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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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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Concerts in the Garden: Asleep at the Wheel

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You can bet nobody will be asleep when Asleep at the Wheel plays at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden. And nobody pays tribute to the King of Swing – Bob Wills – like Asleep at the Wheel can. Everyone will be up and dancing when this legendary swing band takes the stage on June 29. That includes this Big Deal winner and three companions who’ll get to see the show for free from their verdant lawn seating of the Botanic Garden in Fort Worth.  A ha!

After signing up for this Deal then do-si-do over and sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see José James at the Kessler Theater or tickets to Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s The Tempest or Comedy of Errors at TCU.

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 lawn seating tickets to see Asleep at the Wheel at the Fort Worth Symphony’s Concerts in the Garden.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Trinity Shakespeare Festival

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Art&Seek is very excited to have this next organization participate for the first time in the Big Deal. Enter to win tickets to the sixth annual Trinity Shakespeare Festival. The winner can choose to receive a pair of tickets see one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, The Comedy of Errors or to see the Bard’s last play, The Tempest. Both plays feature award-winning designs and actors from DFW and TCU and are performed at the Hays Theater on the campus of Texas Christian University June 10 through June 29.

While you are busy contemplating which Shakespeare play you want to go see go ahead and sign up for our other offerings this week – tickets to see José James at the Kessler Theater or tickets to see Asleep at the Wheel at Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden at the Botanic Garden in Fort Worth.

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 a play at the Trinity Shakespeare Festival at TCU.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: José James At The Kessler Theater

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Blurring the lines between hip hop, blues, funk and R&B José James comes to town to perform at the Kessler Theater. Joining the singer-songwriter will be emerging hip hop artist Dustin Cavazos. For this Big Deal we have two pairs of general admission tickets to the June 24 concert.

While you are signing up for this Big Deal you may also want to sign up for our other Big Deals – tickets to see Asleep at the Wheel at Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden, or tickets to see Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s A Comedy of Errors or The Tempest at Texas Christian University.

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 José James with special guest Dustin Cavazos at the Kessler Theater.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The High Five: Stanley Marsh 3, Creator Of Cadillac Ranch, Has Died

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George Strait's final concert in Arlington set all sorts of records.

George Strait’s final concert in Arlington set all sorts of records. Credit: Arlington Police/Twitter@ArlingtonPD

Five stories that have North Texas talking: the King of Country continues to shatter records; Gov. Rick Perry loves California; the New Cities Summit continues in Dallas; and more.

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Art&Seek Jr: Have A Little Adventure

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.

I saw an article on Facebook a couple of weeks ago about how to give your child a 1970s style summer. It included activities like watching 9 solid hours of Gilligan’s Island,  allowing them to eat or drink anything they want including cherry Kool-Aid made with 4 cups of granulated sugar, and forcing them to stay outside all day even when it’s 105 out.  As hilarious and tongue-in-cheek as the post was, it wasn’t too far from the truth.  A number of my friends added to the list with things like walking to the store barefooted to fetch mom a pack of cigarettes, chasing lightning bugs, ladybugs and the mosquito fogging truck, and riding down a flooded water system canal on a trash can lid. Of course it goes without saying that all of these activities were done unsupervised. We were sans parents from dawn to dusk, but no one seemed concerned. Fear of Jason and Freddy Krueger were still years away, as proof in a friend’s comment that said she and her brother would ride bikes all over Dallas, and if they had to go to the bathroom they’d just pull over to a random house and knock on the door.

Us ’70s and ’80s kids-turned-parents look back on our summers with a mixed sense of wistfulness and horror. We vacillate between, “Wow, wasn’t it great” and “Wow, how did we survive?” The irony of it all is, we may have explored that abandoned gravel pit with glee, but no way howdy are we’re going to let our kids do the same.

Here are some kid-friendly events that have just enough adventure so you won’t feel like a complete helicopter parent. Read More »

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