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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 11 Nov 2011 7:57 AM

Today in the roundup: “Digital painting” in Fort Worth, a diva goes backstage and a local returns home with Shrek.


ALLURE AND UTILITY: Artspace 111 has opened a new exhibition of work by Fort Worth artist Sarah Green called “Allure and Utility.” Green has been making “digital paintings” since having an adverse reaction to lead-based paint, and in her new show, she offers portraits of Los Angeles-based model Taylor Vlahos. “Green’s work has never been more evocative and vulnerable, rooted in conceptual irony but far from ironic, a piercing knowingness suffusing Vlahos’ limbs, eyes, and even her hair with desire, repulsion, and humor,” Anthony Mariani writes in his review. Check out the show through Dec. 7.

CHANNELING BILLIE: If you’ve been to a show featuring Sheran Goodspeed Keyton, her big, gospel voice probably stayed with you.  Tonight, she opens a Billie Holiday-inspired show, Billie’s Blues, only this time, she won’t be singing. Instead, she’s directing the show, which is produced by her company, DVA Productions. She talks about why she created the company and what her plans are for it in an interview with

FROM ARLINGTON TO ‘SHREK’: Shrek the Musical has a few more performances left at Bass Performance Hall. If you get over there to see it, pay special attention to the Papa Bear character. That’s because he’s played by Willie Dee, a 2005 Bowie High School graduate. Willie’s been making hay since leaving high school – he previously toured the country as Richie in A Chorus Line and still has an eye on Broadway. “The goal is just to get there,” he tells “I got to play Richie, which was my dream role. So it’s been a good year.”