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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Bryan Garner of Midlothian, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Brian is multiple winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest.  He follows last week’s winner, Trey Murphy .

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 Bryan.

Title of photoVenus, Texas
Equipment: Canon5d mark 3
Tell us more about your photo: This photo was taken 40 miles south of Dallas in the small town of Venus.

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DTC’s ‘Fortress Of Solitude’ Opening In New York

Kevin MamboKevin Mambo in the Dallas Theater Center’s Fortress of Solitude. Photo: Karen Almond

The New York Times ran a feature in its Sunday arts section on Fortress of Solitude, the musical that tried out at the Dallas Theater Center last March.  The adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel about growing up with comic books and African-American music in a racially-charged 1980s Brooklyn is currently in previews at the Public Theater.

Although the New York production is called the show’s “world premiere,” judging from the NYT story and the online info, the production has the exact same line-up of creatives and on-stage talent, including Tony-winner Andre de Shields and Kevin Mambo, above, who gave a stellar vocal performance as Barrett Rude Junior, a soul singer-songwriter who has Marvin Gaye’s drug and marital problems but not his mega-success. The Times story concentrates on composer Michael Friedman, whose artistry was the show’s strongest element: He succeeded in finding fresh ways to evoke, echo, absorb and emulate music as different as early ’80s funk, punk, disco and rhythm-and-blues and put it all to work to tell Lethem’s story as a stage musical.


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Saturday Spotlight – Arts Goggle 2014

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re headed to Near Southside in Fort Worth for Arts Goggle 2014. This community arts event includes live mural painting, music by Salim Nourallah, Telegraph Canyon, and others, and a screening of short films by Texas independent filmmakers. Celebrate the 11th anniversary of Arts Goggle with three outdoor block parties and a festival atmosphere.

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Frame of Mind: Filmmaking In 24 Hours

This week on Frame of Mind, we showcase a selection of shorts created during the 24 Hour Video Race.

  • Tune in to KERA TV tonight at 10 PM to catch this week’s episode!
Photo: SmokingCrayolas

Photo: SmokingCrayolas

Here are short summaries for the films being featured this week:

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‘State Of The Arts’ Will Discuss Where Forensics Meets Art

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Mark Leonard, chief conservator, Dallas Museum of Art. Photo: Jerome Weeks

Art conservation. Sounds like it’s all about watching paint dry, right? Actually, art conservation can be a lot more interesting than that.

That’s because art conservation is where forensic science meets history meets art. Think of it as CSI for culture. Or sort of archaeology mixed with interior decorating touch-ups and tips.

In any case, this means host Jeff Whittington should have a fair amount of stuff to talk about when he chats with Mark Leonard, chief conservator of the Dallas Museum of Art, and Jodie Utter, conservator of works on paper for the Amon Carter. That’s Thursday at the DMA’s Horchow Auditorium as part of KERA’s State of the Arts series.

You can prep for the occasion with our profile of Leonard here, which also details the DMA’s major hopes for its new, stylin’ conservation studio.

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The Big Screen: VideoFest Picks

BigScreen_logoSMALL More than 100 features, narratives and documentaries will screen at this year’s VideoFest, which kicks off tonight with a very special live-scored performance of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger. So this week, we wade through the lineup to offer a few suggestions.

Be sure to subscribe to The Big Screen on iTunes. Stream this week’s episode below or download it.

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VIDEO: Big Tex Gets Down

Big Tex was recently named the country’s Quirkiest Landmark.  I could go on about what that means and some of his history, or maybe even list everything you ever wanted to know about Tex. But my colleague Eric Aasen has already done a splendid job of that over on KERA News. 

Given that we can’t really find a video celebrating the big guy, we decided to go out and capture some of his new moves. Unfortunately he never gave us a wink (head nod, eye move, or blink.)  Maybe it was all the corn dog crumbs on my shirt?

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Dallas Artist Gabriel Dawe Continues To String Us Along

dawe in crystal bridgeseditPlexus No. 27 by Gabriel Dawe at Crystal Bridges. Photo: Jerome Weeks

Gabriel Dawe, you surely remember, is the Dallas artist who works in colored thread — miles of the stuff, which he stretches and weaves into shimmering curves, string art on steroids, as he describes it. One of his newest works (above) is featured in the Crystal Bridges museum’s cross-country survey of contemporary American artists, State of the Art, which we wrote about here. And Alison Jardine profiled him here when he installed his piece, Plexus, at 2100 Ross.

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The Big Deal: Chamber Music Society Of Fort Worth Presents ‘French Romantics Plus’

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The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth has an all-star cast lined for their upcoming performance, French Romantics Plus. Joining CMSFW’s Artistic Director Gary Levinson on violin will be Joseph Kalichstein, international pianist and founding member of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. On viola, returning for his second appearance with the CMSFW, will be Richard Young, soloist and founding member of the Vermeer String Quartet. Former Principal Cellist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ronald Leonard rounds off the ensemble. Catch the Pre-Concert Conversation with program annotator, Laurie Shulman at 1:15 p.m and the concert, with works by Mozart, Beethoven and Fauré, at 2 p.m. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will host the concert on Oct. 18.

If you’re in the mood to go to the theater then sign up for our other offerings this week – tickets to Theatre Three’s Shear Madness, and tickets to Endurance presented by 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 then you can take care of that here, then sign up below for your chance to see ‘French Romantics Plus’ presented by the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Eisemann Center For Performing Arts Presents ‘Endurance’

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Endurance is the mash up comedy about company drone Walter Spivey and the employees at his small Hartford insurance office, and Sir Ernest Shackleton, the British explorer and his beleaguered 1914-16 Antarctic expedition. The time is set at the start of the financial crisis when companies began laying off thousands of workers as they struggled to stay afloat during the financial upheaval. Insurance adjuster Spivey is forced to step up when he and his office is tasked with clearing a backlog of 4,000 claims in three months’ time. Using the heroic Shackleton as a model for leadership, Spivey finds the optimism and indomitable spirit to lead his men forward during the tumultuous and uncertain times. Win tickets to see the Oct. 16th performance at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson.

Now is also the perfect time to take advantage and sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to Theatre Three’s Shear Madness, and tickets to Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth’s ‘French Romantics Plus’ at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal. If you are not a subscriber then you can take care of that here, then sign up below for a chance to see Endurance.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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