Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: Houston, America's third largest art market, will be home to the first annual Houston Fine Art Fair September 15 – 18, 2011.
Approximately 80 international, national and Texas galleries will all be available under one roof, inside the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The Houston Fine Art Fair will offer a broad spectrum of artworks from 1950 to the present, with paintings, drawing, print editions, installation, sculpture, and photography. International in scope, the fair will also showcase Latin American, South American and Mexican art. Thousands of artworks from 500 respected artists will be presented. Events planned in Houston, for both novice and experienced collectors, will include seminars, artist and collector interviews and roundtable discussions in an on-site theater.
“The City of Houston is proud to host the inaugural Houston Fine Art Fair,”said Houston mayor Annise Parker in a prepared statement. “We endorse the fair's efforts to focus attention on Houston as a vibrant hub for artists, collectors, galleries, and patrons of fine art. We hope to establish Houston, as a respected and must-attend, regular stop on the national and international fine art fair circuit.”
Though the Houston Fine Art Fair will be large enough to rank as a major international art fair, Friedman's stamp is creating settings where private collectors and art enthusiasts have access to some of the top art dealers. His company, Hamptons Expo Group Management, produces the annual art fairs - ArtHamptons; ArtAspen and the San Francisco Fine Art Fair.
“Rarely has an art fair been so fully embraced with local support by its major museum, local galleries, leading collectors, art patrons, and city officials,” said Rick Friedman, president of Hamptons Expo Group Management. “There's enormous enthusiasm as the entire Houston arts community has come together in a unified effort to put their best foot forward to host the city's first fine art fair.”
Friedman has selected curator and art advisor Fran Kaufman as director of the Houston Fine Art Fair. Kaufman was formerly the director of the palmbeach3 contemporary art fair. She has also curated exhibitions in Europe, South America and the United States, and for 17 years, she was a New York dealer and partner in the long-time NYC gallery Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art.
“We are working closely with museums and arts professionals to bring a fantastic group of galleries to the fair,” said Fran Kaufman, director of the Houston Fine Art Fair. “We are collaborating with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and our opening night preview Sept. 15th, will benefit their highly-respected Glassell School Core artists' and critics' residency program.”
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