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Wednesday Morning Roundup

ADIOS: All week (and all year, really) we’ve been talking about the new homes for the Dallas Theater Center and the Dallas Opera. But we’ve mostly forgotten about the homes those groups are leaving. So credit the Dallas Voice for a couple of stories that take a closer look at the transition from old to new. Dallas Opera Artistic Director Jonathan Pell says that there will be a night-and-day difference between performing in the Winspear and performing in the Music Hall at Fair Park. “It’s as if you have been listening with cotton stuck in your ears all this time. You get a broader spectrum of the music,” he tells the paper. Meanwhile, Uptown Players is extremely happy to be taking over DTC’s old digs. The company will perform its first three shows of 2010 in the Kalita Humphreys Theater, making the move from the KD Studio Theatre. As the story points out, Uptown is finally in Uptown.

PHOTO REPLAY: The only thing louder than U2 on Monday night was the chorus of people complaining about the sound on Tuesday. So it’s understandable if some of you don’t want to hear another word about the concert. Which is why I draw your attention to a trio of pretty cool photo slide shows from the night. My favorite is probably this extensive recap produced by Hal Samples for DC9 at Night.  But you’ll also enjoy the fine work of Louis DeLuca on dallasnews.com and this fan-driven one at dfw.com. And if after all of that, you’re still in a tizzy about the sound, feel free to commiserate with those who participated in this chat on the subject yesterday.

COME TOGETHER: In the virtual mail bag this morning, I received a pretty interesting announcement from the Bath House Cultural Center. Beginning later this month, the center will stage a series called Meadows at the Bath House, focusing on interdisciplinary performances by Meadows faculty and students. As the e-mail says, “In any given show you’re likely to see musicians working with dancers and/or poets or actors and, behind the scenes, there may be collaborations with the advertising department or film students documenting or using their talents as a component within the show itself.” A Nov. 13 performance that combines a jazz quintet with, “interactive digital video using movement and live cameras feeding projectors,” sounds particularly innovative.