ST. NICK AT THE MODERN: With a lot of festival movies, if you don’t catch the one or two screenings they have, then you probably missed your chance. But the local festivals have been doing a good job of making sure that their best films make their way back onto area screens. One of those films is getting an encore screening on Saturday night. St. Nick played at South By Southwest earlier this year before heading up I-35 for AFI Dallas. There, it screened in the Texas competition and ended up winning the top prize. David Lowery’s film is definitely one that will be appreciated most by those unafraid of venturing outside the traditional Hollywood storytelling model. (I talked to Lowery about that very topic in a story that ran during AFI.) If that sounds like something you might be interested in, Fort Worth’s Lone Star International Film Festival will show the film at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on Saturday night at 8 p.m. as part of Modern ’til Midnight. If you’re kicking yourself for missing St. Nick earlier this month, here’s your second chance.
TOP OF THE POPS: I know this week has been music intensive, between this, this and definitely this. But Preston Jones over at dfw.com cast a line in the water and, well, I’m taking the bait. With Fort Worth’s Black Tie Dynasty calling it quits recently, that’s got him wondering which local act will become the next big thing? The answer to that question, at this point, is inconclusive, but he does provide multiple choices that include a) the Burning Hotels, b) the Cut Off, c) The Orbans, d) Roy G and the Biv and e) The Crash that Took Me. The good new is: With the exception of “D,” they are all playing locally in the next week or so. I say head out and cast your vote. And if you have a suggestion beyond these five, by all means, drop us a comment.
TAKE A BOW: Ever heard of VSA Arts? Don’t feel bad – I hadn’t either until recently. Its mission is to create, “a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.” Cool, huh? What’s even cooler is that VSA has a major presence in Texas. The organization recently announced its 2009 National Awards for Excellence in Washington D.C., and one of the people it recognized is VSA Arts of Texas executive director Celia Hughes, who was honored for her 10 years of service to the organization. Looking at the organization’s calendar, it looks like the upcoming events are pretty heavily Austin-based. Here’s hoping some North Texas events make it onto the calendar in the near future.