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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Jacob Rasmussen of Garland, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Jacob is a multiple winner of our contest. His most recent win was last October and he follows last week’s winner, Lyn Caudle.

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.

jayrazNow here’s more from Jacob.

Title of photo:  Zing

Equipment:  Canon T2i

Tell us more about your photo:  This was shot on a friend’s land in East Texas, about 2 hours drive from DFW. We head down there about twice a year to go camping. Oftentimes when we’re there we’ll shoot off fireworks, which is what this photo is of.


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The Big Deal: Mark Grotjahn Exhibition And Lecture At The Nasher Sculpture Center

Untitled (Italian, Mask M30.c), 2013 Painted bronze, 52 3/4 x 33 1/2 x 38 in. (134 x 85.1 x 96.5 cm) Untitled (Study of a Figure Outdoors: Woman with a Parasol, Facing Left, Mask M31.a), 2013 Painted bronze, 47 7/8 x 31 x 39 in. (121.6 x 78.7 x 99.1 cm) Untitled (French, Mask M31.b), 2013 Painted bronze, 47 7/8 x 31 x 39 in. (121.6 x 78.7 x 99.1 cm) Courtesy Mark Grotjahn © Mark Grotjahn

From left: Untitled (Italian, Mask M30.c); Untitled (Study of a Figure Outdoors: Woman with a Parasol, Facing Left, Mask M31.a);
Untitled (French, Mask M31.b) Photo: Mark Grotjahn

The Nasher Sculpture Center will host the first museum presentation of Mark Grotjahn’s sculptural works. Grotjahn is primarily known for his large, contemporary paintings but in this exhibition vibrantly painted bronze sculptures will be on display May 31 through August 17. Win this Big Deal and you and a guest will be there for the opening day of the exhibition and have reserved seats for the artist lecture starting at 2 p.m.

This may also be the perfect time for you to sign up for our other two offerings this week – tickets to see the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra present Pixar in Concert at Bass Performance Hall, or tickets to the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth’s Trio of Perspectives: Caviar & Bordeaux at the Modern Art Museum of 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 be at the opening of the Mark Grotjahn Exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.


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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Presents Pixar In Concert

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Do you have a favorite Pixar movie? With movies like Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, and Brave in their vault, chances are you have more than one.  Pixar movies seem to have that magic starting with endearing characters and a solid story line, brought to life by groundbreaking digital technology, and augmented with rousing, haunting award-winning music.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present Pixar in Concert performing the musical scores of the much-loved movies while scenes are projected high above. This is the perfect way to introduce your Incredibles to a live symphony performance.  For this Big Deal, one and only one lucky winner will receive a family-four pack of tickets to see the presentation on May 16 at Bass Performance Hall.

And after signing up for this Deal, take a moment to go ahead and sign up for our other Big Deals this week – admission for two to the opening of the Mark Grotjahn Exhibition and Lecture at the Nasher Sculpture Center, or tickets to the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth’s Trio of Perspectives: Caviar & Bordeaux concert at the Modern Art Museum of 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 the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra present Pixar in Concert.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.


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The Big Deal: Trio of Perspectives Presented By Chamber Music Society Of Fort Worth

Gary Levinson, violin, Anthony Ross, cello and Andrius Zlabys, piano

Gary Levinson, violin, Andrius Zlabys, piano, Anthony Ross, cello

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will be serving up a feast for your listening pleasure in their program entitled, Trio of Perspectives: Caviar & Bordeaux. CMSFW’s Artistic Director Gary Levinson will be joined by cellist Anthony Ross, and pianist Andrius Zlabys as they perform compositions by Fauré, Rachmninoff, and Ravel. Enter to win a pair of tickets for this final concert in the season at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on May 17.

And this isn’t our only Big Deal this week. We have to more Big Deals you will want to make sure to sign up for – tickets to see the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra present Pixar in Concert at Bass Performance Hall, or admission for two to the opening of the Mark Grotjahn Exhibition and Lecture at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

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 the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth present Trio of Perspectives: Caviar & Bordeaux.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.


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The High Five: Author Larry McMurtry Speaks Tonight At The Dallas Museum Of Art

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A father and daughter robbed three banks; Bernie Tiede has been released from prison; Larry McMurtry speaks tonight; and more.

  • Larry McMurtry, the legendary Texas writer, will appear at the Dallas Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He’s releasing his new novel The Last Kind Words Saloon. The museum reports: “McMurtry will discuss his new work, his creative process, and his passion for book collecting, taking the stage with Diana Ossana, author and long-time collaborator with McMurtry, who co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Brokeback Mountain. Skip Hollandsworth, executive editor of Texas Monthly, will moderate an on-stage conversation. Actor Jeremy Schwartz will read short excerpts from the novel.” Auditorium tickets are sold out, but the DMA is selling tickets to a live video-simulcast of the event in the adjacent C3 Theater and DMA Café.
  • Drama! Intrigue! Passion! Ahh, the telenovela. So entertaining even if you don’t speak or understand Spanish. Learn about the telenovela at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Latino Cultural Center. Let’s let the center explain: “There are some stories that constitute a narrative deluge transmitted daily via the television screens of more than 130 countries. These serialized dramas are called telenovelas, and the simplicity of their codes belies the complicated nature of their production and consumption. This presentation will focus on that complexity, teasing out how telenovelas are more than just melodramatic love stories.” Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, a University of Georgia professor, will speak.
  • Last May, John Charles Applewhite robbed three banks in north Dallas. His daughter helped out. Now both father and daughter have been sentenced. John Applewhite, 50, was sentenced this week to 15 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney’s office announced. His 23-year-old daughter, Shelby Dawn Applewhite, was sentenced in March to serve five years. Both pleaded guilty, admitting they robbed Citibank on Coit Road, Veritex Community Bank on Preston Road and ViewPoint Bank on Forest Lane. They drove in separate vehicles to each bank, court documents show. Then they switched vehicles and altered a license plate before each robbery to avoid getting caught. The daughter would enter each bank to study the layout and determine whether a security guard was around. Wearing a hoodie, scarf or mask, as well as sunglasses and gloves, her dad would point a weapon at tellers. [KERA News]
  • A former mortician sentenced to life for killing a rich East Texas widow will be released from prison early under an agreement with the prosecutor. The judge recommending a reduction in Bernie Tiede’s sentence set bond at $10,000 Tuesday. A state criminal appeals court must sign off on the sentence reduction while Tiede is out on bond. Tiede, now 55, was convicted in 1999 for the shooting death of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, which is about 150 miles east of Dallas. The case inspired the movie “Bernie.” The judge has agreed to let Tiede live with filmmaker Richard Linklater, who made the 2012 dark comedy. The district attorney agreed with Tiede’s attorney that he deserved leniency. Newly uncovered evidence showed Tiede was assaulted as a child and had an abusive relationship with Nugent. The Texas Tribune reports that his release comes with conditions — that he receive counseling for sexual abuse. [Associated Press]
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Art&Seek Jr: Say ‘Thanks’ To Mom With A Mother’s Day Outing

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 weekly for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

I was reminded yesterday by my sister that this Sunday is Mother’s Day and while I’m all fuzzy inside about the day set aside for us moms, it’s also a reminder to me that I’m extremely lucky that I ended up with the kid that I did. And by that I mean I’m lucky Rose didn’t inherit some of my–how shall I put it–less desirable traits.

For instance, I’m not a morning person. I pretty much snarl at anyone that comes near me before 8 a.m. Not Rose. She jumps out of bed with a smile on her face and a song in her heart–usually opera. I hope I’m not judged too harshly when I say I lock myself in the bathroom most mornings to escape her Carmen-esque version ofLet It Go.” The other downside to not being a morning person is that I have a habit of hitting the snooze button just one time too many. That extra ten minutes of sleep means we’re late before we even get out of bed…like every. single. day. Our morning routine is always the same. Me frantically running through the house looking for keys, cell phones, and matching earrings, while Rose (who’s been completely ready to go for at least 15 minutes) patiently waits for the blast off signal–a.k.a. jump in the car and race to beat the tardy bell. Until she was four I’m sure she thought her name was Hurry-Up-C’mon-Let’s-Go-We’re-Late.

Unlike her mother, Rose also has the uncanny ability to think before speaking, or as we like to say here in Texas, she never misses a good opportunity to shut up. Case in point, one day last winter as we were leaving the house for school, the subject of a low math score came up. I reminded her that she needed to focus when she was doing her math homework in order to avoid careless mistakes. And while I was lecturing her about the importance of paying attention I backed into my neighbor’s car. Rose didn’t say a word.

Maybe I should buy her flowers this Mother’s Day.

Celebrate mom, being a mom, or your exceptional children with one of these family-friendly activities.

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New Seasons From Theatre Three And TITAS

Photo Olivier Houeix_editCendrillon (Cinderella) by Ballet Biarritz. Photo by Olivier Houeix.

What’s going to be on Dallas stages next year? This week, several North Texas arts organizations are announcing their news seasons. KERA’s Jerome Weeks caught up with two: Theatre 3 and TITAS, the music and dance presenter at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

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TITAS’ next season is classic TITAS, a mix of dance and music, a mix of returning favorites and five North Texas debuts. One debut example: the great Senegalese musician and singer Youssou N’Dour. But TITAS’ mix has changed in recent years. It used to be equally balanced, five offerings in music, five in dance. Now, it’s weighted more toward dance, eight events to only two for music.

Charles Santos is executive director of TITAS. He says now that TITAS is at home in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, it needs to stand out from all the other programming. So … what does TITAS offer that’s unique?

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The Writers Studio Lives On At Art&Seek

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UPDATE: “The Writers Studio” ended its season on Saturday, with a great conversation with Eric Bogosian.  If you missed the series, hosted by Catherine Cuellar and Randy Gordon, don’t fret. You can still stream or download the interviews right here. Many, many thanks to Thea Temple and her team at Writers Garret, the producers of The Writers Studio. Enjoy!


Art&Seek is excited to once again present “The Writers Studio” on KERA FM. This series of conversations with major authors is brought to us by The Writer’s Garret.  Catherine Cuellar and Randy Gordon are your hosts.

Tune in Saturday at 9 p.m. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, March 29, 9pm – 10pm. Jay McInerney.

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Jay McInerney. Photo: Marion Ettlinger.

McInerney is best known for the ground-breaking Bright Lights, Big City, which established his reputation as part of “The Brat Pack,” a new generation of writers that included Bret Easton Ellis, Tama Janowitz, and others chronicling urban life for young people during the Reagan era. A versatile writer, he also penned the screenplays for the film adaptation of Bright Lights, Big City, and for “Gia,” known as Angelina Jolie’s breakout role. McInerney also edited The Penguin Book of New American Voices and is the author of Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, and The Last of the Savages. McInerney’s most recent novel, The Good Life, is described as his “most fully imagined…most ambitious and elegiac” by The New York Review of Books. His latest book, How It Ended, a collection of short stories spanning his entire career, was named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times.


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Your Arts Group’s Chance To Get Some Tourism Dollars!

shutterstock_120531625You might recall the push to create a PID — a public improvement district — that would help support Dallas cultural organizations. This would be done not through the typical City Council budget process but through a designated percentage of the hotel-motel tax. And if you remember that, you probably remember that the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau won the PID. Basically, the hotels and motels would like their tax dollars to go into something that benefits them directly.

But happily, a compromise was reached. Part of the $3 million Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District funds will, indeed, go to promoting Dallas arts organizations — and not just to selling Dallas as a convention city filled with BBQ and football and cowboy boots. Ta-dah. Cheerful applause. People do come here for cultural tourism.

There are some serious hurdles everyone has to jump over, though. No one’s giving this money away to just any arts group that shows up (basically, you have to be able to show how many hotel rooms your group or event fills). So if you haven’t applied for Dallas TPID funding yet and if you haven’t attended this kind of seminar before, you might want to attend the Town Hall meeting Thursday, May 15, 1 p.m.. at the Senators Lecture Hall in the Hilton Anatole. It’ll go over how to apply, tips to consider and, yes, questions will be answered.

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Brotherhood: America’s Favorite Muslim Fraternity

Dylan Hollingsworth. It’s a name you might know. (Art&Seek caught up with him last year when he was working on a movie about a man displaced from his home in a California water tower by Banksy’s graffiti art.)  Now, Hollingsworth and his creative partner, Wheeler Sparks, are working on a documentary that has the potential to change how we think.

The New York Times is talking about it. Huffington Post. Public Radio International and NPR. The film is called Brotherhood. The plot: the creation of Alif Laam Meem (ALM), America’s first Muslim fraternity. For over six months, Hollingsworth and Sparks have been directing, producing, and living alongside the members of ALM, students at the University of Texas at Dallas, working to create what could quite possibly be the most sincere portrait of young American Muslims to date. In fact, what could be the only film that has documented of the lives of first-generation American Muslim youths.

Alif Laam Meem

Alif Laam Meem

Their story is what Hollingsworth and Sparks want to tell, because these men are just like any other men living in their 20s in America. They are coming of age. Staying up all night long studying, trying to graduate from college, figuring out a social life, learning how to live on their own, balancing their budgets, meeting girls, deciding on their futures. These are things that we all go through, but when you have the stigma of being “different” hanging over you, balancing that burden can leave you without a place to call “home.” Especially in college when image matters, reputation is hard to beat, and if you don’t have a circle of friends to call your own, it can be quite lonely. Even lonelier when you are “not-American.”

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