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Cancer Brings A Trumpet Summit To Dallas This Week

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DSO principal trumpet player Ryan Anthony. Photo: Tracy Martin

Playing trumpet more or less saved the life of Ryan Anthony, the principal trumpeter for the Dallas Symphony. It helped warn him something was wrong; it turned out that something was cancer. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports, Monday through Wednesday, nearly 20 of the country’s finest trumpeters will be in Dallas for a three-day cancer research benefit created by Anthony called Cancer Blows.

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Saturday Spotlight – Beer with the Bard (or at least some of his peeps)

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re headed to the Idle Rich Pub in Uptown Dallas to start the third annual Shakespeare Dallas Pub Crawl. Come dressed as your favorite Shakespearean character, and get to know the Shakespeare Dallas actors and staff over a pint. You can even show off your knowledge of the bard and his works in a game of Shakespeare Trivia.

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“The Golden Apple” Gets Its First Full-Length Cast Album

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Christopher J. Deaton as Ulysses and Kristen Lassiter as Penelope. Photo: James Jamison

Christopher J. Deaton as Ulysses and Kristen Lassiter as Penelope. Photo: James Jamison

Last fall, Lyric Stage in Irving mounted a revival of the rarely produced sung-through musical The Golden Apple. Even though the show has a unique cult following, most fans had never seen the show produced nor had they heard the music in its entirety; the original cast recording only includes 48 minutes of the 135-minute show. But PS Classics is making sure the musical is around for new audiences to hear in the form of a two-disc cast recording – featuring the Lyric Stage revival cast. The four Lyric Stage performances were recorded and are being mixed, and the new cast recording of The Golden Apple will be released May 19, 2015.

Listen to the story about The Golden Apple that aired on KERA in October 2014.

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Arts Districts’ Artists Housing Is Going to Get A LOT Of New Neighbors

ARTSTOWER_0225BUS_42445147A plan to have working artists actually living in affordable housing in Dallas’ Arts District will now have them rubbing shoulders with wealthy neighbors.

Two years ago, Flora Lofts got tax credit approval to create some 39 affordable live-work apartments in a six-story structure — in partnership with the local arts non-profit, La Reunion TX, which has spearheaded downtown artists housing. The site is currently a parking lot at Flora and Olive, next to Museum Tower.

But Graham Greene, landowner and partner in what’s now called Atelier/Flora Lofts, always said the affordable artists’ units were part of a larger plan to develop that site. There was going to be storefront retail, for instance. Now, everything will happen at once. Steve Brown in the DMN broke the story: The artists lofts will be part of a 39-story residential tower with some 370 luxury apartments and 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. In pointed contrast to the Museum Tower’s infamous reflective glass, which has sparked a long-running dispute with the Nasher, the architects of Atelier/Flora Lofts, Boston-based Add Inc., are giving the new apartments a mostly masonry surface with deeply set-back balconies.

In effect, Klyde Warren Park, which is only a block away from Atelier/Flora Lofts, is now surrounded by upscale residential high-rises and office towers — making it Dallas’ tiny version of Central Park. The Arts District side of the park is now, more or less, Dallas’ “Museum Mile,” the stretch of 5th Avenue in New York’s Upper East Side that’s home to the Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum — as well as some of Manhattan’s wealthiest residents.

What changed the original plan from starting with just the first-phase artists’ housing, Green explains, was a year-long delay in getting street access (the access in question was owned by TXDOT, then the city of Dallas.).

“Since we were delayed a year,” says Greene, “we went ahead and got a partnership together and we’ll develop the whole property at one time. Which is much more efficient and will result in a better project.”

The delay has also meant the project has had to re-apply for a $2 million tax credit for low-income housing they received two years ago. Which is what they’re doing this afternoon at City Hall.

Greene says he deliberately chose to partner with ZOM Development, which was originally a Dutch firm, because it has had experience with mixed-used development and artists’ housing — experience the American firms he spoke with did not.

“Zom gets the affordable housing,” Greene says. “Zom gets that space.”

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David Kubin of ZOM Texas and Graham Greene, l to r. Photo: Jerome Weeks

In a press release, Catherine Cuellar, executive director of the Dallas Arts District and one of the founders of La Reunion, said the new loft tower will help “fulfill the vision for the Dallas Arts District by offering creative professionals and their families affordable homes and studios in this center of cultural creativity.

To become residents in the 39 low-income housing units, artists would have to apply and meet income requirements. La Reunion will assemble an advisory board to decide on the applications.

The full release:


DALLAS, Texas (February 25, 2015) – ZOM Development today announced its Atelier | Flora Lofts project, an expanded vision for one of the largest remaining undeveloped properties in the Dallas Arts District.
Atelier (a-tal-‘yā: workshop of an artist) incorporates the previously announced Flora Lofts project involving affordable, live/work spaces for artists, adding to it 370 market-rate, luxury, residential rental units and other mixed-use elements. In addition to the residential units, Atelier | Flora Lofts will include approximately 10,000 square feet of amenity space, 12,000 square feet of street-level retail and restaurant space and 100 accessible, public parking spaces in a structure uniquely designed to:

• Complement the Arts District visually,

• Embrace and enhance the neighborhood culturally, and

• Energize the area with more people and by improving walkability and pedestrian amenities.

In a unique collaboration of interests, ZOM is partnering with local nonprofit La Reunion Texas and Graham Greene, who envisioned the Flora Lofts project to bring artist living into the Arts District. La Reunion will own and operate the affordable artist lofts. ZOM will own and operate other aspects of the development, while also providing management services to La Reunion Texas for the Flora Lofts development.

“The Dallas Arts District is the cornerstone and catalyst for creative vitality in the region, and ZOM is very excited to play a role in helping the area grow and expand,” said Hans van Veggel, chairman and chief creative officer of ZOM’s Holland-based parent company. “In fact, the prospect of incorporating live/work space for artists in this urban Arts District is what first drew our interest to this opportunity.”
“We are stimulated by the unique opportunity to mix upscale residential with affordable artist housing and street-level pedestrian amenities in this vibrant, downtown environment,” said Greg West, ZOM’s chief development officer. “We are taking great care to develop Atelier | Flora Lofts in a way that enhances the neighborhood.”

The classic modern design of Atelier | Flora Lofts will be a handsome addition to the Arts District, designed as a complementary neighbor to other nearby institutions, including the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center and Klyde Warren Park. Among other design elements:

• The structure consists of a podium base with 29 stories of luxury rental residential arranged in a wedge shape to minimize environmental impact on other nearby properties;

• Luxury residential floors are arranged in a slender tower to minimize visual impact on nearby properties while maximizing views for residents; and

• Design elements were incorporated to ensure the structure does not impede natural light from reaching the roof of the Nasher Sculpture center.

“ZOM prides itself in adapting projects to the specific needs of its neighborhoods,” West said.
Catherine Cuellar, executive director of the Dallas Arts District, said “Atelier|Flora Lofts helps fulfill the vision for the Dallas Arts District by offering creative professionals and their families affordable homes and studios in this center of cultural creativity, bringing even more families to live in the DAD, and including sidewalk-level retail to create an even more vibrant urban neighborhood. ZOM’s great track record of carefully curating the commercial tenants in its properties will make our neighborhood even more of a destination for those living and working downtown and from across the region.”

“ZOM creates unique residential atmospheres by designing innovative spaces in a manner that preserves the environment,” West said. “Our design and development philosophy at ZOM is to deliver an unparalleled style of living, inspired by our passion for creativity, quality and value creation.”
ZOM earlier developed The Mondrian, a 20-story, 218-unit, ultra-luxury high rise in the dynamic Uptown neighborhood near West Village, as well as the Monarch a 29-story, 305-unit in Austin’s vibrant West End Market District.

Architect for Atelier | Flora Lofts is ADD, Inc. in Miami. Groundbreaking is expected during the fourth quarter of this year.
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About ZOM Development
Established in 1977, ZOM is a real estate company that creates, acquires and enhances residential and commercial properties. The company has joint ventured or developed more than 15,000 apartment units nationwide with an aggregate value in excess of $2.3 billion. ZOM is one of the most highly regarded luxury apartment development companies in the United States, garnering more than 100 industry awards, including NAHB’s National Multifamily Development Firm of the Year. For more information, visit

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The Big Screen: N. Texas’ New South Asian Film Fest

BigScreen_logoSMALLThis weekend, visitors to the Angelika Film Center in Plano will be transported to India, Singapore and other faraway places. That’s the goal of the inaugural DFW South Asian Film Festival. This week, we talk to the festival’s founder about why North Texas is actually overdue for a festival like this.

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

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Photo: Guy Reynolds

Photo: Guy Reynolds

Congratulations to Guy Reynolds of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. Guy is a multiple winner of our contest, his last victory was back in February, 2014. Guy follows last week’s winner Misti Boe of Arlington.

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.

Now here’s more from Guy.

Title of photo: Mactus?

Equipment:  Cactus shot with an iPhone 4 outside the MAC on a recent afternoon with a clear blue sky that was enhanced somewhat by the phone apps. Apps used: ShakeItPhoto and Instagram lo-fi.


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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Presents Celtic Magic

Photo: Joe Sinnott

Photo: Joe Sinnott

Irish-American singer/songwriter Cathie Ryan performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra just in time to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The former lead singer for Cherish the Ladies is a familiar voice on NPR’s Mountain Stage and Thistle and Shamrock. She’ll also be a familiar face on PBS when she joins Rick Steves’ Europe this summer and lead group tours of Ireland. Cathie and her band will be performing your favorite heart-felt ballads and jigs for three performances of Celtic Magic at Bass Performance Hall. If the luck o’ the Irish is with you and you win this Big Deal then you and your guest will be seating in Orchestra section seats for the March 13 concert.

And if you are still feeling lucky then sign up for our other two Deals this week – Festival Passes to WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in Addison, or admission for 4 to the exhibition, What’s Up, Doc? The Animation of Chuck Jones at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal. If you are not a subscriber then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Cathie Ryan with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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The Big Deal: Out Of The Loop Fringe Festival

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The Out of the Loop Fringe Festival returns to the Addison Theatre and Conference Centre. WaterTower Theatre presents the 10-day celebration of theatre, dance, music and art.  This year’s festival will see the return of some favorites, as well as new artists and performing arts groups. Twenty new works will be showcased at the festival including seven World Premieres. For this Big Deal, sign up to win a pair of Festival Passes good for each production of the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, which runs March 5-15.

Try you luck here then try your luck on winning one of our other Big Deals for the week – tickets to see the Fort Worth Symphony concert Celtic Magic with Cathie Ryan at Bass Performance Hall, or admission to the exhibition, What’s Up, Doc? The Animation of Chuck Jones at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal. If you are not a subscriber then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to win Festival Passes to the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Of Chuck Jones At The Fort Worth Museum Of Science & History

Photo: Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

Photo: Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

Chuck Jones was the Animation director and artist who brought to life iconic cartoon characters Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pepé Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition making a stop at the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. See original sketches, storyboards, animation cels, photographs, and audio-visuals Jones and his collaborators used to create the magic. Enter for a chance to win admission for four to see the exhibition on view until April 26, 2015.

Don’t let the magic stop there. Sign up to win our two other offerings this week – tickets to see the Fort Worth Symphony concert, Celtic Magic, with Cathie Ryan at Bass Performance Hall, or Festival Passes to WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in Addison.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal. If you are not a subscriber then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to explore the creative genius of Chuck Jones.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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Art&Seek Jr: Baby It’s Cold Outside! Warm Up With One Of These Family-Friendly Events

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.

I'm fine inside, thank you. photo: Therese Powell

I’m fine inside, thank you. photo: Therese Powell

We’re on our second “snow day” around here with the very real possibility of a third for tomorrow.  And while a day off from school and work is fun, they start wearing thin sooner than you’d think. You can only drink so many mugs of cocoa, build so many fires, and watch so many Disney movies before it all starts to get….well…old. It probably didn’t help matters that these snow days fell on a week where the kids in our school district had last Friday off as well. As a result, the weekend togetherness quotient in our house was satisfied before a single bead of sleet fell Sunday. Last night when the announcement of school closures came it wasn’t met with the same exuberance as  the previous night–from either of us. Sort of like the all-you-can-eat ice cream buffet, it’s a great idea when you first dive in, but not so much after your third trip.

The perfect solution for cabin fever is to bundle the tinies and head out for a change of scenery. Since it looks as if the weather won’t be cooperating any better this weekend we recommend one of these inside adventures.

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