TEXAS FILM DAY: AFI Dallas is officially over for another year, but that doesn’t mean that the film buzz in this town is done. Today, Governor Rick Perry comes to Dallas to serve as host for A Celebration of Texas Filmmaking. At 7:15 tonight, he’ll speak about Texas’ place in the film industry and introduce a greatest hits montage of the state’s shining film moments. The footage will then be shown on the giant LED screens in Victory Park. Expect lots of scenes from The Last Picture Show, Giant, Tender Mercies, etc. And if the people picking the films to highlight have any sense, we’ll also see shots from Slackers, Dazed and Confused, Bottle Rocket and Office Space, among other more recent classics. One of the day’s highlights is the first public screening anywhere of the director’s cut of Texasville, Peter Bogdanovich’s sequel to The Last Picture Show. It’s free to the public and goes down at 1:45 p.m. at the Magnolia. I’ll have much more from Bogdanovich’s Thursday night discussion of Last Picture Show a little later in the day, including how he discovered Cybill Shepherd in a grocery store checkout line. For the full rundown of the day’s events, click here.
MUSIC +FILM: Speaking of AFI, props to Hunter Hauk over at Quick for putting together a breakdown of local musicians with ties to AFI films. Among the familiar names are Erykah Badu, Red Animal War and Record Hop. It’s too late to catch these films on the big screen, but if you are diligent about it, you might have luck with NetFlix or Hulu in the near future.
OLD + NEW: This summer’s Trinity Shakespeare Festival offers a nice mix of vets and newcomers for its productions of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night. Eight professional actors and 10 TCU students will fill the roles. Trinity artisitc director T.J. Walsh discusses the choices he made for this year’s plays during the latest edition of the This Week in the Arts podcast.