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THE SOCIAL SCULPTURE: The second sculpture in the Nasher Sculpture Center’s city-wide exhibition “Nasher XChange“ isn’t really a sculpture at all. Instead, it’s what the center’s calling a “social sculpture,” created by Houston artist Rick Lowe. For the project, he’s setting up a series of workshops to engage residents of Dallas’ Vickery Meadow neighborhood. “Lowe and the Trans.lation team are identifying residents’ creative strengths and connecting them with local artists for collaboration and mentorship to ultimately engender opportunity and entrepreneurship,” according to a news release. “Trans.lation will facilitate a new vision of what public space and interaction could look like in Vickery Meadow.”

A MASTERPIECE DEMOLISHED: Fort Worth architecture buffs are wondering how in the world the former home of Ruth Carter Stevenson was able to be demolished without much of a fight. It was considered a modernist masterpiece but was reportedly sold to Ardon and Iris Moore after Stevenson’s death. It was demolished and hauled off on Thursday and Friday. It’s “inconceivable that a city would allow the demolition of the 100-plus-year-old home of its foremost civic supporter of the early 20th century while expressing allegiance to the city’s ‘heritage,’ ” Fort Worth architect Mark Gunderson told star-telegram.com.

QUOTABLE: ”When I started This American Life, one of the reactions I got was, ‘When is the adult going to show up who will host the show?’ At some point, people just got used to it. I’ll meet listeners who tell me what a great voice I have. But I don’t have a great voice for radio. My voice is the utterly normal voice, but sheer repetition has made them think it’s OK. Mick Jagger once was asked, ‘What makes a hit song? He said, ‘Repetition.’”

- Ira Glass, in an interview with The Guardian.