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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 30 Dec 2011 7:59 AM

Today in the roundup: Showcasing the Kessler, Tre Garrett on his first year at Jubilee and praising the iPad.


COME TO THE KESSLER: A cool video started making the rounds this week detailing the history of the Kessler Theater while also showing off highlights of some of the performances that have taken place there since it reopened as a music venue nearly two years ago. As it turns out, the purpose of the video is to attract out-of-town talent that may not be familiar with the place. “This was made just to let them know there is another viable option here that is actually in the middle of a burgeoning creative community,” Jeff Liles tells Unfair Park

THE NEW KID IN TOWN: When Tre Garrett arrived in Fort Worth this year as the new artistic director of Jubilee Theatre, expectations were high. At just 30 years old, he already had Broadway credits to his name and had staged more than 150 productions for Walt Disney. But rather than play it safe, Garrett decided to be bold by opening his season with the controversial Topdog/Underdog. But as he writes in a year-end essay on, the company and the community were ready.

YOU CAN TAKE IT WITH YOU: Apparently, people are using iPads for more than just playing games and streaming Netflix videos on the DART train. That’s according to Brent Mitchell, the registrar for loans and exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art. He writes about the many ways the tool has made his very mobile job easier on the DMA’s Uncrated blog.