UP FOR GRABS: Heritage Auction Galleries begins one of its biggest auctions of the year today when collector Charles Martignette’s collection of illustrations hits the blocks. Martignette was an eccentric collector who stashed away more than 4,000 pieces. One of the highlights is a Joseph Christian Leyendecker oil painting (right) that became a Saturday Evening Post cover. It’s expected to go for $50,000 to $70,000 in an auction that could yield as much as $20 million says the Associated Press.
DUELING REVIEWS: The Mimir Chamber Music Festival, currently playing in Fort Worth, is known for producing extrememly high-level musicmaking. So keep that in mind as you read the pair of local reviews of Tuesday night’s performances. On dallasnews.com, Scott Cantrell writes, “Interpretively, the performances weren’t up to the festival’s highest standards, which are very high indeed, but coordination and intonation were never in doubt.” Over on dfw.com, Chris Shull enjoyed the evening a little more but shared Cantrell’s dissatisfaction with Mozart’s Piano Trio in G major (K 564). The festival concludes with performances on Thursday and Friday.
FIT FOR F.I.T.: When the Festival of Independent Theaters kicks off its 11th run Friday at the Bath House Cultural Center, it will welcome for the first time one of Dallas’ theater stalwarts, Kurt Kleinmann. For more than 20 years, Kleinmann has run Pegasus Theatre, which now stages productions in various spaces after a long-time residency near Deep Ellum. Kleinmann discusses the advantages and disadvantages of independence in a Q&A with theaterjonesc.com.