CHANGES AT LCC: Late last week, Alejandrina Drew resigned as director of the Latino Cultural Center. Kudos to Nancy Churnin for trying to get to the bottom of her abrupt departure. In a Q&A on dallasnews.com’s East Dallas Blog, Churnin asked Drew why she left, to which Drew responds: “I’m ready to retire and enjoy Dallas.” But, being a good reporter, Churnin asks again at the end of the interview if she is going to leave any conspiracy questions unanswered. Drew’s response? A simple “yes” with a laugh.
RECORD YEARS: Some arts organizations are managing to thrive despite a crummy ecomony. The Dallas Business Journal reports that the Dallas Symphony Orchestra recorded record ticket sales for its 2008-09 season. Much of that can be attributed to the magnetic draw of new musical director Jaap van Zweden, but the DBJ says that other business strategies also had a hand in the success. Meanwhile, the Dallas Museum of Art sends word that it passed the 1 million visitor mark during a fiscal year for the first time in its history. About 664,000 of those visitors can be attributed to this guy.
QUOTABLE: “We try to approach each show as its own living, breathing organism that’s never going to happen again. We leave a lot of the show open for moments to happen. It gets pretty magical.”
ETC.: Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization collaborates with Lyric Stage on The King and I (dallasnews.com) … More videos have emerged from Quick‘s Big Thing (quickdfw.com) … New York’s City Opera, which lured away George Steel from the Dallas Opera, is struggling to survive (nytimes.com) … This Week in the Arts welcomes Jane Offenbach, Director of External Affairs at the Nasher Sculpture Center, for this week’s podcast (thisweekinthearts.com)