IT DOES? Texans made their fortunes with oil, but all we need to live for the next three weeks are grease, batter and sugar. The Winter family has been helping us with their funnel cakes for 40 years. The State Fair opens today.
HE WILL? In what sounds like something from a Bruce Willis movie, a man wanted to blow up Fountain Place but the FBI stopped him. A month later, Bruce Willis will show up here to host the AT&TPAC’s opening gala — or at least the one (of several galas) that happens Oct. 14.
HE WILL?? Yes. Bruce Willis. Perhaps he’s looking for a new career, considering the strange blond toupee he sports in his new film, Surrogates.
THEY WILL. The Kimbell will put its new Michelangelo painting, The Torment of Saint Anthony, on display tomorrow.
THEY WON. The Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented its annual AIA Dallas Design Awards Wednesday. HOK design won big as did Laguarda.Low Architects for its very clean pavillion (above — looking like a pair of half-finished — but still handsome — IKEA bookshelf units) in St. Augustine Park. (See other images from Charles Davis Smith here.)
ARTS BITS FROM HERE AND THERE: Preston Jones on dfw.com believes Deep Ellum’s musical side is on the mend — and not because of the Green Line. It’s the return of Trees, the nightclub . . . Fort Worth art critic Gaile Robinson got a headstart checking out the Nasher’s new exhibition on the work of Winspear architect Sir Norman Foster. The rest of us media types won’t get in until later today. These “exquisite little worlds” — the incredible architectural models on display — should be a treat, she says, for anyone who ever labored over model trains or fighter jets. She doesn’t mention anyone who built hisself a fine replica of a ’72 Barracuda hemi with racing slicks, but she had me at little “palaces of precision” . . . KERA’s own Paul Slavens (and soon to be KXT’s) gets high praise from the Fort Worth Weekly for his weekly gig as a comic, anything-goes pianist at Lola’s Saloon. Musically, one of the best things around, it says right there. On Tuesday nights, anyway.