IN THE ARMY: Siobhan Fallon writes about what she knows. She’s married to a soldier on his third tour of duty in the Middle East, and so her new short-story collection, You Know When the Men are Gone, focuses on soldiers coming and going from Fort Hood and the pain that those comings and goings can cause. Janet Maslin says, “there’s not a loser in the bunch” in her review of the eight-story collection in The New York Times. “Ms. Fallon’s emphasis is not on the negative. It’s just that life is tough at Fort Hood. Fears tend to be justified,” she writes.
MUSIC BITS: The Ridglea Theater will reopen in September, and now it’s a “highly significant endangered” building. (dfw.com) … Meanwhile, Club Dada goes for a makeup of its squashed New Year’s Eve grand reopening. (DC9 at Night) … Tarrant County’s Phantom Caste has a synthy sound, but don’t call ’em ’80s. (fwweekly.com)
BIG-TIME BUILDINGS: Last week, we pointed you to a major designation awarded to the Wyly Theatre by AIA. And the hits keep on coming. The Wyly’s Art’s District sibling, the Winspear Opera House, has been named “best new arts venue” by Southern Living magazine. So there.