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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 22 Sep 2011 8:01 AM

Today in the roundup: Looking into the Van Cliburn Foundation’s many exits, a Glee starter kit at UNT and a slideshow of local vintage theaters.


CHECKING IN ON THE CLIBURN: The Van Cliburn Foundation outwardly seems to have all of its ducks in a row – the 2009 competition was as exciting as ever, and this year’s outstanding amateur competition seemed to go off without a hitch. So why have so many people in leadership positions left the organization recently? That’s a question that Fort Worth Weekly wanted answers to, so it set out to find them in this week’s cover story. Some former employees talked about “a backbiting corporate culture” but wouldn’t do so on the record. Those who do go on the record mainly leave the details to our imaginations.

‘GLEE’ IN DENTON: Did you watch the season premiere of Glee on Tuesday? (Of course you did.) Then you might be interested to know that UNT has a glee club of its own that was inspired by the show. And as it turns out, art does imitate life. “If I didn’t know any better, I’d think they follow us around and steal ideas for the actual show,” Kendall Butler, the club’s president, tells “We get anything from the sweet Southern belle to the hard rocker, with only one thing in common: Music.”

THAT OLD-TIME FEEL: When you think of North Texas, do you think of vintage theaters? I didn’t really either, but my eyes of recently been opened. That’s because has photographed our local treasures and created a slideshow of the images. Kinda makes you wish you could turn back the clock about 50 years and head out to see these places during their glamorous early days.