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Starting the Week with the Monday Roundup

by Jerome Weeks 27 Aug 2012 7:41 AM

It’s only Monday roundup but we already have Bollywood, some Tuna being retired, a lawless UTD professor and a theatrical anniversary of camping out in Manhattan.


SEEMS LIKE YEARS, DOESN’T IT? September 17th is actually the one-year anniversary of the start of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, when people began setting up tents in Zuccotti Park to protest the collusion of Wall Street financial gains and American government policies. In New York, among other celebrants, the International Center for Photography has an exhibition going up (The Daily Beast has a photo gallery). Here in North Texas, Kitchen Dog Theatre is joining a nationwide project, Let Me Ascertain You, by presenting a free performance event, OCCUPY #S17,

FROM BOLLYWOOD TO PLANO: With more than 100,000 Asian Indians in North Texas, there’s an interest in/ a market for Indian dance. Noopor Dance Academy in Plano was started in 1992 by Swati Shah, who moved here with her husband (pay wall).  Although Shah is a classically-trained Bharatanatyam dancer, she teaches her students both traditional style and, yes, Bollywood (everyone jumps up in excitement and starts dancing the street).

PUTTING TUNA ON THE SHELF: In 1994, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, co-creators and co-stars of Greater Tuna, announced they were retiring from doing the show and were even filming one of their last performances in Fort Worth (available on DVD). Of course, the next year, they were right back doing Greater Tuna – in Dallas, no less. But on the occasion of the Casa Manana production starring David Coffee and Jonathan Beck Reed that just closed, Williams came by, and this time, Mark Lowry of TheaterJones has him on videotape saying he can’t speak for Sears, but yes, he’s retiring from the show. It’s walking in those high heels that finally did him in.

FROM WETTEST TO LAWLESS: In case you didn’t catch our profile of novelist Matt Bondurant last February — he’s the UTD professor whose novel about his family’s violent moonshine history, The Wettest County in the World got made into the film Lawless, opening this week — Chris Vognar talked with him for Sunday’s DMN (pay wall). And Matt’s chat with Chris and our own Stephen Becker will appear later this week on The Big Screen podcast.