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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 9 May 2012 7:59 AM

Today in the roundup: The end of Jazz Under the Stars, how American Idiot began and parking problems in Bishop Arts.


JAZZY NO MORE: Jazz Under the Stars has been a mainstay on the lawn at the Dallas Museum of Art for the past 29 years. And now, it’s no more. Front Row reports that the museum is looking into other ways to collaborate with its Arts District neighbors for programming opportunities and that it might stage music events at Klyde Warren Park when construction is completed. Until then, there’s always the Thursday night concerts in the Atrium.

ROCKIN’ OUT: American Idiot debuted last night at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The reviews should be trickling in over the coming days. Its director, Michael Mayer, won a Tony in 2007 for Spring Awakening, and he tells that when he first hear the Green Day album his current show is based on, he was hooked. “I had always really enjoyed the band, with its great, hooky songs. American Idiot, though, just didn’t sound the same. The musicality is there, but it goes far deeper. I listened to it over and over again and thought, ‘My God, this is a rock opera.'” Catch the show through May 20.

QUOTABLE: “We’ve got parking problems coming out our kazoo.”

– Pam Conley, speaking to the City Planning Commission about parking issues in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District. There’s more on efforts to fix the problem over on