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The week's top three arts highlights

Posted 4:05pm on Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013

The Star-Telegram arts writers spotlight what's rocking their world this week.

1 USA Film Festival: This 43-year-old gathering may not enjoy the stature it once did in a region now overrun with film festivals, but organizers can still put together an invitingly eclectic lineup. Running from Wednesday through April 28, the fest features Joss Whedon's much anticipated Much Ado About Nothing, the documentary Bottled Up (about Dublin Dr Pepper), a 25th anniversary celebration of John Carpenter's They Live and a 90th anniversary presentation of Harold Lloyd's Safety Last. All screenings at the Angelika Dallas. More information: usafilmfestival.com.

-- Cary Darling

2 Downtown Artsy: The Dallas Museum of Art had its annual fundraising Art Ball last week and, with a spark of self-depreciating humor, some museum notables and donors made a video, Downtown Artsy. In it, they congratulated themselves for abolishing the admittance charge, and cleverly worked in all the logos, names or products of their corporate patrons. Museum director Max Anderson stars, Mayor Mike Rawlings makes an appearance as a valet, and museum board President John Eagle plays the butler, but the best cameo is by 101-year-old benefactor Margaret McDermott. See it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpqDsWrGJJQ&feature=youtube.

-- Gaile Robinson

3 Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Love Has Come for You: It seems an unlikely pairing. A banjo-plucking comedian and one of alt-rock's most beloved voices joining forces? What might appear to be a sonic train wreck is, in fact, a lovely, understated and quietly quirky meeting of the musical minds. In stores Tuesday, the briskly paced Love Has Come for You blends Martin's deft fusion of bluegrass and folk with Dallas native Brickell's firmly left-of-center lyrics. The resulting songs are charming without feeling forced, slight yet still substantive. Would that all star-crossed collaborations felt so effortless.

-- Preston Jones

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