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Wednesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 30 May 2012

Today in the roundup: Reviewing Fort Worth Opera’s ‘Lysistrata,’ local music bits and a look inside an artist live-work space.

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LOVELY ‘LYSISTRATA’: Fort Worth Opera debuted the last of the shows in this year’s festival, Mark Adamo’s Lysistrata. And from reading the reviews, it looks as if the best was saved for last. “Both theatrically and musically, this was a vivid, and entertaining, realization of Adamo’s 7-year-old opera,” Scott Cantrell writes on dallasnews.com. “To carry out the sometimes zany action of Lysistrata — David Gately is the director — requires a stage-wise cast with a sense of the comic, and this the Fort Worth Opera has,” Olin Chism writes on dfw.com. John Norine Jr. was especially pleased with Ava Pine, who plays the title role. “Ms. Pine proves that she is a true star of the opera stage; she wins the audience over with her strong, yet sweet vocal tone as well as the large amount of gravitas that bolsters and unites the entire cast and elevates their performance as a whole,” he writes on theaterjones.com. Meanwhile, Wayne Lee Gay writes that Lysistrata, “does everything an opera is supposed to do, and does it in an innovative and, equally important, entertaining way,” in his Front Row review. All sounds pretty good, right? Better get those tickets now – the last performance is Sunday.

MUSIC BITS: Denton’s Hot Wet Mess announces its first acts, including Big Freedia and Reggie Watts. (DC9 at Night) … The ballot is out for this year’s Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards. Please vote responsibly. (fwweekly.com) … You can check out Preteen Zenith’s debut album, Rubble Guts and BB Eye, in its entirety. (aol.com)

LIVING AND WORKING: In Old East Dallas, a former brothel is now home to a group of artists living and working together in the space, dubbed The Shamrock Hotel. Artists have come and gone over the years, but they tell D Magazine in a profile of the space that living so close to other creatives has definite advantages. “I’ve worked in a space by myself, and it’s the pits,” says Sunny Sliger, one of the artists living at the Shamrock. “There’s nothing better than to be working on something new and be able to go to someone and say, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’ and get an honest opinion.”

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