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The High Five: JFK Dominates VideoFest This Weekend — And SMU Gets A Rare Painting

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: SMU acquires another rare painting, JFK dominates the Dallas VideoFest, a former Detroit mayor could serve his prison sentence in Texas, and more.

  • SMU acquires another rare painting: The Meadows Museum at SMU has acquired a late portrait by Francisco de Goya. The portrait of his grandson was painted in 1827, just months before the painter died. The painting will be unveiled today at 10:30 a.m. The portrait of Marino Gaya hasn’t been seen by the public for years – it’s been in a private collection since the 1950s. KERA Art&Seek’s Jerome Weeks has more. It’s one of about a dozen portraits known to have been painted by Goya in the last eight years of his life. Jerome reports that the painting fits well with the Meadows’ collection of Spanish art — in particular, the five earlier Goya paintings the museum already owns, plus first-edition sets of his major prints. Its style is characteristic of Goya’s later paintings – with its softer contours.
  • Matisse visits the Kimbell: When the Art Institute of Chicago decided to refurbish its Modern art wing, it needed a place to park its collection of nearly 100 masterpieces. The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth was more than happy to oblige. The exhibition, which opened last weekend, is “The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago.” Nearly every important artist of the first half of the 20th century is included. But one painting dominates the show. KERA’s Stephen Becker has more. The museum is open until 8 tonight, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Prison time in Texas for Kilpatrick: Kwame Kilpatrick, the disgraced former Detroit mayor who moved to North Texas, has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption that turned city hall into a pay-to-play parlor. He will likely serve his prison sentence in Texas. Kilpatrick was convicted earlier this year of two dozen crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, bribery and extortion. There was evidence of shakedowns, kickbacks and strong-arm tactics to reap tens of thousands of dollars and other benefits from people who wanted city business. The sentence was a victory for prosecutors, who had recommended Kilpatrick serve at least 28 years. In 2008, while Kilpatrick was in jail, his family moved to Southlake, where they lived in a swanky suburban mansion – a lifestyle that infuriated people in Detroit since he still owed restitution. Later, the family moved to Grand Prairie.
  • Houston, we have a problem – dengue fever: A new study says the deadly dengue fever, a mosquito-borne tropical illness that isn’t common in the United States, has re-emerged in Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports that a study by the Baylor College of Medicine shows the virus has been transmitted in Houston, the first evidence the disease so prevalent in the developing world has spread to a major U.S. city in large numbers. Dengue fever is thought to have been eradicated from the United States in the 1950s. There is no vaccine or treatment for the virus. Dengue symptoms resemble West Nile Virus. DDT ended dengue fever in the 1950s, but mosquitoes returned after the insecticide fell out of favor, the Chronicle reports. Asian tiger mosquitoes, which are aggressive and carriers of the dengue virus, are now rampant in Houston.

Today, we offer a sixth item:

  • Forty years later, an apology: Four decades after a Dallas police officer shot 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez in the head, Mayor Mike Rawlings met with his mother to apologize. Bessie Rodriguez told The Dallas Morning News that Thursday’s meeting was “pretty good” and that the mayor told her he “felt honored” to meet her. “She is a strong, witty woman that anyone would be proud to have as a mother,” Rawlings said in a statement. “I promised her that I will do everything in my power to ensure we have nothing but the best officers working for our police department, so that no one else has to experience what she has endured for the past 40 years.” The lunch meeting happened on Thursday across the street from where Rodriguez was killed. Last month, Rawlings apologized for the killing at an event about race relations in Dallas. Over the summer, KERA’s Lauren Silverman reported on the 40th anniversary of the shooting.