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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 14 Nov 2011

Today in the roundup: R.I.P. Doyle Bramhall, recapping the Lone Star International Film Festival and a big check for the Sammons Center.


DOYLE BRAMHALL, DEAD AT 62: Doyle Bramhall, a fixture of the Austin music scene who was born in Dallas, died Sunday at his home in Alpine. He was 62 years old. The cause of death has not been confirmed. Preston Jones reached Bramhall’s longtime bassist, Jim Milan, who said, “He was an amazing guy, amazing musician, great songwriter. It’s a huge loss.”

RECAPPING LONE STAR: The Lone Star International Film Festival capped its five-day run on Sunday by announcing the winners of this year’s competition. Matthew Petock’s A Little Closer took home the big prize in winning the Narrative Feature competition; take a look at all the winners here. And for in-depth coverage of the fest, might I recommend Fort Worth Weekly‘s special festival blog, written by some folks who saw nothing but the insides of movie theaters this weekend.

BIG BUCKS FOR SAMMONS CENTER: Catching up on a little news from late last week – the Sammons Center for the Arts in Dallas received a very big check it needs to deposit. How big? Try $2 million. The funds come courtesy of Sammons Enterprises and represent a matching gift to the $2 million the center has already raised as part of its Legacy Campaign. The campaign has been raising money for nearly two years with a total goal of $5 million. The funds will go to pay for repairs at the center and to establish an endowment to cover future operating costs and maintenance.