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Edge of Texas

A festival celebrating the best of Texas

The second annual Texas Monthly Edge of Texas, presented by VisitDallas, celebrates the most fascinating and entertaining subjects, stories, and people from across the state. Over two days, attendees will get up close access to thought-leaders, newsmakers, musicians, and chefs in the most consequential and compelling conversation about the future of Texas.

The weekend is broken into three parts with a kick off on Friday, September 7 with “Among the Outlaws: Live Music + Documentary Film + Conversations,” a special 90-minute program featuring a collection of film clips from “They Called Us Outlaws,” a documentary series currently in production, live performances by legendary musicians including Joe Ely, Jessi Colter, Jack Ingram, and Holly Williams, and a panel discussion featuring Filmmaker Eric Geadelmann, Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum CEO Kyle Young, and some of the stars from the film.

The bulk of Saturday will involve Texas Monthly writers and editors in conversation with prominent Texans, including podcaster Tim Ferriss, commentator Dale Hansen, reality star Rachel Lindsay, renowned chef John Tesar, and many more.

Saturday night’s closing celebration will feature food from Bruno Davaillon of Bullion, John Tesar of Knife, Callie Speer of Holy Roller, Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Pitmaster Ronnie Killen of Killen’s Barbecue, and Jordan Jackson of Bodacious Bar-B-Q. There will be pop-ups from BIRD Bakery, Antonelli’s Cheese Shop, and Hello Trouble Hall. Plus, one of a kind experiences from virtual reality firm SubVRsive, a Kendra Scott Color Bar, and art installations curated by SWOON, the studio. Minor Mishap Marching band and DJ Sober will provide live musical entertainment.

It’s a weekend designed to inform, educate, and entertain. See the full lineup of talent and speakers below.

Make sure to stay up to date with the downloadable weekend schedule.


Tim Ferriss

Podcaster and best-selling author

9/8 Keynote panelist

Mo Amer


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


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


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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Hotel Partners

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

An Uptown Dallas oasis offering impeccable service and a world-class luxury experience, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is the most celebrated hotel and restaurant in Texas.  Enjoy $255 per night during Edge of Texas Weekend (Sept 7-8) with the promo code VISIT DALLAS. Offer is limited and based on availability. Call 888-ROSEWOOD 214-559-2100 for reservations.

The Adolphus Hotel

One of Dallas’ first luxury hotels on Commerce Street, The Adolphus Hotel is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and less than a mile from The Edge of Texas’ headquarters at the Belo Mansion. Learn about the Adolphus’ recent restoration and visionary transformation covered by Texas Monthly editors. Enjoy 20% off of the best available rate during the Edge of Texas Weekend (Sept 7-8) with the promo code VISIT DALLAS. Offer is limited and based on availability. Click here to take advantage of this special Edge rate.

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General Information
When is the event?

The Kickoff Party will take place on Friday, September 7, 2018 at The Belo Mansion. VIP doors @ 6:30 PM, GA doors @ 8:00 PM.

The Storytelling + Discussion will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at The Belo Mansion from 10am-4:45pm.

The Finale Celebration will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at The Empire Room from 7pm-11pm.

Where is the event?

Both Friday evening (Kickoff) and Saturday daytime (Storytelling & Discussion) will take place at The Belo Mansion & Pavilion, located at 2101 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75201.

Saturday night’s Final Celebration is at The Empire Room, located at 1225 N Riverfront Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207.

What to wear?

Friday Night (Kickoff Party) – Cocktail attire; Saturday Day (Storytelling + Discussion) – Casual attire; Saturday Night (Finale Celebration) – Texas casual attire

Do I need to bring cash/credit cards for purchases?

We recommend bringing cash/credit cards for extra purchases.

Can I buy alcohol at the events?

For the Kickoff Party (Friday Night) & the Finale Celebration (Saturday Night), alcoholic drinks are included.

What happens if it rains during one of the events?

The show will go on rain or shine!

Are the events kid-friendly?

No. The Edge of Texas events are 21 and older only.

Are dogs/pets allowed at the event?

The Texas Monthly events team does love dogs, but only service dogs will be allowed on property.

Is smoking allowed at the events?


Can I enter to win tickets?

Yes, enter the Edge of Texas sweepstakes for free tickets and a Dallas weekend getaway or the Walk on the Edge of Texas sweepstakes to win all-new Lucchese Barn Boots!

Can I be a Texas Monthly volunteer?

With over thirty events annually, Texas Monthly has the right event for you to get involved. Are you a people person? Are you a foodie? Are you passionate about live music and interactive events? If yes, we have a job for you! Email us at [email protected] and tell us why you’d like to be a Texas Monthly volunteer. Please let us know your availability close to the event and any special skills.

Who should I contact for general questions?

For general inquiries, please email [email protected]

Is there a lost and found?

After the events, please email: [email protected] to inquire about lost items. Texas Monthly will not be held responsible for unclaimed items.

What's included with tickets?

For Friday night’s kickoff party, there are two ticket levels:

VIP tickets includes a $50 donation to our charity partner, an hour pre-show with an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and a special Edge of Texas poster (while supplies last), followed by a 90-minute performance with live music, never-been-seen-before documentary film clips, and discussions, plus an open bar.

General Admission tickets include a 90-minute performance with live music, never-been-seen-before documentary film clips, discussions, and open bar.

For Saturday’s daytime Storytelling + Discussion, all panels and daytime programming are included. For Saturday night’s finale celebration, all food, beverages, and entertainment are included.

How much does it cost to attend?

*Kickoff Party / Friday, September 7 @ The Belo Mansion & Pavilion: VIP tickets $135.00; General Admission tickets: $85.00

*A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), the joint fundraising effort of Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, ACM Award-winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and ESPN analyst and Texas coaching legend Mack Brown.

Storytelling + Discussion / Saturday, September 8 @ The Belo Mansion and Pavilion: $85.00

Finale Celebration / Saturday, September 8 @ The Empire Room: $85.00

The Edge of Texas / 2-Day Weekend Badges

VIP Badges ($250.00 each): Includes VIP access into Friday Kickoff and General Admission into Saturday Storytelling + Discussion (daytime), and the Finale Celebration (Saturday evening)

General Admission Badges ($200.00 each): Includes General Admission access into Friday Kickoff, Saturday Storytelling + Discussion (daytime), and the Finale Celebration (Saturday evening)

Who should I contact about tickets?

If you need assistance purchasing a ticket, have questions regarding payment or if you need your tickets resent to you, please reach out to our Eventbrite support team at

Are tickets refundable?

Tickets are non-refundable.

Is a Texas Monthly subscription included with my ticket?

A one-year subscription, valued at @12.00, is included with a 2-day VIP weekend badge. To cancel this subscription and receive a full subscription refund ($12.00 value), please email [email protected] with your full name and mailing address. Please allow 2-4 weeks for refund.

*Please note that you have 30 days from the date of your VIP ticket or subscription purchase to request a refund. After this time, refund requests will no longer be accepted.

If for any reason within thirty days of your VIP ticket purchase you wish to cancel your subscription, we will send a full subscription refund for the value of the subscription indicated at checkout ($12 Value).

If the Postal Service alerts us that your magazine is undeliverable, we have no further obligation unless we receive a corrected address within one year. Print subscriptions available in the U.S. only. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your first issue to arrive in the mail.

For additional questions regarding subscription refunds, please contact: [email protected]

Will food be included in the ticket price?

For the kickoff party VIP (Friday Night) & Storytelling + Discussion (Saturday Night), food and alcohol is included. For Storytelling + Discussion (Saturday Day), lunch is included. Food can also be purchased at neighboring establishments.

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