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FORT WORTH NEWS AND HAPPENINGS FOR JULY 9, 2010

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Exciting things are happening in Fort Worth! See the briefs below for up-to-the-minute information about the City of Cowboys and Culture.

 

Stockyards National Historic District to Celebrate 4th Annual National Day of the American Cowboy  

   Come celebrate the history and heritage of the American Cowboy at the 4th Annual National Day of The American Cowboy (NDAC) on July 24. Voted best cowboy tribute event in the nation by American Cowboy Magazine, NDAC gives families and the general public the opportunity to experience and appreciate the role cowboys and cowgirls of all ethnicities have played and continue to play in everyday life.
   

   In addition to the many competitions (watermelon eating, seed spitting, best mustache, most worn-out boots and buckaroo coloring contest, among others), the event also features a Cowboy Celebration Parade, the Dedication of the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, country music and gunfight shows. NDAC is proud to welcome back Chris Cox, a two-time Road to the Horse winner, who will be performing horse training demonstrations at the Cowtown Coliseum. Admission tickets for Chris Cox are $15 and will be available at the door.
      

   Events take place from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and the majority of events are free. For more information, visit www.stockyardsstation.com.

 

Jubilee Theatre Announces 30th Anniversary Season   

    Jubilee Theatre's Board of Trustees with Artistic Director Ed Smith and Managing Director Benjamin Espino are pleased to announce a year of special productions to celebrate the company¹s 30th Anniversary season. The season will be made up of productions from the past, present, and a look to the company¹s future.

 

   The main stage season opens with the Tony-Award winning play by Samm-Art Williams, Home. The season continues during the holidays with a production of a Jubilee classic, God's Trombones, based on the sermon poems of James Weldon Johnson with book by the late Jubilee Theatre founder Rudy Eastman and music and lyrics by the late Douglas Balentine. To kick off the new year and celebrate African-American history month, Jubilee will open local playwright Shay Youngblood's Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery. The spring production will be The African Company Presents Richard III by Carlyle Brown. The early summer production will be a newly styled Alice Wonder originally written by Rudy Eastman with Music and Lyrics by Joe Rogers. Jubilee will close out their anniversary season with a production to be chosen by its new Artistic Director during the Spring of 2011.
   

   Jubilee Theatre's 30th Anniversary season continues the organization's mission of creating and producing theatrical works that reflect the African-American experience with a look forward to the company¹s future as the cultural gem of Fort Worth.
   

   Season tickets will go on sale July 14 and can be purchased by calling the Jubilee Theatre Ticket Office at 817-338-4411 or online at www.jubileetheatre.org.

 

Omni Hotels & Resorts Receives Stevie Award

   Omni Hotels & Resorts has been honored with a Stevie Award® by the American Business Awards(SM). The Stevie Award, one of the world's most prestigious business awards, recognizes companies for outstanding contributions and achievements. This year's ceremony took place in New York, hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network.
   

   Three different Omni campaigns were finalists for an award - two in the same category. The luxury hotel brand was recognized for creating the Best Communications or PR Campaign of the Year in the Consumer Services Category. The winning campaign produced an outstanding grand opening for the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, which opened in January of 2009. Throughout the 2009 campaign, Omni generated a large amount of media attention through creative tactics such as a Fort Worth-focused dinner that served up an authentic "cowboys and culture" to attending media in New York City, an opening ceremony with a Western belt buckle instead of the traditional ribbon and a grand opening gala with local dignitaries, business leaders and other key influences. Success from the program and other efforts earned Omni recognition in local, regional and national media.
   

   For more information, visit www.omnihotels.com.


Botanical Research Institute of Texas Breaks Ground for its $48 Million, 69,000-Square-Foot Facility

   The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), an international cultural and scientific center for conservation (www.brit.org), has broken ground for its $48 million, 69,000-square-foot facility, which will be located at 1800 University Drive (at the southwest corner of Harley Avenue and University Drive) adjacent to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District
   

   BRIT will seek the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating SystemTM Platinum certification for its new facility, which would be the first at that level in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the second in the North Texas area, and the fifth in Texas. BRIT's new home will be one of the first buildings in the region to have a "living" roof, and it will be planted with flowering plants of the Fort Worth Prairie variety suitable for the climate.
   

   BRIT's new home in Fort Worth's Cultural District will be built on a 5.2-acre site leased from the City of Fort Worth. H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC (H3) is the design architectural firm for the project, and Balmori Associates, Inc., is the landscape design firm, both of New York. Completion is scheduled for early 2011.
   

   The new facility will include the Suzanne Rall Peacock Learning Center, a new program endowed by The Rainwater Charitable Foundation- and named in memory of its late executive director- for educators to learn how to teach their students about conservation and nature. Opened to the public in 1991, BRIT has one of the largest herbaria in the United States, the largest independent herbarium in the Southwest, and one of the world's best collections of Texas plant specimens.

 

Upcoming Fort Worth Events

   Mark your calendar for these exciting upcoming events. For more information, visit www.fortworth.com.
   • Kyle Bennett Band, July 9, Billy Bob's Texas
   • Luke Bryan, July 10, Billy Bob's Texas
   • Jerrod Niemann CD Release Party and Concert, July 11, Billy Bob's Texas
   • NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular, July 11 - August 1, Will Rogers Memorial Center                                        • Josh Abbot Band, July 16, Billy Bob's Texas                                                                                                                                                                                          • Performing Arts Fort Worth presents "An Evening with Kenny Rogers," July 16, Bass Performance Hall
   • "Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky," July 16- 18, Magnolia at the Modern, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
   • Star Party, July 17, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
   • Ted Nugent, July 17, Billy Bob's Texas
   • "Edward Abbey - Wild and Iron Sky," July 22 - August 1, Hip Pocket Theater
   • Colt Ford, July 23, Billy Bob's Texas
   • Restless Heart, July 24, Billy Bob's Texas
   • "City of Your Final Destination," July 23 - 25, Magnolia at the Modern, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
   • Casa Manana presents "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," July 23-29, Bass   Performance Hall
   • "Blues in the Night," July 23 - August 15, Jubilee Theater
   • 2010 Employee Summer Craft Demonstrations, July 26 - 30, Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western   Currency Facility
   • No Justice, July 30, Billy Bob's Texas
   • Lee Ann Womack, July 31, Billy Bob's Texas
   • "Masterworks of American Photography: Popular Culture," through July 18, Amon Carter Museum
   • "Etiquette Unravelled," through July 18, Hip Pocket Theater
   • "Something Intagible," through July 24, Circle Theatre
   • "RolePlay," through July 25, Stage West
   • Summer Zoo Camps, through August 13, Fort Worth Zoo
   • Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show, Saturdays and Sundays through August 16, Cowtown Coliseum
   • Fort Worth Cats Baseball, through August 29, LaGrave Field
   • "Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s - 50s," through September 5, Amon    Carter Museum
   • Fort Worth Herd CowCamp, Saturdays and Sundays, through September 6, Stockyards National Historic    District                                                                                                                                                                                        • "Leonardo Da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius,: through September 6, Fort Worth Museum of Science and    History                                                                                                                                                                                      

   • "Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk," through September 6, Omni Theater, An IMAX Dome, Fort Worth    Museum of Science and History
   • "Georgia O'Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image," through September 6, National Cowgirl Museum    and Hall of Fame
   • "Van Gogh: Brush With Genius," through September 6, Omni Theater, An IMAX Dome, Fort Worth   Museum of Science and History
   • "Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light," through November 7, Amon Carter Museum
   • "Leon Polk Smith: The Tamarind Lithography Workshop," through December 5, Amon Carter Museum
   • "Animalopolis," through Summer 2010, Omni Theater, An IMAX Dome, Fort Worth Museum of Science   and History
   • "Sharks," through Summer 2010, Omni Theater, An IMAX Dome, Fort Worth Museum of Science and   History
   • "Curtis Needs a Ride Home Comedy Show," Ongoing, Four Day Weekend Theater
   • Stockyards Championship Rodeo, every Friday and Saturday night, Cowtown Coliseum
   • Summer Gunfights, Weekends June - August, Stockyards National Historic District

About the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization of the 17th-largest city in the United States. The organization is dedicated to promoting Fort Worth as a premier business and leisure destination, with thriving centers of culture and commerce. For more information, visit www.fortworth.com.

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