Today in the roundup: Alexander Calder appeals to the youngsters at the Nasher, local music bits and the return of the indie bookstore.
Walker Evans, Margaret Bourke-White and Berenice Abbott created groundbreaking bodies of work: Evans for his depictions of Southern poverty, Bourke-White for her towering images of industrialization, Abbott for her New York street scenes. We talk to Jessica May, co-curator of the Amon Carter exhibition ‘American Modern,’ about these three artists, how each crossed paths and influenced the others, about the dot-matrix and the urge for narrative.
You may recall Clancy Martin as the former Fort Worth jeweler and UT-Austin grad whose dark, funny noir-ish debut novel, How to Sell, was something of a tell-all of the tricks of the trade when it comes to peddling jewelry while strung out on meth. Now he’s in Harper’s magazine — with a cover-story tell-all about Alcoholics Anonymous. But it’s not just another recovery tale.
Today in the roundup: The Super Bowl needs volunteers, improving your vocabulary and the countdown begins.
Margaret Fuller was an American feminist pioneer. She was a literary ally of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau — she edited the literary journal of the Transcendentalist movement. Doesn’t sound like the subject for a fanciful new comedy? No? But happily, that’s what Kitchen Dog delivers.
Today in the roundup: Your chance at Glee, Arts&Letters Live’s 2011 lineup and Erykah on early Erykah.
While working on her PhD at UT-Dallas, Barbara Vance took breaks by composing and illustrating poetry for children. Guest blogger Danielle Georgiou reviews Vance’s first collection.
Today in the roundup: Lyle Lovett loves Fort Worth, Elton John’s North Texas ex and a notable theater death.
Today in the roundup: A real-life mystery, Spalding Gray goes to college and inside the artist studio.
Lyric Stage has gained acclaim for reviving classic Broadway musicals with full orchestras — returning the shows to their lush, original sound. But the Irving theater company also bravely develops new musicals. In his review, Jerome Weeks says Lyric Stage’s current show could use some more development. Or perhaps less.