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Thursday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 20 Jan 2011

Today in the roundup: A Fort Worth Opera Fest preview, connecting artists with beer and bringing Django back to life.


A LOOK AHEAD: This year’s Fort Worth Opera Festival will be here before ya know it. This year’s event will be held in May and feature four operas: Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Verdi’s Il Trovatore, Handel’s Julius Caesar and Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox. Fort Worth Opera General Director Darren Woods and the opera’s principal coach, Christopher Devlin, walk you through the lineup in this video.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Are you a local artist? Do you like beer? If the answer to each of those questions is “yes” – take note. Fort Worth Weekly will award its inaugural Visionary Award to three local artists this year, and the paper is collaborating with Rahr & Sons Brewing Company on a beer that will celebrate the awards. But that beer bottle needs a label, and that’s where you come in. If you’d like to submit a design, fwweekly.com has all the details.

HOT JAZZ IN THE WINTERTIME: Let’s stay in Fort Worth for an all 817 roundup, shall we? This weekend, Arts Fifth Avenue hosts the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. The event includes movie screenings, workshops and, of course, music. Some of the folks involved in this year’s festival talk about the influence the Gypsy guitarist had on their lives in dfw.com’s preview story.