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The High Five: A Step Closer To A Solution In The Museum Tower Glare Dispute?

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The latest on the Fort Hood shooting; Dallas is a step closer to hosting the 2016 Republican Convention; the Museum Tower has hired a company to help the owner solve the glare problem; and more:

There might be progress in the ongoing dispute in the glare issue between the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Museum Tower. The tower has hired Hines, a Texas-based development firm, “to assist the tower’s ownership in solving sunlight reflection issues affecting” the Nasher, The Dallas Morning News reports. Nasher Sculpture Center officials say that glare from the tower is hurting the Nasher’s galleries. Hines has “significant experience developing award-winning arts and cultural facilities,” said a statement from the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, which owns Museum Tower. Hines’ experience includes Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, which suffered its own glare problems. “The statement, however … failed to address the [Museum Tower’s] previous disapproval of a proposed louver solution to its western exterior and the Nasher’s adamant stance that nothing be done to the oculi on its roof,” The News reported.

  • A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide. The killings happened at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack. The shooter, who served in Iraq in 2011, has been identified by NPR as Ivan Lopez, a military truck driver. He had been undergoing an assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder, military officials said. There was no indication the attack was related to terrorism. The gunman came on the post carrying a semi-automatic .45 caliber pistol. He opened fire on one building and then got into a car, where he fired more shots. He got off, entered another building and shot again. NPR has the latest developments. Also, what do we know about the gunman? (Associated Press, NPR)
  • Dallas made the first cut in the competition to host the 2016 GOP Convention. The Republican National Convention announced Wednesday that Dallas and five other cities are moving on to the next round of consideration. The other cities are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas. Two cities were cut: Phoenix and Columbus. Dallas officials made their pitch to GOP leaders last month. They propose hosting the convention at American Airlines Center. The city says GOP leaders should choose Dallas for its convention because the city has plenty of hotel rooms, has the ability to raise enough funding, is centrally located, and has a proven track record of hosting big events. Learn more about Dallas’ bid.
  • What does the country think of Dallas? (And, this being Dallas, we really do care what the rest of the country thinks of us. We might say we don’t care. But, deep down, we do.) NPR journalists went to a Metro subway stop in Washington, D.C., where they saw a pair of posters “tempting passengers with images of a cosmopolitan city, an upscale arts district, a modern sports stadium.” The poster’s slogan is “Dallas: Big Things Happen Here.” The reaction? “Sort of a big city with not much going on in it,” a man said. NPR continued its Dallas adventure online, asking Facebook users what they think of when they hear “Dallas.” The responses were all over the map. NPR created this word cloud showing the most popular responses: Hair. Big. Sprawl. Cowboys. If you haven’t figured out by now, NPR’s “All Things Considered” is broadcasting from Dallas this week and focusing on Texas, from demographic changes to televangelists. “All Things Considered,” the afternoon news magazine, airs from 4-6:30 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.
  • The Dallas International Film Festival kicks off Thursday. On the bill will be more than 50 short films, including films from a trio of local filmmakers. It’s the only time most of these shorts will be shown on a big screen. Local directors talked with KERA’s Stephen Becker about what they’ve learned. Why make a movie that no one’s going to see and won’t make any money? But the truth is, fame and fortune aren’t really motivators for these filmmakers. “The first thing I wanted to do was just get the practice of making a film. So I thought the best way to do that was to make something small and affordable,” Augustine Frizzell told Stephen. She’s a Dallas actress who’s working on the other side of the camera this time. Her film is called I Was a Teenage Girl.
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Dallas Arts Week 2014 Is, Like, Next Week!

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Mayor Mike Rawlings has designated April 5 to 13 as Dallas Arts Week. This will be the second year for Dallas Arts Week, a week-long celebration of the arts with the goal of building awareness and appreciation for the arts.

During the week Mayor Rawlings and the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission invites residents and visitors to participate in some of the myriad of arts and cultural events our area has to offer.  To keep the conversation moving forward, participants are asked to post comments and pictures of their participation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #DallasArtsWeek hashtag.

Art&Seek, a campaign partner with the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission, has a Dallas Arts Week feature page with a comprehensive list of activities for you to choose from.  Be sure to check it out.

There are a couple of events you will want to make sure to add to your calendar.  One will be the inaugural Artsetters Master Class discussion. On April 7, Jac Alder, founder and producer of Theater Three, will be honored for his contributions to the Dallas arts scene. Art&Seek’s Jerome Weeks will moderate the discussion at the Nasher Sculpture Center.  The next day, Mayor Rawlings will take his turn at moderating duties for the Re-Imagining Art in Dallas panel discussion at the Dallas City Performance Hall — and one member of that panel will be Art & Seek’s Anne Bothwell.

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At DIFF, Short Films Take Center Stage

I Was a Teenage Girl was shot in director Augustine Frizzell's house. Photos: Dallas International Film Festival

I Was a Teenage Girl was shot in director Augustine Frizzell’s house. Photos: Dallas International Film Festival

The Dallas International Film Festival starts Thursday. And on the bill will be more than 50 short films. It’s the only time most of these shorts will be shown on a big screen. So why do budding directors put so much effort into a piece that’s often less than 15 minutes long?

  • KERA Radio story:
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People who make short films have all heard some variation of this question: Why make a movie that no one’s going to see and won’t make any money?

But the truth is that fame and fortune aren’t really motivators for these filmmakers.

“The first thing I wanted to do was just get the practice of making a film, says Augustine Frizzell, a Dallas actress who’s working on the other side of the camera this time. “So I thought the best way to do that was to make something small and affordable.”

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Ann Patchett On The Writers Studio Saturday

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Tune in to KERA FM tomorrow at 9 p.m. for The Writers Studio. Art&Seek is thrilled to present this six-week conversation series produced by The Writers Garret.

Listen to the interview:

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wspatchett ann ap1This week, hosts Catherine Cuellar and Randy Gordon interview Ann Patchett.

Patchett wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars, during a residential fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her second novel, Taft, won the 1994 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and her third, The Magician’s Assistant was short-listed for England’s Orange Price and earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her best-selling Bel Canto won the PEN / Faulkner Award and Orange Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and she has written two acclaimed novels since: Run and State of Wonder. In 2011 she purchased a bookstore and has since gone on to be a spokesperson for independent booksellers, talking about books and bookstores on The Colbert Report, NPR, The Martha Stewart Show, and The CBS Early Show. In 2012 she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Jim West of Ferris, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! James is a first time winner to our little contest; he follows last week’s winner, James Neal.

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.

LyersNow here’s more from Jim:

Title of photo: no title  
Equipment: Nikon D300 with a Nikon 400 f2.8 lens
Tell us more about your photo: This was one of a series that I am shooting on the flora and fauna, in, on, and from the ditch along the road that I live on.

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The Big Deal: ‘Evita’ Presented By Dallas Summer Musicals

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Win this Big Deal and you’ll be High Flying with tickets to see Evita, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. The Tony Awarding-winning musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Argentina’s Eva Perón, will run at the Music Hall at Fair Park April 15 through April 27. Our winner and guest will be there on opening night April 15, to see the well-coiffed Eva address her adoring crowd from high on the balcony of Casa Rosada.

And don’t forget we have two other Big Deals for you this week. Sign up to win tickets to see Fort Worth Opera’s The Pearl Fishers, or sign up for one-day passes to this year’s Dallas Art Fair at the Fashion Industry Gallery in the Dallas Arts District.  

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 see Evita presented by Dallas Summer Musicals.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: ‘The Pearl Fishers’ Presented By Fort Worth Opera

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The first production of the 2014 Fort Worth Opera Festival will be Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.  This French opera has a beautiful and evocative duet that could be the best best-friends-forever song.  Of course, it helps if you and your best buddy happen to be a superb tenor and baritone. Superb like Sean Panikkar who has taken a break from touring with his Forte buddies to perform in this production. Panikkar will play the role of the passionate and torn Nadir in this tempestuous story of friendship and forbidden love. For this Big Deal enter to win a pair of tickets to FWOpera’s staging of The Pearl Fishers on April 19, at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

You might also want to take the opportunity now to sign up for our other two Big Deals this week – tickets to see Evita at Music Hall at Fair Park presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, or one-day passes to this year’s Dallas Art Fair at the Fashion Industry Gallery in the Dallas Arts District.

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 FWOpera’s The Pearl Fishers.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: Passes To Dallas Art Fair

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This is the sixth year for the Dallas Art Fair which runs April 11 through April 13. The Fair will take place inside the Fashion Industry Gallery next to the Dallas Museum of Art in the Dallas Arts District. Over 80 prominent national and international art dealers and galleries will exhibit paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photography, video, and installation by modern and contemporary artists. Be one of five fortunate Big Deal winners to win a pair of passes good for one-day admission during the three-day event. The passes will also include complimentary admission into the Nasher Sculpture Center.

And while you are signing up for this Big Deal, go ahead and sign up for our other two Big Deals – tickets to the Fort Worth Opera’s The Pearl Fishers at Bass Performance Hall, or tickets to Dallas Summer Musicals’ Evita at Music Hall at Fair Park.

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 win one-day passes to the Dallas Art Fair.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The High Five: Where’s The Best Barbecue In North Texas?

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Where’s the best barbecue in North Texas?; Keller police reveal where they’re tracking speedy drivers; NPR investigates North Texas’ Daystar Christian TV network.

  • What’s the best barbecue in Dallas-Fort Worth? We don’t mean to spark World War III. But some experts are chiming in. The Dallas Morning News’ BBQ Posse offers its list just in time for the Final Four fans who are in town. Among the Posse’s top picks in Dallas: Pecan Lodge, Lockhart Smokehouse, and the Baby Back Shak. Elsewhere, there’s Hard Eight BBQ in Coppell; Hutchins BBQ in McKinney; Meshack’s Bar-B-Que Shack in Garland. But, wait, there’s more. Check out the list for all of the locations. The Posse wrote: “One reader asked what may be the ultimate question this year for barbecue fans who also enjoy a little college basketball: Pecan Lodge or Hutchins? Our answer: Figure out how to eat at both. These are probably the two best joints in the area and among the top handful in the state.” Last summer, NPR’s Wade Goodwyn profiled Pecan Lodge: “It’s not even noon yet but every table out front of the Pecan Lodge in downtown Dallas is filled with veterans with barbecue heaped on their plates, smirking at the gobsmacked newbies. First timers are easily discernible by the stunned looks on their faces when they walk in and see the line. Half the people standing in line are not even going to get barbecue; it’s going to run out before they can order.”
  • Police in North Texas say the term “speed trap” is becoming a misnomer as they’re turning to social media to notify motorists where officers are watching for speeders. Police in Keller, which is near Fort Worth, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram they started using Twitter and other social sites to post the locations of officers with radar guns. They say the intention is to get motorists to slow down. Two weeks after starting the routine, Keller police added 1,113 followers on Twitter and 2,187 friends on Facebook. Dallas police began the practice shortly after Keller.
  • Flip on Daystar television at any hour of the day and you’ll likely see the elements of modern televangelism: a stylish set, an emotional spiritual message and a phone number on the screen soliciting donations. Based in a studio complex in North Texas, Daystar broadcasts to a potential audience of 2 billion people around the globe. The Internal Revenue Service considers Daystar something else: a church. Daystar and dozens of others call themselves churches, which means they not only taxes, but any requirement to disclose their finances. And, as NPR has learned, for the last five years churches have avoided virtually any scrutiny whatsoever from the federal government’s tax authority. (For the record, KERA sold one of its TV stations, KDTN Channel 2, to Daystar back in 2003.)  “All Things Considered” aired an investigative report on Tuesday’s program, as part of its week of Texas coverage. Part two continues this afternoon. “All Things Considered” airs at 4-6:30 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.
  • Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings apologized Tuesday for the bumbling launch of the home-rule school proposal that could change the way Dallas schools are governed and run. Rawlings hopes to save the effort, which has faced harsh attacks from critics. He says it could free the Dallas school district of some state rules which would allow bad schools to improve faster. The home-rule proposal has been misunderstood and poorly executed, Rawlings told reporters. He plans for more meetings with residents. The Texas legislature approved home-rule charter districts 19 years ago. But no Texas district has ever passed it, perhaps because it takes a lot of signatures — 5 percent of registered voters — to get it on the ballot. After that, a quarter of registered voters must turn out when it’s on the ballot. A petition drive is underway. About 25,000 signatures need to be collected. If it’s successful, DISD trustees would appoint a 15-member charter commission that would create a governance plan over which trustees would have no power or control.
  • What inspires Mike Judge? The creator of Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill once lived in Richardson. Now he has a new show on HBO, Silicon Valley. Judge explained his cultural influences to Vulture: “These are the movies, TV shows, musicians, and cartoonists that inspired Judge during his own incubation stage.” They include Dazed and Confused, National Lampoon magazine, Willie Nelson and … Leave it to Beaver? Vulture says Silicon Valley “examines Bay Area start-up culture with all of the earnest solemnity you’d expect from the creator of Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill.” The piece appears in New York magazine.
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Art&Seek Jr: Grab Yourself Some Arts and Culture This Weekend

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.

The other day my daughter and two of her little friends treated me to an impromptu show.

It had everything you look for in a concert; great seating (my comfy oversized chair), refreshments (chocolate milk and gummy worms), and cool tunes (Katie Perry was the soundtrack for the performance).  The Tres R’s (Rose, Reese and Ramsey) chose “Roar” as their opening number. They would have made Katie proud as they emerged from behind the stage door, aka the bedroom, with pink feather boas and flash light microphones in hand.

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