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Essay: You can't be bored living in DFW, and here are five reasons why.

Posted 6:54pm on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012

Now that 2012 is in the rearview, and we've reflected on all the triumphs and tragedies that unfolded, we can peek ahead to 2013. It is shaping up as another action-packed year in DFW.

We hope our calendar issue of Ink is a practical tool for all you planners out there. It's a reminder to SAVE THE DATE for ... the Kenny Chesney concert at Cowboys Stadium (May 11) or the "Bernini: Sculpting in Clay" exhibit at the Kimbell (Feb. 3). But we also hope that, taken collectively, the smorgasbord of events is a reminder of how vibrant and culturally rich our community is. We have pro golf tournaments and an internationally recognized piano competition; rodeos and an opera festival; world-class art exhibits and craft beer festivals. We rock the river and rock out at Billy Bob's.

Honestly, if you're bored living here, it's your fault.

Here are a few favorites that I'm looking forward to. And there are a bunch more that I've yet to experience. Together, let's fill up that 2013 to-do list and get started on a busy and happy new year.

1. Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Jan. 18-Feb. 9, Will Rogers Memorial Center: I'm a certified city boy, but this annual event is the perfect excuse to put on my cowboy hat and boots and embrace our Cowtown heritage. I love the rodeo, the rickety midway rides, the gut-busting food, and the pygmy goats. And I especially love the llamas, in a strictly platonic way.

2. The Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, May 24-June 9, Bass Hall: This is the best reality show competition not on television. (That seems incredibly unjust, considering that there are two shows featuring extreme taxidermists on cable.) But Fort Worth knows just how dramatic and awe-inspiring it can be to watch the world's most talented young pianists compete, over several weeks, for the coveted gold medal named for the iconic Van Cliburn.

3. Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, May 23-26, Colonial Country Club: Read my lips: This is so much more than a golf tournament. If you've avoided Colonial all these years because you think golf is boring, well, you're only hurting yourself. The annual party on the pristine fairways at Colonial is great for people-watching, pounding back margaritas, and, yes, watching the best golfers in the world. It's also a purely Fort Worth experience that should not be missed.

4. Rockin' the River, June 6, Panther Island Pavilion: Summers in North Texas can be brutally hot, but this Thursday afternoon tubing and concert series, which will be entering its third year, has become a cool way to start our summer weekends. Dip your tush in the Trinity or just sit on the river bank and drink in the live music and you'll forget about the triple-digit heat.

5. Lone Star Film Festival, Nov. 6-10: Red-carpet premieres, big stars and indie darlings all converge in Cowtown for this annual film festival, which continues to grow in scope and prominence each year. In 2012, we got to hang out with Billy Bob Thornton, John Hawkes and Robert Duvall. Can't wait to see who makes the scene in 2013.

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