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Monday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 11 Feb 2013 7:52 AM

Today in the roundup: Locals at the Grammys, Dallas Theater Center’s nightly Rothko re-creation, plus George W. Bush, the painter.


GRAMMY ROUNDUP: North Texas artists made their presence known at last night’s Grammy Awards. Kelly Clarkson was probably the biggest winner, taking home the best pop vocal album in a category crowded with huge hits. And as dfw.com points out, T Bone Burnett performed during the Levon Helm tribute and shared a Grammy with Taylor Swift. The DSO’s recording of August 4, 1964 was nominated for best contemporary classical composition but didn’t win. And if you happened to catch the pre-telecast program, you saw Eighth Blackbird perform, featuring SMU’s Matt Albert on violin.

RESURRECTING ROTHKO: The Dallas Theater Center is attempting no less than creating a reasonable re-creation of a Rothko painting for its production of Red. The Tony-winning play focuses on the artist late in his career as he looks back at the highs and lows. It will be staged in the Wyly Theatre’s ninth-floor rehearsal space and involve the actors in the two-man show actually painting a canvas each night. “It’s a play where you get to do things other than just talking,” Jordan Brodess, who plays the artist’s assistance, tells dallasnews.com. “I have to build canvases, move things around, mix colors. Not only do the actors get to do it, the audience in a sense is doing it, too. They enter the space the same way we do.”

BUSH, THE PAINTER: While we’re on the topic, did you know that current Dallas resident and former White House inhabitant George W. Bush fancies himself a painter, too? Three of his pieces have made their way onto the Internet. And so, New York Times art critic Roberta Smith considers their meaning and level of accomplishment.