I received a note from People Newspapers’ Dan Koller this morning alerting me to something very important. And since it’s very important, you know it’s Joss Whedon-related.
If you see any decidedly not-suspicious characters, such as Black Widow, Captain America, and Iron Man, hanging around Mockingbird Station tonight, it’s because Whedon’s new show on ABC, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is entirely too many periods in one place, premieres tonight. Keith’s Comics hosts a free screening at the Angelika Dallas. Give your puny-by-comparison TV a rest. As for myself, I have tried to avoid spoilers for this, even though it’s Marvel’s universe and sort of-not-really continuing in the universe of The Avengers. So we’ll see. Here’s the New York Times preview.
If superheroes and secret agents are not your jam, Mayer Hawthorne has a concert at the Granada this evening. I saw him live in 2010, which is not that long ago but feels like forever. Webster Hall. Fond city memories. Anyway, the R&B-influenced singer/songwriter/musician has a new album, Where Does This Door Go, and it is good, though I still want to hear “Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’,” which is just so many apostrophes in one place. If you feel like continuing the party, you can head over to Sundown at the Granada for DJ Blake Ward’s weekly with special guests the Danny Church Band.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose books served me well in times of teenage distress, would be somewhere around 117 today. In celebration, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture hosts a jazzy party with swing music and a reading from the author R. Clifton Spargo. Spargo’s debut novel, Beautiful Fools, chronicles F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s last adventure in Cuba, and he’ll be in attendance to try and lend some insight into a woman most of Fitzgerald’s friends found baffling.
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