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Wednesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 8 Jun 2011

Today in the roundup: The Girls from Girdleville are back, David McCullough talks Paris and testing the 10,000 hours of practice theory.


THEY’RE BACK: If you are a longtime follower of Hip Pocket Theatre, you’ll recognize the Girls from Girdleville. The characters have appeared in two previous Hip Pocket shows – in 1994 and 2004. And writer and director Johnny Simons couldn’t wait until 2014 for their next appearance as the theater’s current show is Girls from Girdleville Defend Men in BVD’s from Bullies in Briefs. From the reviews, it sounds as if there isn’t a whole lot of there there. “Sometimes people parading around in undergarments is what it is. Silly and lovable, for a brief moment,” Mark Lowry writes on dfw.com. “Maybe all the bare legs were distracting from the narrative,” surmises Kris Noteboom on theaterjones.com. Decide for yourself through June 26.

MR. PULITZER COMES TO TOWN: Tonight, David McCullough will give a talk presented by the World Affairs Council. You probably know McCullough from his Pulitzer Prize-winning books on Harry S. Truman and John Adams. This time around he’ll talk about The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, which focuses on Americans across the pond from 1830-1900. For a primer, McCullough spoke with both star-telegram.com and dallasnews.com. And if you can’t make it to tonight’s presentation (or even if you do), be sure to tune into Think on Thursday, when McCullough will be the guest in the noon hour.

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE: Maybe you’ve heard the commonly held theory that you can become an expert at anything if you are willing to practice it for 10,000 hours? (If that’s the case, I could theoretically be ready for the Cliburn in 2038 if I start practicing an hour a day today!) Scientists are questioning the validity of the 10,000 hour claim, but as the Scientific American points out, that would be one heck of an experiment to produce.