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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 31 May 2013 7:56 AM

Today in the roundup: Is Dallas Black Dance Theatre being forced out of the Arts District? Plus a preview of FIT and a look back at Fort Worth’s OMNI Theater.


DBDT AND ATTPAC: Dallas Black Dance Theatre has always been considered one of the Arts District’s resident companies. But according to Jim Schutze’s latest column in the Dallas Observer, it’s not being treated like one. At issue is DBDT’s desire to book dates at the Wyly years in advance, the PAC saying the dates can’t be booked that far out and then DBDT learning that its traditional dates had been offered to the Dallas Theater Center. Schutze’s conclusion: “If ATTPAC just wants to look good, to be truly impressive, to make the city itself impressive — or, heaven forfend, actually contribute to a thriving arts climate in Dallas — then it should be focused first and foremost on this very successful indigenous company. It’s not like they’d be stooping or supporting bad or second-rate art.”

THE 15TH FIT: The 15th edition of the Festival of Independent Theatres gets going tonight at the Bath House Cultural Center. This year’s event includes performances by Audacity Theatre Lab, Churchmouse Productions, Echo Theatre Company, John Michael, Rhythmic Souls, Rite of Passage Theatre Company, One Thirty Productions and WingSpan Theatre Company. To get you ready, the folks over at Theater Jones talk with a trio of participating artists.

THE OMNI AT 30: This year, the OMNI Theater in Fort Worth turns 30. Did you know it’s still the largest IMAX dome west of the Mississippi? (Of course you did.) There’s more about the theater’s history – and future – in a post on the Lone Star Film Society’s website. Pencil in some time at the theater next weekend, when ticket prices are rolled back to $4.