The Spirit of ’61

Former minister and Stockyards bookstore owner Robert Platt remembers helping Texas Tech accept African-Americans.
Jeff Prince @jeffroprince
Another summer is winding down –– number 87 for Robert Platt. Seasons come and go rather uneventfully these days. Platt retired as a college professor about 25 years ago, and he then spent 16 years owning and operating the ...

By Greg Rivera

100 Years of Painting

Decades of experience will come together in this Gallery Night pop-up exhibit by David F. Gibson and Greg Rivera.
Jeff Prince
It’s taken 50 years, but two of Fort Worth’s most outstanding (and still living) modern painters will finally exhibit their work together. On Saturday, David F. Gibson and Greg Rivera’s One Hundred Years of Painting will ...


The State of Fort Worth Art

Several local art-world players gather to discuss what’s going on.
Fort Worth Weekly
Inspired by the dialogue that followed “Is Art Worth It?,” a piece I recently wrote for the Weekly about the trends and general state of the visual arts in Tarrant County, the Weekly and I agreed to bring together some loca...

Wilkinson’s installation piece was on display during Bobby on Drums at Shipping & Receiving.

Art, Money, and Love

All the news these days seems to be about connecting Fort Worth’s underground with its institutions.
Eric Griffey
Institutional Support Is Coming? Fort Worth has plenty of great artists, but it hasn’t traditionally been a nurturing place for young talent. For every Nancy Lamb-type success story, there are a dozen equally skilled painters...

Downwinders at Risk director Jim Schermbeck is asking EPA to reject Texas' ozone plan for North Texas.

What Air Pollution?

Environmental groups are asking EPA to reject Texas’ air pollution plan for Fort Worth.
Edward Brown @ejb0017
By 2018, the air quality in North Texas is projected to be among the worst in the country. That’s according to a recent ozone study by the Environmental Protection Agency. And we won’t be alone. Baltimore, Houston, and New ...


Supreme Court Eyes Texas Schools

The kiddos at school are getting real-world lessons on what lawmakers really think of them. Properly funding public schools and developing quality graduates would seem to be crucial to the state’s workforce. Politicians love ...


Fast Times at Southwest High

Students got a whole lotta love for the Contemporary Academy of Music.
Jeff Prince
With the temperature pushing 100 degrees, marching band members practiced inside the air-conditioned band hall at Southwest High School on a recent afternoon. About 200 students lined up in neat rows, shouldered tubas, trombone...


The Podcast Movement

More than 1,100 people piled into Fort Worth for a convention in July. You didn’t hear?!
“I’d like to thank the Academy.” One hand nervously in his pocket, the other gripping the podium, Danny Peña looked down at a room full of his fans, his peers, and over a thousand people who, when they finished feting hi...

Jeffcoat (left) and Allred had no background in politics before co-founding Fort Worth for Bernie Sanders.

Bern-ing Love

Fort Worth for Bernie Sanders is about more than just one U.S. presidential candidate.
Edward Brown
Thanks to Citizens United and lax rules governing political action committees, we all might as well get comfy and enjoy another seven-times-70 years of wealthy donors’ inserting themselves into U.S. politics. But Sky Allred a...


Baylor University Has Cross to Bear

Is it naïve of Static to expect more honesty and forthrightness from universities that call themselves Christian? Baylor University wears its cross on its sleeve, touting itself as a Baptist institution that helps students gro...