Middle of the week. Hump Day. Woo-hoo!! It’s all downhill from here!
Wait … that’s not what I mean.
BANDS, BANDS, BANDS — IS SOMETHING GOING ON IN AUSTIN? Over on the feature side, you no doubt heard/read Stephen Becker’s amusing report on North Texas band names — bands headed to SXSW, by the way. In the Fort Worth Weekly, Anthony Mariani has been keeping track of all the local bands going to Austin. Did I read this right? He says almost 100 bands from FW will be playing the music end of the conference.
A FOOTE IN THE NORTH TEXAS DOOR? Theater Jones reports that a Dallas-Fort Worth-wide festival of plays by the late Horton Foote may be in the offing. Not many details other than that. Currently, New York’s Signature Theatre is presenting in repertory all three parts (nine plays) of Foote’s Orphans’ Home Cycle off-Broadway. Me, I’d love to see any of Orphans’ Home. And speaking of Signature, it’s run by SMU grad James Houghton — whose choice of architect Frank Gehry to design Signature’s new $60 million home on West 42nd gets a feature treatment in the NYTimes.
WHY A CERTAIN TUNE CAN DRIVE YOU CRAZY AND HOW TO FUGGEDABOUT IT: Turns out, scientists have been studying what makes a tune “sticky.” Unsurprisingly, earworms are generally marked by simplicity and repetitiveness and connect, somehow, to “the primitive parts of the brain.” (I knew my brain was trying to kill me.) One possible cure: Sing the damned thing out loud, although that may well make it stick in someone else’s head. Another possible cure — it seems we may actually be able to consciously change our memories. It could be a way of treating childhood phobias. I have a childhood phobia of “The Pina Colada Song.”