HIPPIE HEAVEN: The most-talked about musical milestone of August, of course, was the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. But Labor Day Weekend marks 40 years since a most important piece of local music history took place – the Texas International Pop Festival. Two weeks after Woodstock, 120,000 people descended on Lewisville to watch everyone from Led Zeppelin to B.B. King to Janis Joplin. Check out this story from Sunday’s Dallas Morning News for more on the year’s other weekend of peace, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
WEEKEND REVIEWS: Depeche Mode wowed both Mario Tarradell and Cary Darling, though there were some quibbles with the set list. No “People are People?” Really? … Martin Short showed he’s still willing to do anything for a laugh at Casa Mañana’s Laugh With a Legend fundraiser (dfw.com) … Pianist Adam Golka left a good impression with Scott Cantrell, Chris Shull and our own Olin Chism at Sunday’s finale of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s All Beethoven Festival. … Betty Buckley is on to something with her Broadway by Request series (theaterjones.com).
QUOTABLE: “Actors and artists are part of the real economy. They have real jobs, like working in a steel mill or an auto plant, and they have medical bills and rent to pay and kids to send to college. The arts are tough work. But it’s real work, and it counts.”
– NEA chief Rocco Landesman, speaking at a theater in in an interview following up on his dig at Peoria, Ill. He made the plans to make the trip to soothe some hurt feelings after he recently told The New York Times, “I don’t know if there’s a theater in Peoria, but I would bet that it’s not as good as (Chicago’s) Steppenwolf or the Goodman.”