Catching Up With the Print Edition: July

The July D Magazine hits newsstands today, and it is available online. Per usual, there’s a selection of arts related stories. Leading the pack is Willard Spiegelman’s piece that questions the enthusiasm of hometown critics, particularly when writing about big-time local productions like Moby-Dick:

It goes without saying—almost—that a home-towner wants a local event or group to succeed. Everyone is a booster to some extent. Would Cantrell have written a pan? Probably not as big a one as he would when visiting another city. I was interested, last fall, to see how the New York Times’ chief music reviewer, Anthony Tommasini, treated the two new productions of the New York City Opera, under the helm of George Steel, the guy who came to and then left Dallas in a couple of months in 2008. Tommasini rooted for Hugo Weisgall’s Esther, a very dissonant work, and a new Christopher Alden production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He wanted City Opera to do well. But other reviewers, especially in the blogosphere, were not as generous.

Dan Koller has an interview with comic book artist Michael Lark, the Dallas resident who has embarked on a four-issue stint drawing Spider-Man:

I think anyone who isn’t a regular comics reader tends to think that comic books are all about superheroes, and they’re these juvenile stories of guys in brightly colored tights jumping around punching each other. But there’s just so much out there now. There are as many genres of comics as there are movies.

And this month I have a profile about Dallas Museum of Art director Bonnie Pittman who is making waves in the art world by rethinking the role of the museum.

Photo by Nick Prendergast for D Magazine