Monday, November 30, 2009

Felix Dennis

In case you forgot just how mesmerizing poetry can be:

Monday, November 23, 2009

25th Anniversary Rock and Roll HOF Concert

The anniversary concert airs this Sunday on HBO. And going in, you know it’s going to be a circus. One filled with all kinds of stunts and gimmicks. Like this here: Mick Jagger and Fergie singing “Gimme Shelter” with U2 as their backing band:

Well, all I have to say is...

Bring it on! Gimme stunts! Gimme gimmicks! I can’t wait. It’s just six days’s just six days away...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Strict Joy

Glen Hansard (of the little-known band The Frames) made his presence on our cultural radar a lot more pronounced when he teamed up with Marketa Irglova in the movie Once. The two of them are back with a new band — The Swell Season — and a new album called Strict Joy, which yours truly recommends without hesitation.

Meanwhile, here are Hansard and Irglova rocking Austin last night with the song that made them semi-semi-famous.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Fleisher Art Memorial

The Fleisher Art Memorial is hosting a town hall this Thurs., November 5th, at 5:30 pm, which is slated to be an “open discussion with Fleisher staff to learn about our efforts to evaluate Fleisher’s programming, gather ideas, and brainstorm solutions.”

“Solutions?” you may be wondering. “To what?” Well, the answer seems to appear on another part of their website:

“The current economic climate has reduced some of our investment income, and challenged staff to think creatively about how we deliver our programs.”

A benevolent little birdie is telling us that, sadly, all that creative thinking has resulted in this decision: Jack up the prices.

For more than 100 years, Fleisher has provided tuition-free art instruction to city residents of all economic and cultural backgrounds. Please help protect this wonderful gift. If you can, please get to the town hall this Thursday and be a part of the discussion.

In advance, I thank you, thank you, thank you.