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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 18 Apr 2012 7:48 AM

Today in the roundup Sarah Jaffe everywhere, Theatre Three’s murder mystery and today at DIFF.


HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: On Tuesday, Sarah Jaffe releases her highly anticipated new album, The Body Wins. And to get the buzz brewing, she seems to be everywhere. Our pals at are featuring the album in its First Listen feature. (NPR has been on a North Texas kick, as it also recently previewed Norah Jones’ latest effort.) And Vogue has even jumped on the bandwagon, naming Jaffe its Artist of the Week online.

KILLING IT: You know Joe DiPietro as the writer of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. That show’s been a hit year after year for Theatre Three, and so the company is now giving another DiPietro work – the comedy mystery Art of Murder – a try. Unfortunately, the magic seems to have run out. “Art of Murder won the 2000 Edgar Award for best mystery play,” Lawson Taitte writes in his review. “There must not have been any other mystery plays that year.” M. Lance Lusk was equally disappointed. “Almost all of the actors seem lost, and resort to sawing the air with big gestures to try to emote, and inhabiting the same one-note rut,” he writes in his Front Row review. “Granted, the play is not that great to begin with, but the performances drag it down even further.” Catch it (or not) through May 12.

TODAY AT DIFF: You’ve got a couple of solid options for your Dallas International Film Festival viewing today. I highly recommend Wolf, the feature film debut from UT-Arlington professor Ya’Ke Smith. Take a listen to my KERA radio story from today for more on that film. That film shows at 10:15 p.m., which is great, because that leaves you plenty of time to check out Tchoupitoulas at 5. It documents three kids’ experience wandering the streets of New Orleans one night. I’ll be conducing a Q&A after the movie with the filmmakers, so hopefully I’ll see you at the Angelika.