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Sing-Sing, Bang-Bang: ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Musical In WaterTower’s New Season

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b and c 2Cool. Maybe WaterTower will get to re-use that old truck from its Grapes of Wrath. Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan in the Broadway production of Bonnie & Clyde.

This month is the 80th anniversary of the shooting deaths of West Dallas homies Bonnie and Clyde, ambushed by a posse in Bienville Parish, Louisiana May 23, 1934. So perhaps it’s not a coincidence that WaterTower Theatre has announced its new season will open this fall with the musical, Bonnie & Clyde. After trying out in La Jolla, the show closed quickly on Broadway last year — only 36 performances. But its music is by Frank Wildhorn, the composer who, in addition to writing the hit Jekyll & Hyde, has provided the music for several less-than-successful shows (Dracula, The Scarlet Pimpernel) that have found renewed life in tours and regional productions.

Other WaterTower shows include Manicures & Monuments, a new comedy by Dallas writer Vicki Caroline Cheatwood set in a nursing home. And the theater company will join forces with Fort Worth’s Stage West to co-produce the area premiere of The Explorer’s Club. It’s a spoof of an eccentric,  less-than-top-tier Victorian men’s club whose members persist in bringing their work with them (cobras, guinea pigs, etc.) and who promptly fall into crisis mode when a woman tries to join the fun.

Rounding out the season are a classic musical (Sweet Charity), a classic American drama (Arthur Miller’s All My Sons) and the regional premiere of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical – a sequel to the original Great American Trailer Park Musical. And there’s, once again, WaterTower’s Out-of-the-Loop Fringe Festival.

Other good news: This is Terry Martin’s 15th season as producing artistic director, and there’s no price increases in either subscriptions or single tickets.

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The Big Screen: A Dallas Native Goes Hollywood

BigScreen_logoSMALLDoug Mankoff grew up in Dallas and graduated from St. Marks. To fulfill his dreams, he moved to Hollywood, where he’s become an in-demand producer of indie films like Away from Her and Nebraska. This week, we talk to him about what it means to be a producer.

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The High Five: Sir Richard Branson Shows His Love For Dallas Love Field

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Severe weather is in the forecast today; have you seen the new ad that features a shirtless Dan Patrick?; who’s hungry for donuts?; and more.

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The New Face Of Literary Publishing In Dallas

evans 3editSome of the most acclaimed books in print today – the odds are, most Americans will never see them in print. That’s because they’re not translated into English. But one young Dallasite has just started a company to publish books from France, Russia and Mexico. KERA’s Jerome Weeks asks – what in the world is he thinking?

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The single question Will Evans is asked most often is: Why are you setting up a publishing company — in Dallas? It’s true, his wife’s a lawyer who got a job here last year. And Evans likes the idea of getting publishing out of New York City. Ninety percent of American books are still published in New York.

So Evans asks, why not Dallas?

“As you can imagine,” he says, “publishing is going through a period of upheaval and radical change, and so for that reason, it’s actually easier now to start a publishing house in Dallas than ever before.”

Evans’ new company is called Deep Vellum Publishing. Vellum’s another term for parchment, the name for the animal skins used to make books before paper was invented. Deep Vellum is releasing its first five books starting this fall, and though the firm is just a start-up, the books are by some big literary names. Mikhail Shishkin is the only writer ever to win all three major Russian literary awards. Evans is publishing his collected stories, Calligraphy Lesson. Carmen Boullosa has been called one of Mexico’s greatest writer-poet-playwrights; Evans is releasing her novel, Texas: The Great Theft -- about the relatively unknown invasion of the US by Mexico in 1859. Sergio Pitol is the winner of the Cervantes Prize, often called the Spanish-language Nobel. Deep Vellum is publishing The Art of Flight, the first novel in Pitol’s “Trilogy of Memory.” And Anne F. Garreta was one of the rare female members of OuLiPo, aka the “Workshop for Potential Literature,” the famous French experimental group that often applied mathematics to writing and included such notable authors as Italo Calvino and Georges Perec. Garreta’s 1986 novel, Sphinx, is the oldest of the contemporary novels Deep Vellum is publishing.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Jacob Rasmussen of Garland, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Jacob is a multiple winner of our contest. His most recent win was last October and he follows last week’s winner, Lyn Caudle.

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.

jayrazNow here’s more from Jacob.

Title of photo:  Zing

Equipment:  Canon T2i

Tell us more about your photo:  This was shot on a friend’s land in East Texas, about 2 hours drive from DFW. We head down there about twice a year to go camping. Oftentimes when we’re there we’ll shoot off fireworks, which is what this photo is of.

 

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The Big Deal: Mark Grotjahn Exhibition And Lecture At The Nasher Sculpture Center

Untitled (Italian, Mask M30.c), 2013 Painted bronze, 52 3/4 x 33 1/2 x 38 in. (134 x 85.1 x 96.5 cm) Untitled (Study of a Figure Outdoors: Woman with a Parasol, Facing Left, Mask M31.a), 2013 Painted bronze, 47 7/8 x 31 x 39 in. (121.6 x 78.7 x 99.1 cm) Untitled (French, Mask M31.b), 2013 Painted bronze, 47 7/8 x 31 x 39 in. (121.6 x 78.7 x 99.1 cm) Courtesy Mark Grotjahn © Mark Grotjahn

From left: Untitled (Italian, Mask M30.c); Untitled (Study of a Figure Outdoors: Woman with a Parasol, Facing Left, Mask M31.a);
Untitled (French, Mask M31.b) Photo: Mark Grotjahn

The Nasher Sculpture Center will host the first museum presentation of Mark Grotjahn’s sculptural works. Grotjahn is primarily known for his large, contemporary paintings but in this exhibition vibrantly painted bronze sculptures will be on display May 31 through August 17. Win this Big Deal and you and a guest will be there for the opening day of the exhibition and have reserved seats for the artist lecture starting at 2 p.m.

This may also be the perfect time for you to sign up for our other two offerings this week – tickets to see the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra present Pixar in Concert at Bass Performance Hall, or tickets to the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth’s Trio of Perspectives: Caviar & Bordeaux 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 be at the opening of the Mark Grotjahn Exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

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The Big Deal: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Presents Pixar In Concert

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Do you have a favorite Pixar movie? With movies like Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, and Brave in their vault, chances are you have more than one.  Pixar movies seem to have that magic starting with endearing characters and a solid story line, brought to life by groundbreaking digital technology, and augmented with rousing, haunting award-winning music.

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present Pixar in Concert performing the musical scores of the much-loved movies while scenes are projected high above. This is the perfect way to introduce your Incredibles to a live symphony performance.  For this Big Deal, one and only one lucky winner will receive a family-four pack of tickets to see the presentation on May 16 at Bass Performance Hall.

And after signing up for this Deal, take a moment to go ahead and sign up for our other Big Deals this week – admission for two to the opening of the Mark Grotjahn Exhibition and Lecture at the Nasher Sculpture Center, or tickets to the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth’s Trio of Perspectives: Caviar & Bordeaux concert 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 see the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra present Pixar in Concert.

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The Big Deal: Trio of Perspectives Presented By Chamber Music Society Of Fort Worth

Gary Levinson, violin, Anthony Ross, cello and Andrius Zlabys, piano

Gary Levinson, violin, Andrius Zlabys, piano, Anthony Ross, cello

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will be serving up a feast for your listening pleasure in their program entitled, Trio of Perspectives: Caviar & Bordeaux. CMSFW’s Artistic Director Gary Levinson will be joined by cellist Anthony Ross, and pianist Andrius Zlabys as they perform compositions by Fauré, Rachmninoff, and Ravel. Enter to win a pair of tickets for this final concert in the season at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on May 17.

And this isn’t our only Big Deal this week. We have to more Big Deals you will want to make sure to sign up for – tickets to see the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra present Pixar in Concert at Bass Performance Hall, or admission for two to the opening of the Mark Grotjahn Exhibition and Lecture at the Nasher Sculpture 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 a chance to see the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth present Trio of Perspectives: Caviar & Bordeaux.

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The High Five: Author Larry McMurtry Speaks Tonight At The Dallas Museum Of Art

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A father and daughter robbed three banks; Bernie Tiede has been released from prison; Larry McMurtry speaks tonight; and more.

  • Larry McMurtry, the legendary Texas writer, will appear at the Dallas Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He’s releasing his new novel The Last Kind Words Saloon. The museum reports: “McMurtry will discuss his new work, his creative process, and his passion for book collecting, taking the stage with Diana Ossana, author and long-time collaborator with McMurtry, who co-wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Brokeback Mountain. Skip Hollandsworth, executive editor of Texas Monthly, will moderate an on-stage conversation. Actor Jeremy Schwartz will read short excerpts from the novel.” Auditorium tickets are sold out, but the DMA is selling tickets to a live video-simulcast of the event in the adjacent C3 Theater and DMA Café.
  • Drama! Intrigue! Passion! Ahh, the telenovela. So entertaining even if you don’t speak or understand Spanish. Learn about the telenovela at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Latino Cultural Center. Let’s let the center explain: “There are some stories that constitute a narrative deluge transmitted daily via the television screens of more than 130 countries. These serialized dramas are called telenovelas, and the simplicity of their codes belies the complicated nature of their production and consumption. This presentation will focus on that complexity, teasing out how telenovelas are more than just melodramatic love stories.” Carolina Acosta-Alzuru, a University of Georgia professor, will speak.
  • Last May, John Charles Applewhite robbed three banks in north Dallas. His daughter helped out. Now both father and daughter have been sentenced. John Applewhite, 50, was sentenced this week to 15 years in federal prison, the U.S. attorney’s office announced. His 23-year-old daughter, Shelby Dawn Applewhite, was sentenced in March to serve five years. Both pleaded guilty, admitting they robbed Citibank on Coit Road, Veritex Community Bank on Preston Road and ViewPoint Bank on Forest Lane. They drove in separate vehicles to each bank, court documents show. Then they switched vehicles and altered a license plate before each robbery to avoid getting caught. The daughter would enter each bank to study the layout and determine whether a security guard was around. Wearing a hoodie, scarf or mask, as well as sunglasses and gloves, her dad would point a weapon at tellers. [KERA News]
  • A former mortician sentenced to life for killing a rich East Texas widow will be released from prison early under an agreement with the prosecutor. The judge recommending a reduction in Bernie Tiede’s sentence set bond at $10,000 Tuesday. A state criminal appeals court must sign off on the sentence reduction while Tiede is out on bond. Tiede, now 55, was convicted in 1999 for the shooting death of 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, which is about 150 miles east of Dallas. The case inspired the movie “Bernie.” The judge has agreed to let Tiede live with filmmaker Richard Linklater, who made the 2012 dark comedy. The district attorney agreed with Tiede’s attorney that he deserved leniency. Newly uncovered evidence showed Tiede was assaulted as a child and had an abusive relationship with Nugent. The Texas Tribune reports that his release comes with conditions — that he receive counseling for sexual abuse. [Associated Press]
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Art&Seek Jr: Say ‘Thanks’ To Mom With A Mother’s Day Outing

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 weekly for kid-friendly events that are fun for adults, too.

I was reminded yesterday by my sister that this Sunday is Mother’s Day and while I’m all fuzzy inside about the day set aside for us moms, it’s also a reminder to me that I’m extremely lucky that I ended up with the kid that I did. And by that I mean I’m lucky Rose didn’t inherit some of my–how shall I put it–less desirable traits.

For instance, I’m not a morning person. I pretty much snarl at anyone that comes near me before 8 a.m. Not Rose. She jumps out of bed with a smile on her face and a song in her heart–usually opera. I hope I’m not judged too harshly when I say I lock myself in the bathroom most mornings to escape her Carmen-esque version ofLet It Go.” The other downside to not being a morning person is that I have a habit of hitting the snooze button just one time too many. That extra ten minutes of sleep means we’re late before we even get out of bed…like every. single. day. Our morning routine is always the same. Me frantically running through the house looking for keys, cell phones, and matching earrings, while Rose (who’s been completely ready to go for at least 15 minutes) patiently waits for the blast off signal–a.k.a. jump in the car and race to beat the tardy bell. Until she was four I’m sure she thought her name was Hurry-Up-C’mon-Let’s-Go-We’re-Late.

Unlike her mother, Rose also has the uncanny ability to think before speaking, or as we like to say here in Texas, she never misses a good opportunity to shut up. Case in point, one day last winter as we were leaving the house for school, the subject of a low math score came up. I reminded her that she needed to focus when she was doing her math homework in order to avoid careless mistakes. And while I was lecturing her about the importance of paying attention I backed into my neighbor’s car. Rose didn’t say a word.

Maybe I should buy her flowers this Mother’s Day.

Celebrate mom, being a mom, or your exceptional children with one of these family-friendly activities.

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