Captain Ahab is certainly operatic in his inner turmoil and catastrophic ambitions. But what else about ‘Moby-Dick’ would strike a librettist, ‘Hey, that scene cries out for a great aria for soprano?’ We talk to Gene Scheer, the librettist of ‘Moby-Dick,’ about how novels may be better for adapting into operas than plays are and humanizing a madman. The Dallas Opera opens its world premiere of ‘Moby-Dick’ next week.
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Linda Daugherty has probably had more productions of her works than any other North Texas playwright — with stagings in more than 150 cities. The playwright-in-residence at the Dallas Children’s Theater has recently switched from adapting fairy tales to writing plays about problems that teens often face — including ‘hard 2 spel dad,’ currently at the Children’s Theater.
Filmmaker Chris Howell spent seven years following Coach Greg Hatleyand several young boxers from Oak Cliff as they fought for a shot at the Olympics. Rather than being a ringside version of ‘Hoop Dreams,’ Howell’s documentary ‘Sweet Science’ is as much about the coach, the heart and soul of the film, as it is a tale of troubled young athletes trying to make it. ‘Sweet Science’ screens tonight at the Dallas International Film Festival.
Voices of Change is actually a venerable advocate of new music. The North Texas ensemble — the first area chamber group nominated for a Grammy — is 35 years old this season. And they continue to promote modern, contemporary and avant-garde classical music — now with free concerts in wine bars. Jerome Weeks interviews artistic director Maria Schleuning.
Grammy-nominated violinist Caroline Goulding made her Texas debut with the Dallas Symphony last week. In person, Goulding’s tiny size and teenage energy seem so different from her playing, which can be large and velvety, but full of the expected spirit and speed. She talks with Jerome Weeks about career choices, CD choices and her choice of violins.
The morning after NX35 opened in Denton, the music conference’s founder, Chris Flemmons, spoke to Art & Seek about the larger purpose behind the festival, about the fading ‘wisdom’ of choosing to present a free concert and about how he hopes to have enough rent money left over to keep NX35′s office open — and what that means for next year.
‘Andy Warhol looks a scream,’ sang David Bowie. ‘Hang him on my wall.’ Warhol takes a pitiless look at himself in the new show at Fort Worth’s Modern Art Museum. Andy Warhol: The Last Decade includes 50 works from a time when Warhol’s work exploded in style and scope — while still looking like Andy. Love him or hate him, the show’s likely to be a blockbuster.
Last Friday, our taping of Think TV got snowed out. Eventually, though, we hope to have Melina McKinnon, the founder-director of M3 Films and filManthropy back on the show to talk. We wanted to discuss Torey’s Distraction, the film that’s being screened tonight at the Angelika at Mockingbird at 7 p.m. after a party, and […]
Having successfully — finally — brought Dallas Contemporary into its large new warehouse-industrial space, executive director Joan Davidow will retire from her position at the end of May. A bit of a surprise, to say the least — but that delay may have been the last straw, as it were. The former head of the […]
Last August, we interviewed painter-illustrator Esther Pearl Watson on Think TV about her hilarious graphic novel, Unlovable, and her affection for oddball UFOs (Flying Saucers, Teen Angst and Esther Pearl Watson). Esther’s work was being shown at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie. So the next month, we did a radio feature on Julie and Bruce […]