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Dallasite Alan Govenar’s Play ‘Texas In Paris’ Gets Thumbs Up Off-Broadway

99791Lillias White as Osceola Mays and Scott Wakefield as John Burrus in the York Theatre production of Texas in Paris. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Based on a real concert series that Dallas author-historian-producer Alan Govenar presented in 1989, Texas in Paris is about two Texas musical artists — a black South Dallas widow and a white former cowboy  — traveling to Paris to perform together for the first time. It sounds like a typical, feel-good, educational, can’t-we-all-get-along piece of work, but it turns out — according to several generally positive New York reviews — to be a thin but affecting, dramatic journey into America through music, including spirituals, cowboy songs and country hymns. And it certainly helps, it seems, to have Tony Award-winner and powerhouse singer Lillias White in one of the two roles.

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Giveaway: Passes To John Waters At Texas Theatre

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John Waters at Texas Theater

Besides John Waters’ writer, producer, director, actor and author credits you can also add stand up comic.  Waters, the Baltimore filmmaker responsible for the cult films Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, has his own one-man show. Waters will perform at the Texas Theatre this Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. and we’ve got five passes to giveaway. If you are interested, and if you are fast, email me at [email protected] Be sure to write John Waters in the subject line.

UPDATE: Wow! That was fast. We’ve given away all the tickets. Thanks for playing!

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Rev. Gean West, Founder of Great Dallas Gospel-Funk Group, The Relatives Has Died

relatives31 Gean West (at left, in hat) with brother Tommie (right) playing the Lincoln Center Festival

Robert Wilonsky has the story in the Dallas Morning News. West founded the group with his brother Tommie only to have it flounder — then be re-discovered forty years later as part of a soul-funk revival that took them to Lincoln Center, France, the South by Southwest Festival — and to return to West Dallas to help open the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

West, 78, died at Parkland Memorial Hospital after  heart surgery and months of troubles with his heart and kidneys.

A wake for West will take place February 13 from 7-9 p.m. at the West Dallas Community Church at 2215 Canada Drive. A homegoing service will follow at the same location on February 14 at 11 a.m.. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you send donations to help with funeral costs to Tommie West, Gean’s brother, at 3107 Biglow Drive, Dallas, TX, 75126.

The band reportedly will continue: It was one song away from completing its second album when West died.

So here’s one of my favorite radio stories, ever: “Dallas, Welcome Back Your Relatives”

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, Serial’s Sarah Koenig Headline New Speaker Series: #thinkspeak


There’s another reason to look forward to summer besides the warmer temperatures. KERA and the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas are teaming up to produce a new summer speaker series called #thinkspeak.

Each month, there will be a live event with public radio stars you’re probably familiar with: Serial host Sarah Koenig, Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, This American Life host Ira Glass and astrophysicist and StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson.

We’ll kick things off with Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad on May 15. Find the full schedule here.

Tickets for the live events will sell fast. Call 214-880-0202 for tickets.

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Saturday Spotlight – A Trek Through Nature

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MoonFor this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re waiting til dark and heading to the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area for a Night Hike. We’ll hear sounds of nature as we take a moonlit stroll on the Redbud Trail. The trail will take us through the woods and open grasslands to a beautiful view of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.


Photo Credit: Aimee Cozart (LLELA Facebook page)


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DTC’s New Season: ‘Hee Haw’ Musical With Country Music Star, LBJ Drama ‘All The Way’ And 2 New Plays

hee haw imageNext year, the Dallas Theater Center heads into a season-long flashback to the ’60s — from a world-premiere musical based on the long-running, cornpone TV comedy-variety show Hee Haw (which debuted in 1969) to a revival of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls (based on the rise of the Supremes and Motown in the ’60s) to the Tony Award-winning drama, All the Way, which featured Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston on Broadway playing Lyndon Johnson in 1964, the year he passed the Civil Rights Act and won re-election.

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Bryan Cranston playing LBJ on Broadway in ‘All the Way’

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The Big Screen: Meryl’s Musical Moment

BigScreen_logoSMALLMeryl Streep picked up her 19th Oscar nomination for playing the Witch in the musical Into the Woods. The show is a favorite of Fort Worth Opera General Director Darren K. Woods – he’s staging it this summer. This week, we get his thoughts on Streep’s performance and about casting the show in her shadow.

“Her performance has given me pause in how I’m casting it coming up,” he says. “Now the expectations of the audience are going to be colored by Meryl Streep’s performance.”

Be sure to subscribe to The Big Screen on iTunes. Stream this week’s episode below or download it.

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Meet The Director And Visit The Scene Shop in Stagger Lee: Making A Musical

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Director Patricia McGregor and author-co-composer Will Power. Photo: Jerome Weeks

The Dallas Theater Center’s Stagger Lee is a rare Broadway-style musical made in Dallas by an African-American creative team and cast. Art&Seek’s digital storytelling project,  “Stagger Lee: Making a Musical,” concludes today.

Listen to Jerome Weeks’ KERA Radio feature:

Check out our special web site, where new features include:

  • Meet director Patricia McGregor and choreographer Camille A. Brown, who explain why working with an all-black team is so significant.
  • Watch a video that captures what goes into creating the set for Stagger Lee and the time-lapse race to finish making and installing it.
  • See slideshows of set designer John Arnone’s drawings and the images that the creative team used to inspire the look and feel of Stagger Lee. 
  • COMING NEXT WEEK: Tune into Think on KERA FM Thursday Feb. 12 at 12 p.m. when host Krys Boyd chats with Stagger Lee author and co-composer Will Power.
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The Big Deal: ‘Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt From the National Gallery London & Rijkmuseum Amsterdam’

The series Exhibition on Screen is back. For the series, blockbuster exhibitions from museums around the world are filmed in high definition detail and then brought to a theater near you. These screenings give you a front row seat to see the world’s greatest art. Experts are your personal guides through venerable art institutions that give you access to behind-the-scenes action from the exhibitions.

For this Big Deal win passes for two to see the next film in the series, Rembrandt: From the National Gallery London, and Rijksmuseum Amersterdam on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the venue of your choice – the Cinemark Ridgmar 13 in Fort Worth, or the Cinemark West Plano.

Then be sure to sign up for our other giveaways this week – tickets to attend the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Romeo & Juliet concert at Bass Performance Hall, or All-Access passes to the Thin Line Film and Music Fest in Denton.

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 the opportunity to see Exhibition On Screen: Rembrandt From the National Gallery London & Rijkmuseum Amsterdam.

Sign up here to see Exhibition On Screen: Rembrandt in Fort Worth at Cinemark Ridgmar 13 + Xtreme.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thank you.

Sign up here to see Exhibition On Screen: Rembrandt in Plano at Cinemark West Plano and XD.


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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Presents Romeo & Juliet

Photo: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Photo: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

For three performances centered around Valentine’s Day, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will play some of the most recognizable and romantic music for their concert, Romeo & Juliet. Works in these performances include the sprightly Overture to Johann Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus, JoaquÍn Rodrigo’s evocative Concierto de Aranjuez, and selections from Prokofiev’s masterpiece Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64. Classical guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas, “the soul of Spanish guitar,” will be the featured artist. Win this Big Deal and take your valentine to the Feb. 15, 2 p.m. performance at Bass Performance Hall.

You might also want to take the time to peruse our other Big Deals we have for you this week. Enter to win All-Access passes to the Thin Line Film and Music Fest in Denton, or passes to see Exhibition on Screen: Rembrandt From the National Gallery London & Rijkmuseum Amsterdam.

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 the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s concert Romeo & Juliet.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thank you.

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