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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 31 May 2012 7:59 AM

Today in the roundup: Reviewing ‘Flesh World,’ defining the local music scene and the importance of the right frame.


ASSESSING ‘FLESH WORLD’: Newish theater collective Dead White Zombies is currently presenting a rather avant garde show called Flesh World in a former welding shop in West Dallas. The show – written by UTD professor Thomas Riccio – “follows the journey of a lost soul as it seeks its innocence” and asks viewers to walk through the space to follow the performance. So how does it work? Not too well according to Lawson Taitte. “It’s not really on the cutting edge in one way I expected. This action is strictly linear, whereas a number of theaters around the country are using multiple spaces simultaneously to force each audience member to create his or her own unique path through the work,” he writes on “Quite a few scenes go on far too long, enamored as this show is with its own forced sense of whimsy and weird. Is this what passes for edgy in Dallas?” Liz Johnstone asks in her Front Row review. You be the judge through June 9.

IN THE 817: A few weeks back, Fort Worth Weekly‘s cover story focused in part on the city’s buzz-worthy music scene and the lack of suitable live venues for these bands to play. And that story got Preston Jones thinking about if there is any point to distinguishing music scenes city-by-city instead of throwing everyone in North Texas into the same pool. Check out his commentary on and see what ya think.

WHAT’S IN A FRAME: About a year ago, the Dallas Museum of Art sent Cornelis Saftleven’s College of Animals to a conservator for a little sprucing up. And as long as the painting was being fixed up, the museum decided it might be time to replace the gilt frame with one that better represents what Dutch artists at the time preferred. You can take a look at the frame that was chosed on the museum’s Uncrated blog.