MUSIC BITS: Fort Worth Weekly has news of a very 817-centric day of music at SXSW called Fort Wizard Grab Bag. The Burning Hotels, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, The Orbans, Fate Lions and many others are on the bill. (fwweekly.com) … DC9 at Night continues its series of posts asking bands from outside of North Texas to weigh in on the scene here. Up this time: Tallahassee’s Mayday Parade. (DC9 at Night) … Mario Tarradell checks in with jazz guitarist and former Brookhaven College teacher Jim Shannon about his return to performing. (dallasnews.com)
ALL EYES ON HAITI: The Dallas Museum of Art’s “Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture” looks at the American painter and printmaker’s infatuation with the Haitian revolutionary. Also interested in L’Ouverture: author Madison Smartt Bell, the author of both Toussaint Louverture: A Biography and the Haitian revolution novel All Souls Rising. The author spoke with dallasnews.com ahead of his appearance Thursday at Arts & Letters Live.
THE ONION WEIGHS IN: Last week, Jerome pointed you to a Wall Street Journal report that found that during the recession, museum attendance is actually up. That prompted America’s Finest News Source, The Onion, to ask average people on the street (who amazingly have had the same faces for years and years) about the trend. My favorite response came from a woman who said, “”There’s nothing like the isolating bleakness of long-term joblessness to make people finally appreciate Andrew Wyeth.”