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Wednesday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 3 Jun 2009

ARCHITECTURALLY SPEAKING: The new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington opens on Saturday with George Strait and a host of other country music acts. When that soldout crowd steps foot in the structure, how will that building serve them? Architecture critic David Dillon weighs in on that topic, sounding mostly pleased. “Fortunately, architect Bryan Trubey has been […]

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ARCHITECTURALLY SPEAKING: The new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington opens on Saturday with George Strait and a host of other country music acts. When that soldout crowd steps foot in the structure, how will that building serve them? Architecture critic David Dillon weighs in on that topic, sounding mostly pleased. “Fortunately, architect Bryan Trubey has been able to translate this over-the-top program, in which excess threatens to trump excess at every turn, into a fluid contemporary design that belongs to its own time. No retro camouflage like Rangers Ballpark in Arlington or American Airlines Center. No cheap nostalgia,” he writes.

IN PRAISE OF PATSY: It sounds like Casa Manana has a real winner on its hands with Always … Patsy Cline. And it should come as little surprise that Texan Julie Johnson is a major reason why. “I’ve heard some other remarkable singing actresses portray the great country singer, but none came close to what Johnson does here,” write Lawson Taitte in a glowing review. “Not only can Johnson act, magnificently, here she has star quality to burn.” Not to be outdone, Punch Shaw goes straight for the hyperbole on DFW.com: “Julie Johnson, as the title character, has a voice that is good to enough to raise the dead. And she does an amazing job of capturing every nuance of Cline’s voice: the plaintive country bleat, the crisp enunciation and the occasional purring growl.” Better hurry if you want to catch this one – the show plays through June 7.

QUOTABLE: “I don’t know anything about Frisco. Frisco just came up! They said, ‘Frisco, Texas.’ And I was like, ‘OK. Dallas and Fort Worth and then … Frisco?’ I said, ‘Well who’s there?’ And they said, ‘Rich people!’ I think it’s a gated community?”

Bill Cosby, on The Late Show With David Letterman Monday night. Cosby plays the Dr. Pepper Stars Center in Frisco on June 12.

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  • The article on the new stadium had an important line buried in the text, “This economic segregation, in which premium seat holders have their own entrances, their own elevators and their own bars and restaurants, is one of the sorrier byproducts of corporate sports mania.”

    We all love the grand structure. Look at the movie houses built in the 30’s. Yet they were an example that anyone who could afford a seat got the same experience.

    In these times of hardships, I think a lesson to be learned is this: catering to the very rich, like this stadium does, is not the way to go. Professional sports seems to be ruling out most fans for the sake of the dollar. How far can you go with this?

    I also note music concerts are way out of touch too with their super high ticket prices.

    Time for a revolution in the arts for sure – and hey professional sports, maybe you should take note too. Just how long are the regular fans going to put up with this treatment and still keep coming back for more?

  • Jennifer

    Glad Dillon called it “part spaceship” — that’s exactly what I thought when I first saw the stadium close-up. Fitting that Jerry Jones kinda looks like an extra-terrestrial.