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The Big Deal: Rick Steves’ The Holy Land At The AT&T Performing Arts Center

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Travel guru Rick Steves is packing up his bags and making Dallas his next destination. For his one night appearance at the Winspear Opera House, the author and PBS-NPR host will talk about his travels to Israel and Palestine. Steves will relate the Israeli/Palestinian history and offer up his perspective about traveling in the Holy Land. Steves posits that Americans should travel often and that traveling can be done in a smart, affordable way that should broaden one’s world perspective. This special lecture is presented in partnership with KERA and the World Affairs Council DFW. Sign up to win a pair of tickets for the Oct. 1 event.

After signing up for this event, don’t pack up your bags yet. Go ahead and browse our other two Big Deals this week – tickets to see Sara Evans perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall, and tickets to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, an unabridged staged reading 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 hear Rick Steves’ The Holy Land conversation.

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

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Connecting With Canada: Celebrating The Aga Khan Museum In Toronto

The Ismaili Center and Aga Khan Museum in Toronto celebrated its grand openeing Friday. And a group of students, faculty, and guests gathered at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology to watch a live telecast of the event. Read More »

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VIDEO: KXT Live Session with Sarah Jaffe

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Last month,  Sarah Jaffe stopped by the KERA/KXT studios before her performance at the Majestic Theater.

Art&Seek’s Anne Bothwell spoke with her about her latest release, “Don’t Disconnect,” and the road the Denton singer  has traveled to get where she is today.

But Jaffe and her band also did an in-studio session for KXT’s Live Session series. Here are three tracks she performed from her new album.


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Art&Seek Jr: 10 Best Kids Books And 5 Events To Check Out At The Library

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.

I got a request on Facebook the other day to list my top 10 favorite books. Now I ask you, what book lover can list just 10 of their favorites? Even if you were to break it up into genres it would be difficult. Plus, let’s be honest, you want the “right” books to be on your list. Much like a grocery cart filled with junk food, you know your friends are secretly judging your choices. Which is why you’re more likely to throw Plutarch’s Lives on the list, even though you’re more of a fan of Flowers in the Attic which, let’s face it, would never make the list.

I stewed about this for a couple of days and then I came up with the perfect solution. I’d list my 10 favorite children’s books. Not books from my childhood, or the top 10 quintessential children’s books of all time, but rather, 10 books I’ve found serendipitously these past few years on our weekly jaunt to the library. They’re in no particular order, but all of them are fun stories. Bonus: They all have exceptional messages and wonderful illustrations, which, as every parent knows, is an essential when it comes bedtime storytelling.

After you’re done perusing this list and you’ve checked out your books, be sure to check out the fun at some of these local libraries. Read More »

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The High Five: Prada Marfa Finds A Way To Stay Open As An Art Museum

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(Photo credit: informedmindstravel / Flickr)

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Prada Marfa avoids being shut down; a man falls nearly 15 feet at AT&T Stadium over the weekend; the “kissing bug” is spreading across Texas; and more.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Marjan Smeijsters of Nijmegen, Netherlands, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! This is Marjan’s second win in our little contest, her first win was back in April. She follows last week’s winner, Perry Green.

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 Marjan.

Title of photo: Flowerpower

Equipment: Sony SLT-A58, 50mm lens

Tell us the story about your photo: I love blue flowers and this year I got this lovely Ipomoea tricolor ‘heavenly blue’ from a friend. The flowers open in the morning and close again in the evening. It stands on the balcony and I took this photo in the morning sun. My eye caught the marvelous inside like a blue sky with star and sun, so I just had to take this photo so I can enjoy this lovely flower forever ;-)) This plant does not survive our winters here, so I definitely going to buy a new one next year.


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Director Of Dallas’ Office Of Cultural Affairs To Leave For New Job – UPDATED

mariaThe person who oversees the operations of the City Performance Hall, the Latino Cultural Center and all of Dallas’ arts facilities is leaving her job. Maria Munoz-Blanco will be stepping down as director of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Since 2006, she’s been supporting Dallas arts groups and running its public art programs. But as she tells KERA’s Jerome Weeks, the city’s next cultural director may have a different job.

Maria Munoz-Blanco on State of the Arts

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Greetings From the Ozarks – And The Current State of American Art


Vincent Valdez, The Strangest Fruit, oil on canvas, 2013. The triptych is the San Antonio artist’s response to the fact that in Texas as many Mexican-Americans as African-Americans were lynched. Photo: Jerome Weeks


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas has been establishing itself as a major art institution. It was founded three years ago by Alice Walton, the billionaire heir to the Wal-Mart fortune. Now Crystal Bridges has opened a nationwide survey of more than 100 contemporary American artists. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports a sizable contingent comes from Texas.

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Saturday Spotlight – Steampunk Invades Dallas Heritage Village

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re headed to Dallas Heritage Village for Steampunk Invasion. Steampunk combines science fiction with history and steam technology. Get into the 19th century mood with vaudeville performances, fencing demonstrations and lessons, and lectures including “What is Steampunk,” “Costuming on a Budget,” and “Victorian Horror and Its Influences.”

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Iran Meets The United States: Morehshin Allahyari

Last week, we kicked off the Frame of Mind series on KERA TV with Mark Birnbaum’s documentary, Swingman.   Tune in to KERA TV at 10 tonight. This week, we will be featuring works by three different filmmakers:

  • Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John by Mark and Angela Walley, which follows Vincent Valdez, an artist, as he created a series of works dedicated to his childhood best friend, John Holt Jr.
  • Cielo Lindo by Iris Lopez which tells the story of a homeless young girl who uses her imagination to cope with her hunger and harsh reality
  • The Romantic Self-Exiles by Morehshin Allahyari which explores the idea of home, space, architecture, and our memories of them.
Photo: Morehshin Allahyari

Photo Credit: Morehshin Allahyari


Morehshin Allahyari was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007.  She is a new media artist and art activist, who works with 3D animation, digital filmmaking, performance, and much more.


I spoke with Morehshin about her work, The Romantic Self-Exiles:

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