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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 21 Jun 2012 7:37 AM

Today in the roundup: The best of 817 music, 30 years of ballet in Fort Worth and the art market’s authenticity problem.


THE BEST OF 817: On Sunday, the Fort Wort Weekly Music Awards Festival will be held at eight venues in the West 7th Street corridor. A whopping 48 bands will take the various stages – some you’ve heard of (Calhoun, Telegraph Canyon, the Orbans) and likely dozens that you haven’t. If you’d like to learn a little more about some of those bands and plan your concertgoing on Sunday, the current FW Weekly cover story has a little bit on each of the acts. Lots of helpful links in the online version to check out the music, too.

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE: Ballet Concerto’s 2012 Summer Dance Concert is underway at Trinity Park Pavilion in Fort Worth. The concert is a tradition that dates back 30 years and features both local and visiting dancers. Ballet Concerto associate artistic director Webster Dean programs the event, but he says he can’t take credit for the idea. “My mother actually conceived the idea,” he tells “She saw a free outdoor symphonic concert in Central Park 30 years ago and thought we needed to do that for ballet in Fort Worth. So, it’s her brain child and it has really grown and developed in the ensuing 30 years. She also wanted to make it free to the community so that everybody, whether they were seasoned ballet goers or first-time ballet goers, would be able to attend.”

THE TRICKY BUSINESS OF AUTHENTICATION: There are only a handful of experts qualified to judge whether a piece of art is actually by the artist the owner claims made it. And more and more of them are keeping their mouths shut for fear of being sued for stating their opinion. “Why should we go stand in front of a speeding car?” is how Roy Lichtenstein Foundation executive director Jack Cowart summed it up for “We decided it’s not the role of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation to deal with the art market’s authenticity issues.”