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Thursday Morning Roundup

LSIFF OPENING NIGHT: The Lone Star International Film Festival began its five-day run in Sundance Square last night. The opening-night film was The Descendants – Alexander’s first film since 2004′s Sideways. If The Descendants is indicative of the level of quality at this year’s festival, then audiences are in for a treat. Luckily, they shouldn’t have to check their cellphones at the other screenings, as we did opening night. (Blame the studio, not LSIFF, for that.) I sat next to Cary Darling at last night’s screening, and he offers a recap on dfw.com.

FOCUS ON THE FLUTE: Tonight through Sunday, the world’s best-known flutist – Sir James Galway – will join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. So how do you  become the best in the world at something? “If you figure six hours a day times the number of years I have played the flute, that is hundreds of thousands of hours, but I still love to practice,” he tells theaterjones.com. In the interview, he did let one little secret slip: “I do have a sax that I like to play. But every time I pull it out my wife reminds me of upcoming concerts and recommends I practice the flute.”

A HOMECOMING: Jimmie Vaughan grew up in Oak Cliff, but he hasn’t played there in 45 years. That all changes tonight when he takes the stage at the Texas Theatre. In an interview with DC9 at Night, he talks about moving to Austin, playing with music legends and why Ron Paul is the Texan he supports for the White House.