Lots of going out lately...
Singer Diana Krall's "Glad Rag Doll" tour came through DFW and I got to hear her Friday night: a very good concert. Good music, a warm relaxed stage presence, and an entertaining staging. I'm not musical enough to pretend to critique the music... I can only say I really enjoyed it.
The theme of the tour comes from music of the 1920s (although she included fan favorites too). I thought the set design - reminiscent of theatrical drapes and cinema-sign lights - worked well as an environment for her music. Period cartoons like Betty Boop were played pre-show, film clips were wonderfully integrated with songs, and the intro was a short film where Ms. Krall interacted with an on-screen Steve Buscemi. Kinda trippy. Wonderfully well done.
The Angels' Share:
Playing at the Dallas Angelika, this film started out a bit raw and developed into a really appealing, feel-good movie. I really liked the sad-sack minor-criminal characters - with Glasgow accents so thick that their English was subtitled in English. Quite funny. This film will really appeal to anyone interested in fine liquor or wine-tasting (or general foody tasteyness), since the plot revolves around the discovery of a rare cask of Scotch whiskey.