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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 30 Jul 2010 8:06 AM

Today in the roundup, Modernism at the Amon Carter, mariachi in Denton and SEC troubles in Dallas.


COLOR + SHAPE: The Amon Carter’s “Constructive Spirit: Abstract Art in South and North America, 1920s–50s,” collects 80 works from a variety of media by artists north and south of the equator. Gary Cogill says that if abstract art has never been your thing, this exhibition makes it more accessible. Meanwhile, Anthony Mariani writes on that with our current fascination with Mad Men and all things early ’60s, the timing of this exhibit devoted to Modernism couldn’t be better. You can catch Think TV’s interview with the show’s curator, Mary Kate O’Hare here.

MEXICO INVADES DENTON: The University of North Texas is holding its summer mariachi camp this week. Organizers say the camp is designed to help connect students to their Mexican roots. Channel 11 made a visit earlier this week to shoot this video. And the Fort Worth Star-Telegram brought its tape recorder to record a little of the music to go along with this photo slide show. If you’d like to hear what the students learned this week, they’ll perform a concert on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

SEC SUES WYLY BROTHERS: The Securities and Exchange Commission claims in a lawsuit that Sam and Charles Wyly broke federal securities laws and made more than $500 million in the process. The Wyly’s attorneys tell that the claims are a, “misapplication of the law.” If you’re unfamiliar with the Wylys, Charles is the Charles in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.