Calling all food fanatics, the State Fair of Texas is here

first_imgFacebook TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless Linkedin ReddIt Linkedin Jamie Manning + posts Facebook The State Fair of Texas opens for the season Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Junior League of Fort Worth hosts annual holiday gift market Jamie Manning Humane Society of North Texas raises money in annual “Trick or Trot” ReddIt Jamie Manning Jamie Manning Previous articleTCU survives scare against SMU 56-37Next articleFrogs remain No. 3 in AP Poll, now tied with Ole Miss Jamie Manning RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Jamie Manning Twitter Sundance Square’s Christmas tree lighting brings the spirit of giving printIt’s that time of year again for the State Fair of Texas. From Sept. 25 through Oct. 18, concessionaries are showcasing their new concocted foods and beverages, going beyond the standard corn dog.Since 1886, the State Fair of Texas has been known as one of the country’s top fairs for creative foods, according to the BigTex website.The Big Tex Choice Awards elects concessionary finalists for the fair’s top foods.Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly created by Christi Erpillo is this year’s winner for Best Tasting. This dessert features cinnamon-baked bread filled with carrot cake, cream cheese, graham crackers and nutmeg. After being fried, the rolls are drizzled with powdered sugar.“The carrot cake rolls are the best things I have eaten today,” fairgoer J.R. Douglas said. “I will definitely get them again next year.”Fernie’s is also the creator of the funnel cake dunkers, a skinnier version of the normal funnel cake. The dunkers make eating easier and come with a caramel macchiato sauce, according to Fernie’s co-owner, Johnna McKee.McKee said that Fernie’s was the first to bring funnel cakes to the State Fair in 1981.“People say it is a tradition to eat Fernie’s funnel cakes at the State Fair,” McKee said. “We started 48 years ago and love carrying on that tradition.”For more sweets, Stiffler Brothers is offering limited edition fried Oreo flavors, which include red velvet, cookie dough and cotton candy.“Inventing foods for the fair is a family activity,” Stiffler Brothers co-owner Tammy Stiffler said. “We all get together throughout the year and come up with ideas and experiment.”The family business also introduces S’more Beer, filled with a crème brulée beer, trimmed with graham cracker crumbs and topped off with a marshmallow.The Coco-Rita is another new drink. A topless fresh coconut filled with the customer’s choice of strawberry margarita or piña colada.If these foods weren’t enough, the State Fair now offers Thrifty Thursdays. This new program features food discounts on traditional and new fair food items.General admission for the fair is $18 and food and ride coupons are 50 cents each. For discounts, food locations and other information, visit Twitter ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis last_img read more

Shakespeare at Notre Dame presents two-man ‘Macbeth’

first_imgShakespeare at Notre Dame will host two performances of “Macbeth” Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Unlike other “Macbeth” performances, these showings of the Shakespeare play will only include two actors: Paul O’Mahony and Troels Hagen Findsen.The play follows the story of Macbeth — a Scottish general who is told by three witches that he is destined to become king of Scotland — and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Together, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth take a series of steps to fulfill the prophecy.“It’s a story of ambition and what you do once you attain power — it’s a compelling exploration of our nature,” O’Mahony, who plays Macbeth and several other characters, said in an email. “We’ve aimed to explore some of the lightness within what is often a challenging and bloody play.”O’Mahony said the show, which will last 80 minutes, is a bit different since it is only performed by two people.“It’s quite a physical show and we have many scenes where we’re playing multiple characters,” he said.O’Mahony said he and director Mike Tweddle knew when selecting the play they wanted to do a show with only two people, so it became one of the selection criteria for the play.“We knew that we wanted to create the show with just me and Troels … after he and I worked together on some of our earlier productions,” O’Mahony said. “A lot of our earlier work was devised and we were keen to tackle text.”Given this constraint, O’Mahony said they looked for a play with strong pairs of relationships. He said while they re-read several Shakespeare plays to find one to perform, “Macbeth” kept grabbing their attention since it has “enduring relevance” and there are multiple pairs present in the work.“Most famously there’s Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, but there’s also Macbeth and Banquo (who start as close friends but become estranged), Macbeth [and] Macduff, Malcolm and Macduff and Macduff and Ross,” he said in the email.Using just two people, O’Mahony said, meant they could focus on the pairs for the relationships.“We found that by stripping away some of the elements which are sometimes relied on in bigger productions, it allowed us to focus more on the relationships between these pairs, and to share the story more clearly,” he said. “It created a lot of work for us, but the restrictions forced us to find creative solutions.”To create a production that O’Mahony said they hope “feels fresh and exciting” and “[offers] a new take on the story,” he said they made some changes to the play, including cutting some storylines and combining characters.For this reason, O’Mahony said the scene after Duncan’s death is one of his favorites in the play.“That’s the scene where we play the most characters and we had to find a lot of solutions for how we could stage something so epic with just the two of us,” he said.Another favorite part of the performance for O’Mahony has been exploring the character of Ross.“Macbeth goes on an amazing journey and it all happens so quickly (especially in our production), but I’ve also really enjoyed playing Ross whose role we’ve increased by giving him lines from other thanes,” he said in the email. “His relationship with Macduff and the way he encourages others to rebel has been fascinating to explore.”O’Mahony said he hopes the audience is surprised by the resulting performance.“We’d like them to feel that they were included within the story, that they were sometimes put on the spot as to whether they supported the Macbeths or not,” he said in the email.Tickets for “Macbeth” are available online on the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s website.Tags: debartolo performing arts, DeBartolo Preforming Arts Center, Macbeth, Shakespeare, Shakespeare at Notre Damelast_img read more