Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Granada Theater celebrates 10 years as a concert venue, a former SMU arts dean gives the thumbs-up to video college applications, and more.
The Granada Theater is celebrating its 10th anniversary tonight. The venue wasn’t always a concert venue; it was originally a movie theater. The Granada has hosted big names like Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton and Wilco. Tonight, its birthday concert will feature Allen Stone, who can be best described as “a hippie with soul.” Bad Rabbits and Jared & The Mill will open up the show. Sister station KXT 91.7 will be there to present Stone. The party starts at 7 p.m.
- A former SMU arts dean is gung-ho for video college applications. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports Jose Bowen, who’s now president of Goucher College, has received some national attention for his school’s launch of a new app. The Goucher app accepts short video submissions in lieu of the standard college application essay. Other schools have been accepting YouTube videos along with other application materials like SAT scores, but Goucher may be the first to use the videos as a substitute application.
- More people are choosing to call Texas home — about 387,000 people, according to the latest Census for 2013. Proud Texans might attribute this to a number of reasons (barbecue, State Fair, and warm weather sounds pretty good to us), but CNN Money has reported the reasons are more concrete: jobs and affordable housing. Texas and other Midwestern states have the advantage of cheap land around cities, which translates to affordable housing. Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio were among the top 20 fastest growing metro areas. Austin is experiencing the biggest population boom, thanks mostly to jobs. The population there rose by 2.6 percent between 2012 and 2013.
- A patient in Dallas is being tested for possible Ebola. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital issued a statement last night saying it has admitted a patient into “strict isolation” to evaluate Ebola-like symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it anticipates results sometime today.
- The candidates for Texas governor will debate tonight at KERA. There should be plenty to discuss going into tonight; Democrat Wendy Davis has accused her opponent, Republican Greg Abbott, of trying to cover up improper spending of Texas Enterprise Fund money. Listeners have also sent in their own questions. This debate will be their last televised before the Nov. 4 elections. KERA’s Shelley Kofler will be moderating the live televised debate. The Texas Debates: The Race for Governor, airs tonight at 8 p.m. on KERA TV. You can also listen on KERA 90.1 FM and stream here on KERANews.org. And while you’re watching, tweet us @keranews with the hashtag #texasdebates.