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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 26 Nov 2012 8:04 AM

Today in the roundup: Previewing the Perot, remembering Larry Hagman and reviewing the Rockettes.


A LOOK AT THE PEROT: We’re just a few days away from the Dec. 1 opening of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. If you’ve driven down Woodall Rodgers recently, you’ve got a pretty good idea of what the place looks like on the outside. But what about the inside? The Dallas Morning News published a special section on the museum since we last talked, which includes Scott Cantrell’s architecture review and a story about the museum’s approach to education. And over at dfw.com, Gaile Robinson gives her opinion of the place, which she calls, “the most interesting building on the Dallas skyline.” Then there’s today’s front-page story from the DMN (which, for some reason, didn’t make the special section) about how fracking is prominently extolled in the Perot’s energy exhibition.

REMEMBERING LARRY: Fans around the world have been mourning Larry Hagman since his death on Friday. One of those fans is our own Rick Holter, whose appreciation of the legend is over at keranews.org. “Has there ever been a single character that so defined a place? Sure, Ralph Kramden and Lucy Ricardo and Spike Lee were all about New York City, and Mary Tyler Moore seemed so Minneapolis, and Don Johnson couldn’t have worn those candy-colored T-shirts anywhere but Miami,” he writes. “It was J.R. alone, though, who had the power to take a town still laboring under the ‘city that killed Kennedy’ curse and transform it.”

ROCKING ON: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes is currently in residence at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. You’ve got a whopping 21 chances to see them between now and Dec. 8. So should you? In her theaterjones.com review, Margaret Putnam says the show is pure kitsch – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And those Rockettes are still knockouts. “They epitomize glamour, whether playing irresistible prancing reindeer, snappy toy soldiers, or just descending from a vertical staircase clad in the tiniest of shimmering ice-skater like attire,” she writes.