DART: Your Ride This Weekend

You have no excuse to be bored his weekend, as there’s tons of stuff going on. Options range from a kid-friendly film festival to a new kind of vomit. Nope, not a typo – read on, and remember, taking DART means never having to complain about parking.

Thursday, Jan. 17

Rainbow Vomit opens tonight, so you can be sure it’ll be, uh, fresh. What is Rainbow Vomit? It’s a technicolor, interactive art experience that immerses you in art, light, and sound. A 2,600-square-foot space in Exposition Park becomes another world, where it would seem a stack of comic books has “vomited” vibrant colors everywhere. There are also superheroes, unicorns, and other striking visuals. Unique photo opportunities will help you liven up your social media accounts (not that your dinner last night didn’t look awesome). The show runs through Feb. 17 at 3609 Parry Ave. It’s practically across the street from Fair Park Station on the Green Line.

Friday, Jan. 18

’til Midnight at the Nasher brings you free live music and a film with the price of admission – which is zero, because the museum is free from 6 p.m. on. Tonight’s musical headliners are Kirk Thurmond and the Millennials, and the film is Clue. And, of course, you get to enjoy the Nasher Sculpture Center’s ’s amazing collection of art. There will also be museum tours and other optional activities, plus the museum’s café will stay open until – or ’til – 10 p.m.

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art throws its own artsy shindig right across Olive Street. You can expect some pretty cool performances, film screenings and tours from the DMA, and it’s free. Tonight is the event’s “Sweet Sixteen” Anniversary, and the museum will revisit some of Late Night’s greatest hits. The event happens from 6-11 p.m:

Both museums are about an 8-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.

Saturday, Jan. 19

The 35th Annual KidFilm Family Festival happens Friday and Saturday at the Angelika Film Center – go up the escalator and look to your right at Mockingbird Station (Red, Blue, Orange lines). Presented by the USA Film Festival, the free series gives audiences of all ages an opportunity to see and discuss great films. This year, the festival salutes Marc Brown, author, illustrator and creator of the classic Arthur books and television series.

Plano Metropolitan Ballet gives its last performance of The Little Mermaid tonight. The show is a retelling of the childhood favorite through dance. Performances are at the Courtyard Theater, right across Haggard Park from the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station.

Sunday, Jan. 20

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty closes after today! If you haven’t seen it, get to the African American Museum – it’s kind of a big deal, with more than 300 artifacts, works of art and documents unearthed at Jefferson’s famous plantation. The African American Museum is the first to host this newly updated touring exhibition. The museum is in Fair Park; take the Green Line to Fair Park Station to get there.

Two very different theatrical performances close after today’s Sunday matinee.

Clowning Around with Murder takes place in 1935 at the Fripson Clown College. Someone has murdered the school’s founder and Harry Hunsacker, world famous detective and aspiring actor, must solve the case. The show employs Pegasus Theatre’s trademarked Living Black & White™ technique. Everything is in black, white, and shades of gray to mimic the look of an old movie. Performances are at the Eisemann Center, a very short walk from Galatyn Park Station.

Hamlet is Shakespeare Dallas’ inaugural indoor performance, at the Moody Performance Hall. It’s more intimate territory for the theater company. So now you can get a close-up view of the Prince of Denmark, who is called upon to exact revenge on his treacherous uncle. He winds up wondering if he should be or not be. The venue is in the Dallas Arts District; it’s closest to Pearl/Arts District Station, which is about a 9-minute walk away and is served by all four lines.

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Put the Heat On: DART to ZestFest at the Irving Convention Center

A lot of people avoid scales in January, but there’s one scale you needn’t avoid – the Scoville scale. Invented by Wilbur Scoville in 1912, this standard of spice measures the “heat” of chili peppers in something called Scoville Units.

If you’re a heat-head, you probably knew that. And from Jan. 25-27, you’ll get a chance to crank the capsaicin up to “11” at ZestFest, Irving’s annual celebration of all things hot and fiery. Best of all, you can catch DART to the action; the incendiary festival happens at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, right on the Orange Line.

ZestFest showcases some of the spiciest foods around, all under one roof, with exhibitors coming from around the country with thousands of piquant samples. You’ll find lots of mom-and-pop shops, along with big industry names.

Check out cooking demos from celebrity chefs such as Jon Bonnell, proprietor of Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and expert on wild game; Shaun O’Neale, Season 7 Champion of MasterChef on FOX; and Peter Mollett, the man behind Smokin’ Texas Gourmet products. Get carnivorous at Eddie Deen’s Roasted Pig and BBQ Dinner. Be brave, and test your mettle at the Fiery Food Challenge or the Atomic Wing Challenge.

On the other hand, you might prefer to remain a spectator at the PuckerButt Jalapeno Eating Contest. If not, DART trains have plenty of standing room for your trip home.

Somewhere, Wilbur Scoville will be proud.

What: ZestFest
When: Jan. 25-27
Where: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

How: DART Rail Orange Line to Irving Convention Center Station

More info: zestfest.net


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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Mild temperatures in January are always cause for getting out of the house, and this weekend gives you plenty of places to go. Check out ancient instruments or a brand-new event. Explore the turbulent Civil Rights era or be soothed by chamber music. Wherever you go, DART’s the way to get there. We recommend the following events.

Thursday, Jan. 10

Shen Yun opens tonight at the Winspear Opera House and runs through Jan. 27. The dance program transports you to ancient China. With breathtaking choreography, vivid costumes and a live orchestra, the show promises one-of-a-kind-entertainment.  You can get to the Winspear by taking any DART Rail line to Pearl/Arts District Station and walking about eight minutes to the heart of the Dallas Arts District.

Friday, Jan. 11

Herman’s Hermits were the epitome of 60s pop music. With Peter Noone at the helm, the band turned out a string of hits that are still mainstays of oldies radio (“I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” etc.). Tonight, Noone takes the stage at the Eisemann Center, accompanied by the latest iteration of Herman’s Hermits. Take the Red or Orange Line to Galatyn Park Station, walk a few hundred feet across the plaza and get into something good.

Mahler’s The Song of the Earth was the composer’s greatest symphony, according to no less than Leonard Bernstein. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra brings it to life with mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor and tenor Russell Thomas. The program starts out with Mozart’s evocative Symphony No. 38, also known as the “Prague Symphony.” Catch it at the Meyerson Symphony Center – about an 8-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station. Any DART Rail line will take you there.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Saturdays on the Square is a brand-new event in Historic Downtown Carrollton. For its inaugural outing, the city will present a family-friendly comedy show. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and take the Green Line to Downtown Carrollton Station.  The square is two blocks south, at Broadway and Main. The food, laughter and fun happen from 6-8 p.m.

A Season of Family and Friends is part of Fine Arts Chamber Players’ free Bancroft Family Concert Series at the Dallas Museum of Art. Tonight’s program, “Ancient Instruments in Modern Time,” features Russell Campbell, Associate Principal Trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and DSO Principal Harp Emily Levin. They’ll perform Debussy, Gershwin and more with an unusual pairing of instruments – both of which have been around for millennia. The concert is free, and it starts at 3 p.m. in the museum’s Horchow Auditorium. The DMA is about a five-minute walk north from St. Paul Station, served by all four DART Rail lines.

Sunday, Jan. 13

Fetch Clay, Make Man gets its last performance today at the Wyly Theatre. The play is about the friendship between Muhammad Ali and the vaudevillian Stepin Fetchit. The drama takes place against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. Today’s performance is a 2 p.m. matinee; the theater is roughly a nine-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station.

Where are you going on DART this weekend? Let us know in the comments.


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Seniors, Start Your Engines

Are you over 50 and fit? If so, you should register for the 2019 Dallas Senior Games through Feb. 8.

Test your mettle against other area seniors! All ability levels are welcome at the DARTable, Olympics-style event, which takes place Feb. 28-March 10. There are 12 sports represented, and 30 different events you can participate in. Each can be as competitive or as leisurely as you choose to make it.

The games will kick off on Feb. 28 with an opening ceremony and non-competitive 1K walk at the Fair Park Embarcadero Building. The celebration is themed “The Moment is Yours!” and you can get there by taking the Green Line to Fair Park Station.

Specific events will take place at a variety of locations throughout Dallas. Most are DARTable, including Beckley Saner Recreation Center (Bus Route 522), Fretz Recreation Center (routes 402 and 403), Fair Oaks Tennis Center (Route 582), Harry Stone Recreation Center (Route 164), T Bar M Racquet Club (routes 36 and 486), and Greenhill School (Route 488). Click here for a registration packet, which includes a schedule of events.

Whether you’re a serious athlete or more casual in your approach, the 2019 Senior Games promises lots of fun.


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2019 DART Student Art Contest: Last Call

There is still time for kindergarten through 12th grade students throughout North Texas to submit their entries for the 2019 DART Student Art Contest. Visit DART.org/artcontest for a complete list of contest rules.

For more contest information, contact Jessica D. Lennon at [email protected] or 214-749-2582.

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Photo Feature: Street Rainbow

Thank you Instagram user, @high_vis, for sharing this photo of a DART train moving in downtown Dallas.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend


Perot Museum of Nature and Science

There are lots of DARTable events this weekend to help you chase away the post-holiday blues.  Additionally, a whole clutch of long-running performances and exhibits end after this weekend. Skip to the Sunday listings to peruse those; all of them run the whole weekend long.

Friday, Sat. 4-Saturday, Jan. 19

Plano Metropolitan Ballet presents The Little Mermaid. It opens Friday in the Downtown Plano Arts District. The familiar and beloved story is told through the magic of dance. Join Ariel and the colorful characters under the sea at the Courtyard Theater, right across Haggard Park from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line.

Saturday, Jan. 5

K3 Sisters Band are multi-instrumentalists with Texas roots. They’ve toured all over the country, and they’ll perform a matinee Friday at The Millhouse Pizzeria in Downtown Garland. The show starts at noon. That’s the perfect time to order a pie and enjoy the pop and indie stylings – with broad hints of Texas country, folk and Celtic – of the three musical sisters. The venue is a short walk from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.


Sunday, Jan. 6

Believe it or not, each of the following exhibits and performances – six in all – enjoy their last day today. Hopefully, you’ve caught some of them. If not, get on board! DART will take you to any one of these events. Or two. Why not?

Ultimate Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a memorable experience for everyone in the family. The exhibit reveals a newly discovered breed of dinosaurs. Highlights include 15 dinosaur casts, more than a dozen prehistoric specimens, lifelike recreations of the dinosaurs in the flesh, touchable fossils, play spaces for kids and more. The Science Museum of Minnesota presents the groundbreaking spectacle, and Sunday is your last day to catch it. The Perot Museum is a few blocks north of either West End or Akard station. All four DART Rail lines go to both of them.

The Trains at NorthPark has delighted generations of Dallas families for decades. Where else can you see more than 750 model railcars running over nearly a third of a mile of elaborate tracks? Along the way, they pass spectacular sights such as the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and the cityscapes of New York, San Francisco and Dallas. Get there today, or you’ll have to wait until next year. The exhibit benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. You can get to NorthPark Center by taking the NorthPark Center Shuttle (Route 702) from the Red Line’s Park Lane Station.

Skating Under the Stars is an outdoor ice rink located right outside of the StarCenter in Farmers Branch. The rink is open from noon until 10 p.m. Get there before the big thaw, because this is the event’s last day! The StarCenter is visible from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

The Phantom of the Opera is a spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic. Expect exciting special effects along with the beloved story and thrilling score. Catch the last performance at the Music Hall at Fair Park, a very short walk from Fair Park Station.  

A Bronx Tale is the Broadway hit that’s bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from the same songwriter who gave us Beauty and the Beast. Take a trip to the 1960s Bronx, where a young man is torn between the father he loves and the mob boss he wants to be. The musical is at the Winspear Opera House, about a 9-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four DART lines. Today’s matinee is the last performance.

Dali: Poetics of the Small, 1929-1936 at the Meadows Museum at SMU is the first in-depth showing of Salvador Dali’s small-scale works. You’ll still see his unmistakable style on display, and the exhibition examines the Surrealists’ potential sources of inspiration. The exhibit comes down after today. The Meadows Museum is accessible by the Museum Express (Route 743), which departs from Mockingbird Stations on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.

Where are you going on DART this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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What’s in store for 2019?

We’ve had a great 2018 here at DART, and we’re gearing up for a bigger and better 2019! We have a range of transit initiatives planned for 2019 to keep North Texas moving and make getting around the region more flexible and fluid. We’re excited to be advancing more than $2.5 billion in rail projects, extending platforms at 28 stations along the Red and Blue lines, introducing new features on our GoPass mobile ticketing app, along with other transit developments.

With so much going on, let’s take a closer look at what the new year has in store.

Cotton Belt

2019 will be an exciting year for the Cotton Belt project. The 26-mile Cotton Belt track will join 7 cities across North Texas and connect to the Orange, Green, and Red lines, as well as TEXRail. Design work is set to begin early in 2019 and is expected to take six to eight months to complete. Construction will follow soon afterward, starting with utility relocation and foundation work for bridges.

D2 Subway

Planning on the D2 Subway will continue through 2019. The D2 Subway will increase capacity through the busiest corridor of downtown Dallas and allow DART to redistribute its rail lines between two downtown rail corridors. Once complete, the D2 Subway will add much needed operational flexibility and allow more people to access all that the communities of Downtown Dallas have to offer.

Platform Extensions

On November 28, 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation granted an additional $2 million to DART’s Red and Blue line Platform Extensions project. Construction will begin in 2019 to raise and extend platforms at 28 stations across the Red and Blue lines. The completed project will allow us to operate three-car trains, helping us address the growing demand for DART’s rail system, reduce overcrowding during peak times and special events, and increase room for passengers, making for a more comfortable journey.

GoPass App

In late 2018, DART updated our GoPass mobile ticketing app, allowing fare-capping and a “cash-to-mobile” option. In 2019, the GoPass app will be integrated with other transportation modes, including car and ride-share, helping customers create and pay for a complete ride in a single app and making transit even more affordable. This is just one of the many ways DART is creating a seamless network of ways to get around North Texas, effectively and efficiently.

We’re looking forward to delivering these and other transit developments to the North Texas region in 2019. Stay tuned to DART Daily to keep up to date on everything that the new year will bring.

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DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with free rides from DART and Coors Lite at several DARTable events in downown Dallas, including the Royalty NYE party at the Old Red Museum. Photo courtesy of RoyaltyNYE.com.

Christmas Day has come and gone, but holiday celebrations are far from over. New Year’s Eve is still ahead. And, there are several events in downtown Dallas that are convenient to DART Rail.

On New Year’s Eve, Freeze the Keys with a FREE NYE DART RideFrom 6 p.m. through the end of service New Year’s Eve, Coors Light and DART are delivering free rides on all buses, trains, paratransit services and the TRE between Union Station and CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. No passes or coupons required!

There are other events to keep you entertained until then, and DART can get you there.

Through Jan. 6

Skating Under the Stars is just what the name implies – an outdoor ice rink that is open well into the evening. The rink is open 12 noon-10 p.m. seven days a week through Jan. 6 (except New Year’s Day). It’s all part of Christmas in the Branch, Farmers Branch’s holiday event that runs through Jan. 6. The rink is in front of the Dr Pepper StarCenter. While you’re there, stroll through the holiday lights at The Grove and Liberty Plaza, both in the same general area – a short walk from Famers Branch Station on the Green Line.

Saturday, Dec. 29- Sunday, Jan. 20

Clowning Around with Murder opens Dec. 29 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson and runs through Jan. 20. The play takes place in 1935 at the Fripson Clown College, where somebody has murdered the school’s founder. Enter Harry Hunsacker, world famous detective and aspiring actor, who must solve the case along with his assistant, Nigel Grouse. Pegasus Theatre’s production uses the theater company’s Living Black & White™ technique. The lighting is all in black, white and grey, mimicking an old black and white film. The venue is a few steps from the Red Line’s Galatyn Park Station.

Monday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve

The Royal Masquerade Ball is a stylish New Year’s Eve event with an open bar, full casino, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary champagne. There will be two rooms – one with a casino and another with hip-hop mashups and an open bar. The evening festivities take place at the West End Event Center, located about a quarter mile north of West End Station, which is served by all four DART lines.

Royalty NYE at the Old Red Museum in downtown Dallas is a masquerade with casino games, champagne and great views of the fireworks at Reunion Tower. Bravo TV calls it the sixth best New Year’s Eve party in the world. The Old Red Museum is located roughly halfway between West End Station and Union Station. West End Station is served by all four DART Rail lines, and Union Station is served by the Red and Blue line plus the Trinity Railway Express (TRE).

Korbel Presents the 4th Annual Triple Crown NYE at Union Station is a classic, grown-up New Year’s Eve experience, with eclectic music, a beautiful setting and a strictly enforced dress code. The celebration takes place at the historic Union Station, served directly by the Red and Blue lines and the TRE.

New Year’s Eve Black & White Party is The Statler’s inaugural New Year’s Eve event. A recreation of Truman Capote’s “Party of the Century” in 1966, the bash will have a live band, an open bar and dancing. The party takes place in the building’s historic ballroom. The Statler is a four-block walk south from St. Paul Station, which is served by all four DART Rail lines.

All the above New Year’s Eve events require tickets. Follow the links for more information.

Tues., Jan. 1

Day 1 Dallas is a free event providing hours of kid-friendly activities on New Year’s Day. Taking place in Centennial Hall at Fair Park from 3-7 p.m., the event features a variety of children’s activities. There will be arts and crafts, bounce houses, amusement rides, live reptiles, karaoke, LEGO® building and live entertainment. The grand finale is a firework show. Doors open at 3 p.m., and the fireworks happen at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Vogel Alcove, an organization that helps young children overcome the effects of homelessness. Centennial Hall is located along the Esplanade, a very short walk from Fair Park Station on the Green Line.

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