whether with fast food, coffee, or too many e-mails, the 30-minute face-stimulating reflexology massage ($50) at Marie Antoinette Spa and Parfumerie does the trick. Or give the Delicate Defense Facial ($65) from The Spaahh, suited for skin sensitive to allergies. For your most stressed-out recipient, go with the Four-Hands Massage ($120) from Perfect Touch, featuring two therapists working together to relieve tension with a luxurious massage.

Two Swarovski Crystals

Located on either end of an intricately designed John Medeiros cuff bracelet ($105) from Pappagallo Classiques, the crystals are identical in color to actual gemstones and are sure to dazzle those who receive them. Medeiros studied jewelry-making with David Yurman, and his work features the same signature silver and gold tones that mesh perfectly with bright colors such as greens, blues, pinks, and even pearls.

Smaller than the real deal, these guitars are glitzy and dangle from the ears and the neck. Available at Earth Bones, guitar earrings ($21.95) and matching necklace ($16.95) make a fun and funky gift for your favorite female guitar hero.

Seven Salty Snacks

From chips, pretzels, and pistachios to peanuts, popcorn, pumpkin seeds, and Pringles, every snack, salty or not, looks great displayed on glass-fusion platters from Vessels. Colorful and artistic, the platters feature words such as “Celebrate” ($47.99) and “Enjoy” ($52.50), which includes a bright pink bowl for dipping sauces that sits perfectly in the “o.”

Eight Mint Truffles

They’re dipped in dark chocolate and ever so delectable. Indulge in a mint truffle from Schackolad and give the other seven to a friend. Not a mint fan? Try the champagne ganaches. Prices range from $.65 to around a dollar each, or go for the full pound for $30.

Nine Convenient Compartments

Keep your busy loved one completely organized with Backwoods brand rolling lap top bag ($550). Not including the four pen holders, there are nine pockets and sleeves just waiting to be filled with important files, reports, and top-secret documents ... or just the latest i s s u e of US Weekly and some gum. The lap top bag is just one of many durable, sleek luggage bags from Backwoods, including carry-ons, suitcases, and totes.

Nothing is more “Fort Worth” than leather from Leddy’s. Soft and supple Leddy’s Ranch leather gloves ($45) will keep your favorite cowboy’s rugged hands toasty warm.

Eleven Inspirations

Four Bottles of Bubbly

Give four mini-reasons to celebrate with cute little bottles of sparkling brut from WineStyles in Montgomery Plaza. The Charles de Fere Jean Louis Brut comes in 750ml bottles and are only $4.99 each. Package four together in a festive gift box, stuff them into holiday stockings, or pair one with a goblet filled halfway with OJ to set an impressive Christmas brunch table.

Five-Course Meal

From five courses to 335 courses, the Kimbell Cookbook ($30) brings a taste of the renowned art museum to any home. The museum’s director of food services, Shelby Schafer, shares 335 of her favorite recipes in this exclusive book. How exclusive? It’s available only at the Kimbell Gift Shop.

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Perfect for your favorite lush, add a half a cup of vino to Retro Cowboy’s Cabernet Cake Mix ($8.95), and crank out six jumbo cupcakes in a jiffy. Guaranteed to be hangoverfree.

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Perk up your loved ones with sweet words of wisdom found on inspirational tokens from Milagros. Throw 11 together in a small drawstring bag and tell them to pick a new one out each week or each day. Choose from “Follow Your Heart,” “Wish,” “Love Much,” and more. At $1.50 each, you can afford to inspire the masses.

Twelve Friendly Note Cards

You are always oozing Fort Worth culture, impressing your friends with the latest museum exhibit dates and random historical tidbits. Share the wealth and give note cards in sets of 12 ($9) from the Sid Richardson Museum, featuring cowboy artists Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington. Thanks to you, your pals will feel so refined sending notes that show how cultured they are.

Thirteen Sweet Holiday Scents

To complete a true baker’s dozen, and just for good measure, throw in 13 Santa’s Cookies votive candles ($15) from Dee Jay’s Candles. Purchase 12 at $1.25 each and the 13th is free. Other popular scents include Candy Cane, Gingerbread, Cranberry Tea, and Sugar Plum.

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F Modern

A Streetcar

Comes to Town And What it Will Mean for You.

For the past six months, the Fort Worth Modern Streetcar Study Committee has been looking in great detail at bringing a new rail system for the city’s urban core. And after many meetings and trips to other cities that use modern streetcars, the panel is expected to recommend that Fort Worth invest in a mass transit system that will revolutionize how Fort Worth residents move within the city. “We are coming down to tough decisions,” says Andy Taft, president of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and chair of the streetcar committee. “We are now down to splitting hairs on picking routes. How much it will cost is one of the key issues. “It is a question of whether we should move forward expeditiously to provide quality transportation infrastructure for our city,” Taft says. The committee is scheduled to bring their report to Fort Worth City Council in mid-December and has already determined that a streetcar system “is desirable” for Fort Worth. The last part of the process is to determine the first corridors to be built and a funding strategy to pay for the system. Modern streetcars are different from old trolley systems and other mass-transit rail options. The streetcars’ rail lines are embedded in the streets, powered with overhead electric lines, and share lanes with automobile traffic.

Modern streetcar operates in Portland

The modern streetcars are also low to the ground, better for handicapped riders than buses. And unlike the light rail lines in use in Dallas County, streetcar systems do not need dedicated right of ways and cost much less to build. “We have heard from our citizens about the growing concerns about our transportation problems, and the role mass transit plays in solving those problems.” says Dana Burgdoff, deputy director of planning and development for the city, and one of the advisors for the committee. There are several reasons why Fort Worth plans for streetcars within the urban core, Burgdoff says. Streetcars gain what are known as “choice riders,” meaning those who have automobiles and choose mass transit over driving. Buses generally do not have as high a percentage of those riders. But there is also the issue of “transit-oriented development.” Commuter rail lines like the Trinity Railway Express use freight lines and generally do not spin off development because nearby property is almost always industrial. “Streetcars give the city more development options,” Burgdoff says. “We have been promoting mixed-use, high-density, urban-village developments, and the modern streetcar serves as a catalyst for this type of development.” The committee, city council, and many business leaders saw how modern streetcars could work within high-density urban settings on an October trip to Seattle, Portland, and Tacoma. In Portland, the city leadership saw a streetcar line through a warehouse district that sparked $3.5 billion in new housing and other development since 1997. In Tacoma, a 1.3 mile streetcar line replaced a bus that 6

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provided service on an identical route. About 200,000 people annually rode the bus before the streetcar. Last year, 900,000 people used the streetcar line. “The modern streetcar provides better service than buses, and the choice riders will leave their cars at home if there is a rail line,” says Phillip Poole, a local real estate developer and a member of the committee. “What we have lacked for such a long time in Fort Worth are options to get around within the city. We have been dependent on our cars for everything, and we cannot do that anymore.” “Our high-density developments are places where people are going to be able to live, work, and go out to eat or see a movie in the same place,” Poole says. “They will also be destinations that people come to. So we need better transit options.

line has to hit a home run right off the bat with ridership,” says Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns. “When the first line succeeds, the public will be backing our expansion of the system in the future.” A Downtown loop - from Lancaster Ave. to Belknap St., north and south - will he the hub. The choices for lines coming and going from Downtown include: one along West 7th Street that will serve the Cultural District and the new developments being built there; a line into the Hospital District following South Main Street and Magnolia Avenue; one that will connect Downtown and the Stockyards along North Main Street; and an extension of the South Main line that follows East Rosedale Street out to Texas Wesleyan University. The cost is estimated to be about $20 million per mile. The total cost for the starter lines could be

within two to three years. The North Central Texas Council of Governments has already approved $1.6 million to pay for an engineering study. “We have done the studies that are needed,” Taft says. “We went to Seattle and Portland and Tacoma, and we are using those systems as examples of what might work well for us - and for what won’t work for us.” If Fort Worth approves all the proposed lines during the coming years, it will have perhaps the largest

“The streetcar system will alleviate congestion, help clean our air, and allow our city to keep pace with the growth we are seeing”

“The streetcar system will alleviate congestion, help clean our air, and allow our city to keep pace with the growth we are seeing.” For now, the choices are which corridors are going to be the starter lines and how to pay for them. “The first

between $100 and $250 million, depending on which lines are chosen. Funding for the lines could come from a variety of sources: tax increment financing districts, bond allocation, federal and state funding, and use of the city’s Barnett Shale gas well royalties. Fares will also help pay for the system. If city council approves the modern streetcar plans early next year, the first line could be up and running

modern streetcar system in the country. Fort Worth’s system would be built out to 11-12 miles. That will be more than Tacoma (1.6 miles), Seattle 1.3 miles), and Portland (4 miles) combined. “Our city is the fastest growing large city in the country,” Burgdoff says, “and we have to find ways to accommodate that growth. A modern streetcar system is one of the tools we can use.”

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Welcome to the new neighborhood – gallery 1701 Experience the luxury urban adventure that awaits you Quality. Comfort. Distinction. Fort Worth’s new perfect lifestyle.

Texas Ballet Theater ‘Tis the Season for

The Nutcracker

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Hunting for Western Gifts?

Detail from Buffalo Runners – Big Horn Basin, Frederic Remington, 1909

Shop our Museum Store in person or online for Western gifts such as prints on canvas (framed or unframed), bronzes, pottery, jewelry, books and posters. Enjoy paintings of the Old West by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and other artists from the personal collection of legendary Texas oilman Sid W. Richardson (1891-1959). Open daily. Free admission. Visit 309 Main Street in Sundance Square | Fort Worth, Texas 76102 | 817.332.6554


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needs of $2 million between January 1 and June 30, 2009. The outpouring of support is affirmation of the artistic quality of the company. Artistic Director, Ben Stevenson, is world renowned with over forty years experience in the ballet world. During his twenty-seven years with the Houston Ballet, he nurtured that company from a small ensemble to one of the nation’s largest companies. He came to Texas Ballet Theater six years ago with the goal of achieving similar success in Fort Worth and Dallas. In his time in Fort Worth, he has assembled an extremely talented artistic staff and 37 fulltime professional dancers from around the world who came here specifically to work with Mr. Stevenson. Not only does he demand a high quality of movement, he teaches the need for a full range of expression while performing. Mr. Stevenson also cares deeply for the personal well-being of each of his dancers, working with them on a daily basis and spending time with them outside the studio. The company is excited to begin performances of The Nutcracker at Bass Hall on December 5th and hopes you will also join them this spring when they present Swan Lake, February 13 - 15, and Cleopatra, March 27 - 29.

photo by Vishal Malhotra


t’s December and for many in Fort Worth that can mean only one’s time to attend Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker at Bass Hall. Ben Stevenson’s choreography of this holiday tradition is truly magical with a growing Christmas tree, toy soldiers, battling mice, snowflakes dancing, and the Sugar Plum Fairy presiding over the Land of Sweets. The ballet runs from December 5th through December 21st at Bass Hall then moves to the Music Hall at Fair Park December 23rd through 28th. Ticket prices begin as low as $19. In August a tremendously mobilized force of staff, dancers, board members, and ballet patrons launched their “Save the Ballet” campaign with a goal of $2 million. Donations, pledges and positive support have arrived daily from the area and from as far away as Iraq. The goal was met on November 10th with a $500,000 contribution from The Meadows Foundation. The Meadows commitment was made in response to the Ballet’s new business plan which outlines the steps the Ballet is taking to address financial strains. Among the Ballet’s plans, many already completed, are the reorganization of its board, the refinement of its financial projections, revision of bylaws, repayment of debts, and strengthened professional management of staff and operations, including the hiring of a Director of Development. In order to achieve a balanced budget for this season, cuts had to made, including no live musical accompaniment, fewer performances in Dallas and a shorter contract for the dancers. Interim Managing Director, Margo McCann stated “such cuts are not popular or easy to make but are required and responsible decisions for the health and security of the company.” Conservative budget projections are in place for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, and include the return of live accompaniment. The company has payment plans in place with both Bass Hall and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and continues to work to reach their normal contribution

Characters from The Nutcracker relax in Sundance Square between performances



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Honoring those who have shown excellence in competition, business and support of rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas More than 130 World Champions are honored at the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame 2009 Inductees include

Jim Bob Altizer Tommy Lee Jones Tyler Magnus Rope Myers Ken Welch

and Barry Corbin will receive the Rick Smith Spirit of Texas Award.

2009 Induction Ceremony - January 15th $100 Reservations required Open Daily 128 E. Exchange Avenue Barn A 817-626-7131

Shop for unique Christmas Gifts in Stockyards StatioN Open Daily with 27 shops and restaurants to choose from!

AND enjoy The T’s Christmas Lights Tour departing from Stockyards Station Light off your holiday season with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the T) and Stockyards Station as they team up to provide the Ts Annual Holiday Light Tour. Buses for the annual event will board each night from the Stockyards Station at 130 East Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards. There is free parking north of Stockyards Station. Buses begin loading Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 pm from Stockyards Station. The admission price includes photos with Santa, refreshments, activities for kids and musical entertainment. Activities begin at 5:30pm and go to 7:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to visit the Stockyards before and after the tour.

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Omni FW is a Vital Economic Engine for the City • • • • •


hen the Omni Fort Worth Hotel announced it was hiring 450 employees and was holding a job fair last month, more than one thousand people lined up for interviews. The slowing economy was one reason for the large showing, but the job fair also was a sign of the economic impact this new hotel and condominium development is having in Downtown Fort Worth. More than 600 hotel rooms will be available for occupancy by the middle of January. The 89 condominiums in the upper floors of the 33-story building will be set for move-ins a few months later. The opening of the Omni and other refurbished hotels Downtown have already contributed to a huge increase in convention business bookings.

The Omni FW is scheduled to open the middle of January

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The Fort Worth Convention & Visitor’s Bureau doubled their hotel room night bookings in the 2008 fiscal year to 258,000. One of the biggest contributors to the huge increase was the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, across the street from the recently expanded Fort Worth Convention Center. The size of the hotel allows the city to work with larger conventions in meeting their needs. “We are very excited about the opening of this hotel and the economic impact we will have for Fort Worth,” said Larry Auth, Omni Fort Worth Hotel’s director of sales and marketing. “This has been a great time for Omni and the city, and this would not have been possible without the partnership between the public and private sectors.” Omni Hotels invested nearly $200 million in the project. The city contributed nearly $30 million in city rebates and other funding, while the state contributed nearly $17 million in rebates from hotel room taxes and sales taxes. The hotel will feature 68,000 square feet of meeting space in 29 meeting-room areas. The Texas Ballroom alone will encompass more than 18,000 square feet of space. The luxury hotel will have fine culinary selections with the renowned Bob’s Steak & Chop House, the Wine Thief Bar, the Whiskey & Rye sports lounge, and the casual-fare Cast Iron Grill. There’ll also be a full-service Starbucks. For residents and hotel guests, even more amenities will make this hotel/ condominium project appealing. Residents will have a private pool, access to a private

garden terrace with spectacular views, a fully equipped fitness center, and access to a multi-purpose entertainment center (complete with kitchen) for private parties. Both residents and hotel guests will also have access to Mokara, a full-service spa for those needing a little rejuvenation after a tough workday. In the design of the hotel, HOK Architects worked hard to combine Fort Worth charm with modern amenities. Sculpted from native stone and rich hardwoods, the new addition to the Fort Worth skyline is wrapped in glass. Terraces jut out of the corners, and the interior hotel corridors are broken up with an L-shape curve. Each hotel room will feature a touch of Texas with natural linens, plush bedding, and saddle-blanket throws. Residents of the 89 luxury units will enjoy the ease and convenience of all the hotel services. Each residence was designed by Faulkner Design Group with a rustic yet refined atmosphere. Every detail was taken into consideration to ensure a complete luxury experience with a Fort Worth flair. One other partner in the Fort Worth experience for hotel guests will be the Kimbell Art Museum Shop, which will offer quality art books, jewelry, decorative items, and gifts. “Omni Hotels and the Kimbell Art Museum both seek to provide an exceptional, memorable experience for locals and visitors in Fort Worth,” says Ed Netzhammer, general manager of the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. “We are excited to collaborate closely with an organization of the caliber of the Kimbell in order to further serve as the ‘living room of Fort Worth’ and be an essential downtown springboard to our city’s spectacular cultural venues.” Malcolm Warner, acting director of the Kimbell, added, “With Fort Worth tourism on the rise, the introduction of the new Omni Hotel is a great asset to our community. The new store will be the Kimbell’s ambassador to Downtown, encouraging visitors to come to the Cultural District and see the museum itself. That’s why it will be a vital presence for us. We are delighted to be in this partnership with the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.” The Omni Fort Worth Hotel will be a very important part of the city when it opens next month. Its location next to the convention center will make it a prime hotel for large and small conventioneers visiting the city. The hotel is also within walking distance of the finest restaurants and entertainment venues in Sundance Square. But more importantly, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel will be a vital economic engine for the city, from visitors dropping their money into the city, to providing employment opportunities for Fort Worth citizens during tough economic times.

encircling the tree and is the centerpiece for all the resplendent lights and sights of Sundance surrounding it. The majesty of our Courthouse at the top of Main Street looks down at this pretty scene. Christmas in Sundance Square will bring to mind the traditional scenes of a Norman Rockwell painting. And better still, a visit to Sundance Square is absolutely free! Take a stroll through our beautifully decorated Square and keep an eye out for Santa — he’s here every weekend through December 21, and he’ll come back on Monday, December 22, and Tuesday, December 23, just in case you need to finalize your list. The friendly elves from Fort Worth Sister Cities will be on hand so you can remember your visit with Santa on film. For a $5 donation they will snap your picture with Santa and deliver it right then and there. All proceeds benefit the Sister Cities International Scholarship Fund. After you have visited with Santa, Chesapeake Energy invites you to stay and celebrate the joys of the season with festive musical performances at the Sundance Square Christmas Tree. All December long, Chesapeake Energy will present free concerts featuring some of Tarrant County’s best school and church choirs, performance groups, and musicians. You will hear a delightful mix of styles – jazzy, soulful, spiritual, classical, and traditional — free music for everyone to enjoy! Be sure to mark your holiday calendar for the Nolan Catholic High School Choir performance on December 3 at 6 p.m. and The Texas Girls Choir on December 13 at 7 p.m. For a complete schedule of the holiday entertainment, please visit You can also take the opportunity to give back to your community and meet a few WFAA television personalities on Friday, December 12, at the Santa’s Helper’s Toy Drive in Sundance Square. We’ll be accepting new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations in front of the Christmas Tree from 5 until 10p.m. Donating a toy will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling and a deserving child a very merry Christmas!

Sundance Square Paints the Town

GREEN this Holiday Season


undance Square, downtown Fort Worth’s entertainment and shopping district, has been transformed into a fabulous holiday winter wonderland! And the centerpiece of all this fabulosity is the Sundance Square Christmas Tree. It appears the week before Thanksgiving and is magically transformed from a blue spruce from Michigan into Fort Worth’s beloved annual holiday tradition. It takes the efforts of many dedicated elves to stand, decorate, and light our tree, energetically working round the clock. After it’s decorated it takes quite a bit of electricity to power all this sparkle. To offset our holiday carbon footprint and make our green tree even greener, Sundance Square’s energy partner, has ensured that our tree’s carbon emissions have been offset 100 percent with wind power — which saves the equivalent of not driving 28,400 miles or to the North Pole and back. Located on Main Street between Third and Fourth streets, the Sundance Square Christmas Tree is a sight to behold. The Nutcracker is the theme of the set decor

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eneral David H. Petraeus has been named the 2008 recipient of the Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance. “Since 1974, General Petraeus has dedicated his life to the United States Army, and he is currently serving our country by leading our forces in the War on Terror,” says Jim Breen, the chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. “This award recognizes him for his leadership and over 34 years of service to our country.” A Distinguished Graduate of the U. S. Military Academy in 1974, General Petraeus recently was selected to command the United States Central Command after serving as the Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq from February 2007 to September 2008. In previous tours in Iraq, he commanded the MultiNational Security Transition Command-Iraq and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). In selecting a Great American Patriot Award winner, the Military Affairs Committee of the Bell Helicopter

teams from Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference. Prior to the 11 a.m. (CST) kickoff at Amon G. Carter Stadium, General Petraeus will conduct the coin toss between the two teams, along with leading an induction ceremony for new recruits. Gordon England, the Deputy Secretary of Defense for the United States, received the first Great American Patriot Award at the half-time of the 2006 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Fort Worth-resident Preston “Pete” Geren, the Secretary of the Army, was honored at the 2007 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. In addition to the commands he held in Iraq, General Petraeus also during his career commanded: a mechanized infantry company in the 24th Infantry Division, an air assault infantry battalion in the 101st Airborne Division, and an airborne infantry brigade in the 82d Airborne Division, as well as the U.S. Army’s Combined Arms Center, the organization that oversees 18 military schools and training centers throughout the United States. His staff assignments included: Executive

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Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; service as a staff officer responsible for operations, plans, and training at battalion, brigade, and division levels; and service in a similar capacity for the UN Force in Haiti and the NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia. General Petraeus earned M.P.A. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) degrees in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and he later completed a Fellowship at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He also taught international relations and economics as an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the US Military Academy. In addition to spending nearly 4 years in Iraq, General Petraeus also served in military operations in Haiti, Bosnia, and Kuwait. His awards and decorations include: two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Superior Service Medals, three Legion of Merit Medals, the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device, the Department of State Superior Honor Award, the French Legion d’Honneur, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and the gold award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm. He has also earned the master parachutist badge, the air assault badge, the combat action badge, and the Ranger tab, as well as French, British, and German jump wings. In 2007, General Petraeus was a runner-up for Time magazine’s Person of the Year. He has also been named one of US News and World Report’s Top 25 American Leaders, one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals, and one of Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Important People of the 21st Century.

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About the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), will be televised live from Amon G. Carter Stadium on Monday, December 31, at 11 a.m. (CST) on ESPN. The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will feature schools from Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference. With Patriotic overtones featuring all five branches of the military, the 2008 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will include a free Armed Forces Adventure fanfest area hosted by Armed Forces Insurance and will showcase military hardware from all branches of service; a flyover; a demonstration by one of the top military skydiving teams; induction ceremonies on the field; a military band and honor guard; and the half-time presentation of the Armed Forces Insurance “Great American Patriot Award.” A Textron Inc. Company, Bell Helicopter agreed August 23, 2006, to be the title partner for the post-season college football game formerly known as the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl (2003, 2004) and the Fort Worth Bowl (2005), which is now the Armed Forces Bowl. With those changes, the official name is the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. On December 6, 2007, Bell Helicopter exercised its option for title partnership of the game for 2008 and 2009. Ticket prices for the Bell Helicoter Armed Forces Bowl are $50 for sideline seats, $40 for upper deck seats and $15 for end-zone tickets. Military veterans receive half off any $50 or $40 seat and active-duty personnel get in free via the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl corporate military ticket underwriting program. A portion of local ticket sales will go to designated military charities. Tickets for this year’s game can be obtained by calling the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl office at (817) 810-0012 or by going to the Web site for more information at

Rock the Stock(yards)

A 7th Street Rock Club Owner heads North


he Fort Worth Stockyards is experiencing another rebirth of sorts. For decades, the area known for bootskootin’ has been home to some of the best country-and-Western venues in the world. Billy Bob’s, The White Elephant, and all of the other honkytonks down there are still the vanguards of Stockyards excellence. A few years ago, a couple of hip-hop clubs and some salsa dancing joints opened up in the ‘yards, but closed down shortly afterward. However, the usually resistantto-change historic area is now embracing a wave of hip new places. Brian Forella, owner of Lola’s on 6th Street and former West 7th gem the Wreck Room, is on the forefront of the new wave. He is about to open two new bars/musical venues, bringing an eclectic

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mix of music to the heart of the area - not just country. Forella plans to open Lola’s Stockyards, formerly known as Spinners on West Exchange Avenue, and to reopen the nearby Longhorns Saloon. “The Stockyards are trying to kick themselves into gear,” he said. “Once we got in there, we just thought it was such a cool little spot. The more we talked about it, and the more we hung out in the Stockyards and started researching it, the more we realized how much fun it is to hang around down there. It’s just a lot different from Downtown or 7th Street it’s just cool.” Forella has already done one show at Longhorns, an after-party for the Lone Star International Film Festival, and plans a couple more shows at the long-standing venue, including a New Year ‘s Eve show featuring four non-country bands. He plans to open the venue late in January and hopes it will be a Fort Worth version of the House of Blues or the Palladium, attracting national touring bands and larger local shows. In addition to the bands, Forella will also serve food and possibly have live audio online at Longhorns. By the time Longhorns opens, Lola’s Stockyards will already have been in business for a month. Forella hopes to have that bar up and running by the first week of December. He plans to feature smaller local and touring bands at that venue and acoustic and once-a-week shows, such as jazz night. He says that the intimate setting will be better for local bands because of the sound quality and set-up.

Steve Murrin, the so-called mayor of the Stockyards and owner of the property that Longhorns sits on, thinks that the usual Stockyards crowd will embrace the new clubs, and he welcomes the fresh blood. Also opening in the Stockyards is the very charming bar/restaurant Fubar (“Fun and Unique Bar/Restaurant”) on

“The more we hung out in the Stockyards... the more we realized how much fun it is to hang out down there” Rodeo Exchange. The menu is a slightly upscale version of Americana: burgers as big as your head with some slightly exotic fixin’s and fries. The food, service, and atmosphere are already receiving rave reviews from critics and Stockyards folk alike. All the new places are cause for optimism. As Forella explains, it’s just a matter of getting people to try something new in a place that’s as old as Fort Worth itself. “Our biggest challenge will be to get people who don’t go down to the Stockyards to go down there,” he said. “If it’s a good bar, people will go in.”

A taste of the Mediterranean The Vault is the hottest new dining destination in downtown Fort Worth. With its signature Mediterranean cuisine and hip V Lounge Wine & Martini Bar, The Vault is the place to go in downtown Fort Worth.

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The icon of suburban cocktail parties made its comeback in 1989 when the first Simply Fondue

Simply Fondue

111 W. Fourth St., 817-348-0633 Dinner nightly 5pm - 10:30 pm; bar open until 2am Four-course fondue dinner, $42 per person


ondue may be the ultimate in lighthearted dining, but the dish didn’t start out that way. The early history of

fondue - yes, there are people who study this - suggests that the melted-cheese type of fondue was likely peasant food, a good way to use up hard cheese and leftover bread. Swiss villagers in the 18th century made their bread and cheese in the summer to last until the next spring; in the winter, gathered around a fire, they found that melting the aged cheese improved the taste and made it much easier to eat. And in what was perhaps an accidental discovery, they found that hard bread would soften when dipped into the cheese. It was a short step from there to mixing in wine and seasonings to improve the flavor even more, and voilà: fondue.

Skip ahead 200 years to the next chapter in fondue history:

the 1950s, when Chef Konrad Egil of

the Chalet Swiss Restaurant in New York City popularized meat fondue - dipping choice cuts in boiling oil or flavored broth. Soon after that came the Golden Age of

fondue, when it became a staple of 1960s and 1970s dinner parties. Cutting-edge hostesses even offered the new chocolate fondues, with fruit or marshmallows for dipping.

opened on Lower Greenville Avenue in Dallas. Its popularity led to national growth, with locations in New York, New Jersey, and California in addition to the five Metroplex locations. The newest, in Sundance Square, carries on the Swiss tradition of communal sharing of the meal, but in a beautiful contemporary setting. The dark and cozy restaurant, below street level in the basement of the Woolworth Building, feels wonderfully intimate. In fact, the space is larger than the strategically placed half-walls would have it appear - there’s even a private dining room that seats up to 36 people and has three 42” HDTVs for corporate or group functions.

In the main dining area, comfortable high-backed booths flank granite tables with builtin hot plates. The multichoice menu

is confusing at first, but the friendly and well-trained servers explain it easily: The standard four-course meal begins with a cheese fondue (choose one of five types, from Traditional Swiss to a spicy pepper jack) , served with bread cubes, vegetables, and Granny Smith apple sections. Next, a crisp contemporary salad, like spinach and strawberry. The main course, meat fondue (vegetarian options are also available), brings many difficult decisions: first the cooking method (traditional oil, grilled, or simmered in a Mediterranean sangria or spicy Cajun broth); then the meats, from a wide selection including beef tenderloin, garlic chicken, salmon, and coconut shrimp. Thankfully, you may choose several different items.

But it’s not over yet. The grand finale, decadent chocolate fondue,

is flambéed at your table and served with a smorgasbord of dippable bites: cheesecake, angel food cake, jumbo marshmallows, brownies, fresh fruit, rice crispy squares, and cinnamon sugar balls. The chocolate selection may be toughest of all: Should it be classic milk chocolate, white chocolate Amaretto, rocky road, or one of the dozen other possibilities? Remembrance of the chocolate choice not taken will keep you coming back to Simply Fondue over and over again.

Each course is also available a la carte, and on our last visit we

may have witnessed the beginnings of a new downtown trend: groups of friends stopping in for a quick cheese fondue, then repairing to the chic bar for a Flirtini or a Razzmopolitan. Whether you’re laughing with pals in the bar or tucked into a romantic booth for two, you’re likely to see owners Gary Grassia and Rob Forsgren strolling around, making sure every customer is happy and satisfied. We are, we are indeed.


Veal Involtini

Veal Involtini. Simple ingredients, marvelously executed: veal cutlet wrapped

photo by Amy Royer

around mozzarella, prosciutto, and asparagus, baked and served with a


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delicious lemon sauce. Weather permitting, enjoy it with a glass of wine on Piola’s beautiful garden patio. $17.95 at Piola Italian Restaurant and Garden, 3700 Mattison Av., 817-989-0007

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Short lunch break? Grab a quick and tasty meal in under an hour!

Dos Gringos, 1015 University Dr., 817-338-9393 The restaurant: Dos Gringos, 1015 University Dr., 817-338-9393 The setting: Take a booth by the window for the best of all worlds: Admire the beautiful lines of the Modern Art Museum across the street, pity the poor car drivers rushing along University, and enjoy the Southwestern garden along Dos Gringos’ front sidewalk. Inside, mariachi music and hacienda dŽcor are guaranteed moodlifters. The menu: Dos Gringos’ dozen lunch specials ($6.75-$7.95 11am-4pm) are full-meal deals. Choose from enchiladas (beef with hearty chili sauce, chicken with sour cream sauce, or cheese with onions and queso), tacos (soft or crispy), and tamales, all served with a heap of refried beans and fluffy Spanish rice. But don’t overlook the regular menu’s reasonably

priced Tex-Mex standards like taco and chicken salads ($7.95), fajita quesadillas ($8.95), and chimichangas ($8.95). For a real weekday pick-me-up, splurge on Dos Gringos’ famous sizzling fajitas (beef, chicken, or pork, $11.95; shrimp $12.95). The service: Most days the window booths are manned by the wonderful Jesus, who will bring you freshmade chips and warm salsa as soon as you sit down and keep your water glass topped off. Like all the servers at Dos Gringos, he’s always there when you need him, but never hovering. The verdict: If you’re in the mood for relaxation, great service, and classic Tex-Mex, Dos Gringos is your oasis.

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ew Year’s Day is on a Thursday this year, which means that New Year’s Eve is on a Wednesday, which means that, without some tactical planning now, you could end up in a pickle once the holiday to end all holidays rolls around. So. Before you even start thinking about where to go on the big night and with whom, and before you even start looking at what to wear (to perhaps take off seductively or hurriedly, depending, at 1 a.m.), you must, must, must go to your boss now and take Friday off, giving you one long weekend, to recover or just keep the party going. Now, about those parties. The ones at your or your friends’ houses tend to be severely lame, nothing but the same ol’ people you regularly see either at work or at your local watering holes only gussied up a little more than usual. Bor-ring! For some real action, you’ve gotta do more to mix things up than look pretty and add some champagne to your regular retinue of cheap beer and even cheaper tequila shots. You’ve got to share the bonhomie that comes with the start of a new year with absolute strangers. You’ve got to get out there. And there’s nothing that brings the different folks together like live music. This year there’ll be something for everyone. There’ll be swing at Scat Jazz Lounge (501 Houston St., in Sundance Square, 817-870-9100), where co-owner, emcee, and smooth crooner Ricki Derek hosts his second annual New Year’s Eve Ringa-Ding. Scheduled to perform are Derek and his Vegas Six, who will be serving up swingin’ standards by Ol’ Blue Eyes, Dean-O, and Tony, among other Scotch-swiggin’ legends. The $75 admission charge includes the show, party favors, appetizers, and champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music gets going at 10. Tickets are available at

For a theatrical music experience, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Carnival: A Brazilian New Year’s Eve. The show, according to the symphony, promises to capture all of the excitement of Rio de Janeiro’s annual partay by featuring “exquisitely costumed dancers, the fast rhythms of the samba, and much Get Festive! Carnival: A Brazilian New Years Eve more.” The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., in Sundance Square. Lastly, our blues-rocking friends will have Bass Hall’s McDavid Studio all to themselves. Blues N’Breakfast will feature music by Dallas’ Jim Suhler, Houston native Alan Haynes, and The Tejas Brothers and also offer a buffet-style breakfast courtesy of Joe T. Garcia’s and Esperanza’s Café. The $100 tickets to the event (that includes the show and breakfast buffet and also a champagne toast) are already on sale. Call 817-212-4280 or 1-877-212-4280, stop by the box office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. ‘til 4 p.m. on Saturdays, or order online at

The rock will be, uh, brought-en at Lola’s Saloon (2736 W. 6th St., by the Cultural District, 817-877-0666). As they have many times before, locals Pablo and the Hemphill 7 will reggae-rawk in the new year, this year with several other bands from the 817, including ‘80s-radio rockers Goodwin, SoCal-flavored punks Darth Vato, and heavy-folkies Katsuk. Doors open at 8 p.m., music starts at 9, and admission to the allages show is $10 at the door.

Of course, to fit into your sharpest duds for your New Year’s Eve parties - and to absolve yourself of some of that Thanksgiving-meal sinning - line up on Sat., Dec. 6, for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. All across the country, racers will be donning their most festive running/ walking gear and affixing to their shoes tiny jingle bells to support the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to “prevent, control, and cure arthritis and related diseases.” The event, according to the foundation, raises awareness of the nation’s “most common cause of disability while raising desperately needed funds to find a cure for arthritis.”

Pablo and the Hemphill 7 rock in the New Year at Lola’s

Registration is $30 the day of the event, $25 beforehand, $15 for kids 12 and under, and $5 for dogs. Early registration closes on Dec. 5, the day before the race. Everything kicks off at 400 Main St. in Sundance Square. For more information, visit


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LIVE MUSIC dECEMbEr Wed, December 3rd Scat Jazz Lounge One Year Birthday Celebration w/ Scat Jazz All Star Jam Fri, December 5th ricki derek and the Vegas Six Sat, December 6th Carla Norris-Hopkins Jazz Quartet

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DOWNTOWN Bass Performance Hall 4th & Calhoun St., 817-212-4244 All performances are to be held at Bass Performance Hall, unless otherwise noted. *McDavid Studio is located at 301 E. 5th St. Bowfire Presented by: Bass Hall Mon Dec 1 8:00 pm The Nutcracker Presented by: Texas Ballet Theater Fri Dec 5............................................ 8:00 pm Sat Dec 6........................................... 2:00 pm Sat Dec 6........................................... 8:00 pm Sun Dec 7........................................... 2:00 pm Thu Dec 11 . ........................................7:00 pm Fri Dec 12.......................................... 8:00 pm Sat Dec 13.......................................... 2:00 pm Sat Dec 13.......................................... 8:00 pm Sun Dec 14......................................... 2:00 pm Sun Dec 14......................................... 7:00 pm Thu Dec 18 .........................................7:00 pm Fri Dec 19 .......................................... 8:00 pm Sat Dec 20 ......................................... 2:00 pm Sun Dec 21 . ....................................... 2:00 pm Sun Dec 21......................................... 7:00 pm Mingo Fishtrap *to be held in McDavid Studio Fri Dec 5 8:00 pm Handel’s Messiah David Thye, conductor Presented by: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Tue Dec 9 7:30 pm A Skaggs Family Christmas Featuring Ricky Skaggs Presented by: Bass hall Wed Dec 10 7:30 pm

Brave Combo “Holiday Dance Party: Presented by: Bass hall *to be held in McDavid Studio Fri Dec 12 8:00 pm Michael Martin Murphy’s “Cowboy Christmas” Presented by: Bass Hall Mon Dec 15 7:00 pm Birdville I.S.D. Holiday Concert Tue Dec 16 7:00 pm Lisa Williams Presented by: Mills Entertainment Wed Dec 17 7:30 pm Annie Presented by: Casa Manana Tue Dec 23 ................................... 7:30 pm Thu Dec 25................................... 7:30 pm Fri Dec 26..................................... 2:00 pm Fri Dec 26 . ...................................8:00 pm Sat Dec 27..................................... 8:00 pm Sat Dec 27 . ...................................2:00 pm Sun Dec 28................................... 7:00 pm Sun Dec 28 ...................................2:00 pm Flying Karamazov Brothers Presented by: Bass Hall Mon Dec 29 7:00 pm Robert Earl Keen Presented by: Bass Hall Tue Dec 30 8:00 pm Carnival: A Brazilian New Year’s Eve Presented by: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Wed Dec 31 8:00 pm New Year’s Eve at McDavid Studio Featuring The Tejas Brothers And Jim Suhler & Alan Haynes Presented by: Bass Hall Wed Dec 31 9:00 pm Central Library 500 W. 3rd St. 817-871-7724 The Central Library Youth Center continues Tuesday morning Booker’s story times at 10:30 am. Designed for children ages 3-5, but all are welcome. Program includes stories, puppets, songs, fun and early literacy information for parents and caregivers. Saturday Family Fun Programs are offered every Saturday at 2:00 pm.

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City Streets 425 Commerce St., 817-335-5400 The Flying Saucer 111 E. 4th St., 817-336-7470 Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 1:00 am Thu - Sat 11:00 am -2:00 am Sun Noon - Midnight Thu to Sun nights - LIVE BANDS For more information, go to Fort Worth Convention Center 1111 Houston St. 817-392-6338 or General Services Administration Dec 3 Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance Foundation Style Show Luncheon Dec 5 Campus Drive Community UMC Awards Banquet Dec 5 Children’s Charities of Fort Worth Margarita Ball Dec 6 North Texas Regional Cheer Competition Dec 6 2008 Texas Turfgrass Association Dec 8-9 SDR Presents Susan Zimmermann Dec 9 America’s Best Cheer & Dance Cheer Competition Dec 13-14 Holiday Train Show Dec 13-14 Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc. Tuba Christmas Dec 23 ESPN Armed Forces Bowl Luncheon Dec 30 Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau Information Center 415 Throckmorton St. 817-336-8791 Four Day Weekend 312 Houston St. 817-226-4DAY Show Times Fri & Sat 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm Admission $12 Fri & $15 Sat Encore Lounge (inside Four Day Weekend Theater) 312 Houston St., 817-226-4329 Live music every Thursday night. Hyena’s Comedy Night Club 605 Houston, 817-877-5233 UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center 1401 Jones Street, Will Rogers Memorial Center 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., 817-392-7469 The Center is a multi-purpose entertainment complex under 45 acres of roof spread over 85 acres, and located in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District. Events: Most Sats & Suns - Flea market in Barn 1 NCHA Futurity Dec 1-14 Chamber Theatre Productions - Encore

Dec 1 3rd Annual DFW Native American Awareness Expo Dec 2 Creating Hope for the Community Dec 3 EECU All Employee Meeting Dec 4 The Nutcracker Dec 5-7 TCU Football Banquet Dec 6 Christ Chapel Christmas Brunch Dec 6 Cowgirl University - Chuck Wagon Cooking Dec 6 DSPTC 2008 Holiday Party Dec 7 Calf Scramble Meeting & Reception Dec 9 Ballet Concerto Dec 11-13 Pet Expo Dec 20-21 Christmas Step Classic Dec 20 High Caliber Gun & Knife Show Dec 27-28 THEATRE Circle Theatre, Inc. 230 W. 4th St., 817-877-3040 Jubilee Theatre 506 Main St., 817-338-4411 Call or see website for ticket prices. Museums, Galleries & Exhibits Fire Station No. 1 NE corner of 2nd & Commerce Free 9:00 am - 8:00 pm daily 817-255-9300 Historic Wall at the ITC 9th & Jones at the Intermodal Transportation Center Created by Denton Artist Paula Blincoe and composed of carved and stained brick panels. Includes a narrative about the vibrant African-American commercial district. Milan Gallery 505 Houston St. 817-338-4278, Free. Open 7 days a week, call for times. Sid Richardson Museum 309 Main Street, 817-332-6554 Free. Open 7 days a week, call for times. Closed major holidays. Enjoy paintings of the Old West by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and other Western artists from the personal collection of legendary Texas oilman and philanthropist Sid W. Richardson. Second Sat of each month at: 1 pm Guided tour of an extraordinary group of paintings by Frederic Reming-

ton, Charles Russell and other late 19th century artists who shaped the public’s perception of the American West. 2 pm Live performance by Roberta Atkins highlights the career of cowboy artist Charles Russell, told from the perspective of his wife, Nancy Cooper Russell. World’s largest honkytonk with concerts, bull riding, gift shop, parties and events. Voted CMA’s club of the year eight times. Chris Cagle at Billy Bob’s New Year’s Eve

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Thomas Kinkade Gallery 302 Main St. 817-335-1140, Free. Open 7 days a week, call for times. National Cowboys of Color Museum Open Wed-Sat 11 am – 6 pm 3400 Mount Vernon Avenue, 817-922-9999 Miscellaneous Santa at Sundance Every Friday Evening, Saturday and Sunday from Nov 29 - Dec 21 Come see Santa in his enchanting Nutcracker home located on Main Street between Third and Fourth streets. His bright red sleigh sits atop a bold and beautiful stage guarded by a 10’ Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King. The majestic tree, adorned with thousands of lights, snowflakes and bright red balls, serves as a perfect backdrop for photos. A host of friendly elves from the Fort Worth Sister Cities International Youth Program are here to take your picture for a $5 charitable donation. Santa is waiting for you with a big hug and special treat. Hours are Fridays, 6 - 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am - 6 pm. Visit for more information. Big Texas Toy Run - Dec 21st in downtown Fort Worth. For info go to Cats Winterfest Dec 6th at LaGrave Field Cats Winterfest is a free event and includes a concert by the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra followed by a fireworks show. Dodger and Santa will be there, too! www. 17th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk and Holiday Festival for Arthritis Dec 6th in Sundance Square Chisholm Lot. For info call Martha Earngey at 817994-5673 or visit STOCKYARDS Billy Bob’s Texas 2520 Rodeo Plaza, 817-624-7117,

Fort Worth Herd-Daily Cattle drive 11:30 am — The Cattle Drive enters E. Exchange Ave. at the far east end. It travels west, past the Stockyards Visitor’s Center and Stockyards Exchange Building, 131 E. Exchange, and ends by driving up the alley in between the Exchange Bldg. and Cowtown Coliseum. The Longhorns can be viewed at the Herd Observation Deck (northeast side of the Exchange Bldg. behind the parking lot) after the drive and until 4 pm. 4 pm — The Cattle Drive runs in the opposite direction, and the Longhorns return to the barn pens behind the Livestock Exchange Bldg. Scheduled drive times are weatherpermitting. The Trail Boss has the ultimate decision on whether to drive the cattle or not. Longhorns are not pets or show animals, and drives are subject to their disposition. On-site changes to the schedule may be necessary; no drives on major holidays. Stockyards Station 817-625-9715, Grapevine Vintage Railroad Ride the oldest continual operating steam engine in the south along the cotton belt route between Grapevine and Fort Worth. 817-625-7245 or visit Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Three exhibits including: • A tribute to 44 of the top cowboys and cowgirls who have excelled in the sports of rodeo and cutting. • Large wagon collection with over 60 horse-drawn vehicles and related objects. • John Justin Trail of Fame. Mr. Justin spent a lifetime building the Justin Boot Company. Texas Trail of Fame A virtual chronological history of our Western Heritage in the United States, Texas, and the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.

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The Tarantula Train Ride the only operational steam locomotive in Texas that dates from before the turn of the century. 817-625-7545, Stockyards Livery & Stables Horseback riding, wagon rides, horse boarding, riding lessons, roller roper, weekly team roping, practice arena leasing, corporate and private parties/children’s birthday parties and arena/facility rental. 817-624-3446

Fort Worth Museum of Science & History 1501 Montgomery St. 817-255-9300 • Exhibits Return Nov 8th! Kidspace Hands on Studio • Omni Now Open! Currently showing: - Dinosaurs Alive! - Mummies: Secrets of the Pharohs - Deep Sea - Polar Express

Cultural District

Current Exhibitions Sentimental Journey: The Art of Alfred Jacob Miller On exhibit until Jan 11 An American Original: George Bellows, His Lithographs, and the 1936 Texas Centennial On Exhibit until April 19 Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret On Exhibit Nov 15 until Feb 15 Permanent Collection Paintings & Sculpture Ongoing Exhibit Highlights from the museum’s worldrenowned collection of nineteenth-and twentieth-century American masterpieces are on view on the museum’s second floor. Frederic Remington and Charles Russell Ongoing Exhibit Paintings, sculptures, and drawings by the two greatest artists of the American West, are on view in the Carter’s first-floor galleries. Masterworks of American Photography Ongoing Exhibit More than fifty selections from the Carter’s holdings of over 30,000 exhibitionquality photographs are on display in this rotating exhibition. Casa Mañana 3101 W. Lancaster Ave. 817-332-2272, See Bass Performance Hall schedule for performance listing. 22

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7-Eleven 1401 W. Summit Avenue 817-348-0317 AlphaGraphics 201 Main Street, Suite 100 817-335-2679 Basket Mart 311 Main St. 817-882-8743 Downtown Market and Deli 901 Throckmorton St. 817-850-9494 FED EX 901 Houston 817-348-8899

The Amon Carter Museum 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-738-1933 Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Closed Mon Free Admission The Amon Carter Museum is a treasure not only for the Fort Worth community, but also for art lovers throughout the world. An extraordinary collection, special exhibitions, education programs, community events and publications make the Museum a major center for the interpretation and enjoyment of American art.

Downtown Retail

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The Fort Worth Zoo 1989 Colonial Parkway 817-759-7555, Kimbell Art Museum 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd 817-332-8451, 817-654-1034 Tue - Thu and Sat 10 am - 5 pm Fri 10 am - Noon Free General Admissions The Kimbell Art Museum’s holdings range in period from antiquity to the 20th century, including masterpieces by Duccio, Fra Angelico, Mantegna, Caravaggio, El Greco, La Tour, Rubens, Vel·zquez, Rembrandt, Houdon, Goya, David, Monet, Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse, and Mondrian. The Modern 3200 Darnell St. 817-738-9215 866-824-5566, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat 10 am - 5 pm Fri 10 am - 8 pm, Sun 11am - 5 pm Closed Mon and holidays Hubbard/Birchler: No Room to Answer On Exhibit until Jan 4 The National Cowgirl Museum Hall of Fame 1720 Gendy St., 817-336-4475 Tue - Sat 10 am - 5 pm Sun Noon - 5 pm, Closed Mon Admission Adult $6, Senior $5 ~ Children 6-18 $4 ~ kids 5 & under free Members Free Collections: The collections of the Museum document the history of women in the American West. More than 5,000 artifacts and 2,500 photographs illustrate and preserve the stories of a diverse group of women from artists, musicians, ranchers.

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Hertz Rent a Car 917 Taylor St. 817-332-5205 Houston Street Computers 107 Houston St. 817-915-7217 Joe Daiches Credit Jewelers 101 Houston St. 817-332-6391 Kinko’s 901 Houston St. 817-348-8899 Larry North 615 Commerce Marie Holliday, DMD 115 W. 2nd Street Mayfair on Main Street 316 Main St. 817-336-0989 Nathan Frankel Electric Supply 1109 Lamar St. 817-336-5656

Paper Trails 508 Main St. 817-877-4362

Walgreen’s 921 Henderson St. 817-885-8558

Peter Bros Hats 909 Houston St. 817-335-1715

Wallace Stamp and Coin 940 W. Belknap St. 817-338-4631

Quick Way Food & Shell Gas Station 801 W. Belknap 817-338-1736

Zap Copy Center 809 Taylor St. 817-877-1800

Sherry’s Gifts and Snacks 801 Cherry St., Suite 100 817-877-4333 Sherry’s Gifts and Snacks 301 Commerce St. 817-339-8829 Starbucks Coffee Café 404 Houston St. 817-882-9480 Sundry Mart 200 W. 6th St. 817-332-1677 Texaco 320 E. 1st St. 817-390-8763 The Import Store 915 W. Belknap St. 817-885-8590 Thomas Reprographics 805 Lamar St. 817-336-0565 Thomas Rubber Stamp Company 1306 Throckmorton St. 817-332-2060 Tobacco Lane 512 Main St. Ste. 110 817-334-0900 UPS Store at Sundance Square 209 W. 2nd Street 817-870-1604

Downtown Dining 7th Street Grill 411 W. 7th St. 817-877-1390 Alonti 801 Cherry St., #32 817-877-4022 Alonti 203 Commerce, #200 817-335-3988 Bailey’s Barbeque 826 Taylor St. 817-335-7469 Bennigan’s 515 Houston St. 817-448-0085 Café Texas (Hilton Hotel) 815 Main St. 817-870-1000 Caffini’s 309 W. 7th St., #105 817-335-0526 Corner Bakery 615 Main St., 817-870-4991 Del Frisco’s Double Eagle 812 Main St. 817-877-3999 Domino’s Pizza 900 Henderson 817-355-8888 Downtown Market & Deli 901 S. Throckmorton 817-850-9494 Four Star Coffee 815 Houston St. 817-332-3355

J’s Burgers n’ More 905 Throckmorton St. 817-332-5609 Mambo’s Tapas Cantina 1010 Houston St. 817-336-3124 Picchi-Pacchi 512 Main St., #106 817-870-2222 Pizzeria Uno 300 Houston St. 817-885-8667 Potbelly Sandwich Works 540 Throckmorton 817-870-3600 Pour House 209 W. 5th St. 817-335-2575 Ruth’s Chris Steak House 813 Main Street 817-348-0080 Shula’s 347 Grill 1701 Commerce St. 817-870-2700 Subway 500 W. 7th St. 817-336-0900 Subway 512 Main St., Ste.101 817-334-0495 Taco Bell 900 W. Weatherford 817-877-4884 ­ Texas de Brazil 101 N. Houston St. 817-882-9500 Vidalia’s (Renaissance Worthington Hotel) 200 Main St. 817-882-1719 Zambrano Wine Cellar 910 Houston St., Ste 110 817-850-9463

Churches Allen A.M.E. Chapel 116 Elm 817-332-5071 First Christian Church of Fort Worth 612 Throckmorton 817-336-7185 First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth 1000 Penn St 817-335-1231 First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth 800 W 5th St 817-336-7277 Gethsemane Presbyterian Church 960 W Bluff St 817-332-9061 Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church 2023 Wenneca Ave 817-332-5549 Greater St. James Baptist Church 210 N Harding St 817-336-2214 Morning Chapel C.M.E. Church 2612 Sara Jane Ln 817-332-4842 Saint Andrews Episcopal Church 917 Lamar 817-332-3191 St. Patrick’s Cathedral - Catholic 1206 Throckmorton 817-332-4915 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church 1800 W Freeway 817-332-2281

Businesses in Sundance Square

Fox & Hound 604 Main St. 817-338-9200 Fresh Choice Express 777 Main St., Suite C-90 817-335-2137

Retail Barnes and Noble 401 Commerce Street 817-332-7178 Earth Bones 308 Main Street 817-332-2662 Flowers To Go 120 W Third Street 817-339-2555 Haltom’s Jewelers 317 Main Street 817-336-4051 Jos. A. Banks 501 Houston Street 817-878-2548 Leddy’s Ranch at Sundance 410 Houston Street 817-336-0800

Milan Gallery 505 Houston Street 817-338-4278 MoonStruck in Sundance Square 501 Main Street 817-870-0077


Barnes and Noble Café 401 Commerce Street 817-332-7178

Pappagallo Classiques 408 Houston Street 817-698-8100

Billy Miner’s Saloon 150 W. Third Street 817-877-3301

Parfumerie Marie Antoinette and Spa 101 W Second Street 817-332-2888

Cabo Grande 115 W Second Street 817-348-8226

Retro Cowboy 406 Houston Street 817-338-1194 Schakolad Chocolate Factory 106 E 4th Street 817-870-2400 Sid Richardson Mueseum 309 Main Street 817-332-6554 Thomas Kinkade Gallery 302 Main Street 817-335-1140 Vessels 310 Main Street 817-882-8743

Entertainment 8.0 Bar and Café 111 E. Third Street 817-336-0880 95.9 The Ranch and Country Legends 92.1 FM 115 W 3rd Street 817-332-0959

Reata at Sundance Square 310 Houston Street 817-336-1009

8.0 Bar and Café 111 E Third Street 817-336-0880

Riscky’s Barbecue 300 Main Street 817-877-3306 Sammy’s Pizza and Pasta 402 Houston Street 817-348-0085 Simply Fondue 111 W. Fourth Street 817-348-0633

Cantina Laredo 530 Throckmorton Street 817-810-0773

Starbucks 404 Houston Street 817-882-9480

Chili’s 515 Main Street 817-885-8680

Taverna Pizzeria and Risotteria 450 Throckmorton Street 817-885-7502

City Club of Fort Worth 301 Commerce Street 817-878-4000

The Flying Saucer 111 E. Fourth Street 817-336-7470

Daddy Jack’s Seafood 353 Throckmorton Street 817-332-2477

The Vault Mediterranean 525 Taylor Street 817-348-9838

Ferre Ristorante e Bar 215 E Fourth Street 817-332-0033

Uno Chicago Grill 300 Houston Street 817-885-8667

Jamba Juice 400 Main Street 817-870-1001

Zippy’s All American Grill 400 Houston Street 817-334-0999

La Madeleine Bakery and Café 305 Main Street 817-332-3639

Hotels Ashton Hotel 610 Main Street 817-332-0100

Marble Slab Creamery 312A Houston Street 817-335-5877

Courtyard by Marriott/ Blackstone 601 Main Street 817-885-8700

AMC Palace 9 Theatre 220 E. 3rd Street 817-870-1111

Mercury Chop House 301 Main Street 817-336-4129

Bass Performance Hall 555 Commerce Street 817-212-4200

Mi Cocina 509 Main Street 817-877-3600

Circle Theatre 230 W 4th Street 817-877-3040

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro 400 Throckmorton Street 817-840-2450

City Streets 425 Commerce Street 817-335-5400

Piranha Killer Sushi 335 W Third Street 817-348-0200

Four Day Weekend 312 Houston Street 817-226-4DAY

Potbelly Sandwich Works 540 Throckmorton Street 817-870-3600

Jubilee Theatre 506 Main Street 817-338-4411

Qdoba 550 Throckmorton Street 817-332-2001

Scat Jazz Lounge 111 W Fourth Street, Suite 11, 817-870-9100

Quiznos 355 W 3rd Street 817-885-7571

The Flying Saucer 111 E. Fourth Street 817-336-7470

Razzoo’s Cajun Café 318 Main Street 817-338-2866 december 2008

Embassy Suites Hotel 600 Commerce Street 817-332-6900 Etta’s Place 200 W Third Street 817-255-5760 Hilton Hotel 815 Main Street 817-870-2100 Park Central Hotel 1010 Houston Street 817-336-2011 Renaissance Worthington Hotel 200 Main Street 817-870-1000 Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa 1701 Commerce Street 817-335-7000

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