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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 13 Jun 2013 7:57 AM

A circus wows 'em at the Winspear. Plus the Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards Festival lineup is out and The New York Times' Texas roundup.


UNDER THE BIG TOP: The Winspear Opera House might not be the place you”d expect to see a circus. But that”s exactly what”s in residence there, as Traces mixes dance, acrobatics and music for its “circus on a human scale.” The combination certainly has the reviewers all hot and bothered. “Traces feels most like modern dance with an enormously expanded vocabulary of movement,” Lawson Taitte writes on “Simply put, it’s beyond breathtaking and beyond stunning,” Mark Lowry writes on “It’s awe-inspiring, precisely because of the decidedly simple approach it takes to this brand of theatrical spectacle.” You”ve got “til June 23 to catch it.

MAF “13 LINEUP: The lineup for this year”s Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards Festival is out. The event will be held June 23 at eight venues in the W. 7th St. corridor. As you”d expect, it”s a who”s who of 817 bands. Among the participants: Burning Hotels, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Quaker City Night Hawks, Calhoun and many, many others. The full lineup is up on

IN THE TIMES: Lots of local and localish stuff on today. The Menil Collection in Houston has hired landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh to execute its “neighborhood of art” plan, pulling together its 30-acre campus. … Conrad Tao, the 19-year-old who”s been commissioned by the DSO to commemorate the Kennedy assassination, has . … And Ann, Holland Taylor”s show about Ann Richards, will close June 30 – two months ahead of schedule.