About a month ago, we said goodbye to Darlington, presumably forever. Chris (or Christy, or whatever he's going by these days) and Steve were moving to New York to peddle their pop-punk wares in the big city, leaving all of us suckers in Dallas behind for good. Now, it seems that "forever" meant something like a month and a half. Rumor is, the boys are back in town, and it's not just to visit. Oh well. We guess it's not that surprising. Apparently, Chris likes to change his address as often as he does his name. On Friday, Darlington will give its once-and-future homies a sneak preview of its forthcoming album at an all-ages show at the Galaxy Club, 2820 Main. Post from Vermont and The Commercials will also perform. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call (214) 7GA-LAXY.
The year 2000 and the threat of massive computer failure from the Y2K bug have spooked many into becoming hillbillies: People are snapping up backwoods property so fast, you'd think there was gold in them thar hills, and money is appearing under mattresses more often than box springs are. We aren't that worried yet. When the time comes, we'll probably just buy a few cartons of smokes, grab our grandmother's old double-barreled shotgun, and try to keep out the crazies. If you think about it, the fact that Prince's "1999" will be played every day for a year is much more frightening than some computer bug that will probably be fixed before you can say "Bill Gates' immunity deal." If, however, you feel the need to educate yourself on Y2K survival strategies, J.R. Morris, author of Year 2000: Your Personal Protection Guide, will lead a discussion on what we must do "before and after the computers go ballistic at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, January 1, 2000." Hmmm, looks like we may have to break out the shotgun a little early. Morris' discussion begins Saturday at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 801 W. 15th St. in Plano. Call (972) 422-3372.
Artist Sam Reveles' paintings are like a collision between the right and left sides of the brain. His paintings start out as orderly, average landscapes, not out of step with the kind of work churned out by the late, gentle, kinky-haired Bobby Ross on his public-access television show. But on top of his pastoral canvases, it looks like he used a finished painting to clean his brushes on, at least at first glance. The paintings quickly reveal themselves to be abstract marvels, not random brush strokes, but fuzzy images as surprising and confusing as life itself. See for yourself. His latest exhibition, Recent Paintings and Drawings, hangs at the Gerald Peters Gallery, 2913 Fairmont, from January 9 through February 13, opening with a reception on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call (214) 969-9410. Reveles will give an artist's talk on Sunday at 2 p.m. at The MAC, 3120 McKinney Ave. Call (214) 953-1212.
A few years ago, Tower Records intended to open a store in Deep Ellum, a move that would have surely hastened the area's move toward annexation by Addison. The chain eventually backed off after it couldn't find a suitable location. In the interim, Virgin Megastore opened its first Texas location in the Grapevine Mills Mall, becoming the biggest and best record store in town. Tower has finally opened up shop, but some of the luster has been lost. The role it was supposed to fill--a chain record store with the selection of a mom-and-pop store, as well as books and movies--has already been taken by Virgin. It's like Superman coming to the rescue 20 minutes after Batman saved your life. But we'll still shop there. At least it's not in Grapevine. The new Tower Records store is located at 3707 Lemmon. Call (800) ASK-TOWER.