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Wednesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 23 Mar 2011

Today in the roundup: Bill Hader likes Texas movies, Rigoletto’s director speaks and a chat with a looooong time DMA staffer.


BILL’S BEST: Bill Hader is the most versatile performer on Saturday Night Live these days. And the Tulsa native also has diverse taste in movies. The Criterion Collection asked Hader to pick his 10 favorite movies in the collection and, being a nonconformist, Hader lined up a series of 10 double features. And from the looks of it, he’s a fan of Texas filmmakers. On the list are George Washington, by Richardson director David Gordon Green; Dazed and Confused, by Richard Linklater; the North Texas-shot Bottle Rocket, starring the Wilson Bros.; and Austin-based director Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line.

THE MAN BEHIND ‘RIGOLETTO’: On Friday, the Dallas Opera opens Verdi’s Rigoletto. The show is directed by Harry Silverstein, who got his first big break from the Dallas Opera when he directed Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. And he tells theaterjones.com that he’s never fully satisfied once the curtain goes up. “It is very hard to ever be completely content. Even on opening night I sit and say ‘hmmm.’  But I think that this will really be an excellent production and we will all be proud of the results.”

THE LIFER: Dr. Anne Bromberg has been on the Dallas Museum of Art staff since 1962. She’s held posts in the education department and is currently the Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art. And she tells the museum’s Uncrated Blog why it’s important for people to take an interest in non-Western art. “If you study non-Western art, you’ll learn what human beings create and why. If you stick only to your own civilization, you are much less likely to think about why these things are being made . . . or about a much more serious question to me, why do we call it art?”