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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 7 Nov 2011

Today in the roundup: Caravaggio vs. Hals, To Kill a Mockingbird heads east and remembering Rocky Hill.


CARAVAGGIO AND HIS CONTEMPORARY: At the Kimbell right now, you have the opportunity to see 10 Caravaggio paintings in “Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome.” But those Roman followers aren’t the only painters who warrant comparison with the Italian master. The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently hosted a exhibition of work by the Dutch painter Frans Hals, and that got Lee Rosenbaum of The New York Times noticing a lot of similarities between Hals and Caravaggio. You can work your way through a comparison of the two painters in a cool interactive feature at nytimes.com.

LOST IN TRANSLATION: The joint production of To Kill a Mockingbird that opened at Casa Mañana has made its way east to the Dallas Theater Center. But it sounds like some of the better parts of the Casa performances fell out of the back of the truck as it traveled down I-30. “Honestly, despite a less-fussy staging at DTC and the fact that the Casa version seemed more aimed at youth audiences, overall, it was better at Casa,” Mark Lowry writes on theaterjones.com. Lawson Taitte wanted a little more out of DTC’s Atticus Finch, Jeremy Webb, who replaces Casa’s Ira David Wood III. “He speaks the lines in the big courtroom scene eloquently enough, but he doesn’t really project the moral gravity you want in an Atticus,” Taitte writes of Webb on dallasnews.com. Judge for yourself through Nov. 20.

A DALLAS GUITAR LEGEND RETURNS: Ever hear of Rocky Hill from Dallas? If so, you are either a big blues fan, or you know of him through his brother, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top. But it wasn’t supposed to be that way according to those who knew and heard the Dallas guitarist, who died in 2009. His big break was supposed to be an unreleased album called Texas Guitar Legend, which he recorded in 1977. The album is finally seeing the light of day, and according to those who knew Rocky, his greatness will finally be recognized.