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At Last! The Friday Roundup.

NEW SPACE FOR THE RIDGLEA THEATRE.  Preston Jones reports in the  Star-Telegram that “after more than two years of tortuously slow renovations, the Ridglea Theater is showing signs of life as a music venue.” Dallas-based businessman Jerry Shults found an answer to a problem plaguing the historic Fort Worth theater: parking. He cut a deal with the owner of 150 parking spaces behind the Ridglea.

NEW THEME PARK FOR FAIR PARK. Summer Adventures in Fair Park is the $30 million attempt to generate some more foot traffic for the venerable Art Deco institution when the State Fair isn’t running in the fall. Opening Saturday, the 20 acres of food and rides — including the new, Space Needle-ish Top o’ Texas Tower — is not supposed to be “State Fair Lite,” reports the DMN (paywall), even though it’s essentially a summertime Midway, the first Fair Park has had in 30 years.

NEW PLAY BY HORTON FOOTE. The 85-year-old playwright Edward Albee has postponed the debut of his new play, Laying an Egg, a second time. As a result, the NYTimes reports, the off-Broadway powerhouse, the Signature Theatre,  has opted to stage a new play by the late Horton Foote. The Old Friends is about two neighboring Texas families who find themselves at odds.

NEW ADVANCES IN SET DESIGN. The Dead White Zombies, the site-specific theater company run by UTD professor Thomas Riccio, has specialized in non-narrative performance works in edgy, non-traditional spaces, like a former  warehouse. The Z’s new show, T.N.B, opening June 1, will be presented in what’s called a former drug stash house. Presumably, it’ll be BYOM:  Bring Your Own Meth.