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Going back to work next week after the holiday weekend is going to be rough. Something that might make it a little easier? Trying to set a world record.
“The Dallas Museum of Art and the Latino Center for Leadership here in Dallas, TX, we are going to attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Frida Kahlo,” say Kimberly Daniell with the Dallas Museum of Art.
The museum currently has an exhibition showcasing 50 years of Mexican modern art.
Daniell says to get world record status, participants have to dress in a very specific way to emulate the famed Mexican painter and feminist icon.
“Per Guinness World Records, the costume has to include a unibrow – drawn on with makeup or by extra hair. Artificial flowers in the hair – a minimum of three – a red or pink shawl, and a flowered printed dress that comes below the knees without any slits on the sides,” she says.
This is the first ever attempt to set this world record.
Daniell says to meet Guinness World Records standards at least 250 people need to show up – something she thinks is totally doable: “I think that we’re going to have quite a few people with their unibrows on.”
Frida Fest is going to be held on Thursday, July 6 – which would have been Kahlo’s 110th birthday.
Two small cities in the Rio Grande Valley are backing major Texas cities in their fight against Senate Bill 4, the state’s new law banning so-called “sanctuary cities.”
Local governments in La Joya and Palmview have approved measures to support the lawsuit against the state, according to the McAllen Monitor.
More Texans are traveling than ever before over the Fourth of July weekend.
Most will be hitting the road – but air travel is expected to be up too, reports Houston Public Media’s Ed Mayberry:
More than 3.2 million Texans are traveling this Independence Day weekend. Air travel is expected to be up 5.9 percent, with some 300,000 Texans flying.
“During the recession there was a lot of pent-up demand. People weren’t traveling,” says George Hobica, the founder of AirfareWatchdog.com. “Now I think it’s just low airfares. And you know, with fuel prices so low, that gives airlines wiggle room to grab market share by lowering fares, and that’s exactly what they’re doing.”
As an example, Hobica says he hasn’t seen fares to Europe this cheap for summer travel for five years – $500 round trips from Houston to many European cities.
Travel by car will be up by 3.1 percent, largely attributable to lower gas prices, according to Daniel Armbruster with AAA Texas.
“We do typically see a rise in gas prices during the summer, but we really haven’t seen that this year because [of] the supply in the market,” he says.”
The holiday travel period is defined as Friday through Tuesday, July 4th.