Arts

A Dream Not Deferred

One of Ed Smith’s earliest professional aspirations was to run an African-American theater — now he’s at one of the best.
Stage
Ed Smith, the man who has replaced the late Rudy Eastman as artistic director of Jubilee Theatre, has taught graduate level theater courses in prestigious universities as well as directed productions at regional stages across t...


To the Stars

For new talents, Metroplex opera is quite the launching pad, as Stephen Costello has proved.
Stage
In his major American debut more than 40 years ago, tenor Plácido Domingo sang Edgardo in Fort Worth Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor. (He had previously sung the walk-on role of Normano in the same piece for the Da...



Show Offs II

Gallery
They just don’t stop making art in Texas, which is why you can’t go wrong with a show devoted to up-and-coming new talent.


Dash It, ‘Jeeves’!

Stage West’s adaptation of an old piece of ‘light writing’ reveals its subversive, prescient edge.
Stage
In 1957, the prolific author and playwright P.G. Wodehouse said, “I go in for what is known in the trade as ‘light writing,’ and those who do so are looked down upon by the intelligentsia and sneered at.” Indeed, certif...



Horrors in Black and White

Some local filmmakers are ramping up for 2007.
Kultur
Up until recently, Ridgmar Movie Tavern showed pay-per-view WWE wrestling matches about once a week.


Slavery’s Many Faces

In The Willie Lynch Letters, The Butterfly Connection examines the whip’s reach through time.
Stage
If you skipped the Rose Marine Theatre last Friday night, you missed one of the more, um, unique moments to occur in Fort Worth theater in quite a while: a sock-puppet play in which 19th-century methods of slave punishment were...



Playthings No More

Both MCB and TBT deliver rousing renditions of the holiday classic, the Nutcracker.
Stage
Two major Nutcrackers come our way each December, in addition to the countless studio versions that dot the landscape.


Gorgeous as Hell

The Amon Carter opens windows onto Robert Glenn Ketchum’s world of environmental activist photography.
Art
Amon Carter Museum’s nature photography exhibit, Regarding the Land: Robert Glenn Ketchum and the Legacy of Eliot Porter, on view until early January, offers plenty of twists and turns and bruised knuckles and elbows. And not...



Glossed Over

Depending on where you sit, Stage West’s version of As Bees in Honey Drown is either fun or clichéd.
Jimmy Fowler
Americans love the idea of the “self-made man,” or of the woman who takes charge of her life and becomes the person she was meant to be.


Water Marks

A New Orleans writer’s collected columns document everyday life post-Katrina.
Books
By his own admission, Chris Rose spent most of the last 10 years “reveling in the frivolity of the entertainment industry.” As a columnist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, he churned out quirky copy detailing everythi...