Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will simulcast The AT&T Gala at Klyde Warren Park, strange street names in North Texas neighborhoods, and more.
The Dallas Opera has been doing simulcasts of its shows for some time now. There have been debates over whether they actually reach a younger audience, but now the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will be jumping on board. The DSO will host its first simulcast at Klyde Warren Park on Sept. 13. The AT&T Gala will stream from the Meyerson Symphony Center beginning at 8:45 p.m., followed by a fireworks display. [CultureMap Dallas]
- Neighborhood developers have a sense of humor. Central Track explored some clever street name clusters in North Texas neighborhoods. For example, there’s a cluster of Star Trek-inspired street names in Garland, and “the Disney streets” located in the Midway Hills neighborhood of Dallas.
- Texas Monthly BBQ Editor Daniel Vaughn may have the coolest job on the planet: he gets to eat barbeque and write about it. He reveals in Texas Monthly that he (understandably) gets a lot of questions about his cholesterol. Vaughn says he takes statins and his cholesterol has never been above 200. He also says after a long trip, he craves broccoli.
- High-speed rail proponents are hoping to expand beyond the proposed Dallas-to-Houston bullet train, the Dallas Business Journal and the Star-Telegram reports. Cities that could be served by high-speed rail now include Bryan-College Station, an area bypassed by the interstate highway system. Yesterday, the Commission for High-Speed Rail also agreed to seek federal funding to study a Fort Worth-Austin connection. A connection from Fort Worth to Dallas is expected to cost anywhere from $2.5 to 4 billion and would likely require federal funding. That would be separate from the train connecting Dallas to Houston, which will be privately funded by Central Texas Railway and may become reality by 2021.
- There has been a second confirmed case of the Chikungunya virus in Tarrant County. Yesterday, Dallas County confirmed their second human case of the mosquito-borne virus in the 75124 zipcode. Now, a Fort Worth resident has also contracted the virus when the person recently visited Puerto Rico, the Star-Telegram reports. The resident’s infectious period ended Aug. 17. Chikungunya is spread through mosquitos, specifically the Aedes mosquitoes, which are prevalent during the day. Health officials warn to take precautions against mosquitos, including wearing long sleeves and strong insect repellent.