THE NIGHT THAT WAS: Did you make it out to Gexa Energy Pavilion on Friday night for KXT’s Summer Cut? It ended up being a perfect night weather-wise to take in nine bands on two stages. Thor Christensen was most impressed by St. Vincent (aka, Annie Clark). “Clark is the rare artist who’s invented her own style, boldly fusing art-rock, jazz, and melodies straight out of the Rogers and Hart songbook,” he writes on dallasnews.com. Meanwhile, Preston Jones was wowed by the night’s headliner, the Flaming Lips. “Despite the chaos of confetti, gargantuan balloons and enough lighting to make you see spots, the band can still make songs like She Don’t Use Jelly feel fresh,” he writes on dfw.com. There are plenty of pics from the show at dallasobserver.com.
A COMPLEX DECISION: The City of Irving is still struggling with the decision of whether or not to move forward with a proposed entertainment complex in Las Colinas. More than $37 million has already been sunk into the development of the center, but some on the city council – including Irving mayor Beth Van Duyne – say it’s time to move on. The possible future options are discussed in a story on dallasnews.com.
THE GRAND EXPERIMENT: A lot’s been made of Flesh World, the unconventional theater piece currently being performed by Dead White Zombies. We rounded up the luke-warm reviews last week – reviews that struggle to make sense of what is being attempted during this show. To provide a little context, Flesh World‘s playwright, Thomas Riccio, has written an expansive essay on theaterjones.com. Worth a read if you plan to catch one of the final shows this weekend.