Punk Ages Gracefully

"Punk's not dead!" the Exploited shouted at the world back in '81. But that was then. Punk just turned 30. For sure, being a punk has never been easier. Suppose your mom throws your fave Bad Religion T-shirt out with the garbage or you simply need a new spiked wrist band: You just grab the keys to your folks' minivan, race to the nearest mall and then skulk into Hot Topic. But can more than 500 Hot Topic locations make up for there not being one CBGB anymore? Maybe. At least, that seems to be the conclusion of the 2007 documentary Punk's Not Dead. The film follows the evolution of punk rock from its anarchic, non-conformist past to being embraced by popular culture and, finally, becoming just another corporate marketing tool. A free screening of the film, presented by UTD Cinematheque, starts at 7 p.m. in Jonsson Performance Hall at The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road in Richardson. The film's director and producer Susan Dynner will be on hand to answer questions about the film. For more information, visit utdallas.edu/suaab or punksnotdeadthemovie.com.
Wed., March 4, 7 p.m., 2009