IN WITH THE NEW: In a few hours, a ground-breaking ceremony will be held for the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Victory Park (check back here later this afternoon for a report). A lot has been made of architect Thom Mayne’s $185 million building, but for all the fancy design, the most important thing about it may be the fact that it has more space than the current setup. The bones of a 65 million-year-old alamosaurus that were excavated in Big Bend National Park have set in storage for eight years in the museum’s current home in Fair Park. “We didn’t put it together because there was no point,” the museum’s CEO Nicole Small tells dallasnews.com. Sounds like in this case, bigger will almost certainly mean better.
HEADING SOUTH OUT WEST: If you caught Friday’s episode of Think, you saw Jerome interview Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya about his South American Music project, Caminos del Inka (you can watch the interview here). The maestro’s project collaborated with TCU’s Latin American Music Festival for a concert Tuesday that Chris Shull says “elevated both programs.” You can read his full dfw.com review here.
THEATER BITS: Lawson Taitte says Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays at the Winspear Opera House is a happy-sad experience. (dallasnews.com) … Elaine Liner talks to Level Ground Arts’ Bill Fountain about his new Kennedy assassination play, Crushing Grain, which opens Thursday. (theaterjones.com) … Details are set for a Paul Baker memorial Dec. 7 at the Dallas Children’s Theater. (theaterjones.com).