OUCH? Many viewers of Sunday’s Simpsons episode (“Love is a Many Strangled Thing”) were probably entertained by the appearance of Paul Rudd and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But North Texans probably couldn’t help noticing that it started with a few zings in this direction. On a visit to Springfield’s new, mega football stadium (note familiar shape, above), the show managed to tweak both our giant, shiny Jonestown and our giant, shiny culture zone. “Ooooh,’ Marge exclaimed, “they even have an Arts District full of football-hating intellectuals.” Well, perhaps not full.
DEFINITE OUCH. While Blockbuster Video is up for auction in New York on April 4 — because an attempted reorganization of its creditors failed — the Dallas-based chain is closing 186 stores.
YEE- OUCH. TheaterJones’s classical music critic Gregory Isaacs broke his right leg last week, meaning he’ll be out of commission for awhile except for opera duties. So the website is looking for a classical music writer or two.
WELL, HELLO THERE. Andrew Walker, the Amon Carter Museum’s new director, arrived in North Texas the week of the Super Bowl — when the Carter was closed because of the frigid weather. That chilly reception didn’t stop Walker from holding off-site meetings with the staff, though, as he gets ready to take over this Friday. Gaile Robinson profiles him for the Star-Telegram.
AND SPEAKING OF MARTHA GRAHAM. As part of its spring concert, the Meadows Dance Ensemble will be presenting a restaging of Martha Graham’s Panorama, a preview of the April 30th appearance of the Graham company at the Winspear, courtesy of TITAS. Meanwhile, in New York, Richard Move will impersonate Graham (it’s what he does), this time in a recreation of a 1963 interview with the great choreographer when she was headed downhill.