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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 28 Nov 2011

Today in the roundup: Uptown’s new beacon, reviewing the latest at Circle Theatre and how apps help us discover the musician within.


WELCOME TO UPTOWN: Next month, a new 40-foot-tall sculpture is scheduled for completion in the Uptown neighborhood of Dallas. The stainless-steel piece will be covered with programmable LED lights and is designed to remind people where exactly they are (sometimes helpful in a neighborhood known for its nightlife). The piece will be named Tower II, and dallasnews.com has the story of how the name is a reference to an earlier project planned for the space that never got off the ground. You can see/hear our story on the sculpture here.

ALL TOGETHER NOW: If you go see Circle Theatre’s Seven in One Blow or The Brave Little Kid, don’t plan on just kicking back and watching. That’s because the show requires a little audience participation in the form of singing and “organized shout-outs.” And judging by the reviews, the experience is worth the extra effort you’ll have to put in. “For about the first half of Circle’s existence, it produced silly melodramas at Christmastime,” Mark Lowry writes on dfw.com. “It makes sense that, to close its 30th season, it would return to a delightfully bonkers way of making merry.” David Novinski was also charmed. “Director Robin Armstrong keeps the action brisk and lively letting her cast playfully gambol through,” he writes on theaterjones.com. Check it out through Dec. 17.

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT: Did you know that your iPhone is designed to do more than just play Angry Birds? There are actually a number of apps out there meant for more than just killing time. (Might I recommend, ahem, this one.) The New York Times Magazine has the story of an app developer who is using smartphones to help people tap into their inner musician. If you’ve got a few extra minutes today, this one is a good read.