Five stories that have North Texas talking: Armstrong to give Oprah 90 minutes, two Texans net Oscar nominations, a swimming pool in the middle of City Performance Hall and more.
Lance Armstrong is ready to give his first interview after losing all seven of his Tour de France titles and sponsorships. With whom will he address denial of doping allegations and recent “weighing” of a public admission? Oprah Winfrey, of course, whose questions amid crisis have drawn new transparency from embattled figures like Rhianna.
Armstrong will speak to Winfrey from his Austin home in a 90-minute special Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. [AP via Daily Mail]
- Wes Anderson can claim New York City and Paris to an extent, but he’s a Texas native – one of two Texas natives with an Oscar nomination this year. (Hint: The other is a Man In Black, and not in the Parisian sense.) Moonrise Kingdom’s tender characterization of fugitive 12-year-olds in the 1960s drew Anderson a nod for Best Original Screenplay. Slate’s Jacob Weisberg marvels at Anderson’s sensitivity about unfavorable reviews and lack of Southern accent in an extended interview upon the film’s release. [Slate]
- The little Oak Cliff Streetcar That Could may get the additional $30.87 million that would finally seal advocates’ hopes for the project. If the North Central Texas Council of Government’s Regional Transportation Council okays the reallocation of funds from the Love Field Connector’s trove, the streetcar line will extend to Zang Boulevard and David Street and eventually reach the Dallas Convention Center Hotel. [Unfair Park]
- Dallas’ revered basement theater company is coming up for air -- at the new City Performance Hall, no less. Art&Seek’s Jerome Weeks explains how the need for Penelope’s two-story-tall set (with cabana and swimming pool!) caused Undermain Theatre to adapt the brand new venue for its latest show. “It was a lot of trouble. But theater,” artistic director Katherine Owens tells Weeks, “is a lot of trouble.” [Art&Seek]
- Hard to imagine Kelly Clarkson promoting Red Bull on the shore of Joe Pool Lake, right? She’s come a long way. President Obama chose the matriarch of American Idols to sing “America (My Country ‘Tis Of Thee)” at the Inauguration. She’ll join Beyonce and James Taylor in marking the occasion. [AP via New York Post]