Media opps: apps, art, film and fun make news

03/31/2010

FORT WORTH, Texas—MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival (MAIN ST.) celebrates its 25th year April 8-11 and is making news in fine art, film, technology, environmental stewardship and just plain fun.

Opportunities for coverage in this year’s festival include:

Fun: there's an app for that 
MAIN ST.’s new iPhone app and social media communities combine to make the 25th annual downtown art festival a state-of-the-art experience. Visit www.mainstreetartsfest.org to get started. 

MAIN man: 25-year volunteer John Gantt
He’s seen it all: John Gantt has volunteered in each of the 25 MAIN ST. festivals, and for him, it’s a family affair. Gantt met his wife, Kris, at the event, and the couple married in a ceremony on the MAIN ST. main stage the night before opening of the 20th annual show. Talk to MAIN ST.’s main man for a 25-year perspective on downtown’s big event.

An artist’s perspective 
Fort Worth artist Gregory Story travels more than 20,000 miles a year to show at major art festivals from coast to coast, but there will be no place like home April 8-11. That’s when his hometown show, MAIN ST., opens for its 25th year. Story is the go-to guy for tips on what to see and do when MAIN ST. takes the town.

Fearless Film Festival comes of age
It’s a coming of age tale: more than 200 short films were submitted for this year’s Fearless Film Festival, and organizers have selected 16 from across the world to screen at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10 and and 1:15 p.m. Sunday, April 11 at the David L. Tandy Lecture Hall in the Fort Worth Central Library. Filmmakers’ panels return this year and include a special presentation of One Square Mile, a documentary series that is really putting Fort Worth filmmakers on the map.

All in good taste: food, wine and more
Preview what's cooking, including selections from Kincaid's Hamburgers, Reata Restaurant and Cantina Laredo or dining rooms at the Omni, and don't miss seated tastings of the finest from Times Ten Cellars, another stellar addition to the festival's menu for its 25th year.

Art on Tour presented by Chesapeake Energy
Talk about an allowance: Chesapeake Energy is giving a group of teens $8,000 to spend at MAIN ST. as student curators of Art on Tour presented by Chesapeake Energy, a year-round, traveling exhibit created by and for young artists.

Green days: MAIN ST. makes an environmental statement
John Darling has a dirty job, and he loves it. Darling, a.k.a. the king of compost at the University of Texas at Arlington, is part of the green team that aims to keep the 25th annual MAIN ST. Festival earth-friendly. Joining the bid this year is Green Mountain Energy Company, which offers patrons a rewarding way to help make MAIN ST. carbon-neutral.

Music on MAIN
From icons Leon Russell and Kirk Whalum to young guns Jonny Lang and Los Lonely Boys, MAIN ST. presents the best in audible art in its 2010 Music on MAIN schedule of live concerts, and they’re all free.

Funny business
You can laugh, and it’s all in a day’s work for entertainers bound for the 25th annual MAIN ST. festival. Look into the funny business that's coming to town, and follow links to YouTube videos that preview all the fun.

Creative kids: Young People’s Art Fair presented by XTO Energy
MAIN ST. helps youth channel their creative energy and grow in the process as participants in its Young People’s Art Fair presented by XTO Energy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11. The Young People’s Art Fair showcases original works of art created by youth ages 7 to 17.

Get here: ways to go
Hike, bike or take a bus or train to MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and skip parking hassles. Note street closures starting Monday, April 5.

MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival celebrates its 25th year April 8-11 with a celebration of fine arts and crafts, music, film and food a mile long, stretching from the Tarrant County Courthouse to the Fort Worth Convention Center. More than 200 juried artists and fine crafts exhibitors will line brick-paved Main Street, joined by musicians and dancers on three stages. Performance artists and food and drink vendors complete the scene.

Festival hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 8; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 9-10; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 2010. Admission is free to the public. For more information, visit www.mainstreetartsfest.org.

MAIN ST. is made possible by a host of generous corporate citizens who support the festival year in and year out, bringing the finest entertainment to North Texas.Official Sponsors are Chase, Green Mountain Energy Company, Sundance Square, Texas Lincoln Mercury Dealers, and XTO Energy. Media Sponsors include CBS 11/TXA 21, D Magazine and the Star-Telegram as well as radio stations Mix 102.9, 102.1 The Edge, 106.1 KISS FM, 95.9 FM The Ranch, Country Legends 92.1, and Lone Star 92.5. Supporting Sponsors include Chesapeake Energy Company, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of North Texas, Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Pizza Hut, Target and the University of Texas at Arlington.