A Lotta Latin Lovin'
You want hot, spicy and jumping? Downtown Fort Worth's got it this weekend when the city hosts the fourth annual Gran Fiesta de Fort Worth, a three-day celebration of the influence of Hispanic and Latin American cultures on the Southwest. Many, many bands will play, including Gary Hobbs, La Sonora Dinamite, Havana NRG and others. The festival also features Mexican, Caribbean and Southwest fare and beer and wine. Low lawn chairs and blankets are permitted. The festival will be open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Call festival producers at 214-855-1881 or 817-488-2336 for more information or visit their Web site at meifestivals.com. Admission and parking are free. --Charles Siderius
She's Got Legs
Hello, ladies. Listen, think you have great legs? How about coming over to the Landmark parking lot Saturday and proving it? Does $500 sweeten the deal? OK, it's not nearly as shady as it sounds, since Gillette is sponsoring the Legs of a Goddess competition to promote a new razor and Taste of Dallas in the West End is the next stop. The lady with the most humpable appendages will then compete nationally for more fame and fortune, which is great, but we suggest boycotting the whole thing if ZZ Top is actually used as the contest theme. The Landmark parking lot is between Ross and Lamar streets. Registration is at 1 p.m., and the contest is at 2 p.m. --Matt Hursh
The first lesson: A tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable. Now, with that understanding, the folks at Central Market's Fort Worth Cooking School, 4651 West Freeway, Interstate 30 at Hulen Street, are now ready to proceed with their free Tomato Workshops, July 18 through July 20. On Friday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can learn all you need to know about canning, freezing and drying. Then from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. hear a mouth-watering discussion of Tomatoes Around the World. Saturday, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can learn 101 uses for tomatoes. Sunday, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the focus will be on salsas, sauces and soups and the history of the famed Texas tomatoes (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Call 817-377-9005. --Carlton Stowers