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The Back to Laborin' Roundup

THE MEGAFEST WAS, INDEED, MEGA. Bishop T.D. Jakes” Megafest over Labor Day weekend brought thousands downtown to Oprah-attended gatherings at the AAC, to a film festival and to Jakes” own church, Potter”s House. Phillip Jones, president of the Dallas Convention and Visitors” Bureau, told the that the crowd of 75,000 walloped the attendance goals by 50 percent. Speaking of nice round numbers: Entertainer Tyler Perry appeared at Sunday services at Potter”s House — and donated $1 million.

SEE? WE COULD HAVE IT SO MUCH WORSE. The Museum Tower”s ability to fry the Nasher has now been put in the shade. In London, a 37-story skyscraper dubbed the Walkie Talkie because of its shape has melted a nearby Jaguar. The plastic bits, anyway.

BETTER BUT NOT GREAT. As you may have read, Jerry Russell, founder and director of Fort Worth”s Stage West, has been in the hospital, struggling to recover from complications from abdominal surgery (his critical condition caused daughter Wendy Davis to postpone her possible gubernatorial campaign). Dana Schultes, the theater”s co-producing director, has been updating people on Facebook. Over the weekend, she reported “Morning procedure was good.” And then on Sunday, “Eyes are opening. Hallelujah! What a journey.”

TALK ABOUT THE PASSION. The New York Times” Alessandra Stanley started the paper”s “First Crush” series, writing about how teenage TV-watching led to her career as a TV critic. Readers responded with their own accounts of early influences — including Vicki Meek, director of the South Dallas Cultural Center and one of the artists producing public art for the Nasher XChange.

When I was 8 years old, my parents enrolled me in sculpture classes at Fleisher Art Memorial [in Philadelphia], because I loved making things out of Play-Doh…. It was also at this age that my parents introduced me to the work of Elizabeth Catlett, so that I could be assured that being a black girl need not mean I couldn’t aspire to be a sculptor.