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Two from Fort Worth appointed by Gov. Abbott to university boards

Steve Hicks, a University of Texas System regent who has been a vocal opponent of regents who have criticized the system’s flagship campus in Austin, was reappointed to the board by Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday. 

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Fort Worth draws closer to deal with Lancaster developer

City staff are planning to introduce the developer Feb. 3 at a meeting of the City Council's Housing and Economic Development Committee.

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Museum District: Area’s evolution creating more interaction, public spaces

Fifteen years ago if someone had shot a cannon from Fort Worth’s world-renowned museum district, nobody would have noticed, joked Lori Eklund, senior deputy director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. But that has changed.

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The opera meets the drive-in?

Let's go out to the Opera....Fort Worth Opera's Darren K. Woods is having trouble keeping enough stacks handy from Coyote Drive-In and, in opera, trouble means it's time to sing. 

To see the video: www.youtube.com/watch

The opera meets the drive-in? That’s the case with the Fort Worth Opera which already has a reputation for trilling outside the box.


Fort Worth Opera is collaborating with Fort Worth’s Coyote Drive-In to bring opera right to drive-in patrons’ car speakers. The opera has teamed up with local grassroots video production company Neatovision to create a musical video that gives moviegoers a taste of opera and highlight the drive-in’s concession offerings.


Fort Worth Opera General Director Darren K. Woods stars as a moviegoer who takes four voracious opera divas (Violetta from La Traviata, Cleopatra from Julius Caesar, Mimì from La Bohème, and Carmen from the eponymous Bizet opera) to the drive-in. When the opera stars have eaten all his movie snacks, Woods calls the Coyote Drive-In help desk, where owner Brandt Wood, dressed in a coyote suit per the movie theater’s namesake, tries to help.


The spot, which features Woods’ operatic tenor, alongside Fort Worth residents’ puppetry talents, in a parody of the famous Pirates of Penzance “Major-General Song,” reminds audiences to stock up on their snacks at the Coyote Drive-In concession stand during intermission. If the puppets seem like professionals, it’s because they are; FWOpera Studio’s resident performers Clara Nieman and Kerriann Otaño also lend their voices to the clip’s four-part harmony vocals.
The commercial feature will run between shows every night throughout the next six months and during the 2014 FWOpera Festival which begins April 19.
 

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