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It's the Thursday Morning Roundup!

by Jerome Weeks 24 Mar 2011 7:53 AM

Get your arts day started this morning with items about a room filled with balloons, ‘wonder-filled’ windows in downtown Dallas, some carnage and a showdown.


Will it do the same here? Probably not. Yesmina Reza’s comedy, The God of Carnage, hasn’t even opened yet at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre, but it’s already extended its month-long run by two weeks. The play is about two sets of educated New York parents trying to settle a fight amicably between their sons who brawled at school, and the Dallas Theater Center has plans to open it here next April in its new season. There’s a good reason for the LA box office turnout: That production stars the original Broadway cast, including James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden.

Signs of spring? The Dallas Art Fair is still weeks away. But they’ve already got artists taking over the windows of the downtown Neiman Marcus. Seven artists are being showcased, a number of whom are riffing on the high-end retail store environment with thrift-store items or, in the case of the wonderfully funky Webb Gallery of Waxahachie, an old-school “cabinet of curiosities” (Wunderkammer or ‘cabinet of wonders’), the Renaissance precursor to the modern museum.

The future, Mr. Gittes: Tomorrow, as part of its Sightings series, the Nasher Sculpture Center opens British artist Martin Creed’s installation. The Turner prize-winning artist is filling one gallery with balloons (above) . . . The Texas Music Showdown continues at Fort Worth’s White Elephant Saloon with the finals set for March 29. The surprise hit so far has been the Troubaderos — who, as their website puts it, are a “Dallas-based Honky Tonk and twangy Rock-n-Roll outfit.” They”ve been something of a surprise because they’ve been playing together for only about a year.

  • This art has all the problems of modern art and is why there is a Dallas lead, world movement against what modern art has become. Talk about hot air. Then talk about all aspects of art – even the revolution against the established dullness
    1. Cold 2. Disjointed 3. Can’t communicate it’s message 4.Weird 5.Elitist 6. Technically poor if there is technique at all 7. Pompous and inflated, often takes up a room 8. Non functional, not useful, not integrated into life 9 No breath or scope. From Five Doors to the Art Revolution, video #2.

  • Jerome Weeks

    You’re kidding. Cold? Elitist? A roomful of balloons??