It’s the weekend, let’s get a little culture – and we’ve got some, officially, here in Fort Worth.
Actually, everything is culture – low and high – but we’ve got a designated spot of culture now. Official-like.
The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) on Thursday announced its approval of Fort Worth’s Near Southside as the state’s newest cultural district.
Near Southside Arts, managed by Near Southside Inc., is one of five prestigious designations announced by TCA. Also included are the Red River Cultural District in Austin, the Deep Ellum Cultural District in Dallas and two districts in Houston: the Fifth Ward Cultural District and the Historic Third Ward Arts District.
The Near Southside cultural district designation will open the door for new funding opportunities. Not only will Near Southside Arts and other nonprofits located inside the district have the opportunity to apply for TCA grants, but the nearly 1,400-acre district will be recognized by the state as a destination for arts investments, according to the announcement.
I grew up on the Southside and I can’t help but sing the praises of Near Southside and the many, many pioneers who have helped that area turn into what it has become and continues to become. So grab a drink on Magnolia Ave., or a slice of pie at Paris Coffee Shop, or catch a show at Stage West, Amphibian Stage or Arts Fifth Ave. – virtually, if need be – and celebrate some culture. It didn’t happen by chance. That culture took blood, sweat, toil, tears, late-night arguments at house parties and more than a little cheddar to make it happen.
It’s a conspiracy! Don’t tell anyone! (which means tell everyone!)
A Texas assistant attorney general has resigned for all sorts of reasons (including spreading QAnon theories (the Slender Man for adults), but hey, it gives me a chance to tell a joke, so what could be better.
A man walks into a library and asks the librarian for books about paranoia. She whispers, “They’re right behind you!”
I’ll be here all week … or will I?
Football is back!
Football is back! I’m actually not too excited about that. But football commercials? Oh man, sign me up. Frito-Lay has announced their new campaign and – as usual – it sounds great, with a theme of “The Night Before Kickoff” and appearances by Tom Brady, Gronk and Dallas Cowboys Dak and Zeke. Frito-Lay does it right 90% of the time.
Don’t tell anyone this! It’s secret!
So San Diego, California, is not just a cool city, it has very low rates of COVID infections. So much so that residents can go out to movies and restaurants relatively unimpeded – masked of course.
What’s the secret, while the rest of California struggles to manage COVID outbreaks? Here’s the secret, according to the story:
Public health experts say a number of factors have helped San Diego County drop its numbers after they shot up along with the rest of the state’s in early summer. San Diego is the rare major population center in California where Republicans and Democrats share power, and they have largely cooperated on issues related to the pandemic.
Cooperation? What? That will never work! Don’t tell anyone I told you. And please don’t tell anyone a good idea came from California.
Abbott to Austin: I’m coming for you
Gov. Abbott is considering legislation to give the state control of the Austin P.D. if Austin cuts the police department budget. Surely there will be bumper stickers saying “I’ll give up my police department when they pry it from my cold, dead hands.”
Hey, Monday is Labor Day and What to Know will probably not labor that day, so enjoy. After all, the sprint to Election Day is coming.