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Fort Worth Date Night: Fort Worth Date Night: A real piece of work

BY MIKE BLOOMBERG
December 23, 2009

Christmas is on a Friday this year. I’m guessing Date Night this weekend will be “Family Night.” In fact, this may be “Family Weekend.” Not a problem. I understand.

Let’s say you two are not married or are married with no kids. Christmas might be a one-day celebration and you are looking for something to do on Saturday or Sunday. Before I suggest what to do, let me throw out a couple of “what not to do’s.”

If you hear the words “mall” or “store,” run, don’t walk, to the nearest exit. Not that there is anything wrong with shopping. You can only imagine the traffic and congestion near anywhere things are bought or sold. Sure, the bargains may be great, but, the customer service may not be the best as the returns will be the highest of any day. Basically, retail = stress. Anything stress-related is not conducive to a productive Date Night.

Might I also suggest staying away from restaurants? I know what you may be thinking, “But, Mike, you (heart) food!” And, I do. But, Christmas is a big gorging day. Overeating and being miserable is also not germane to a romantic Date Night.

How about this? A Date Night that combines culture, exercise and quality time. The perfect after-Christmas date. Fort Worth has become known for its culture. With its great theater, great music and great art, it’s hard not to find something to enjoy. This is why I’m suggesting one or all three of the major Fort Worth museums this weekend.

If you are looking for modern, then The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is your place. It has fascinating exhibits, a wonderful cafe and even a movie theater. Should western and American classics be your cup of tea, then, the Amon Carter Museum is your destination. And, to round out the trifecta, you can’t forget the Kimbell Art Museum. As their Web site states, “The Kimbell Art Museum’s holdings include artworks ranging in period from antiquity to the 20th century.”

These three museums are all just a stone’s throw from one another. Depending how much you love art or how much you indulged the previous day, hitting all three in one afternoon is definitely attainable. Or, perhaps, you can approach the museums with a sense of humor, much like that of comedian Steven Wright who once quipped, “I went to the museum where they had all the heads and arms from the statues that are in all the other museums.” Have a safe and romantic holiday and New Year! Go Frogs!

www.themodern.org

www.cartermuseum.org

www.kimbellart.org

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