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Glasstire Top 5: Artspace 111, Beefhaus, Gray Matters, The Reading Room

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Glasstire’s Weekly Top 5 notes the action-packed April art season leading up to the Dallas Art Fair is starting here in Dallas and features lots of goings-on in the DFW area.

In Fort Worth, works by Nancy Lamb, The Gang’s All Here kicks off at Artspace 111 on Saturday, Spring Gallery Night.

In Dallas, the group photo show, A Flexible Arrangement, opens at Gray Matters Gallery.  Noah Simblist’s exhibition, Palestine, Texas  – a conflagration of stories and histories of the East Texas town and the troubled Middle East region is now showing at the Reading Room.  And at Beefhaus, the media interactive Whyte Window / Black Mirror / Black Burka Art Show goes up with works created by the alter egos of three Dallas artists.

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The Big Screen: Chuck Jones In Fort Worth

A character layout drawing from What's Opera, Doc? Photos: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

A character layout drawing from What’s Opera, Doc? Photos: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

BIG SCREEN LOGO FOR POSTChuck JonesChuck Jones may not be as well known to today’s generation of cartoon watchers. But even kids know Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and the other characters who came to life at the end of his pencil. Jones’ artwork is currently on display at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and this week, we talk to Jacie Hood, the museum’s Innovation Gallery and Studios Manager, about his lasting legacy.

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: ‘Colossal’ At Dallas Theater Center

Next month, the Dallas Theater Center’s production will be Colossal. The play won the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. The protagonist of the play is Mike, a former University of Texas football player disabled by a hard hitting play. Mike tries to move forward but cannot help but look back on his glory days. Real life football players bring grace and high energy physicality to the show accompanied by a driving, beating drumline. Win tickets for the April 3 performance and see the Wyly Theatre space transform into a football field.

But we’re not ready to hand off the ball to you quite yet. Sign up for this Big Deal then sign up for our other Big Deal this week – passes to the Lone Star Film Society’s ArthouseFW series 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 take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Colossal presented by Dallas Theater Center.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Lone Star Film Society’s ArthouseFW

 

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The Lone Star Film Society and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth have joined forces to present two partnership series. Past ArthouseFW series have featured a Samuari, Cinemuse, and an Auteur Series. This time around the ArthouseFW series will explore the influence of Roger Corman on a generation of filmmakers that adapted his particular spirit of cinema to independent film and Hollywood. The second series, ArthouseFW Late Night, celebrates the work of Joe Dante, one of Roger Corman’s closest collaborators. Screenings this spring include Gremlins, Raging Bull, The Burbs and Lone Star. Win this Big Deal and receive two ArthouseFW Annual Passes that will provide you and a guest priority access to all ArthouseFW screenings for an entire year.

While you are at it, be sure to check out our other Big Deal this week – tickets to see Dallas Theater Center’s production of Colossal at the Wyly Theatre.

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 win a year’s worth of curated film programming presented by the Lone Star Film Society.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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Danny Buraczeski Jazzes Up SMU’s Spring Dance Concert

Ezekiel's Wheel; Photo courtesy of Southern Methodist University

  • SMU’s Spring Dance Concert runs Wednesday though Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre – Owen Arts Center, inside the Meadows School of the Arts.
  • Danielle Georgiou interviews Spring Dance Concert choreographers John Selya and Joshua Peugh.

 

The final interview in our three- part series with the choreographers for Southern Methodist University’s 2015 Spring Dance Concert is with SMU jazz dance professor Danny Buraczeski.

Buraczeski is bringing back his acclaimed 1999 piece Ezekiel’s Wheel, inspired by the life and work of author and civil rights activist James Baldwin. The piece is set to a percussive musical score interspersed with passages of Baldwin’s writings. Buraczeski, a nationally known jazz dance artist and consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts, choreographed the work for his former company Jazzdance. Following its premiere at New York’s Joyce Theater, The New York Times called it “balm for the soul in troubled times.”

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John Selya Tackles Tom Stoppard And Pink Floyd For SMU’s Spring Dance Concert

Darkside (in rehearsal); Photo courtesy of Southern Methodist University

Second up in our three-part series of interviews with the choreographers for Southern Methodist University’s 2015 Spring Dance Concert is visiting artist-in-residence John Selya, who will be premiering his new work, Darkside.

Based on the Tom Stoppard BBC radio play of the same name, Darkside was Stoppard’s “adaptation” of Pink Floyd’s album, Dark Side of the Moon — although Stoppard said he didn’t try to make his story into the album “writ large,”  but “invented a little story in the spirit of the album,” taking cues from the music.

Thus, Selya will bring a visual element to what has been a solely auditory work. The piece centers on a character named Emily, an inquisitive philosophy student who sets out on a journey to decipher the teachings of her professor and fulfill her destiny. Classically trained in ballet, Selya has danced numerous principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and Twyla Tharp Dance and is a veteran of several Broadway productions, including Tharp’s Movin’ Out, for which he received a Tony nomination in 2003.

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Joshua Peugh Choreographs New Work for SMU’s Spring Dance Concert

Hi Betty Cha-Cha, photo courtesy of Southern Methodist University

Hi Betty Cha-Cha, photo courtesy of Southern Methodist University

  • SMU’s Spring Dance Concert runs Wednesday though Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Bob Hope Theatre – Owen Arts Center, inside the Meadows School of the Arts.
  • Danielle Georgiou interviews Spring Dance Concert choreographers John Selya and Danny Buraczeski.

It’s that time of the year when colleges are staging their end of semester dance concerts, and Southern Methodist University is no exception. Yet, their concerts follow a different structure than other institutions. While other colleges in North Texas highlight a mixture of faculty and student works in either their fall or spring dance programs, SMU’s features three faculty/guest artists and either premieres or restagings of established and popular works. It’s an educational and enriching experience for the students involved, and exposes a segment of contemporary dance history to audience members.

For this spring’s production, the concert includes the premiere of two new works, one from alumnus Joshua Peugh, the founder and artistic director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, and the other from visiting Artist-in-Residence John Selya. Faculty member Danny Buraczeski is restaging his acclaimed 1999 piece Ezekiel’s Wheel, inspired by the life and work of author and civil rights activist James Baldwin.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Jordan Hartman of Dallas, winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. This is Jordan is a two-time winner of our contest. His first victory came back in September. He follows last week’s winner  Christopher Paris of Waxahachie.

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.

UntitledNow here’s more from Jordan.

Title of photo: Uptown Betty

Equipment: Nikon D750 with a 70-200mm f 2.8 zoom lens

Tell us more about your photo: I was on a night time photo walk around the Arts District/Downtown. I was leaving Klyde Warren park when I spotted the trolley car waiting at the intersection. The McKinney trolley system has an interesting history to it, each car having its own story. I wanted to capture just a small bit of that.

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On The Road at SXSW: Laura Marling

Laura Marling and her band took a break from SXSW and invited the On The Road crew to crash their Air BnB rental near Zilker Park for an intimate and fast-paced acoustic version of her song “Strange.”

See photos and other On The Road sessions on our dedicated site with KXT, KXT@SXSW

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Dallas Opera Appoints Royal Opera House Concertmaster To Be Guest Conductor


Esteemed British violinist, concertmaster and conductor Peter Manning will be starting with Dallas Opera’s 2015-16 season as the company’s guest conductor and concertmaster (the concertmaster is the lead violinist and the second most important figure in an orchestra’s hierarchy after the conductor). He’ll be here in October and will begin his duties with Tosca in fall 2015.

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