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Secrets Of The Meyerson: A Conversation With Mort Meyerson

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Morton H. Meyerson. Photo: Dane Walters

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has been celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Meyerson Symphony Center — which was hailed as a signal achievement in concert hall design when it opened. Last September, we marked the start of the celebrations with a digital project, Secrets of the Meyerson. 

Now, the end of the DSO’s regular concert season is approaching and the new Soluna Festival debuts next month. It’s time for our final chapter of Secrets of the Meyerson. In his home, we sat down with Morton H. Meyerson, the man who successfully headed up the concert hall building committee for ten years — even though he had no experience with city government or major building construction. The man who — our interview subjects repeatedly said — held things together, found consensus with disputing factions, pushed for solutions when major roadblocks came up and kept the whole, complex, political, musical, organizational, architectural effort moving forward. Read More »

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The Big Screen: High Kicking With The Rangerettes

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BIG SCREEN LOGO FOR POSTThe Kilgore College Rangerettes have performed at presidential inaugurations, New Year’s Day parades and events across the globe – all in their signature red, white and blue uniforms. A new documentary looks at the history of the world’s first drill team and follows high-kicking hopefuls who hope to continue the tradition. This week, we talk to its creative team.

Sweethearts of the Gridiron screens at the Angelika Film Center on Saturday afternoon at 4:30.

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

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It’s All Things Tech At Season-Ending State Of The Arts Thursday.

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Jeff Whittington.

How is technology changing innovation and creativity in the arts? That’s the topic for State of the Arts at the Dallas Museum of Art Thursday night. KERA’s Jeff Whittington will host the conversation. He recently spoke with artist Alison Jardine, one of  panelists, about her project on Twitter – collaborating with hundreds of others to manipulate an image of one of her artworks.
“I sent out an image of one of my oil paintings and asked people to capture it and send it back to me over Twitter,” Jardine says. “I then selected an image based on my aesthetic preference as the fittest to survive to the next round.”
Jardine also talked about the increasing presence of digital technology in the practice of art.

Alison Jardine.

Alison Jardine.

“It’s the first time that the tools artists use and the way the artwork is viewed or experienced is the same medium – the same device…digital technologies are the paint, the canvas, the wall, the gallery all rolled into one.”
Explore more of Jardine’s artwork; hear from Dale Carman, the founder of animation and film studio ReelFX; and learn from Dan Kohl how the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is using technology to innovate the museum industry tonight at 7 at the Dallas Museum of Art. Art&Seek is happy to be a partner with the DMA to bring you this series. It’s the last one of the season. Come join us.

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Huge Portraits of Dallas Faces Adorn Downtown Facades

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The largest street photography exhibit in Dallas history will celebrate what best distinguishes one city from the next as well as any other city from Dallas—its architecture, its public art and most of all, its people.

Local photographer Richard Andrew Sharum created Observe Dallas last summer as a public art installation project to inform and remind the city of its own design and existence through large-scale photographic portraits that span the exteriors of staple downtown buildings.

All eight of the prints were shot in Dallas between 2006 and 2014 and portray familiar yet unique Dallas scenes, like the working class downtown and a family in Klyde Warren Park. The prints will be displayed week-by-week until Sunday, May 31 at different downtown locales. The third print, titled Ronnie, went public Monday at 550 S. Ervay St.

The first print, called One Main Place, was installed on Friday, April 10 and will be on display at 211 N. Ervay Street until April 2016. The black and white photograph portrays a homeless citizen sitting on a bench downtown and looking upward on a bright, sunny day.

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One Main Place

This print is one of two featuring homeless Dallasites—a decision Sharum hopes will contribute to a more diverse depiction of the city’s makeup and inspire solutions to the growing homelessness in the area, according to a press release.

“I truly believe observation is the key to empathy and education, two ideals that are important to the progression of mankind,” Sharum says in a press release. “I want these images to inspire people to pay attention to their surroundings, whether it’s addressing the homeless issue, something I find people are afraid to talk about, or simply creating their own works of public art. Everyone is equal in these photographs.”

Sharum also hopes to capture the city of Dallas in its present state and to employ downtown as his own gallery for the public to experience, according to a press release.

“Downtown Dallas is beautiful and its architecture is historic. By photographing these people and buildings as they are now, I can do my part in documenting the history of the city as it is now,” he says in a press release.

Here’s the schedule for the spring exhibition:

April 10 – April 2016: One Main Place, 2014 at 211 N. Ervay St.
April 13 – May 25: Metro Bar, 2006 at 800 Main St.
April 20 – May 11: Ronnie, 2014, at 500 S. Ervay St.
April 27 – May 18: Father and Daughter, 2006 at 325 N. Saint Paul St.
May 4 – May 31: Father and Son, 2014 at 601 Elm St.
May 11 – May 31: Homeless Woman, 2014 at 500 S. Ervay St.
May 18 – May 31: Woman at Crosswalk, 2014 at 325 N. Saint Paul St.
May 25 – May 31: Immigrant Reform Protest, 2006 at 800 Main St.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Opera Festival’s ‘Dog Days’

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The Fort Worth Opera continues its commitment to producing contemporary works. For their 2015 Opera Festival they have partnered with Beth Morrison Projects to present the regional premiere of Dog Days.  The opera, composed by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, only had its world premiere in 2012.

How do the rules of humanity change in a post-apocalyptic America? For 13-year old Lisa and her family the world as they know it increasingly decays and disappears.  When a man dressed as a dog shows up begging for food the family’s humanity is put to the ultimate test. Win a pair of premium seating tickets for the May 1 performance of Dog Days at the Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

If you like this Big Deal then you’ll want to be sure and sign up for our other two Big Deals this week – tickets to see the musical, Newsies at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, or tickets to Dallas Theater Center’s Sense and Sensibility at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

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 see Fort Worth Opera present Dog Days.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: Dallas Theater Center’s ‘Sense And Sensibility’

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The Dallas Theater Center will present Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. You don’t have to be a card-carrying Janeite to appreciate this romantic comedy by the English author. Will Elinor’s good sense or her sister Marianne’s impulsive passion win out at the end of the day?  Find out the answer. Enter to win tickets to see this period-perfect adaptation of the classic tale. Your pair of tickets are valid for the Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 performance.

And it only makes sense to take the time now to go ahead and sign up for our other Big Deals – tickets to see Newsies at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas, or tickets to see Fort Worth Opera Festival’s Dog Days at the Scott Theatre 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 see Sense and Sensibility presented by Dallas Theater Center.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: ‘Newsies’ At The AT&T Performing Arts Center

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Extra! Extra! Disney Theatrical Productions’ Newsies, gets delivered to the Winspear Opera House next month. Read all about it. The musical, inspired by the Newsboy Strike of 1899, tells the story of a band of newspaper delivery boys who decide to fight the powerful newspaper publishers.  With a score by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Jack Feldman, the musical won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Score and for Best Choreography. Sign up to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see the high-energy production on April 29.

This is also the perfect place to read all about our other Big Deals this week – tickets to Fort Worth Opera Festival’s Dog Days at the Scott Theatre, and the Dallas Theater Center’s Sense and Sensibility at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

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 see Disney’s Newsies at the Winspear Opera House.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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Art&Seek Jr: Wrap Your Arms Around The Earth With These 5 Events

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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.

As my good friend Kermit says, “it’s not easy being green.” In my particular case, it’s not ease that trips me up from being green, it’s memory. It never fails, I’m in the check out line at the grocery store when I remember I’ve left my reusable bags in the car. If I even entertain the idea of using plastic grocery store bags” just this one time,” my 9-year-old will lecture me about the evils of plastic bags. “Those are bad for sea animals!” she says looking up at me incredulously. “Sea turtles eat plastic bags and then they die. You don’t want to kill the sea turtles, do you, mommy?” It’s the trembling lip and the big eyes that send me back out to the car every time.

Although it can be a teensy bit disconcerting to get a dressing down on environmental awareness in front of the checker at Kroger, it makes my heart feel good to know that future generations have taken the task of being green seriously. If Ms. Veazey’s third graders are any indication, Mother Earth is indeed in good hands.

Celebrate Earth Day and future stewardship of the planet with one of these family-friendly events

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to  Fabio Bonasera of Pisa, Italy, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. This is Fabio’s second win in our little contest; his first win came in March of last year. He follows last week’s winner, Jochem Herremans.

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 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 Fabio.flickr guy

Title of photo: Ciao Autunno

Equipment: Canon eos 1100 d sigma 18 200 f3.5 6.3

Tell us more about your photo: I took this shot in Pisa in the autumn with the Orton technique to express more effectively the autumn colors. The shoe while representing a contrasting element is a crucial subject.

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Former Car Salesman From Kentucky Wins Top Prize In Dallas Opera Competition

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A former car salesman from Kentucky won first place and $10,000 Sunday night at the 27th annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.

To advance from semi-finals, Anthony Clark Evans sang Zurga’s aria, “L’orage s’est calmé” from Georges Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles followed by “Si può?  Si può?” from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.  For the  finals Sunday night, he performed “O du, mein holder Abendstern” from Wagner’s Tannhäuse.

Winners and finalists (from left to right): Anthony Clark Evans, J'nai Bridges, Jungwon Choi, Sarah Mesko, Elizabeth Sutphen and John Brancy. Credit: Karen Almond, Dallas Opera

Winners and finalists (from left to right): Anthony Clark Evans, J’nai Bridges, Jungwon Choi, Sarah Mesko, Elizabeth Sutphen and John Brancy. Credit: Karen Almond, Dallas Opera

It’s hardly Evans’ first big win. The young baritone first attracted attention in the opera world in 2012, when he won the Grand Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He went on to win more top prizes:  the 2013 Gerda Lissner Vocal Competition,  the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation Competition, and a 2014 Sullivan Award.

Evans studied at Murray State University, but dropped out  for financial reasons, he told the Louisville Courier-Journal in 2014. He kept singing and studying on his own after marrying and taking a job at a Toyota dealership. These days, car sales are taking a back seat to big roles. Evans is in his second year at the Ryan Opera Center in Chicago. He also debuted in Otello at Lyric Opera in Chicago and has had several additional roles with the company, as well as debuts with Ravinia Festival and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

This year’s vocal competition began with 362 applicants from all over the U.S. Other top prize winners included: J’Nai Bridges, a mezzo-soprano, who won the $5,000 Second Place Prize and the $1,000 People’s Choice Award and Sarah Mesko, a mezzo soprano, who took the Third Prize of $2,500.

For more information on the other finalists and their performances, visit dallasopera.org and find more opera events on Art&Seek’s calendar.

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