The Drop Everything List

Dolly Parton, 85 years at the Witte Museum, Red River Rivalry, and the Texas Rose Festival . . .
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Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from singing “Jolene” with Dolly in Cedar Park to stopping to smell the yellow roses of Texas in Tyler. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss. [Oct 7—Oct 14]



Blond Ambition
Nashville country doesn’t play well in Texas, but Dolly Parton gets a pass. Besides being perpetually endearing, Parton played a starring role in the cult-classic movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, about a real bordello in La Grange. As Mona Stangley, the no-nonsense, pistol-packing madam of the Chicken Ranch, Parton wooed both the local sheriff, played by Burt Reynolds, and a fictional Texas A&M football team. For the film, she re-recorded her hit song “I Will Always Love You” and saw it again shoot to the top of the country charts nearly a decade after it did when it was

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