THAR SHE RAVES: Yep, the Big Boy with the Flukes made a Big Splash over the weekend. If you want to check out the (mostly very excited) reviews that have come in so far for the Dallas Opera’s Moby-Dick, check out our own Olin Chism’s glowing notice and Bill Zeeble’s report on audience response: There are links to other critics at the end (including a resounding NYTimes rave — the “staging ranged from striking to near-miraculous”). Moby will be getting even more media attention soon. A lot of the national press and the opera blogs haven’t weighed anchor yet, plus there’s that music critics confab I mentioned that’s coming here this week. And then there’s Scott Cantrell’s front-page News feature about both Moby and Before Night Falls coming up at the end of May from the Fort Worth Opera Festival. The two have made North Texas the center of the opera world this month.
FILM IN FW: Fort Worth filmmaker Andrew Disney (Frank’s Last Shot) is throwing a kickoff party tonight at the Ginger Man to announce the local, LA and NYC talent in his new comedy-action feature, Searching for Sonny. As the name “kickoff” implies, he’s going to start shooting — be doing it through June. Hat tip: Blotch.
DPL BECOMES THE iDPL: On May 11, the Dallas Public Library will start offering e-books, digital audiobooks, audio and video through its website. What’s up for the download? About 100,000 items. To use the new system, sez Unfair Park, you’ll need the free OverDrive software (available through the DPL site), a library card and a compatible device with internet access.
TDT FINALE: The Texas Dance Theatre finished its first season at the Scott Theatre Saturday — with what Chris Shull said in dfw.com was the troupe’s finest work yet. Even if he couldn’t figure out some of it.
OK, SO NO ONE’S STAGING SONDHEIM IN NORTH TEXAS RIGHT NOW: But it’s his 80th year, and if anyone wants to mark the occasion — the way they’re doing at the Roundabout in NYC with Sondheim on Sondheim — they ought to check out Stephen Holden’s superb essay on why there wasn’t a Sondheim before and why there won’t be one after.