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Saturday Spotlight – Handmade Holiday Cards

 

2014-11-22-Gallery-Lab-Oil-and-Cotton-projectsFor this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re off to the Nasher Sculpture Center for “Let’s Make Stuff: Pushing the Envelope with Oil and Cotton.” First we’ll check out the exhibition “Provocations” featuring the architecture and design of the Heatherwick Studio. The innovative holiday cards the studio has on display will serve as inspiration for making our own mailable art with the help of Oak Cliff community arts organization Oil and Cotton.

 

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Rock Lottery’s Hook This Year: The Healing Essence Of Music

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Nevada Hill is an influential Dallas artist and musician who turned down an offer to be the beneficiary for Rock Lottery 13. He's at his home in Lakewood with his cockatiel, Lulu.

Nevada Hill is an influential Dallas artist and musician who turned down an offer to be the beneficiary for Rock Lottery 13. He’s at his home in Lakewood with his cockatiel, Lulu.

There’s a show tomorrow night in Denton featuring five bands no one’s ever heard. It’s Rock Lottery, an annual event that mixes up local musicians to form new groups. They have a day to write songs before performing them that night – and the show’s almost always sells out to benefit a charity of the committee’s choice. This year, the beneficiary hits home for one musician on the lineup.

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Balancing Humor and Darkness with Raspberry Jam

This week on Frame of Mind, watch a collection of short films put together by Women in Film Dallas!

  • Tune in to KERA TV on Thursday at 11 PM to catch this week’s episode!

This week’s episode features the following films:

  • “Duck Food” directed by Dewey Taylor, produced by Sara Roberts
  • “Raspberry Jam” directed by Courtney Ware, produced by Meredith Burke
  • “The Long Run” directed by Laura Lilia Treviño and David Garcia
Andrew Sensenig as Stephen McMurphy and Frank Mosley as The Leprechaun. Photo: Ron Gonzalez

Andrew Sensenig as Stephen McMurphy and Frank Mosley as The Leprechaun. Photo: Ron Gonzalez

 

I spoke with Courtney Ware, the director of “Raspberry Jam”

On the idea behind the film:

The writer, Mike Maden, had sent me the script probably two years before we made it.  I had always kept it in my back pocket as a short film that I thought would be very interesting to bring to life.  Schedules finally lined up and we decided to pull the trigger and go ahead and produce that film.

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DMA Acquires Monumental ‘Map’ Painting By Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling Marcia H Travels 1970 acrylic on canvas 305 x 570 cm courtesy of Frank Bowling and Hales Gal (2)Frank Bowling, Marcia H Travels, acrylic on canvas, 2007. Image: Frank Bowling and Hales Gal

The DMA’s announcement is about both the acquisition and the exhibition that’ll showcase it, Frank Bowling: Map Paintings, opening at the DMA in February 2015.

Although the Guyana-born Bowling grew up in England and graduated from the Royal College of Art (in the same 1962 class as David Hockney), he didn’t really find success until he moved to New York in 1966. His development from a figurative painter to a more abstract artist influenced by Mark Rothko, Larry Poons and the ideas of critic Clement Greenburg is almost exactly the opposite of many of his British, post-war peers. In 2005, he became the first black member of the Royal Academy of Art.

Bowling created the ‘Map’ series in 1971 for a show at the Whitney Museum of Art – using world maps as the basis for lush accretions of dripped and swirled colors. The paintings are huge. Marcia H Travels, for instance, the painting the DMA has acquired, is 12 feet by 18 and a half. The DMA exhibition will be the first time the series of paintings has been ‘re-united’ since the Whitney show.  One of the other ‘Map paintings — an 11-foot wide acrylic called Polish Rebecca — had been rolled up and forgotten in a friend’s attic for 40 years. Last year, it was sold at the New York Armory Show for $275,000.

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The Big Screen: Inside The Found Footage Festival

BigScreen_logoSMALLThe programmers of the Found Footage Festival pour through all the VHS tapes they can get their hands on in a search or the best of the worst. No aerobics instructor, corporate trainer or public access TV host is safe. This week, we talk to one of the festival’s founders about why these terrible videos are so much fun:

The Found Footage Festival plays Friday night at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff.

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The High Five: Landscape Architect Laurie Olin Speaks Tonight

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a settlement is reached over last summer’s tragic Texas Giant accident, no textbooks were voted on in yesterday’s State Board of Education meeting, Fort Worth names its interim police chief, and more.

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Looking Back at Art Conspiracy X

Art Conspiracy 10 was tons of fun last Saturday night!  Still waiting to hear the total dollars raised and official attendance figures, but money raised from the auctions will go  to Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, this year’s beneficiary.

And we had an awesome time with Art&Seek’s Art Hunt. There were loads of certificates and tickets given away, like free passes to the Nasher Sculpture Center, Kessler Theater, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Granada Theatre, Black Nativity presented by TeCo, the PIN show and so much more! Thanks especially to artists Richard Ross and Alison  Jardine, who allowed us to hide their work as prizes.

Check out the pictures below to see some of the highlights from Art Conspiracy and the winners of the Art Hunt – also, see if you can spot yourself! Photos by Mashal Noor and Christina Ulsh.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Handel’s Messiah

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The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s oratorio masterpiece, Messiah. Of course, if you going to perform Handel’s Messiah you are going to need a chorus. Joining the FWSO will be the Seminary Master Chorale, the critically-acclaimed choir from Southwestern Seminary. For this Big Deal you can win tickets to see this much anticipated local tradition. To hear the rousing Hallelujah chorus in person, sign up to win tickets to the Dec. 2, 2 p.m. performance at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

Home for the HolidaysDon’t forget to take the time now to peruse our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see The Nutcracker presented by Texas Ballet Theater at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, or tickets to see Here Comes Santa Claus at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth.

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 hear Handel’s Messiah performed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Seminary Master Chorale.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ At Casa Mañana

Photo: Samuel Rushen

Photo: Samuel Rushen

Do you know somebody who is on Santa’s naughty list this year?  Maybe you know somebody who gets coal in their stocking, or who maybe deserves it? Are you Bob Cratchit to someone’s Ebenezer?  Then sign them up to win this Big Deal. Maybe, just maybe, you can get them into the Christmas spirit when Casa Mañana presents the heart-warming holiday spectacular, Here Comes Santa Claus.  Win this Big Deal and you can take four curmudgeons of your choice to the Nov. 28, 7 p.m. performance at “The House of Tomorrow” in Fort Worth.

And while you are in the spirit of signing up for ticket giveaways, sign up for our other giveaways this week – tickets to see The Nutcracker presented by Texas Ballet Theater at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, or tickets to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah 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 then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Here Comes Santa Claus at Casa Mañana.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Texas Ballet Theater’s ‘The Nutcracker’ At The AT&T Performing Arts Center

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Photo: Texas Ballet Theater

Now this giveaway is a Big Deal!  Enter to win coveted tickets to one of the most charming and beautifully danced productions of the holiday ballet season, brought to you by the Texas Ballet Theater.  Don’t miss Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, choreographed by the legendary Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.  Tickets to this holiday classic go fast so sign up for your chance to win a family pack of four tickets to the Nov. 28th performance at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas.

While you are signing up for this Big Deal, you might also be interested in signing up for our other giveaways this week – tickets to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Handel’s Messiah at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, or tickets to Casa Mañana’s Here Comes Santa Claus.

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 The Nutcracker in Dallas presented by Texas Ballet Theater.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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