newsBarry Kooda of Oak Cliff is our very own rock-n-roll legend, a nice photographer and now, the ringleader of a  protest on gun zealots. Barry is organizing the “open carry guitar rally” at the Continental Bridge park July 4. The rally started as a joke on Facebook, with the tagline “don’t shred on me,” but then so many people were into the idea that it blossomed into a full-on fiesta protest-a. The Dallas Morning News ran a blog post about it. Then the Huffington Post picked it up. And now it’s on TV. Here he is on Channel 11.

Omar Gonzalez, a player on the United States men’s national soccer team, is from Oak Cliff. He went to Skyline High School and  played soccer at Kiest Park as a kid.

You know you’re cool when the crankiest newspaperman in town is keen on you. This is true of Mariana Griggs, who is profiled by Jim Schutze in the Observer’s people issue. Also featured in the issue are Javier Garcia del Moral and Paco Vique of the Wild Detectives.