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It's the Friday Roundup At Last!
by Jerome Weeks 7 Sep 2012

Closing out the work week with a bang, a big bang of arts openings in the next week, plus UTD seems to be collecting museum directors, while a famous graffiti artist may go to jail, and not for spraying murals on walls.

CTA TBD

THE BIG BANG THEORY. The next two weeks see a huge number of openings in the arts — from the new City Performance Hall to the Uptown Players’ Dallas Pride Festival. So much so, the first seven events in DMN theater critic Lawson Taitte’s guide to the top fall shows (Kitchen Dog’s Becky Shaw, Lyric Stage’s Most Happy Fella, Ochre House’s Party Mouth and so on) all start in the next five days (pay wall).

DMA TO UTD. Former DMA director Bonnie Pitman has become a distinguished scholar in residence at UTD — joining former DMA director Rick Brettell, who holds a distinguished chair in art and aesthetics. In fact, they’ll be team-teaching a class this fall on art museums.

WAR HORSE TO CLOSE. No, not the one in Dallas. That tour opens Wednesday at the Winspear. The New York production will shutter in January, after 718 performances, mighty successful for a non-musical. It’s closing because, for it to continue, a new cast would have to be trained and fitted with new puppets — an expensive proposition costing more than $1 million.

SHEPARD FAIREY TO PRISON? Smoking Gun reports that federal prosecutors are going to ask for jail time for the graffiti muralist who was at the Dallas Contemporary in February, spinning records and painting walls in West Dallas. It’s about his famous ‘Hope’ poster that used a news photographer’s image of President Obama. No, copyright infringement doesn’t normally send you to jail. But Fairey’s destruction of evidence in the case may do it.

UPDATE: Fairey received a $25,000 fine and two years’ probation.

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