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RANDY’S RELEASED: A few weeks ago, things were not looking real good for Randy Travis. He was admitted to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano after suffering a stroke and was on a ventilator and a heart pump. But late Wednesday, news came down that Travis has been released from the hospital and relocated to a rehabilitation facility. “Thanks to all the fans and friends for your continued prayers and support as Randy continues on the road to recovery,” Travis’ fiancée, Mary Davis, said in a news release.

WRANGLING THE WIND: For its current show, Jubilee Theatre is programming for its littlest fans. In the family-friendly musical Mirandy and Brother Wind, young Mirandy is determined to catch Brother Wind so he can be her date for the annual Junior Cakewalk dance. But Brother Wind proves elusive. So should you pack up the little ones to go see it? “Director Garrett smartly anchors this production—based on the award-winning picture book by Patricia McKissack—with a few veteran players in fine voice, but then gets great work out of a cast of very young performers,” Jan Farrington writes on theaterjones.com. But Punch Shaw says the show is maybe too slight. “On the whole, there is just not much to this production,” he writes on dfw.com. “It lacks the random zaniness of the pieces that play best for very young audiences. And its generic, recorded soundtrack supporting equally formulaic and forgettable songs is not enough to hold the attention of adults.” Judge for yourself through Aug. 11.

DOWN I-35: Central Texas cities are making news these days. Austin tops The Daily Beast‘s list of Aspirational Cities – a list that considers a city’s economic and cultural desirability. (Dallas is No. 11).  On top of that, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas will soon be the home to McSweeney’s Archive - Dave Eggers’ literary magazine. A little further down the road, San Antonio Symphony president and CEO Jack Downey has left the organization after less than three months on the job over a budget dispute.