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The High Five: Acapella Group Pentatonix Claims ‘We Are Ninjas’ In New Video

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: acapella group Pentatonix pays homage to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there’s a summer baby boom here in North Texas, and more. 

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The High Five: St. Vincent Takes The Lead For Seth Meyers’ Band — For A Short Time

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: St. Vincent will be a temporary bandleader for “Late Night With Seth Meyers”, vote on the best amateur pianists over age 35, and more. 

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The Big Screen: Talking James Brown With A Man Who Knew Him Well

BigScreen_logoSMALLThe movie Get On Up looks at the life and times of James Brown. So this week, we figured: Who better to talk all things James Brown with than Angus Wynne.

Wynne is a Dallas music promoter who booked Brown at local clubs and eventually became his friend. He says the Godfather of Soul was “unfailingly polite” and “didn’t put on airs of any kind.”

To that end, Wynne referred to him as Mr. Brown. But later on…

“He said, ‘Hey, forget all that stuff. Just call me James.'”

If you do nothing else today, be sure to listen to the last minute or so of this week’s episode, when Wynne recounts the time that “James” called him up on stage during a show.

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Flickr Photo of the Week

 

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Congratulations to Patrick Harvey of Duncanville, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Patrick has won our contest before. His last win was back in May. He follows last week’s winner, James Neal.

zIf 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 Patrick.

Title of photo: Stockyards Hotel

Equipment: Nikon 3200

Tell us more about your photo:  I took this photo because I like historic architecture. I admire Fort Worth’s historic stockyards and it brings the west out in the DFW area.

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The Big Deal: Ten Hands At The Kessler Theater

Photo: Kessler Theater

Photo: Kessler Theater

The Denton band Ten Hands features KXT’s own Paul Slavens on keyboard and vocals. Although, the band disbanded in the 1990s, members reunite so you can still catch the funky-rock-jazz  every once in a while – like with this Big Deal for instance. Enter to win a pair of tickets to see the band perform on Aug. 9 at the historic Kessler Theater.

Also, be sure to also check out our other two Big Deals this week – tickets to KXT’s Summer Cut The Happy Funtime Fest!, or tickets to WaterTower Theatre’s production of Dogfight, A New Musical.

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 Ten Hands at the Kessler Theater.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: KXT’s Summer Cut The Happy Funtime Fest!

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Do you have your tickets to KXT’s Summer Cut yet? You don’t! Well, you better hurry. The Happy Funtime Fest is going down Aug. 15 at the Gexa Energy Pavilion at Fair Park. But before you slap down the plastic to purchase your tickets sign up here first for your last chance to win not two, but four tickets to the bash through Art&Seek.

By now you’ve probably heard that Death Cab for Cutie, Iron and Wine, The Hold Steady, the Oh Hellos, The Wild Feathers, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, The Unlikely Candidates, The Orbans, and Valise will be performing. Whew! But have you heard the Art&Seek’s Artisan Village will be back with trailers full of hand made goods and delicious food from seven different food trucks? I thought so.

And after signing up for this Big Deal do not stop there. Hands down you’ll want to sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see Ten Hands at the Kessler Theater or tickets to WaterTower Theatre’s production of Dogfight, A New Musical.

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 four tickets to have a happy funtime at KXT’s #SummerCut The Happy Funtime Fest!

UPDATE:  We have our winner. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: WaterTower Theatre’s ‘Dogfight, A New Musical’

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Zak Reynolds and Juliette Talley Photo: WaterTower Theatre

Zak Reynolds and Juliette Talley
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WaterTower Theatre is producing the regional premiere of Dogfight, A New Musical. The story is set in November 1963. The night before taking off for Viet Nam, a group of marines make a cruel bet on who can bring the ugliest girl to a party that night. Things get complicated for marine newby, Eddie Birdlace when he meets an awkward but soulful waitress named Rose. Dogfight is based on the 1991 indie film that starred River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. This musical adaptation is written by the composing team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who wrote A Christmas Story, The Musical. Dogfight runs now through Aug. 17 at WaterTower Theatre in Addison. Win this Big Deal and receive a pair of tickets to the Aug. 14 performance.

And for you music aficionados don’t miss signing up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to KXT’s Summer Cut The Happy Funtime Fest!, or tickets to see Ten Hands at the Kessler Theater.

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 your chance to win a compassionate of theater with tickets to see Dogfight, A New Musical.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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WaterTower Theatre in Addison Hosts ‘Dogfight’

Kyle Igneczi, Zak Reynolds, Matt Ransdell, Jr. Photo: Karen Almond Photography

Kyle Igneczi, Zak Reynolds, Matt Ransdell, Jr.
Photo: Karen Almond Photography

San Francisco, November 21, 1963. A nation on the edge of war. And three guys shipping out in the morning who have no idea that they should be scared. Just ready for one last night of no regret.

“Dogfight, A New Musical” is based on the 1991 movie of the same name starring River Phoenix and Lili Taylor. A group of marines on their last night stateside hold a contest – the guy who brings the ugliest girl to a party wins a cash prize. Eddie Birdlace – a Marine played by Zak Reynolds – picks up a waitress at a diner.

Of course he ends up falling for her. But the show is about more than that. After all, the action takes place on the day before JFK was assassinated. WaterTower Theatre’s production is directed by Terry Martin, and he explains that significance.

“I think that it metaphorically just sort of was a turning point not only for this country, but certainly for our innocence as a country and the fact that it sort of matched these young men’s loss of innocence. I think it affected me in my telling of the story.”

Zak Reynolds and Juliette Talley Photo: Karen Almond Photography

Zak Reynolds and Juliette Talley
Photo: Karen Almond Photography

“It’s on the edge of all this change,” says Juliette Talley. She plays the adorably eager Rose, a genuine flower child, the waitress who melts the heart of Eddie Birdlace.

“They realize there’s so much more for us, and the change is about to begin.”

“Dogfight” had a short run Off-Broadway in 2012. It’s playing Off-West End in London now.

So why bring this new musical here to North Texas now?

Martin thinks that the intimacy of WaterTower’s 200-seat theater only adds to the experience the company has to offer, and it’s the perfect place for new work. He’s also especially interested in the two guys who wrote this show.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the music and lyrics for Dogfight. They also wrote music and lyrics for the Broadway musical “A Christmas Story” and for the second season of the TV show Smash. Martin thinks you’ll be hearing a lot more from them.

“There’s hope for new musical theater out there, and it’s really exciting to see two guys like this who really get it. You know, they really get it.”

Terry Martin and WaterTower Theatre continue to look for new stories to tell, and they are staying true to that mission with the first production of the next season –  the professional regional premiere of the new musical “Bonnie and Clyde.”

 

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The High Five: Vanilla Ice Says The New ‘Ninja Rap’ Is Too Corporate

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Vanilla Ice has something to say about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ rebooted rap, the NBA gets its first female assistant coach in history, Frisco snuffs out e-cigarettes in city parks, and more.

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Art&Seek Jr: Stage Struck – 7 Can’t Miss Kid-Friendly Shows

 

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.

Animals and theater--the perfect combination!

Animals and theater–the perfect combination!

Rose and I had a serious discussion about careers the other day. She reported that according to the wise and well-informed kids in her summer program, fourth grade is when you pick your career path, and oh by the way– it’s set in stone. No changies allowed.  She told me that she’d given it a lot of thought and decided she wanted to be a veterinarian/famous actor –not JUST an actor, mind you, but a FAMOUS actor. No paying your dues for years doing dog food commercials, dinner theater or off-off-off Broadway for Rose, no siree bob. Straight to the top of the heap is the game plan here. In her mind, if all those silly kids on the Disney channel can get their own shows, how hard could it be? I reminded her that most veterinarians are tied down with a practice and patients, so it might be hard to jet off to a location shoot with Brad and Angelina. After carefully considering this she concluded that the best course of action would be to pursue a career in traveling veterinary medicine. That way, she could treat furry patients in her dressing room while she’s doing a Broadway musical, or in her trailer while she’s working on a film. Actors have loads of free time between shots, right?

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised at her career choices. She’s a huge animal lover (what 9-year-old girl isn’t) and she’s been a lover of theater almost since before she could talk thanks to all the wonderful plays she’s seen here in North Texas.

I say it over and over, but we really are lucky to live in an area that has such great theater available to us. And by “us,” that includes children. No longer do parents have to sit through mind-numbing “kid shows” for the sake of their toddlers. There’s a whole range of theater out there for every age group that’s fun for parent’s, too.

Here are our picks for some shows you and your little thespians should catch this weekend.

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