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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 17 May 2013 8:02 AM

Today in the roundup: Dallas is getting a maritime museum (yes, really). Plus, Fort Worth’s most versatile venue and a major endowment gift.


A NEW MUSEUM: Dallas is hundreds of miles from open water. But a little detail like that isn’t keeping us from getting our own maritime museum. A lot of the details are still being worked out, but the Dallas Maritime Museum would likely open in 2016 on a 3.5 acre site near the Trinity River. A decommissioned nuclear submarine – the USS Dallas – would be a major feature. “We look upon its purpose as education, but also as a living memorial to the contributions North Texas has made to the Navy, the Coast Guard and the merchant marine,” Rollie Stevens, the president of the museum’s foundation, tells

ON THE PROWL: Today and tomorrow the Fort Worth Music Festival takes over the city’s Panther Island Pavilion. And the venue is turning into a versatile space for a city in need of one. It’s already hosted another major event this year (April’s Untapped Festival) and future plans call for everything from a concert series to a Forth of July party to a 5K. But it’s the space it provides the local music scene that might be most valuable. “Anyone who wants to see a local band drawing more than 1,000 people but fewer than five or six thousand has no choice but to head east, toward Grand Prairie and Dallas,” Preston Jones writes on “Plenty of Fort Worth acts capable of pulling more than Lola’s Saloon or the Live Oak can hold (like the Orbans or [Quaker City Night Hawks]) end up playing spaces like the Granada Theater in Dallas, where capacity is just over 1,000.”

MAJOR MONEY: The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is getting a major influx of cash. It’s the recipient of a pair of endowment gifts totaling $1.5 million. Dallas philanthropist Kim Hiett Jordan donated $1 million, with the other $500,000 coming from the McDermott Foundation.