TODAY’S THE DAY: It feels like we’ve been talking about it for eons, but at long last, the AT&T Performing Arts Center opens its doors today. The Dallas Morning News continues to churn out the copy at an impressive rate – Sunday we got David Dillon’s thoughts on the Wyly, Scott Cantrell’s first take on the Winspear and a third story that says this is just one step in the process of revitalizing downtown, so just be patient, OK? Meanwhile, theaterjones.com has local architect Michael Malone offering his thoughts on the two new buildings. Art&Seek will be on the ground Monday morning way early to bring you reports from the grand opening, which begins at 8 a.m. And did we mention we have a whole page dedicated to all things Arts District?
COUNTDOWN TO LIFTOFF: The biggest show of the year rolls through town tonight when U2 sets up shop at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. On its last two tours, the band played arenas and got away from the stages on steroids it was known for in the ’90s. But it looks like we’re in store for a monstrous spectacle tonight, when the 360 tour unleashes the stage affectionately known as “The Spaceship.” DFW.com fills us in on the more interesting points of the staging. And if you want to study up on previous shows on the tour, u2.com has a pretty thorough collection of reports. See you there.
WEEKEND REVIEWS: Color both Preston Jones and Hunter Hauk giddy over Wilco’s show Friday night at the Palladium … Lawson Taitte says The Road to Qatar at Lyric Stage is a trip worth taking … Teresa Gubbins of pegasusnews.com says the bands that got back together to remember the old Hot Klub played like no time had past.
QUOTABLE: “There’s something about the money and the big hair on one side, and the kids that have something to say because it seems so phony to them growing up in the midst of that. You drive to East Dallas and you could drive for miles and miles and not see any sign of wealth. There is something about that that creates good art. It inspires you to want to write songs.”
– Rhett Miller, on the inspiration he gets from his hometown. Read more of his interview with dallasnews.com here.