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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 13 Jul 2011 7:51 AM

Today in the roundup: A briefing on The Onion, Sundance comes calling to local filmmakers and a new library in Irving.


FROM WEB TO WINSPEAR: On Thursday, the writers of The Onion will take the stage at the Winspear Opera House to talk all things satire. And if you’re like me, you thought: That’s sounds cool, but what exactly will it be? Head writer Seth Reiss tries to clear that up in an interview with “There’s the real history, where we started as a newspaper put together by college students in 1988. There’s also a fake history, where we were started in 1756 by a farmer from Prussia who came over with just a bag of yams and traded it for a printing press.”

OFF TO SUNDANCE: Congratulations are in order to local filmmakers James Johnston, Toby Halbrooks and David Lowery. They’ve been invited to bring their current film project to the Sundance Institute’s Creative Producing Lab. At the workshop, they’ll learn from independent film experts and then receive additional support to make sure the film gets made.  The team’s film is called Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and, “tells the story of an outlaw who, in the 1970s, escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas countryside to reunite with his wife and the daughter he never met. Along the way, however, his past starts to catch up with him.”

NEW READS: Irving has a new library geared toward kids. Books for Kids is now open in the city with 600 books and a mission to get low-income kids reading. The story is over at, which may or may not interest you depending on how close you live to Irving. But it’s worth clicking the link if for no other reason than to see a funny picture of a cute kid enjoying the new space.