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Friday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 3 Dec 2010

Today in the roundup: Interpreting Vernon Fisher, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Casa Manana and local music notes.


THE INTERPRETER: In the exhibition “Vernon Fisher: K-Mart Conceptualism” on view at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the artist has included a work called Poison Tree. The piece includes a Goethe poem in the original German – kinda unhelpful for us monolinguists. Fortunately, the museum has a native German-speaking docent, who walks us through the poem in the video above.

FOLLOW THE NOSE: Transferring a stop-motion television show would seem to be a tricky task. But it sounds as if Casa Manana has figured out how to do it with its adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. “This adaptation, by director Joe Sturgeon, is beautifully structured,” Punch Shaw writes in his dfw.com review. “It never rushes the story. Nor does it ever slow.” Cathy O’Neal was also pleased. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a great way to jump-start that holiday spirit,” she writes in her theaterjones.com review. “You can’t help but hum ‘Have a Holly Jolly Christmas’ on your way to the car.” The show runs through Dec. 12

MUSIC BITS: Yesterday, we picked out the North Texas musicians nominated for classical Grammys. But there were also plenty of locals nominated in other categories. (DC9 at Night) … Fort Worth prog rock outfit Epic Ruins is fighting the good fight for the album in the age of the single. (quickdfw.com) … Fort Worth producer Irv Jones knows how to make a rap album, even though he doesn’t really even like rap. (fwweekly.com)