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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Tengu 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.
- Meet the collector, Gabriel Barbier-Mueller in an episode of CEO.
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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Congratulations 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.
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!
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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Motown: 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.
The full release:
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