DALLAS COLLECTION MAKES A TRIP DOWN 1-45: If you are headed down to Houston between now and the end of July, consider stopping by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to check out “Pioneers of Contemporary Glass: Highlights from the Barbara and Dennis DuBois Collection.” Dallas’ Barbara and Dennis DuBois own more than 300 glass works, 30 of which will be on display in Houston. The DuBois began collecting glass works in 1985 with the purchase of perfume bottle and have been at it ever since.
“The exhibition will introduce visitors to the medium through a focused presentation of major figures and moments in the development of contemporary glass,” says Cindi Strauss, MFAH curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design.
The exhibit will be on display through July 26.
McEWAN, NEW AND OLD: Ian McEwan, the prize-winning author of Amsterdam and Atonement, will take the stage tonight as part of Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Convention Center. In addition to talking about his celebrated novel, he’ll also do a reading from his work in progress.
“The central character is quite a rogue, a villain even. He’s a physicist – although that shouldn’t put anyone off – who through some extremely devious escapades comes to what he thinks is a very important contribution to saving the world. But he has a dark heart, and the reader has to live with that,” he told The Dallas Morning News for a story this week. Click here to read the rest of the interview.
PROPS FOR JUBILEE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Ed Smith, Artisit Director of Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, will be honored by the National Black Theatre Festival at this year’s event. The North Carolina festival will give the inaugrual Lloyd Richards’ Director’s Award to Smith during its August run. Smith has directed more than 90 plays in his career, including Ossie Davis’ final play, A Last Dace for Sybil, which featured Davis’ wife, Ruby Dee.
WATCHING ‘THE WATCHMEN’: If you are headed out to see The Watchmen movie this weekend, check out the fanboy roundtable that the Oak Cliff People put together to discuss the graphic-novel-turned-movie. Among the participants are LA Reunion TX board member David Hopkins and Josh Rose, who founded the Dallas Museum of Art’s comic book club. Best exchange:
Hopkins: “Nite Owl needs, like, that gut. [Laughter] That’s the only hero I could be.”
Rose: “Exactly. I could be Nite Owl. He’s, he’s … paunchy.”
Hopkins: “He’s paunchy, like me. [Laughter] That should be the name of the next great book: Paunchy Like Me.”