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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 19 Jul 2010

Today in the roundup: Painting your pocketbook, a peek at books in progress and the Metropolitan Ballet is back.


GERONIMO!: University of North Texas graduate Lori Giesler took home the top prize at a Visual Arts Society of Texas recent competition. The painting depicts a woman and child in a state of free fall and is the ninth in a series of people falling. So what’s with all the falling? “It seems to me that the people who do the worst in this kind of economy are single moms and kids, and this painting is about that,” Giesler tells dentonrc.com. “I don’t know if that’s true, but it seems so to me.” The painting will be on display at the Texas Woman’s University Fine Arts Building through Aug. 6.

BACK ON STAGE: We haven’t heard much from Metropolitan Classical Ballet this year. The company canceled all the shows in its season except for The Nutcracker over the holidays and a performances this past Saturday called Summer Repertory. “We were one among, I suppose, all of the artistic groups and 501(c)3 charitable groups in the area who had to do some paring to survive,” Frank Hill, the company’s chairman of the board, told dfw.com. “And we did that, and we’ve survived.” So how was the Saturday performance? Writing for Theater Jones, Margaret Putnam says it depends on which of the company’s co-artistic directors is providing the work.

A PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN: Ever wonder what authors are thinking as they write a new book? Farrar, Straus and Giroux is now doing its best to satisfy your curiosity. The book publisher has started a new website, fsgworkinprogress.com, that speaks with authors as well as editors, book jacket artists and others involved in creating a book. Its most recent entry features Pulitzer winner Jeffrey Eugenides discussing the novel he’s currently working on. The Los Angeles Times books blog has more.