GRANTING WISHES IN FORT WORTH: The Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County handed out more than $1 million in grants Wednesday to 43 arts groups. That’s about half a million less that the council distributed last year. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra received about a quarter of this year’s money with a $243,600 grant. DFW.com has the full list of who got what.
THEATER BITS: If all you know about the play Equus is that Harry Potter starred in the recent Broadway revival, you’ve got some catching up to do. Fortunately, Elaine Liner breaks down Uptown Players’ upcoming staging. (theaterjones.com) … Consider Lawson Taitte charmed by African American Repertory Theater’s production of Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. “You’ll fall in love with these outspoken maiden ladies,” he writes. (dallasnews.com) … Alexandra Bonifield was equally taken with Having Our Say. “At the end it’s hard to keep from wanting to rush up on stage into the dining room set to join hands with the two women as they pray over the meal they’re about to enjoy,” she writes. (Critical Rant and Rave)
SINGING THE BLUES: What’s the difference between busking and panhandling? The quick response would be that the former involves performance. But as it turns out, it’s really more about whether or not you’re asking for money. The issue has come up recently in Fort Worth as police are cracking down on how the musicians solicit tips. In a nutshell, it’s not illegal to accept tips, but you can’t leave them sitting in your guitar case to entice additional giving. Confusing, right? Fort Worth Weekly talks to both the musicians and the cops to try and figure out how to keep the music flowing in Sundance Square.