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SMU’s Meadows Museum To Show Rare Spanish Artworks

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alba detailFrancisco Goya, The Duchess of Alba, 1785, oil on canvas (detail), House of Alba collection.

To mark its 50th anniversary next year — and the 100th anniversary of SMU itself — the Meadows Museum will display more than 130 artworks from the Spanish House of Alba collection, artworks that have never been exhibited outside of Spain before. The pieces include paintings by Goya, Titian, Renoir and Rubens as well as tapestries, manuscripts, the first Spanish-language Bible and documents related to the voyages of Christopher Columbus.

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The High Five: NBA Honors Arlington’s Isaiah Austin With Ceremonial Draft Pick

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The NBA made Isaiah Austin a ceremonial draft pick Thursday. He’s the Baylor basketball star from Arlington who learned just a few days ago that his career is over due to a genetic disorder. Credit: ESPN

The NBA made Isaiah Austin a ceremonial draft pick Thursday. He’s the Baylor basketball star from Arlington who learned just a few days ago that his career is over due to a genetic disorder. Credit: ESPN

Five stories that have North Texas talking: the NBA honors Arlington’s Isaiah Austin; Texas Democrats are gathering in Dallas for their convention; SMU’s Meadows Museum announces it will display rare artworks next year; and more.

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Kimbell To Show Artworks of Ft. Worth Millionaire Patrons Nancy and Perry Bass

VanGogh_StreetVan Gogh, Street in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888, oil on canvas.

Perry Bass, nephew of Texas oilman Sid Richardson, and his wife Nancy Lee, have not often shown their artworks in  public. That’ll change next March when 37 works, most of their private collection, will go on display at the Kimbell as the museum’s spring show.

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The Big Screen: Talking ‘Hellion’ With Kat Candler

BigScreen_logoSMALLIn the new movie Hellion, a teenage boy reacts to the sudden loss of his mother by acting out and rebelling against his dad, played by Aaron Paul. The film was written and directed by Kat Candler, who also teaches at UT-Austin. This week, we talk to Candler about how teaching makes her a better filmmaker.

Hellion opens at the Texas Theatre on Friday, and you can ask Candler all about her movie during a Q&A following the 7 p.m. screening

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

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The High Five: Phil Collins To Donate Texas Revolution Collection To The Alamo

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Phil Collins is donating his Texas Revolution collection to the Alamo. Credit: Shutterstock.com

Phil Collins is donating his Texas Revolution collection to the Alamo. Credit: Rob Wilson/ Shutterstock.com

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Tracking Katharine the shark; Big Tex is America’s quirkiest landmark; Phil Collins is making a big donation to the Alamo; and more.

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Dallas Opera Appoints SMU Grad As Its New ‘Artistic Administrator’

ian smallIan Derrer, most recently with the Lyric Opera of Chicago,, will take the place of artistic director Jonathan Pell,, who started at the Dallas Opera 30 years ago in the same position as artistic administrator. Pell announced his retirement in April.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Cindy Higby of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Cindy is a first-time winner of our contest.  She follows last week’s winner, Greg Westfall.

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.Cindy

Now here’s more from Cindy.

Title of photoRiding the Spinny Thing
Equipment: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm, f/8.0, 1/250, ISO 110
Tell us more about your photo:  The picture was taken on Father’s Day at a new urban park built on the Continental Avenue Bridge. That shot was taken in a section where they laid hard rubber and built a play area. The Continental Avenue Bridge is a pedestrian/bike friendly cut through to West Oak Cliff (an up and coming neighborhood going through a cool renovation). The bridge connects Dallas to Oak Cliff, and to the Trinity Levee bike trail, which will soon connect to other paved trails weaving through all parts of Dallas and the surrounding neighborhoods.

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The High Five: Ansel Elgort Chosen To Portray Van Cliburn In Upcoming Film

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Van Cliburn played in the third round of the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition in the Great Hall of the Conservatory in Moscow. Credit: Van Cliburn Foundation

Van Cliburn played in the third round of the 1958 Tchaikovsky Competition in the Great Hall of the Conservatory in Moscow. Credit: Van Cliburn Foundation

 

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Wendy Davis marks the filibuster anniversary; the Wichita Falls drought is very bad; Van Cliburn the movie; and more.

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The Big Deal: ‘Life Itself’ Screening At The Landmark Magnolia Theatre

Roger Ebert was an author, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, social commentator, and one-half of the legendary film critic team Siskel and Ebert.  The Chicago critics from rival newspapers had viewers tuning in to their review show not so much to see if a film got two thumbs up or down, but to see the sparring match that preceded it. Later Ebert battled cancer for years. When he lost his speech, he became an influential cultural voice.  A documentary based on Ebert’s memoir Life Itself, will be hitting the theaters on July 4. Win this Big Deal and win a pass good for two to the preview screening on July 2, at the Landmark Magnolia Theatre.

And don’t pass up your chance to sign up for our other Big Deal this week - tickets to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Concerts in the Garden: Old Fashioned-Family Fireworks Picnic at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

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 passes to Life Itself at the Landmark Magnolia Theatre.

UPDATE: We have our winners.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts In The Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic

Photo: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Photo: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Have you taken the kiddos to see a good fireworks show this year? I mean a real good, up close and personal, visual display of pyrotechnic marvel? There is no better place to take in a fireworks show than at the Concerts in the Garden: Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic at the Botanic Garden.  The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra does it up right for this Fort Worth tradition. The program is packed with patriotic tunes and marches, and the military salute to the armed forces will have you standing on your feet!  You have three nights to catch this family favorite July 2-4 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.  But before you pack up the kids and the picnic basket sign up below for your chance to win lawn seating for four to the July 2 performance.

And after you sign up for this Big Deal don’t forget to sign up for our other offering this week - tickets to the preview screening of Life Itself at the Landmark Magnolia Theatre.

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 tickets to FWSO’s Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic.

UPDATE: We have our winners.

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