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Texas Gay Rodeo Association.

North Texas is the heart of rodeo country -- but this weekend brings a three-day event that's like no other Lone Star rodeo. It's called the Texas Tradition -- it's the annual competition sponsored by the Texas Gay Rodeo Association.

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Miranda Lambert won four awards, including album and song of the year, but the singer lost the night's top prize to Luke Bryan at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards.

Today’s Wayback Wednesday looks back at some memorable performances of the 41-year-old music program. One of ACL's creators, Bill Arhos, passed away last Saturday at the age of 80. So as a tribute of sorts, we’ve compiled videos from the show’s four-decade run, with a song from the show’s inaugural broadcast in 1974 with Willie Nelson, a 1982 set from Emmylou Harris, a cut from what would be Stevie Ray Vaughan’s final performance at Studio 6A, and a recent tune from Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Check out the full video playlist below.

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The Nasher Sculpture Center is creating an international award that will honor an artist – with a $100,000 prize.

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Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum wanted to write about the choice to not have children for years, but no one would take her pitches. She found a stigma against childless people sticks even as ideas about sexuality and marriage have become more progressive. In the new book Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed, Daum collects essays from men and women who've had their maturity questioned simply because they're not parents.

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Twenty years ago today, Selena Quintanilla-Perez was gunned down at a Days Inn in Corpus Christi. The Tejano music star was only 23, and she was just about to release her first album in English. She had an All-American story that still resonates two decades later.

Recent reports were officially confirmed today — the upcoming sixth season will be the last for the very successful drama Downton Abbey, according to an announcement Thursday from Carnival Films and Masterpiece. Executive producer Gareth Neame had this to say:

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The Dallas Festival of Ideas has announced that its programming is now free today.

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There’s another reason to look forward to summer besides the warmer temperatures. KERA and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas are teaming up to produce a new summer speaker series called #thinkspeak.

Study Up For Think: Barbecue Bonanza

Feb 5, 2015
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Daniel Vaughn what is arguably the best job in America. The Texas Monthly writer is the nation’s first full-time Barbecue Editor, and a highly credentialed one at that. He’s the author of The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue and the creator of the blog Full Custom Gospel BBQ.

At 1 p.m. Vaughn will chat with Think's Krys Boyd on what makes the perfect plate of 'cue. 

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