A LITTLE CLOSER: DFW.com spotlights Denton act Oso Closo with a snazzy video feature on the blues rock band. The group formed at the University of North Texas and is currently in the home stretch of a month-long tour promoting its latest album, Rest. After the tour, it’s back to the studio to record the follow-up in May. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because Oso Closo served as the house band for Dallas Theater Center’s fall production of The Who’s Tommy.
THE RETURN OF RENT: Last week, Jerome linked to an item about a California school canceling its production of Rent due to its racy content. That came on the heals of a production of the show at Rowlett High School getting the ax. The Rowlett students later performed songs from the show at SMU, and now it’s looking like the California kids will be able to perform the whole show.
ODDS ‘N’ INS: Actress Stacey Oristano is the subject of the current This Week in the Arts podcast. She’s been a regular on Friday Night Lights and recently wrapped up WaterTower Theatre’s musical, Violet. … Fortworthology has a slide show of artist Cliff Garten’s new public art display, Avenue of Light, going up on Lancaster Avenue downtown. … If you are headed out to see Lily Tomlin at Bass Hall tonight, be sure to check out GuideLive.com’s interview with the comedian. Of one of her most famous chacaters, she says, “Ernestine, well that was before the phone company divestiture, and everyone hated the phone company. You couldn’t get a phone, or you couldn’t get the one you had fixed. So it was the perfect subject for satire.”