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  • 4 Sep 2021 10:24 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    An Awe-Inspiring, Multimedia Theatrical Event



    Revel in an unforgettable journey through the Renaissance and rediscover the most exceptional artistic period in history

    The Texas Premiere Limited engagement

    Nov 4-7, 2021

    Dorthea Leonhardt Lecture Hall

    Fort Worth Botanic Garden

    3220 Botanic Garden Blvd

    (Sept 2, 2021 – Fort Worth, Texas) – After over 500 years, the two greatest minds and artists of the Renaissance will make their Texas stage debut at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden in DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience. Created and performed by Mark Rodgers, this multimedia production exploring the artists’ works and lives will take place at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden (in the Dorthea Leonhardt Lecture Hall) November 4–7. Tickets are $45.00 and go on-sale Tuesday, September 14. Tickets are available online at https://ticketsage.info/fwbg-titans. Fort Worth Botanic Garden Members receive a discount and will be invited to purchase in advance of the public on-sale. Memberships can be purchased from https://fwbg.org/membership.

    First conceived as exhibitions of creations from the mind of Leonardo DaVinci and the masterworks of Michelangelo, DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience is a one-of-a-kind, multimedia production that brings the works of these two Renaissance men into a brand-new, contemporary light. In the DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience, audiences take an awe-inspiring journey through the Italian Renaissance, led by creator Mark Rodgers, experiencing the world and its possibilities through the eyes of these two monumental geniuses.

    “DaVinci & Michelangelo has something that everyone can relate to,” says Rodgers. “The impact of everything they said and did can be found in our lives today.”

    Through exploration of their inventions, machines, sketches, paintings, and sculptures, Rodgers connects the immortal work of DaVinci & Michelangelo to modern day geniuses, such as Les Paul, Van Cliburn, and Paul McCartney, and encourages audiences to discover their own “inner” DaVinci and Michelangelo.

    Created by and starring Mark Rodgers, DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience is directed by Bill Stine, with lighting design by Maarten Cornelis and projection design by Shari Debandt.

    DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience will play November 4-6 at 7:30pm and November 6-7 at 2pm. Tickets are $45, with discounts for students, and are available online at https://ticketsage.info/fwbgtitans.

    For more information about Mark Rodgers and the production, please visit www.DiscoverDaVinci.com

  • 2 Sep 2021 10:41 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    Professional Bull RidersProfessional Bull Riders this week announced that bull riding’s most prestigious event, the PBR World Finals, will move to Fort Worth and Dickies Arena starting in 2022 as part of a comprehensive schedule restructure for its premier series.

    The new PBR Unleash The Beast regular season will span from January to May, culminating with a seven-day championship festival, spanning two weekends of bull riding and fan activities, in Fort Worth.

    The changes will go into effect immediately after the 2021 PBR World Finals which will conclude the current season in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena Nov. 3-7.

    "This has been an incredible team effort with PBR, Gov. Greg Abbott, our Fort Worth Sports Commission and so many others,” Mayor Mattie Parker said. “Fort Worth is the gold standard for public-private partnerships and we are marshaling all our resources to roll out the red carpet for the PBR World Finals."

  • 26 Aug 2021 10:50 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    The population figure that will be used during the Fort Worth City Council redistricting process is now known: 918,915.

    That number is the official census count as of April 1, 2020, although there already have been updated estimates made beyond that number.

    Release of the official data is part of a years-long effort that will result in the City Council being reconfigured from nine to 11 members.

    Fort Worth expanded from 741,206 people in the 2010 Census to 918,915 in the 2020 Census, a 24% increase. That percentage growth is the greatest among the top 20 largest U.S. cities. According to the official census figures, Fort Worth is the 13th largest city and the fastest growing large city.

    Fort Worth’s population is increasingly diverse with respect to race and ethnicity:

    White: 336,623 residents; 37% of the total.

    Hispanic or Latino: 319,836; 35%.

    Black: 176,556, 19%.

    Asian: 46,991; 5%.

    Other: 38,909, 4%.

    The Other category includes anyone who selected two or more race or ethnicity choices; there are more than 140 different race and ethnicity combinations. While “Other” includes those selecting more than one race, it also includes every individual identifying as something other than white alone, Black alone, Asian alone or Hispanic/Latino. While the overall numbers in the “Other” category remain relatively small, it is the fastest-growing race and ethnicity category, according to census data.

    Population counts in all city council districts grew at a significant rate over the last decade. District 9, which encompasses downtown and the central city areas south of downtown, grew by 4%, while District 7, which includes many of the rapidly expanding neighborhoods in far north Fort Worth, grew by 76%.

    View a video presentation to see council-level data.

    What happens next?

    The latest census data is being updated in the software, and more training and collaboration sessions aimed at residents are being planned for late September through mid-November. Check online for meeting information.

    In addition to the training sessions, redistricting information will be available online and at a series of town hall meetings planned by city councilmembers in the coming weeks.

    During this period, residents may also register communities of interest for redistricting purposes.

  • 19 Jul 2021 8:26 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    Chip and Joanna Gaines step up to help lead a new TV network | Fort Worth Business PressLocal entrepreneur Jonathan Morris has a show, Self Employed, that will travel the country talking to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

    The next episode of that show will air Aug. 27. Fort Worth’s Red Productions involved in the show as well.

  • 15 Jul 2021 8:50 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)
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    Calling all Insomniacs... Crockett Row is excited to announce the addition of Insomnia Cookies. Who doesn't love warm cookies delivered at your convenience?

    Keep an eye an opening date announcement coming VERY soon. Warm cookies delivered crazy late is definitely worth the wait. 

  • 14 Jul 2021 8:45 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    aerial view of the LED lights on a bridge

    Published by the City of Fort Worth

    Two of the signature V-pier Panther Island bridges are now open to vehicular traffic, with the third scheduled to open within the next month. If are you wondering “What’s left?” for the three TxDOT bridges, check out the list of final projects remaining for each bridge:

    White Settlement Road Bridge (open to traffic)

    • Stain the bridge and retailing walls.
    • Construct retaining walls cleanout aprons.

    North Main Street Bridge (open to traffic)

    • Rub and patch overhang and the V-piers.
    • Remove miscellaneous detour pavement.
    • Construct abutment parapet walls (retaining walls).
    • Ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m. July 17. The public is invited.

    Henderson Street Bridge

    • Rub and patch traffic rail.
    • Install pedestrian handrail and LED lighting.
    • Groove deck pavement.
    • Rub and patch overhang and V-piers.
    • Install bridge illumination and V-pier LED lighting.
    • Install electrical service.
    • Construct and saw bridge approach sidewalk.
    • Open the bridge to traffic.

    The three bridges are part of a $1.17 billion project to create Panther Island by cutting a bypass between the two forks of the Trinity River as a way to control river flooding.


  • 9 Jul 2021 10:20 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    a nighttime aerial view of downtownPublished by The City of Fort Worth on July 09, 2021

    Population in North Central Texas topped 7.8 million in 2020, for a Jan. 1, 2021, total population of 7,874,950.

    Despite the pandemic, the region grew by nearly 160,000 residents, and 12 cities experienced estimated population growth of more than 10%. Fort Worth had the highest absolute growth, adding more than 17,000 people, while Frisco added close to 16,000, followed by McKinney with over 6,000 and Dallas with 5,560.

    The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest population estimates show Fort Worth jumping from the 13th to 12th largest city in the United States with a population of 927,720. Fort Worth’s increase was the third largest nationwide, behind Phoenix, which added 25,194 residents, and San Antonio, which added 19,862.

    Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties each added more than 25,000 residents last year, accounting for 80% of the regional growth. The population of the region has increased by more than 1.3 million since 2010.

    Find the 2021 population estimates summary and data on the North Central Texas Council of Governments website.

  • 25 Jun 2021 9:33 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    The new Current Science Studio, along with the entire Museum, is now open to the public.

    Fort Worth, TX (June 25, 2021) – The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History reopened to the public on Friday, June 25 since being closed since late 2020. As a part of the reopening, the Museum unveiled the new Current Science Studio, which included interactive media, holographic displays and a large sphere hanging from the ceiling that can display space and Earth-based content from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    The new 2,500-square-foot exhibit was enabled by a generous grant of $255,000 from Facebook. Current Science Studio is a virtual gallery that shows completely digital content on all displays. This allows the gallery to transform quickly from one topic to another in a matter of seconds.

    At 10 AM, newly elected Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, along with local children, cut the ribbon to officially open the Museum to the public. “The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has been a fixture of Fort Worth, and today’s reopening is a huge step in getting back to normal and to experience new exhibits, like the Current Science Studio. My family joins all Fort Worth families in our excitement to reenter and enjoy the Museum together,” said Mayor Mattie Parker.

    Today’s guests were the first public visitors to see the Science On a Sphere®(SOS), a giant global display system suspended from the ceiling developed by NOAA. The large, interactive sphere is one of the first high-resolution versions of the system anywhere in the world. At the opening, guests were treated to exhibits on Space and Weather.

    “It was so much fun to watch youngsters as well as older guests interact with the new exhibits, all the cutting-edge technology such as holograms and immersive projection,” said Dr. Doug Roberts, the Museum’s Chief Public Engagement Officer. “We can’t wait to welcome back more of the community through the summer.”

    “It’s a thrill to see the Current Science Studio come alive with visitors of all ages, and to have them experience this marquis exhibit,” said Holli Davies, Community Development Regional Manager at Facebook. “Facebook is proud to continue our strong partnership with the museum and support STEM education for Tarrant County. We have been part of the Fort Worth community since we broke ground on our data center in 2015, and we’re committed to playing a positive role here and supporting students.”

    In addition to the Current Science Studio, the Museum has reopened its other iconic exhibits, including the Children’s Museum, Noble Planetarium, DinoLabs, DinoDig®, and the rotating history galleries. Located on the second floor, the Cattle Raisers Museum also reopened and currently features the brand-new exhibit Rural Women by artist Gary Ernest Smith.

    Today’s opening kicks off a summer schedule where the Museum will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday from Noon – 5 PM.

    Images and videos for press use of the reopening event and first guests are available here.

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


  • 21 Jun 2021 9:37 PM | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    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 | Stacy Hollingsworth (Administrator)

    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.

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