10 super alternatives to watching the Super Bowl

Posted 6:37pm on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

There are some people out there for whom there's no amount of pigskin frenzy that would get them to watch a Super Bowl. Even the lure of cool multimillion-dollar TV commercials and all the Monday morning water cooler chit-chat they inspire leaves them as bored as Lady Gaga in a convent. If you're one of these football-resistant souls, we've put together a few suggestions for alternate ways to while away your Sunday evening on Feb. 3.

1. Support the other Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys aren't in the Super Bowl (shocker!), but the rough-and-tumble guys who inspired their name are ready to take the field at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Watch 'em rope, ride and wrestle animals to the ground at the grandest rodeo in Texas. Come to think of it, maybe Jerry Jones should skip the draft and sign some of these guys to help his defense next season.

Stock show 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive, Fort Worth; $10 (adults), $5 (children 6-16), free for children five and under, $25 (rodeo, 2 and 7:30 p.m. performances); 817-877-2400; www.fwssr.com

2. Stay in the dark

A movie theater is a good place to get away from Super Bowl updates (assuming everyone turns off their cell phones). Three new films are out this weekend, and they're not chick flicks. Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin (fresh off his scene-stealing role in Argo) play three elderly con men out for one last hustle in Stand Up Guys; Sylvester Stallone teams up with Jason Momoa ( Game of Thrones, the most recent Conan the Barbarian) in the not-so-subtly-titled Bullet to the Head; and a zombie falls in love with a living human girl in Warm Bodies. Also, for arthouse films, the Oscar-nominated Amour has three showings at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on Feb. 3: 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

3. Go to the dogs

If you just have to watch something with "bowl" in the title, try the Puppy Bowl IX on Animal Planet. It's basically a bunch of dogs on a gridiron running around looking cute. This year's Puppy Bowl will amp up the cuteness even further with hedgehog cheerleaders and a kitten halftime show.

2 p.m. Sunday on Animal Planet

4. Catch up with some 'Dead' men walking

All the helmets and padding in the world won't help you in the universe of The Walking Dead, AMC's hit zombie apocalypse drama. The marathon fun begins at 2:30 p.m. Warning: you might want to go easy on the snacks because your stomach's probably going to be turning at least once.

5. Ready, set, retail therapy

While everyone else is gathering around their flat-screens and scarfing nachos at sports bars, you will have free-roaming rights at all your favorite stores. No tussling over the last Lego Star Wars figures at Target. Nobody looming while you're looking for some Fruit of the Looms at Kohl's. If you need a strategy, hit the malls and shopping centers that close by 6 early, and then try some alternative options later in the game. The new Urban Outfitters in Fort Worth (2735 W. Seventh St.) is open until 8 p.m. on Sundays, and you'll want to allow at least an hour to look through all the store's cool T-shirts and novelty gifts.

6. Be a culture vulture

While everyone else is talking about touchdowns and tight ends or some life-changing dot-com commercial, you can go highbrow and ask them if they've seen the Bernini exhibit at the Kimbell yet. Chances are the answer will be no since it opens on Feb. 3, and you can amaze them with your knowledge of the 16th-century Italian sculptor. If that's not your thing, this might be a good day to head for the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, which has been sold out on most days.

Bernini: noon-5 p.m., Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; $16 adults, $14 students with ID/seniors 60 and older, $12 children ages 6-11; 817-332-8451; kimbellart.org

Perot Museum of Nature and Science: noon-5 p.m., 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; $15 adults, $12 students ages 12-17/seniors 65 and older, $10 children ages 2-11, under 2 free; perotmuseum.org

7. See some live theater

Jubilee Theatre is presenting a showcase for a cappella versions of African-American folk songs in Black Pearl Sings, a musical about a singer in a Texas prison whose music has found an ardent fan in a Library of Congress song collector.

3 p.m., Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth; $15; 817-338-4411; jubileetheatre.org

8. Get all keyed up

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's Miguel Harth-Bedoya will be conducting as guest pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, the gold-medal winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performs works by Tchaikovsky and Schubert.

2 p.m., Bass Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth; $11-$79; 817-665-6000; fwsymphony.org

9. Get a taste of New Orleans

You may have no interest in football, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the N'awlins flavor of Super Bowl XLVII. Settle in for a hearty dinner of authentic New Orleans delicacies at Bayou Jack's Cajun Grill in west Fort Worth. Crawfish etoufee, shrimp grits and oyster po' boys are just a few of the possibilities at the new restaurant in the shadow of Chuy's in So7. And the place isn't wall-to-wall with TVs, so you can ignore the game if you want.

2401 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth; 817-744-8631; www.bayoujackscajungrill.com

10. Toast to a TV-free environment

Bars and big TVs go together like Super Bowl and overpriced commercials. So it's hard to find a place to have a cocktail that isn't glowing from flatscreens. But at The Usual, the drinks are the thing -- Prohibition-era cocktails created by mad scientists who are too busy experimenting with spirits to worry about Joe Flacco's passer rating. (If The Usual has a TV, it must be small because we don't remember seeing it.) The Usual is the perfect place to sip some Bison Grass Infused Vodka or a London Dry Gin drink without bumping into anyone in a 49ers jersey.

The Usual, 1408 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth; 817-810-0114; open 6 p.m.-2 a.m. on Sundays; theusualbar.com

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