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SHAPING UP: Keith J. Warren is a North Texas actor who’s made appearances on numerous area stages. You might remember seeing him in Lyric Stage’s production of The Most Happy Fella last fall. It was that show that convinced Warren it was time to get in shape. “I became very aware of my body’s then current physical condition…which wasn’t great. I had gained some unwanted pounds and inches and felt pretty gross about it. I literally looked myself in the mirror and said, “Enough is enough.” He writes about the intense workout program that helped him shed 30 pounds in an essay on theaterjones.com.

BY THE NUMBERS: 80

– percent of arts professionals polled for a recent survey who indicated that their arts education taught them “very little” or “not at all” about the business side of being an artist. A dallasnews.com story looks a how SMU’s Meadows School is making sure its students leave with the business skills necessary to manage their creative careers.

LANCE, THE LIAR: Lance Armstrong, the one-time Pride of Plano, is finding that coming clean about his dirty doping practices will likely cost him. Earlier this year, two men in California filed suit, claiming they never would have bought his books It’s Not About the Bike and Every Second Counts if they would’ve known that the motivational elements in them were built on lies. They were works of fiction, marketed as non-fiction. And that’s got Ben Greenman, writing on nytimes.com, considering filing suit against novels that contain too much truth.