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Pretty much all day tomorrow (Saturday) at the Kimbell (3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, in the Cultural District, 817-332-8451) will be devoted, and rightfully so, to Philip Haas’ new, groundbreaking exhibit –– Butchers, Dragons, Gods & Skeletons –– a series of filmic installations inspired by pieces in the museum’s permanent collection. From 10 a.m. ’til noon, the Oscar-nominated Haas (Angels & Insects) will sign copies of the exhibition catalog with A.S. Byatt, the Booker Prize-winning novelist who contributed the forward. (Byatt also will sign copies of her own books.) At 2 p.m., Haas, Byatt, and the Kimbell’s deputy director, Malcolm Warner, will lead a panel discussion on the exhibition and its conceptual underpinnings. Admission is free.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) at The Chat Room Pub (1263 W Magnolia Av, on the near South Side, 817-716-8057) will be a fundraiser for the Metrognome Collective, a Fort Worth-based multi-disciplinary arts nonprofit, with Fight Bite, Eat Avery’s Bones, Akkolyte, Darktown Strutters, The Great Tyrant, and Personal Victories With George Quartz.

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On Sunday, ZZ Top and Aerosmith are playing Superpages.com Center (1818 1st Av, Dallas, 214-373-8000). I can pinpoint the exact date and time when I started liking ZZ: 12:11 a.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2008. The wifey and I were watching the AT&T Blue Room channel at her sister’s house when a videotaped live show by the Houston trio came on. Up until then, the band’s Southern-fried rock seemed pretty one-dimensional and repetitive to me. But watching Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard play and how tastefully and musically Gibbons could elicit waves of melodies out of only frets 1 through 9 and how hard the rhythm section could hit made me realize that I had been mistaking redundancy for simplicity. I’ve been a fan ever since. Even of this stuff.

Aerosmith has been churning out versions of the same two or three songs for the past 30 years.

Tix range from a relatively reasonable $49.50 to a scandalous $200.

And finally:

Oh oh OH-oh-oh. Oh oh OH-oh. Oh oh OH-oh-oh …

Awww, yeeeaaah! The New Kids (or “NKOTB” if you’re nasty) are in town tonight (Friday), and they’ll be Running Man-ing and poppin’ ’n’ lockin’ in sync at Superpages.com Center. You can bet that a lot of thirty- and fortysomething moms and pops will be in the house, “dancing” in their seats –– and paying for it handsomely the next day. Opening act is Jabbawockeez. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tix are $25-85.

YOU know what you did …

2 COMMENTS

  1. Et tu, Antony?

    Don’t forget to tell them about Jeff Prince’s “Up Down” CD release party from 3 to 7 pm Saturday July 18 at Lola’s Saloon, 105 W. Exchange Ave, in the Stockyards.

  2. Not because Jeff’s a friend and co-worker, but his new album IS very good. You SHOULD go to the show. Beautiful weather, fun Texas Music, cold beer in an air-conditioned environment — what more could you ask for.

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