Diana Goldberg and Julie Cohn in front of Luminaria, at Love Field. All photos by Jerome Weeks.
Yesterday, the Love Field Art Program – the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs project that’s seeing $3.5 million worth of permanent public art installed at the city airport — bedazzled Love Field’s pedestrian entrance with two new metal sculptures, one by the pair Diana Goldberg and Julia Cohn (above), the other by longtime Dallas artist Tom Orr (below). Goldberg and Cohn’s work flanks the entrance with a row of six, giant luminarias, complete with interior lights (in this case, fluorescent tubes amber-tinted to resemble candlelight). The 10-foot-tall, stainless-steel cylinders have also been laser-cut with different diagrams suggesting circuitry, weather patterns and the hub-and-spoke flight paths of airports. Goldberg pointed out that the work, called Luminaria, was designed with the drive-by-and-drop-off traffic in front of the airport in mind. It will be particularly effective at night, with visitors seeing a scattering of golden stars flickering as they pass by.
In contrast, Intersected Passage by Tom Orr, provides a geometric bridge over pedestrians as they walk into the airport via the parking garage tunnel. Orr, who grew up in Dallas, was inspired by Love Field’s original entrance sign, designed by Tie Davis in 1958 (and restored for the airport’s current makeover). Orr recalled flying out of Dallas to attend the Rhode Island School of Design and thinking, well, at least the place has a hip sign. The 17-foot-tall Intersected Passage elaborates on the retro, mid-century modern abstraction of Davis’ design with powder-coated aluminum squares and rectangles, piled up and interlocked.
The Love Field Art Program will continue to unveil new artworks through October 2014, ultimately showcasing 11 new commissions and four restored original works.
Sculptor Tom Orr at Love Field with Intersected Passage.
Congratulations to Samarpita Sengupta of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Samarpita is a three time winner to our contest; her last victory came in August. She follows last week’s winner, Justin Drabek.
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 Monday to Sunday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Monday 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 Wednesday.
Now, here’s more from Samarpita:
Title of photo: Fall
Equipment: Canon T1i with Canon EF-50mm f/1.8 lens
Tell us more about your photo: I have noticed a lot more fall colors in Dallas the past couple of years and I have been meaning to take some shots. I spotted this colorful leaf trapped in a dry tree root as if indicating the dry winter that is to come. A little selective coloring in Lightroom and I had my shot!
Five stories that have North Texas talking: Joe Jonas covers a lot of ground in a revealing interview, DISD superintendent to appear on KERA today to talk about teacher evaluations, a wintry blast for North Texas, and more.
Couldn’t we all use Rick Steves as our own personal tour guide as we travel through Europe? Tonight at 6, Steves will talk about the value of travel at the Winspear Opera House. Steves, who hosts “Rick Steves’ Europe” on KERA-TV, Channel 13, and “Travel with Rick Steves” on KERA 90.1 FM, will talk about why spending all that time and money away from home has broadened his perspective, enriched his life and made it clear to him, as he says in his talk, that “fear is for people who don’t get out very much.” If you miss the 6 p.m. talk, you can watch him on Channel 13 at 7 p.m.
One of the Jonas brothers has opened up about his life to New York magazine. In the tell-all, Joe Jonas talks about rocketing to stardom with his brotherly musical group – and the downsides of working for the Disney empire. The Jonas family owns a home in Westlake. (During a recent concert in North Texas, Joe told the crowd that “it’s nice to be back to the place we call home.”) In the interview, Joe Jonas, the second oldest Jonas brother, talks about sex, religion and smoking marijuana with TV stars. He also recalls an early concert at the State Fair of Texas, which he called a turning point for the Jonas Brothers (both the brothers and the group): “We went from an opening act to headliners, first in half-theaters, then full theaters, then half-arenas to full arenas, all within a span of around six weeks. Playing the Texas state fair in 2007 was a turning point. There were 40,000 people, and we needed to get a helicopter in order to make it to the show because the traffic was so bad. I remember sitting in that helicopter, flying over all those cars, and thinking, This is really happening.”
Get ready for a blast of winter. Forecasters predicted a winter storm for North Texas last week that didn’t materialize. But this time will probably be different. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch starting Thursday afternoon for much of North Texas. A cold front arrives today and temperatures will fall rapidly tonight and Thursday. Rain starts falling Thursday. That rain should turn into freezing rain Thursday night as temperatures dip below 32 degrees. A mix of sleet, ice and rain is possible Friday. The weather service says the freezing rain could affect bridges and overpasses – and even roads – starting Thursday night and into Friday. Ice could bring down power lines and trees, the weather service warns. The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon takes place Sunday – marathon officials recommend that participants and volunteers dress appropriately for the weather, wearing layers that can be removed. The marathon will go on as long as weather conditions are deemed safe. The Children’s Medical Center Parade, which takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Dallas, plans to go on rain or shine, according to the hospital’s Facebook page.
At noon Wednesday, Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles talks with Krys Boyd on “Think” on KERA 90.1 FM. The subject: The district’s new Teacher Excellence Initiative. Dallas ISD will soon change the way that it evaluates its teachers, moving to a system that connects teachers’ individual compensation to the achievement of their students. On Monday, Miles was among area school leaders who attended a meeting about changing Texas teacher evaluations. KERA’s Bill Zeeble explored teacher evaluations in this report this week.
Dallas is represented well on Bing. The Dallas Cowboys is the most searched sports team on the Bing search engine in 2013, while North Texas-based Pizza Hut was the most searched food. In the sports world, Miami Heat was No. 2 and New York Yankees was No. 3. In the food search, Domino’s was No. 2 and Papa John’s was ranked third. Explore Bing search trends here.
You know Dasher and Dancer, and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall that Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical! will be landing at the Majestic Theatre? Take the whole family to see this faithful stage adaptation of the classic holiday story. Costumes and puppetry bring the animated iconic characters to life. Take your little elves to see Hermey, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable, and of course Rudolph take flight in this live stage production. You might have seen guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou’s earlier chat with Kathy Kreuter, the Puppet Designer & Fabricator for the musical. This Big Deal will truly be a family adventure because we have family packs of four tickets to giveaway.
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Jazz lovers, don’t have time to skip over to the Crescent City for Christmas? Win this Big Deal and stop stressing. You can experience a New Orleans Christmas without packing a single bag. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will leave their famed French Quarter venue long enough to spread some Christmas cheer on this side of the Sabine. Their Creole Christmas show, presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will have everyone at the Meyerson Symphony Center swinging when they perform there on Dec. 12.
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The CBS Film Inside Llewyn Davis is the latest epic adventure by the movie-making duo the Coen brothers. Joel and Ethan Coen, whose credits include Barton Fink, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, take their main character on a crazy odyssey set against the backdrop of the 1960s folk scene.
Oscar Isaac plays Llewyn Davis, a character inspired by real life folk singer Dave Van Ron. Inside Llewyn Davis follows a week in the life of the struggling musician as he fumbles his way through one misadventure after another. And of course, it would not be a Coen film if our hero did not encounter a cast of eccentric characters, this time played by Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, and F. Murray Abraham. Catch the film at the Landmark Magnolia Theater on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Win this Big Deal and you can see it for free!
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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.
Has Black Friday and Cyber Monday left both your wallet and your spirit depleted? Don’t worry, the Junior’s got you covered. Here are some ideas for FREE fun that are guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit without having to take out a second mortgage on the house.
Remember that story we did three weeks ago on the first study from SMU’s National Center for Arts Research? The one about NCAR’s attempt to quantify what constitutes success for an arts group – and how can it be encouraged and duplicated? Well, the study is finally up online. It may appear daunting at first — particularly the Introduction with its eight indices, its “Key Intangible Performance Factors” and its “conceptualizing the arts and culture ecosystem as a set of interdependent relationships.”
So skip all that mumbo-jumbo and start hitting the brightly colored buttons on the right. That’s where you’ll find the data spun out in easy-to-understand bar graphs and pie charts. That’s where the interesting stuff is: like, arts groups, on average, spend $4.11 on marketing per visitor. Four bucks of your ticket price was what it took to get you into the museum or into that theater seat. Or interesting stuff like, small organizations actually have more months’ worth of working capital to rely on (4.1) than the big guys (2.6).
OK, so maybe this is mostly interesting to arts nerds and managing directors. But you can have fun with it. You may learn a few things. We certainly did.
what constitutes success for an arts group – and how can it be encouraged, duplicated? – See more at: http://artandseek.net/2013/11/12/smus-major-new-national-arts-report-what-does-arts-leadership-do/#sthash.DI9QF8Dp.dpuf
Five stories that have North Texas talking: A holiday song with a North Texas connection goes viral, the federal government has determined that Dallas’ affordable-housing practices are violating civil rights laws, a Dallas dentist wants to be your senator, and more.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is offering a high-tech twist on its popular exhibits. Starting this week, visitors can check out tablets that offer content in English and Spanish that enhance their museum tours – the tablets virtually simulate a hurricane or earthquake, feed a dinosaur and teach about parts of the body. Samsung donated more than 500 tablets and helped design, program and implement the virtual features. Content has been created for the Human Body exhibit in the Being Human Hall on Level 2, the Extreme Earth exhibit in The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall on Level 3, and the Alamosaurus fossil in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall on Level 4. On Sunday, the museum marked its first birthday.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum set a single-day attendance record Friday, attracting about 3,800 visitors. That’s thanks in part to a new holiday exhibit that showcases the Bushes 2001 White House celebration, The Dallas Morning News reports. The library and museum typically see about 1,000 guests each day. More than 270,000 have visited since the complex opened to the public in May, The News reported.
Pentatonix, the a capella group with Arlington roots, has produced a holiday video that’s gone viral. The group performs “Drummer Boy,” which has been viewed more than 8 million times on YouTube. NPR’s Morning Editionexplored the group on a recent program. “Pentatonix is a five-person singing group that formed to compete in the NBC a cappella competition show ‘The Sing-Off.’ Three of its members were friends from high school, but the full group met for the first time just hours before the show to rehearse. Pentatonix ended up winning the competition.” Here’s the video.
Dallas’ affordable-housing practices are violating civil rights laws, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development investigation has found. The department has determined that the housing practices promote discrimination against minorities and the disabled, The Dallas Morning News reports. “The evidence shows that there was a pattern of negative reactions to projects that would provide affordable housing in the northern sector of Dallas,” according to a 29-page letter outlining the findings. “Those decisions were inconsistent with the goals required by HUD program obligations.” City Council member Scott Griggs, vice chairman of the council housing committee, told The News that the HUD letter confirms the long-standing image of Dallas as a city divided between a northern sector for better-off people who can pay market-rate rents and a southern sector for low-income people who need rent subsidies.
Add a North Texas name to the growing list of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn‘s opponents in 2014. Dallas dentist David Alameel, a Democrat, told the Texas Tribune he will run for the seat, joining at least six other hopefuls from both major parties. In the Democratic primary, Alameel faces El Paso lawyer Maxey Scherr and former GOP House candidate Michael Fjetland of Houston, who switched parties. Cornyn’s challengers in the Republican primary are relative unknowns, the Tribune reports. They include attorney and activist Linda Vega, Liberty businessman Dwayne Stovall and Tea Party candidates Reid Reasor and Chris Mapp.
Here’s a holiday gift idea. You can now buy a ticket package to seven different Dallas performing arts groups for shows running February through April. The ticket packages are called DPASS, which stands for Dallas Performing Arts Sampler Series. The shows are: The Fortress of Solitude by the Dallas Theater Center, Godspell at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The Barber of Seville from Dallas Opera, Bernadette Peters performing with the Dallas Symphony, Disney’s Little Mermaid presented by the Dallas Summer Musicals, the Cultural Awareness series by Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Motionhouse presented by TITAS. Ticketbuyers can choose three shows, four shows, all the way up to seven. Each show costs $25, and that can be a bargain when the lowest price currently available for Bernadette Peters is $36.
Chris Heinbaugh is vice president for external affairs for the AT&T Performing Arts Center. He says the purpose of DPASS was to make the arts affordable for people who might not attend otherwise. “We’re also looking at people who may be dance aficionados and get them to try Broadway,” he says. “That’s what we’re looking at is kind of getting people engaged in different art forms or getting them engaged in the arts at all. ”
DPASS packages are on sale only through Jan. 15, but we can expect more of these collaborations from area arts groups. In fact, Heinbaugh says, an arts festival, spearheaded by the Dallas Symphony, will be announced in January. DPASSes can be purchased by phone or through the box offices of the different organizations.