THEATER BITS: Theatre Arlington has decided to go on without an artistic director. The man who formerly held that job, B.J. Cleveland, tells TheaterJones.com that he will continue to direct for the company but will not hold a salaried position. Todd Hart, formerly of Casa Manana, takes on the role of executive producer. … In other Theatre Arlington news, the company has received $5,000 from Union Pacific in support of ACT UPS. The program combines theater games and acting exercises to help improve the self-esteem, confidence, problem-solving and life skills of inner city at-risk adolescents. … Lawson Taitte says that the touring version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Music Hall at Fair Park, “more than lives up to the standard the Broadway version set in 2005.” … Punch Shaw says the Condensed Shakespeare Festival offers a lot of laughs but has its problems, too.
MUSIC BITS: DC9 At Night has the intel on where you can download a few tracks from the Wooden Birds, fronted by Fort Worth native Andrew Kenny. Kenny is formerly of American Analog Set and brought his new band to town last week for a show at the House of Blues … Still looking for more downloads? Hunter Hauk points us to a couple of free tracks from Denton ambiant duo Florena. … Free Reign, the metal band made up of Cowboys offensive linemen, has landed a record deal. The band, which includes Leonard Davis, Cory Proctor and Marc Colombo, will play the House of Blues on Saturday.
VISUAL ARTS BITS: The Amon Carter Blog has posted its photo of the week, a piece from the museum’s large collection of cyanotype photos. Artgroupsdfw.com passes along information about a studio makeover contest. The grand-prize winner gets $8,800 to remake his or her work space.