First Friday at the Modern

First Friday at the Modern tomorrow night, April 1, 2016, begins at 5:00 PM. There are free chips and salsa with a cash bar. Enjoy the music of St. Frinatra and enjoy the special cocktail–Fool’s Gold.

The first Friday of each month, the Star-Telegram, the Modern, and Café Modern team up to bring you live music and cocktails in the museum’s Grand Lobby from 5 to 8 pm. Bring your friends and enjoy diverse live performances, unique cocktail selections, and the opportunity to dine in Café Modern by night. A docent-led, 20-minute tour of the galleries is available at 6:30 pm (regular gallery admission applies). Gallery admission is free for Modern members and Star-Telegram Press Pass holders during First Fridays at the Modern.

Friday Nights at Café Modern Are Always Happening
Fresh, seasonal entrees; amazing cocktails and wine pairings; and stunning architecture make Café Modern a favorite date night or gathering place for locals and out-of-town visitors. Dinner choices are always delicious, the setting is dramatic, and special events abound, from customized cocktails to guest chefs and wine dinners. An ongoing film series, Magnolia at the Modern, offers critically acclaimed films every Friday night at 6 and 8 pm, as an exciting pairing of cinema, culture, and dining all in one spectacular setting.

Seating for dinner every Friday evening from 5 to 8:30 pm. For dinner reservations and information, call 817.840.2157. For a schedule of films, visit

Annie Ambles to the Modern Art Museum for the music and gallery tour


H&M Opens Next Week

It’s all the buzz in downtown Fort Worth. A new department store is opening April 7 in Sundance Square in part of the old Barnes and Noble space on Commerce between 3rd. and 4th. streets. There is going to be a great deal of activity associated with the event, so you may want to see for yourself what merchandise the new H&M store has to offer.From what Annie hears, high noon, 12 noon to you non-Texans, is the time when the doors swing open.

Even if you don’t plan to buy anything, you can window-shop for a while, then sit in the sun in the Plaza. Enjoy a cup of coffee (a dollar with a purchase) and a cookie at one of the Nestle Toll House Cafe’s outdoor tables, 124 E. 4th. Street. Happy Spring shopping!

Annie Ambles to the H&M Grand Opening

Spring Fling at the Y

This is no April’s Fool prank, even though the next Downtown Y Senior Potluck Lunch is planned for Friday, April 1, at 11:30. A member is bringing a rice and chicken dish, while Annie is bringing a pot of beans. What do you feel like contributing to the super lunch? It’s always interesting to see what people bring; it seems to go together into a grand feast. Please join the group to visit with friends and perhaps make some new ones. We’re not fancy, just fun-loving.

Annie Ambles to the Y for the Senior Potluck Lunch

Lonesome Dove at Sundance Square

Tuck yourself away in the Sundance Square Plaza with family and friends for two evenings of a faithful adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s beloved novel. Many say it easily stands among the best Western films ever made. Welcome Spring in Fort Worth’s outside living room

We’ll gather in Sundance Square Monday, March 28th and again on Tuesday, March 29th to watch Lonesome Dove–the mini-series. The free show starts each night at 7:45 p.m. Parking is free after 6 p.m.

Seriously, haven’t you ladies always been a little in love, well, lust, with Tommy Lee Jones? It’s mighty heartfelt to have such a fine Texas man in your sights. Opps, sorry, but he’s taken. Oh, shucks.

Annie Ambles to Sundance Square for Lonesome Dove

The Outlets of Alliance

Three cheers for the Fort Worth City Council that voted 8-0 for a $20 million economic incentive for the Outlets of Alliance. We’re going to get a 580,000 square-foot shopping mall on the east side of I-35W, near Cabela’s in far north Fort Worth. Finally, we can expect to do some shopping in a first class outlet mall. It may be a few years, but hope springs eternal in our shoppers bodies. Construction has not started on the project, and no tenant leases are signed for the shopping center. But, I’m delighted to hear that things are in the works. Aren’t you?

Annie Ambles  anticipates the Outlets of Alliance

Fort Worth’s First Senior Playground

Are you kidding me? This is not a joke. In September 2014, Fort Worth joined AARP’s network of age-friendly communities, in which members pledge to pay increased attention to the environmental, economic, and social factors that influence the health and well-being of us older adults.The powers who be are researching the possibility of funding the construction of a playground for seniors, according to an article in the Fort Worth Weekly.

The outdoor spaces, sometimes referred to as outdoor adult gyms, include low-impact activities like stationary bikes, walking paths with ramps, and games like horseshoes. Though common in Western Europe and East Asia, they have been slow to catch on in the US. The recreational areas provide opportunities for older adults to congregate, socialize, and use the equipment to maintain flexibility, balance, and stamina.

 Maybe, instead of starting from scratch, Fort Worth can add age-friendly equipment to a park already set to be built. In fact, the rumor is that the final location for Fort Worth’s first age-friendly park has been narrowed down to one or two possibilities, but nothing has been finalized. Check out Keller’s outdoor equipment pictured below. How did that city get ahead of us?


“Playing on a playground is fun at any age, according to Mayor Betsy Price. Why should we stop when we are older. The equipment which can be as simple as an oversized teeter-totter, helps seniors maintain flexibility, balance, and coordination. And it’s fun.”

Annie Ambles looks forward to Fort Worth’s first Senior Playground



Wildcatter Exchange

It’s not the first; it’s not the second; glory be, it’s the third annual Wildcatter Exchange that goes on tonight, March 25, and tomorrow, March 26, in the area south of downtown Fort Worth. The event boasts live music, author appearances, spoken-word performances, and a tribute to the multifarious careers of Michael H. Price.    Check it out at Landers Machine Shop, 207 E. Broadway Avenue and Shipping & Receiving Bar, 201 S. Calhoun Street. Please scroll down to read about the events scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Admission is free, but your beverage and food are not.

Annie Ambles to the Southside