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Dallas DanceFest Returns!

NobleMotion Dance will make its Dallas DanceFest debut this year.

NobleMotion Dance will make its Dallas DanceFest debut this year.

  • The 2015 Dallas DanceFest, opening Friday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m, second show on Saturday, September 5 at 8:00 p.m., and the Dance Council Honors on Sunday, September 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Back for its sophomore year, the Dallas DanceFest has something to prove. Was last year’s success a fluke? Will this year’s selection of dance companies provide the same excitement and entertainment? Will this festival help put Dallas on the map as a go-to venue for traveling dance companies? Are we prepared to host a dance festival of this magnitude?

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Larry McMurtry To Receive National Humanities Medal

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Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry

President Barack Obama will present author Larry McMurtry the National Humanities Medal at the White House on September 10th. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter joins Indian-American writer Jhumpa Lahiri and food writer-activist Alice Waters among this year’s recipients. Previous fiction writers who’ve received the medal — which was inaugurated in 1997 — include Philip Roth, Joan Didion, Marilynne Robinson and poet John Ashberry. The writer and bookseller, who lives in Archer City, Texas, is being honored for his contributions to American literature — including such well-known books as Lonesome Dove and The Last Picture Show as well as the film (with Diana Ossana) Brokeback Mountain. McMurtry’s most recent novel, The Last Kind Words Saloon –– about Wyatt Earp was a national bestseller.

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Distilling ‘Hee Haw’ Into ‘Moonshine’ At The DTC

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Clockwise from top right: Songwriters Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, bookwriter Robert Horn and director Gary Griffin – of Moonshine. Photo: Sergio Garcia

Through the ‘70s and ‘80s, the TV show Hee Haw depicted a cartoon American South of wisecracking hayseeds and blond beauties. But it was also the rare network outlet for great country music by Johnny Cash or Loretta Lynn. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports Hee Haw is the inspiration for Moonshine, the new musical in previews at the Dallas Theater Center.

  • Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical opens Sept. 18th and runs through Oct. 11 at the Dallas Theater Center.

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The Big Screen: Dallas’ Distribution Past

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BIG SCREEN LOGO FOR POST508 Park Street in downtown Dallas is best known as the building where Robert Johnson, Gene Autry and other legends recorded. And that important piece of music history can overshadow the significant role the building played in movie history. This week, we talk about an era when some of Hollywood’s biggest films were distributed through Dallas.

The 508 Park Movie Night series begins Sunday and runs through Oct. 4. It’s free, but be sure to RSVP.

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

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Set In West Texas, A Wagner Opera Makes Waves At Bayreuth

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Das Rheingold directed by Frank Castorf. Photos: Bayreuth 2015 Festival.

A West Texas motel and a rundown gas station are not your usual settings for a classic opera by Richard Wagner. Director Frank Castorf’s production has provoked strong opinions from opera goers. KERA contributor Quin Mathews takes us to the controversy at the annual Wagner festival in Bayreuth, Germany.

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The Big Deal: Dallas Theater Center’s Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical

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The Dallas Theater Center opens their upcoming season with the world premiere of Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical. The musical comedy pays homage to the long-running variety TV show, Hee Haw. This updated hootenanny has music and lyrics by Grammy recognized Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. Moonshine tells the story of hometown girl Misty Mae as she travels to the big city to follow her dreams. You can see the irreverent comedy and hear the spirited music with a pair of tickets to the Sept. 12 performance at the Wyly Theatre.

Be sure you take the time now to sign up for our other Big Deal this week – tickets to the Fort Worth Symphony’s Mozart & Rachmaninoff concert at Bass Performance Hall 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 for a chance to win tickets to Moonshine, That Hee Haw Musical presented by the Dallas Theater Center. Hee Haw!

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart and Rachmaninoff

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The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is not even out of the gates of their season open and they already have a scheduled concert so big it requires not one, but two guest pianists. The Canadian piano duo, Louis Lortie and Helene Mercier, will be the featured artists for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart & Rachmaninoff concert. On the program will be Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos; Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances; and Adam Schoenberg’s American Symphony. Win this Big Deal and receive a pair of tickets for the Friday, Sept. 11 performance at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

While you are tickling the keyboard keys to sign up for this deal, go ahead and sign up for our other offering this week, tickets to Dallas Theater Center’s Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

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Art&Seek Jr: 4 Events For Your Little Thrill Seeker

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.

It’s easy to spot the kids with no fear on the playground. They’re the ones with day glow casts, scabby elbows, and micro-bangs (the end result of cutting their own hair).

Thrill seekers are apparently born, not made. This first became evident to me at a 3-year-old’s birthday party I attended a number of years ago where the Critterman was the main attraction. For those of you not familiar,  the Critterman is an interactive show featuring live animals. The shows are different than a run-of-the-mill petting zoo in that the animals are more exotic than rabbits and chicks, and the guides that lead the show offer tidbits about each animal. Parents like the Critterman shows because of the educational component, and kids like the Critterman because he’s not a scary clown.

At this Critterman party the audience of tot-lettes sat cross-legged in a semi-circle as the guide showed them a possum, hedgehog, and tortoise. Everyone oohed, aahed and petted the small animals as they made their way around the circle. It was all rainbows and lollipops until it was time for the grand finale, which turned out to be a three-foot long  baby alligator. Even though these kids were barely out of diapers, they all instinctively knew this was a creature who was not to be trifled with. Most declined a closer look, and a few left the circle for safety of mom’s lap. But one small boy got up, toddled over to the reptile and patted him on the head as if he were a Pomeranian. The kid was completely unafraid, and on the contrary, was excited by the danger of it all.  The other kids were in awe of his bravery, while the parents joked with his mom to hang on to that good insurance.

If you’ve got a kid that loves a good thrill, check out this week’s highlights from the Junior.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Mathew Cook of Arlington, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. This is Mathew’s first victory in our little contest. He follows last week’s winner, Bryan Varner of Midlothian,

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 Mathew:

Mathew-CookTitle of photo: Reflecting Dallas 3: Skyscraper Selfie

Equipment: Canon 6D/Canon15mm 2.8 fisheye lens

Tell us more about your photo: I bought this borderless mirror at a going out of business sale with the intention of taking some unique photos in downtown Dallas. (I almost had to scrap the project before it even started because the mirror could hardly fit into my car. The fact that the mirror didn’t have borders gave me freedom to mess with perspective and create an image that would take a little extra time to study before you could make sense of it. And the wide angle lens made the tall buildings appear more expansive—almost never ending—as they receded into the sky. I asked a man standing on the corner of an intersection to hold the mirror for this Big-D selfie and he politely obliged. I didn’t catch his name, but thanks again mister!

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Photos: The Bands of Summer Cut

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Take a look back at all of the great musicians to hit the Summer Cut Stages. All photos by Art&Seek’s Dane Walters.

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