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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 16 Oct 2012 7:36 AM

Today in the roundup: The Titanic docks in Fort Worth, previewing Dallas Opera’s season opener and Louis Kahn’s last project.


I’M ON A BOAT: One hundred years ago, the Titanic set sail from the U.K., bound for New York City. Anyone remember how that turned out? No? Well, you’re in luck. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is currently hosting “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,” which collects 250 artifacts from the ship. And FWMSH president Van Romans tells that the exhibition brings together both parts of the museum’s scope. “The beauty of the Titanic exhibition is that it not only explores the science and engineering of how that extraordinary ship was put together, but it also conveys the history surrounding the ship at that time – so it becomes this perfect coming together, in one place, of science and history.”

IN ADVANCE OF ‘AIDA’: The Dallas Opera opens its new season next Friday with Aida. Not all that familiar with Verdi’s drama? Opera CEO Keith Cerny gets you up to speed in this month’s Off the Cuff column on For example – did you know that some productions have brought live elephants and camels onto the stage? Cerny says thanks, but no thanks. “We’re taking a pass on animal talent for this particular production, but Michael Yeargan’s stunning set designs will be beautiful nonetheless,” he writes.

KAHN’S LAST PROJECT: When you hear the name Louis Kahn, of course around here we think of his design for the Kimbell Art Museum. But his name has been on the lips of New Yorkers lately because his memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt has finally opened – 40 years after Kahn drew up the plans. A reporter at takes a looksee to find out how it all turned out.