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THE NEW DEAL: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and its musicians have agreed to a new two-year contract. The deal calls for a 1 percent raise for musicians this year and a 2 percent raise in 2014. Each musician also gets a $750 bonus this year, and if certain fundraising goals are met, an additional raise will kick in. “The contract affirms our on-going desire to work collaboratively toward shared goals of elevating the Dallas Symphony’s impact for our loyal patrons, in our communities and across the nation,” DSO principal cellist Christopher Adkins, who chairs the musicians negotiating committee, said in a statement.

TEAR ‘EM DOWN: Most of the work in “México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990″ at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth deals with life in Mexico. But one piece focuses squarely on Fort Worth. It’s Gustavo Artigas’ Vote for Demolition, Fort Worth, in which the artist asks visitors to vote for one of six buildings in the city that they’d like to see torn down. “If you see the bigger picture, it’s a landscape of taste of the city, of how people react to places,” Artigas tells Front Row. “It’s about taste and it’s about aesthetics, but it’s also about what makes us feel okay or not okay.  You can see a painting and say, ‘I don’t like it, but it’s a good painting,’ or you can say, ‘I like it, but it’s a bad painting.’ The funny thing about architecture is that it’s more clear in that way because you’re passing by it every day, so there’s always some kind of reaction that you will have.” Andrea Karnes, who curated the show, was a guest on Think yesterday; you can listen to the interview at kera.org.

THE SNUB: The Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sunday. And when the show gets to its five expanded “In Memoriam” tributes, the man who played one of the most iconic characters in television history won’t be among those honored. Larry Hagman, who died in November, wasn’t one of the five television figures the producers chose to highlight during the telecast. “In all candor, this becomes a producer’s option,” producer Ken Ehrlich told unclebarky.com during a teleconference on Wednesday, “knowing that there are certainly others that could have been treated this way.”