“Local” Music at PUBlic Knowledge
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has started a cool-seeming new off-site program for barstool philosophers. PUBlic Knowledge will be a monthly gathering “celebrating brains and brew,” according to the museum, at pre-determined local watering holes. For the inaugural event –– Tue., Jan. 4, 2011, at 7 p.m. at Brownstone Restaurant (840 Currie St.) –– Dallas Morning News pop and rock critic Thor Christensen will discuss the worldwide influence of musicians from North Texas, focusing on the “influence [that] musicians from Fort Worth, Texas” –– as opposed to “Fort Worth, Ohio,” I guess –– “have made on the music scene.” Couple of problems. First, Christensen is from Dallas. Secondly, his main job is writing about national acts, not local talent of either the underground or mainstream varieties. (The words “Justin Beiber” have actually appeared in the DMN –– and DFW.com, for you folks keeping score at home –– and not in a sarcastic way. You have my word that unless we’re talking about the mind-boggling lameness that is associated with those two evil words, you will never see them in the Weekly.) Third, since Christensen’s a Dallasite, the museum should forgive us yokels for expecting his knowledge of Fort Worth music to begin and end with The Toadies. Lastly, what about jazz? Ever heard of a little ol’ F-Dub dude named Ornette Coleman? Pret-ty influential, that guy. Anyway, of course I’m more than a little perturbed that a Fort Worth museum had to look to Dallas for information on Fort Worth music –– when I’ve been writing about Fort Worth and Fort Worth-only music for the past seven years and have an office right down the street. Pfft.