IT’S A-O.K. AT THE DMA: The Dallas Museum of Art sends out a release saying, essentially, that 2008 was a banner year for the museum. Among the highlights:
— 6,000 new members joined in 2008, upping the total number of members to 25,000.
— More than 10,000 people a month have visited the new Center for Creative Connections.
ONE MAN’S JUNK…: So what’s the DMA doing with the bump in revenues it saw in 2008? Why, buying junk mail, of course. Austin artist Annette Lawrence has collected all the junk mail she received in a year, torn it into 2-inch strips and neatly stacked it month-by-month. Each stack sells for $10,000, and the DMA has already laid claim to December. The point of the project is two fold: to show how environmentally unfriendly all that wasted paper is and to draw attention to a Web site where you can opt out of much of that junk mail. Austin’s KXAN has video:
NO PICTURES, PLEASE: Patti LuPone has plenty of skins on the wall, having won just about every theater award last year for her portrayal of Rose in the Broadway revival of Gypsy. And, like a politician riding a landslide victory, she spent some of that built-up capital on the closing night of the show. About 30 seconds into the song “Rose’s Turn,” she stopped the song and absolutely berated someone in the audience who was taking pictures — a no-no that the theater repeatedly warns customers about. The crowd applauded, somewhat nervously, and then it was on with the show. What’s worse than taking pictures during a live performance? Probably secretly making an audio recording. In this case, however, I’m glad someone did. If you care to listen to a big-time Broadway show slam on the breaks to right a wrong, click here.