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Wednesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 25 Jul 2012 7:56 AM

Today in the roundup: New acquisitions for the Modern, reviewing WaterTower’s latest and the future of PBS.


NEW ART FOR THE MODERN: It’s hard to believe that the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has been in its current Tadao Ando-designed building for 10 years. And to celebrate, the museum is sprucing up the place with some new art. Gaile Robinson reports on that the museum will unveil the new acquisitions through the fall, leading up to a gala celebration on Dec. 6.

SMOKIN’ HOT: WaterTower Theatre’s current show, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, is a jukebox musical that features 40 of the biggest pop songs of all time. It goes without saying that this is a show that requires some capable singers, and from reading the reviews, it seems that WaterTower has ’em. “Every performer in this Smokey Joe’s Cafe is so strong, you wish each had time for a couple of additional solos,” Lawson Taitte writes on “By the time the company nears the end, we’ve heard them sing the blues and wring them out to dry,” Martha Heimberg writes on “You might want to see this one twice.” Check it out through Aug. 12.

QUOTABLE: “It’s disappointing to me the value that people place on public broadcasting. In the same week where we were awarded 58 Emmys, the question of whether investment is appropriate is disappointing.”

– PBS CEO Paula Kerger, responding to questions about how the network will remain financially stable going forward. There’s more from Kerger at