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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 22 Jul 2011 7:28 AM

Today in the roundup: Lee Harvey Oswald returns to the Texas Theatre, mariachi music in Denton and Sundown Collaborative heads to NYC.


WHAT’S IN A T-SHIRT: About a week or so ago I was over at the Texas Theatre to interview Eric Steele for a feature about his new play.  I noticed the theater had a new item available – a T-shirt with Lee Harvey Oswald’s face on it. It kind of made sense – when I was at the theater working on a different story back in December, I remembered the guys who run it telling me that people still stop by to see the place where Oswald was captured and a lot of them buy a T-shirt. But now the T-shirt has gotten people talking, to the point where Yahoo picked up on the story, asking if the shirt is in bad taste. If you’ve got an opinion one way or the other, you know where the comments section is.

MUCHO MARIACHI: This week, students from around the area have gathered at the University of North Texas to learn how to play mariachi music. Many of them are Mexican-American, and attending the camp allows them to connect to their roots. “If students are second- or third-generation, they often don’t know this music, but their parents do,” Donna Emmanuel, founder of the school’s mariachi program, tells “Now they sing together.” If you’d like to hear them sing together, get thee to Denton on Saturday.

FROM DENTON TO NYC: Denton’s Sundown Collaborative Theatre has only been around for about four years. But it’s about to make a major leap – it’s been invited to perform at the New York International Fringe Festival next month. Some of the group’s members discuss the show that got them invited in a feature.