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Glasstire Top 5: Jennie Ottinger

We’re continuing to share Glasstire’s weekly Top 5 – a look at their picks for art to see around the state.

This week, there was one pick from the DFW area – Jennie Ottinger’s new project “Postal Mortem.”  Ottinger is attempting to save the United States Postal Service through this project by mailing postcards with handwritten social media-esque messages and related drawings.

The event in Dallas is happening on Saturday, November 15, from 6-9 PM at The Reading Room.  There’s going to be a huge stamp exchange, so make sure you bring your stamps with you to show them off or swap for others (like trading cards)!

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The Big Screen: The Beauty of ESPN’s 30 For 30

BigScreen_logoSMALLDallas native Thaddeus Matula has directed a pair of documentaries that have aired as part of ESPN’s 30 For 30 seriesPony Excess and Brian and the Boz. This week, we talk to him about how the films put human faces on sports figures.

Matula will show Brian and the Boz and Pony Excess at the Angelica Film Center in Dallas on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Tickets are free, but you need to RSVP.

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 So Nice To Be Nice: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group At The Wyly Theater

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The cast of NICE rehearsing at Eastfield College.

Danielle Georgiou has danced in some odd places – empty warehouses, streets and homes. Now the founder of Danielle Georgiou Dance Group is bringing her new show, called “Nice,” to a more traditional space – the 6th floor of the Wyly Theater. It’s part of the “Elevator Project,” an attempt to give smaller arts groups some visibility in the Dallas Arts District.  Georgiou says she and her dancers use old etiquette rules and ’40s music to examine what happens when we try too hard to behave.

  • Danielle Georgiou Dance Group presents NICE, starting Thurs., at the Wyly Theater.
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Fun Fun Fun Photos

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Fun Fun Fun Fest kicked off for the 9th year in Austin last weekend.  Volunteer photographer Nathan Edge was there to capture some of the performances.

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SMU Names New Dean Of Meadows School Of The Arts

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Sam Holland, new dean of SMU’s Meadows College of the Arts. Photo: Kim Leeson

What is it with keyboard-pounders at SMU? The university has just replaced a pianist-dean with a pianist-dean.

Sam Holland, the current head of SMU’s music division in the Meadows School of the Arts, has been appointed dean of the Meadows. Holland replaces Jose Bowen, who left this summer to become president of Goucher College in Baltimore.(We spoke with Holland in June about fabled cellist Lev Aronson, who taught at SMU.)

Holland had been serving as interim dean, since Bowen’s departure, and will also hold the school’s Algur H. Meadows Chair. His teaching area — in his 20 years at SMU — has been piano and piano pedagogy and he’d run the music division since 2010.

It’ll be interesting to see what paths Holland will follow: He looks like a choice for continuity, while Bowen was definitely a bet on change — simply hiring a jazz-playing dean was unprecedented. Needless to say, not everyone on the faculty loved or respected Bowen’s choices. He tried to drag the Meadows into more fully engaging with the city that surrounds it. But Bowen came here when the Arts District took off, and he saw working with the Dallas art scene as an opportunity, while helping students navigate careers in a digital future was a necessity.

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Stunning Visuals Of A Texas River’s Life In ‘Yakona: Water Rising’

This week on Frame of Mind, watch a stunning documentary from the perspective of the San Marcos River!

  • Tune in to KERA TV on Thursday at 10 PM to catch this week’s episode!
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I spoke with Paul Collins, one of the directors of Yakona, while he was in the airport waiting to come back to Texas from the BLUE Ocean Film Festival.

On the idea behind this film:

I came to Texas State University in San Marcos in 1999 for my undergrad.  I was an Arts student and during that time I got to know the community and the river really well.  One thing that attracted me to the river was that I grew up in Canada, surrounded by nature and streams and rivers, and that was my childhood.  So when I got to San Marcos, the river really reminded me a lot of growing up and being around nature.  It was a sort of escape for me – going to the river.  I spent a lot of time going to the river and snorkeling a lot.  What really blew me away was how clear the water was and how many amazing things I was seeing.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Home For The Holidays

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Well, the cooler weather you’ve been wishing for since July is finally here. If the dropping temperatures and chance of precipitation doesn’t jolt you into thinking about the holidays perhaps this Big Deal can ease you into the holiday spirit.  Join the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for their Home for the Holidays concert featuring, of course the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Texas Boys Choir and the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale. In this season inaugural event enjoy holiday carols, sing-along with some of the classics, and duck snow flurries in Bass Hall. Wait a minute, you say. Did I say snow flurries in Bass Hall? Why, yes I did. Tickets to the merry musicale are good for the Nov. 29, 2 p.m. performance.

While you are signing up for this Big Deal go ahead and sign up for our other offerings this week – tickets to the annual art auction  ART CON X in Trinity Groves in West Dallas, or tickets to The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls playing at The Undermain Theatre in Dallas.

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 sing-along with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in their Home for the Holidays concert.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: ART CON X

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The folks at Art Conspiracy sure do know how to throw a great shindig. They should. They’ve had 10 years to practice. The street-level art philanthropic group brings musicians and artists together to raise money for local creative groups and programs. This year’s beneficiary will be the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico.

ART CON X will feature an auction of more than 100 works from local artists giving you the opportunity to purchase original artwork.  And while you are waiting for the bidding to start there’ll be plenty of things going on to keep you busy. You can nosh on goodies at food trucks, there’ll be Live Murals, and Interactive Art Projects all the while listening to live music by Booty Fade, Son of Stan, The Happy Bullets and DJ Ceepee. Art&Seek will be adding to the fun with our very own Art Hunt.  We give you clues and  you look for certificates hidden in the decked out warehouse, located at 500 Singleton Blvd., in the Trinity Groves area of West Dallas. Bring your found certificate to us at the Art&Seek table to say, “Hi” and to claim your prize. Now, since the event is this Saturday, Nov. 15, we will be drawing our winners early on Friday so be sure to check your inbox before you leave on Friday afternoon. You don’t want to be reading our email first thing Monday morning.

Now is also the perfect time to browse our other Big Deals this week – tickets to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays concert at Bass Performance Hall, or tickets to The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls playing at The Undermain Theatre in Dallas.

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 party for a good at ART CON X.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Be sure to check your inbox to see if we contacted you.

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The Big Deal: ‘The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls’ At The Undermain Theatre

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A mix of realism, fantasy and musical comedy is how one critic described the subject of this Big Deal. The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls will have its regional premiere at the Undermain Theatre in Dallas. In the play, written by dramatist Meg Miroshnik, four young women in modern Russia must combat evil potatoes, a ferocious bear, and a wicked witch and armed only with their wits, an axe, and – – stilettos. Win this Big Deal and your tickets will be good for the Nov. 19 performance.

But don’t put away that mouse clicker yet. You might also be interested in signing up for our other complimentary tickets this week – tickets to the annual art auction, ART CON X in Trinity Groves in West Dallas, or tickets to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays concert 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 the darkly funny The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls at the Undermain Theatre.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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Art&Seek Jr: 4 Weekend Family “Fun-Day” Events

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.

We’re almost through the middle of November and for a lot of people that half-way point signals the rapid approach of the holiday season. We’re only a couple of weeks away from Thanksgiving, and from there it’s just a blur until Jan. 1.  Sure, time with family is a big part of the whole holiday hoopla. But the hussle and bussle  and the frenetic pace of the season can definitely affect the quantity and quality of that much talked about family time that we’re all suppose to be having (and enjoying).

Here a few events to help you savor that quality family time before it’s time head off to grandma’s house or start stuffing the turkey.

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