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The High Five: ‘Freedom Summer’ Documentary Airs Tonight On KERA-TV

 

 Freedom Riders Julia Aaron, left, and David Dennis were among the Freedom Riders who paved the way for Freedom Summer student volunteers. They're pictured here on their way from Montgomery, Ala., to Jackson, Miss. in 1961. Credit: Paul Schutzer via 'Freedom Riders' c/o PBS


Freedom Riders Julia Aaron, left, and David Dennis were among the Freedom Riders who paved the way for Freedom Summer student volunteers. They’re pictured here on their way from Montgomery, Ala., to Jackson, Miss. in 1961. Credit: Paul Schutzer via ‘Freedom Riders’ c/o PBS

Five stories that have North Texas talking: how to handle the influx of kids crossing the Mexico-Texas border?; Mike Modano heads to the Hockey Hall of Fame; “Freedom Summer” debuts tonight; and more.

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The High Five: Dallas County In National Spotlight For Accidentally Approving Slavery Reparations

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Edward Hicks' The Peaceable Kingdom is at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Edward Hicks’ The Peaceable Kingdom is at the Dallas Museum of Art. Courtesy: Dallas Museum of Art

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texan Clint Dempsey scores a big goal at the World Cup; Dallas County commissioners approve a resolution calling for slave reparations – but it was an accident; Dallas Museum of Art plays a role in a national art contest; and more.

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Saturday Spotlight – Matsuri! A Samurai Celebration

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matursi_banner123  For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re headed to Fort Worth for Matsuri! A Samurai Celebration. The Kimbell Art Museum has teamed up with KXT for this festival of all things Japanese. Matsuri features martial arts demonstrations, art activities, anime films, and performances by Air Review and Sarah Jaffe.

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What’s The Plan For Fort Worth Culture?

arts planning1Matt Lehrman, grey shirt and tie, leads a community meeting brainstorming Fort Worth’s new culture plan. Photo credit: Jerome Weeks

Fort Worth’s often called a city of ‘cowboys and culture.’ But what’s ahead for that culture? Fort Worth last issued a strategic arts plan in 2002. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports that plan was successful enough, the city’s set out to devise a new one. They need some new goals.

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Surprise! ArtEverywhere US Voters Go For Traditional Realism

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If it was intended to gauge American tastes in artworks at all, Art Everywhere US needn’t have gone to all the trouble. The contest to vote for works of American art that people would like to see on billboards and subway platforms around the country picked Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (1942) as the top vote-getter, and that preference for realistic portraits and realistic landscapes predominates through the great majority of works on the 50 item list.

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The High Five: Dallas Love Field Public Art Earns National Honor

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North Texas Sunrise, Dixie Friend Gay's mural at Dallas Love Field, has won a national honor.

North Texas Sunrise, Dixie Friend Gay’s mural at Dallas Love Field, has won a national honor. Credit: City of Dallas/Public Art Collection

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Tesla comes to Dallas, but there’s a catch; more problems for the Allen ISD football stadium; Dallas Love Field public artwork wins a national honor; and more.

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The High Five: A Great White Shark Named Katherine Could Be Heading To Texas

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A great white shark (not this one) is likely headed to Texas.

A great white shark (not this one) is likely headed to Texas. Mogens Trolle/Shutterstock.com

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Katherine, a big shark, wants to visit Texas; the Lake Whitney cliff might be blown up; Gov. Rick Perry on Jews, gays and loving California; and more.

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The Big Screen: Previewing The Oak Cliff Film Festival

BigScreen_logoSMALLThe Oak Cliff Film Festival opens tonight at the Texas Theatre. It’s the third year for the festival, and this week we talk to two of its programmers – Adam Donaghey and Barak Epstein – about a few of the repertory films they’ve included in this year’s event.

You can go ahead and start planning your weekend with at look at this year’s schedule. Wondering about the secret film playing opening night? I would bet the house it’s this.

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

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Greg Westfall of Fort Worth, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Greg is a multiple winner of our contest: his last win came in March 2013.  He follows last week’s winner, Ofwa Mwalilino.

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 Greg.

gregTitle of photoJake in Infrared

Equipment: Canon 1Ds Mark II, converted to 720nm infrared

Tell us more about your photo: This picture was taken at high noon on a ranch outside of Dubois, Wyoming. It was processed in Digital Picture Professional and Photoshop using the standard procedure for infrared. I have been shooting infrared for a little over a year and horses are great subjects.

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Getting Cultural Districts Connected – Trading Ideas At The New Cities Summit

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The New Cities Summit is in Dallas, with people talking about making cities more internet-connected, more eco-friendly. And making them into real cultural hubs. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports, it’s no accident the Summit is being held in the Dallas Arts District.

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