Congratulations to David Hobson of Frisco, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. David previously won our contest back in December of 2012. He follows our previous week’s winner, Mark Birnbaum.
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 David:
Equipment: Canon T31 / Canon Ultrasonic 28-80 lens
Tell us more about your photo: This was taken at Shake Rag Music in Dallas. Shake Rag is as much a museum as it is a music and Guitar shop. I found a rare Freddie King album and was able to take some fun pictures as well. There are always so many great pictures in the Art and Seek group. I am very happy to have mine chosen as the photo of the week.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Photo: Rachel Neville
The Dance Theatre of Harlem was established over 40 years and has become a multicultural dance institution. Founded on the principles of providing ballet and arts education, social awareness and artistic excellence, the ballet company has performed on stages around the world gaining global recognition. The next stage the performing ensemble will grace will be at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
For this Big Deal, sign up to win tickets to see the legendary troupe when Performing Arts Fort Worth presents the Dance Theatre of Harlem on Jan. 26.
And while you are signing up for this Big Deal you might want to sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to the Kimbell Art Museum’s members-only screening of The Monuments Men, or tickets to catch Pleasant Grove with Crushed Stars 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 a chance to see the Dance Theatre of Harlem at Bass Performance Hall.
UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.
Can’t wait to see The Monuments Men when it comes out in theaters in February? You won’t have to, if you win this Big Deal. The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth will host a special advanced screening of the movie starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett. The screening will be the first film shown in the new concrete and glass Renzo Piano Pavilion auditorium.
The film is based on the best-selling book by Robert M. Edsel and tells the true story of the group of architects, curators, art historians and other non-soldier types, whose mission was to protect and return artistic and cultural treasures stolen by Hitler and the Nazis during WWII. Clooney not only stars in the highly anticipated film but he also directed it. I know I can’t wait to see it.
This is a Kimbell Art Museum members-only event, but you only have to be an Art&Seek e-newsletter subscriber for a chance to win tickets for the Jan. 19, 1 p.m. screening. That’s this Sunday so everybody be sure to check your inbox Friday afternoon. You do not want to be reading our email first thing Monday morning.
And while we have your attention, you might also want to peruse our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see the legendary Dance Theatre of Harlem at Bass Performance Hall, or tickets to see Pleasant Grove with Crushed Stars at the Kessler Theater.
If you are not an Art&Seek e-newsletter subscriber then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see The Monuments Men at the Kimbell Art Museum.
UPDATE: We have our winners. Don’t forget to check your email before you leave today!
They’re back! After a “sort of” hiatus Pleasant Grove is back, says co-front man Marcus Striplin. Hear the alternative-country band Pleasant Grove when they take the stage at the Kessler Theater. The band named after the southeast Dallas neighborhood will be joined by another local favorite, Crushed Stars. Two lucky Big Deal winners will receive general admission for two to see the show gratis on Jan. 24.
And before you put that pen down, don’t forget to sign up for our two other Big Deals this week – tickets to see the Dance Theatre of Harlem at Bass Performance Hall, or tickets to the advanced screening of The Monuments Men at the Kimbell Art Museum.
PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal. So if you are not a subscriber you’ll want to take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Pleasant Grove with Crushed Stars at the Kessler Theater.
UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.
JR’s “Inside Out” at Dallas Contemporary. Photo credits: Jerome Weeks (above), Gail Sachson (below)
Guest Blogger Gail Sachson, former Chair of the Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission and Vice Chair of the Dallas Public Art Committee, owns Ask Me About Art, offering lectures, tours and program planning. She is leading the group bus tours for the Nasher XChange Public Art Project. Because of their popularity an additional tour has been added for February 8. Contact Ester at the Nasher: 214- 242-5178
JR is the thirty-year-old French graffiti artist, filmmaker and photographer, whose larger-than-life paper portraits installed in public places all over the world have won for him the 2011 TED Prize (see his TED talk here). To celebrate the opening of his show, “Inside Out,” JR held a conversation last week at the Dallas Contemporary.
“Inside Out” is a variation of earlier projects in which he took photos, usually of the downtrodden of the world, in the Middle East, South America, Hong Kong and even the North Pole, printed them poster-size and pasted them, often under darkness, in buildings, on walls and on whatever unconventional surfaces he chose. “We were not supposed to change anything”, he said. “These were just art projects. Not social justice projects. We never forecasted the outcome. Art is the only job you can fail at,” he said, “yet still feel successful.” The process itself was rewarding, and JR feels he got more than he gave. Yet he gave the voiceless a voice and a larger-than-life public identity.
The surprising locations of these oversized portraits – on rooftops, in half demolished buildings, on staircases and sidewalks — the incongruous pairings, the searing stares and the warmth of the subjects’ unexpected smiles often inspired others to a cause. Or at least were cause for reflection to passersby.
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This week, Time magazine listed 10 theater productions outside of New York City that bear watching this year. Number six is the musical adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s bestselling novel, The Fortress of Solitude, which will makes its world premiere in March at the Dallas Theater Center before it heads to the Public Theatre in New York next season.
Fortress is about two boys, one white and one black, growing up in Brooklyn in the ‘70s. Their friendship is expressed through comic books, graffiti art and music. Playwright Itamar Moses is a longtime friend of Theater Center artistic director Kevin Moriarty — the DTC staged Moses’ baseball drama, Back, Back, Back, in 2009. That’s how Moriarty heard about the adaptation and when he saw an early workshop, he said he’d do anything to produce it in Dallas. Turns out, the Public Theatre was interested, too — so the two companies joined forces, as they have previously on Giant and The Good Negro.
But Moriarty heard about the Time story the way many of us do these days: through social media. “Between Facebook and Twitter,” he says, “I suddenly felt like something had exploded. And I looked down at my phone and saw, Oh my goodness, we have one of the pieces that people across the country want to see this year.”
The Theater Center opens Fortress of Solitude March 7th – and novelist Lethem will be reading at the Dallas Museum of Art on Feb. 13th.
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.
After last week’s cold snap, most of the liddle kiddles in our area were more than ready to enjoy Sunday’s warm temperatures. True, we didn’t get piles of snow like our friends in the north did, but playing outside has been curtailed for longer than they would have liked and most have kiddie cabin fever about now. If you’re older than three, you know that Texas weather is fickle and it can change in the blink of an eye. When a beautiful day comes along, we get outside while the getting’s good.
If the weather sites are to be believed, more glorious weather is headed our way this coming weekend. Here are a few tips to help you and the kiddos make the most of it. Read More »
Playing tonight at Sister Fleeta’s Dollhouse: Michaela Krantz, Rhonda Boutte, Stefanie Tovar in Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie: Final Reel at the Undermain Theatre. Photo credit: Susan Kandell
Playwright Len Jenkin, an Obie Award winner, has had a 24-year relationship with Dallas’s Undermain Theatre — beginning with Poor Folk’s Pleasure in 1990. This weekend, the Deep Ellum company opens its fifth Jenkin play – the world premiere of Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie at the City Performance Hall. And like the others, this show was designed by SMU grad and Tony Award-winner John Arnone, KERA’s Jerome Weeks spoke with Jenkin in the Undermain’s basement space.
- Excerpts from the conversation with Len Jenkin. What did he make of the Undermain’s atmospheric but inconvenient basement space when he first saw it?
“I loved it. That basement has a lot of history in it. It’s got 30 years of theater-making going on in it. Look, it’s obviously a really challenging room. It’s got these damned columns in the middle of it. And I would like it if the ceiling was 15 feet higher. That would be nice [chuckles]. But it’s just got a nice feeling to it.”
- Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie — with its old man who’s just had heart surgery trying to get back to the beachfront boardwalk where he’d worked as a teenager and videotaping everything as he goes — certainly echoes Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape.
“Absolutely! I was halfway through and I realized that it had echoes of Krapp’s Last Tape. And I was nothing but pleased. I mean, Krapp’s Last Tape is someone sitting at a table, right? And there’s one voice. Here, there’s, like, there must be 30 voices, and it’s someone moving through a varied landscape. But the core effort, which is a kind of coming to terms with certain memories, with certain kinds of loss, that same thing is present.”
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