The Star-Telegram arts writers spotlight what's rocking their world this week.
1 Velocity : Going big in Austin for the new Circuit of the Americas Formula One track is artist Christopher Martin, who has created a 120-foot-long painting that spans the entire length of the grandstand lounge. The appropriately named Velocity is purported to be the largest acrylic reverse glass painting on exhibit in North America. The opening event at Texas's first Formula One track is scheduled to begin Nov. 16.
-- Gaile Robinson
2 Aboriginal culture: Could Aboriginal Australian pop culture be on the verge of a breakthrough? There's the indie-rock quartet the Medics making a big noise in Australia (themedics.com.au) with a debut album, Foundations, and on the big screen, there's The Sapphires, a crowd-pleasing Aussie take on the struggling-girl-group story. The Medics haven't hit our shores yet, but The Sapphires plays at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the AMC Palace in Fort Worth as part of the Lone Star Film Festival. 220 E. Third St., Fort Worth. $8. lonestarfilmsociety.com.
-- Cary Darling
3 Bruce, by Peter Ames Carlin: The latest biography of Bruce Springsteen manages to be breezy, revealing and admiring without being sycophantic, with entertaining anecdotes about the Boss' post- Born To Run angst and his friendship with Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, Springsteen's longtime sideman, who died last year while Carlin was still working on the book. Is this book necessary? Maybe not -- Springsteen has been written about often before. But that doesn't mean it's not an enjoyable telling of the Springsteen story.
-- Robert Philpot