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The Big Deal: Texas Ballet Theater Presents ‘The Merry Widow’

Photo: Texas Ballet Theater

Photo: Texas Ballet Theater

Win tickets to Texas Ballet Theater’s most flirty and romantic comedy of the season. Texas Ballet Theater’s The Merry Widow features sumptuous costumes, lavish sets and bubbly comedic timing. The beautifully danced production will also be accompanied live by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Since these pair of tickets are good for the Feb. 7, 2 p.m. performance at Bass Performance Hall, this Big Deal will make a perfect early Valentine’s Day date.

If you appreciate this Big Deal then you’ll want to sign up for our other Big Deal this week, tickets to see the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson. Also, take the opportunity to sign up to win for passes to see Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention, a special anniversary exhibition at the Meadows Museum on the campus of SMU.

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 Merry Widow presented by Texas Ballet Theater.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention At The Meadows Museum

Photo: Meadows Museum

Photo: Meadows Museum

Time is running out to see Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention at the Meadows Museum on the campus of SMU. More than 200 works by the great Spanish painter and graphic artist are currently on display. But this special exhibition, that is part of the Meadows 50th anniversary celebration, is only on display until March 1, 2015.  Sign up for a chance to take a friend to see the works by the master graphic artist.

Don’t forget to take the time to sign up for our other giveaways this week – tickets to see The Merry Widow presented by Texas Ballet Theater, or tickets to see the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts 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 the opportunity to see Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Eisemann Center Presents The Paul Taylor Dance Company

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Photo: Tom Caravaglia

Photo: Tom Caravaglia

Paul Taylor was an early innovator of American modern dance. Martha Graham dubbed him the “naughty boy” of dance. He is the recipient of both the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts. Through the decades Taylor has continued to be a vibrant and relevant force on the contemporary dance scene. His world-renowned dance ensemble, the Paul Taylor Dance Company will be performing at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. Enter for a chance to see the Feb. 7 performance in Richardson.

After signing up for this giveaway, you might be moved to sign up for our other Big Deal this week – tickets to see the Texas Ballet Theater’s production of The Merry Widow. Or sign up for a chance to win free admission to see Goya: A Lifetime of Graphic Invention, a special exhibition at the Meadows Museum at SMU.

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 Paul Taylor Dance Company.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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Art&Seek Jr: Weekend Boredom Busters

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.

Like a lot of women of her generation, my mother had very little patience for whining or pouting of any variety. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like she was standing over us with a rod, Oliver Twist-style; it’s just that as a mother of three (before the invention of microwave ovens or cable TV) she generally put the day’s moratorium on whining long before we’d even finished our morning oatmeal.

Never was this truer than if we dared to whine about being bored. For those occasions she broke out her “tom walker” story. It usually started with an observation about our toys, specifically, the AMOUNT of toys in our possession. In my mother’s estimation the sheer number of fabulous playthings at our disposal should render us boredom-free until the end of time. She’d then segue into her “when I was a little girl” part of the story. According to my mother when she was a child, she and her 8 siblings were happy as clams for hours at a time with just two sticks and a couple of pieces of old rubber. That’s right, the only toy children of my parent’s generation ever needed or wanted were the homemade stilts they called “tom walkers.” Well, that and  a tin can.

Yes, clearly they were the superior generation, but sometimes being bored just can’t be helped. I’ve found the best cure for boredom is to try something different. Stepping outside of your usual fare is like adding spices to food, it can make things a whole lot more colorful and well, less boring.

Here are this week’s picks from the Junior to help you shake things up a little.

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Dallas Art Project To Install Posters And Billboards Nationwide

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One of the original four billboards from the “Dialogues on Race” project displayed in Dallas. Art by Christopher Blay and Gerardo M. Robles.

The conversation on race is far from over. In fact, it’s growing, due in part to Dallas organization Make Art With Purpose (MAP). MAP makes art that encourages positive social change. For its most recent project, “Dialogues on Race,” the group installed four unique billboards and two murals in Dallas late last year — images meant to spark conversations on the issue.

After what MAP’s founding director Janeil Engelstad called a “great response” to the project in Dallas, the organization realized it had an opportunity to take that conversation nation-wide. Now, MAP has paired with New York-based design firm Worldstudio with the aim of bringing the project to 25 other cities across the country.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Cindy Higby, of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. Cindy is a three time winner to our contest. Her last win was in December. Cindy follows last week’s winner Jochem Herremans, of Antwerp, Belgium.

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 Cindy.

Title of photo:  And This is Where It Gets Funky

Equipment:  Nikon D610, Nikkor 24-120mm Lens

Tell us more about your photo:  I went to the MLK Day parade to capture the energy and positive vibe. After shooting on the sidelines for a bit, I got frustrated and decided to get in the parade, closer to the people. It’s amazing what you can shoot if you act like you belong. I attached myself to the Lancaster Marching High School Band and literally sat down on the street to get underneath the action as they broke out some crazy dance moves. Good times.

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Remembering Cliburn-Winning Pianist Jose Feghali

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Award-winning pianist Adam Golka performs at memorial concert for Jose Feghali. Photo: Selene Alba

Musicians and music lovers paid tribute Sunday to José Feghali. The Brazilian-born pianist, who moved to Fort Worth after winning the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, apparently committed suicide last month. KERA’s Doualy Xaykaothao reports on the memorial concert at TCU, where Feghali was artist-in-residence.

Listen to report that aired on KERA FM:

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Saturday Spotlight – Kabuki Theater!

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The September 1824 production of Heike Nyōgo-ga-shima at Osaka Sumi-za theater. (Wikipedia)

 

For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re learning about Japanese drama dance at the Kabuki Theater workshop at the Irving Public Library. In this event, kids and teens get a chance to explore this ancient art and even put on a whole show with costumes, sword play, music, and makeup. They’ll also get to taste some traditional Japanese treats.

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Oniji Ōtani III (Nakazō Nakamura II) as Edobee in the May 1794 production of Koi Nyōbo Somewake Tazuna. (Wikipedia)

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Giveaway: Passes To See ‘Boyhood’

When the 2015 Oscar nominations were announced last week, the Richard Linklater film, Boyhood made a very impressive showing.  The film that was 12 years in the making scooped up six nominations. The film also topped a lot of critic’s picture-of-the-year lists, including our own Big Screen team’s list. It only makes sense the film is now being re-released into theaters. If you have not had the opportunity to see the film where the young protagonist literally grows up on screen between opening and closing credits, then here is your chance to see it for free.  All you got to do is request run-of-engagement passes and email your request to [email protected].  The popcorn and soda pop is on you.

 

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Dallas Not Even A Top 20 ‘Arts Vibrant’ City, Says New SMU Study


A video tour of America’s large “arts vibrant” cities, according to the National Center for Arts Research. Image outfront: shutterstock

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research has released its first annual “Arts Vibrancy Index.” The new study measures the cultural vitality of some 900 communities across the U.S. based on several factors including: the number of artists, arts groups and arts employees in an area, the level of government support (state, federal and local) and the total number of nonprofit dollars in the community (including ticket sales, contributed revenue, expenses).

The report ranks the top 20 American cities — large and small — and Texas doesn’t rank well at all. That’s probably not exactly a shock to the system, given the cliff-droppingly dramatic lack of state and local government support here. But consider the staggering amount of private dollars that have poured into cultural institutions in Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth, and consider the ‘live music capital’ reputation of Austin (as well as the presence of a certain, very large, richly-endowed university there).

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