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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 13 Sep 2013 7:54 AM

A masterpiece returns to the DMA, the Toadies have big plans and a look at Will Power’s new play.


WELCOME BACK: Frederic Edwin Church’s The Icebergs is back at the Dallas Museum of Art after a year on the road with the exhibition The Civil War and American Art. To mark its return, the museum shot this video tracing its path from crate to wall. You can get reacquainted with the masterpiece on Wednesday during a gallery talk.

TALKING TOADIES: Tonight, Dia De Los Toadies returns to Fort Worth after six years traveling the state. In addition to the festival’s namesake, Gary Clark Jr., the Cush, Burning Hotels and others will play. If you go, you’ll surely get an earful of Rubberneck, the album that made the Toadies huge in 1994 and is the reason this weekend’s event is even possible. The album turns 20 next year, and Toadies drummer drummer Mark Reznicek says you can expect a sweet commemoration. “I hope I’m not letting the cat out of the bag [but] we’re hoping to remaster the album and put a bunch of bonus material on there and do a national tour where we play the album all the way through,” he tells

WEIGHING IN ON WILL: You remember Will Power, the playwright who received SMU’s Meadows Prize in 2010 and returned to the school last year as its artist-in-residence. While he was there, he was probably working a little on Fetch Clay, Make Man, a new play that opened Thursday in New York. The show focuses on the meeting between Muhammad Ali and actor Stepin Fetchit and how each handled being a black public figure in 20th Century America. In his New York Times review, Charles Isherwood calls the play “intriguing,” but goes on to write, “Yet the dramatic adrenaline necessary to create a powerful play does not entirely materialize. Mr. Power tosses interesting ideas and contrasting characters into the ring, but doesn’t quite succeed in shaping a compelling narrative.”