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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 17 Sep 2010 7:26 AM

Today in the roundup: A new Sarah Jaffe video, transporting Tennessee Williams to Miami and checking in on the Blue Man Group.


MUSIC BITS: Sarah Jaffe released the video (above) for “Clementine” on Thursday. The video is directed by Jon Collins and includes some notable local-music scenesters in supporting parts. I have it on good authority that it was about a billion degrees out when they shot the video, so that dip in the pool at the end must’ve felt real nice. … The Pixies are planning to play Doolittle in its entirety on Sunday night at the Verizon Theater. Drummer David Lovering explains why. ( … If you had Black Eyed Peas in your “Who Will Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show” pool, congratulations may be in order. (

‘CAT,’ NOW A ‘GATO’: Artes de la Rosa is giving Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof a Cuban accent. And the show’s director, Adam Adolfo, says he’s doing so with good reason. “I wanted to provide Latino actors with a chance to play iconic roles that they would otherwise never get to do,” he tells “Without, I should add, changing the integrity or the intent of the playwright’s work.” So does it work? says sort of. “The effort is laudable,” Mark Lowry writes. “With a bit more authenticity and a lot more passion, this could be an affair to remember.”

AM I BLUE? YES I’M BLUE: Blue Man Group is the first big show of this year’s Lexus Broadway Series. The tour, currently camped out at the Winspear Opera House, is the first theater outing for the group.  If you haven’t seen the show in New York or Vegas, odds are you know someone who has who’s always going on about what a unique experience it is. So what makes it so different? “There is no proverbial third wall,” Dana Reubin writes on D Magazine’s Front Row blog. “In fact the audience teeters on the edge of being voyeuristic.  Stage lights regularly take aim at them and video cameras feed live recordings of the audience onto large projection screens across the stage. No place is considered off limits.” Sounds fun. Possibly a little too fun for some. “A little whimsy goes a long way with me,” Lawson Taitte writes on “I found that the show sometimes dragged or felt repetitive. Some segments, though, did win me over.” Judge for yourself through Sept. 26.

A NOTABLE OBIT: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian William H. Goetzmann died on Tuesday in Austin. Goetzmann was an American studies professor at UT Austin and won the Pulitzer for Exploration and Empire: The Explorer and the Scientist in the Winning of the American West. His son, Stephen R. Goetzmann, lives in Dallas; has the full obit.