SURPRISE, SURPRISE: If you were in a cave last spring and didn’t follow the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, you can catch up on all that you missed tonight. A Surprise in Texas, the documentary on the competition, airs at 7 and again at 8:30 on KERA (Ch. 13). The beauty of the doc, however, is even if you were in Bass Hall for every performance, it still manages to draw you into all the drama of the event. Before you tune in tonight, be sure to read dfw.com’s story about how it was made and the AP’s interview with Van himself. And if you’ve still got three minutes and 30 seconds left after that, take a listen to my interview with the film’s director, Peter Rosen, which airs today on KERA radio.
THE FUTURE IS SOON: Fort Worth’s Modern Cinema has announced the lineup for this year’s event. As usual, Star Telegram film critic Chris Kelly is bringing to town both Oscar contenders ahead of their national releases as well as some movies that will probably never make it to Fort Worth outside of this festival. Among the best gets are the Sean Penn/Naomi Watts espionage thriller Fair Game, the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy and Let Me In, the English-language remake of the Swedish flick about kiddie vampires. Check the complete lineup here.
FIRE AWAY: Today is Ask a Curator Day. The program allows visual arts fans to pepper gallery and museum curators around the world with any question that comes to mind. Folks from the Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell Museum of Art and Sixth Floor Museum will represent local institutions. Everything goes down under the #askacurator hashtag on Twitter. Read up about how it all works here. And while you’re on Twitter, be sure to hit up your good buddies @artandseek.