It’s been mentioned on this blog, but today is North Texas Giving Day. You can donate online to many, many worthy organizations and your donation of $25 is qualified for enhanced funds through a bonus pool. It’s not a matching gift, but it’s something. Big D Reads is also part of North Texas Giving Day, and your $25 buys five DISD high school students a copy of The Outsiders.
For those who’d like to observe the letter of “Get Up and Give” as well as the spirit, Communities Foundation will have a live donation station running this afternoon complete with food trucks and live performances from some of the arts nonprofits who could use some of your hard-earned cash. Have a snack and make a difference. For those looking to do some good after work, there will be another donation station set up in Klyde Warren Park between 5:20 p.m. and 6 p.m. Depending on the weather, you can also do some outdoor yoga while you’re there.
Also, Rainn Wilson is in Denton today, sans his Dwight Schrute persona. Wilson is a guest of UNT’s Distinguished Lectures series, where he will discuss his book/social experiment SoulPancake. It’s a place for exploring life’s big questions, and perhaps he’ll lend some insight on the inspiration behind the project during his talk. You can still buy tickets online.
Over on FrontRow, Peter Simek has the full lineup for the upcoming Dallas Video Fest, which starts October 9. However, the Video Association of Dallas has a few things in the works before then, such as the return of Expanded Cinema, the Omni Hotel video program that was such a success last year. It’s video art designed specifically for the digital skin of the Omni. That’ll be on October 4, but I’m talking about it now because DVA is, yes, eligible for your financial support today. There will be an Expanded Cinema pre-party at Craft and Growler. No cover, drink specials, donation stations, and a screening of past Expanded Cinema selections.
For more to do tonight, including free margaritas at Urban Taco Uptown, go here.