Bedford Blues & BBQ, a two-day festival held on the grounds adjacent to Bedford’s City Hall, enthralls attendees with performances from blues masters, barbecue-style edibles from local grill gurus, and purchasable crafts from artisans. Headlining act Buddy Guy, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose electric-blues playing style influenced guitar legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, entrances audiences with soulful guitar riffs and a spinning hypnosis wheel. Grammy-winning musician Jonny Lang also takes the stage, proving to skeptics that the child prodigy, with age, has matured in lyric-writing and beard-growing abilities. While vendor fare sates the appetites of concertgoers, a barbecue cookoff competition held on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (admission not included with Groupon) challenges local meat smokers to concoct culinary masterpieces, impressing ticketholders with small samples of brisket, burnt ends, and other grill-marked cuisine.
Artie's Playhouse at Artisan Center Theater executes a packed season of shows conjured by a company of child actors, directors, designers, and technicians. The 2012 season commences with Rumple-Steal-Skin, in which the miller's daughter guesses the goblin's name by gradually reading through the playbill before treating audiences to Academy Award–winning tunes in Disney's Aladdin Jr.. Theatergoers accompany Dora the Explorer on a seafaring voyage in Dora the Explorer, Live! Dora's Pirate Adventure, experience the bond of friendship between pig and spider in Charlotte's Web, or watch true love transcend appearance in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr.. Other shows include Rapunzel, Disney's Winnie the Pooh Kids, The Big Bad Musical, A Snow White Christmas. Artie's Playhouse weaves its spells from the center of an intimate 150-seat theater-in-the-round.
Roots Coffeehouse serves up coffee, teas, and a broad array of espresso-based drinks and complements its potable pleasures with friendly service and a variety of edible options. The shop's menu draws upon three different types of espresso—a single-origin, a blended, and a decaf—to provide savvy sippers with an extra degree of customization to their order. Organic and fair-trade coffee and teas are also available to help keep consciences light and fluffy. Order up a honey vanilla latte ($3.85 for a medium) for a sweet kiss of bee syrup without the danger and mess of personally milking the bees, then pair your vanilla-fueled brainpower with Roots' free WiFi. Frozen drinks such as raspberry mocha or vanilla bean frappes ($4 for a medium) help the overheated mock the impotent sun. A food menu featuring fresh-baked pastries and muffins, as well as a quartet of sandwiches ($7.00), is also available to help customers practice one-handed hunger-avoidance maneuvers.
Led by Laura Coronado, a decorated dancer with more than 30 years of experience and the earner of a bachelor’s degree in dance education, the instructors at Laura’s Dance Dynamics aim to promote character growth in their students via team-based dance skills. They adjust their classes, which range from ballet to hip-hop, to cater to all ages and ability levels.
Big Barn Bar-B-Que's specialty dry-rubbed and pecan-smoked meats stock hungry mouths with succulent tastes backed by a cavalcade of sides. The menu enumerates a choice of 10 different meats, including two-meat plates that pair together savory combinations of carnivorous fare such as a tender arrangement of chopped brisket, classic baby back ribs, or jalapeño-cheddar sausage. Sides such as coleslaw and potato salad celebrate refreshing, cooling textures, and crisp fried okra and onion rings tantalize taste buds more completely than PhD students learn the alphabet. As duos, quartets, or sextets revel in smoky delights and share tastes, iced teas, fountain drinks, and coffee anoint liquid intake apparatuses in preparation for a finishing course of just desserts—seasonal cobblers packing a palatable punch of fruits such as strawberry or peach and Mama's famous banana pudding, which reveals a union of fresh-blended bananas and crisp vanilla wafers.
Back Forty Smokehouse is all about celebrating what's best about Texas. The aromas of smoked brisket, pork ribs, and country ham waft throughout the casual space, where locals gather to catch up over authentic barbecue and ice-cold beers. As guests dine, they can also watch football on one of seven flat-screen TVs or tap their boots along to some of the Lone Star state's best live music acts.