HIP-HOP FROM HERE: We From Dallas is a documentary in the works about the history of the city’s hip-hop scene. A trailer for it was released earlier this month with the hope that it will help get the word out to people in the scene who might be good interviews for the movie. And if you’re wondering if Dallas’ hip-hop history is worth of a doc, We From Dallas director Teddy Cool is here to set you straight. “In 1989, five years after hip hop exploded, Dallas saw the release of Vanilla Ice’s To the Extreme, Nemesis’ To Hell and Back, Ron C’s C Ya and The D.O.C.’s No One Can Do It Better,” he tells Front Row in a feature about the movie. “And that means those guys were putting in work way before that.”
THE CLIBURN WHISPERER: Hang around the Cliburn Competition long enough and there’s a good chance you’ll run into William Grant Naboré. That’s because five of his students are competing, and he’s in town from Italy – where he heads the International Piano Academy Lake Como – to coach them. And with as much success as he’s had placing students in the competition, he’s obviously a big fan. “When I came to the Cliburn for the first time in 1997, my immediate impression was — and remains — how nice and friendly everyone in Fort Worth is,” he tells dfw.com. “All these years later, I still think it’s such a superbly run competition. It remains my favorite — and, trust me, I pretty much know them all.”
JAAP’S PAD: Dallas Symphony Orchestra maestro Jaap van Zweden is putting his $2.9 million home at the Ritz Carlton on the market. If you want to take a look inside, a photo slideshow is over at dallasnews.com.