Tablet Life & Arts

Critics’ picks: ‘Los Angeles Plays Itself,’ the definitive doc of an iconic city

1 Los Angeles Plays Itself: After being available only in festival or academic settings, this documentary about the “City of Angels” and how it has portrayed its image to the world can finally be seen by the general public. A recent showing at Dallas’ Texas Theatre is followed by a DVD release Tuesday. It’s considered by many to be the best documentary about a city that has indelibly left its stamp on pop culture.

— Cary Darling

2 Gone With the Wind: 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition: The story of Scarlett O’Hara, the men she loved and the South she saw torn asunder by the Civil War is one of Hollywood’s most epic creations, adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s beloved novel, and newly celebrated in this lavish, four-disc set in stores now. The sprawling film itself, starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, has been digitally remastered (as has the timeless soundtrack), and the informative supplements take viewers behind the tumultuous creation of what remains the all-time domestic box office champion.

— Preston Jones

3 Artists’ Studio Tours: Seventeen Fort Worth-based artists are throwing open the doors to their studios Oct. 19. From 1 to 5 p.m. the ateliers of Cynthia Lewis, Rachel Barminski Bounds, Suzan Cook, Julie Wende, Mason Cox, Gary Norman, Mejo Okon, Bernardo Vallarino, Jan Ayers Friedman, Kim Collins, Rose Marie Mercado, Gloria Sepp, Carol Ivey, Janet Morrow, Orestes Ventura, Elaine Taylor and Stormie Parker will be welcoming visitors. Several artists share space, so it’s only eight studios, a very easy lap around town. For a map and addresses of the various locations, visit The event is free, and purchases are highly encouraged.

— Gaile Robinson