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Proof Dallas-Fort Worth Is The True Entertainment Capital Of Texas

All of Texas rolled up into one. Whether you're between destinations or looking for a new one, make sure you add Dallas-Fort Worth to the list.

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1. The Deep Ellum neighborhood in Dallas has more art, dining, live music, and broadcast music than you can shake a guitar at.

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2. Dallas' Spillover Festival has all the best acts that come for Austin's music conference — but with way fewer people.

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3. Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts has schooled some of today's most influential musicians.

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Norah Jones

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Erykah Badu

4. Even karaoke in Dallas is bigger and better.

The weekly Good Luck Karaoke night at the beloved Twilite lounge goes all out with themes and costumes every time.
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The weekly Good Luck Karaoke night at the beloved Twilite lounge goes all out with themes and costumes every time.

5. Dallas' Granada Theater flipped from movie theater to concert venue years ago, though has lately settled into an amazing concert hall.

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6. And after years of vacancy, the historic Texas Theatre has been restored to its former glory.

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7. Besides hosting the Texas Theatre, Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood also boasts a burgeoning indie film scene.

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8. The Addison Improv is a regular stop for both the best local comedians and touring professional stand-ups.

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9. Just a short drive north, Denton, TX is home to a huge nationally-recognized indie-rock and jazz music scene.

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Denton owes much of its musical flavor to the University of North Texas, which was reportedly the world's first school to offer a degree in jazz studies.

10. Just a little east of Dallas, you'll find the Mesquite Rodeo, home to professional riders and some of the best rodeo you can see.

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11. From late September to early October, some of the best dadgum stuff you'll ever experience pops up when the State Fair of Texas opens up shop in Fair Park, Dallas.

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12. And Fort Worth wouldn't be the heart of (North) Texas if there weren't some good old-fashioned honky-tonks in town.

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Fort Worth's White Elephant Saloon opened in the late 1800s and has welcomed some of country music's most legendary names on its stage ever since.

13. During the summer months, Dallas' gorgeous Nasher Sculpture Center offers free outdoor movie screenings and looks like a rom-com dream come true.

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And if you should ever want to leave, you'll find an award-winning inflight entertainment system aboard the Emirates A380, flying from DFW starting October 1st.

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