From hardscrabble nights writing snippets for a Hearst newspaper in the 1950s to golden afternoons at Le Cirque with Sinatra or Hepburn and tête-à-tête dinners with Madonna to gather material for columns that ran six days a week, Liz Smith captivated millions with her tattletale chitchat and, over time, ascended to fame and wealth that rivaled those of the celebrities she covered.
More than $26 million in arts revenue is generated for local government in Fort Worth. When audience expenses and arts groups’ own spending are added up, it comes to more than $450 million per year, nearly half-a-billion.
Women are beginning to take on ranch bronc riding, a historically male-dominated arena. Two of the women at the forefront of the movement are based in North Texas, where a new show is documenting their rides.
Faced with hundreds of songs to winnow down into a Broadway musical, the Midland-raised director and writer relished the challenge of telling the story of acclaimed songwriter Carole King. But the process was not without its missteps.
The scandalous Italian’s life and loves inspire “The Seduction of Europe” exhibit at the Fort Worth museum — from the rich trappings of his travels to paintings of the elite with whom he wined and dined.