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Tuesday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 30 Jun 2009

PIECE BY PIECE: If you want to see how a piece of art literally comes together, stop by the Irving Arts Center today or Wednesday as a team will be assembling the Ten Thousand Spring Pavilion. Here’s the catch: it’s in 3,000 pieces and will be put together without using any nails. The work is  […]

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PIECE BY PIECE: If you want to see how a piece of art literally comes together, stop by the Irving Arts Center today or Wednesday as a team will be assembling the Ten Thousand Spring Pavilion. Here’s the catch: it’s in 3,000 pieces and will be put together without using any nails. The work is  carved from red sandalwood and is a model of a classic Chinese pavilion in Beijing. It’s on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and will be put together by the Institution’s senior curator. Hope that guy has plenty of patience.

CAN YA SPARE A NICKEL?: If there was anyone who could understand the tough times of the working man, it was Woody Guthrie. To that end, Theatre Three is offering tickets to any performance of its current show, Woody Guthrie’s American Song, for five cents to anyone who is unemployed. To get in at the special rate, just call the box office and tell the theater the name of your last employer when you make your reservation. Then just bring some proof of your unemployment to the theater when you go to the show.

TRUE GRIT: Karla K. Morton of Denton is perseverance personified. It’s a trait she’s relied on while battling breast cancer. And it’s also what’s driven her to becoming the 2010 Texas poet laureate. Earning the post is something she’s reached for since middle school.But her time battling the disease is when she needed her poetry the most, as evidenced by her soon-to-be-published collection of related poems, Redefining Beauty. “I needed that leather strap on my teeth, and I couldn’t find it. So I wrote it,” she tells The Dallas Morning News.

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  • Concerning the Smithsonian. I’ve written in my zine commentary about the great Smithsonian museums. Most of their collection is never on view. I think when we talk about what role government should play in America, we should consider the Smithsonian collection.
    I note that this Pavilion is on loan.
    I would encourage more and more of the collection to go on the road either on loan or in traveling exhibits. Specifically that which is hardy enough to travel safely AND canvas copies (Giclees) of paintings. After all it is our collection. Take it out of the back rooms and show it to the country.

  • Rawlins Gilliland

    Tuesday morning also offers the stunning and wonderful opportunity from Whole Foods (at both Lomo Alto and new Lakewood locations)…where 5% of today’s sales support KERA, the station that supports anyone who is intellectually curious, politically involved and familiar with…or seeking to absorb… alternative realities.

    Having a working knowledge of lifeless business gremlins replicating ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ podcasts, it’s good knowing there is NPR-KERA and Whole Foods. Both of which offer ideas and awareness; something that nourishes the body and soul.
    I’m off, chin up to stock up!

  • Stephen Becker

    I know I can always count on Rawlins to cut to the real news of the day — thanks for the reminder. And heck, you gotta eat, right? So how’s about you make today the day you eat something good by stopping by Whole Foods. I know you’ll be able to catch me at the Lakewood location between the hours of, say, 6:15 and 6:30.

    • Rawlins Gilliland

      Becker says he is going to the Lakewood store around ‘6:15’. According to the ‘D’ Nancy Nichols’ Side Dish blog, between 4–6, Maya and Miguel will be making appearances at both stores during this time. FYI: Those in the know at the KERA studios reportedly have heard Becker singing the theme song, “We’re Maya and Miguel, brother and sister and best friends as well” recurrently while daily blogging.

  • Shhh. Rawlins! Don’t blow his cover! 🙂