HONG KONG, VIA DALLAS: While scanning through The Architect’s Journal, like I do every morning (don’t you?), I came across this item announcing that Foster + Partners, Rem Koolhaas and a third designer will head up the planning of a $2.7 billion arts and culture district in Hong Kong. It made me wonder if Hong Kong looked to the Dallas Center for Performing Arts to see if the starchitects’ buildings could play nicely together. Koolhaas designed the Wyly Theatre, and Foster is responsible for the Winspear Opera House.
THEATER REVIEWS: Legally Blonde blows into the Music Hall at Fair Park this week, and Lawson Taitte says the songs aren’t the greatest, but the show will have you, “pumped as a two-hour cardiac workout.” (dallasnews.com) … Level Ground Arts has put together a Monty Python tribute show, which Cathy O’Neal says includes all the classics but has a hard time standing up to the original. (theaterjones.com) … Mark Lowry says The Spitfire Grill at Stage West succeeds in keeping it simple. (theaterjones.com).
NEW MUSIC: DC9 at Night has details on where to listen to a couple of new Polyphonic Spree tracks. Meanwhile, quickdfw.com points us to a couple of new Deathray Davies songs. Oso Closo tweets that it has just uploaded two “sneak preview tracks” to its MySpace page.
NEW ACQUISITION: We reported two weeks ago that the Amon Carter had acquired a rare copy of Edward S. Curtis’ landmark work of anthropology and photographic art, the 20-volume The North American Indian. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram makes it a sizable feature story today, promo’d on the front page.