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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 17 Jan 2013 7:55 AM

Today in the roundup: The Texas Medal of Arts recipients, Bob Berney’s back in the film biz and a preview of the Barefoot Brigade Modern Dance Festival.


TEXAS MEDAL OF ARTS: The recipients of the Texas Medal of Arts have been announced. The awards are handed out by the Texas Cultural Trust and honor individuals and organizations who have, “achieved greatness through their creative talents and have enriched the unique culture of Texas.” Among this year’s honorees are Gene Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson (Individual Arts Patron Award), the Kimbell Arts Foundation (Foundation Arts Patron Award) and Big Thought’s Gigi Antoni (Arts Education Award). And those aren’t the only North Texas reps on the list. Speaking of Antoni, she was a guest on Think yesterday; if you missed it, you can listen to the episode on

BOB BERNEY’S BACK: If you like going to the Inwood Theatre, you’ve got Bob Berney to thank. He’s the man who opened it back in 1984, and as he told me a few years back, “I literally helped build it as I was one of the carpenters.” Berney’s done a lot since then, most notably running the indie distributor Picturehouse. It closed in 2008, but news came this week that Berney is resurrecting the company that turned Pan’s Labyrinth and La Vie En Rose into art-house hits. Up first: Metallica Through the Never, a fictional film starring members of the band.

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE: The 12th Annual Barefoot Brigade Modern Dance Festival begins its second week tonight at the Bath House Cultural Center. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth is one of the companies performing this weekend, and it’ll feature a new piece by company member Courtney Mulcahy and Jon David Johnston. Their dance, Soxx, is on the lighter side, which Mulcahy says is a challenge to get right. “You don’t want to come across too cheesy or not funny at all,” she tells “It’s very delicate business trying to balance the whimsical and comedic material, but I have really enjoyed doing it. At least there is a lot more laughter involved in this process.”