Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing, the Houstonians known as the Art Guys, are conceptual artists of the highest order. Some of their recent projects include marrying a tree at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and running continuously around an intersection as part of the monthly "12 Events" series commemorating their thirty years of collaboration.
Latino Americans, the new six-hour PBS television series featuring interviews with more than one hundred Latinos covering half a millennium of history, will debut September 17, but a forty-minute preview will be screened Wednesday at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.
The Music Man
The tenth-anniversary screening of School Of Rock, starring Jack Black as the head-banging substitute teacher Dewey Finn, is another high point in a banner year for the Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater.
The Way of the Gun
In the early 1890s, John Wesley Hardin, an aging gunfighter who was fresh out of the Huntsville prison, moved to El Paso. There he temporarily regained composure and completed his outlaw memoir, “The Life of John Wesley Hardin, as Written by Himself.”
Finding the Groove
Augie Meyers is best known for playing groovy Vox organ hooks on songs like “She’s About a Mover” for the Sir Douglas Quintet, the late sixties to early seventies San-Francisco-via-San-Antonio Tex-Mex band.
But Meyers, 73, survived his childhood friend Doug Sahm, who died in 1999, to enjoy a second and even third act.
There is no definitive formula for a cult movie. Often, some aspect of the film just takes on a life of its own. That’s what happened with the 1996 comedy Bottle Rocket, which was the feature debut of the Texas filmmaker Wes Anderson (he won the MTV Movie Award for best new filmmaker that year) and the beginning of the film careers of two other Texans, the Dallas-born Luke and Owen Wilson.
All Shook Up
At this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival, the one-man Austin band Shakey Graves, a.k.a Alejandro Rose-Garcia, received some high praise. Terry Lickona, a longtime producer of the PBS hit the television show “Austin City Limits,” introduced him as one of his new favorite acts.