Photo courtesy of Jurassic World Live Tour

The Jurassic World franchise, despite putting out mediocre movies (though we love Jeff Goldblum), will continue its expanding entertainment options with the Jurassic World Live Tour, coming to NRG Stadium for three performances, August 4-6.

Fans can get a jump on tickets for the Houston tour stop here. The pre-sale is live6; tickets going on-sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 23.

The North American tour of Jurassic World Live starts May 19 in Vancouver, British Columbia, visiting 27 cities through the end of November. In addition to Houston, the first Texas stop, the tour will also stop in Dallas, August 11-13; and in Austin, August 18-20.

The arena tour experience takes inspiration from both the Jurassic World series and the Netflix animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous , featuring dinosaurs like Velociraptor Blue, a Tyrannosaurus rex, and even Camp Cretaceous' Bumpy, the friendly and food-motivated dinosaur.

In all, the production features more than 24 film-accurate, life-sized dinosaurs operated by animatronics and performers. This production is not to be confused with Jurassic World: The Exhibition, which came to Grandscape in The Colony in 2021.

The production, featuring composer Michael Giacchino's score, combines projection and practical scenery to transform arenas into the dense jungles of Isla Nublar, where real Gyrospheres roll through the valley and scientists work to unravel a corrupt plan and save a new dinosaur from a terrible fate.

The tour also features a special pre-show experience one hour before showtime, where audience members can see the Jurassic World dinosaurs and vehicles up close and take photos with Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Baby Bumpy, and the Jurassic World Jeep and Gyrosphere. The pre-show experience is included with all ticket purchases.

Fans can sign up to become a Jurassic World Live Tour Preferred Guest at JurassicWorldLiveTour.com to get exclusive access to advance pre-sale code to purchase tickets early.

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Texas unearths new ranking as 2nd best state for urban treasure hunting


Word is out: Texans love to treasure hunt.

Texas has ranked No. 2 in LawnStarter's 2023 "Best States for Urban Treasure Hunting" report. The Lone Star State has the most metal detecting sites, pawn shops, flea markets, and geocaching locations (a total of 226!) in the nation, the report says. Additionally, the state has the second-higuhest number of treasure hunting groups and geo-tours, and the third-highest number of storage unit auctions.

Those who are new to the hobby and want to find some new gear, worry not: Texas also has the second-highest number of mining, metal detecting, and hardware supply stores out of all 50 states. (Just be aware that you can't metal detect in state parks without a permit.)

For anyone who thinks metal detectorists find only junk, remember this story from a few months back, when a Dallas resident unearthed a class ring dating back to the early '90s and was able to reunite it with its long-lost owner?

The only state to outrank Texas is California, which the report called "a fitting outcome" for the Golden State, considering its history of gold mining in the mid-19th century and popularity in local communities. Washington, also known as "the birthplace of geocaching," ranked No. 4.

The top 10 states for urban treasure hunting include:

  • No. 1 – California
  • No. 2 – Texas
  • No. 3 – Florida
  • No. 4 – Washington
  • No. 5 – New York
  • No. 6 – Pennsylvania
  • No. 7 – Virginia
  • No. 8 – Ohio
  • No. 9 – Missouri
  • No. 10 – Arizona
At the bottom five of LawnStarter's list are Rhode Island (No. 46), Delaware (No. 47), Montana (No. 48), Wyoming (No. 49), and North Dakota (No. 50).

Midtown brunch favorite's big news and Stevie Nicks' bewitching announcement lead week's top stories

this week's hot headlines

Editor's note: It's time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week.

1. Popular Heights restaurant owners revive Midtown brunch favorite Weights + Measures with big purchase. The neighborhood is already noticing positive changes at the restaurant.

2. Rock legend Stevie Nicks extends bewitching tour with new Houston date. She's known for her inimitable fashion sense and sharp-edged yet sweet rock vocals.

3. Familiar food truck serving tacos, tortas, and refreshing snacks parks it at beloved Upper Kirby green space. It replaces Love Shack, the burger joint that closed last year.

4. National smoked chicken restaurant chain opens first Houston-area locale with soaring plans for more. We would never tell you to drive to Willis just for a chicken sandwich, but we wouldn't blame you if you did.

5. Legendary ranch resort outside Houston makes waves on the market with $15 million price tag. The resort had been in operation for over 17 years before the announcement of its closure.

Action-packed Fast X drives home the ridiculousness of series' premise


Believe it or not, we are now over 20 years into the existence of the Fast & the Furious franchise, evolving from a street-racing story to one that could be compared to the Mission: Impossible and James Bond series. Like those other two franchises, Fast now exists as a never-ending globetrotting adventure where the protagonists are called into action wherever their particular set of skills is needed.

How being able to drive really fast in tight areas translates into world-saving derring-do is one of many reasons that the franchise is supremely absurd, with all logic thrown out from minute one of each subsequent film. Fast X, naturally, is no exception, although this time around they at least gift the audience with a great new villain, Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa), son of drug kingpin Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), who met his demise in Fast Five.

In his pursuit of revenge, Dante lures/blackmails the core group – Dom (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Han (Sung Kang), and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) – into traveling to different places around the world where he has set a series of traps. Along the way, old and new allies and foes like Jakob (John Cena), Deckard (Jason Statham), Tess (Brie Larson), Cipher (Charlize Theron), and more help or hinder the heroes’ efforts.

Directed by Louis Leterrier and written by Dan Mazeau and Fast veteran Justin Lin, the film has the characters almost constantly on the move, which gives the illusion of action. There are, of course, plenty of car chases, explosions, fist fights, and shootouts, although the excitement they generate will likely depend on how hardcore a Fast fan you are. What’s undeniable is that the filmmakers do their best to make the film as over-the-top as any of the previous films, if not more so.

This results in cars, usually driven by Dom, doing things that they are clearly unable to do in the real world, like stop a massive rolling bomb, careen down a dam, and more. As in at least the previous two films, the filmmakers are in on the joke, having characters make fun of certain situations or engage in stunts that are so preposterous that the only natural reaction is to laugh at the sheer gall of putting them on screen in the first place.

The most enjoyable aspect of the film by far is the performance of Momoa, who has a ball making Dante into a cackling, monstrous bad guy who, despite Momoa’s beard and burliness, also comes off as androgynous in style and demeanor. For a series where the stakes are often ephemeral and death is rarely a true threat for the main characters, Dante feels like a breath of fresh air, offering something unique amid elements that often feel repetitive.

On the flip side, great acting is not the first thing that springs to mind for the rest of the cast. Almost all of their characters are set in stone, so none of their performances offers anything surprising. The only fun to be had on this end is the various pairings that crop up due to plot machinations, most notably when Jakob winds up as the caretaker of Dom and Letty’s son, Little Brian (Leo Abelo Perry).

It makes little difference whether Fast X is a truly good movie or not (spoiler: it’s not), as its legion of fans will show up no matter what’s put up on screen. The ridiculousness of the series is the point, and the first part of the two- (or three?) part finale more than delivers on that promise.


Fast X opens in theaters on May 19.

Vin Diesel and Daniela Melchior in Fast X

Photo by Peter Mountain / Universal Pictures

Vin Diesel and Daniela Melchior in Fast X.