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The High Five: Sixth Floor Museum Marks 25th Anniversary With Yearlong Celebration

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The Sixth Floor Museum is marking its 25th anniversary. (Shutterstock)

The Sixth Floor Museum is marking its 25th anniversary. (Shutterstock)

Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Sixth Floor Museum is 25 years old; longtime WFAA-TV anchor Gloria Campos is retiring; Dallas is interested in hosting the 2016 GOP convention, and more:

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is marking its 25th anniversary with a year-long celebration that starts today. After President Kennedy was shot at Dealey Plaza in 1963, some hoped the Texas School Book Depository would have been torn down. Instead, it’s become one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions. Today at 11 a.m., associate curator Stephen Fagin will present a history of the museum based on his book, “Assassination and Commemoration: JFK, Dallas and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.” At 2 p.m., curator Gary Mack will present “From Outsider to Insider,” a look at the museum’s early days. Oh, and there will be cake, too – at 3 p.m., at the Museum Store + Café, which is across from the museum. The museum’s core exhibit, “John F. Kennedy and the Memory of a Nation,” opened on Presidents’ Day in 1989. Today, the museum includes more than 45,000 items, including 1,200 oral histories.

  • Could Dallas host the 2016 Republican National Convention? The city is preparing a bid for Dallas to host the event, but the Wednesday deadline is looming. “The logistics of putting something together like this are right up there with the Super Bowl,” Matthew Jones, executive vice president of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, told WFAA-TV. Up to 15,000 delegates would attend, but thousands of others would be in the city, too. The convention would be held at the American Airlines Center. Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and a delegation will fly to RNC headquarters March 3 to present the proposal, WFAA reported. Denver and Las Vegas are among the cities that have expressed interest in hosting.
  • Gloria Campos, the longtime WFAA-TV 10 p.m. news anchor, has announced she is retiring. Her last newscast will be March 7. Campos, WFAA’s first Hispanic anchor, started at the station in 1984. For many years, she anchored both the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. She anchored her last 6 p.m. newscast in 2012. The station announced that morning anchor Cynthia Izaguirre will replace Campos on the 10 p.m. news. Take a video tour of Campos’ career here.
  • It will cost the city of Dallas about $200 million to maintain its arts facilities and build new ones. A Dallas City Council committee heard the news Tuesday, The Dallas Morning News reports.High on the to-do list: Overhaul the aging Majestic Theatre, where the carpets and bathrooms haven’t been touched since the ’70s, the exterior façade is “failing” and letting in water, and a new HVAC system’s desperately needed,” the newspaper reports. The Meyerson Symphony Center needs to have its HVAC replaced – that could cost $10 million. The Dallas Museum of Art needs a new fire suppression system. The Kalita Humphreys Theater, needs about $30 million in improvements. Council members have asked city officials to come up with a plan to maintain and improve the buildings.
  • Mexican architect Carlos Bedoya is the featured speaker tonight in the Dallas Architecture Forum’s lecture series at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre. A reception is at 6:15 p.m. Bedoya is founding partner of the Mexico City architectural firm PRODUCTORA, which has been honored as an international emerging voice by the Architectural League of New York. The group’s work has been exhibited at Beijing’s National Museum of Art and at the Victoria & Albert. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for students with ID. Learn more here.
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Denton Writer Shay Youngblood Found Her Voice In Rooms Where Baldwin Worked

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A 25-year-old Shay Youngblood works at the Yaddo artists colony in 1985. She would later chase the spirit of fellow alums Langston Hughes and James Baldwin to Paris.

For almost 30 years, writer Shay Youngblood has found a retreat at the Yaddo artists’ community in Saratoga Springs, New York. The estate was a haven for Langston Hughes and James Baldwin, and still nurtures promising young talent. Black Girl in Paris is one of the books Youngblood worked on there. A film adaptation of the book was just released and is available on HBO and OnDemand this month.

As part of our series “KERA Voices: Making Black History,” Youngblood remembers the very first day she took a seat at the table.

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Samurai! A Conversation With Kimbell Curator Jennifer Casler Price

armor-with-the-features-of-a-tengu-CloseupTengu armor, late Edo Period, 1854. Iron, lacquer, fiber, bear fur, leather, feathers, fabric.

Samurai is the new exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum. It features more than 140 pieces from the collection of Dallasites Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. These are some of the finest examples of the Japanese artworks that are both fierce and beautiful. The show is so rich, so visually stunning, KERA’s Jerome Weeks asked curator Jennifer Casler Price to pick out her favorite at the Kimbell and discuss it.

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Weeks: So, Jennifer, for your favorite piece, you selected this particular suit of Samurai armor, complete with helmet, and it’s a stunning suit, very striking. It looks like a screaming eagle or something.  Could you describe it and explain why it looks like this?

Price: Actually, it doesn’t look anything like the other suits. First of all, it has a bird-head helmet with radiating feathers coming off the back. And then the actual chest armor and sleeves look like human musculature. So this is a suit of armor that is in the form of a tengu. And tengu is a mythical creature, it can be half-man, half-bird, it can be a little bit diabolical. It also has Buddhist connections, so there’s a lot symbolically going on.

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Flickr Photo of the Week

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Flickr post 600xCongratulations to Matt Harvey of Addison, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. Matt has won our contest multiple times; his last victory was back in July 2013. He follows last week’s winner, Oscar Duran.

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. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Monday to Sunday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Monday 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 Wednesday.

Now here’s more from Matt:

Name:  Matt Harvey

City of residence:  Addison

Title of photo:  The Towers in the Fog

Equipment:  Lumix G6 w/14-42 lens

Tell us more about your photo:  I recently switched from a dSLR to mirrorless and had been wanting to get out and shoot a bit, but work and other obligations had prevented it. Finally, I had a free Sunday a couple of weeks ago and, despite the gloomy fog, decided to head over to Fort Worth to make the best of it. After exiting a downtown parking garage, the City Center complex towers rising into the fog was the first thing I saw, so I took several shots and ended up liking this one the best.

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The Big Deal: ‘We Will Rock You, The Musical’ Presented by Dallas Summer Musicals

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Back in the 1970s the British band Queen was rocking the charts with songs like Another One Bites the Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Killer Queen, and Bohemian Rhapsody. Fast forward today and those hits by the British ensemble has spawned the theatrical presentation We Will Rock You.

We Will Rock You, The Musical is set further into the future in a place called iPlanet or as it was once known – Earth. It is a time where musical instruments are banned, songs are generated by computers, and hits are scheduled in advance. Resistance to the Killer Queen and her Ga Ga rule is futile. Or is it? The underground Bohemians who resist the safe, and happy predetermined world have powerful inspirations in songs like We Will Rock You, and We are the Champions, – - and in a hairy guitar god named Galileo.

The Dallas Summer Musicals presents We Will Rock You, The Musical March 4 through March 16 at Music Hall at Fair Park.  For this Big Deal, sign up to win a pair of tickets for opening night, March 4.

And while you are signing up for this Big Deal you might also want to take a chance at being the champion of our other Big Deal this week, tickets to see Texas Ballet Theater’s Epic Masterpieces: Serenade, L & Gloria at Bass Performance Hall.

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 We Will Rock You, The Musical.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The High Five: Coco Is Coming! Conan O’Brien To Tape His Talk Show In Dallas

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Are you ready for Conan O'Brien? The talk show host, and his sidekick, Andy Richter, will tape shows in Dallas in late March and early April. (TBS/Conan O'Brien)

Are you ready for Conan O’Brien? The talk show host, and his sidekick, Andy Richter, will tape shows in Dallas in late March and early April. (TBS/Conan O’Brien)

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Get ready for Coco; military veterans are in the spotlight today at the George W. Bush Institute; so long, Summer Adventures in Fair Park; and more.

  • Conan O’Brien is coming to Dallas – he’ll be taping his TBS show at the Majestic Theatre March 31-April 3. (Seems that practically everyone will be in North Texas in early April for the NCAA Final Four in Arlington.) Get your tickets here. But you’ve been warned: “Please note ticketing will be in excess of seating capacity and a reservation does not guarantee admission. Although we do not anticipate turning reservation holders away, it is possible. The closer you arrive to the check-in deadline stated in your reservation, the higher your chance of being turned away. TRANSLATION: Please come as early as possible!”
  • Military veterans will be the focus today at the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Center. The institute, which is the center’s policy arm, will bring together leaders from private, public and non-profit sectors to examine how Americans can better support veterans and their families. President George W. Bush will address the event. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will also deliver remarks. She’s the co-founder of Joining Forces, an effort to help military families. Watch videos of Bush and Biden addressing the event.
  • Rock musician Ted Nugent appeared with Republican governor hopeful Greg Abbott in North Texas Tuesday and that attracted criticism from Wendy Davis, Abbott’s Democratic rival. Davis, who was in Fort Worth, said she thought that Abbott appearing with Nugent on the first day of early voting spoke volumes about the Republican candidate. “Greg Abbott’s embrace of Ted Nugent and his ideals is an insult to every woman in Texas and it should be an insult to every man, every husband, brother, father, son, in Texas,” Davis said. Davis said that’s because Nugent has demeaned women verbally and otherwise. Abbott told reporters that he doesn’t know what Nugent has done in the past. Abbott told reporters: “I don’t know what he may have said or done in is background. What I do know is Ted Nugent stands for the Constitution. He stands against the federal government over-reaching.” Here’s a recap of Nugent’s visit.
  • How much water is being used during the fracking process? The Texas Tribune crunched the numbers and produced this visualization. “The amount of water used for hydraulic fracturing in Texas is less than 1 percent of the state’s total water use. But in at least one county, the amount of water used for fracking in 2012 was more water than the entire county used in 2011. And in other counties, fracking water use in 2012 equaled at least half of the county’s water usage in 2011.” The Tribune also focused on Montague County, which is northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth and is part of the Barnett Shale. The Tribune reports: While drilling activity has decreased in the Barnett Shale, “water use for fracking is still high in Montague County. Fracking operations there in 2012 used about one-third the amount of water the entire county, with a population of about 20,000, used in 2011.”
  • So long, Summer Adventures. The summertime attraction in Fair Park is shutting down after just one season. City officials have long tried to pump up offerings at Fair Park throughout the year. The State Fair of Texas, which operated the theme park, was disappointed in the low attendance figures. (It’s not saying how many people attended last summer.) The State Fair spent about $30 million on creating Summer Adventures, although many of the attractions, including Top o’ Texas tower, will continue to be used during fairtime. “We used social media, we did advertising, we even cut our rates in half hoping there at the end we could introduce it to a lot of people,” State Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding told The Dallas Morning News. “But this just wasn’t a viable opportunity this summer to make that work.”
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Art&Seek Jr: Lots To Like At The Library For Little Ones

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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.

When you’re expecting a baby it seems as if everybody and his dog is full of tips, advice and anecdotal examples of the best ways to take care of junior.  I got an earful on everything from how to beat morning sickness, to making your own baby food when I was pregnant with my wee bundle of joy. One piece of advice stuck – I’m still doing it – and with this week’s events, you can too.

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The High Five: Greg Abbott Blasted For Appearing With Rocker Ted Nugent Today In North Texas

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Ted Nugent is scheduled to appear with Greg Abbott, who's running for governor. (Doug James / Shutterstock.com)

Ted Nugent is scheduled to appear with Greg Abbott, who’s running for governor. (Doug James / Shutterstock.com)

Five stories that have North Texas talking: A rocker is attracting criticism; another lawsuit in the Six Flags over Texas roller coaster incident; early voting starts today; and more:

  • Rock musician Ted Nugent is scheduled to appear with Republican governor hopeful Greg Abbott in North Texas Tuesday – and that’s attracting criticism from Democrats and women’s groups. They don’t care for his name-calling and relationships with teenage girls when he was younger. The Dallas Morning News reports: “Abbott’s campaign for governor said Monday he might not agree with some of Nugent’s language but praised the Motor City Madman as an avid defender of the Constitution. The campaign did not comment regarding Nugent’s inappropriate affairs from 30 years ago.” Matt Angle, director of the Lone Star Project, a political action committee, told The News: “Greg Abbott has crisscrossed our state publicly promising to protect Texas women and children while he’s been making plans to appear at campaign events with an admitted sexual predator.” In a 1998 documentary on VH1, Nugent admitted having affairs with several underage girls. “I was addicted to girls. It was hopeless. It was beautiful,” he said. Nugent is scheduled to appear with Abbott this morning at a Denton restaurant and later today at a Wichita Falls coffeehouse. (Update: Here’s the latest on the Nugent visit — as well as reaction from Wendy Davis, the Democrat running for governor.)
  • Six Flags Over Texas is suing the German manufacturer of the Texas Giant, saying the roller coaster car was a defective product and dangerous in design. The lawsuit comes after a Dallas grandmother, Rosa Esparza, plunged 75 feet to her death last summer. Six Flags filed the lawsuit Friday in Tarrant County. Last fall, the family of Rosa Esparza sued Six Flags and other groups, including Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, the German company that made the ride. Six Flags and Gerstlauer have denied liability. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports: “In the filing, Six Flags said it was ‘simply a conduit of providing the ride for the public’s use’ and is seeking ‘full indemnity’ from Gerstlauer.”
  • Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles is scheduled to meet today with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other department officials. The Dallas Morning News reports that Miles will update the department on Dallas ISD’s efforts regarding teacher quality and evaluation, as well as early childhood. “These are two priorities for President Obama and the Department, and I look forward to hearing their perspective and advice on our efforts in Dallas,” Miles told trustees in a memo, The News reports.
  • After its record-setting visit to the Winspear Opera House last August, it makes sense for The Book of Mormon to come back to North Texas. But you’ll have to wait a year. It’s not here until February 2015. That’s the headline from the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s announcement Monday of its 2014/2015 Broadway Series season. KERA’s Jerome Weeks with Art&Seek reports: They include two venerable war horses — The Phantom of the Opera, tricked out with a new production design, and Annie. Plus, there are two musicals adapted from movies, Once and Newsies. And Motown: The Musical.
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‘The Book of Mormon’ Is Coming Back To AT&T PAC … And Some Other Shows Will Be Here, Too

1922Motown: The Musical with the Tempations played by Jesse Nager, Donald Webber, Jr., Julius Thomas III, Ephraim Sykes and Jawan M. Jackson. Photo credit: Joan Marcus

After its record-setting visit to the Winspear Opera House last August, it makes sense for The Book of Mormon to swing back by and rake in some more  ca– I mean, make very happy a couple thousand North Texans who didn’t get the chance to see it the first time. But you’ll have to wait a year. It’s not here until February 2015.

So, in order to keep you entertained until that frabjous day, the good folks at the AT&T PAC are presenting a slew of other Broadway musicals. Two venerable war horses — The Phantom of the Opera, tricked out with a new production design, and Annie, plus two musicals adapted from movies, Once and Newsies, and a musical bouncing to that big thumping beat, telling the story of a Detroit auto worker who creates an empire built on soul music, along the way transforming our American sound, black aspirations and the kind of spinning footwork back-up singers can do. But huh, lookee there, it’s not Dreamgirls. No, it’s the Berry Gordy-approved Motown: The Musical, which means it’s likely a boomer-nostalgic, jukebox musical, recycled R&B division.

In any event, here’s the important info: Season subscriptions are on sale now. No word, though, on when single tickets go on sale.

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The High Five: Tonight’s The Last Night For The Chinese Lantern Festival In Fair Park

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President Lyndon Johnson met with Civil Rights activists in 1965. (Credit Yoichi Okamoto / LBJ Library photo)

President Lyndon Johnson met with Civil Rights activists in 1965. (Credit Yoichi Okamoto / LBJ Library photo)

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Paying tribute to LBJ; a Van Cliburn auction; tonight’s the last night for the Chinese Lantern Festival; and more.

  • Today, the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum is announcing that it will hold a Civil Rights Summit in April to mark the 50th anniversary of Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act. The ceremony is a chance to reconsider Johnson’s presidency. The New York Times reports that his family and friends argue that his legacy has “been overwhelmed by the tragedy of the Vietnam War, and has failed to take into account the blizzard of domestic legislation enacted in the five years Johnson was in the White House.” Three former presidents are expected to attend the April ceremony – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, The Times reports. President Obama might be there, too. Later, there will be celebrations of the 50th anniversaries of various Johnson initiatives: “Medicare, the Clean Air Act, public broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Head Start, the requirements for seatbelts, and warnings on cigarette packs.”
  • A public memorial service takes place at 10 a.m. today for William Scott Tanksley, a Dallas firefighter who died during last week’s ice storm after falling from the Spur 408 overpass. Today’s memorial service is at the Terrell ISD Performing Arts Center. A large crowd is expected He will then be buried at Restland Cemetery in Dallas. WFAA-TV reported that at least 300 people attended a service Sunday night in Mabank. “At one point, the line out the front door snaked around the back of Eubanks Cedar Creek Funeral Home,” the station said. The Terrell Tribune has more.
  • Hundreds of items from the estate of pianist Van Cliburn will be put up for auction next month at Christie’s. In 2012, bidders paid $4.4 million for 166 lots of his collection of antiques, jewelry and other items, The Dallas Morning News reports. Cliburn died last February. The auction takes place March 4 and 5. The News reports: “His mother had a passion for fine chairs and the Christie’s auction has plenty of those, including a number of George III period dining chairs. One sentimental item is an 1869 C. Bechstein piano purchased by Mrs. Cliburn in the 1940s and given to her son.”
  • The United States Navy Band is presenting a free concert tonight at 7:30. It’s at the University of North Texas’ Murchison Performing Arts Center. The band says: “This special performance by the Navy’s premier musical organization is part of the Navy Band’s national tour. The band performs frequently at the White House and the U.S. capitol building, and has participated in 21 presidential inaugurals.” Members of several area high school bands will join the band to perform John Philip Sousa’s “Washington Post March.” Tickets are required. (Update: Tickets are no longer available. But you can watch the concert live online tonight.)
  • The Chinese Lantern Festival ends tonight. The Fair Park show, which has been open since the State Fair of Texas this fall, features 25 scenes. They include a royal dragon boat and a 52-foot-tall porcelain pagoda made from 68,000 plates, bowls, spoons and wine cups. A team of more than 100 artisans put together the lanterns. The festival describes the scene: “Brilliant, glowing, artworks comprise 25 stunning displays in a kaleidoscope of color. Like stained glass in 3D, each lantern set is made of hundreds and thousands of individual pieces.”
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