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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 2 Mar 2012 8:13 AM

Today in the roundup: FWSO’s centennial season, the new bridge’s place in the pecking order and editing down The Lord of the Rings.


FWSO’S CENTENNIAL SEASON: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra announced its 2012-13 season, which will be its 100th. Among the notable elements: the Casual Chic program on Fridays will end, Cliburn Gold Medalist Nobuyuki Tsujii will perform with the symphony and a documentary about the orchestra will be shown in August. There’s more analysis of the season at

A NEW ICON: This weekend, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will be celebrated with several opening events (even if it will still be a while before anyone can drive on it). It’s already clear that the bridge is now one of the more recognizable elements of the city, but will it become the most recognizable element – surpassing even Reunion Tower? That question is kicked around at

QUOTABLE: “There’s little bits of the films you can’t leave out. For example, how Legolas, the Elf played by Orlando Bloom, his hair is perfect no matter what. Everyone else is covered with blood and snot, their faces are hacked off and their hair is burnt, and he looks like he has just stepped out of a salon. I can’t let that slip by.”

– Charlie Ross, on how he boiled down the Lord of the Rings films into his 70-minue One Man Lord of the Rings show, which plays through Sunday at the Out of the Loop Festival. Ross talks about the show with