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Thursday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 5 Jul 2012

Today in the roundup: Asian Film Festival of Dallas’ full lineup, an iTunes for Texas artists and how the Modern landed Freud.

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AFFD LINEUP: The Asian Film Festival of Dallas opens one week from tonight. And, at last, the full schedule for this year’s festival has been released. Among the highlights are the opening night film – the Texas premiere of Takashi Miike’s Ace Attorney. He’s the same guy who brought you the excellent 13 Assassins last year. Seven North American premieres are also scheduled; everything goes down at the Magnolia Theatre.

A LOCAL iTUNES: Have you heard of lastaria.com? It’s a new site that is part iTunes, part Pandora and all dedicated to Texas music. Texas artists can upload their music to the site, and users can download the tracks or stream them. It was started by Lewisville-based Dr. Ivanna Terrell, who tells dallasnews.com, “My two current, primary goals are to bring a greater awareness about Lastaria to the indie music community and acquire more tracks by independent music artists on the site; and promote the artists that are on the site.”

QUOTABLE: “It will always be inherently harder for a museum in a smaller city to attract the same kind of attention in order for them to successfully do a bigger show. But my response to that is to think of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as being like the Oklahoma City Thunder. They may be a small-market team, but they are still playing in the NBA. The Modern is a major franchise doing major shows, but we just happen to be in a small-market town.”

– Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth chief curator Michael Auping, in a dfw.com story detailing how the museum was able to land the blockbuster “Lucian Freud: Portraits” exhibition.

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