Five stories that have North Texas: Arlington voters will decide on whether to help fund a new Rangers stadium; Meet an SMU professor who has lit up every medium; Think with Krys Boyd takes Austin this week; and more.
The Bellville Cafe in Bellville, Texas, about 60 miles northwest of Houston, has rebranded recently. The restaurant not only has changed its name to Trump Cafe in support of the Republican presidential nominee but also has switched serving its former French cuisine and seafood to American fare and all-day breakfast, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The name change had been in the works for awhile owner Eddie Hawa told KPRC in Houston. “He loves America, and we hope he will be president,” owner Su Hawa told the Houston Chronicle. “People like the name; they’re supporting him.” And, regardless of the outcome of the presidential election, the Hawas say they are keeping the new name. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle]
- Arlington voters will decide whether to foot half of the bill for a new Rangers stadium. The proposition calls for a half-cent sales tax increase for residents to fund $500 million of a proposed $1-billion stadium across the street from 22-year-old Globe Life Park. Supporters of the tax hike don’t want the city to lose the Rangers and the team’s economic impact. With the team slated to remain at Globe Life Park through 2024, those against the proposition say there’s more time for officials to make the city a better offer. [Texas Tribune]
- Think, KERA’s hourlong interview show, is broadcasting live from KUT in Austin. In this week’s lineup of shows, you’ll hear from election experts about the Texas-centric issues, various authors participating in the Texas Book Festival and a photographer who has captured Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and other icons. Not to mention, you’ll gain new insight into Tex-Mex. Tune in to 90.1 FM from noon to 2 p.m. this Monday through Thursday. [Think]
- Lighting designer Steve Woods does some of his best work when you might not even notice it. The SMU professor and longtime lighting designer does all of his work behind the scenes, determining which part of a show or storyline the audience is meant to see. Woods has lit up every medium – TV, theater, dance and concerts – in more than 30 countries. But he still gets nervous when drafting a scene. Get to know this North Texas creative in the Artist Spotlight. [Art&Seek]
- Our sister station, KXT 91.7, will be playing scary good music all day for your Halloween listening. No, that doesn’t mean you’ll be hearing “Monster Mash” on repeat. KXT hosts have compiled hours of the best Halloween-appropriate selections from new, local and legendary artists. Also, for the occasion, Brooklyn-based indie outfit Slothrust came by for a Halloween-themed KXT Live Session, showing off tracks from their newest LP “Everyone Else.” Listen here. [KXT]