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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 23 Sep 2011 7:55 AM

Today in the roundup: Designing sets at Dallas Children’s Theater, searching for missing Fort Worth artists and restoring the DMA’s history online.


SETTING THE SCENE: Just because a show is aimed at kids doesn’t mean that the usual standards can be overlooked. Case in point: Dallas Children’s Theater’s season opener, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Day, Very Bad Day. In the above video, scenic designer Randel Wright walks through how he transferred the feel of the book to the stage. That means everything from projected clocks to flying sticky notes. The show debuts tonight with a special opening-night party. Kids are encouraged to wear their PJ’s, and dessert is included in the ticket price. So … exactly how old is too old to participate?

SOMETHING MISSING IN FORT WORTH: Anthony Mariani, among many things, writes about art for Fort Worth Weekly. And in this week’s issue, he vents a little about his inability to write about a particular artist – as he calls them, “hot, young Fort Worth artists.” Which is not to say that there aren’t any – he lists off plenty. The problem, according to Mariani, is that they aren’t being shown in the city’s progressive galleries. The reasons for that are tough to pin down, but he’s got a few interesting theories. There’s a good discussion going in the comment section that’s also worth a look.

THE DMA’S HISTORY, BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE: Way back in May, we passed along news of some locally received NEA grants. Among them was some cash heading to the Dallas Museum of Art earmarked for creating, “a public portal for long-term access to digital content created for and during an exhibition.” Basically, that means exhibition catalogs and related materials dating all the way back to 1903 will soon be available online. Pretty cool, huh? A little taste of what you can expect when the project is completed is available for your perusal on the DMA’s Uncrated blog.