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Monday Round-Up

High Note: Opera fans know Darren K. Woods lead the Fort Worth Opera to its successful “festival” format. But you might not know that he’s an accomplished performer as well. For the first time in 15 years, Woods takes the stage with a role in The Daughter of the Regiment.  “I am the hapless, long-suffering valet of the Marquise of Birkenfield, Cartonsius,” he tells CBS Dallas.  Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News says his performance, primarily a speaking role, is brilliant. One more chance to see him, on May 10.

Traveling Bones:  Homeland Security will handover a Tyrannosauraus batar to Mongolian officials today, The New York Times reports. The bones of the raptor, 8 feet high and 24 feet long, were illegally taken from its homeland by Eric Prokopi, a Florida man who awaits sentencing and faces 17 years in prison. Prokopi sold the skeleton at auction for over $1 million. Heritage Auctions later cancelled the sale. John Morton, director of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will preside over the repatriation ceremony. He tells the Times that other unusual artifacts -  saber-toothed tiger fossils and Hitler’s bookmark and Saddam Hussein’s AK-47, have been repatriated. “But this is clearly one of the most exceptional, if not the most exceptional, we’ve ever returned.”

Dance fever: If your toes are still tapping after Fela at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, you can learn how the dancing is done at a master class next Monday at the South Dallas Cultural Center.  Fela cast member Gelan Lambert will lead an Afro-Modern master class from 7:30-9. Cost is $20. Reserve your spot.