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Cultural Affairs Commission Votes To Remove White Rock Water Theater

water-theater-3editA week and a half ago, the White Rock Wildlife Water Theater was given a very bad bill of health Actually, it was a city-commissioned engineering report that said the steel support system for the artwork’s 60 metal poles in the water off the Bath House Cultural Center was pretty well shot.Neighborhood groups had complained that the Water Theater had become such a rusting eyesore that most people didn’t even recognize it was an artwork. It was hurting the lake’s beauty. Meanwhile, the Water Theater was put on a national list of “endangered” public artworks.

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The Big Screen: Going Backstage With ‘Birdman’

BigScreen_logoSMALLBirdman is nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture. In it, best-actor nominee Michael Keaton plays a washed-up movie star trying to re-establish his career by producing and starring in a Broadway play. This week, we talk to North Texas director Michael Serrecchia – a man who once walked the Broadway boards himself as a member of the original cast of A Chorus Line – to find out how Birdman captures the Great White Way.

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

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The Big Deal: Dallas Theater Center Presents ‘The School For Wives’

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The Dallas Theater Center is starting a new multi-year Classical Theater Initiative. The initiative will bring masterpieces of theatrical literature from around the world to the stage. First out of the gate will be Moliere’s satire, The School for Wives. It will be performed in rotating repertory with Euripides’s Medea.  Boy!  Talk about your mood swings. For this Big Deal, enter to win tickets to see the fast paced French farce, The School for Wives, on Feb. 27 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

You might also want to take the time to sign up for our other Big Deal this week – tickets to the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Korngold & Dvořák concert at Bass Performance Hall.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see The School for Wives.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Presents Korngold & Dvořák

Photo: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Photo: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

You might recognize Erich Korngold’s name on the credit from all those Errol Flynn movies like King’s Row, Captain Blood, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. While Korngold had a profound impact on the way movies are scored his classical compositions left a deep and rich musical legacy. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto for their concert, Korngold & Dvořák. Also, on the program will be Antonín Dvořák’s only commissioned work, his Symphony No. 7 in D Minor. Eugene Tzigane will conduct, and on violin will be guest artist Stefan Jackiw.  Sign up to win orchestra section tickets for the March 6 performance at Bass Performance Hall.

Don’t forget now is also the perfect time to peruse and sign up for our other Big Deal this week, compliments of the Dallas Theater Center, tickets to see The School for Wives at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Korngold & Dvořák presented by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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‘The Last Two People On Earth’ Is Just Getting Started


Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac in ‘The Last Two People on Earth.’ Photo: Paul Kolnik

The Eisemann Center is presenting a world-premiere show called The Last Two People on Earth. The two-man comedy stars actor-singer Mandy Patinkin and performance artist Taylor Mac. KERA’s Jerome Weeks explains how this odd couple got together to survive the end of the world.

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Art&Seek Jr: Welcome the Ram With One Of These Chinese New Year 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.

The candy hearts and Mardi Gras beads have been put away for another year, but this weekend signals another chance to celebrate the new year. That’s right, break out your red envelopes it’s Chinese New Year! The festivities for this holiday begin on the second full moon after the winter solstice, which means in our neck of the woods the celebration of the year of the ram will commence Thursday, Feb. 19.

Speaking of sheep. Ever wonder why animals are part of the Chinese zodiac? A quick Google search will tell you that it was all our pal Buddha’s doing.  According to legend, Buddha called all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came. Buddha named a year after each one and then proclaimed that people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. In case you were wondering, Those born in goat/sheep years (1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015) are said to be calm, gentle, thoughtful, amicable, persevering, frank and honest.  The bad news is, they are also said to be vain , pessimistic and moody.

Here are a few events to help you and the tinies ring in the new year!

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Misti Boe of Arlington, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. Misti is a multiple winner of our contest, her last victory came way back in April of 2013. She follows last week’s winner Vladimir Kapichen, of Toronto.

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 Tuesday to Monday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Friday 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 Tuesday.

Now here’s more from Misti.

Title of photo: Luna Du Martin

Equipment: Nikon D5 100 with a 18:0-200.0 mm  f/3.5-5.6 lens


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Cabaret: The New Night Out In North Texas

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Liz Mikel performs at Sammons Cabaret. Photo: Joyce Sanders


Cabaret combines the bang of a theatrical performance with the intimacy of a jazz club. And it’s happening all over North Texas. Art&Seek’s Shelley Kenneavy caught up with three groups in particular that are bringing the art form back in a big way.

Listen to the story that aired on KERA FM:

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Giveaway: Tickets To See Gordon Lightfoot At The AT&T Performing Arts Center

Photo: AT&T Performing Arts Center

Photo: AT&T Performing Arts Center

The legendary Gordon Lightfoot is back touring again.  The singer-songwriter whose sound help define the folk-pop scene of the 60s and 70s with hits like “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Rainy Day People,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” just to name a few.

We have tickets to see his 50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour when it comes to town on Feb. 25 at the Winspear Opera House.  We will draw our winners on Tuesday afternoon. Sign up below and good luck!

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Saturday Spotlight – An Artist at Work


For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re headed to Samuel Lynne Galleries in Dallas for a live painting experience. Contemporary artist JD Miller will create a masterpiece right in front of your very eyes in his private studio. Miller will be influenced by the energy of the crowd, so it’s your chance to be a part of the art.


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