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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 13 Jan 2011 7:16 AM

Today in the roundup: Words with Jeff Whittington, music bits and an actress who isn’t afraid to look bad.


A WORD WITH JEFF: Tonight, KERA’s Jeff Whittington will host the State of the Arts discussion at the Dallas Museum of Art. His guests will all be people who had a hand in the Cowboys Stadium art collection. So what can you expect from the discussion? The editors of the Dallas Arts District blog wondered the same thing, so one of them gave Whittington a call to ask him about it. You can read the interview here.

MUSIC BITS: Bob Geldof will kick off the music portion of SXSW as this year’s key note speaker. ( … Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk (a.k.a.  creator of the greatest gym music ever) speaks with Hunter Hauk about what it takes to mix 350 songs into one track. He plays the Palladium Ballroom on Saturday (Girl Talk, not Hunter) ( … T.J. Prendergast of Maleveller is the newest participant in DC9 at Night’s “My First Show” feature. Absolutely no one will be surprised to learn that show involved Metallica.  (DC9 at Night) … Might our Super Bowl be the first to feature a burlesque performer singing the national anthem? (

INTRODUCING MORGANA SHAW: You won’t hear many actresses say, “My niche is that I’m not afraid to look really, really bad.” But that’s exactly what Morgana Shaw tells Fort Worth Weekly is the key to her getting consistent film work. She’s been seen in everything from the recent Jim Carrey vehicle I Love You Phillip Morris to the Texas-set Skateland, which screened at last year’s SXSW Film Festival. And now you can see her onstage in Stage West’s This. The Dallas actress talks about how she goes about choosing roles with