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Wednesday Morning Roundup

LSFS ANNOUNCES FIRST FILMS: The Lone Star Film Society has announced the first five films that will show at this year’s Lone Star Film Festival. Most notable are Natural Selection, which won by the Audience Award and Grand Jury prize at South by Southwest this year, and Slacker 2011, in which Austin filmmakers commemorate the 20th anniversary of Richard Linklater’s feature debut. You can watch trailers of each of the five selections on the LSFS website.

THE MAKING OF ‘HAIR’: The rock musical Hair opened last night at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and if you happened to see it when it debuted on Broadway in 1968, you may have noticed a few changes. That’s because co-creator James Rado has been tinkering with the show here and there ever since to keep it relevant. Still, he says the shows original feeling is still there. “We wanted to bring the excitement and wonder and awe of what we experienced in the streets. There was an amazement , and we wanted that amazement on stage,” he tells theaterjones.com. “I think we successfully created the allusion, because I got the impression that the audience thought these were really hippies onstage.”

UPCOMING ART AUCTIONS: If you’ve got some spare cash laying around, there are two big upcoming opportunities to spend it. The Goss-Michael Foundation and Two by Two for AIDS and Art will each host major art auctions in the coming days and weeks. Our good buddy Betsy Lewis has rounded up a slew of images of what’s hitting the block over on Glasstire. Haroshi’s Screaming Foot would make a heck of a conversation starter if you’ve got the money.