The Best Stories Are Made-Up

When women reminisce about childhood passions, or career ideas that persisted through high school, makeup artist surely ranks alongside veterinarian and fashion designer. A combination of artistry and mystique define the imagined life of the makeup artist, with every day an adventure and every client a fresh canvas. Kari Ann Shuler lives this dream on daily basis. Ironically, it wasn’t…

A Whole New Casa

For almost 60 years, Casa Mañana has brought Broadway shows and artistic excellence to the people of Fort Worth. Over the decades, the arts organization housed within the iconic aluminum-domed theater has grown to become the largest group of its kind in Tarrant County. Renovations in 2003 served as the capstone of a decade-long fundraising project, and elevated the homegrown…

A Healthier Life, One Day at a Time

Too many New Year’s resolutions die with the turning of the calendar. The excitement of the holidays prompts self-refection and newfound commitments to health and wellbeing, and we begin January energized with purpose. Unfortunately, as the weeks go by, routine sets back in, and the most committed find themselves struggling with the familiarity of bad habits. Vanessa Morales, a Fort…

Building a Better Texas

The outdoors are a special place for children. Unburdened by the distractions of screens and toys, imaginations bloom, games take shape, and self-sufficiency gets encouraged alongside curiosity, physical activity, and respect for the environment. Many of us have fond memories of Camp Fire. For some an after-school program, for others a precursor to other clubs, we gathered to learn about…

Laughter Improvs Anything

The vibrancy of Fort Worth’s core has no clearer representation than Sundance Square on the weekends. Amid the din of voices that populate the air on a Friday or Saturday night, chances are you’ll hear laughter, along with quotes and one-liners that may sound totally nonsensical heard out of context. You can thank Sundance Square Management for the vital atmosphere…

Sung from the Heart

In the past, Dublin, Texas’s sole claim to fame was the Dr. Pepper produced at its local bottling plant. Famous among soda cognoscenti, the Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Company was the only plant in the world that produced the original, cane sugar-sweetened recipe of the iconic soda. As of 2012, Dublin Bottling Works no longer produces Dr. Pepper, and it…

A Bumper Crop of Babies

The Fort Worth Zoo’s baby boom leaves one curious about the strategies that encouraged the recent string of births. Candlelit dinners for two in the elephant habitat? A solo violinist outside the lion enclosure? It’s easy to imagine the giraffes grooving to some piped-in Barry White, but what about the spot-tailed earless lizards? Maybe it’s just luck, or the result…