COURTING COVERAGE: Question: How do you know you have a Really Big Event coming to your town? Answer: When the local media starts writing about the national coverage of said event. That story has finally appeared in The Dallas Morning News, and give reporter Karen Robinson-Jacobs credit for not just stringing together a collection of quotes from national stories. Instead, she looks into the local drive to pull in that broad coverage. AT&T PAC President and CEO Mark Nerenhausen estimates that publications with a total of 21 million readers have published write-ups and/or photos of the Arts District. Sounds like the word is getting out.
WOMEN OF THE WEST: The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is also getting a little national pub. On her Real Clear Arts blog, Judith H. Dobrzynski writes about the museum’s annual Heart of the West show, which focuses on Western art created by women. That got her wondering about which women, if any, have made names for themselves in the male-dominated field. After consulting with a few experts, she was able to find a few. Check the post to find out who.
BOB GETS BRAVE: I never thought I would be writing about Bob Dylan releasing a Christmas album, but, well, here we are. The album comes out Oct. 13, and I haven’t heard it yet. But I’m interested after reading this preview in the L.A. Times. It seems Dylan has looked to Denton for a little inspiration. Randy Lewis writes, “His version of “Must Be Santa,” with David Hidalgo squeezing reindeer-quick accordion, is directly inspired by the arrangement that Texas rock-polka group Brave Combo created on its 1991 gem of a seasonal album, It’s Christmas, Man!” If that’s got you itching to hear some Brave Combo, then you’re in luck. The band is performing and holding a Q&A session tonight at the UNT University Union. Complete deets here.