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Wednesday Morning Roundup

TEXAS TO TORONTO: The Toronto International Film Festival has released the first 75 films that will be part of this year’s event. And North Texas is well represented. Dallas Buyer’s Club is based on the true story of a Dallas electrician (Matthew McConaughey) dealing with AIDS in the mid ’80s. Parkland looks at the day the hospital cared for President Kennedy in his final hours 50 years ago. It’s got an impressive cast lead by Jacke Earle Haley, Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Jackie Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden and Billy Bob Thornton. And Richardson native David Gordon Green brings his film Joe to the festival. It stars Nicolas Cage as an ex-con who has a chance to turn his life around when he meets a 15-year-old boy. You can take a look at the current list of films on the festival’s website.

MODEST MOVEMENT: By day, Bree Hafen teaches at Academy of Dance Arts in Allen. But she also does her own choreography, which will be on display this weekend during [+] SPACE. Dallas Repertoire Ballet will perform on the Eisemann Center stage in Richardson. And Hafen says it’s a show that you don’t have to be afraid to take your kids to. “I know that dance sometimes gets a bad rap for being overly sexualized. A lot of the Broadway shows today you would never bring your 12-year-old son to,” she tells theaterjones.com. “I wanted to create a place where people can come and really feel uplifted and inspired without having to compromise their standards.”

A CHANGE AT LA-MOCA: Jeffrey Deitch, the first commercial art dealer to lead a U.S. Museum, will leave the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art by the end of the month. An announcement hasn’t been made yet by the museum, but laweekly.com reports that Deitch told the museum’s board on Friday he was leaving. Deitch came to the museum in 2010 to replace Jeremy Strick, who’s now the head of the Nasher Sculpture Center.