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Leading Off: Wyly Trouble, New Texas Talent, Young Fiction Hope, and A Film Series Launches

1. As if it hasn’t already been a rough few weeks for the AT&T Performing Arts Center, with CEO Mark Nerenhausen resigning abruptly and a handful of other key staff leaving. Now Wyly Theater namesake Chales Wyly is accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of an insider trading scheme. That news doesn’t directly affect the PAC, but let’s just say it doesn’t exactly produce warm feelings:

“The cloak of secrecy has been lifted from the complex web of foreign structures used by the Wylys to evade the securities laws,” the SEC said in a statement, calling the Wylys’ accounting an “elaborate sham system of trusts and subsidiary companies.”

2. As you may have noticed in our weekly rundown of gallery openings, this weekend the annual New Texas Talent show opens at Craighead Green, and it is always one of my favorite shows of the year (you can preview the work here). The juror for this year’s juried show of emerging talent is Thomas Fuelmer (pictured here in spacesuit). Although it is not yet available online, if you see a copy of A+C Magazine during your gallery hoping this weekend, you’ll find an interview with Fuelmer, who also is an artist and the director of educational programming at the Rachofsky House.

3. Writing in the Telegraph, Lorna Bradbury argues that the long list for this year’s Man Booker prize easily refutes the claim that “Fiction is dead.” Had older literary stars – writers like Martin Amis and Ian McEwan — made the list, “commentators would doubtless be fretting about why we hadn’t moved on and are still dependent for our literary celebrities on grey-haired men who came to prominence in the late Seventies,” Bradbury writes. The depth of young writing talent should come as no surprise, however, if you have been following along with The New Yorkers’ 20 under 40 fiction series (and you should be). I suggest starting with “Lenny Hearts Eunice.”

4. And finally, thanks to everyone who came out to FrontRow’s screening of Herb and Dorothy last night at The Public Trust (pictured above). It was great fun to get some of our readers in the same room. If you missed the screening, no fear, on August 26 we will screen a movie selected by Dallas Video Festival director Bart Weiss at a location to be announced in a couple of weeks. The series will continue on the last Thursday of each month through the end of the year (and hopefully pick up again in January). A full schedule can be found here. Hope to see you there.

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