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The Bands, The Fans At Index Fest. Were You There?

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Spune kicked off its 3rd annual Index Fest this past weekend in Deep Ellum.  Art&Seek’s Dane Walters, and volunteer photographers Jim Riddle, Lacey Dowden, and Britain Green were there to capture some of the sights over 3 days.

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Art Conspiracy: Artists, You Have 24 Hours to Respond

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Art-Con-X-Call-For-Artists-bannerArt Conspiracy, the annual art auction to benefit small arts-related nonprofits, has issued its call for artists.

Interested artists need to sign up here. The call ends in 24 hours.

What are the requirements?

Art Conspiracy will give you an 18×18 board. You supply any materials you need to create your masterpiece. You must be available to create your work on November 8 at the Art Con warehouse.

Of course, you’ll also want to mark your calendars for Nov. 15. That’s the night work will be auctioned off at this year’s site, 500 Singleton Blvd.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Big Deal: Video Association of Dallas’ VideoFest 27

 

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This year the Video Association of Dallas will host close to 125 screenings of local, regional, and internationally produced media art programs, including panel discussions and a party or two for its 27th Annual VideoFest.

And there is no reason why you can’t come out and catch one or two events during the festival’s two week run. VideoFest 27 will be coming to a venue near you. This year’s venues include the Dallas City Performance Hall, the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, University of Texas at Arlington, South Dallas Cultural Center, and the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. Thanks to our VAD friends, for this Big Deal we have two-fer! Sign up to win two All Fest Passes good for all events throughout the festival. Or sign up for two Weekend Passes good for your choice of weekends – Oct. 11 & 12 with screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, or choose to the weekend of Oct. 18 & 19 with screenings at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.

After signing up her don’t put that metaphorical pen down yet because you’ll want to sign up for our other Big Deals this week – – tickets to Texas Ballet Theater presentation of The Sleeping Beauty at Bass Performance Hall, or tickets to see the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

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 win passes to VideoFest 27.

Sign up here for your chance to win All Fest Passes to VideoFest 27
UDPATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

And sign up here for your chance to win Weekend Passes to VideoFest 27.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch

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In their upcoming Pops performance, The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the legendary Marvin Hamlisch.  Adding their voices to the celebration will be film and Broadway stars Jodi Benson, Donna McKechnie, and Doug LaBrecque.   A prolific film, television and stage composer, Hamlisch won a Tony for A Chorus Line, and Oscars for his work on The Sting, The Way We Were and Sophie’s Choice. (sniff, sniff)  Hear Hamlisch’s award-winning music live when the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. These Big Deal tickets will be good for the Oct. 10 show at Bass Performance Hall.

Don’t forget to take the opportunity to sign up for our other offerings this week – passes to the 27th Annual Dallas VideoFest, and tickets to Texas Ballet Theater present The Sleeping Beauty at Bass Performance Hall.

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 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: Texas Ballet Theater Presents ‘The Sleeping Beauty’

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Win this Big Deal and see Texas Ballet Theater perform one of the most famous ballets in classical ballet repertoire. TBT’s Artistic Director Ben Stevenson choreographs this production of  The Sleeping Beauty with music by Tchaikovsky performed live by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.  Sign up to win a pair of tickets to the Oct. 18, 2 p.m. performance at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

And while you are signing up for this Big Deal, go ahead and sign up for are other Deals this week – passes to the 27th Annual Dallas VideoFest, and tickets to Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch at Bass Performance Hall.

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 your chance to see The Sleeping Beauty by Texas Ballet Theater.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Jordan B. Hartman of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Jordan is a first-time winner to our contest.  He follows last week’s winner, Neff Conner.

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.

 

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Art&Seek Jr: Even More Family-Friendly Fall Festivals!

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.

The summer-like weather might be a bit deceiving, but the calendar says it’s fall. All together now–“Yay fall!” Besides the cooler temperatures (which are bound to show up any day now) we can also celebrate the veritable cornucopia of fall entertainment awaiting you and the itty bitties during this autumnal season. One week simply isn’t enough to cover the ever-popular family-friendly fall festivals (try saying THAT three times fast). So, without further ado, here are five more opportunities to welcome leave-raking season with the wee ones.

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The High Five: Granada Theater Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Granada Theater celebrates 10 years as a concert venue, a former SMU arts dean gives the thumbs-up to video college applications, and more.

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Former SMU Arts Dean Going For Video College Applications

And yes, there’s an app for that.

Jose Bowen, who announced his departure as dean of SMU’s Meadows College of the Arts only back in March, has already gotten some national attention (from NPR and the NYTimes) in his new position as president of Goucher College. The small, liberal-arts joint in Baltimore has launched an app to accept short video applications (plus some samples of a student’s high school work) as an alternative to the usual batch of standardized tests, transcripts and recommendations.

Tufts University has been accepting YouTube videos as a supplement to its application process since 2010. But Goucher may be the first college to permit the videos as a substitute application.

Bowen touts the video applications as a way for young people to use technology they’re much more familiar with (the video function on their cellphones) than all that administrative paperwork and essay-writing. And that, he argues, will offset some bias in applications.

High school students who might not have a laptop, they might not have a way to write their essay and get their parents to edit it. But they probably have a phone, and they understand how to use the phone to make a video.”

He adds that the SAT, by contrast, “mostly tells us about your previous performance, and it tells us quite a bit about your parental background.”

For that last argument, Bowen catches a fair amount of flak in the comments for both NPR and the NYTimes.

 

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The High Five: In ‘Halfway To Midland,’ A Snapshot Into Daily Texas Life

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Dallas and Marfa-based photographer Nancy Newberry was featured on the New York Times’ Lens Blog for her latest project “Halfway to Midland.” In it, Newberry wanted to portray her home state outside of the typical folksy caricatures and more on daily life. Her most well-known series, “Mum,” also focuses on another part of her youth: the tradition of high school homecoming.

  • Dating the UT Austin professor who moved into a dumpster can have its challenges. Writer Clara Benson wrote in Salon about the ups and downs she and boyfriend Dr. Jeff Wilson have faced as he embarks on his year-long Dumpster Project – a sustainable living research project to turn a 33 square foot dumpster into something habitable, as he lives in it. Benson has spent several nights in the dumpster home as well, and she says it has a camping charm to it, but it has some downsides, like little privacy.
  • The two candidates for lieutenant governor will debate tonight in Austin. This will likely be the only debate between Leticia Van de Putte and Dan Patrick before the Nov. 4 election. The two have very contrasting beliefs on most issues, which was made clear at last weekend’s Texas Tribune Festival, as KERA’s Bill Zeeble reported. Patrick has taken a tough stance on immigration, while Van de Putte has accused her opponent of being anti-Latino and anti-immigrant. KUT has a primer on what to expect from tonight’s debate, which Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey will moderate. KERA will air the debates on KERA TV, 90.1 FM, and streaming on keranews.org at 7 p.m.
  • Authorities say the driver of the 18-wheeler that struck the bus of the North Central Texas College softball team didn’t brake or take evasive action. The Star-Telegram reports the driver also told authorities he was reaching for his drink when the crash happened late Friday night. His vehicle veered across the median on I-35 near Davis, Oklahoma and struck a bus carrying the NCTC softball team. Four players were killed in the wreck and two remain in the hospital.
  • North Texas is home to a few billionaires; make that 20, to be exact. The Dallas Business Journal reports Forbes has released its annual list of The Richest People In America. Alice Walton, the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, topped the other North Texas billionaires, coming in at no. 9 with a nearly $35 billion fortune. Mark Cuban ranked no. 225 with $2.7 billion, and the H. Ross Perot Sr. and Jr. took the No. 129 and No. 340 spots, respectively.

 

 

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