BATTLE OVER BROADWAY: Is there enough room in Dallas for two organizations to present touring Broadway shows? That’s the question The Dallas Morning News asked on Sunday in considering how the Dallas Summer Musicals and the Lexus Broadway Series can co-exist. Each organization seems to have carved out its niche, with DSM programming more populist, family-friendly fare (Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera) against the Winspear’s edgier selections (Spring Awakening, August: Osage County). But each organization has huge houses to fill, and that can be financially straining. Bottom line: theatergoers win by having more to chose from. But these presenters need to be making money for that selection to continue.
YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU: Henri Pierre Mayakapongo was forced to flee both the the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Ivory Coast during political upheavals in those countries before finally settling in Fort Worth. While in a refugee camp, another man taught him how to sculpt using wire. And through his ups and downs, it’s one thing Mayakapongo has been able to rely on. “It’s good for me,” he tells fwweekly.com. Head over to Artful Hand in Fort Worth to see his work.
HELP IS ON THE WAY: Volunteers are the lifeblood of big arts festivals. You will no doubt see an army of them at the Angelika Film Center when the Dallas International Film Festival begins on Thursday. And another regiment of them is preparing to work the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, which goes down at the end of the month. The Denton Record-Chronicle tracked down some of the people who have worked the event since its inception to find out why they do it.