A CINCO DE MAYO TO CELEBRATE: The Tyler Museum of Art’s permanent collection gets a whole lot richer this morning thanks to a gift from some North Texas arts patrons. Laura and Dan Boeckman of Dallas have promised their collection of more than 300 pieces to the museum; 69 works from the collection are already on display there. To commemorate the gift, the museum will unveil a bilingual Mexican Folk Art Coloring Book at a presentation this morning at 11. The book will be distributed to all second-grade students in Tyler ISD. You can read more about the Boeckman’s collection here, and more about todays’ event here.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: This summer at the Tarrant County Courthouse, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of a rare painting of the Texas Spring Palace, the amusement park that opened its doors in 1889 in Fort Worth. (As the park was made of wood, you can probably guess what happened to it. And no, it wasn’t destroyed by termites.) The painting changed hands over the next 100 years before it was discovered by some folks interested in North Texas history. Their story of finding this important piece of local history and restoring it to be shown again is the topic of a fascinating FW Weekly story. As reporter Jeff Prince writes, “the backstory is as interesting as the work of art itself, involving a lost painting, mistaken identity, and good old-fashioned detective work.”
WRAPPING UP ‘RENT’: Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp have proved that you can go home again when it comes to the theater. Two of the stars of Rent‘s original Broadway cast 13 years ago will headline the touring version that stops in Dallas tonight through May 10 at Fair Park Music Hall. Lawson Taitte caught up with the pair to ask about the good and bad of playing the same characters for so long in a profile on GuideLive. If you’re thinking of seeing the show but don’t have seats yet, rush tickets will be available all this week. Click here for details on how to get ’em.