The Lakewood Theater has been an institution in East Dallas since 1938, and its owners are looking for new tenants. Preservationists said the original space -- filled with a single movie screen, whimsical murals and a grand, carved staircase -- could be drastically changed.
Update: Fans of Lakewood Theater descended on a dumpster outside the iconic movie house Thursday to rescue antique seats, trashed to give crews more room to get rid of asbestos inside. Now, the head of the Dallas Landmark Commission says the site will be considered for historic landmark designation.
In today’s All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom:
Fort Worth veterinarian Lou Tierce was at a hearing in Austin after facing animal cruelty charges last month. Doualy Xaykaothao follows a group of high-schoolers competing in the “Super Bowl” of high school jazz competitions. Also, Eric Aasen shares a bit of little-known Texas history: the story behind some of the state’s strangest town names. And Bonnie & Clyde may have been a bust on Broadway, but WaterTower Theatre will revive the musical for its fall season.
In today'sAll Things Consideredlocal block from the KERA Newsroom: Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst will be fighting for his political life in the May 27th run-off election. He sat down with Shelley Kofler today to talk about the challenge ahead. Also, a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey looks at the recent uptick in small earthquakes in Oklahoma. Doualy Xaykaothao talks with Bill Leith, a senior science advisor at USGS. The man who inspired the 2011 movie “Bernie” is released from prison, and Jerome Weeks catches up with two local theater groups who have just announced their fall seasons.
Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling, award-winning novel, The Fortress of Solitude, premiers this week as a musical at the Dallas Theater Center. The musical follows two boys, one white, one black, growing up in the ‘70s in a Brooklyn full of graffiti, music, drugs – and superheroes. KERA’s Jerome Weeks sat down with the novelist before his appearance at Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art last month.
For the first time in seven years — and the first time ever at the Wyly Theatre — the Dallas Theater Center is presenting a new version of A Christmas Carol. Artistic director Kevin Moriarty’s stage adaptation stresses musical life – and the harsh economic forces at work in Charles Dickens’ story.
An early success of playwright Sam Shepard’s was his dark 1980 comedy,True West. Now the Undermain Theatre is presenting the Southwest premiere of Shepard’s latest, Ages of the Moon. In his review, KERA’s Jerome Weeks says it’s as if True West’s characters grew old – but never grew up.