KERA Arts Story Search

Looking for events? Click here for the Go See DFW events calendar.

Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 24 Sep 2010 7:43 AM

Today in the roundup: Yay KXT and Paul Slavens, to stand or not to stand and the culture is free in Fort Worth.


WE’RE NO. 1: Congratulations to KXT 91.7 and Paul Slavens, who each took top honors in the Dallas Observer‘s 2010 Best Of Awards. KXT was named Best Radio Station while Paul was picked the Best Radio DJ. A pair of programs with Art&Seek ties, Art Conspiracy and Free Night of Theater, were among the winners in the Arts and Entertainment category.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH: To stand or not to stand? Dallas audiences have long been taken to task for their almost automatic standing ovations. And Willard Spiegelman boos their over-active applauding again in the current issue of D Magazine. “They are congratulating themselves, not thanking the performers. They are relishing their good taste for having foregone other pleasures—watching television, going to a sports event, having a long supper, tucking the kids into bed—in order to support the arts,” he writes. Spiegelman also details the different types of standing Os, hitting on my personal peeve: the progressive ovation. If you stand not out of joy but out of peer pressure, you’re not really getting it. In other words – if you have to consider whether to stand or not, you have your answer.

MAP YOUR ROUTE: Saturday is Day in the District in Fort Worth. Eight cultural institutions will let you in gratis, and transportation within the Fort Worth Cultural District will also be free. But you’ve only got seven hours to pack it all in. Where to start? If you need help planning your day, check out’s handy guide.