Signature Events

Edge of Texas

A festival celebrating the best of Texas

What happens when you bring together smart thinkers, talented artists, and an engaged and energetic audience? Something like the Texas Monthly second-annual Edge of Texas weekend, presented by VisitDallas.

On September 7-8 in Dallas, thought-leaders and Texas Monthly editors convened to discuss the future of our state. Outlaw country pioneers Joe Ely and Jessi Colter kicked off the weekend performing alongside Jack Ingram and Holly Williams in a one-of-a-kind concert and conversation, further enhanced by a sneak preview of Eric Geadelmann’s documentary film They Called Us Outlaws. Following was a full day of panel discussions engaging attendees—from interviews with podcasting phenomenon Tim Ferriss and comedian Mo Amer to discussions with reality TV stars Jordan Johnson (aka Alyssa Edwards) and Rachel Lindsay, and columnist Dale Hansen. All in all, over 40 leading Texans participated in the weekend exploring all that it is Texas, and all that it means to be Texan.

Over two days, 2,200 people experienced all that would be expected in a weekend programmed by the national magazine of Texas, including a Saturday evening finale celebration themed “Texas Coming Together.” After a day of conversations that challenged and stretched the audience, it was time to reconvene with a party to remind us all what we have in common and appreciate about Texas. There was exquisite food, like a flight of burnt-ends prepared by Bodacious Barbecue’s Jordan Jackson, and transcendent brisket tacos cooked up by Houston’s Ronnie Killen. Austin’s Minor Mishap Marching Band and Dallas’ DJ Sober provided lively music and the talented team at Dallas-based SWOON, the studio, dressed up the Empire Room with daring and whimsical art installations. The result was a party that won’t soon be forgotten.

SAVE THE DATE: EDGE OF TEXAS 2019

The third-annual Edge of Texas weekend, presented by VisitDallas, returns to Dallas in Fall 2019!

Contact us at [email protected] for more information, to become a sponsor, or to apply to be a participating panelist or performer.

2018 Talent

Tim Ferriss

Podcaster and best-selling author

9/8 Keynote panelist

Mo Amer

Comedian

9/8 Keynote panelist

Jack Ingram

2018 Academy of Country Music Song of the Year winner

9/7 Evening musician

Joe Ely

AMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner

9/7 Evening musician

Holly Williams

Singer-Songwriter and granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr.

9/7 Evening musician; 9/8 Daytime panelist

Jessi Colter

2007 Grammy Hall of Fame award winner for “Wanted! The Outlaws”

9/7 Evening musician

Elizabeth Chambers Hammer

Tastemaker and Founder & CEO of BIRD Bakery

9/8 Daytime panelist

Rachel Lindsay

The Bachelorette Reality TV Star

9/8 Daytime panelist

John Tesar

Food Network Star & Chef of Knife in Dallas

9/8 Daytime panelist ; Evening featured chef

 

Dale Hansen

WFAA Weeknight Sports Anchor

9/8 Daytime panelist

Alyssa Edwards

Performer & Reality TV Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race

9/8 Daytime panelist

Andrew Bujalski

Texas Filmmaker

9/8 Daytime panelist

A.J. Edwards

Texas Filmmaker

9/8 Daytime panelist

Augustine Frizzell

Texas Filmmaker

9/8 Daytime panelist

Austin Alvarado

Guatemalan-American River Guide

9/8 Daytime panelist

Ben Fountain

Award-winning Author

9/8 Daytime panelist

Bruno Davaillon

Executive Chef of Bullion in Dallas

9/8 Evening featured chef

Callie Speer

Executive Chef and Owner of Austin’s Holy Roller

9/8 Evening featured chef

DJ Sober

Dallas Celebrity DJ

9/8 Evening featured musician

Heidi Marquez Smith

Executive Director of Texas Cultural Trust

9/8 Daytime stage host

Jay Kleberg

Explorer and Conservationist

9/8 Daytime panelist

Jordan Jackson

Pitmaster of Bodacious BBQ

9/8 Daytime panelist, Evening featured pitmaster

Katherine Clapner

Chef and Owner of Dallas’ Dude Sweet Chocolate

9/8 Evening featured chef

Ronnie Killen

Houston Pitmaster and Restaurateur

9/8 Daytime panelist; Evening featured chef

Mayor Tony Martinez

Mayor of Brownsville, TX

9/8 Daytime panelist

Mike Swinney

EVP at Base Hologram

9/8 Daytime panelist

Minor Mishap Marching Band

9/8 Evening featured performers

Sister Norma

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

9/8 Daytime panelist

Ty Root

VP at Austin XR Studio, SubVRsive

9/8 Daytime panelist

Victor Manjarrez, Jr.

Former El Paso Border Patrol Sector Chief

9/8 Daytime panelist

Yen Tan

Texas Filmmaker

9/8 Daytime panelist

2018 Schedule

Kickoff Party / Friday, September 7

7:00 - 10:30 PM
The Belo Mansion

Among the Outlaws: Live Music + Documentary Film + Conversations

Introducing an exploration of the outlaw music movement featuring never-before-seen film clips from the “They Called Us Outlaws” documentary, spirited discussions with the filmmaker and its stars, and performances by Joe Ely, Jessi Colter, Jack Ingram, Holly Williams, and more. The 90-minute one-of-a-kind film and music program includes open bar and valet.

VIP doors open at 6:30 PM with a pre-show performance, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres
General Admission doors open at 8:00 PM

Storytelling and Discussions / Saturday, September 8

10:00 - 10:45 AM
Edge Stage
The Belo Mansion

Stardom After Reality TV

Featuring ‘The Bachelorette’ TV star Rachel Lindsay and RuPaul’s Drag Race TV star Alyssa Edwards, moderated by Executive Editor Skip Hollandsworth. The reality of reality TV by two stars – both accomplished before and after their time on TV. Learn about their journeys, the ups and downs of stardom, and how they navigated through the challenges of fame.

10:00 - 10:45 AM
Texas Stage
The Belo Mansion

The Sporting News

Featuring WFAA Weeknight Sports Anchor Dale Hansen, moderated by Executive Editor Michael Hall. For decades now, Dale Hansen has been reporting about sports in Dallas, becoming the most well-known broadcaster in the city. But he’s also famous—and infamous—for speaking his mind about things he cares about, things like guns in schools, gays in pro football, violence against women, and kneeling as patriotism. In this panel, Hansen talks about why he doesn’t just stick to sports.

11:00 - 11:45 AM
Edge Stage
The Belo Mansion

The Delicious Debate: Pitmasters vs. Chefs

Featuring Chef John Tesar, Chef & Pitmaster Ronnie Killen, and Pitmaster Jordan Jackson, moderated by BBQ Editor Daniel Vaughn. Should we place pitmasters on the same level as chefs, or are they properly considered some other class of food savant? Prepare for a lively debate as we pose the question to some of the state’s leading culinary minds.

11:00 - 11:45 AM
Texas Stage
The Belo Mansion

The Border: Human Rights & The Law

Featuring Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley Sister Norma Pimental, Former El Paso Border Patrol Sector Chief Victor Manjarrez, and Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez, moderated by Senior Editor Carlos Sanchez. Immigration and border security have emerged as two of the most consequential and interwoven public policy debates of our time. But the real human details often get lost in the noise. We speak with those on the front line of aiding those in need, enforcing the law, and stopping those who would do us harm.

12:00 - 12:45 PM
Edge Stage
The Belo Mansion

A Visual Journey Down the Rio Grande

Featuring Explorer and Conservationist Jay Kleberg and Guatemalan-American River Guide Austin Alvarado, moderated by Chief Innovation Officer Tim Taliaferro. In this exclusive preview of a forthcoming documentary, be transported to the Rio Grande and travel from El Paso to the Coast. Along the way, see the incredible biodiversity of the region and hear the personal stories of people who live and work on or near the Rio Grande.

12:00 - 12:45 PM
Texas Stage
The Belo Mansion

Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

Featuring Award-Winning Author Ben Fountain, moderated by Senior Editor Eric Benson. Author Ben Fountain argues that the United States has twice faced crises so severe it had to reinvent itself. Listen in as he argues that the U.S. may be facing a third occasion for burning the old world order and resetting once again.

12:45 - 2:00 PM

LUNCH

Meet the Editors and Panelists.

2:00 - 2:45PM
Edge Stage
The Belo Mansion

Did Darlie Do It?

Featuring original Prosecutor Toby Shook, moderated by Executive Editor Skip Hollandsworth. In the mid-nineties, Darlie Routier was accused of stabbing her two young sons. She’s now on death row, despite steadfastly maintaining her innocence. It has been one of the biggest, most controversial cases in Texas for two decades. Skip Hollandsworth will interview the original prosecutor in the case, Toby Shook, about what happened, what the prosecution knew, and why Routier is still behind bars.

2:00 - 2:45 PM
Texas Stage
The Belo Mansion

Female Entrepreneurs: Brand Builders and Tastemakers

Featuring Founder & CEO of BIRD Bakery Elizabeth Chambers Hammer and Singer-Songwriter & Granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr. Holly Williams, moderated by Executive Editor Kathy Blackwell. Elizabeth Chambers Hammer and Holly Williams have both built their own brands on their own terms. Learn how they’ve folded their many roles into building and marketing to an audience on social and national media.

3:00 - 3:45 PM
Edge Stage
The Belo Mansion

The Uncertain Future of Texas Film

Featuring filmmakers A.J. Edwards, Augustine Frizzell, Andrew Bujalski, and Yen Tan, moderated by Senior Editor Eric Benson. Texas has long been a hotbed for independent-minded filmmaking, but our state is also a challenging place to make movies, with increasingly small production incentives leading many Texas-set projects to shoot in neighboring states. Talk with four leading Texas writer-directors about what it means to be a Texas filmmaker in 2018.

3:00 - 3:45 PM
Texas Stage
The Belo Mansion

Reality Check: An Early Look at Our Virtual Future

Featuring VP at Austin XR Studio SubVRsive Ty Root and EVP at Base Hologram Michael Swinney, moderated by Chief Innovation Officer Tim Taliaferro. Virtual and augmented reality have long been imagined as society-altering technologies. After much hype, has their hour finally arrived, and if so how are these emerging technologies set to reshape the day to day lives of Texans?

4:00 - 4:45 PM
Edge Stage
The Belo Mansion

The Ultimate Californian in Texas

Featuring best-selling author and podcaster Tim Ferriss, moderated by Editor-at-Large Tom Foster. Following the runaway success of his first book, The 4-Hour Workweek, Ferriss became a fixture in Silicon Valley, investing in or advising such blockbuster companies as Uber and Facebook, all while building his own brand as an author and celebrity lifehacker. He’s a perfect Californian, in other words. So why did he recently move to Texas?

4:00 - 4:45 PM
Texas Stage
The Belo Mansion

What’s So Funny About Immigration?

Featuring comedian Mo Amer, moderated by Texas Monthly Writer-At-Large and host of The National Podcast Of Texas, Andy Langer. When Amer was just nine years old, his family fled Kuwait and settled in Houston. Immigration issues have always been a central theme of his stand-up and on the eve of Netflix releasing his first comedy special, we’ll discuss the situation at the border, flying without a passport, performing for the military, and what he’s learned from Dave Chappelle.

Finale Celebration at The Empire Room / Saturday, September 8

7:00 - 11:00 PM
The Empire Room

Finale Celebration

At the Saturday night finale, celebrate with Texas Monthly at Texas Coming Together, a fusion of statewide creativity featuring cuisine by top chefs from around the state, one-of-a-kind experiences designed by the state’s most innovative minds, and a wide array of live entertainment.

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