Arts

Memoir of a Geisha

Fort Worth Opera’s Madame Butterfly falls short, but has some fantastic pieces.
Stage
The wait is over. It’s been 14 months since we’ve staged an opera,” said Fort Worth Opera director Darren Keith Woods, who could scarcely contain himself. “I’m so excited!” he burst out.


True Grit

As a forthcoming Modern exhibit indicates, there’s little middle ground in contemporary art today.
Kultur
Next month, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth mounts a solo exhibit by Ron Mueck, the Australian artist whose hyper-realist figurative sculptures come about as close to defining contemporary art’s purpose as possible.



On Site

Thanks to a web forum, and one crotchety wonk, the architecture debate that won’t die returns. Aggghhhhh!
Kultur
In response to one of my recent columns, about the aggressive architecting of Big D (“Alarming Heights,” April 11), the forum at John Roberts’ award-winning FortWorthArchitecture.com lit up.


Wonderful

Texas Ballet Theater’s take on a classic fairytale gets high marks.
Stage
Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland has been adapted a number of times in a number of ways, including dance — but not always well.



Loco

Kultur
Pantagleize Theatre brings a couple of parents-to-be to life at a crossroads.


Finding Walter

The partial inspiration for John Goodman’s memorable character from The Big Lebowski isn’t all guns and bowling pins.
Brian Abrams
A lot of non-mainstream comedies have their die-hard fans, but there’s something about The Big Lebowski that, as fancy journalists say, has legs. Hollywood has given us funnier movies.



Alarming Heights

As Big D designs itself into a cultural mecca, Fort Worth turns back the clock.
Art
Fact: There are more important examples of Modernist and contemporary public architecture in Fort Worth — three — than in any other Texas city, possibly the entire Southwest: the Amon Carter Museum (Philip Johnson), the Kim...


Death Becomes Them

Mozart’s Requiem isn’t all gloomy in TBT’s hands, er, feet.
Stage
In his six years with Texas Ballet Theater, artistic director Ben Stevenson has led the company back from the abyss.



Where the Wild Things Are

The Modern tests and soothes childhood in Pretty Baby.
Art
In art, theater, music, literature, film — basically, any artistic discipline — there are themes, and then there are themes.


Shoestring Budget

Though underfunded, Metropolitan Classical Ballet proves with its latest outings that it can still tackle Russian repertory, no matter how elaborate.
Leonard Eureka
Every time Metropolitan Classical Ballet goes onstage, the Arlington-based, Russian-influenced company dances a fine line between ambition and reality. Co-directors Paul Mejia and Alexander Vetrov are tops in their fields and h...