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Glasstire Top 5: Go See Some Art

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Our friends at Glasstire have started a video Top 5 – a weekly look at their picks for art to see around the state.  We’re going to start sharing it.

This week’s picks include two in DFW:  Faces of Impressionism opens at the Kimbell in Fort Worth on Sunday. Check back at Art&Seek tomorrow for a first look at the show from Jerome Weeks.

And abstract painter Sarah Morris is working in video now. Her film “1972,” about the Munich Olympics, opens at the Pollack Gallery at SMU on Friday.

 

 

 

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Study Up For ‘Think': Harry Shearer, Comedy Mastermind

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What do Ned Flanders, Richard Nixon and Derek Smalls have in common? Actor, author, and musician Harry Shearer voiced their likenesses. Today at 1 p.m. on Think, Shearer joins Krys Boyd to talk about his hand in the funny business.

Shearer is in North Texas this week to accept the Dallas VideoFest’s Ernie Kovacs Award, which honors innovation in television and media, this Friday, October 17.

He gives voice to characters Mr. Burns, Smithers, Otto, Kent Brockman and a handful of others on The Simpsons.

After 25 years, he  completes the Emmy-winning circle of The Simpsons cast for his outstanding character voice-over performance in “Four Regrettings and a Funeral.”

Earlier in his career, Shearer also performed in two seasons of SNL as political figures, television personalities and news anchors.

Shearer becomes Nixon in his latest project, television series Nixon’s the One. For the show, he collaborated with Nixon scholar Stanley Kutler and studied audio recordings and notes from associates of the former president.

Shearer has also hosted radio show Le Show, produced The Big Uneasy, a documentary about controversy surrounding Hurricane Katrina, and written two books.

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The Big Screen: A Chat With Harry Shearer

BigScreen_logoSMALL Harry Shearer is known for his parts in This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, The Simpsons and other comedies. And beginning next week, he takes on the 37th President of the United States with his web series Nixon’s the One. This week, we talk to him about his career in comedy while he’s in town to accept VideoFest’s Ernie Kovacs Award.

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: The Allegro Guitar Series Presents Denis Azabagic

 

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Photo: Allegro Guitar Series

Denis Azabagic is one of the best guitarists of his generation. Azabagic will be performing on behalf of the Allegro Guitar Series. For this Big Deal, you have two venues to choose from to hear the classical guitarist. The Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society will host Mr. Azabagic at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth on Oct. 23. And the Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas will take its turn at hosting duties on Oct. 24, with a performance at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.

You might also want to take the time now to browse our other offerings this week – passes to the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth, and tickets to see The Met: Live in HD – Carmen LIVE! at Cinemark Frisco.

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 see Denis Azabagic.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

 

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The Big Deal: The Lone Star Film Festival Presented By The Lone Star Film Society

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Taking place over the course of five days in early November, the Eighth Annual Lone Star Film Festival will screen approximately 35 feature films, including narratives and documentaries, rediscovered classics and shorts and the most celebrated specialty releases of the year. Screenings will be held primarily within Sundance Square in Fort Worth. The Modern Art Museum will be the home for Christopher Kelly’s Modern Cinema program. The lineup of films for the festival include: The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley; Mr. Turner, the biopic that earned star Timothy Spall Best Actor at Cannes; and another big winner at Cannes, the Turkish production, Winter Sleep. Win this Big Deal and your two Festival Passes will provide you and your buddy access to all screenings, panels and events including Opening and Closing Night films. Does not include the LSFF Ball and Filmmaker Awards Dinner.

And while you are at, don’t miss your chance to sign up for our other offerings this week – tickets to Allegro Guitar Series Presents Denis Azabagic in Fort Worth or in Dallas, and tickets to see The Met: Live in HD – Carmen Live! at Cinemark Frisco.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first here, then sign up below for a chance to win Festival Passes to the Eighth Annual Lone Star Film Festival presented by the Lone Star Film Society.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: The Met: Live In HD – ‘Carmen’ LIVE!

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This is the ninth year for the The Met: Live in HD series, where live performances of the Metropolitan Opera are transmitted to cinemas across the country. For this Big Deal, we have a pair of tickets for the Nov. 1 screening of Carmen Live! at the Cinemark Frisco Square. This production stars Anita Rachvelishvili as the gypsy temptress Carmen. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the bullfighter, Escamillo. Win this Big Deal and all you will have to do is drive to Frisco to see this spectacular performance up close and personal featuring some of the greats of The Met.

While you are signing up for this Big Deal be sure to sign up for our two other Big Deals – passes to the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth, and tickets to see Denis Azabagic in Fort Worth or Dallas as part of the Allegro Guitar Series.  

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber, take care of that first here, then sign up below for a chance to see The Met perform Bizet’s Carmen LIVE!

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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Art&Seek Jr: Great Pumpkins – Our Pumpkin Patch Super-List

Woo Hoo! It looks as though fall has finally arrived! And although it might be a bit premature for the hot chocolate and mittens, we’ve definitely got non-tropical weather in store for the weekend.  You could even say it’s perfect pumpkin patch weather.

Here’s the Junior’s “Super-List” to make the hunt for the perfect patch and the perfect Jack-O’ Lantern a wee bit easier.

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UTA Films: Ice Cream, Phone Ghosts, and Avocados

This week on Frame of Mind, three films from the UTA Film program are being featured.

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

The films included in this week’s episode are:

  1. “Phone Ghost” directed by Jean-Patrick Mahoney
  2. “Avocados” directed by Julie Gould
  3. “Helado” directed by Gabriel Duran
Photo: Gabriel Duran

Photo: Gabriel Duran

I spoke with Gabriel Duran, director of “Helado,” and Jean-Patrick Mahoney, director of “Phone Ghost” to talk about their films.

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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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