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Saturday Spotlight – Celebrating the Fourth All Over North Texas

There's more than just fireworks on the fourth!

There’s more than just fireworks on the fourth!

For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, it’s all about America. Head to Lake Dallas City Park for a patriotic parade, an apple pie bake-off, and a watermelon-eating contest. In Bedford, there’s an inflatable fun area plus a children’s comedy show and a classic car show. And Fort Worth’s Fourth features pony rides, a war plane fly-over, and tubing at Panther Island Pavilion. Here’s our full list of local fireworks shows. 

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The Big Screen: A History Of Dallas Movie Exhibition


General Cinema NorthPark I & II was one of the most popular theaters following the demise of Dallas’ Theater Row.

BIG SCREEN LOGO FOR POSTA handful of big Hollywood films have been made in Dallas. But the city’s real contribution to the movie world has more to do with where we’ve watched them over the years. This week, we trace the history of movie exhibition in Dallas with a recent UT-Arlington graduate who wrote his master’s thesis on the topic.

Be sure to subscribe to The Big Screen on iTunes. Stream this week’s episode below or download it.

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Liz Mikel Headed Off For Prestigious Theater Fellowship

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Liz Mikel at the Balcony Club in Lakewood. Photo: Lorena Davey

Local stage fave Liz Mikel is the third member of the Brierley Resident Acting Company at the Dallas Theater Center to win a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship. The prestigious award — which goes to the best regional actors in the country — earns a recipient eight days of master classes and performance at Ten Chimneys, the Wisconsin estate of the celebrated theater couple, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, after whom the Broadway theater, the Lunt-Fontanne on 46th Street is named. The restored estate has been turned into a museum and a “resource” for theater education and performance. Mikel’s stay starts in a week-and-a-half.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to John Johnson of Fort Worth, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. John has won our contest multiple times. His last win was in May. He follows last week’s winner Fabio Bonasera of Pisa, Italy.

If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took earlier than the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Tuesday to Monday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Friday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Tuesday.

flickr guyNow here’s more from John.

Title of photo: I shot shot glassses

Equipment: Canon EOS M with a 22mm lens

Tell us more about your photo:  My wife and I were visiting Cuban Coffee Queen while in Key West (Great coffee) and walked next door to look over the tourist gift shop that calls itself the “Woolworth of the South.” I wasn’t looking to buy anything as much as I was looking for an interesting image to take. Being overly self conscience, I saw the shiny shot glass display and quickly took the image before I was noticed. We came back a couple of days later and purchased some things, so it all works out in the end.

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The Big Deal: Nasher Sculpture Center Passes

Photo: Nasher Sculpture Center

Photo: Nasher Sculpture Center

The Raymond and Patsy Nasher sculpture collection is the one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary sculptures. Rotating pieces of the collection are on display at the Nasher Sculpture Center located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Mattise, Picasso, Moore, and Miró are a few of the artists represented in the collection that spans the late 19th century to the present.  Win these complimentary passes for two and you can visit the sculpture garden anytime this year.  Right now if you visit the center you can catch the major exhibition by Phyllida Barlow.  Art&Seek guest blogger Gail Sachson meet up with the 71-year old British sculptor. Check out their little chat before you visit the center.    Hold off for the cooler temperatures of fall and you’ll be able to see works by Italian artist, Giuseppe Penone.  Ah, decisions, decisions.

And if you are looking to take the kids on an adventure then be sure to sign up for a chance to win free admission to play Trivial Pursuit: A 50-State Adventure, the interactive exhibition at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below to win free admission to the Nasher Sculpture Center.

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The Big Deal – Trivial Pursuit: A 50 State Adventure! At The C.R. Smith Museum

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Don’t have time to pack up the kids for a road trip? Then enter to win this Big Deal – family admission for 4  “to play” Trivial Pursuit: A 50 State Adventure! The interactive exhibition that invites families to a pretend trip across the U.S. is at the C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth near DFW International Airport.

Photo: C.R. Smith Museum

Photo: C.R. Smith Museum

If the educational exhibition feels like a real life board game that’s because it was created in collaboration with the toy and board game company, Hasbro.  The touch-screen trivia game kiosks found throughout the exhibit– have questions ranging from easy to hard about U.S. geography, history, arts and literature, science and nature, sports and leisure, and entertainment.  The whole family will learn something new about the U.S. as they play together.  You can catch the adventure through Sept. 12.

And don’t miss out on the chance of winning another kind of adventure. Sign up for our other Big Deal this week – passes to the Nasher Sculpture Center in the Dallas Arts District.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for your chance to play Trivial Pursuit: A 50 State Adventure! at the C.R. Smith Museum.

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Trysting with Phyllida Barlow at the Nasher


Phyllida Barlow, untitled:stiltedcrates2015. Photos: Kevin Todora

Guest Blogger Gail Sachson owns Ask Me About Art offering lectures, tours and program planning.

Seventy-year old London artist Phyllida Barlow, whose monumental constructions, Phyllida Barlow:tryst, are now at the Nasher Sculpture Center, has a contagious, easy laugh. She delights in the unexpected. “I wouldn’t want my works to be objects of despair.” she says. ” They should be hopeful.”

This joy of surprise overtakes us immediately at the Nasher. We are dwarfed by circus elephants. Or tree houses? They look like wooden AT-ATs, those four-legged, armored things stomping through Star Wars. Or are they just a “heap of stuff?” — as Barlow has called them. The “heaps” that greet us — untitled: stiltedcrates — are large, open boxes teetering on bolted, paint-splattered stilts, some reaching within inches of the famed Nasher roof. That’s one way to block the sunlight reflected from Museum Tower. But navigating the space in between and underneath these raggedy structures causes some timidness — and smiles.

Eye-level viewing doesn’t interest Barlow. So she builds big. She builds high and low. She demands we move through space differently. Look up at the “backstage,” as she calls the infrastructure, and experience this theater’s “frontstage” as well. But always look up, down, sideways and forwards as we do.

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Art&Seek Jr: Where The Fun Is This 4th Of July

Art&Seek Jr. is one mom‘s quest to find activities to end the seemingly endless chorus of the “I’m Bored Blues” while having fun herself. Impossible you say? Check back on Tuesdays for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

If you’re the type of person who loves all things red, white and blue and can’t wait to get out and celebrate, then you’re in luck. The Art&Seek Calendar has a megalist of Fourth of July fun , including a guide to fireworks, just waiting for you and the kiddos. Here’s a handy-dandy list of what night the displays happen in your area.

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The First Cliburn Junior Competition Won’t Be The Last

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Cliburn Junior award winners Arsenii Mun, 16, of Russia, (second place), Alim Beisembayev, 17, of Kazakhstan, (first prize) and Youlan Ji, 16, of China, (third prize) pose with jury chairman Jon Nakamatsu after the first Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (The Cliburn/Rodger Mallison)

Cliburn Junior award winners Arsenii Mun, 16, of Russia, (second place), Alim Beisembayev, 17, of Kazakhstan, (first prize) and Youlan Ji, 16, of China, (third prize) pose with jury chairman Jon Nakamatsu after the first Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Photo: The Cliburn/Rodger Mallison.


Of course the winners of the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition would say it was worth it. But first place finisher Alim Beisembayev, who’s studied in England the past five years, almost didn’t apply.

“It’s a lot of work. It’s been extremely stressful, and had some surprises but it was really a great pleasure to be here.”

The 17-year-old is from Kazahkstan.  His first prize scored him $10,000. He played Tchaikovsky’s first Concerto, because Van Cliburn played it in Moscow when he won in 1958. Alim had never played this concerto in public before.

Russian Arseni Mun had at least played the Grieg concerto before. The 16 year-old came in 2nd, winning $5,000. His secret to success?

“When I start to play I just think about what I’m doing now and I’m not nervous when I play.”

Third place Cliburn Jr. pianist Youlan Ji says this contest helped further her focus on piano.

“I’m still not sure yet about a career,” Ji said, “but I think this definitely helps with my confidence. Now I know better what I want to do.”

Ji played Chopin’s 2nd concerto. She hadn’t played it in public before either. As for firsts, Cliburn President Jacques Marquis says the Cliburn Jr. competition will be back in four years. He told the awards ceremony audience it presented great music and encouraged very young pianists.

“25 hours of music. 5 symposia, 4 community concerts. One hamburger party. One ice cream party. One pizza party. This is a junior competition.”

Often enough, they didn’t sound so “junior.” And despite being competitors, many became friends.

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Latest Winners Of The TACA Donna Wilhelm New Works Awards Announced

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Ana Gonzalez flees north with her infant — on top of a boxcar – in Cara Mia’s Dreamers. Photo: Jerome Weeks

This year’s winners of the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund are Kitchen Dog Theater — to help fund two “rolling” world premieres by playwright David Yockey (Blackberry Winter and The Thrush and the Woodpecker) — and the Dallas Theater Center, for its collaboration with Cara Mia Theatre Company to develop and premiere Deferred Action, the second part of a planned trilogy that began with Cara Mia’s Dreamers. Both groups will receive $50,000.

This is the fourth year for the awards — thirteen panelists judged 16 applications to choose these two recipients based on their level of innovation, impact on the discipline and impact on the originator of the work. Previous winners of the the award include Will Power’s Stagger Lee musical, the Dallas Opera’s premiere of Everest, the Dallas Bach Society’s Le Mozart Noir and Second Thought Theatre’s Booth. The Wilhelm Family is continuing its support of the fund at $100,000 each year through 2017.

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