RAID REVIEWED: Dallas Filmmaker Robert Camina’s documentary about the controversial 2009 Fort Worth police raid on a gay bar debuted last week in Sundance Square. The Fort Worth Weekly reviews Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, plus what happened after the screening.
The biggest splash was made by Chief Halstead, who received a standing ovation from the heavily gay crowd, something that would have been unthinkable in the days immediately following the raid. In his remarks following the screening, he admitted that he “came off like an absolute ass” with his initial statements of support for the officers who conducted the raid and also told how his niece’s lesbian partner refused to meet him during those days after reading the press coverage of The Rainbow Lounge incident. Those words were stronger than anything he said in the actual film, and they were a powerful sign of the change that has taken place in Fort Worth since that night in June
WANNA HELP FUND THE DMA? Bid for some of Nancy Hamon’s home furnishings. The contents of the late art patron’s Dallas penthouse and San Francisco apartment will be auctioned off in a four-day estate sale next week. All proceeds will go to the Dallas Museum of Art, where Hamon was a longtime trustee and, of course, helped bankroll the DMA’s expansion with the Nancy and Jake Hamon Building.
THE SUBURBAN CENTER SAGA CONTINUES: In one of several ongoing funding stories about suburban arts/entertainment centers, the latest news (pay wall) from Irving finds city officials and the Las Colinas entertainment center developer disagreeing over the whether Las Colinas Group has raised the necessary $80 mill for the center. The city won’t seek a bond rating on its $170 mill contribution until it does.
A PERSONAL NOTE: Dallas-area arts groups may not know it, but they lost a profound advocate last Wednesday. Diane Connolly (pay wall), former deputy arts editor at the Dallas Morning News, died of breast cancer. She was 49. Diane was an assistant arts editor from 1991-’97 and then deputy arts editor before taking over the News’ religion section in 1998, going on to win national awards with it. She was an extremely talented editor, certainly the most cheerful I’ve ever known. She kept me sane for several years at the News, no mean feat. I can’t believe she’s gone.