It’s hard to believe that a film that’s held up as well as the Wizard of Oz could possibly be three-quarters-of-a-century old, but it’s true. The film turned 75 this week. Appropriately, its birthday will be honored at a local movie theater that was also born in the 1930s. The Texas Theatre will have tribute showings of the film once a day all weekend, with tonight’s screening a perpetuation of the myth that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was made as some sort of posthumous phantom score for the film. That’s at 8:30 tonight, with additional showings on Saturday (at 8:30 pm) and Sunday (at 4:30 pm).
Aerosmith will be at American Airlines Center this evening, so you may want to take extra caution if you cut through Victory Park in order to get to Uptown or Oak Lawn. The glut of older ponytailed gentlemen of questionable sobriety clogging up Field Street might make travel dicey. Slash will be the band’s supporting act which should only add to the chaos. It should be noted that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is a mere 9 years younger than the aforementioned Wizard of Oz.
Borden Dairy calls Dallas its home and today it will host a reading event at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library at 1:30 pm. Elsie the Cow will make an appearance, which will also feature milk and cookies. Elsie warns on her Facebook page that you have to “get to the snack table before [she does],” and I want this cow to know that a 34-year-old childless man is not above showing up to this event and doing just that.
Ever since the conclusion of the phenomenally communal World Cup 2014, America is suddenly a soccer nation. That shockingly includes North Texas and FC Dallas will be playing a televised game against Real Salt Lake at Toyota Stadium in Frisco this evening. And although they’re both playing for the opposing team, this is a great opportunity for Team USA fans to see both Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando in the flesh.
The Dallas Contemporary will host the annual Design District Market Festival which also includes live music and the ever-popular dumpster pool. Andi Harman’s photos from last year’s event made this look like quite the party. I’ve seen some of the swag both for sale and available to members, such as a special canvas bag featuring the work of Richard Phillips. Oddly, the artwork looked better on this accessory than it did on the walls of the museum. Maybe there’s something to that.
In a slightly less commercial setting, the Nasher continues its practice of hosting fascinating lecturers for its 360 Speakers series. Artist Liz Glynn will explain her complex and enveloping installation work, which sees her somewhere between an “architect and a scientist.” That’s at 2 pm on Saturday.
Finally, Community Beer Co. will act as the beginning and conclusion for the Hottest Half 10k that takes place on Sunday. You guys go ahead, I’ll still be here when you get back.
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