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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 18 Apr 2013 7:47 AM

Today in the roundup: Fairmont Dallas’ new resident artist, reviewing Undermain Theatre’s ‘The Ghost Sonata,’ and Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival by the numbers.



MOVING IN: Riley Holloway, a multimedia artist from Arlington, has been named the Fairmont Dallas’ new artist in residence. Holloway will live at the hotel from April-June, creating work for a solo exhibition to be held in the hotel gallery at the end of the residence. He’s studied motion graphics at the Art Institute of Dallas as well as portrait painting at the Florence Academy of Art. You can see what he’s working on in the Artist in Residence studio located on the O level of the hotel weekdays from 3-7 p.m. Not familiar with the Fairmont program? Circle back to Jerome’s story on it from 2011.

SEEING GHOSTS: Undermain Theatre is currently staging The Ghost Sonata – August Strindberg’s “dream play” in which a young man confronts a whole host of demons when he enters a mysterious house. It’s considered one of the most influential plays of all-time. So does Undermain do it justice? “It’s the height of elegance,” Lawson Taitte writes on “You might well still find it confusing, even baffling, but you’ll be fascinated anyway.” M. Lance Lusk was particularly pleased with Patrick Kelly’s direction. “His vision of Strindberg’s dense and complicated play captures all of the lovely, ethereal qualities that have made it great,” Lusk writes on Front Row. “He uses a new translation by Paul Walsh that is a bit colloquial at times, but this takes nothing away from the exceptional performances by the entire cast, and the breathtaking look and aesthetic of the play.” Catch it through May 11.

BY THE NUMBERS: If you’re heading over to the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival this weekend, definitely take a look at’s massive preview. It looks at the artists, food and drink and music on tap. And it also gathers some numbers that show the money Main St. brings to the city. Specifically: $18 million, which was the overall economic impact for 2012’s festival. Also notable – festivalgoers spent $13 million last year on food, crafts and services.