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The High Five: Remembering Ruby Dee’s Special Dallas Connection

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The crumbling house that’s falling into a lake will be set on fire today; Republican convention officials get a grand tour of Dallas; Ruby Dee’s special Dallas connection; and more.

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Actress-Writer-Activist Ruby Dee, 91, Has Died

rubyRuby Dee in an episode of the KERA-produced TV series, With Ossie & Ruby, from 1982

According to reports, Dee died peacefully of natural causes at her home in New Rochelle, NY.

With her late husband, Ossie Davis, who died in 2005, Dee seamlessly combined a life of civil rights activism with a pathbreaking career on stage and in film, playing lead roles in an era of segregation. In 1950, she gained national attention playing Jackie Robinson’s wife in the film, The Jackie Robinson Story. In 1959, Dee was the first actress to play the struggling wife Ruth in Lorraine Hansberry’s stage drama, A Raisin in the Sun.  The landmark play is currently revived on Broadway.

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‘Fly By Night’ Doesn’t Fly By NYTimes Critic

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DTC's Fly By Night - Zak Sandler, Damon Daunno - by Karen AlmondDamon Daunno (front) and music director Zak Sandler (back) in Fly By Night at the DTC. Photo credit: Karen Almond.

Fly By Night, the quirky, charming musical the Dallas Theater Center staged last year, did not charm New York Times drama critic Ben Brantley much. If you saw it, you certainly remember the show — about a young romantic triangle that comes together and tears apart in the New York City blackout of 1965. It was too long, and charm is a hard thing to grasp and to hold for nearly two-and-a-half hours. But it was charming and ingenious, and Brantley did hail several aspects of the Playwrights Horizons production:

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The Big Screen: Visiting Pandas In China

BigScreen_logoSMALLFewer than 2,000 giant pandas are left on earth. But a panda conservation center in China is doing its best to breed the animals and reintroduce them into the wild. This week, we discusses a documentary playing this summer at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science about the panda center’s efforts.

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Bruce Wood Memorial Tonight And Tomorrow

fllightThe Bruce Wood Dance Project in flight, in rehearsal. Photo credit: Brian Guiliaux. Photo below: Jerome Weeks

Friends, family and fans of acclaimed choreographer Bruce Wood will gather tonight and tomorrow to appreciate his legacy. Wood died two weeks ago in Fort Worth from complications of pneumonia. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports, for Wood’s memorial, his company, the Bruce Wood Dance Project, will perform two shows in Dallas’ City Performance Hall.

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The High Five: Willie Nelson To Appear On QVC To Promote His New Album

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A house is falling into Lake Whitney; remembering choreographer Bruce Wood; Willie Nelson appears on QVC; and more.

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Dallas Opera Hires Its First Principal Guest Conductor – Ever

Nicole PaiementportraitAppointed first-ever principal guest conductor for the Dallas Opera, Nicole Paiement is currently the artistic director of Opera Parallele, a San Francisco company with a focus on new works. And she’s the founder and artistic director of BluePrint, a new music series at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Ofwa Mwalilino of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Ofwa is a first time winner of our contest.  He follows last week’s winner, Ian Aberle.

11435If 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 Ofwa.

Title of photoHole in the Wall

Equipment: Sony A7 with 24-70mm lens

Tell us more about your photo: The photo was taken at Richland College. Despite having been around the campus plenty of times, it was rather by accident that I stumbled on this location as the sun was setting. It turned out well.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts In The Garden: Green River Ordinance

Green River Ordinance is back by popular demand to perform at the family-friendly, always crowd-pleasing, Concerts in the Garden series presented by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. The hometown band will have you kicking off your sandals and dancing on the lush lawn of the beautiful and historic Botanic Garden when they perform their chart-topping songs like “Rise Up,” “Heart of Me” and “She Is In The Air.” For this Big Deal we have four lawn seating tickets to award to one lucky winner for the June 21 outdoor concert.

Sign up for this Big Deal, then sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see Shen Wei Dance Arts at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and tickets to see Yuna and Moonrise Nation at the Kessler Theater.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can w the Big Deal. If you are not a subscriber then take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Green River Ordinance perform at the Concerts in the Garden in Fort Worth.

UPDATE: We have our lucky winner. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Yuna With Moonrise Nation At The Kessler Theater

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Yuna will be performing at the Kessler Theater and Art&Seek has general admission tickets to see the young singer-songwriter from Malaysia. Yuna was named one of five “Amazing Under-the Radar LA Musicians” by LA Weekly and Huffington Post listed her as one of the Top 20 artist to watch in 2014. She just made her Verve Records debut with her latest album, Nocturnal. Nice. Matching Yuna’s smooth music sensibilities is Moonrise Nation. The talented trio from Chicago will be joining Yuna for the June 23 performance at the historic venue.

And since you are signing up for this Big Deal now is the perfect time to sign up for our two Big Deals this week – tickets to Shen Wei Dance Arts at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and tickets to Concerts in the Garden: Green River Ordinance presented by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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 Yuna and Moonrise Nation at the Kessler Theater.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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