"It's an unusual choice for a playwright, especially one prone to having his characters gush torrents of words. Speaking over the phone from London last week, Mr. Walsh said he knew early in the writing of Arlington that the middle segment had to be dance." Brian Seibert reports.
Things weren't pretty on the classical music scene in Cowtown this past season. The Fort Worth Symphony went through an ugly strike; Fort Worth Opera's board fired the company's very successful general director without warning; the Symphony's venue, Bass Performance Hall, threw out the music director because he was carrying his kid's violin, for crying out loud. Peter Simek surveys the damage, talks to the orchestra's CEO (who's now quitting and leaving the music business), and finds out that the Opera's director was fired basically because he'd been so good at his job.
Amy Adkins, whose six-year tenure included a bitter 3½-month labor dispute at the beginning of this season, departs in July to head a hospital foundation.
Gasps escaped from the crowd as the final bid came in for the 1982 untitled depiction of a skull. The price is the highest ever paid at auction for a work by an American artist; indeed, it's the sixth-highest price paid for any artwork at auction. As Jeffrey Deitch said, Basquiat is "now in the same league as Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso."