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The Big Deal: 4 Girls 4 Presented By The Eisemann Center For Performing Arts

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Four veteran female stars of Broadway, film and TV come together for an evening of song, dance and laughter.  4 Girls 4 features Andrea McArdle, Christine Andreas, Donna McKechnie, and Maureen McGovern. The ensemble will share the stage at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts to sing some or your favorite show tunes. The wholesome foursome will perform for one night, March 20. What a coincidence! That is the same night we have tickets for this Big Deal.

Sign up here then go ahead and sign up for our other Big Deals this week – passes to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, or tickets to see Humpback Whales at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

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 4 Girls 4 at the Eisemann Center.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the follow up film to the 2011 British comedy-drama, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Dev Patel is back as Sonny, and Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Bill Nighy reprise their roles as British citizens who have decided to retire in India. Joining them at their exotic hotel for seniors is an American newcomer played by Richard Gere. You know his character is bound to shakes things up. Enter to win a pass, good for free admission for two, during the run of the film at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station.  But wait there’s more in this Big Deal! One lucky winner will also receive $50 gift card from Cost Plus World Market, a national partner in the film.

But why stop at this Big Deal? Go ahead and sign up for our other deals this week – tickets to 4 Girls 4 with Andrea McArdle, Christine Andreas, Donna McKechnie, and Maureen McGovern at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, and tickets to the IMAX film Humpback Whales at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

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 Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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Art&Seek Jr: 8 Spring Break Staycation Adventures

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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.

Sticking close to home this spring break? Here are some “staycation” adventures you and the kiddos can have during your time off.

Your local public library is a great place to start the fun this spring break. Not only do they have tons of programs for kids of all ages, they also have smart librarians that have read all the Harry Potter books to help guide you to the next big thing in Children’s Literature. Here are just a few of the many events to check out this week at area libraries.

  • Head on out to the Davis branch of the Plano Public Library this Thursday and put those STEM skills to work in a unique way at the Family Robotics event. You can learn all about levers and how engery is transfered while building a drumming mechanical monkey. Bonus points: Think how impressed the science teacher will be when Junior reports back on what he did over spring break.
  • Come celebrate Women’s History Month at the Fort Worth Public Library as they present a variety of programs throughout their branches recognizing achievements by women. Don’t miss Hit Like A Girl this Saturday at the Cavile Outreach Opportunity Library. Kids can learn all about exceptional female athletics from past and present and their impact on the world of sports. Yay! Girl Power!
  • St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner so now is the perfect time for a Leprechaun hunt. The Haltom City Library is hosting the perfect St. Paddy’s Day event on Saturday, complete with stories, crafts, and, of course, a hunt through the library for that elusive leprechaun.
Say hello to the famous wascally wabbit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. (Photo: Chuck Jones/FWMS&H)

Say hello to the famous wascally wabbit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. (Photo: Chuck Jones/FWMS&H)

Hey, guess what? Some of our area museums are pulling out all the stops for the kiddos this spring break. You won’t want to miss these attractions:

Stay up late for an Owl Prowl at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.  (Photo: Heard Museum)

Stay up late for an Owl Prowl at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. (Photo: Heard Museum)

The weather will be spectacular and definitely spring-like this weekend, so head outside for these two outings.

  • Pile the family in the car and motor on up to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary to see a live owl presentation and then stay for a guided night hike.  These nighttime hikes are completely different than those you take during the day. Landmarks change, as can your sense of direction. Even if you’ve hiked a trail several times, it can feel completely unfamiliar. But don’t worry, you won’t get lost. Trail guides from the Heard will be there to lead the way and answer any questions you have about our owl friends.
  • If you’re wanting to enjoy nature but prefer something a little less strenuous, stop by the Dallas Arboretum this Thursday night and see the ’80s tribute band The Molly Ringwalds perform as part of the Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays Concert Series. Speaking from experience, these concerts are hugely popular and never disappoint. Bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the serene view overlooking White Rock Lake, while the wee ones have a excellent time rolling down the hill and dancing up close to the stage with the band.

Enjoy the rest of spring break. Aren’t you glad you stayed home?

Therese Powell is an Art&Seek calendar coordinator and KERA-TV producer. She spends most of her free time seeking out adventures for her 9-year-old daughter, Rose. Tell us about your quirky kid adventures by leaving a comment. Or e-mail Therese at [email protected]

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Shantel Rich of Arlington, winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. This is the second time Shantel has won our contest: her last win came in Nov. 2013. She follows last week’s winner Aamir Muhammad Naeem of Doha, Qata.

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.

flickr winnerNow here’s more from Shantel.

Title of photo: A Lone Star

Equipment: Canon 5D Mark iii, 50mm 1.4 lens, 2 extension tubes

Tell us more about your photo: Any time it snows here in Texas I get goosebumps from being excited to photograph it since it happens so rarely here. Good snow with nicely formed dendrite flakes is even more rare as the temps have to be just right.

I shot this for my Project 52 photography project that I’m doing this year. Our limit is we can only use a 50mm prime lens, so getting a close up macro shot of a snow flake can be a little challenging with equipment limitations. Not to be deterred, I threw a couple of extension tubes on the lens so I could get nice and close and grabbed a feather duster and headed for the backyard.

We had actual dendrite flakes for only about 10 minutes. The rest of the day it was just sleet or bits and pieces of snow as the temperature changed. I counted myself lucky to get one good one, although I spent the day going in and out of the house hoping to see more.

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‘Cutie And The Boxer’ Come To Dallas

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In the 1960s, Ushio Shinohara was a bad boy of the Japanese art world. But he and his wife, artist Noriko, spent decades struggling in New York. Then, a documentary with Texas ties brought the couple new fame. The pair came to Dallas for a show at Kirk Hopper Fine Art, the gallery in Deep Ellum. KERA’s Jerome Weeks got a look at how Ushio works.

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Saturday Spotlight – Immerse Yourself in Celtic Culture at the North Texas Irish Festival

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Chef Joey Allette of Scotch & Sausage will give a demonstration Saturday afternoon.

For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re celebrating all things Irish at the North Texas Irish Festival at Fair Park in Dallas. This year’s Celtic cultural extravaganza features pipers from all over the world including Carlos Nunez who brings a Latin flair to his piping performances. Irish food, dancing, and storytelling are also on the agenda.

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Avant Chamber Ballet Introduces First Annual Women’s Choreography Project

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Dancer Rachel Meador in Amy Morrow’s ballet “String Theory.” Photo: Martin Perez

Every few years, an article will come out questioning the appearance of the female voice in dance or theater. Where are all the female directors, playwrights or choreographers, these writers ask?

The answer is always the same: They’re around, but they aren’t getting as much attention as their male counterparts are (for a variety of reasons). An article originally posted on The Guardian‘s website in 2013 found new life in 2015’s social media pages, and the question about female choreographers (or the lack thereof) became a point of conversation again. While this article was focused mainly on the search for the British female voice in dance, I would say the same question could be asked here in America. And here in Texas.

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Local Writers Have Lots of New-Play Fests. But Do They Have A Shot At A MainStage Show?

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Nikki Cloer in ‘Black to Black’ Trilogy of Plays at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. Photo: courtesy of Black to Black

Yes, you can get your play read and even staged in North Texas. There are new play festivals and contests galore in the area – helping local writers learn, get better, get noticed. But KERA’s Jerome Weeks asks, where do the plays — and the playwrights — go then?

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The Big Screen: The Art Of Skewering A Movie

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Austin’s Master Pancake comedy troupe entertains moviegoers by skewering the action on screen in real time. This week, we talk to one of the group’s comedians ahead of his trip to North Texas Sunday for a comedic bout with Fifty Shades of Grey.

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: Timeless Tales, Treasured Tellers Concert At The Texas Storytelling Festival

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Now let me tell you a little story. Years ago, a storyteller in Denton decided he wanted to put on a storytelling festival.  Well, that Dentonite did and that inaugural festival sparked a fire in all those who participated in the event.  It wasn’t long after that they decided to form a group, and they called their group the Tejas Storytelling Association.  Their mission – to foster the appreciation of storytelling as an oral tradition and as a performing art.  Thirty years later and the Texas Storytelling Festival is four-day festival packed full of events.  There are workshops, a liars contest, a place where you can hear ghost and sacred tales, a Saturday Kids’ Day, and evening concerts for adults. The festival runs March 12 through March 15 at the Denton Civic Center. For this Big Deal win a pair of tickets to the Saturday, March 14 evening concert, Timeless Tales, Treasured Tellers with featured Festival Tellers: Elizabeth Ellis, James Ford, Gayle Ross and Barbara McBride Smith. Get there early and see the pre-show concert with David Goodroe.

Don’t slap a “The End” tag to this story just yet. Go ahead and sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see the Church Basement Ladies in The Last (Potluck) Supper at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, or tickets to the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Lone Star Fest in Richardson.

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 be regaled by storytellers in the “Timeless Tales, Treasured Tellers” evening concert at the Texas Storytelling Festival.

UPDATE: We have our winner! Be sure to come back next week for more Big Deals.

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