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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 2 Mar 2011 7:45 AM

Today in the roundup: A new record label in Fort Worth, Ed Ruscha stays busy and a DSO favorite is back.


FOR THE RECORD: On Tuesday, we passed along word of a new record store opening in Denton. And now there’s news of a new record label starting up in Fort Worth. Graphic designer Wyatt Parkins is launching Saint Marie Records in the 817 and already has a couple of releases lined up. “This is a business and it must be looked at as such, but I refuse to let business dictate what SMR releases,” Parkins tells “The label was built on a passion for great music and not as a method to become wealthy.”

MORE FROM ED: Ed Ruscha is currently the subject of a major exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth that focuses on his love of the open road. And the 73-year-old artist still has plenty of paintings left in him. Over the weekend, he opened a show called “Psycho Spaghetti Westerns” at the famed Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. Of the show’s title, he tells, “I was faced with this thought of having to have a title, and that just came out of the sky. I thought, ‘How perfect for these paintings.’ There are no references to Italian movies from the ’60s here, although I do like those movies, but ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ says it all: tangled up messes like spaghetti, and we’re living out here in the West, and we’re all psycho.” Check out Jerome’s recent story for more from Ruscha.

HE’S BACK: Those of you who have been around here for a while might remember the name Günther Herbig. He used to be the Principal Guest Conductor of the DSO during the Eduardo Mata days. Herbig is back in town this weekend to lead a program of Mozart and Dvorak, and he says he tells that the orchestra has changed dramatically. “The Dallas Symphony has improved incredibly since I was last here. Better in all aspects: sound, responsiveness, solo players … everything.” And he credits Jaap van Zweden. “Who else is there?” he asks.