The Star-Telegram arts writers spotlight what's rocking their world this week.
1 Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie : Writer Ric Meyers' documentary dedicated to the gut-punching awesomeness of kung-fu movies is a breezy page through the history of the genre, and he hits all the high points, from Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to Sammo Hung and Jet Li. It's fun to see some of the best action scenes on the planet back to back, although, since it clocks in at a brief 80 minutes, the film could've used many more of them.
-- Cary Darling
2 Museum admission charges: Most of the museums in the area that charge admission ask adults to pony up $10 (the Modern, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art). The highest admission fee is at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, which demands $14. It's even more elsewhere. According to Terence Baker of Productopia, the high-wallet mark is set by San Francisco's Academy of Sciences with a scorching $29.95, followed by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art at $25 (which is "recommended," but giving any less is met with a strong admonition to give more). There are odd lot prices such as $22 for NYC's Tenement Museum, $19.95 for D.C.'s Spy Museum and $17.50 for NYC's Museum of Sex. To make the top 20, institutions have to charge $15 or more. So we didn't make the list, thank you very much.
-- Gaile Robinson
3 Father John Misty, Everyman Needs a Companion : Singer-songwriter Joshua Tillman, late of Fleet Foxes, strikes out on his own (again) as Father John Misty on the arresting new album Fear Fun, due Tuesday. Although Tillman already has an acclaimed solo career under his belt, this reboot is rife with arresting folk songs, fueled by Tillman's spectacularly evocative voice. It's the shuffling, heavenly Everyman Needs a Companion, however, that closes the record on a striking note, weaving a tale of religious fantasy and personal uncertainty as uplifting as it is heartbreaking.
-- Preston Jones