This post is a belated shout-out to Jason Roberts for Michael Granberry’s story yesterday about his efforts to restore Oak Cliff’s Texas Theatre — the one where cops nabbed Lee Harvey Oswald. I know Roberts well enough to know he’s good peeps, and I applaud his ambitious, important efforts. Ambitious, because the Oak Cliff Foundation, of which he is the chairman-elect, has raised more than $2 million but needs $300k more for stage and sound renovations, and could use up to $7 million to get the entire theater where they want it.
Roberts, member of the local band The Happy Bullets, is also the president of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, a group trying to reintroduce the streetcar to Oak Cliff, making it more walkable than just in and around the Bishop Arts District. (Let’s face it: A stroll there is awesome, but brief.) The OCTA will screen the documentary Contested Streets as part of a fund-raiser September 18. The screening will be held at — guess — the Texas Theatre.