Five stories that have North Texas talking: Pentatonix gets a YouTube award, Tony Dorsett has degenerative brain disease, catch up on the president’s trip to Dallas, and more:
And the YouTube Award goes to … Yes, YouTube has launched its own awards ceremony. Pentatonix, the band with Arlington ties, won the Response of the Year category. The award is for the group’s remix of “Radioactive” with Lindsey Stirling. YouTube describes the category this way: “Based on what you watched, shared and loved over the last 12 months, these nominees are the five best videos that remixed, covered, parodied or responded to an original song on YouTube.” Pentatonix has been getting lots of media love lately. NPR’s Morning Editionexplored the group on this morning’s program. “Pentatonix is a five-person singing group that formed to compete in the NBC a cappella competition show “The Sing-Off.” Three of its members were friends from high school, but the full group met for the first time just hours before the show to rehearse. Pentatonix ended up winning the competition.” Bass vocalist Avi Kaplan told NPR: “We try to do it in a way where you don’t think of it as vocal music; you just think of it as music — as just a song that you’re listening to and you don’t miss anything. We’re just a band, and we just happen to use our voices.”
Here’s the “Radioactive” remix that won Response of the Year:
And here’s Pentatonix’s remix of Daft Punk songs. It’s been viewed more than 4 million times (on YouTube, of course) since it was released on Monday.
Dallas Cowboys legend Tony Dorsett shows signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain condition that’s reportedly caused by head trauma. It’s also linked to depression and dementia. ESPN reported the news on Wednesday. The former Cowboys running back, now 59, underwent brain scans and clinical evaluations over the past three months at UCLA. ESPN reported: “CTE is indicated by a buildup of tau, an abnormal protein that strangles brain cells in areas that control memory, emotions and other functions. Autopsies of more than 50 ex-NFL players, including Hall of Famer Mike Webster and perennial All-Pro Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, found such tau concentrations.” Dorsett described to ESPN the various symptoms he’s experienced, including memory loss, depression and thoughts of suicide. “When he took his Oct. 21 flight from Dallas to Los Angeles for testing, he repeatedly struggled to remember why he was aboard the plane and where he was going,” ESPN reported. “Such episodes, he said, are commonplace when he travels.” CTE was explored in an explosive PBS documentary that recently aired on KERA-TV that investigated concussions in the NFL. “It’s enlightening to know what I have, what I’m dealing with,” Dorsett told The Dallas Morning News. “Now it’s time to find out, how can we can come back from it? I actually was told [by researchers] that it can be reversed. I was like, ‘What?’ They said, ‘Yeah, it can be reversed, slowed down, stopped.’”
One Crisis Away: Did you know that one in three North Texans can’t weather a financial storm that lasts 90 days? The problem’s known as asset poverty, and it doesn’t discriminate. A job loss, health emergency, even legal trouble is enough to plunge a third of our friends and neighbors into financial distress. This week, KERA launched a series, One Crisis Away, that explores these issues and is following four families on the financial edge. On Wednesday, “Think” explored the topic, focusing on financial literacy.
Jennifer Staubach Gates is a lifesaver. The Dallas City Council member saved an elderly man’s life by performing CPR on him at a North Dallas restaurant on Monday night. The Dallas Morning News reported that Gates was eating dinner at The Mercury when a waiter came by looking for a medical professional to help a diner who was choking. The man was foaming at the mouth. Gates, a registered nurse and the daughter of Cowboy legend Roger Staubach, started chest compressions before the man threw up and regained consciousness, the News reported. “I thought he was dead,” she told the newspaper. “I thought he was gone.”
And, today, we have a sixth item:
DMN to print the S-T: This would have seemed unimaginable 10 years ago, but The Dallas Morning News will soon print the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. No, the Morning News is not buying the Star-Telegram; they will maintain separate newsrooms and operations. But the Star-Telegram will no longer be printed in southwest Fort Worth; instead it will be printed in Plano. About 75 full-time and 200 part-time Star-Telegram employees will lose their jobs. Across the country, newspapers have consolidated their printing presses to save money. The Morning News already prints a variety of newspapers, including regional editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and others.
Art Conspiracy, the artist-driven philanthropy, holds its 9th installment in just a little over a week. This weekend, more than 100 artists will gather to create work in 24 hours. It will all be auctioned off at a giant warehouse party on Nov. 16, at 500 Singleton Blvd. To gear up, the ArtCon team has provided us with introductions to a few of this year’s participating conspirators. First up: Ross Grady High.
Ross Grady High
Ross Grady High has been sculpting, what he considers “seriously,” for 13 years. As a small child, he remembers forming two small birds for his mother out of clay he found in an empty lot next door. But a devotion to the art form didn’t materialize for many years. In 2000, High, who’d been playing drums for more than 20 years, was given a gift certificate to a beginners’ clay class. Next thing he knew, he’d thrown his drumsticks away and committed himself to sculpting.
High first learned of Art Con through long-time friend Mike Arreaga, who has been involved with the philanthropy for years. He had a piece in Art Con’s “Seed” event a few months ago and soon eagerly agreed to participate in Art Con 9. He says he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to contribute to such a great cause, and he looks forward to helping put a smile on the beneficiary’s face. High loves making people happy with his art. He was also excited to challenge himself to draw guidance from the dimensions of the board provided him, and he just let it happen from there. He wanted to do something he’s never done before… and he says he’s achieved exactly that.
Specializing in Raku-fired ceramics, High says he draws inspiration from songs he’s listening to, seemingly mundane daily experiences, and interactions with everyone from clients to friends to new acquaintances. His art also provides an outlet wherein he is able to to creatively vent frustrations and “get s—- out of [his] system.”
High lives in Austin and is an Artist in Residence for Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos where he works alongside owner and operator, Billy Ray Mangham, who High claims is his favorite artist and greatest influence.
Congratulations to Shantel Rich of the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Shantel is a first time winner and she follows last week’s winner, Jesse Scoggins.
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.
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For the second concert in their season, the Allegro Guitar Series has invited Mak Grgic to the metroplex to perform. The 25-year old classic guitarist from Slovenia has already garnered international recognition and awards.
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will present the Atrium String Quartet on Nov. 16. Win this Big Deal and you and a guest will be able to hear the Quartet when they perform at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The string ensemble, based out of Berlin, are winners of not one but two International Quartet competitions. Their program “From Venice of the North to New York Harbor” will include Boccherini String Quintet in C major, Shostakovich Quartet, No.3, Shulman Quartet Threnody, and Borodin Quartet in D major, No.2.
Also featured in the program will be a familiar face to some, Principal Cellist for the Houston Symphony and former Principal Cellist with our own Fort Worth Symphony, Brinton Smith.
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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform Johannes Brahms only Violin Concerto Nov. 15 through Nov. 17 at the Meyerson Symphony Center. Watch the video above and you can hear DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden recount how challenging the piece was for him as a young performer. For these performances the technical demands of the piece will fall to established concert violinist, Arabella Steinbacher. In addition to Brahms’ romantic Violin Concerto, the concert will also feature Brahms’ Third Symphony and Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem. Art&Seek will award five lucky winners a pair of tickets for the Nov. 15 performance for this Big Deal.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A children’s group turns down money from the ‘Tattooed Mommas,’ an Election Night roundup (Fort Worth and Plano ISD voters approve their propositions), President Obama will be in Dallas today, and more.
The Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County won’t accept a $3,000 donation from the Tattooed Hippie Pirate Mommas. Why? The Pirate Momma group created a pin-up calendar featuring themselves in tattoos. The Dallas Observer reported on the issue on Tuesday. The Advocacy Center posted a note on Facebook, saying that the calendar could be “perceived by some as sexual in nature.” The center said that its mission is to “provide justice and healing for children who are the victims of sexual abuse.” The note concluded: “Unfortunately, we could not accept the proceeds of this pin up calendar’s sales because of the calendar’s possible perception, and not the hard working mothers who sponsored it.” The Pirate Mommas never intended for the children’s center to get bad publicity, but they are scratching their heads over this one. Stacy Willingham of Denton is a mother who happens to have arms filled with tattoos. She told KERA last night that people have been “overwhelmingly supportive” of her group and the message it’s trying to send. “We are moms, not models, who are bonded together for support and love, as we raise our children,” Willingham told KERA. “We’re not focused on what other people think about us. We’re too busy trying to make a difference to notice.” Take a look at some of the calendar pictures.
The votes have been counted: Tuesday was Election Day. Miguel Solis was elected to the Dallas ISD school board. He won with 66 percent of the vote, defeating opponent Kristi Lara. Fort Worth ISD voters approved three propositions that will improve facilities and instruction and offer pre-kindergarten to more children across the district. Arlington and Lewisville approved retail liquor sales. Plano ISD voters agreed to a 13-cent property tax hike. And all nine statewide propositions passed, including the high-profile Prop 6 that will use $2 billion in reserve funds to help Texas meet future water needs. Click here for highlights from KERA. KERA’s Bill Zeeble has more on the Dallas ISD race.
President Obama in town: President Barack Obama is expected to travel to Dallas today to push his health care initiative. Obamacare has been facing lots of criticism in recent weeks, so the president hopes to focus on success stories this week. He plans on thanking navigators, folks who are helping residents sign up for health care. He’ll visit Temple Emanu-El to meet with canvassers and navigators volunteering through Dallas Area Interfaith. Other administration officials are fanning out across the country to rally support. Obama will also be in Dallas to raise money at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser.
A big gift for the DMA: The Dallas Museum of Art has announced an anonymous $9 million gift. The donation, over three years, will ensure free general admission to the museum and allow it to publish its collection online, museum officials announced Tuesday. It’s more than one-third the DMA’s annual $22 million budget. So this new anonymous gift is sizable – even if it’s not going toward something glamorous like a new wing. Instead, it’s a major affirmation of the new paths director Maxwell Anderson has taken the museum since coming to Dallas two years ago. $4 million will go to support his free admissions policy and the free membership program called DMA Friends. Both of these began this past January. KERA’s Jerome Weeks has more on Art&Seek.
Honoring the mayor who revitalized Dallas after JFK’s killing: A new exhibit that opens Thursday celebrates Erik Jonsson, who became Dallas mayor shortly after Kennedy was assassinated. He worked to improve the image of the city in the years following the assassination. The Old Red Museum is opening an exhibit on Thursday that pays tribute to Jonsson. “Dream No Small Dreams: How Erik Jonsson Led Dallas From Tragedy to Triumph in the 1960s.” Jonsson co-founded Texas Instruments, serving as its president and chairman of the board. As mayor, he launched “Goals for Dallas,” which established goals to improve the city. “As a result, public schools were air-conditioned, the public library system was expanded, and a new city hall was constructed. Jonsson was also integral in the founding of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and the University of Texas at Dallas.”
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.
During the flurry of Halloween activities last week a friend told me something that was way scarier than any slasher movie I’ve seen recently. Are you ready for this? There are only three weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year! Yep, besides being “the most wonderful time of the year” it’s also going to be busy, busy, busy. But hold on, before you don your gay apparel and your track shoes, slow down and take in some laid back Second Saturday fun.
DMA director Maxwell Anderson. Photo by Jerome Weeks. Image outfront from Shutterstock.
The Dallas Museum of Art has received a new anonymous gift of nine million dollars. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports it’s not going to purchase a new masterpiece. But museum visitors will appreciate it anyway.
KERA Radio story:
A nine-million dollar donation is more than one-third the DMA’s entire annual budget of 22 million dollars. So this new anonymous gift is sizable – even if it’s not going toward something glamorous like a new wing. Instead, it’s a major affirmation of the new paths director Maxwell Anderson has taken the museum since coming to Dallas two years ago. Four millions dollars will go to support his free admissions policy and the free membership program called DMA Friends. Both of these began this past January.
Director Anderson says, “It’s exhilarating to look at how our move to free admission and membership has been embraced. This is the latest and most majestic statement of support for it. But the other headline for me is 35,000 people have signed up to be DMA Friends. And we’re still adding over 800 people a week to our membership program, which is the fastest growing in the country.”
The remaining five million dollars will go to something else that has been central to Anderson’s plans: reaching people through their laptops, smartphones and tablets.
“We have 22,000 works in the collection,” Anderson notes. “This is going to allow us to get every object in the collection online. And it allows the encyclopedic mission of the museum to be manifest in real time in ways that very few museums around the world are able to provide. That’s remarkable.”
Whenever possible, these online items will be free and open for use by the public. The new donation will even fund ways to measure the impact of this online project.
Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas takes center stage in Abu Dhabi publication, today is Election Day in Texas, meet a 96-year-old-reporter, and more:
Dallas takes center stage in Abu Dhabi publication: The National, an English-language newspaper based in Abu Dhabi, featured Dallas in a recent edition, headlined: “Dallas is a brash Texan star of the South.” The National encourages visitors to tour the Sixth Floor Museum, the Old Red Museum, Klyde Warren Park, Highland Park Village and Southfork Ranch, among other places. And eat at the French Room and Twisted Root. “Insecurity isn’t something that plagues Dallas,” the paper reported. “It chases money rather than love.” It continues: “When you start delving in, mini personalities emerge. The Arts District shows a desire to do culture as well as commerce; the Deep Ellum neighbourhood retains a creative, dressed-down heart; uptown has a youthful, skittish enthusiasm for sampling the latest hot restaurants. Efforts to dig beyond first impressions will bring rich rewards.”
Dallas Muralist Makes Cover Of ‘New American Paintings’: A painting by Dallas artist and muralist Carlos Donjuan– best known these days, perhaps, for his sherbet-colored murals along the wall near the Belmont Hotel — now graces the cover of the latest issue of New American Paintings. The publication is set up like a “juried exhibition in print” — with thousands of artists entering the competition each year and only 40 making it into print. The painting is called “Dreamers” (mixed media on a birch panel). KERA’s Art&Seek has more.
Texas is great for Millennials: The Millennials, those youngsters in their 20s, aren’t all wasting away in their parents’ basements due to a lousy economy. Some are getting jobs. And when they do land gigs, The Atlantic Cities suggests they move to San Antonio and Houston because they can afford living there. “Some of us just want a steady 9-to-5 in a city we can afford, so we can achieve at least some of the same milestones our parents did. San Antonio and Houston are keeping the American dream relatively intact.” The Atlantic Cities cites the cities’ young populations and low unemployment rates. Houston has lots of energy jobs and a strong art and restaurant scene. San Antonio has a thriving technology sector and “offers a cheaper, chiller alternative to Austin.” These are places where you can buy a home and start a family without breaking the bank. No mention of Dallas-Fort Worth. Sniff, sniff.
Meet a 96-year-old reporter: We sure don’t want to be pounding out copy into our 90s, but Belton Journal reporter Berneta Peeples is still enjoying being a reporter after decades … and decades … and decades on the job. She’s retired before – only to return to the job in Belton. The Dallas Morning News profiled Peeples, who is hinting yet again at retirement. “After a recent fall that sidelined her for a month and left her unable to pilot her 1994 Crown Victoria, the woman synonymous with Belton, an hour north of Austin, is hinting at retiring again. But not for the obvious reasons. ‘Mostly it’s my new computer,’ Peeples said. ‘My old computer dropped dead, and they brought me a new one. And it’s driving me crazy.’”