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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 25 Jul 2013 8:01 AM

Fort Worth Opera releases an album, as do a number of local bands. And a new book revisits Prohibition in North Texas.


FW OPERA LIVE: Back in April, Fort Worth Opera presented the regional premiere of Glory Denied. Tom Cipullo’s chamber opera focuses on Jim Thompson, who holds the distinction of being the longest held P.O.W. of the Vietnam War. If you saw the show in the spring and would like to revisit the music, you’re in luck. On Aug. 1, FW Opera will release a live recording on Albany Records. “Glory Denied was a story that resonated deeply with the many people who experienced the work first-hand during the Fort Worth Opera Festival, and the entire Fort Worth Opera family believes it to be one of the most important projects we have ever undertaken,” the opera’s general director, Darren K. Woods, said in a news release. “We were honored to bring it to our community this past spring and are now equally honored that everyone will be able to hear Tom Cipullo’s astounding opera.” Cipullo was part of a panel discussion in November that Art&Seek helped put together; you can see highlights from the conversation in the video above.

LOCAL MUSIC BITS: Barry Kooda talks about the Dallas punk scene of the ’70s ahead of the Nervebreakers reunion this weekend. (DC9 at Night) … Arlington’s the Breakfast Machine previews its new album ahead of a big album release show Saturday. ( … Preston Jones runs through new releases from Here Holy Spain, Descender and Spoonfed Tribe. (

RETURN TO PROHIBITION: After the 18th Amendment passed, Dallas was dry as a desert. But with the city dominated by Southern Baptists, Prohibition didn’t really change things all that much anyway. The new law did, however, shock Fort Worth, where the booze continued to flow, only now more covertly. That’s just one of the points made in Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Blind Tigers, Bootleggers and Bathtub Gin, a new book by Rita Cook and Jeffrey Yarbrough. Edward Brown writes on that the book is part history lesson, part cocktail recipe book and equal parts enlightening and entertaining.