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Julian Schnabel Is Coming Back to North Texas

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Grey Roughnecks, oil, wax, resin on polyester, 2003.

Artist Julian Schnabel is coming back to Texas. Before he became an international star for his huge ‘plate paintings’ and directing such movies as Before Night Falls and Berlin, Schnabel was a New York teenager who moved to Texas. The Dallas Art Fair opens this weekend, and Friday, the Dallas Contemporary opens a new show of Schnabel’s paintings. KERA’s Jerome Weeks contacted the artist in his New York City home.

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Weeks: So Julian, a major survey of your paintings just closed in Greenwich, Connecticut, and later this month, you have a new gallery show opening in New York. So why’d you squeeze Dallas in between all that?

Schnabel: Texas has been a big part of my life. I mean, I moved to Texas when I was a teenager. Lived on the Mexican border. And so I spent a lot of time, besides living in Brownsville, traveling down to Mexico and spent a lot of time in Mexico, and I think Texas’ proximity to Mexico had a big effect on me.

Weeks: You eventually spent some time in Dallas, after graduating from the University of Houston. Even worked for awhile at the Grape Restaurant.

Schnabel: Actually I was accepted to graduate school at SMU, had a scholarship there and I quit. And working at the Grape Restaurant? Part of my existential training.

Weeks: Why’d you quit SMU?

Schnabel: Wasn’t learning anything. Was a waste of time. I mean, I thought it could be interesting, to live in Dallas. I knew some artists there. And I liked it there. But I wasn’t there really very long. I was sort of in Houston part of the time. I actually had a show at the Contemporary Arts Museum [in Houston - his first solo museum show] in March  of ’76 when I was supposed to be in graduate school in SMU. 

Weeks: In fact, in your 1987 memoir, CVJ, in your acknowledgements, you thank your parents for moving to Texas.

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Robert Olen Butler On The Writers Studio This Week

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Robert Olen Butler

Robert Olen Butler joins hosts Catherine Cuellar and Randy Gordon on The Writers Studio this Saturday. Tune in to KERA at 9 p.m. Saturday for the interview.

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Butler has published twelve novels and six volumes of short fiction, one of which, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Butler has also published a volume of his lectures on the creative process, From Where You Dream. Among his numerous other awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His stories have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Playboy, and The Paris Review and been included in such major annual compilations as The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South. His works have been translated into nineteen languages, and over the past fifteen years he has lectured in universities, and met with writers groups in seventeen different countries as a Literary Envoy for the U. S. State Department.

Art&Seek is honored to present The Writers Studio, which is produced by our friends at The Writer’s Garret Literary Center. Coming next: Jane Smiley visits The Writers Studio on April 19.

Saturday, April 12, 9pm – 10pm. Robert Olen Butler.

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Robert Olen Butler

Butler has published twelve novels and six volumes of short fiction, one of which, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Butler has also published a volume of his lectures on the creative process, From Where You Dream. Among his numerous other awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His stories have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, Playboy, and The Paris Review and been included in such major annual compilations as The Best American Short Stories and New Stories from the South. His works have been translated into nineteen languages, and over the past fifteen years he has lectured in universities, and met with writers groups in seventeen different countries as a Literary Envoy for the U. S. State Department.

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Flickr Photo of the Week

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Congratulations to Sara Elbayya from Virginia, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Sara is a first-time winner to our contest. She follows last week’s winner, Jim West.

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 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 Sara:

Title of photo: Peaceful Sunset
Equipment: Canon T2i Rebel Camera

 

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The Big Deal: The World’s Largest Dinosaurs At The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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This Big Deal is a family affair – family 4-packs of tickets to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park. These passes provide admission to the General Exhibit Hall AND admission to the new traveling exhibition, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs.  Now, who doesn’t love dinosaurs, especially these dinosaurs. The exhibition will showcase the sauropods. Sauropods are the very distinctive group of dinosaurs with long, long necks and tails. If their ginormous girth is not impressive enough since they were herbivores, kids often perceive them as gentle giants. Kind of like a big pet. One of the displays that will sure to drop mouths will be the life-sized, fleshed-out model of a 60-foot-long, 11-foot-tall Mamenchisaurus. Now that’s a Big Foot.

Even though these super-sized lizards will be on display through Sept 1, these passes are extinct after May 1! Winners will have to exchange their tickets at the Box Office for a timed admission ticket.

And while you are signing up for this Big Deal, you might also want to consider signing up for other two Big Deals – tickets to Fort Worth Opera’s Cosi fan tutte at Bass Performance Hall, or tickets to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

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 win passes to see The World’s Largest Dinosaurs at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing. Come back next week for more Big Deals.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Opera Presents ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’

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Così fan tutte
is Mozart’s whimsical story of love and infidelity and it is the second production of Fort Worth Opera’s 2014 Festival. When a wager is placed to test the faithfulness of sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi who really wins? Who will the sisters end up with – their intendeds or their un-intendeds? You can find out if you win this Big Deal, tickets to see Fort Worth Opera’s production of Così fan tutte on April 26 at Bass Performance Hall.

You might also want to take this time to peek our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, or passes to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park now exhibiting, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs.

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 FWOpera’s Così fan tutte.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing. Come back next week for more Big Deals.

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The Big Deal: Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ AT The AT&T Performing Arts Center

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One thing for sure you can say about those Disney folks is that they certainly do know how to write a catchy tune. So when their animated film Beauty and the Beast came out in 1991 it was, of course, accompanied by great lyrics and music provided by Academy-Award winning Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.  Even though it was an animated musical, the musical numbers worked so well it was an easy leap for Disney to see how the film could translate into a Broadway staged production. Now Beauty and the Beast is back for a second run and Art&Seek has tickets, thanks to our friends at AT&T Performing Arts Center. Sign up win ticket to see this tale as old as time on opening night April 15, at the Winspear Opera House.

And don’t forget we have other Big Deals this week you might want to peruse – tickets to Fort Worth Opera’s Cosi fan tutte at Bass Performance Hall, or passes to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park now exhibiting, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs.

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 Lexus Broadway Series present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing. Come back next week for more Big Deals.

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The High Five: Celebrate National Poetry Month With A Poetry Reading

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: President Obama visits Fort Hood today; Wichita Falls issues a bird warning; what’s a Dallas bro?; and more.

  • Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Collin College hosts its second annual National Poetry Month event at 5 p.m. today. It’s called “Off the Page and On-Campus: A Celebration of National Poetry Month” and it’s taking place at the Preston Ridge Campus’ conference center. Today’s event will feature the poetry of R. Flowers Rivera, author of Troubling Accents, and Leslie Richardson, whose poetry has been published in The Paris Review.
  • Leaders of a North Texas city have warned about the expected return of pesky egrets after a bird strike brought down a military jet last year. A statement from the city of Wichita Falls says “noisy, messy” cattle egrets are likely to return in the next few weeks. Cattle egrets carry mites and make a mess with droppings. Wichita Falls leaders are urging residents to make noise to scare away the foot-tall creatures or contact city officials to help amid health and aviation concerns. Investigators at Sheppard Air Force Base determined a cattle egret strike last July caused an $8 million training jet to crash. Two pilots suffered minor injuries when they ejected. [The Associated Press]
  • One week after the deadly shooting at Fort Hood, a memorial service will be held today – and President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend. It’s at 2 p.m. at Fort Hood’s Sadowski Field. Last Wednesday, Specialist Ivan Lopez killed three soldiers and wounded 16 others before he committed suicide. The Houston Chronicle notes: “The visit is the second the president has made to Fort Hood in 4½ years to remember the victims of shootings that took place a mile apart on the post.” Obama spoke in Fort Hood following the earlier shooting spree in 2009, when 13 soldiers and civilians were killed, and 32 others were wounded. Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan said he waged jihad that day against his fellow soldiers. A jury sentenced him to death.
  • Did you know that since 1999, there’s been a live-streaming webcam that captures Dealey Plaza? Now it’s in high-definition. The Dallas Morning News reports: “On Monday EarthCam upgraded the unblinking eyeball onto Elm Street, prompting this exclamatory tweet from the folks who are always watching: ‘Our Dealey Plaza cam is now HD! We teamed up with @SixthFlrMuseum to offer the only view from the #JFK sniper’s perch.’” Some aren’t pleased: “Seriously, turning an assassination into sport?” and “Sick and wrong.”

 

  • Yo – what’s a bro? And how is a Dallas bro different from other bros? Let’s let Jezebel explain: “A bro is a young, usually unmarried, often immature guy who just does what everyone else his age seems to be doing. He’s not necessarily a bad guy, he’s not necessarily worthy of derision … He’s just figuring life out and trying to enjoy himself in the process.” But each city has different bro standards. So Jezebel breaks it down. Here’s a field guide to the Dallas Bro: For his uniform, “the Dallas (or Houston) Bro is a hybrid of many bro styles; a frankenbro if you will. Like the Mid-Atlantic bro, the Dallas Bro enjoys boat shoes without socks and pastel shirts. Like the Midwestern bro, the Dallas Bro loves a good pair of comfortable shorts and the occasional visor. Like the Red State bro, the Dallas bro sometimes wears gingham button downs. And like the Country Bro, the Dallas bro appreciates the value of a good pair of leather Redwing boots.” A Dallas Bro works in oil, gas, real estate or insurance. He drinks brown liquors. His secret shame? He wants to find a wife by the time he’s in his late 20s. His celeb “brospiration?” “Matthew McConaughey, obviously.” Read up on the other city bros at Jezebel.
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Art&Seek Jr: 5 Hippity Hoppity Easter Bunny Happenings

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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.

Last weekend the KERA/KXT/Art&Seek gang participated in ArtsPark at NorthPark Center. It was great meeting everyone who came out to say hello and chatting it up with our friends from the other arts organizations in our area, but I have to say the best part of the day for me was escorting our special guest Daniel Tiger around ArtsPark. For those of you who don’t know, Daniel Tiger is the star of the PBS animated series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. He’s also, without doubt, a rock star among the preschool set.  To the adults at the event, he was just some poor guy stuck in a cat costume for the day, but to the wee ones, well, he was the real deal and boy did they show their enthusiasm. Olaf the snowman would be jealous of the number of warm hugs given to Daniel on Tiger on Saturday. That’s was I love about preschoolers; they believe in fairies, and unicorns and all things magical. You can see it in their eyes when they come face to face with one of their heroes. They really believe with every fiber of their tiny little bodies the 6-foot cat in a red sweater and sneakers isn’t just some guy in a costume, that’s Daniel the Tiger himself in the flesh.

Of course the Easter Bunny falls into the category of all things magical. Here are a few ways for you and the tinies to catch up with that wascally wabbit this weekend.

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The High Five: What Are Dallas’ Emerging Neighborhood Hotspots?

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: UConn wins in Arlington; former presidents to gather in Austin for a LBJ summit; what are Dallas-Fort Worth’s emerging neighborhoods; and more.

  • Trinity Groves, Oak Cliff and Lakewood are among the Dallas neighborhoods often mentioned as local hotspots. How did they develop that reputation – and will they be able to keep it? A panel by the Dallas Architecture Forum at 6:30 tonight focuses on “Dallas’ Emerging Neighborhood Hot Spots: Will They Survive?” Marcel Quimby, a principal of Quimby McCoy who’s involved in Dallas’ preservation community, is the moderator. The free event is at 6:30 p.m. at 1909 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite 100. A reception starts at 6:15 p.m. No reservations are needed. The topic is also the subject of the 1 p.m. hour of “Think” with Krys Boyd on KERA 90.1 FM. Or listen online. Learn more about Trinity Groves, a 15-acre restaurant incubator that’s helped transform West Dallas. KERA’s Doualy Xaykaothao recently explored the area.

 

  • The Dallas Historical Society says the city is home to many dozens of historically significant houses of worship. Learn about them at noon Tuesday as part of the society’s Brown Bag Lecture Series. Bob Jaeger, president and co-founder of Partners for Sacred Places, will “explore the rich history and significant impact of Dallas’ sacred places.” Partners for Sacred Places is “the only national, nonsectarian, non-profit organization dedicated to the sound stewardship and active community use of America’s older religious properties.” The free event is at the Hall of State at Fair Park, 3939 Grand Ave., Dallas.

 

  • Jerry Jones’ suite at AT&T Stadium was packed last night with bold-faced names catching the NCAA Final Four championship game. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush sat next to each other – and the former presidents were captured on the stadium’s gigantic video screen for the 79,000 folks in the stands to see. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo popped up at the bottom of the screen – the photobomb of the night.
  • For those of you interested in the score, here’s a recap. KERA’s Rick Holter was at the game: The University of Connecticut capped off the first North Texas Final Four in 28 years last night by winning the NCAA men’s basketball title. The Huskies topped Kentucky 60 to 54. UConn has made it to the championship game four times, and has come away with a title in every one. Monday night, the difference-maker was senior point guard Shabazz Napier. He scored 22 points, leading the experienced Huskies past Kentucky’s five freshman starters. The key statistic? Foul shooting: Connecticut was perfect in 10 tries; Kentucky missed 11. A downpour that started just before gametime couldn’t stop more than 79,000 people from jamming into AT&T Stadium — the largest crowd ever to witness an NCAA title game.

 

  • The former presidents will be in Austin later this week. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin is hosting a civil rights summit this week, highlighted by a keynote address by President Barack Obama. The three-day conference, which starts Tuesday, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, signed into law by Johnson. Three former presidents will also deliver remarks at the summit: Jimmy Carter on Tuesday; Bill Clinton will speak on Wednesday; and George W. Bush will speak on Thursday. Panel discussions will look back at the civil rights movement and address current topics such as immigration and gay marriage. LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove said he hopes the summit will mark a turning point in Johnson’s legacy, moving it away from the Vietnam War to the domestic policies Johnson pushed that transformed civil rights. The ceremony is a chance to reconsider Johnson’s presidency. The New York Times reports that his family and friends argue that his legacy has “been overwhelmed by the tragedy of the Vietnam War, and has failed to take into account the blizzard of domestic legislation enacted in the five years Johnson was in the White House.” [The Associated Press]
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DTC’s Next Season: Bigger, Newer, Older And Football-Related

963The Dallas Theater Center has announced, next season, it’ll premiere a new musical and a new drama about a UT football player. It’ll also expand its season offerings from seven shows to nine. But KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports, more than half of the shows will be presented in the Theater Center’s old home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

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It can look like a retreat, the Theater Center moving most of its season into the Kalita, only five years after moving into its new home, the Wyly. But the decision wasn’t based on money, which is what the theater community has been speculating the past two weeks. In fact, artistic director Kevin Moriarty says the Kalita doesn’t actually represent that much of a cost savings to run than the Wyly.

“No, certainly not in any general way,” he says. The fee for the the Kalita is lower than the Wylie’s, but with the Wylie, you’re paying for everything, including the ‘front-of-house’ expenses, like ticket takers. At the Kalita, you pay less but have to provide the front-of-house staff yourself. Plus, there’s no on-site costume shop — or most of the other amenities the Theater Center enjoys at the Wyly. So the Kalita has some built-in expenses and inconveniences the Wyly doesn’t.

“The way in which the Kalita is cheaper,” Moriarty adds, “is if you were to do a big musical or a big play. There is just less possibility for scenery and you can’t put a big orchestra there. So the space at the Kalita limits how much you can spend.”

Then – why five shows just in the Kalita? Not too long ago, that’d be an entire season for the Theater Center.

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