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Last Roundup Before Labor Day

by Jerome Weeks 31 Aug 2012 6:13 AM

Head off into the long weekend with some special Roundup items about a Dallas indie filmmaker nabbing an award, a former Dallas actress snagging a Broadway role and a new film print of a documentary that captures a Fort Worth jazz great in a once-spaced-out setting.


IN ATLANTA. Independent filmmaker Priscilla A. (aka Priscilla Adams Walker) has returned to Dallas, after receiving a best new filmmaker award at the Peachtree Village International Film Festival in Atlanta. She won it for Reunited, the HIV-themed film she wrote, directed, produced and starred in. It screened last weekend at the Dallas Black Film Festival.

ON BROADWAY. Candy Buckley — the former Dallas Theater Center performer who returned to town last season for the DTC’s production of Next Fall — has been cast in the new Broadway musicalScandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson. Candy takes the role of the mother of the headline-grabbing, 1920s evangelist, who will be played by two-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello. The show officially opens Nov. 15 with — uh oh — book and lyrics by Today co-host Kathie Lee Gifford (it’s Gifford’s first Broadway show as a ‘creative’; she debuted there in 1999, performing in the Sondheim revue, Putting It Together).

A PALPABLE HIT. Theatre 3 has extended its basement production of Avenue Q again. This time, the popular, profane puppet show is set through Oct. 28.

ON SCREEN. The 1985 documentary about jazz great Ornette Coleman, Ornette: Made in America, has been re-released in a new print with scenes of him visiting his boyhood home in Fort Worth. It also features what was undoubtedly the artistic peak for the Caravan of Dreams, the combo nightclub-geodesic-cactus-garden-and-t-shirt-shop that still stands in Sundance Square, a much more sedately commercial venture than in its undeniably adventurous but annoyingly spaced-out, paint-your-face-and-be-one-with-the-universe days:

The impetus behind “Ornette: Made in America” was the 1983 opening of Caravan of Dreams, an arts center in Fort Worth. [Invited to join the festivities, Coleman] responded with a trilogy: his large-canvas work “Skies of America,” performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with bracing interjections by Prime Time [Coleman’s ‘crypto-funk band’]; a superheated Prime Time nightclub set; and a calmly prickly string quartet, “Prime Design/Time Design,” played in a geodesic dome.