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The Big Deal: The Fort Worth Show Of Antiques And Art

Photo by Doug Stanley and Krista Luter Courtesy of The Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art

Photos by Doug Stanley and Krista Luter
Courtesy of The Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art

Do you love watching the Antiques Roadshow?  Are you always on the hunt for that just-right uncommon object? Do you have an empty corner that needs that something special or a fabulous outfit that needs an equally fabulous accessory? If so, then do we have Big Deal for you!

Photo by Doug Stanley and Krista Luter Courtesy of The Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art

Photo by Doug Stanley and Krista Luter
Courtesy of The Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art

Sign up for here to win a pair of tickets to The 51st Annual Fort Worth Show of Antiques & Art at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex in Fort Worth. This is the oldest antique and art show in the Southwest. This year’s theme is “Mix It Up! Mixing Styles of Antiques,” where 120 exhibitors will display an array of styles from American, English, French, Western and from vintage to modern. The show’s producers really know how to kick off an antique show with a Happy Hour, barbecue and jazz. Three Big Deal winners, along with his or her guest, will win admission to the show for both days, March 7-8.  Admission does not include parking.

After signing up for this Big Deal, do not put that quill pen down yet.  You may want to sign up for our other offerings this week – tickets to see Sharon Isbin presented by the Allegro Guitar Series, or tickets for Keyboard Conversations: Romantic Music of Chopin with Jeffrey Siegel at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts.

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 win admission to The 51st Annual Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Arts.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Come back next week for more Big Deals.

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The High Five: Lake Highlands’ St. Vincent Gets More NPR Love

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 Twenty-five years ago this week, Jerry Jones took over the Dallas Cowboys. (Credit Henrik Lehnerer /

Twenty-five years ago this week, Jerry Jones took over the Dallas Cowboys.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Jerry Jones marks a big anniversary; Lake Highlands’ St. Vincent gets more love from NPR; the Ted Nugent controversy helps Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott; and more.

    • Lake Highlands native St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, keeps attracting attention. NPR recently interviewed Clark Clark about her unique music style. (KXT has been playing some of her songs – listen to them here.) “St. Vincent, a new album [is] replete with dissonances and distortions that make even its prettiest melodies read as disturbing,” NPR says. Clark told NPR: “I just do that because that feels very natural, and that’s what’s going on in my brain, so of course that would manifest itself in the music. Some things that people even find ugly or harsh don’t register to me as ugly or harsh — I’m just like, ‘Oh, that’s beautiful!’Clark was recently featured in Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything.” Clark was featured in the December edition of Smithsonian magazine. “I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral,” she’s been quoted as saying.

Here’s “Digital Witness:”

KXT has been playing another of her new songs, “Birth in Reverse:”

  • Twenty-five years ago this week, Jerry Jones took over as owner of the Dallas Cowboys – a move that changed the team, changed North Texas and changed Jones, too. Buying the team was emotional, Jones told ESPN: “There was a pretty serious reach there, risk wise, and I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. I thought I had an idea, so it was a nervous time for me. I remember that. I developed an arrhythmia during that time and I never had an unhealthy day in my life.” Then he fired legendary coach Tom Landry — the first of many, many moves that have attracted criticism. “If I had a chance to do it over again I would’ve waited a year and just got my feet on the ground a little bit more,” Jones said. “And probably just gone with the staff that we had and then later made the ultimate change that I made.” But Jones says that for the NFL and professional sports, the future “is significantly brighter.” ESPN explores Jones’ history with the team. The Dallas Morning News also marks the anniversary.
  • Yu Darvish will be the opening day starter March 31 for the Texas Rangers. “Yu is the kind of guy that doesn’t show a lot of emotion, but he was excited,” manager Ron Washington said. “He said he would work his tail off to represent us well and do the job.” reported: “Darvish was 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA and a league-leading 277 strikeouts last season. The righty finished second in the American League Cy Young Award voting.” The Rangers play the Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day.
  • The recent Ted Nugent controversy appears to have helped Wendy Davis – at least financially. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate attacked Republican Greg Abbott for campaigning last week with Nugent, who has made controversial comments about women and President Obama. The Texas Tribune reports a spike in contributions for Davis in the latest campaign finance reports from Jan. 24 through Saturday. She raised $684,792 during the last six days of the fundraising period, which included the time when Abbott announced he would appear with Nugent. That’s more than the $505,016 she raised in the first 24 days of the period. The Tribune reports: “The Nugent controversy did not seem to affect Abbott’s fundraising efforts. He raised $2.45 million in the latest reporting period and has a large cash-on-hand advantage over Davis, $30 million to $11.3 million.”
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New Survey Says Dallas Sure Could Use Some Affordable Housing for Artists

int2_tanneryloftsOne of Artspace’s Tannery Lofts in Santa Cruz, California.

 Dallas-area arts are big business – together, they have a $322 million impact on the city. But many painters, performers and stage hands have a hard time just paying the rent. KERA’s Jerome Weeks says a new survey of North Texas artists documents a sizable need for affordable housing.

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In 2012, the City of Dallas hired a Minneapolis-based non-profit called Artspace to see how much demand there is for low-income housing among North Texas artists. More than 300 area artists and 47 arts organizations were asked about what they need and could afford in the way of apartments and studio spaces. Also, what would be the best place to locate such a development and what kinds of arts activities it should be designed for – from ceramics to dance to music recording? Kelley Lindquist is the founder and president of Artspace. He says the survey’s findings are pretty clear.

“Let’s face it.” he says. “Dallas has a huge arts market. Dallas could provide many, many hundreds of affordable artists housing and still have everything full and operating.”

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Art&Seek Jr: Let The Good Times Roll! Mardi Gras Events For Kids!

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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.

Hey guess what? Mardi Gras is just one week from today. Time to get out the purple beads, bake the King cake and let the good times roll with some fun Mardi Gras activities!

Like a lot of people, apart from the parties and parades, I knew very little about the origins of the holiday. So when my daughter asked why there was a plastic baby in the big, purple sweet roll (i.e. King Cake) the only response I could come up with was, “because it’s good luck.” F.Y.I. that’s also the go-to answer I give for why we blow out birthday candles, eat black-eyed peas, and have a black cat.

Curious to know more about Mardi Gras we  consulted our old friend Mr. Internets for answers and here’s what we found out. The name “Mardi Gras” is French for “Fat Tuesday,” which comes from the ancient custom of parading a fat ox through Paris on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  The ox was to remind the people that they were not allowed to eat meat during Lent. This subtle reminder drove the people to load up on rich, fatty foods before the 40 days of fasting commenced, and thus the tradition of excessive eating, drinking and partying began.

There are many different accounts of how and when the Mardi Gras celebration came to this county. The account that I like best says that the first celebration happened in New Orleans in 1827 when a group of students who had recently returned from school in Paris put on strange costumes and danced their way through the streets in an effort to recreate the celebrations they had witnessed in Paris. Leave it to college kids to bring the biggest party of them all to the United States.

Put on your beads and laissez les bons temps rouler with one of these kid-appropriate Mardi Gras events.

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The High Five: George W. Bush Library To Showcase Former President’s Paintings

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Former President George W. Bush painted this ornament, which is available for sale. (Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

Former President George W. Bush painted this ornament, which is available for sale. (Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum)


Five stories that have North Texas talking: President Bush to unveil more of his art; the head of ExxonMobil joins a lawsuit against fracking; public art at your bus station; and more.

  • President George W. Bush is a budding artist – and soon he’ll have an exhibition to show off his paintings. The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy is scheduled to open in early April at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and will feature more than two dozen never-before-exhibited portraits painted by Bush. The exhibit will explore the relationships that Bush forged with world leaders to shape international policy. “Portraits will be accompanied by artifacts, photographs, and personal reflections to help illustrate the stories of relationships formed on the world stage,” the library says. (Last November, Bush gave Jay Leno a portrait of the talk show host. Then, during the holidays, the Bush Center sold a cardinal ornament painted by the former president.)  The library also announced its Christmas exhibit — All Creatures Great and Small: Christmas at the White House 2002, which will be the second in a series of holiday exhibits.
  • Not even the head of ExxonMobil wants fracking operations in his neighborhood. Rex Tillerson, who lives in Bartonville, which is north of Flower Mound in Denton County, has joined his neighbors in a suit against a water tower that would be used in part for fracking and drilling operations. The Wall Street Journal reports (via StateImpact Texas) that Tillerson has been showing up at town hall meetings to protest the tower. “He and his neighbors had filed suit to block the tower, saying it is illegal and would create ‘a noise nuisance and traffic hazards,’ in part because it would provide water for use in hydraulic fracturing,” the Journal reports. “He told officials that he and his wife settled in Bartonville to enjoy a rural lifestyle and invested millions in their property after satisfying themselves that nothing would be built above their tree line, according to the council’s audio recording of the meeting.” Tillerson told the council: “I cannot stay in a place where I do not know who to count on and who not to count on.”
  • The Dallas City Council is considering proposed limits on public speakers – and council member Carolyn Davis expressed her displeasure Monday. “People have the right to come down to City Hall,” Davis told the council’s Quality of Life Committee, according to The Dallas Morning News. “You guys don’t own City Hall. You just happen to be elected officials.” She added: “We’re acting like dictatorships.” The News reports that Davis “walked out of the meeting shortly before the committee voted in support of limiting speakers to once every 30 days.” The full council will consider the proposal Wednesday. “Under current rules, anyone who has spoken at the beginning of a meeting within the past 30 days can only speak again within that 30-day period at the end of a council meeting,” The News reports. “The new rule would bar anyone from speaking at the meetings twice within a 30-day period.”
  • A recent cover story about state Sen. Wendy Davis in The New York Times Magazine has generated controversy – and a response from the newspaper’s public editor. The story was headlined: “Can Wendy Davis Have It All?” One reader told the Times: “You are using … the stupid comment: Can she have it all? Women are offended because you would NEVER ask that of a male candidate.” The public editor, Margaret Sullivan, chimed in: “Despite its well-intentioned efforts, this piece managed to trip over a double standard with its detailed examination of Ms. Davis’s biography, including her role in raising her two daughters. … Beginning the reader’s experience with the outdated ‘Have It All’ headline didn’t help, nor did the subheadline: ‘A Texas-Size Tale of Ambition, Motherhood and Political Mythmaking,’ which comes close to suggesting that Ms. Davis is spinning a big lie. Together, they curdle the piece that follows. A description in the second paragraph of Ms. Davis’s ‘fitted black dress and high heels’ and her omnipresent half smile does little to ease the reader’s suspicions.”
  • Public art has been unveiled at the T’s Sierra Vista Transit Plaza in southeast Fort Worth. The T says: “The artwork was created to uniquely reflect the neighborhoods and community surrounding the transit plaza, while visually and thematically connecting with the adjacent Berry-Riverside Urban Village Streetscape and Public Art Project.” The T selected local area artists Larry Enge and Charlotte Lindsay of Montage 48/71 Studio to design the artwork.
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‘The Lady Revealed’ To Play At Theatre 3 For 2 Shows


Nuts to you: Nick Canon as Will Shakespeare and Anne Armenta as Emilia Bassano in The Lady Revealed. Photo by Justin Curtin. – See more at:

 Nick Canon as Will Shakespeare and Anne Armenta as Emilia Bassano in the UNT production of The Lady Revealed. Photo by Justin Curtin.

Last year, we reported that the famous ‘Dark Lady’ had made an appearance in North Texas. The UNT Theatre program staged The Lady Revealed, a play about both the ‘Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets and the Oxford don who believed he had discovered the identity of the bewitching mistress whom William Shakespeare worshiped and castigated in print. UNT theater professor Andrew Harris gets to the story of the Dark Lady through the prolific and pugnacious historian A. L. Rowse who ignited a controversy that still simmers today. But The Lady Revealed is also about an Elizabethan woman, Emilia Bassano — a published poet and the daughter of Italian Jewish musicians brought to London by Henry VIII — a woman so unusual and independent for her era, she deserves attention, regardless of whether she really was Shakespeare’s adulterous lover.

Next month, Theatre 3 will present The Lady Revealed for two free performances — with Theatre 3′s founding director Jac Alder playing Rowse.

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The High Five: ‘Dallas’ Is Back: Those Scheming, Sexy Scoundrels Are Ready For More Backstabbing!

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Season three of the “Dallas” reboot starts tonight; did you catch Vanilla Ice over the weekend?; Rick Perry isn’t ruling out a 2016 presidential bid; and more.

  • The third season of “Dallas” debuts tonight at 8 on TNT – so will it be any good? Yes, say several critics. TV Guide explains it this way: “TNT’s Dallas reboot is looking more than ever the way the show did in its ’80s heyday.” “I think this is a sexier, more fun season than we’ve had before,” executive producer Cynthia Cidre told TV Guide. “There are lots of references to the old show in a really fun way.” Most of the Ewings are living at Southfork Ranch and Sue Ellen turns to drinking – yet again. Josh Henderson (who plays John Ross Ewing – the son of J.R. and Sue Ellen) promises in a promotional video: “Things will be rocky. … A ‘Dallas’ season on steroids.” Linda Gray (who plays Sue Ellen) says: “Fasten your seatbelts.” Remember when the stars were filming the current season last fall? Learn about “Dallas” on TNT’s website. Or catch up on the show via the ‘Dallas’ Facebook page. And if you can’t wait until tonight, here’s an extended trailer:

  • Dallas’ very own Vanilla Ice showed up at a 1980s-theme party at Gilley’s on Saturday. Were you there? He appeared with other one-hit wonders and four folks dressed up as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Dallas Morning News reports: “[About] 1,000 or so people seemed to be having a grand time reliving the ‘80s on Saturday night. Between acts, party-goers happily milled around Gilley’s side rooms, playing free Atari and Ms. Pac Man games and getting their picture taken next to the Ninja Turtles or a replica of the time-traveling DeLorean car from Back to the Future.  A swimsuit-clad female Baywatch ringer walked around giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to male admirers.” Vanilla Ice performed “Ice, Ice Baby,” of course. “[He] gave a shout out to Baylor Medical Center, where he was born, and talked about his old stomping grounds of Flower Mound and Carrollton,” The News reported. “There’s no shame in my game,” Ice said.


  • A four-part series that explores how Dallas design has evolved over the years launches tonight. The 6:30 p.m. session at the Dallas Center for Architecture focuses on the 1960s has been organized by AIA Dallas, the Dallas Center for Architecture and UT-Arlington’s David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. The Dallas Center for Architecture’s website states: “The assassination of John F. Kennedy signaled a shift in the city and prompted Mayor Erik Jonsson to develop Goals for Dallas, a roadmap which guided the city’s growth for several decades.  At the same time, suburban growth and retail developments like NorthPark Center signaled a continuing shift away from a downtown-centric metropolitan area.” The event costs $20. Register here.
  • About 2 percent of Texans have cast ballots so far for the March 4 primary election. Early voting ends Friday – if you head to the polls, make sure you bring a photo ID. “In the state’s largest counties, more Republicans have voted than their Democratic counterparts, except for in Cameron, El Paso, Hidalgo and Travis counties, according to voting data provided by the Texas Secretary of State’s Office,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.


  • Gov. Rick Perry isn’t ruling out a presidential run in 2016. The Hill reports: “On CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ host Candy Crowley asked several governors whether they would rule out running for the White House. Perry was short and definitive in his answer. ‘No,’ Perry said.” Other governors had pretty much ruled it out – for now. The governors of Indiana, Missouri and Connecticut say they’re focused on running their respective states. Perry isn’t running again for governor – frontrunners for the fall election include Greg Abbott, the likely Republican candidate, vs. Wendy Davis, the leading Democratic candidate. Meanwhile, Perry is scheduled to visit Iowa later this week, The Des Moines Register reports.


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New Photo of Bluesman Robert Johnson Identified

Robert-JohnsonThe photo before and after repairs. The long fingers were one of the telltale clues. Photo credit: Noticias descubren.

The Guardian reports that a third photo of Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, creator of such classics as “Hellhound on My Trail” and “Crossroad Blues,” has been authenticated. The news comes a few days after the rights to the only two known photos of Johnson were finally awarded to his son by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The third photo, “newly cleaned-up and authenticated,” was released by the Johnson estate and shows him standing next to musician Johnny Shines.

Although the third photo first came to light in 2007 – on eBay! — little is known about when or where it was taken. Johnson died in 1938 — the year after he made his final recordings in Dallas at 508 Park Avenue. The verification was done by Lois Gibson, who works with the Houston police department and who’s known for successfully identifying the sailor who was captured in a Life magazine photo kissing a young nurse in Times Square on VJ day.

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Review: Uptown Players’ ‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’

Vanya Show stills editThis is funny? Why, yes, it is. Very funny. Diana Sheehan, Bob Hess and Wendy Welch in Uptown Players’ superb Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. All photo credits: Mike Morgan

Many of us became Christopher Durang fans as long ago as 1981, when his controversial Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You eviscerated our traditional Catholic upbringings with hilarious savagery. Consequently, for many long-time admirers, Durang’s winning the Tony Award for best play last year for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was a long-awaited, well-deserved recognition of this country’s most sharp-witted stage satirist. The fact that Durang — with his literary barbs, his theater references, his deadpan ghoulishness, his general off-Broadway camp absurdism — the fact that Durang actually had a hit on Broadway still seems … odd. Or just wonderfully unexpected.

Admittedly, the success of V&S&M&S was partly assured by the star draws of David Hyde Pierce and Sigourney Weaver. Still, consider: When added together, the box-office runs of all four of Durang’s previous Broadway efforts barely eked out two months. That’s hardly enough to cover the liquor bill for the opening-night parties.

So finally getting to see V&S&M&S in Dallas in a nearly note-perfect regional premiere from Uptown Players has only added to that glow of long-delayed pleasure. The play is Durang’s comic update and mash-up of Anton Chekhov’s classics. We have the family estate in the Pennsylvania countryside — at the moment inhabited by adult siblings Vanya and Sonia. The two have settled into the cozy routines of unmarried, middle-aged decline: They watch the blue heron come to the pond in the early morning while they sip coffee. And then the mousy Masha smashes her cup in frustration over her passed-by, sexless existence. Truth be told, Vanya feels left behind and unhappy as well, particularly as he’s gay and closeted.

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Saturday Spotlight – The 4th Annual Celebration of Black Aviation

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Black_AviationFor this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re celebrating Black History Month with an exhibition at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Flight Museum in Fort Worth. The 4th Annual Celebration of Black Aviation includes memorabilia chronicling the history of African Americans in flight and in space and a presentation by author and historian C.B. Rice.

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