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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 26 Jul 2013 8:00 AM

The DMA’s new ePublication, Stolen Shakes’ new season and the link between creativity and eccentricity.


A DIGITAL DMA VISIT: The Dallas Museum of Art has released its second ePublication, DallasSITES: A Developing Art Scene, Postwar to Present. It’s, of course, tied to the current exhibition, “DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present.” In it, you’ll find, “chapter essays on the seven neighborhoods, two scholarly essays on the early history of collecting contemporary art in Dallas, an interactive gallery map documenting the history and locations of over 150 commercial galleries and nonprofit institutions in North Texas from the mid-1950s, and media-rich appendices that feature oral histories, interviews, and detailed listings of collections in the DMA Archives related to the DallasSITES research project.”

STOLEN SHAKES NEW SEASON: Stolen Shakespeare Guild has announced its eighth season. It features just two of the Bard’s works but includes a new “Downstage Series,” which features short runs of a few shows. Among the highlights of the new season: season opener Monty Python’s Spamalot (Oct. 11-28), As You Like It and All’s Well That Ends Well (Feb. 14-March 2) and The Last Five Years (May 30-June 14). All performances take place at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The complete season is posted on

LINKING CREATIVITY AND ECCENTRICITY: Is there a reason why highly creative people can sometime seem eccentric. The answer seems to be yes. According to, “Both creativity and eccentricity may be the result of genetic variations that increase cognitive disinhibition—the brain’s failure to filter out extraneous information. When unfiltered information reaches conscious awareness in the brains of people who are highly intelligent and can process this information without being overwhelmed, it may lead to exceptional insights and sensations.”