LET’S GET SUPER: Are you getting all geeked up for the Dallas Theater Center’s It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman!, which opens June 18? The show had its first rehearsal on Friday, which, as Jerome reported, turned into a Superman history lesson.
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Why have theater-symphony-arts announcements become media events? Because they need to get attention. And for the Dallas Theater Center, it’s upcoming revival of the musical, ‘It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman!” is important. Which is why people were gathered at the Wyly Theatre Friday …
This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll learn about the unlikely origins of one of the state’s best-known songs.
It’s hard to imagine children interested in any toy without a video screen. But KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports a new exhibition at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History features nothing but handmade toys. No batteries required. It’s a collection of 600 dolls, masks, puppets and games from Mexico City’s Papalote Museo del Nino, designed to show the country’s folk traditions expressed in wood, tin, string and paper.
Museum curators are some of the more invisible arts managers, yet their jobs demand they be diplomats, scholars and set designers. Associate curator Heather MacDonald has become a major presence at the DMA, helming (or co-helming) three shows, two of them now running, and the third, perhaps the DMA’s most significant show this year. It has already opened to acclaim in NYC.
This month, the Fort Worth Opera will debut an adaptation of Reinaldo Arenas’ memoir Before Night Falls. Audiences may be familiar with the movie of the same name, but KERA’s Stephen Becker reports the opera was in the works well before the big-screen adaptation:
Nada Shabout is fighting to preserve the life and culture of Iraq. A leading authority on modern Arab art, she directs UNT’s Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute. it’s currently showing an exhibition of photos by ordinary Iraqi women about their post-invasion lives, while Shabout herself is documenting the thousands of artworks stolen from a Baghdad museum.
This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll recall an often overlooked musician who helped lay the foundation for Western swing.
The Mourners is a series of some 40 pint-sized statues that typically surround the base of the tomb of John the Fearless, the 15th-century duke of Burgundy. Because the tomb — housed in Dijon’s Musee des Beaux Arts in France — is currently being renovated, The Mourners are able to tour for the first and […]
This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll celebrate a famous ballad singer who also blended honky-tonk with early rockabilly.