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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 20 Jun 2011

Today in the roundup: Controversy over public art in Fort Worth, helping the blind enjoy the theater and a double dose of Tuna.


UNDER THE GUN: A piece of public art designed for Fort Worth is being held up over a small but significant detail. The work – a 10-foot-tall sculpture called Vaquero de Fort Worth – has some upset because the depiction of the Mexican cowboy includes a gun and bullet belt. The city has since halted work on the sculpture, which was begun in 2004. So how to resolve the issue? Bob Ray Sanders writes in Sunday’s Star-Telegram that it’s time for all parties to get together and work it out. But he says keep the gun.

PLAY BY PLAY: Thumbs up to Julie Machal. Since December, the Keller lawyer has been building a service that narrates performances of the Lexus Broadway Series at the AT&T Performing Arts Center for blind patrons. She got the idea from a similar service in Houston and has provided it herself for a handful of shows already. “Julie doesn’t miss anything. She covers things you wouldn’t think about,” Blake Lindsey, who attended a performance of Young Frankenstein, tells dallasnews.com. “You don’t feel blind at all.”

DOUBLE THE TUNA: If you are a fan of those folks from the land of Tuna, you’re really in luck this week. Both the Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre and the Denton Community Theatre are staging Red, White and Tuna, the third installment in the Tuna series. The Flower Mound production has already opened, which caught the attention of theaterjones.com. Meanwhile, dentonrc.com checks in on its local version.