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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 22 Mar 2013 7:55 AM

Today in the roundup: The DSO wraps its tour, Fort Worth’s “most democratic institution” and words with Jim Gaffigan.


DSO, BACK TO DALLAS: As these words are being written, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is most likely aboard a plane, headed back to the city it calls home. That’s because the orchestra wrapped up its two-week European tour Thursday night with a concert in Hannover, Germany. And it sounds like it was a fitting end to the trip. “Even at the tour’s end, the orchestra showed no sign of flagging,” Scott Cantrell writes on “Van Zweden sensitively — indeed, sensuously — shaped a mobile Prelude and ‘Liebestod’ from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Decrescendos on strategically stretched upbeats were breathtaking. The DSO strings have never displayed more satiny finesse.”

GATHER IN THE GALLERY: On Saturday night, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center celebrates its 10th anniversary with its Spring Gallery Night. In the 10 years since the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth moved out of the space, the FWCAC has hosted just about every kind of arts event possible. “It the most democratic of institutions,” Gaile Robinson writes in an appreciation of sorts on “Everyone is welcome to use it.”

QUOTABLE: “There’s no better experience than coming up with a new joke and trying it on stage and it working. It’s a real special moment. Sometimes you’re on stage and you’re just improvising and stuff comes out of nowhere, fills your brains with an idea and it comes out. There’s something really amazing about stand up comedy, but also about finding a passion.”

– Comedian Jim Gaffigan, who performs tonight at the Majestic Theatre, in an interview with