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Thursday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 13 Oct 2011

Today in the roundup: An oral history of Deep Ellum Music, examining 1919 Hemphill and buzzy titles added to Lone Star International Film Festival.


HISTORY IN WORDS: On Saturday, the Dallas Observer will celebrate all things Dallas music with its annual Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase. Those first few names that come to mind when you think local music – they’re all playing. (Except Erykah Badu, who’s playing the actual awards ceremony on Tuesday.) Saturday’s concert will be held in Deep Ellum, and to honor its host, the Observer has put together an oral history of the neighborhood’s music scene. Many of the people who got their start there in the past 25 years or so and went on to bigger things took part, including Rhett Miller, the aforementioned Badu, members of the Toadies, Centro-matic and a host of others. It’s an entertaining read for when you’ve got a half hour to kill. Special props to Pete Freedman, who turned what must’ve been several wide-ranging interviews into a cohesive piece.

THE 411 ON 1919: Not to be outdone, Fort Worth Weekly also has an engaging cover story this week. The subject is 1919 Hemphill, a center of DIY culture in Fort Worth. The place is the brainchild of Cri Rivera, who dreamed in 2002 of an incubator for musicians, visual artists and the like. “There weren’t a lot of non-corporate places [in Fort Worth] for people to get together and make music and have a dialogue,” he says. “The idea for 1919 was to create a space that reflected the people directly involved and not the need to make a profit.”

LSFF ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL TITLES: The Lone Star International Film Festival has announced a slew of additional movies scheduled for the event, which runs Nov. 9-13 in Sundance Square. Making the list are several films that have generated big buzz from previous festivals, including: The Artist, Butter, Coriolanus and We Need to Talk About Kevin. Peruse the whole list and plan accordingly.