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Wednesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 15 Dec 2010

Today in the roundup: Alexander Calder appeals to the youngsters at the Nasher, local music bits and the return of the indie bookstore.


CALDER AT THE NASHER: The Nasher Sculpture Center’s new show is one of its biggest. “Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy” features the artist’s mobiles displayed alongside the work of younger artists who he influenced. The whimsical nature of the show got Gaile Robinson thinking that a pretty wide range of viewers will enjoy it. “It’s a G-rated show perfect for families, especially the youngest members, as their visual field has been filled with mobiles from their earliest moments of life,” she writes in her dfw.com review. If that sounds like something you’d like to attend, we’re giving away four passes to the show, plus an exhibition catalog and a membership to the Nasher as this week’s Big Deal giveaway.

MUSIC BITS: Denton’s Dust Congress has a new album out, the name of which, unfortunately, you won’t be reading on this site. (fwweekly.com) … Neon Indian has covered T. Rex’s “Children of the Revolution” and offers it up for a free download. (DC9 at Night) … Fort Worth band Naxat offers up its new release as a pay-what-you-can download. (quickdfw.com)

TURNING THE TABLES: Are you one of those readers who have lamented the fall of the independent bookstore? According to a lengthy piece that ran yesterday on NPR, things may be looking up for the mom-and-pop store (and down for the chains).