News and notes from the arts and entertainment file:
• Omar Rodriguez Lopez & Co.
His new band, Bosnian Rainbows, opens a two-week North American tour tonight in Atlanta. This is the band that commands the El Paso guitar genius’ attention at the moment, the one that led Omar’s longtime At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta bandmate Cedric Bixler Zavala to walk away from TMV.
Bosnian Rainbows includes Le Butcherettes singer Teri Gender Bender, TMV drummer Deantoni Parks and singer-keyboardist Nicci Kasper. It has released two singles so far, “Torn Maps” and “Turtle Neck,” and plans to release its debut album this spring.
Their tour runs through Feb. 28, with stops mostly in the East and Midwest. There’s also a March 15 show in Mexico City.
The tour also forced ORL to suspend production on his new movie, “Nino y La Esperanza,” which he had been filming in El Paso last month, when the TMV breakup broke.
Ramon Villa-Hernandez, the Frontera Bugalu bassist who has worked on all of Omar’s movies, said production will resume after the tour’s end.
Meanwhile, Bixler Zavala has said via his lively Twitter account that the sound of his new solo album is “not what I’m known for.” He also tweeted that there will be a world tour.
Fellow ATDI member Jim Ward just opened the Hello Day Cafe next to Tricky Falls, the club he co-owns on S. El Paso Street. It’s serving food for Bowie Feathers, the upstairs bar inside Tricky Falls.
Jim’s post-ATDI band, Sparta, did some recording last month and will head to Canada for four shows Feb. 20-23 and Europe for three shows in April.
• Lady Gaga’s Hip
A hip injury forced Lady Gaga to cancel the rest of her Born This Way Ball tour last week. This doesn’t affect us. The tour wasn’t coming here. She’s never performed here as far as I know. Maybe when the new arena is built.
Gaga’s injury — a torn labrum in her right hip — will require surgery. It’s no laughing matter, of course. It must be frustrating for her, a born performer, not to finish what has proven to be a lucrative tour despite reports of soft ticket sales in some markets.
Billboard estimates that $25 million worth of tickets sold to the 12 canceled shows will have to be refunded. Her 100-member crew is out of work, and it will impact tour promoter Live Nation, which pays a lot upfront for a tour like that, plus the venues and local crews where the tour was headed.
Gaga suffered the injury about a month ago and tried to conceal it before the pain became so intense that she reportedly couldn’t walk. She originally postponed shows last week in Chicago, Detroit and Hamilton, Ont. The rest of the tour was canceled last Wednesday.
Billboard reports the worldwide trek sold 1.6 million tickets to 85 shows, worth a total gross of $168.2 million.
Guess she’s going to have to start wearing flat shoes onstage. Did you see those six-inch platforms she wore at the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” show in New York?
I don’t know how women (and some men) walk in those things.
• “Amour” love
If you don’t catch Austrian director Michael Haneke’s Academy Award-nominated “Amour” at 1:55 p.m. Feb. 16 at Cinemark West and Tinseltown — part of a marathon of Oscar-nominated flicks — you’re not out of luck.
Mesilla’s Fountain Theatre will show it March 29-April 4. That’s a long wait for a movie, in French with English subtitles, the New York Times called it “a masterpiece about life, death and everything in between,” but, hey, we’ve waited this long.
Of course, if it does well at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24, we could see it sneak into one of our commercial movie houses. Cielo Vista Cinemas tends to show some art and foreign films, but that’s hit and miss.
“Amour” is one of nine movies up for best picture. Haneke is up for best director and star Emmanuelle Riva, who turns 86, is up for best actress.
The Mesilla Valley Film Society, which runs the Fountain Theatre, announced the rest of its March schedule: “Hyde Park on Hudson,” with Bill Murray as FDR, March 1-7; the French comedy “All Together,” with Jane Fonda, March 8-14; 10 Oscar-nominated shorts — five animated, five live-action — March 15-21; and “Any Day Now,” with Alan Cumming, March 22-28.
• MCAD move
The city’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department should move out of City Hall by the end of March.
Their new digs? A storefront location in the Union Plaza Transit Terminal.
That means we’ll be neighbors. As you may know, the El Paso Times will be moving out of its current location at 300 N. Campbell to new digs in the Transtelco building at 500 W. Overland.
We’ll make the move on Feb. 25-26. It’s just down the street from the terminal where MCAD will relocate by the end of March, according to Kaycee Dougherty, their public information officer.