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The Big Deal: Dallas Woman’s Forum Presents One Enchanted Christmas, Annual Holiday Home Tour

One Enchanted Christimas, The Dallas Woman's Forum Annual Holiday Home Tour

Dallas Woman’s Forum Annual Holiday Home Tour

Longing to experience a Victorian Christmas? If so, the Dallas Woman’s Forum invites you to come celebrate Christmas at their Annual Holiday Home Tour, One Enchanted Christmas at the historic Alexander Mansion. See the giant Christmas trees and spectacular decorations in this vintage home that was built in 1906. Learn the Mansion’s history from the tour guides, and treat yourself to unique shopping in the Holiday Boutique. The tour runs Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 4-7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For this Big Deal, The Dallas Woman’s Forum is offering four complimentary tickets to the Home Tour and Holiday Boutique. Tickets do not include lunch but reservations can be made separately to have a delicious lunch in the Bistro Café.

To help you enjoy Christmas present, be sure to sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see Texas Ballet Theater present The Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, or tickets to see Christmas with the von Trapps presented by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

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 enjoy One Enchanted Christmas, with tickets to the Dallas Woman’s Forum Annual Holiday Home Tour.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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Gail Cronauer: The Actress As Wily, Magical Witch

gail cGail Cronauer as the legendary Slavic sorceress, Baba Yaga, in The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls at the Undermain Theater. Photo: Undermain Archive

The fairytale world in The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls — the play currently at the Undermain Theater — is actually modern Moscow. It’s a city of hard, bearish businessmen and cynical, sexy young women who survive any way they can. KERA’s Jerome Weeks says, this may be the New Russia, but it’s still haunted by Old Russia – in the figure of the legendary witch, Baba Yaga.

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Art&Seek Jr: Nutcracker-palooza–‘The Nutcracker’ Superlist

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.

Yes, yes, I know. To some it’s downright heresy to mention anything remotely Christmassy before the turkey is cold from the Thanksgiving dinner, but when it comes the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, I thought it best to give you a heads up. If you want to see snowflakes dance, and rodents duel you’d best get cracking (so to speak) and get those tickets now while the gettin’ is good.

So, in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, here’s a cornucopia of upcoming Nutcracker productions in the North Texas area. They’re  listed in order by date so you won’t miss a single dancing snowflake. Read More »

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to John Johnson of Fort Worth, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. John is a three time winner of our contest. His last victory was back in August. He follows our previous week’s winner  Christopher Richey of Dallas,

imageIf 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.

Title of photo: Wall of Wow

Equipment: IPhone 4S

Tell us more about your photo: Walking thru Miami International Airport on my way to the car rental area I turned a corner and saw this beautiful glass window. All my other equipment was packed away so I went to my old reliable iPhone 4S to capture the shot. A little bit of processing later and I had the shot I wanted. Hope you like it.

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Saturday Spotlight – Handmade Holiday Cards


2014-11-22-Gallery-Lab-Oil-and-Cotton-projectsFor this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re off to the Nasher Sculpture Center for “Let’s Make Stuff: Pushing the Envelope with Oil and Cotton.” First we’ll check out the exhibition “Provocations” featuring the architecture and design of the Heatherwick Studio. The innovative holiday cards the studio has on display will serve as inspiration for making our own mailable art with the help of Oak Cliff community arts organization Oil and Cotton.



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Rock Lottery’s Hook This Year: The Healing Essence Of Music

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Nevada Hill is an influential Dallas artist and musician who turned down an offer to be the beneficiary for Rock Lottery 13. He's at his home in Lakewood with his cockatiel, Lulu.

Nevada Hill is an influential Dallas artist and musician who turned down an offer to be the beneficiary for Rock Lottery 13. He’s at his home in Lakewood with his cockatiel, Lulu.

There’s a show tomorrow night in Denton featuring five bands no one’s ever heard. It’s Rock Lottery, an annual event that mixes up local musicians to form new groups. They have a day to write songs before performing them that night – and the show’s almost always sells out to benefit a charity of the committee’s choice. This year, the beneficiary hits home for one musician on the lineup.

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Balancing Humor and Darkness with Raspberry Jam

This week on Frame of Mind, watch a collection of short films put together by Women in Film Dallas!

  • Tune in to KERA TV on Thursday at 11 PM to catch this week’s episode!

This week’s episode features the following films:

  • “Duck Food” directed by Dewey Taylor, produced by Sara Roberts
  • “Raspberry Jam” directed by Courtney Ware, produced by Meredith Burke
  • “The Long Run” directed by Laura Lilia Treviño and David Garcia
Andrew Sensenig as Stephen McMurphy and Frank Mosley as The Leprechaun. Photo: Ron Gonzalez

Andrew Sensenig as Stephen McMurphy and Frank Mosley as The Leprechaun. Photo: Ron Gonzalez


I spoke with Courtney Ware, the director of “Raspberry Jam”

On the idea behind the film:

The writer, Mike Maden, had sent me the script probably two years before we made it.  I had always kept it in my back pocket as a short film that I thought would be very interesting to bring to life.  Schedules finally lined up and we decided to pull the trigger and go ahead and produce that film.

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DMA Acquires Monumental ‘Map’ Painting By Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling Marcia H Travels 1970 acrylic on canvas 305 x 570 cm courtesy of Frank Bowling and Hales Gal (2)Frank Bowling, Marcia H Travels, acrylic on canvas, 2007. Image: Frank Bowling and Hales Gal

The DMA’s announcement is about both the acquisition and the exhibition that’ll showcase it, Frank Bowling: Map Paintings, opening at the DMA in February 2015.

Although the Guyana-born Bowling grew up in England and graduated from the Royal College of Art (in the same 1962 class as David Hockney), he didn’t really find success until he moved to New York in 1966. His development from a figurative painter to a more abstract artist influenced by Mark Rothko, Larry Poons and the ideas of critic Clement Greenburg is almost exactly the opposite of many of his British, post-war peers. In 2005, he became the first black member of the Royal Academy of Art.

Bowling created the ‘Map’ series in 1971 for a show at the Whitney Museum of Art – using world maps as the basis for lush accretions of dripped and swirled colors. The paintings are huge. Marcia H Travels, for instance, the painting the DMA has acquired, is 12 feet by 18 and a half. The DMA exhibition will be the first time the series of paintings has been ‘re-united’ since the Whitney show.  One of the other ‘Map paintings — an 11-foot wide acrylic called Polish Rebecca — had been rolled up and forgotten in a friend’s attic for 40 years. Last year, it was sold at the New York Armory Show for $275,000.

Full release:

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The Big Screen: Inside The Found Footage Festival

BigScreen_logoSMALLThe programmers of the Found Footage Festival pour through all the VHS tapes they can get their hands on in a search or the best of the worst. No aerobics instructor, corporate trainer or public access TV host is safe. This week, we talk to one of the festival’s founders about why these terrible videos are so much fun:

The Found Footage Festival plays Friday night at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff.

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

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The High Five: Landscape Architect Laurie Olin Speaks Tonight

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a settlement is reached over last summer’s tragic Texas Giant accident, no textbooks were voted on in yesterday’s State Board of Education meeting, Fort Worth names its interim police chief, and more.

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