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  • 21 Jun 2021 9:37 PM | Anonymous

    Texas Legislature Designates State Mushroom 

    FORT WORTH, Texas (June 21,  2021) — The rare and rather unique, star-shaped fungus with the Latin name Chorioactis geaster received official designation Friday when Gov. Greg Abbott signed a resolution making it the State Mushroom of Texas. Only two other states (Minnesota and Oregon) have officially declared a state mushroom.  

    The mushroom is highly selective about where it grows, mostly attaching to decaying cedar elm stumps in the central and northern parts of Texas (16 counties, and recently in Oklahoma). Japan is the only other country where it has been seen and documented. Appearing in late fall, it emerges as a dark brown, fuzzy capsule three to four inches in length inspiring another of its nicknames, the “Devil’s Cigar.”  

    “As this fungus matures, it splits open from its apex and forms a good-sized, brightly colored star and naturally, we have always thought it made sense for it to become the state fungus of the Lone Star State,” said Harold Keller, Ph.D., BRIT resident researcher. Keller and a fellow biologist K.C. Rudy found it growing abundantly in the early 1990s along the Trinity River at River Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas. Since then, Keller and others have spotted the fungus throughout North Texas. 

    BRIT Research Scientist Bob O’Kennon began noting Texas Star mushroom appearances years ago and, using the iNaturalist app, found and documented more than 60 different sites, becoming one of the region’s top iNaturalist’s observers. “I first spotted it at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, then started looking for it around decaying cedar elms and saw it at a few other places,” O’Kennon said. “What’s really interesting about this species is not only the cigar-like shape, but when it opens up, there is an audible hissing sound when it forcibly releases its spores.” He added that it’s likely only a few hundred people have seen this rare mushroom.   

    In HCR 61, Rep. Ben Leman described the starlike shape of Chorioactis geaster as “custom designed for the Lone Star landscape” and “a poignant reminder of the natural diversity that surrounds us, the Texas Star mushroom is as uncommon and striking as the state that serves as its home.” 

    Media Contact: Chris Smith 

    FWBG | BRIT Director of Marketing 

    csmith@brit.org | 817.332.6657 


  • 19 Jun 2021 10:07 AM | Anonymous

    Los Angeles USS Iowa.jpgBY STEFAN STEVENSON, Fort Worth Star Telegram

    JUNE 16, 2021 03:30 PM, UPDATED JUNE 17, 2021 09:12 AM

    A giant rubber duck is coming to Fort Worth.

    The Big #KindnessDuck Party, a free event scheduled for July 23-25 in Trinity Park, is featuring the world’s largest rubber duck, which stands about six stories tall and is about 74 feet long. A baby duck — at about 10 feet tall — is also expected to be on the scene. They’ll be set up north of the duck pond near River Drive and the Trinity River.

    Big Kindness Duck Party is the brainchild of Kindness Duck Project, a Fort Worth nonprofit organization aiming to promote “kindness by responding to community needs and performing as many random acts of kindness as possible,” according to its website.

    The organization set up a GoFundMe page to help raise $10,000 to bring the giant duck to Fort Worth. So far, four donors have raised a little more than $1,650.

    The July 23-25 event on the Trinity River is set to include food trucks, vendors and tents highlighting local nonprofits. The 22-acre grounds will include a 250-foot sandy area called “Trinity Beach,” which the Kindness Duck Project is partnering on with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Museum School.

    Big Kat Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, and Chimy’s are among the confirmed food vendors.

    “We are doing all of this for the sake of kindness — to show kindness to the amazing people and businesses in our communities; to show kindness to friends, family, and strangers alike; to show kindness to Cowtown and everything that’s great in it,” Kindness Duck Project executive director Kyle Wagner told Fort Worth Magazine.

  • 12 Jun 2021 9:44 PM | Anonymous

    The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents

    Milton Avery

    On View November 7, 2021 – January 30, 2022

    The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Milton Avery, a major survey of the twentieth-century American master’s paintings. Organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, this long overdue exhibition includes a careful selection of Avery’s most celebrated paintings charting his career trajectory. His last retrospective was held at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1982.


    Milton Avery will be on view November 7, 2021, through January 30, 2022, in Fort Worth, followed by the presentation at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Connecticut, February 25 through June 5, 2022, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, July 16 through October 16, 2022.


    Exhibition curator Edith Devaney with the Royal Academy of Arts, London, said, “I have long been fascinated by Milton Avery’s remarkable work and the significant role he played in the development of American art in the 20th century. This is a timely moment to celebrate his considerable achievement and continued influence.”


    Milton Avery (1885-1965) has long been recognized as one of the most important and influential American artists of his time. His compositions, with subjects taken from daily life, including portraits and landscapes, are imbued with a color sensibility, harmony, and balance that had a major impact on the next artistic generation. Avery played a vital role in the development of Abstract Expressionism through his close association with some of the younger exponents of the movement, such as Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, and Adolph Gottlieb. His work defies distinct categorization, falling between the time of the American Impressionists and that of the Abstract Expressionists, both of which were significant to his oeuvre. Avery was famously prolific, and this survey will feature approximately seventy of his artworks from the 1910s to the mid-1960s.


    The exhibition opens with Avery’s works through to the early 1940s, revealing the influence of the American Impressionists and his longtime appreciation of the landscape. The second chapter features the mid- to late 1940s, when the artist’s focus began to shift to a greater concentration on form. Avery’s mid-career subjects include scenes of the quotidian, taking from the European Modernist painters the tendency to depict the ordinariness of the subject and in doing so highlighting composition.


    Avery’s late work, from the 1950s through to the early 1960s, demonstrates the continuing impact of European Modernists on the artist’s approach to artmaking, particularly Henri Matisse, from whom he takes permission to increasingly employ non-associative colors. The selection also shows the extent to which Avery perfected his unique ability to balance color and shape in progressively more abstracted compositions. Having exerted such a profound influence on the emerging young color field Abstract Expressionist painters, he also took much from them, with his scale increasing and his works becoming less dependent on the figurative content.


    Marla Price, Director of the Modern and contributor to the exhibition’s catalogue, notes, “Milton Avery was the subject of my doctoral dissertation many years ago and I have been an admirer of his work ever since. I am delighted to present this great exhibition in Fort Worth.”



    The exhibition catalogue, Milton Avery, features exhibition curator Edith Devaney introducing Avery and his work, while Erin Monroe looks at Avery’s early years in Hartford and Marla Price examines Matisse’s influence upon his art. A conversation with the artist’s daughter March Avery Cavanaugh and an illustrated chronology by Isabella Boorman complete the book.

    Hardback. 144 pages, 120 illustrations. ISBN 978-1-912520-43-5.


    For high-resolution images, please email kendal@themodern.org.


    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

    3200 Darnell Street

    Fort Worth, Texas 76107

    Telephone 817.738.9215

    Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566



    Museum Gallery Hours

    Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm

    Fri 10 am-8 pm


    General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition)

    $16: General (age 18 and above)

    $12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel and First Responders with ID

    $10: Students with ID

    Free: Under 18 years old

    The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays.

    The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. 


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  • 11 Jun 2021 9:43 PM | Anonymous

    Fort Worth, TX, (Thursday, June 10, 2021) - The Arts Council of Fort Worth and AURORA are partnering to present New Stories: New Futures in conjunction with Fort Worth Public Art’s major installation on Pioneer Tower, curated by DooEun Choi, featuring international artists Refik Anadol and Quayola. Dr. Lauren Cross, curator of the exhibition at the base of Pioneer Tower, selected an impressive roster of ten North Texas artists working with a wide range of new media approaches for their art installations that will be presented between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. on August 20 and 21.

    New Stories: New Futures is a uniquely Fort Worth art event featuring historic and modern perspectives, stories, and memories from the region. Each of the artists’ pieces highlights distinct narratives around the collective experiences of North Texans that complement the video artworks that will be projected onto Pioneer Tower by Refik Anadol and Quayola, which explore memories of Fort Worth and the region’s natural beauty.

    Curator Dr. Lauren Cross said, “New Stories, New Futures is the culmination of a culturally-interrelated approach and is especially celebratory of the artists I have come to know both in Fort Worth and within the North Texas region. The featured artists share stories in their work of people, themselves, and experiences that are often hidden or overlooked.”


    Meet the ten regional artists of New Stories: New Futures:

    ·        Nick Bontrager, Fort Worth, TX, is an interdisciplinary artist whose work and research explores the physical and conceptual nature of the moving image, game-based interactions and exchanges. www.nickbontrager.com

    ·        Ciara Bryant, Dallas, TX, is a multidisciplinary artist using photography, video, and installation to explore Black culture in the new millennium. www.ciaraellebryant.com

    ·        Angela Faz, Dallas, TX, is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on racial justice, art disruptions, and the reclamation of public space. www.angelafaz.com

    ·        Jessica Fuentes, Fort Worth, TX, is an artist, educator, and community advocate working with built structures and projections of home and culture.


    ·        Jeff Gibbons, Dallas, TX, is an international curator and interdisciplinary artist with extensive regional and international presence who works with video, sculpture, and three-dimensional space. www.jeffgibbons.net

    ·        Jin-Ya Huang, Dallas, TX, is an interdisciplinary artist exploring social impact at the intersection of equity, design and social justice, especially for immigrant communities. www.breakbreadbreakborders.com

    ·        Letitia and Sedrick Huckaby, Fort Worth, TX, known collectively as Huckaby Studios, is an artist team that represents images of Black families, communities, and culture. www.huckabystudios.com

    ·        Raul Rodriguez, Fort Worth, TX, is an artist evaluating and representing Latinx communities and culture surrounding skateboarding, boxing, and Lucha Libre. www.raulrodriguezphoto.com

    ·        Bernardo Vallarino, Fort Worth, TX, is an interdisciplinary artist that uses sculpture, installation, and light to highlight diverse human experiences. www.bernardovallarinoart.com

    Arts Council CEO & President Karen Wiley said, "In creating a platform that celebrates our diverse landscape, we are thrilled to present this group of artists from Fort Worth and North Texas alongside two leading international artists in the field of new media. This is a great opportunity for our community to experience new art forms, discover through the eyes of artists the stories that are part of our history-making, and celebrate the Fort Worth Public Art Program’s 20th anniversary year!"

    While the art projected on all four sides of Pioneer Tower is visible across the Cultural District and beyond, visitors will want to spend time within the Pioneer Tower plaza to experience the installation up-close alongside this outdoor, regional exhibition. The exhibition is free to the public, but visitors must reserve a time in advance. Because the Arts Council of Fort Worth is covering all event expenses, tickets are available through www.NewStoriesNewFutures.org where the price of admission is automatically discounted to $0.00 at checkout. The exhibition is open to all ages and visitors can subscribe to the Arts Council’s email newsletter on their website www.artsfortworth.org or follow on Facebook @ArtsFortWorth to learn more about the event and the family-friendly activities across the entire Cultural District that will take place before sundown on August 20 and 21.


    About The Arts Council of Fort Worth:

    The Arts Council of Fort Worth was formed in 1963 to provide funding and leadership to stimulate and assure the advancement of the arts throughout Fort Worth. Today’s Arts Council continues to promote, nurture, and support the arts in Fort Worth by providing fiscal and business resources to local artists and arts groups while also serving the community through management of the Fort Worth Public Art Program and Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The Arts Council of Fort Worth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported in part by the City of Fort Worth and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, please visit www.artsfortworth.org


    About AURORA:

    AURORA is a public arts organization at the intersection of art, technology and community that presents works by some of the most visionary artists of our time. A cornerstone of arts and culture in North Texas, AURORA aims to expand the future of art through a dialogue that engages the creative possibilities within ourselves and each other. Since its founding in 2010 by artists Shane Pennington and Joshua King—along with veteran arts supporter Veletta Forsythe Lill—AURORA’s exhibitions, programming and Biennial have attracted over 300,000 visitors and commissioned and presented more than 320 local, regional, and international artists. For more information, visit  dallasAURORA.com.


    About Fort Worth Public Art:

    Fort Worth Public Art is a City of Fort Worth program created to enhance the visual environment, commemorate the city’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity, integrate artwork into the development of the City’s capital infrastructure improvements, and to promote tourism and economic vitality. Managed by the Arts Council of Fort Worth with oversight by the Fort Worth Art Commission, FWPA strives for artistic excellence and meaningful community engagement. For more information, please visit www.fwpublicart.org.


    Presenting Partners:

    Fort Worth Public Art

    Arts Council of Fort Worth


    City of Fort Worth

    Project Sponsors:

    Texas Commission on the Arts

    National Endowment for the Arts

    Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund

    JO Agency

  • 13 May 2021 8:55 PM | Anonymous

    Wolfgang Puck Catering and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth are excited to share that the new Café Modern will open for lunch, brunch, and bar service beginning May 18, 2021. Closed since March 2020, the café is under new management by Wolfgang Puck Catering, with returning General Manager Roxanne Mclarry and the addition of Chef Jett Mora, a seasoned Wolfgang Puck Catering veteran, who leads the culinary team.

    Café Modern promises guests warm hospitality, creative cuisine, and seasonal menus rooted in Texas ingredients. The menus feature comfort food with global influences and a beverage program showcasing local spirits. Seating is available indoors and on the expansive outdoor patio. Reservations will be taken online through OpenTable or by calling 817.840.2157, beginning Monday, May 17.

    Lunch Menu Highlights

    Sicilian Melt featuring Eggplant and Portobello Agrodolce, Fontina Cheese Blend on Sourdough

    Natural Chicken Paillard with Warm Local Rainbow Chard Salad, Golden Raisins, Almonds, Parmesan, and Aleppo Honey Vinaigrette

    Pan-Roasted Mahi Mahi with Bengali Curry, Sugar Snap Peas, Zucchini, Avocado Butter, and Chili Oil

    Charred Kalbi Beef Bowl with Marinated Flank Cut Beef, Chili Garlic Rice, House Kimchi Pickled Vegetables, Ssamjang Sauce, and Fried Timberview Farms Egg

    Brunch Menu Highlights

    Birria Beef Migas with Toasted Corn Tortilla Omelet, Guajillo Chile-Braised Beef, Cilantro, Onion, Avocado Crema, Queso Fresco on Pinto Beans

    Southern Fried Chicken Biscuit Sandwich featuring Kelley Honey Farms Butter, Spicy Aioli, Housemade Angel Biscuit, and Breakfast Potato

    Café Modern Operating Hours


    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11 am-2:30 pm


    Saturday, Sunday 10 am-3 pm

    Beverages and Light Bites

    Tuesday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm, Friday 10 am-10 pm

    Dinner service will begin soon and will be offered on Fridays, from 5 pm-8:30 pm.

    About Executive Chef Jett Mora

    A graduate of the Academy of Culinary Education in California, the Los Angeles-born and bred chef Jett Mora began his cooking career with the highly acclaimed Wolfgang Puck Catering (WPC) in 2011. Working in WPC’s flagship Hollywood & Highland kitchen, Mora spent years working alongside Wolfgang and his team of chefs to create menus for weddings, special events, corporate galas, and some of the country’s premier events, including the Oscars® Governors Ball.

    Throughout his ten years with Wolfgang Puck Catering, Mora’s creativity, leadership, and support enabled him to advance quickly through the ranks, leading corporate dining at a top technology and entertainment client before joining Puck’s West Hollywood restaurant Red Seven as Executive Chef.

    Mora then received the coveted opportunity to cook inside Wolfgang’s Test Kitchen, the master chef’s culinary incubator where Mora created his own multi-course tasting menus. This “experimental” restaurant allowed Mora to explore new dishes, ingredients, and cuisines and to design menus without limitations.

    In 2021, Mora relocated to Fort Worth, Texas, to lead the culinary team at the Modern, overseeing food and beverage operations, menu creation, and catering and events, including running the museum’s signature restaurant, Café Modern.


    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

    3200 Darnell Street

    Fort Worth, Texas 76107

    Telephone 817.738.9215

    Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566


    Museum Gallery Hours

    Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm

    Fri 10 am-8 pm

    General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition)

    $16: General (age 18 and above)

    $12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel and First Responders with ID

    $10: Students with ID

    Free: Under 18 years old

    The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays.

    Admission tickets are not necessary to visit Café Modern or the Modern Shop.

    The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

  • 11 May 2021 8:58 PM | Anonymous


    Fort Worth, TX (May 11, 2021) — The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is excited to announce its reopening to the public on Friday, June 25. The Museum closed its doors for several months in 2020 and 2021 in response to guidance from local, state, and federal health officials, and has remained closed through the Spring due to extensive water damage from the winter storms in February.

    Museum staff is excited to unveil several new and reimagined experiences that they have been working on throughout the closure.

    This June, the Museum will launch the Current Science Studio, a brand-new 2,500 square-foot exhibit sponsored by a $255,000 grant from Facebook. Anchoring the new exhibit space will be Science On a Sphere® (SOS), a giant global display system suspended from the ceiling developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    In addition to the Current Science Studio, the Museum will reopen the Children’s Museum, Noble Planetarium, Cattle Raisers Museum, DinoLabs, DinoDig®, and the Heritage Gallery. The Omni Theater, however, will remain closed indefinitely.

    Reopening Schedule

    Following the public reopening, the Museum will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from Noon – 5 PM, reserving the weekdays for the Museum’s Little Scholars Program.

    The Museum continues to take safety seriously. To protect the health of visitors and staff, the Museum will reopen in accordance with current public health and safety guidelines. Visit the Museum’s website to learn about the Museum’s updated health and safety protocols for reopening.

    To stay informed about the Museum’s upcoming programs and reopening schedule, visit the Museum’s website at www.fwmuseum.org.

    A media kit with details about the reopening is available here.

    To view on your web browser, please visit our press page.

  • 5 May 2021 8:53 PM | Anonymous

    On May 7, KERA’s Art&Seek and the Kimbell Art Museum will present “What We’ve Gained in a Year of Loss — and What’s Next,” a live online State of the Arts discussion.

    Fort Worth’s creative community will reflect on challenges and changes across genres and how residents engage with art in this time of social distancing. The conversation will celebrate innovation and resilience while exploring what the future holds.

    State of the Arts Fort Worth, produced by KERA’s Art&Seek and the Kimbell Art Museum, identifies important trends and issues affecting North Texas arts organizations. It brings artists, experts and arts leaders together for a thought-provoking, one-hour conversation.

    DJ Perera, artist and art educator; Jeffrey Smith, founder of Downtown Cowtown at the Isis; and Dana Schultes, executive producer for Stage West, will join moderator Miguel Perez, arts reporter and producer for Art&Seek, in the discussion.

    The free one-hour event begins at noon May 7 on YouTube.


  • 4 May 2021 8:56 PM | Anonymous

    Nature Connects Made with LEGO Bricks – an award-winning and record-breaking exhibition that uses beautiful works of art made from simple toy blocks to explore animal endangerment, the balance of ecosystems and humanity’s relationship with nature – is coming to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas from May 6 through Aug. 1.

    Nature Connects depicts important topics that New York artist Sean Kenney holds dear, from protecting an animals’ habitat, to planting a garden or showcasing a beautiful orchid – subject matter with particular appeal to gardeners.

    “Through captivating art with an educational message, Nature Connects creates yet another way for visitors to experience the Botanic Garden,” said FWBG|BRIT Assistant Director Bob Byers. “The summer timing is perfect for children out of school and families on vacation looking for new ways to enjoy the outdoors.”

    Explore the beauty and wonder daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a limited engagement May 6 through Aug. 1. Exhibit viewing is included with the price of garden admission or free with an annual membership.

    Purchase tickets online.

  • 4 May 2021 8:45 PM | Anonymous

    Texas A&M University, Texas A&M School of Law and Camp Bowie District invite residents to tune in for a livestreaming event of a Fort Worth Mayoral and District 7 Council Candidate Forum.

    The moderated forum features a Q&A with Fort Worth mayoral and District 7 runoff election candidates on issues facing the community. Topics include economic development, workforce development, community issues and the future of Fort Worth.

    The forum at 6:30 p.m. May 6 will be livestreamed on Camp Bowie District’s Facebook and Instagram.

    a poster with graphics promoting the forum

  • 3 May 2021 7:57 PM | Anonymous

    Mattie Parker and Deborah Peoples will face off in a June 5 runoff election for Fort Worth mayor. They had the top vote totals in the May 1 municipal election.

    Runoff elections will be held June 5 for Council Districts 6, 7, 8 and 9 since no candidate in those races achieved more than 50% of the vote.

    Four City Council candidates were elected, and there will be no need for a runoff election: incumbent Carlos Flores, District 2, with 64.94% of the vote; Michael Crain, District 3, 71.32%; incumbent Cary Moon, District 4, 51.39%; and incumbent Gyna Bivens, District 5, 62.81%.

    Early voting in the runoff is scheduled for May 24-June 1.

    View vote totals.

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