FRED WISEMAN AT SMU: If you are a fan of the documentary, then tonight is your night. Lauded documentarian Fred Wiseman will give a lecture at SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center at 6:30, discussing his distinguished career. The lecture wraps up a series of his films that SMU ran over the last several weeks. One of the films in the series, The Store, was a big draw at the recently wrapped AFI Dallas Film Festival. Shot in 1982, it goes behind the scenes at Neiman Marcus’ Dallas headquarters and observes how the company caters to its well-healed clientele. Word is plenty of former and current Neiman’s employees made it out that one. If you missed it, the film can be tough to find, but I think I was able to track down a DVD of it here.
SURVEY SAYS: Theatre Three regulars: you have a chance to help shape the company’s future. The theater teamed up with arts administration students at SMU to create a patron survey that will allow the theater to better serve its regulars. You can fill it out here (it shouldn’t take more than a few minutes). And the best part is: one participant will be drawn from the entries to win a $50 gift certificate to Dream Cafe next door to the theater. Time’s running out, though, as all surveys must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Thursday. So get going on that.
THE TOP HITS THE ROAD: ZZ Top is bringing its brand of Texas blues rock to stages around the country this summer as the opening act for Aerosmith. So far, only dates and cities have been announced (no venues), and it looks like the tour is coming to Dallas on July 19. I’d say SuperPages.com Center is a pretty safe bet. In related news, Unfair Park memorializes Rocky Hill, the brother of ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill and a fearsome guitar player in his own right. He died last week at the age of 62. Both brothers grew up in Dallas and went to Woodrow Wilson High School.