Thoughts, news and notes from the entertainment front:
• If Sally Field wins the Academy Award for best supporting actress, will she say, "You like me, you still really like me," during her acceptance speech?
Field, who was nominated for her earnest portrayal of Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," didn't actually gush those words when she won the Oscar, her second, for best actress in 1984's "Places in the Heart."
She actually said, "... I can't deny the fact that right now you like me, right now, you like me!"
But it's been misquoted pretty much ever since. Even she parodied it once.
The Oscars will be Feb. 24 on ABC. I'm hoping I finish reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals" by then. I've only been able to read a few pages a night, but it's absorbing.
I gave that book to my dad, a history lover, as a Christmas present, and he sang its praises. After his death in 2006, I asked if I could keep it, vowing someday to read it.
I'm about halfway through right now. It's compelling reading.
• Speaking of the movies, one of the reasons I don't see as many of them in movie theaters as I used to is the inconsiderate behavior of other movie-goers. And I'm not even talking about people who talk during the movie (you know who you are).
Way too many people are addicted to their cellphones and feel compelled to whip them out the moment they feel a vibration from a text or a phone call. At least most people turn their ringers off during the movie.
They might not mind the interruption, but I sure as heck do. That's why I think movie theaters should designate an area in the very back for those who just have to check their phones.
The other thing that I don't like, and it's noticeably common here, are people who bring small children to mature movies. My son and a guy sitting behind us nearly got into it last summer during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises," a movie that you just have to see on a big screen.
The guy had brought a young child, maybe 4 or 5, to a dark, violent, loud and long movie. The kid kept asking his father questions about things he was seeing on the screen. This went on for too long, and would have continued all movie had my son not asked him, politely, to keep his son quiet.
Instead of doing the right thing and apologize, the guy was defensive and snapped back at my son to mind his own business. He was trying to!
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed, but the movie was ruined for me, and, I'm sure, everyone else within earshot of that kid, who shouldn't have been there in the first place.
If you just have to see a movie at and you know it's got an R or even PG-13 rating, come up with the scratch to pay a babysitter and leave the rugrats at home.
• Man, have you noticed all the great acts Tricky Falls has lined up this winter?
Last week, they announced a March 7 show by Ryan Bingham, the gifted New Mexico-born Americana songwriter who won an Academy Award for writing "The Weary Kind," which Jeff Bridges sang in the movie "Crazy Heart."
They also announced stops by Cold War Kids (March 9, before their SXSW appearance) and Senses Fail (April 16).
These are in addition to previously announced shows by Toro y Moi (Jan. 31), Morrissey (a big coup, Feb. 12), the Take Action Tour with the Used and others (Feb. 20) and Beach House (April 8), who cut their newest album, "Bloom," at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo.
I hear there are at least two more impressive bookings to come in the near future.
The club has been a welcome addition since opening Downtown in September 2011. I don't get there enough.
• One of my favorite local musicians to listen to is Greg Gonzalez. He's one of the most musical bassists I've heard since I've been here.
Gonzalez has his hands in a lot of things. I've heard him play with my buddy, guitarist Dan Lambert, and in other settings.
One of them is his band Cigarettes After Sex, a rotating cast of singers and musicians that makes dreamy, jazz-inflected pop-rock, in the vein of Julee Cruise.
The band, which released a four-song EP last year, is headlining a show on Jan. 25 that will double as a fundraiser for its next recording project.
The show is at 9 p.m. that day at the Lowbrow Palace, 111 Robinson, near UTEP.
They will be joined on the bill by Our Friend the Mountain, the Halfbreed Lovers and Boxcutter.
It's an 18-and-older show. Admission is $5 at the door, $8 for those under 21.