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Monday Morning Roundup

by Anne Bothwell 2 May 2011 9:16 AM

A new look for the arts in the Dallas Morning News, remembering Stoney Burns, and arts spending by the numbers. Good morning, it’s Monday!


New Wrap: The Dallas Morning News‘ arts and features section (formerly known as GuideDaily gets a new name: Arts&Life. I liked the Dallas Life feature, this time on 12-year-old violinist Bohan Zhang. More coverage of Texas authors, media and digital music is coming too, the paper sez.

RIP Stoney: Stoney Burns, editor of underground newspaper Dallas Notes and later, Buddy music magazine, was buried yesterday. Many of the friends in attendance had never heard his real name, Brent Stein. And family there, who knew him only that way, had been enjoying stories new to them shared in blogs and newspapers covering his death Friday of a heart attack.  (Great reminisces about Stoney’s life and contributions to the counterculture in the DMN here and the Dallas Observer, which first reported the news.) The rabbi at the graveside services noted that the stories were different but they were clearly about the same man, obsessed with fairness, unable to ignore hypocrisy, enjoying life with “an excellent soundtrack.” Also he said that Stoney loved his mother. He called her every night. Now that’s a good guy.

By the numbers: Interesting little tidbit on the NEA’s latest study on how Americans spend time and money on the arts, from the Washington Post. Numbers were culled in 2007. Would be interesting to see how they’ve changed since the economic downturn:

The dollars spent, the report found, remained lower than money spent on sports events. Americans spent $14.5 billion on performing arts admissions, compared to $20.7 billion on sports events, according to the NEA. And statistics from the BEA showed interesting spending patterns with $3.9 billion spent on photography equipment; $5.6 billion on musical instruments and $33.8 billion on non-school books. And, proving that almost everyone is now a photographer and disc jockey, consumers spent $107 billion on video and audio equipment in 2009.