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Editor’s note: As we look back at the most read arts and entertainment stories of 2022, we see that Dallas readers were eager to get out and have fun, in ways familiar (Christmas lights) and new (an immersive Banksy experience). We covered a sad musician obituary and the sad closing of a beloved art supply store. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders got the boot from CMT, but CMT announced it will be coming to Texas for its big awards show. These are the most popular A&E stories of the year.
1. Where to see the most spectacular Christmas lights dazzling Dallas-Fort Worth in 2022. In early November, it was already time for Dallas-Fort Worth to light up, merry and bright, for the 2022 holidays — from towering trees that twinkle and sparkle to dazzling drive-thru displays and immersive walking experiences. This was our guide to the biggest, brightest and most spectacular Christmas light displays in the area (many of which are on at least through New Year’s Eve). We also distributed the main houses and neighborhoods for the lights in a separate list.
2. How to get every possible discount at the 2022 State Fair of Texas. The 2022 edition of the State Fair of Texas kicked off its 24-day run at Fair Park on September 30, featuring music, games and food. But first, we were here for the discount. There were tons of discounted ticket options offered by the State Fair and other entities, meaning there’s no reason you have to pay full price.
3. Texas will host the CMT Music Awards for the first time ever in 2023. Big news for country music fans: During Carrie Underwood’s sold-out show in Austin on Nov. 2, CMT Music Awards co-host Kelsea Ballerini took the stage to announce that the CMT Music Awards will be coming to the new Moody Center in city next year. Airing on Sunday, April 2, 2023, the fan-voted awards ceremony will be held in Texas for the first time ever.
4. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team Gets CMT Boot. After 16 seasons, CMT has parted ways with America’s Sweethearts. The network revealed on March 31 that Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team it was not being renewed. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders organization said, however, that it “looks forward to continuing the exclusive journey on a new platform.”
5. Dallas musician Jess Barr, former guitarist for Slobberbone, dies at 46. A musician and club owner from Dallas-Fort Worth died at a young age: Jess Barr, who was a member of the seminal rock group Slobberbone, passed away in the early hours of December 6; he was 46 years old. Family friends said he was suffering from a heart condition.
6. The Art of Banksy Comes to Dallas in an All-Inclusive Secret Signature Event. Street artist Banksy has always been known for his secrecy, and Dallas got a taste of that when a new comprehensive art exhibit, Banksylandcame to town for two weekends, June 24-July 4. Held at a secret location in the Dallas Arts District, Banksyland is an international touring exhibition that immerses audiences in the works of the elusive artist.
7. Dallas hires Martine Elyse Philippe as new director of arts and culture. The City of Dallas has a new Arts Chief: Martine Elyse Philippe, who has worked in arts administration and the nonprofit world, has been named Director of the Office of Arts and Culture, a division of the City Manager’s Office that fosters partnerships and support with arts and cultural organizations. Philippe began her term on December 5.
8. The Dallas-based chain of art stores is calling it quits after 71 years. After 71 years, a venerable Dallas-based art store chain is calling it quits. Asel Art Supply, first established in downtown Dallas in 1951, is closing all of its stores as of December 31st. This includes locations in Richardson, Arlington, Fort Worth, two in San Antonio and one in Lubbock.
9. Dallas Summer Musicals brings big Broadway shows and new name for 2022-23. In March, Dallas Summer Musicals — or Broadway Dallas, as it would now be known — unveiled its 2022-23 season of touring Broadway shows in partnership with Broadway Across America, and there were some pretty big names on the roster. They were not only musical and not only in summer.
10. The new vibrant mural in Deep Ellum Dallas is by a world-renowned artist. In November, Deep Ellum became home to a new mural by a world-renowned graffiti artist. Titled: Texas Tantrum Trots and Pals, is by Ron English, dubbed “The Godfather of Street Art.” The large-scale 1,728-square-foot mural is on the southwest corner of Good Latimer and Elm Street, in a building with plans to become a Velvet Taco.
Photo courtesy of Enchant
Enchant runs nightly at Dallas’ Fair Park through January 1, 2023.