Here's an idea: Have an event featuring a couple of days of rodeo topped with a bull-riding invitational. Feature music from Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Kevin Fowler Band, Blake Shelton and many others. Call it the Real. Texas. Festival. This is a great idea from a marketing standpoint, but for the everyday Dallasite it just causes a lot of grief. It's stuff like this that makes people think that the commute from Plano to Dallas is done on horseback and causes people to assume Lakewood homes have oil wells in the backyard. And make no mistake, urbanites, people do think these things! Enough already. Embrace a heritage you never had from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday for the festival proper at Resistol Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr. in Mesquite. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday enjoy a pre-festival gala with dinner and a concert by Robert Earl Keen with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra. Advance tickets run from $5 to $25. Visit realtexasfestival.com for further information and details.
Thu., April 26, 6:30 p.m.; Fri., April 27, 3-11 p.m.; Sat., April 28, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.