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Children of the Damned

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A front-runner for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year, The White Ribbon is Michael Haneke’s first German-language film since his original version of Funny Games back in 1997. This period piece, however, is less about s...


Feet Fight

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In a scheduling snafu, Texas Ballet Theater and Texas Dance Theater both open shows Friday. TBT revives its opulent, full-length Romeo and Juliet, created in 1987 for the Houston Ballet, with a four-performance run in Bass Perf...



Students on Stage

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It may be August, but if you think the colleges have gone quiet when it comes to performing arts, UNT is going to prove you wrong.


Bicentennials

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the births of both Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann, two composers who traveled in different social circles but knew of each other. (In one of Schumann’s first published artic...



His Own Rhythm

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Much like his fellow Canadian pianist and sometime composer Glenn Gould, Marc-André Hamelin has made a career out of playing classical music that interests him rather than hewing to the established works of great composers.


Bienvenue de Belleville

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The influence of Django Reinhardt continues to pop up in the most unusual places, like the 2007 video game BioShock, which contained several Reinhardt songs on its soundtrack.



Mad Lib

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Fort Worth is in for a rare treat this Thursday evening. We don’t get too many genius-level TV show creators around these parts – when was the last time J.J. Abrams, David Chase, David Simon, or Joss Whedon visited ...


Women Playing Men

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In the early days of opera, certain male roles requiring a falsetto voice were performed by castrato singers. As the castrati disappeared in the 19th century, these operas continued to be performed with the castrato roles now s...



Let the Games Begin

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In Britain, the tradition is that on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), there’s a full slate of sports for people to enjoy: soccer, rugby, cricket, horse racing, hunting, and yes, boxing (though that’s not where the name comes f...


On the D.L.

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Has anybody noticed that not much improvisational comedy goes on at the Improv? The haven for traditional stand-up comics goes back to 1963, when the first location was founded in New York. It was the second club in L.A., found...