The Star-Telegram arts writers spotlight what’s rocking their world this week.
1 The “Weed and Seed” job training program: While it does sound like something from the medical marijuana initiative, this is a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to “weed” out crime and “seed” beneficial programs. To that end, local ceramicist Pam Summers accepted the challenge and is training 10 former offenders in the ways of designing, making, and installing a 240-foot mosaic tile mural along I-30 in Grand Prairie. The mural should be completed by late summer. Matching funds were provided by the Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corp., operator of Lone Star Park. Summers has a number of public murals to her credit, including several for Streams & Valleys along the Trinity River in Fort Worth.
— Gaile Robinson
2 True Detective on Blu-ray: Relive the time-jumping, gobsmacking brilliance of True Detective, one of 2014’s most riveting TV series, when it arrives Tuesday on Blu-ray. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in a pair of tour-de-force performances, this eight-episode series, created by novelist Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga, spans two decades and plunges viewers deep into the seamy underbelly of southern Louisiana. Supplements on the three-disc set include audio commentaries, deleted scenes, making-of featurettes and a conversation between Pizzolatto and Fort Worth-bred T Bone Burnett, who composed music for the series.
— Preston Jones
3 La Roux, Uptight Downtown: Five years after her breakout track Bulletproof, British synthpop dynamo Elly Jackson (aka La Roux) roars back with another slice of pitch-perfect ’80s sonic fetishism. Uptight Downtown, the percolating lead single from La Roux’s forthcoming sophomore LP, Trouble in Paradise (due out this summer), finds Jackson picking up where she left off, mixing austere vocals with immaculate style, creating a song all but impossible to resist hearing repeatedly.
— Preston Jones