JERRYWORLD UNVEILED: Anytime you can get George Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Lee Ann Womack to share a stage, it’s a pretty big deal. But the main reason for all the excitement over the weekend was that they were breaking in the stage at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. As you might expect, much of the local media was on hand to witness the historic night. Preston Jones reviewed the show for DFW.com, saying that the building’s sound system actually outclasses some of the other large venues in the area. Mario Tarradell writes in The Dallas Morning News that Strait’s comfortable familiarity balanced out all the newness of the night. Meanwhile, the Dallas Observer provides a visual tour of the place with this slideshow.
OUT IN LA: The Los Angeles Film Festival will be the center of the movie world when it opens June 18, primarily because it will give us the first look at the summer’s most-anticipated film: Michael Mann’s Public Enemies. So you can understand if University of North Texas student Scott Thurman is pumped that his film, Smokey, will screen at the same festival. Smokey follows an Elvis impersonator from the panhandle. If the doc sounds familiar, you might have caught it at the Dallas Video Festival in November.
THE NEW KESSLER THEATER: If you can remember seeing performances in the original Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, congratulations on living a pretty long life. The theater hasn’t staged a performance since it was flattened by a tornado in 1957. But that’s all about to change, as a Dallas businessman has plans to renovate and reopen the theater, possibly by the end of this year. The goal is to provide an intimate setting for everything from dance to theater to lectures.