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Dallas Institute of Humanities Expands Into Old Uptown Home

stroud houseeditstroud.interiorThe Stroud House, and the interior of the house in the back. Photo: Jerome Weeks.

At last, some good news about a venerable Dallas building not being torn down.

The Stroud House at 2723 Routh Street is one of the oldest homes in Dallas — built in 1868. It’s still standing, amid the explosive development of Uptown or, as I persist in calling it, the State-Thomas area. That’s one of the reasons the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, headquartered next door, decided to buy the house. To keep it from possibly being leveled for a batch of condos or transformed into what Dallas truly needs, another trendy restaurant-bar.

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VIDEO: An Unusual Collaboration Between Artist And Curator At The Amon Carter Museum

  • Benito Huerta and Maggie Adler discuss their collaboration at the Amon Carter tonight at 6. Details.
  • Fresh Perspectives: Benito Huerta and the Collection is on view until Jan. 11.

What if an artist got to choose the works hung on the walls in museums?  At the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, assistant curator Maggie Adler teamed up with artist Benito Huerta for an unusual exhibition. Huerta sifted through the Amon Carter’s collection to choose pieces that spoke to him. Meantime Adler visited Huerta in his studio and home to select works from throughout his career.  Their picks make up the show,  called Fresh Perspectives: Benito Huerta and the Collection.

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The Big Screen: Lone Star Film Fest Preview

BigScreen_logoSMALLThe Lone Star Film Festival opens in Fort Worth next week. And among the 30 movies playing are a couple with serious Oscar buzz. This week, we talk to festival director Alec Jhangiani for a preview.

The Lone Star Film Festival runs Nov. 5-9.

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

 

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A War Vet’s Story Rarely Told On Stage, But All Too Common

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A scene from “Speed Killed My Cousin.” Photo: James Geiger.

The South Dallas Cultural Center is presenting Speed Killed My Cousin this weekend. In the play, Debra is a young African American soldier returning from Iraq. As she drives the Long Island Expressway with her father David, a Vietnam veteran, Debra struggles with whether to live or die. The piece was written by Linda Parris-Bailey, executive director of The Carpetbag Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. And it tackles a host of issues, including post traumatic stress,  its impact on families, the family’s role in healing and military sexual assault.

  • Speed Killed My Cousin starts Thursday at South Dallas Cultural Center and runs through Nov. 1. Veterans get free admission and their families, half-price.
  • Listen to the interview with Parris-Bailey that aired on KERA FM:

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The Big Deal: Casa Manaña Presents ‘A Tuna Christmas’

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It’s already Christmas time in Tuna – the third smallest town in Texas!  Luckily you can catch all the mayhem going on in Tuna right in Fort Worth, at the venerable Casa Manaña. Win a pair of tickets to see how the good but eccentric people of Tuna handle their disaster plagued Christmas production and a contest saboteur in A Tuna Christmas. Tickets will be good for the opening night performance, Nov. 8, 8 p.m.

Don’t forget to browse our other offerings for this week’s Big Deals. Sign up for a chance to see Joshua Bell at the AT&T Performing Arts Center or tickets to ‘Appalachian Spring’ presented by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with guest violinist Simone Porter at Bass Performance Hall.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras Presents ‘Appalachian Spring’

Photo: Jeff Fasano Photography

Photo: Jeff Fasano Photography

For their upcoming presentation Appalachian Spring, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has invited American violin prodigy Simone Porter to perform. In the first half of the program Ms. Porter, deftly accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, will perform Samuel Barber’s soulful Violin Concerto followed by Aaron Copland’s sweeping ballet suite Appalachian Spring. In the second half of the program the spotlight will shine on Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his exuberant 9th Symphony. One lucky Big Deal winner will receive a pair of tickets to attend the Nov. 14 performance at Bass Performance Hall.

While you are signing up for this Big Deal go ahead and sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see Joshua Bell at the AT&T Performing Arts Center or tickets to see A Tuna Christmas at Casa Manaña.

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The Big Deal: Winspear Opera House Recital Series – Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell was already an established classical music superstar long before his 2007 Washington Post subway experiment. The experiment brought Bell even more notoriety and the Post a Pulitzer Prize. The virtuoso violinist has recorded more than 40 CDs since he was 18. In 2011, he was appointed Music Director for the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the prestigious London based chamber orchestra. Bell will be coming to town packing his 1713 Huberman Stradivarius for a one-night performance, as part of the Winspear Opera House Recital series. For this Big Deal enter to win a pair of tickets to see Joshua Bell, and his Strad, accompanied by pianist Alessio Bax on Nov. 6 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

And if you love this Big Deal then you’ll want to sign up for our other Big Deal this week – tickets to see  ‘Appalachian Spring’ presented by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Or try your chance at winning tickets to Casa Manaña’s presentation of A Tuna Christmas.

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Art&Seek Jr: Kiss October Goodbye With These 5 Spooky 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.

October is winding down which means it’s just about time to pack up the Jack-O-Lanterns, skeletons, and witches in moth balls for another year. But for all you lovers of the big orange and black holiday there’s still time to sneak some more scary fun before we say “au revoir” to the spookiest time of the year.

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DTC’s Christie Vela On Acting: “The Only Reason To Do This Is To Have Fun.”

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Christina Vela teaching acting at the DTC. Photo: DTC

“The only reason to get up and act is to try something new and to have fun.”

Words to live — and act — by from Christie Vela, a member of the Dallas Theater Center’s acting company and a master teacher. For the last six weeks in the DTC’s beginning acting course led by Vela, I ranted and raved at an imaginary audience of 2,000. I whispered to a non-existent partner. I threw imaginary balls. I produced unearthly sounds. I jiggled my joints. I jogged. I shuffled. And then I became the self-absorbed, acerbic Dottie from the play Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire. I miss Dottie.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Mike Fiddleman of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! This is the third time Mike has won our Flickr Photo of the Week contest: his last win came in April, 2011 . He follows last week’s winner, Braulio Lazon-Conde.

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 Mike.

Title of photo: “now for another of america’s favorite pagan holidays…”

Equipment: A used Panasonic Lumix GX-1

Tell us more about your photo:  This was just one of the many gruesome, tortured faces that all the kids love (depicted in vegetable) I saw at the Dallas Arboretum recently. This one just captured my attention for some reason, and black and white seemed most suitable for the subject. Halloween is a curious holiday, isn’t it?

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