Arts

No Moz-aleum

Stage
If Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya had led an all-Mozart Festival six years ago when he first came to town, it would have been a cautious, tentative journey. His youthful forays into 18th-century mus...


Dat ‘70s Show

Art
As far as places to get an MFA in studio art go, the University of North Texas is all dat. Texas Christian University and University of Texas-Arlington have their unique, incidental charms.



Books and ’Bots

Kultur
The problem with most comic books and graphic novels is that most if not all of them are pretty poorly written. Obviously, I haven’t read every title ever published, but I have been through enough to make a sound generali...


Hell to the Chief?

Stage
It’s assumed that the majority of regular theatergoers lean a little bit to the left politically. If that’s true, then the myriad presidential misdeeds by our current clueless leader must be much on the minds of the audienc...



Universal Hope

Books
As a genre, gay fiction came into its own in the late ’80s/early 1990s, but the coming-out party felt more like a wake. The terrorizing effects of AIDS provided a generation of homosexual men with grand themes like mortality,...


Narrow Focus

Art
The title of Amon Carter Museum’s current archival exhibition is misleading. Instead of 100 Great American Photographs, it should say 100 Great Historical American Photographs. From an artistic standpoint, a lot of the pics a...



Early Texas Art

Kultur
Ain’t it sad how art becomes more beautiful over time, even with crackling and soiling, while humans just get … old. Bald heads and middle-aged spreads are a common sight at early Texas art shows and auctions. So wh...


Turn of the Screw

Stage
Playwright, screenwriter, and tv scribe Richard Dresser once told an interviewer, “I’ve had occasion to work at a series of jobs ranging from a plastics factory where I made G.I. Joe’s thighs … to Hollywood, where I...



Good Twig Bunting

Books
Author and former major league baseball pitcher Jim Bouton once wrote that statistics are “about as interesting as first-base coaches.” He has a point. First-base coaches are all about patting players on the butt, telling r...


Travel and No Leisure

Kultur
Interstate 35 might not have the hipster cachet of Route 66 or Ventura Highway, but the 1,568-mile road that stretches from Laredo to Duluth, Minn., and cuts through many major Lone Star cities is paved with as much history.