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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 1 Feb 2011 7:51 AM

Today in the roundup: Local bands with new videos, the tricky process of staging a teen theater festival and a local scientist makes a big discovery.


LISTEN AND WATCH: Some of our favorite local bands have recorded new videos. Seryn has made a promo video (directed by Jon Todd Collins) for its debut album, This is Where We Are. Watch it over at And the Orbans recently stopped by the KXT studios to record a Live Sessions performance. Check out performances of “Like a Liar,” “Don’t Lose Yourself” and “New Dress” over at

PROCEED WITH CARE: The Dallas Children’s Theater launches its Teen Scene Festival on Friday with a quartet of plays that focus on issues teen’s face. (Jerome reported last week on hard 2 spel dad, which takes on dyslexia.) And staging such a festival requires a high level of care and thoughtfulness. Dr. Susan Sugerman, co-founder of Girls to Women Health and Wellness, speaks with about the consulting work she did with DCT to make sure the plays never spread the wrong message.

FOR THE BIRDS: You think it’s cold here? Try being a researcher working in Alaska. That’s exactly what Tony Fiorillo, a paleontologist and curator at Dallas’ Museum of Nature and Science, is doing. And his hard (and cold) work is paying off. A team of paleontologists, lead by Fiorillo, has recently discovered the tracks of two newly discovered prehistoric birds in Denali National Park. “Isn’t it kind of neat to think about the idea that in the Cretaceous, 70 million years ago, Alaska might have served the same kind of avian needs that it does today?” Fiorillo tells Reuters.