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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 21 Sep 2012 7:46 AM

Today in the roundup: An arts show for peace, reviewing ‘Grease’ and local music bits.


ART FOR PEACE: On Saturday, a one-night only art show called “Make Art Make Peace” will be on display as part of the Deep Ellum Art Walk. The show is co-organized by 29 Pieces, Karen Blesson’s nonprofit art organization dedicated to affecting change, and a California group called the Peace Project. Proceeds from the show benefit each organization’s mission. “It’s a very idealistic project, but a project that also has some very concrete outcomes,” Blesson tells

A SLICK SHOW: Casa Mañana opened its 2012-13 Broadway Season with Grease. You’ve seen the movie, probably seen it on stage – so should you head out to see it again? It would seem the singing justfies the ticket. “It’s much better than any production of it I’ve seen,” Mark Lowry writes on “The actors … all act and sing the heck out of it, if not necessarily offering anything new to their performances. To be fair, is there anything to be added?” Punch Shaw was also pleased. “Almost every number in this slight tale of teen love during the Eisenhower administration is well sung, starting with those delivered by the leads — Vince Oddo, as the rough-around-the-edges Danny Zuco, and Heather Botts, as the squeaky-clean Sandy Dumbrowski,” he writes on Better hurry – you’ve got through Sunday to catch it.

LOCAL MUSIC BITS: Spune founder Lance Yocum reflects on 15 years of booking shows. ( … Fort Worth bands the Dangits and Perdition are being economical buy sharing an upcoming EP. ( … Wayne Lee Gay considers the new Dallas Chamber Symphony’s place in the classical landscape. (Front Row)