'IDOL' WORSHIP: It's pretty hard to ignore the torrential support for Fort Worth's own Casey James, who just made it to the top three in "American Idol." James is in town today for the "hometown visit" portion of A.I., but if you don't want to fight the crowds for his minor appearances, maybe you should schedule a trip out to Galatyn Park in Richardson for their Wildflower Arts and Music Festival. Not only will James perform before headliners The B-52s, the Friday schedule also includes Candlebox, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Cowboy Mouth. Heck, there's even Journey tributes and a Michael Jackson laser light show. Just head to their official site to see all the options.
IN MEMORY OF BLUE EYES: Today is the 12th anniversary of the passing of 'Ol Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra. While we celebrated his memory a little early by visiting Vegas (we didn't win any money), North Texas will get a great opportunity to remember the Chairman of the Board when Ricki Derek and his Orchestra perform a tribute to Sinatra at the Lakewood Theater. We met Derek last year and were really impressed with what we heard. Check him out tonight at 9 p.m.
I AM ROTOSCOPE MAN?: Robert Downey Jr. might be flying high with Iron Man success, but he's had some great other roles that are just as worthy of memories -- case in point, A Scanner Darkly, which is an interesting adaptation on a complicated Phillip K. Dick book. Keanu Reeves is actually in the biggest role here, as a narcotics cop who gets way too far into his undercover investigation into a suspected drug ring. It's a visually stunning take on the mind-bending work, as each of the frames has been rotoscoped with a hand-drawn style somewhere between animation and reality. It's only fitting this is the Inwood Theatre's midnight showing tonight...it's a real trip.