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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 2 Jul 2012 7:43 AM

Today in the roundup: Avenue Q’s local puppetmakers, Dallas gets renewed and the DMA’s striking new work.


THE PUPPETMASTERS: Avenue Q opens tonight at Theatre Too in Dallas. The show won the 2004 Tony for best musical, and a couple of national tours have come through North Texas in the years since. Producing it locally provides a special challenge, however, because you’ve got to have a resource to make all of those puppets. Fortunately for Theatre Too, Dallas Puppet Theater was up to the challenge, cranking out more than 30 puppets in three weeks. There’s even a Jac Alder puppet for the audience briefing before the show. For a sneak preview, check out a short video on

MORE ‘DALLAS’: Good news for those of you who’ve taken a shine to TNT’s Dallas reboot – the show has been renewed for another season. And that’s great news for the many local crew members who have worked on the show, as it’s likely future seasons will be shot in town, too.

THE VIEW FROM ABOVE: The Dallas Museum of Art is currently showing a 30-minute video called Omer Fast: 5000 Feet Is the Best. It debuted at the 2011 Venice Biennale and is now in the museum’s collection. In it, German artist Omer Fast interviews a former Predator Drone aerial vehicle operator who now works in a Las Vegas casino. As the pilot speaks, representative images take over the screen. The whole concept wowed Lucia Simek, who writes about the film for “Rather than take up the torch of so many post-9/11 documentaries and simply convey the facts of a soldier’s particular witnessing of the war in the Middle East, Fast has handled the pilot’s information imaginatively, turning instead to the traditions of ancient epics and scared texts where stories are framed within stories—the Iliad, the Bible, Arabian Nights—using the power of storytelling to convey a deeper subtext and enrich the pilot’s recollections.” You can watch it at the museum through Sept. 30.