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Dallas Arboretum Bets Big On ‘Twelve Days Of Christmas’

two gazsThe gazebo with the two turtle doves in the distance, while the three French hens are still under wraps. Photos: Jerome Weeks

Visiting the Dallas Aboretum during the winter months may not seem all that appealing – you’re strolling through a cold garden. Which is why, over the years, the Arboretum has developed different holiday attractions to draw people in. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports, this year, they’ve got a partridge in a pear tree.


The warehouse-sized tent is in the maintenance area of the Dallas Arboretum – where visitors generally don’t visit. We have to squeeze past rows of eight-foot-tall wooden crates full of spangly-colored columns. And then there are piles of what look like sections of copper roofs. Workers are sanding down and touching up the different pieces.

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Augustine Frizzell: Tackling Challenging Issues Through Film

This week on Frame of Mind, watch a selection of shorts from the Dallas International Film Festival!

  • Tune in to KERA TV on Thursday at 10 PM to catch this week’s episode!

Here is a list of the shorts being shown as a part of this week’s episode:

  • Blur by Courtney Ware – This short follows a woman struggling to work on her next commissioned painting, causing her to be pulled into the blurring realities.
  • I Was A Teenage Girl by Augustine Frizzell – One night, after an intense breakup, close friends Emma and Jesse have a heartfelt conversation that challenges the boundaries of their friendship in an unexpected way.
  • Dig by Toby HalbrooksDig tells of a young girl making a connection with her father, after watching him dig a hole in their backyard.

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ArtCon 10 Artist Spotlight: Richard “Dicky Van Tastic” Ross

Art Conspiracy, the artist-driven philanthropy, holds its 9th installment in just a little over a week. This weekend, more than 100 artists will gather to create work in 24 hours. It will all be auctioned off at a giant warehouse party on Nov. 15, at 500 Singleton Blvd.  To gear up, the ArtCon team has provided us with introductions to a few of this year’s participating conspirators. Thanks to Martha Belden for introducing us to Richard Ross.

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Richard Ross might just be the embodiment of what Art Conspiracy stands for all wrapped up in one persona – musical, artistic, unconventional. He’s been making art since he was a child, but it was years later that he finally embraced the moniker – artist. “I nearly failed art in high school and went into music instead,” he says. “Making flyers for the bands I was in caused me to get some attention for my visual art, and from there I decided to focus more on art.”

Moved from an early age to “make a sound” with the voice life had given him, Richard has spent most of his life expressing himself exuberantly – whether through the punk rock scene or his dynamic visual art.

As far as what inspires him creatively, Richard says he is a voracious reader, primarily on the topics of psychology and philosophy. “My focus in recent years has been on grand narratives and their impact on our lives,” he says. “We’re bombarded nowadays with so much stimuli that it’s difficult to weed out our own voices in this noise.”

Spending time quietly considering and contemplating new ideas and concepts stimulates his creativity. “The value of an artist isn’t in reproducing what they hear and see, but it’s in contributing a new phrase or vision to the conversation.”

Richard has remained eagerly involved with Art Conspiracy since year one. “Aside from the tremendous charity work it does, Art Con brings the community together and gives it action and a voice to its being,” he says. “It also gives all of us a chance to get away from our electronic social media friendships and come together physically to share ideas, sweat, and smiles.”

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The Big Screen: ‘Interstellar’ Resurrects 35mm

BigScreen_logoSMALLInterstellar, the highly-anticipated new film from director Christopher Nolan, hit theaters this week. And depending on where you see it, the movie might have a different look. This week, we talk to Barak Epstein of the Texas Theatre for a primer on the differences between 35 mm and digital.

Check out Chris Vognar’s review of Intersteller on dallasnews.com.

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

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The Big Deal: Art Conspiracy’s VIP Preview Party

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Art Conspiracy is celebrating ten years this year. The street-level art philanthropic group bring musicians and artists together to raise money for local creative groups and programs. This year’s beneficiary will be the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico.

To get you primed and ready for the big ART CON X shindig going down on Nov. 15, we have tickets to the VIP Preview Party happening on Nov. 13. Win this Big Deal and you can mingle with the artists and preview the finished artwork before the big crowds. There is also going to be surprise entertainment at the decked out warehouse at 500 Singleton. Plus your VIP tickets will also get you into ART CON X two days later.

Be sure to take the time now to browse our other offerings this week tickets to – The Hit Men: Former Stars of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts; or Fellowship! The Musical Parody of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ at Circle Theatre; or the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth present “Masters of Form and Color” 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 take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to win tickets to Art Conspiracy’s VIP Preview Party.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing. Be sure to come back again next week for more Big Deals.

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The Big Deal: Fellowship! The Musical Parody Of ‘The Fellowship Of The Ring’

Photo: Circle Theatre

Photo: Circle Theatre

J.R.R. Tolkien’s story about a diminutive Hobbit and his posse of fellow warriors fighting the evil Dark Lord Sauron was first a best-selling novel series. Then it became a wildly popular adventure movie franchise. With all that doom and gloom, those menacing Black Riders, bone-crunching Orcs, and dire world-ending prophecies it wasn’t long before somebody came up with the idea, “Hey, let’s make a musical out of this!” Well apparently, it worked. After numerous awards and sold-out runs in the Los Angeles area and New York the long-running musical is coming to Middle Earth, or at least coming to the Circle Theatre in Fort Worth. Enter this Big Deal and win a pair of tickets to see the musical parody with its infectious tunes on Nov. 14.

While you are signing up for this Big Deal, go ahead and take the opportunity to sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to to see The Hit Men: Former Stars of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts,  the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth present “Masters of Form and Color” at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and tickets to Art Conspiracy’s VIP Preview Party.

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 Fellowship! The Musical Parody of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing. Be sure to come back again next week for more Big Deals.

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The Big Deal: ‘Masters of Form and Color’ Presented By The Chamber Music Society Of Fort Worth

BD chamber logoFor their upcoming concert The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth has brought together chamber music specialist and pianist Alessandro Deljavan; Amernet String Quartet’s violist, Michael Klotz, and cellist Jason Calloway; and of course Artistic Director of the CMSFW, Gary Levinson on violin. For the program “Masters of Form and Color” the ensemble will perform masterpieces from Brahms and Dvořák. Win this Big Deal and you and your guest can catch the Nov. 15 performance at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Go early and enjoy the Pre-Concert Conversation with Program Notes author Laurie Shulman.

Also, you might you to take the opportunity now to peruse our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see The Hit Men: Former Stars of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts; Fellowship! The Musical Parody of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ at Circle Theatre; or Art Conspiracy’s VIP Preview Party.

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 Masters of Form and Color Presented By The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing. Be sure to come back again next week for more Big Deals.

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The Big Deal – The Hit Men: Former Stars Of Frankie Vallie And The Four Seasons At The Eisemann Center

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The Hit Men is an all-star band comprised of the arrangers and composers, vocalists and musicians who were former members or worked with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, and other big name groups of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Watch the the video above and try to find one song you don’t know. Win this Big Deal and hear The Hit Men sing songs like “Oh What a Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “You’re So Vain” and more. The Hit Men perform for one night at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson on Nov. 22.

Don’t forget to sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see Fellowship! The Musical Parody of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ at Circle Theatre, or tickets to see the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth present “Masters of Form and Color,” or tickets to this year’s Art Conspiracy VIP Preview Party.

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 The Hit Men: Former Stars of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing. Be sure to come back again next week for more Big Deals.

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What Is An Artist? Sarah Thornton Attempts An Answer In “33 Artists in 3 Acts”

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Sarah Thornton. Photo: James Merrell

 

What does it mean to be a visual artist today? Sarah Thornton,  best-selling author of 7 Days in the Art World, tackles that question in her new book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts.  She traveled from China to Chile to talk to some of the world’s best-known working artists – and some of you’ve probably never heard of. She says the result is a diverse portrait of the contemporary art world.

Listen to the interview that aired on KERA FM

 

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Art&Seek Jr: Relax With These 5 Second Saturday Outings

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.

You would think with Halloween being on a Friday this year  it would have made the experience more laid back and relaxed.  In the days leading up to the big night, here’s the scenario I had pictured in my mind: The Little Kiddles taking their time trick-or-treating, laughing joyfully as they skip merrily from door to door. Mom and dad are strolling leisurely  behind their offspring, stopping every so often to chat with a neighbor or two. Everyone is without a care in the world because of the glorious knowledge that they can stay out as late as we want and sleep in the next morning. If ever there were a time to cue the Hallelujah chorus, this is it.

I wish I could say that was the way it went down at my house. Maybe it was the knowledge that they COULD stay out gathering candy until the wee hours, but far from relaxed, our little band of treat-or-treaters was downright frenetic. They raced madly through the neighborhood dragging overloaded bags of candy behind them like tiny pirates on their way to pillaging a village. And the leisurely stroll through the neighborhood? That turned out to be a nervous, two-hour power walk, as my friends and I struggled to keep up with our sugar-fueled children. Chats with neighbors were replaced by banshee screams from a block away to our kids to stay out of the street. And instead of feeling refreshed the next morning, I heard from friends and neighbors about their children waking up with candy hangovers that lasted all weekend. So much for a laid back Halloween.

Put the candy on top of the frig and re-boot this weekend with one of these relaxing outings.

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