Arts

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...



Stale

Circle Theatre’s Bus Stop isn’t the problem — we are.
Stage
If you want to check out a dandy example of the difference between film and stage acting, watch the 1957 romantic comedy The Prince and the Showgirl. It features Laurence Olivier, commonly cited as a titan of 20th-century theater.


No Strings Attached

Buoyed by a major arts grant, a local puppeteer takes his burlesque puppet show on the road.
Stage
Ricki Vincent is a large, bald, 47-year-old man covered in colorful tattoos who makes puppets do bad things. Not gossip or siphon gas from neighbors’ cars, or murder people like that creepy dummy from Magic. The Fort Worthian...



Cheesy Humor

Local puzzlemaster and prankster Robert McKee spins misplaced pizza delivery orders into comedic delicacies.
Kultur
Misplaced phone calls will forever terrorize our homes. For normal people, it’s a nuisance. For Fort Worth’s Robert McKee, it’s manna from the comedy gods.


A Tiara for TBT

There’s nothing sleepy about this Beauty.
Stage
Of Tchaikovsky’s three great ballets — Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty — the last is the most engaging, some would argue his best. The Russian composer reveled in giving life to fantasy, and the fairy tale of a...



Trippin’

Taking on August Wilson’s ‘Joe Turner,’ Jubilee succinctly conjures the play’s hallucinatory vibe.
Stage
A year ago this month, the much-feted playwright August Wilson died of liver cancer at age 60, and theater companies have reacted by reviving so much of his work that it has practically constituted a national Wilson festival. H...


Classy Stuff

From the Met to mildew: An incredible collection of Fort Worth art is unearthed at a local middle school.
Jeff Prince
The private art collections into which New York City’s legendary Metropolitan Museum of Art digs for gems to borrow and exhibit usually belong to either aristocratic families or multi-national corporations. But in 1950, when ...