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Let the Sunshine In: The DCT Goes (Partly) Green

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The Dallas Children’s Theater is now being powered partly by the sun — the first theater in Texas, thanks to Green Mountain Energy. The company installed a panel of photovoltaic cells on the top of the Rosewood Center of Family Arts, apparently with the aid of a large blue monster that subsequently assaulted (l to r)  Scott Martin, president of Green Mtn’s Commercial Division, DTC board president Julie Hersh and DTC founder and director Robyn Flatt.

Oh, the humanity.

The full release (and gory details) follow:

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Flickr Photo of the Week

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Congratulations to Kristen Nelsen of Keller, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! This is Kristen’s first win. She follows last week’s winner, Howard A. Thomson Sr.

If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took previous to 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.

Now here’s more from Kristen:

Title of photo: Dancin’

Equipment: Fuji HD2000

Tell us more about your photo: This is a picture of my best friend, Angel Armstrong. It was taken in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tenn. Almost every Sunday they practice in the park. All kinds of people come and watch throughout the day. And this was by far my favorite shot of the day!

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State of the Arts: Tonight, Jaap van Zweden and Trenton Doyle Hancock

Trenton Doyle Hancock. Photo: Art21

The State of the Arts series opens tonight at the Dallas Museum of Art.  Host Jeff Whittington will guide Jaap van Zweden and Trenton Doyle Hancock through a conversation about their creative processes.

Hancock is a Houston artist working in print, drawing and collage felt paintings. His work was featured in the Whitney Biennial in 2000 and 2002, which is quite an honor for a young artist. His piece From a Legend to a Choir was selected for Cowboys Stadium art program.  Van Zweden just opened his third season conducting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Imagine the conversation these two would have if they ran into each other at a cocktail party. Then come to Horchow Auditorium at the DMA tonight and actually listen to it.  It starts at 7:30.  Free with museum admission.

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The Conversation: Fun at Art Openings

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A weekly question to prompt discussion about the arts.

This weekend, the Dallas Art Dealers Association celebrates its 25th anniversary with its Fall Gallery Walk. And you know what that means – lots of cool opening receptions. Which got us thinking – what is the craziest/funnest/coolest thing you’ve ever witnessed at an art opening? Drop us a comment and let us know.

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The Big Deal: ArtsPark Offers Opera, Dance, Movies, Art Tix and More

Yesterday,  we mentioned ArtsPark, a get together of 100 arts groups at North Park on Oct. 2 to introduce themselves and give you an opportunity to connect with culture in North Texas.

Today’s Big Deal is an amazing sampler of arts opportunities from some of the museums, companies, troupes and groups who will be there.  You must be an Art&Seek e-newsletter subscriber to win and you must register below.

The winner receives:

Good luck!!

And check back at Art&Seek next week. We have more ArtsPark giveaways to come.

UPDATE – this drawing is now closed

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Afternoon Delight: Creating an Installation

Afternoon Delight is a daily diversion for when you’re back from lunch but not quite ready to get back to work. Check back tomorrow at 1 p.m. for another installment.

Watch as artist Chris Sauter creates an installation for the exhibition “Wish You Were Here” at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.

(h/t: glasstire)

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The Big Deal: Season Tickets to Kitchen Dog Theater

This week’s Big Deal offers a pair of season tickets to Kitchen Dog Theater -almost a year’s worth of challenging, provoking  performances.  Sign up below and remember, you must be an e-newsletter subscriber to win. But that’s easy enough.

The lineup includes:

Betrayal by Harold Pinter, running until Oct. 9

Charm by Kathleen Cahill, in November

Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in February

An evening of 3 one-act Horton Foote plays, in April

New Works Festival featuring Ponzi by Elaine Romero, in May/June

UPDATE: This drawing is now closed.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

YOUR BIG BREAK: Think you’ve got what it takes to take the Wyly Theatre stage? Dallas Theater Center is holding general auditions for Cabaret and The Wiz on Sept. 28-29, and if you’ve got the moves and/or the voice, you could be in. This video has got all the details.

AND THE WINNER IS: Congratulations to Elizabeth Schieffer of Dallas, whose short film Jasper took first place in a Universal Studios horror film competition. She talks to Unfair Park about how she shot the short in an alley in one night. While you’re over there, you can watch the movie.

QUOTABLE: “If some people think my music is difficult and my lyrics are hard – well, they are.”

– Stephen Sondheim, in an interview with ahead of his appearance at the Nasher Salon Series on Thursday.

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ArtsPark: Shop for an Arts Group That Fits You at NorthPark

One hundred arts groups. One day. One-stop shopping for culture at North Park Mall on Oct. 2

Looking to volunteer as an usher? Have a hankering to try encaustic painting? Want to quickly get a bunch of ideas for fun evenings?  You can hook up with all this and more at the first ArtsPark.  North Park (founded by the late Ray Nasher, something of an art lover) and Business Council for the Arts are sponsoring the event.  There will be demonstrations, performances, opportunities to explore new arts, or just get a sense of what North Texas has to offer.

If you go, be sure to stop by Art&Seek’s table.  Jerome, Stephen and I will be there, along with volunteers from KXT and KERA.

Official release and all the groups participating after the jump.

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Afternoon Delight: Light Painting

Light Drive from Kim Pimmel on Vimeo.

Afternoon Delight is a daily diversion for when you’re back from lunch but not quite ready to get back to work. Check back tomorrow at 1 p.m. for another installment.

What’s happening in this video? I have almost no idea. I do know it involves a record player, a camera taking long-exposure photos and the soundtrack to the new Tron Legacy trailer. Oh, and it’s really, really cool.

(h/t: Gizmondo)

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