VAL DOES TWAIN: We’ve been hearing for months now about Val Kilmer’s plans to bring his one-man show – Citizen Twain – for a few performances. And now the man who’s played everyone from Jim Morrison to Batman is here, getting ready for four shows at the Wyly Theatre this weekend. The first question you might have is: Why Twain? Kilmer’s answer is, he’s fun! “A lot of roles I’ve played were well-reviewed but not much fun. Jim Morrison was a pretty unhappy guy,” Kilmer tells dallasnews.com. “Twain was just so funny, so interested in everything.” I talked to Kilmer at length about the show way back in November, when he was in town for a Dallas Film Society dinner. You can listen to our conversation on an episode of The Big Screen podcast.
ON WITH THE OPERA:The Fort Worth Opera Festival ramps up for another year on Saturday. Four operas (La Bohème, Glory Denied, The Daughter of the Regiment, Ariadne auf Naxos) make up this year’s event, which runs through May 12. So what should you see? Punch Shaw previews each show on dfw.com. And if there’s a theme to this year’s fest, he says it’s “all about lovers and fighters.”
USA! USA!: The USA Film Festival unspools for the 43rd time April 24-28. And now we know the program. Opening night will be anchored by Prince Avalanche, by Richardson native David Gordon Green. Other highlights include a 90th anniversary screening of Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last and a look a Joss Whedon’s Much ado About Nothing, starring Lake Highlands native Amy Acker. The complete schedule is now up on the festival’s website.