PAC HAS CEO: Mark Weinstein has been named the new President and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Weinstein most recently was the executive director of the Washington National Opera and has also spent time managing the Pittsburgh Opera and the New York City Opera. He replaces Mark Nerenhausen, who resigned in July. “These buildings are gorgeous, innovative, state of the art. There are wonderful resident companies here, and there’s a huge sense of community,” Weinstein tells dallasnews.com.
RHETT AND DIRK: OK, now that that bit of breaking news is out of the way, onto the story on everyone’s mind – the Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals. One person you can count on to be watching tonight’s game is Rhett Miller. The Old 97’s frontman is a huge Mavs fan and has performed at some games, most recently in March. After the game, the band even noodled around a bit with Dirk Nowitzki. “He’s at a point,” Miller tells espn.com, “where it’s more about chords and not about ripping through a bunch of songs or anything.” OK by me. Every hour Dirk spends learning a new chord is one fewer hour he’s got to finesse that sweet jump shot.
THE SHOPPING SPREE: On Monday, we gathered the reviews for Fort Worth Opera’s The Mikado, which opened over the weekend. The show is one of four that FWO is producing during this year’s festival, meaning that a lot of costumes had to be acquired. That job fell to the company’s producing director Kurt Howard, who tells star-telegram.com that he shopped everywhere from fire sales to the top costume designers in the biz.