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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 29 Mar 2012 8:04 AM

Today in the roundup: Trouble in the Arts District, reviewing Emma in Fort Worth and local music bits.


FIGHTING THE GLARE: Museum Tower, currently under construction near Woodall Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas, was supposed to solve one of the problems of the Arts District by making sure people were in the area even when events weren’t going on at the district’s institutions. But building the tower is negatively affecting the Nasher Sculpture Center because its reflective glass is casting a nasty glare on the Nasher’s galleries and garden. The building’s developers tell that they are working on a solution. Stay tuned.

SPLIT DECISION: Stolen Shakespeare Guild is temporarily stepping away from the Bard to stage Jane Austen’s Emma. And depending on who you ask, this is either a good move or something that should be avoided going forward. First, the positive. “This production, based on an adaptation by Jon Jory and directed by Illana Stein, does a fine job of capturing the tone and textures of Austen’s times and characters,” Punch Shaw writes on “Despite not much happening, there is a lot going on in Austen’s book, and it seems to have given Jory a headache because his tactic for adapting the text is essentially to summarize every scene and then jam them all together,” Kris Noteboom writes on “The end result is an interminable number of short scenes played in such rapid succession that it’s difficult to gain any sort of comfort level or narrative flow.” Judge for yourself through the weekend.

LOCAL MUSIC BITS: NPR gives Sarah Jaffe’s “Glorified High” the Song of the Day treatment. ( … Fort Worth’s Jefferson Colby flies the flag for straight ahead rock ‘n’ roll. ( … Want to take the stage at Dallas’ Homegrown Festival? You can. (DC9 at Night)