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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 8 Apr 2011 7:44 AM

Today in the roundup: Olga Kern loves Fort Worth, Shirley Jones pays it forward and images of black life in a small Texas town.


OLGA ENDURES: If you can only name one Cliburn Competition winner from the last 10 years, it’s probably Olga Kern. Being easy on the ears and the eyes will do that for ya. Kern returns to Fort Worth Tuesday for a recital at Bass Hall, and she tells that the city is still special to her. “Fort Worth is like my second home,” she says. “It’s not a place I just go to, see around for half a day and leave. It’s really my place. When I was starting my career, the people there were warm and nice. This place is very important to me.”

SHIRLEY JONES COMES TO TOWN: This week, Shirley Jones has been working with the students in the TCU Theater department. And they’re getting a lesson from a real triple threat – Jones has starred in movie musicals, she won an Oscar for her dramatic work in Elmer Gantry and, of course, there is always The Partridge Family. She’ll speak tonight at the Ed Landreth Auditorium on the TCU campus; for a taste of what she might talk about, check out a pair of video interviews on

JASPER TO NEW YORK: Jasper, Texas, made national headlines in 1998 when James Byrd Jr., a black man, was dragged to death behind a pickup truck by three white men. If that’s all that you know about Jasper, then you might enjoy a look at Alonzo Jordan’s photographs of his hometown. A barber by trade, Jordan (1903–1984) photographed scenes of everyday life in the black community, including weddings, dances and sporting events. Jordan’s work is on display at the International Center of Photography in New York City in an exhibition put together by Alan Govenar. If you can’t make it up there, the ICP website has a nice selection of photos from the show. And the work is getting noticed – The Daily Beast recently highlighted it.