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Thursday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 27 Jan 2011

Today in the roundup: The jump on Jean Paul, assessing Seryn’s debut and the battle over film incentives.


GETTING THE JUMP ON JEAN PAUL: In November, the Dallas Museum of Art will open “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” the museum’s first retrospective devoted to a fashion designer. But you don’t have to wait until then for a taste. The designer spoke with the AP about the exhibition, which opens in Montreal before coming to Dallas. “I feel a little strange seeing so many things in one place because I feel I am not yet done, yet it’s flattering and exciting,” he says.

THE SOUNDS OF SERYN: Last week, KXT listeners were treated to a free stream of Seryn’s debut album, This is Where We Are. And lots of people liked what they heard, including Preston Jones. “Denton’s Seryn is, perhaps more than any other area band at the moment, on the cusp of stardom,” he writes on dfw.com. “At the very least, this quintet’s near-flawless debut, This Is Where We Are, should reveal to those who have somehow missed the band perform that this is one fearsomely talented outfit.” High praise indeed. To get to know the band a little better, Quick asked its members to each write about his or her favorite song. You might be surprised by some of the choices. And if you’re wondering about how the band got its name, I asked guitarist Nathan Allen that very question way back in March of last year.

THE END OF INCENTIVES?: Much has been written the last few years about how the state’s tax incentive program has drawn more productions to film here. All of those TV shows filming in North Texas didn’t just come here because they liked the weather. But those incentives appear to be in jeopardy. The Austin Chronicle reports that, “When the draft version of the budget was unveiled on Jan. 19, the total allocation for all film and music promotion was slashed from $67 million to $10 million for the next two years. Lawmakers are now trying to work out whether that leaves anything for the incentives.”