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Saturday Spotlight – Music and Brews at Clearfork Music Festival

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re making our way to Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth for the second annual Clearfork Music Festival. This kick-off to the Labor Day weekend features craft beers and art installations as well as music by The Burning Hotels, Larry G(EE), and others.

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The High Five: Dallas DanceFest Makes A Labor Day Weekend Comeback

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas DanceFest is back, Dallas Farmer’s Market opens its major renovation in time for Labor Day weekend, and more.

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Is The Elevator Project Going Places?

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If you’ve seen a Dallas Theater Center show like Les Miz at the Wyly Theatre, it’s most likely been in the big space. To get to the new series called the Elevator Project, you head upstairs to the sixth floor. That’s where, for the first time, six small theater and dance companies will perform. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports, the Elevator Project may also give a longer-lasting lift for some of these groups.

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The High Five: The Dallas Symphony Will Host Its First Simulcast

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will simulcast The AT&T Gala at Klyde Warren Park, strange street names in North Texas neighborhoods, and more.

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Two Bronze Doors Creates A Home For Artists (And Maybe a Ghost?)

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Two Bronze Doors. Photo: Chris George.

Local band Dome Dwellers play to a small crowd in the living room of Two Bronze Doors under dim Christmas lights, surrounded by abstract paintings and sculptures. Two years ago, art curators Jonathan Foisset and Natalie Jean Vaughan searched all over Dallas for a space like this.

“Natalie was wanting to find a space of which we could live in and then work out of, which is actually really hard to find. And it just so happened that this house kind of appeared right in front of our face,” Foisset said.

Foisset and Vaughan had previously worked together at Nerve Gallery and Humano Exhibition. The two worked there with other artists but Vaughan said they were limited what they could do there. They wanted something more.

And they’d been to the cozy two-story house near Lower Greenville before to see a psychic for Vaughan’s birthday.

“Now, the psychic didn’t tell us that we were going to live in this house but we got our palm read, you know, we got our readings told and whatnot,” said Foisset.

He was skeptical. The psychic made some predictions about their future, like that Vaughan would end up traveling and that Foisset would become famous in Europe. But most of her predictions didn’t come true.

“We kind of moved on,” he said.

Not too long after the visit, the psychic skipped town. The house was up for rent and Foisset and Vaughan opened it up as an artist residency in 2012.

They named it Two Bronze Doors after the work of artist Brunelleschi at the start of the Italian Renaissance. And the couple hopes to have a Renaissance of their own here in Dallas.

The space has quickly become a core part of the local Do It Yourself or DIY art, music and poetry community where dozens of artists get exposure.

“It feels like it’s always open and that’s what we want. We want to have a neighborly feel, we want it to reach our neighborhood.”

And the house also might be haunted.

It all started when one of the art residents started hearing strange noises in the house, Vaughan says.

“She was getting a little freaked out and she got in contact with someone who put her in contact with Cold Facts Paranormal and we have some crazy EVP’s.”

EVP’s are electronic voice phenomena. And according to the Cold Facts investigation, there were six different voices, possibly ghosts, in the house.

Then Vaughan saw something – or someone.

“It was like 7 o’clock in the morning and I went downstairs to get a glass of water out of the kitchen and we have a laundry room and a mud room and so in the laundry room we have a refrigerator in there,” she said. “So I got the glass of water out of the fridge, poured my water and I was walking out and this man is just walking through the mud room and he’s about to go into the house, he didn’t notice me at all and so I just kind of gasped. Then he turns and he looks at me and just – poof – he looked horrified to see me though.”

Whether or not Two Bronze Doors really is a haven for ghosts, the old house, with its masonic architecture and weird past, is still a centerpiece for Dallas art and music.

So what does the future hold for Two Bronze Doors? Foisset said he’s not sure what will happen when the lease is up in December but for now, it’ll continue to be a home for local art and music – and the ghosts that possibly dwell within.


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Texas Indie Film: 13 New Episodes of Frame of Mind on KERA TV

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Tune in starting Sept. 4 on KERA Television.

Add this to your appointment viewing this fall: “Frame of Mind,” a platform for all sorts of Indie film, from shorts to documentaries, is launching as a weekly series on KERA television.

The series kicks off on Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. with “Swingman,” a documentary produced and directed by Mark Birnbaum. And every week brings something different: the early works of David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints); a collection of music videos; experimental work from Morehshin Allayhari. Check back with Art&Seek frequently – we’ll add interviews with filmmakers every week during the season.

The shows are curated and produced by Bart Weiss, artistic director of the Video Association of Dallas and producer of  “Frame of Mind” since 1995. (The show was created in 1991 by Suzanne Dooley and Marlis Schmidt.”

Frame of Mind is a co-production from Art&Seek and Video Association of Dallas. We are just thrilled to be able to give some shine to the thriving filmmaking community in Texas.

And of course we want to celebrate – join us Thursday Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. to toast the filmmakers and watch the first episode.

Here’s a quick look at the lineup:

Episode 1: Swingman
Sept. 4, 2014
Producer and Director: Mark Birnbaum
Firefighter Marshall Allen always said when the Grim Reaper came calling, they would find claw marks on the wall where he fought him to the end. After twice being returned to an adoption agency, Capt. Allen was abused in the foster care system only to be adopted by an abusive family. His severe depression remained undiagnosed despite building rage and hopelessness while he became a Golden Gloves boxer, the first black firefighter in Salt Lake County, Utah, a power lifting champion and a rising star in the Fort Worth Fire Department. Then a freak accident left him physically paralyzed and emotionally cured.

Episode 2: Best Of Texas Show (3 segments)
Sept. 11, 2014

Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John
Director: Mark and Angela Walley
Two years in the making, this short documentary film captures the creative process of artist Vincent Valdez. Filmmakers Mark and Angela Walley followed Valdez as he created a series of works dedicated to his childhood best friend John Holt Jr., an Army combat medic who died in 2009 after serving in Iraq.

Cielo Lindo
Director: Iris Lopez
At the point of starvation, a homeless young girl copes with hunger and her harsh reality with her imagination.

The Romantic Self-Exiles
Director: Morehshin Allahyari
Video and text by Morehshin Allahyari
Sound design by Ivo Bol

The Romantic Self-Exiles is a new body of work which explores relationships between self and home, presenting the life of those who live in-between, and those who choose self-exile over a homeland in which they are not tolerated or welcome. In addition, it questions the romanticized aspect of such experiences by the self-exiled citizens.

Episode 3: David Lowery
Sept. 18, 2014

Get a look at the many works of Dallas filmmaker David Lowery. From festival introductions (Dallas VideoFest and SXSW) to early works (Some Analogue Lines and My Daily Routine), this episode explores the creative road of David Lowery including his award-winning short Pioneer, the story of a father telling his little boy the most epic bedtime story ever.

Episode 4: Kat Candler
Sept. 25, 2014

This showcase of shorts by Austin-based writer and director Kat Candler features Love Bug, Quarter to Noon and Roberta Wells. Love Bug tells the story of Turtle Thompson and his struggle to ask his bug-loving best friend to the Spring Fling Dance. Quarter to Noon is a story about a worker’s discovery of what’s important in life and escaping to it. Roberta Wells tells the story of a woman with emphysema, who struggles through a Thanksgiving afternoon with her overbearing family, her deteriorating health and her craving for a cigarette.

Episode 5: Greenhill School
Oct. 2, 2014

See a collection of student films from the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. Features include Life Through the Lens, Seawolf, Zipper, Boom, Silent Night, Just Your Average Joe and Partner. You will be amazed at the sophistication of the work made by high school students.

Life Through the Lens directed by Ryan Kline
Seawolf directed by Caila Pickett and Max Montoya
Zipper directed by Mansi Gaur, Rachel Davis, and Maya Muralidhar.
Boom directed by Brian Broder, Andrew Fields, and Daniel Matyas
Silent Night directed by James Bradford
Just Your Average Joe directed by Jade and Pearl Basinski
Partner directed by James Bradford and Max Montoya

Episode 6: 24-Hour Video Race
Oct. 9, 2014

This episode features a selection of entries from the 2014 Dallas 24 Hour Video Race, a fun competition in which teams of filmmakers have 24 hours to write, shoot, edit and score an original short film. The elements that had to be in all films are: Theme: A dream; Location: A bridge; Prop: A flashlight; and Line of Dialogue: “Call your mother.”

Shorts presented come from Atomic Productions, Team Angelika Productions, Smoking Crayola, Strangers with Cameras and Fix It In Post Productions.

Episode 7: UT Arlington Films
Oct. 16, 2014

See three shorts from The University of Texas at Arlington’s Art + Art History program created by both undergraduate and graduate students: Phone Ghost, Avocados and Helado. Phone Ghost follows the story of Mildred Lane, a widowed retiree coping with the loss of her husband, a strained relationship with her daughter and the prospect of her own looming death. Also, there’s a ghost in her phone. Avocados tells of a business owner who suspects a break in, only to be surprised at the end. Helado is the story of Juan, an undocumented worker, and his daughter Gabriella, facing the hardships of life living in the United States.
“Phone Ghost” directed by Jean-Patrick Mahoney
“Avocados” directed by Julie Gould
Helado directed by Gabriel Duran

Episode 8: SXSW Texas Shorts
Oct. 23, 2014

Bringing two of the top shorts at this year’s SXSW Film Texas Shorts, this episode highlights the films Easy and Molly. Easy, by Dallas filmmaker Daniel Laabs, tells of a character study about the relationship between two brothers, one on the verge of becoming an adult and the other becoming a teenager. Molly follows Bryon and his best friend organizing a complicated breakdown after a breakup with his girlfriend Molly.

“Easy,” directed by Daniel Laabs
“Molly,” directed by Craig Elrod

Episode 9: Tomato Republic: Let the Takeover Begin
Oct. 30, 2014
Directors: Jenna Jackson, Anthony Jackson and Whitney Graham-Carter

A flamboyant restaurateur, a good ol’ boy and a political ingénue walk into a small-town contest and compete head to head … to head, for a non-paid mayoral seat of the Tomato Republic. What happens next is anyone’s guess. The only thing that could slow this race down is a freight train. Let the takeover begin.

Episode 10: Shorts from the Dallas International Film Festival
Nov. 6, 2014

A selection of shorts from this year’s Dallas International Film Festival: Blur, I Was A Teenage Girl and Dig. Blur follows a woman struggling to work on her next commissioned painting, causing her to be pulled into the blurring realities. I Was A Teenage Girl: One night, after an intense breakup, close friends Emma and Jesse have a heartfelt conversation that challenges the boundaries of their friendship in an unexpected way. Dig tells of a young girl making a connection with her father, after watching him dig a hole in their backyard.
“Blur,” directed by Courtney Ware
“I Was A Teenage Girl,” directed by Augustine Frizzell
“Dig,” directed by Toby Halbrooks

Episode 11: Yakona: Water Rising
Nov. 13, 2014
Directors: Anlo Sepulveda and Paul Collins

“Yakona: Water Rising” is a visual experience through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake. Follow the river on an impressionistic journey from its point of view as it flows from source to sea, through the changing seasons, through time and memory. Experience its relationship with the natural world and its interactions with humankind. Through “Yakona: Water Rising,” the voice of the river calls on humanity’s higher nature, inspiring its protection by revealing its beauty and life-giving spirit.

Episode 12: Women in Film Dallas
Nov. 20, 2014

This episode celebrates 20 years of Women in Film Dallas and is a selection of their successful Chick Flicks series. The show features Duck Food, which follows a boy and girl feeding the ducks at the park, while an innocent relationship blossoms. Raspberry Jam is a mystical tale about a man who loses everything on his journey toward hope. The Long Run explores spillover crime and the effects of the war on drugs on the youth of real-life border town Brownsville, Texas.

“Duck Food” directed by Dewey Taylor
“Raspberry Jam” directed by Courtney Ware
The Long Run directed by Laura Lilia Treviño and David Garcia

Episode 13: Music Videos
Nov. 27, 2014

A collection of music videos directed by local filmmakers. Music videos include “Duchamp,” a silent music video; “Hold Yourself Up,” by The Polyphonic Spree; “Dog That Bit You,” by the Baptist Generals; “Me Compassionate,” by SOAK; “Lover Come Over,” by Sarah Jaffe; and “Rattler’s Revival,” by Toadies.
“Duchamp,” directed by Sai Selvarajan
“Hold Yourself Up” and “Rattler’s Revival” directed by Justin Wilson
“Dog That Bit You” and “Lover Come Over” directed by Jason Reimer
“Me Compassionate” directed by Norry Niven



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The Big Screen: Hitchcock’s First Talkie

BigScreen_logoSMALLThe Lone Star Film Society is teaming up with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for an Alfred Hitchcock retrospective. The series begins tonight with one of the director’s earliest film’s – Blackmail from 1929. This week, we talk to SMU film professor – and Hitchcock expert – Dr. Rick Worland about how the movie previews Hitchcock’s later masterpieces.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure

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Five-time Academy Award winning composer and conductor, John Williams, has worked on more than 75 films. It is impossible to separate his film scores from the films. They are intrinsically linked and forever stamped in our collective movie memories – Jaws, E.T., the Star Wars and Indiana Jones’ series. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will launch their 2014-2015 Pops season with the action packed films of Williams. Enter this Big Deal to win a pair of tickets to Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure on Sept.5 at Bass Performance Hall.

While you are signing up for this Big Deal go ahead and sign up for our other Big Deal this week – tickets to see MOMIX perform at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

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 for an evening of adventure with the Fort Worth Worth Symphony Orchestra and the music of John Williams.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: TITAS Presents MOMIX

TITAS Presents is bringing the dance illusionist troupe, MOMIX, back to town. Although MOMIX will perform a new work the audience will once again be introduced to a surreal world created by Moses Pendleton. For choreographer and company director Pendleton, “Alchemia” is all about the art of alchemy, and the alchemy of art. Sign up for this Big Deal and experience the blending of multimedia magic and dance with a pair of tickets to see MOMIX’s “Alchemia,” Sept. 12 at the Winspear Opera House.

And after signing up here, if you are feeling adventuresome, sign up for our other Big Deal, tickets to see the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s action packed Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure at Bass Performance Hall.

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 your chance to see the dance spectacle of MOMIX.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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Flickr Photo of the Week

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Congratulations to Jimmy Ball of Flower Mound, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest!  Jimmy is a first time winner of our contest. He follows last week’s winner, John Johnson.

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

Now, here’s more from Jimmy.

Title of photo: Key Largo Snorkel Trip
Equipment: Nikon D5000, with a DicaPac underwater housing
Tell us more about your photo: This statue is 11′ tall on a 4′ base and sits on the bottom of the reef in 30′ feet of water. It’s covered in various types of coral, mainly Fire Coral (as told by our captain, I’m not an expert on coral) which is a stinging coral. The water was fairly clear so this is shot with natural light filtered through the water.

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