SURVEY SAYS: Were you one of the people who snapped up the hundreds of free and discounted tickets offered over the last several months through the Free Night of Theater program? If so, today is your day to return the favor. April 29 is the last day to fill out a survey the organization has put together. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and it’s the best way you’ve got to make sure the program continues. Seems like a small price to pay for all that money you saved, no? In other survey news, Art 251 in Keller is curious about which night you think is best for a gallery opening reception. So far Friday night is in the lead, but it’s early. I’m more of a Thursday night fan myself.
MUCHO DE NIRO AND DINERO IN AUSTIN: Two quick bits from our neighbors to the south. First, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas has announced that it is opening up its massive Robert De Niro archives to researchers. You can sift through more than 1,300 boxes of the actor’s stuff, so long as you’ve got some sort of academic reason for doing so. Also, the Austin City Limits festival announced its complete lineup yesterday. The Oct. 2-4 gig will be rocking like it’s 1999 with headliners Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and Dave Matthews Band. Three-day passes will cost you $185 (seems reasonable to me), though if you want to roll like a VIP, it’ll run you $850. There are a handful of locals on the bill, including Sarah Jaffe, the Toadies (who you can see at May’s Wildflower Festival) and Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights.
ARTS LEADERS FLOCK TO SMU: I’m not sure exactly how long this has been out there, so if you’ve heard about it already, consider yourself ahead of the game: SMU will host this year’s International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management. The conference will be held June 28-July 1 and marks only the second time that the 10-year-old event will be held in the U.S. The purpose of the conference is to gather arts leaders and researchers together in one room so that they can exchange ideas about how to better manage and market the arts. If you’re interested in going, there’s a schedule here.