The Rock almost got a fan killed fulfilling a selfie request

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“Jumanji” star posts a touching tale of a superfan who almost got flattened in traffic while trying to get a picture with him “Baywatch” star Johnson took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a video of an encounter with a perhaps over-enthusiastic fan, who risked being mowed down in traffic in order to snap a shot with the wrestler-turned actor. “This dude put a grateful smile on my face and got a big ass laugh outta me as well,” Johnson wrote. Besides the traffic jam we caused and his ass almost getting hit by oncoming traffic, making fans like this happy will always be the best part of fame. Yeah but sometimes traffic is just gonna have to wait to make fans happy ???? I was driving in my pick up truck after work and my guy here pulled up beside me, recognized me and started freaking out. Besides the traffic jam we caused and his ass almost getting hit by oncoming traffic, making fans like this happy will always be the best part of fame. Because that would be truly foolhardy.

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Plan your weekend June 23-25: Pride parade, Lego art, Tampa Theatre beer fest 'Barley's Angels'

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Plan your weekend Parade St. Pete Pride: More than 200,000 people are expected to revel on a new route Saturday along downtown St. Petersburg’s scenic waterfront for a parade that has grown into the largest in the Southeast. There will be a free concert on Friday in Straub Park from 7-10 p.m. with local … Read More…


Dan Molad plays the angles on 'Chimney'

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Dan Molad’s album “Chimney,” a record he’s releasing this week under the band name Chimney, is a masterpiece in miniature.

[…] he shows great depth as a lyricist and a melodic ease as a songwriter.

Chimney reminds me of other self-contained and wondrously detailed albums with a strong guiding vision, like Harry Nilsson’s Pandemonium Shadow Show, the Beatles’ White Album and Todd Rundgren’s Runt:

There’s a sweet, melancholy feel throughout the record, which made me think his choice of band name, Chimney, was a reference to a vessel for projecting exhaust.

Sometimes he applies that light/dark approach to songs about creative process, like “Walk Don’t Run” and “Fuel Us All.”

On one hand it offers the wonder of endless possibility, and on the other such possibility can induce anxiety to produce something.

[…] he is a Houston native who tells people he is a High School for the Performing and Visual Arts alum, which isn’t quite true.

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Chronicle critics offer entertainment suggestions

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Consider this: two years ago, he released “Dirty Sprite 2,” a dark and claustrophobic album and one of the best of 2015.

[…] he has put out another seven(!) recordings, if you count mixtapes and collaborations with the likes of Drake and Gucci Mane.

Rosie Flores released her self-titled debut album 30 years ago, which scratched its way to the lower regions of the country charts.

A dynamic vocalist and hot guitar player, she can turn out high-energy rockabilly and honky-tonk, as well as swing, with the best of them. 7 p.m. Thursday at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney; free;

Sean Rowe sounds sort of like a backwoods Americana Scott Walker, with a cavern-deep voice perfectly suited for his songs, which often tell tales of solitude.

Since 2000, he’s made four albums of dense and dark tunes, including “New Lore,” which he released in April. 9:30 p.m. Friday at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk; $15-$17; 713-528-5999,

The stage version of “The Lion King” was never supposed to capture the full essence of Disney’s 1994 animated film – how could anything? – yet the vibrant costumes and puppetry, Julie Taymor’s inventive direction, and the musical genius of Tim Rice, Elton John and Hans Zimmer proved otherwise. Read More…


What's showing outside the megaplex?

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A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to a bizarre residence.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

AMAZON ADVENTURE 3-D: A Victorian-era naturalist discovers a butterfly that reinforces Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Film explores the global power and impact of the music of John Coltrane and reveals the passions, experiences and forces that shaped his life and revolutionary sounds. 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday

A documentary of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson. 7 p.m. Thursday

A small financial institution called Abacus becomes the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States’ 2008 mortgage crisis. 7 p.m. Friday

A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the cat. 5 p.m. Sunday

Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a supervillain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Read More…