A character layout drawing from What’s Opera, Doc? Photos: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
Chuck Jones may not be as well known to today’s generation of cartoon watchers. But even kids know Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and the other characters who came to life at the end of his pencil. Jones’ artwork is currently on display at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and this week, we talk to Jacie Hood, the museum’s Innovation Gallery and Studios Manager, about his lasting legacy.
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Next month, the Dallas Theater Center’s production will be Colossal. The play won the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. The protagonist of the play is Mike, a former University of Texas football player disabled by a hard hitting play. Mike tries to move forward but cannot help but look back on his glory days. Real life football players bring grace and high energy physicality to the show accompanied by a driving, beating drumline. Win tickets for the April 3 performance and see the Wyly Theatre space transform into a football field.
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The Lone Star Film Society and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth have joined forces to present two partnership series. Past ArthouseFW series have featured a Samuari, Cinemuse, and an Auteur Series. This time around the ArthouseFW series will explore the influence of Roger Corman on a generation of filmmakers that adapted his particular spirit of cinema to independent film and Hollywood. The second series, ArthouseFW Late Night, celebrates the work of Joe Dante, one of Roger Corman’s closest collaborators. Screenings this spring include Gremlins, Raging Bull, The Burbs and Lone Star. Win this Big Deal and receive two ArthouseFW Annual Passes that will provide you and a guest priority access to all ArthouseFW screenings for an entire year.
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The final interview in our three- part series with the choreographers for Southern Methodist University’s 2015 Spring Dance Concert is with SMU jazz dance professor Danny Buraczeski.
Buraczeski is bringing back his acclaimed 1999 piece Ezekiel’s Wheel, inspired by the life and work of author and civil rights activist James Baldwin. The piece is set to a percussive musical score interspersed with passages of Baldwin’s writings. Buraczeski, a nationally known jazz dance artist and consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts, choreographed the work for his former company Jazzdance. Following its premiere at New York’s Joyce Theater, The New York Times called it “balm for the soul in troubled times.”
Second up in our three-part series of interviews with the choreographers for Southern Methodist University’s 2015 Spring Dance Concert is visiting artist-in-residence John Selya, who will be premiering his new work, Darkside.
Based on the Tom Stoppard BBC radio play of the same name, Darkside was Stoppard’s “adaptation” of Pink Floyd’s album, Dark Side of the Moon — although Stoppard said he didn’t try to make his story into the album “writ large,” but “invented a little story in the spirit of the album,” taking cues from the music.
Thus, Selya will bring a visual element to what has been a solely auditory work. The piece centers on a character named Emily, an inquisitive philosophy student who sets out on a journey to decipher the teachings of her professor and fulfill her destiny. Classically trained in ballet, Selya has danced numerous principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and Twyla Tharp Dance and is a veteran of several Broadway productions, including Tharp’s Movin’ Out, for which he received a Tony nomination in 2003.
It’s that time of the year when colleges are staging their end of semester dance concerts, and Southern Methodist University is no exception. Yet, their concerts follow a different structure than other institutions. While other colleges in North Texas highlight a mixture of faculty and student works in either their fall or spring dance programs, SMU’s features three faculty/guest artists and either premieres or restagings of established and popular works. It’s an educational and enriching experience for the students involved, and exposes a segment of contemporary dance history to audience members.
For this spring’s production, the concert includes the premiere of two new works, one from alumnus Joshua Peugh, the founder and artistic director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, and the other from visiting Artist-in-Residence John Selya. Faculty member Danny Buraczeski is restaging his acclaimed 1999 piece Ezekiel’s Wheel, inspired by the life and work of author and civil rights activist James Baldwin.
Congratulations to Jordan Hartman of Dallas, winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. This is Jordan is a two-time winner of our contest. His first victory came back in September. He follows last week’s winner Christopher Paris of Waxahachie.
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.
Now here’s more from Jordan.
Title of photo: Uptown Betty
Equipment: Nikon D750 with a 70-200mm f 2.8 zoom lens
Tell us more about your photo: I was on a night time photo walk around the Arts District/Downtown. I was leaving Klyde Warren park when I spotted the trolley car waiting at the intersection. The McKinney trolley system has an interesting history to it, each car having its own story. I wanted to capture just a small bit of that.
Esteemed British violinist, concertmaster and conductor Peter Manning will be starting with Dallas Opera’s 2015-16 season as the company’s guest conductor and concertmaster (the concertmaster is the lead violinist and the second most important figure in an orchestra’s hierarchy after the conductor). He’ll be here in October and will begin his duties with Tosca in fall 2015.