Static: Wednesday, October 17, 2002
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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s grand opening in December might be worth attending, if only to see whether something embarrassing occurs. Will activists shoot spitwads at philanthropist Anne W. Marion as she praises Fort Worth’s cultural pre-eminence? Will protestors shout “big mouth Bass is full of carp” as a prominent Bass brother hails the cultural district’s revitalization? Will detractors drop their drawers and present an honorary moon pie to Mayor Kenneth Barr as he congratulates the nonprofit FPA Foundation for raising money for the museum, even though the same foundation defied city orders and partially demolished the beloved 7th Street Theatre?

The city on Oct. 14 gave the foundation permission to finish destroying the landmark theater. A guy with a heavy Texas drawl afterward left a phone message at Fort Worth Weekly: “You need to go by the 7th Street Theatre and check out the signs that sumbuddy put in front-a the theater. It’s purty funny.” Sure enough, several signs were hanging on a chain-link fence that surrounds the theater. “If you tear this building down we will embarrass you at the Grand Opening of the MOMA.”

MOMA is the acronym usually reserved for the New York modern art museum, not the one in Fort Worth, but it’s close enough to get a point across — disgruntled residents have vengeance and mischief on their minds.

Pack Your Trunk

A rumor flying around at Tommy Alverson’s recent music festival had Fort Worth’s White Elephant Saloon in the Stockyards on the verge of closing. Turns out, rumors of the club’s impending death are exaggerated. Joe Dulle, one of the club’s original owners, said an investor has offered to buy the 26-year-old club. “We’re looking at the offer, but there’s no deal yet,” Dulle said. He didn’t offer any more details. “There are too many rumors going around as it is,” he said. Static is now kicking itself for prying this information out of Dulle over the phone — an actual visit to the club might have justified turning in an expense account with 10 or 11 beers.

Update

Fort Worth Weekly and Staff Writer Betty Brink have agreed she will not go forward with her complaint of pay discrimination against the paper. Because terms of the settlement are confidential, that’s all Static is allowed to say.

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