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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 5 Apr 2012 7:56 AM

Today in the roundup: Fighting graffiti with art in Fort Worth, moving forward with the Las Colinas entertainment project and talking a couple of Dallas-centric films


FIGHTING ART WITH ART: Like most big cities, Fort Worth has a graffiti problem. But Cowtown has come up with a pretty cool idea to fight it. The city is organizing groups of kids to paint murals over parts of bridges and walls that have been tagged with graffiti. And it some cases, the same kids who would do the tagging are helping with the cleanup. “When you go in and you tell the kids, especially the ones who do graffiti, that the only difference between art and graffiti is permission, it just blows their minds,” Alison Letnes, a city parks staffer who oversees Fort Worth’s graffiti abatement efforts, tells Fort Worth Weekly for this week’s cover story. “They say, ‘You mean I wouldn’t have a felony charge if I got permission?'”

MOVING FORWARD: A proposed entertainment project in Las Colinas took another step toward becoming a reality on Wednesday. Irving has decided to move forward with a public bond rating on the $213 million bond package that would pay for the project. That decision comes despite concerns from some city officials. The whole tricky process is detailed on

THE MOVIEMAKERS: Michael Cain and Melina McKinnon are the husband-and-wife team behind M3 Films, which they’ve run since 2003. You probably know them from their extensive work with the Dallas Film Society and Dallas International Film Festival. In an interview with Art House Dallas, the couple talk about a couple of upcoming film projects – one on Dallas’ famed Starck Club and another about Stanley Marcus.