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Wednesday Morning Round-Up

by Anne Bothwell 2 May 2012 8:04 AM

Arts District dust-up makes the Times, the Tonys have a few local ties, and some pretty pix of architects: it’s the Wednesday round-up.


Glaring impasse: The dispute between the Nasher Sculpture Center and Museum Tower – the glare from the tower is invading the museum’s galleries and gardens – gets front page treatment in the New York Times this morning.  The Times talked to Mayor Mike Rawlings, Museum Tower architect Scott Johnson and Nasher architect Renzo Piano, who is hopping mad.  The Arts District’s Veletta Lill calls the situation “a cultural, civic and commercial tragedy,” noting that “typically neighborhood disputes are not this dramatic.”   Still, for those following, there’s not much here that wasn’t said in Tim Rogers excellent D magazine piece. Except it seems that we’re now calling the AT&T Performing Arts Center the AT&T.

Tony time: The Tony nominations  were announced yesterday.  Of interest in North Texas: Douglas Carter Beane was nominated for Best book of a musical – Lysistrata Jones, which began life as Give It Up at the Dallas Theater Center. Here’s a little reminder, in the form of Jerome Weeks’ interview with Beane for Think TV. Lawson Taitte at the Dallas Morning News points out that Edna Walsh, nominated for the book for Once, is a Meadows Prize winner who will be in residence at SMU this fall. I would link to his story, which I’m looking at right now in the newspaper, but I can’t find it on the DMN web site.

Glossy architects: FdLuxe shows off eight Dallas architects in a photo essay by Nan Coulter. We don’t learn much about them, but the backdrops for the shoot are quite clever. You will have to look to see.