What are the special challenges faced by those who run arts and cultural organizations? How are they coping with the world-wide economic downturn? The 10th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management was held last week at SMU, and one of the organizers, Krista Farber Weinstein, stopped by to discuss the challenges facing arts managers with Think host Krys Boyd. Weinstein is a recent Visiting Assistant Professor in the Center for Arts Administration at SMU.
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Dallas Center for the Performing Arts CEO Mark Nerenhausen gave the opening remarks at the conference; you can read about what he had to say here.
WEATHERING THE STORM: Fort Worth Opera General Director Darren K. Woods lays out his vision for the organization in a profile in this month’s Opera News. After a lead concerning cowboys in Fort Worth (natch), Woods discusses how his decision to cut the 2009 season back by one production ultimately kept the opera on solid financial footing by saving $400,000. Also illuminating: he says he spends 95 percent of his time fund raising. Or, as he puts it: “It sounds hokey, but we call it ‘friend-raising.’ Because right now, I will meet a person that I think will potentially bear fruit for the opera in four years.”
REPRESENTING THE 214: As I was wading through stories for Monday’s roundup, I somehow overlooked this feature on Eliseo Garcia. The Dallas sculptor is Texas’ three-dimensional artist for 2009 (see the other appointments in our round-up here). You can see his work everywhere from the Frisco Athletic Center to the Westmoreland DART station, his big break in the world of public art. As he tells The Dallas Morning News – somewhat metaphorically – about his first public commission: “I just kept hammering away. I felt I needed to take responsibility and work, and maybe one day I’ll get my break.”
A LEFT TURN: The reviews are in for Contemporary Theatre of Dallas’ Chapter Two. Neil Simon’s play follows a widower and a divorcee, each reluctant to re-enter the dating game. His brother and her friend manage to set the stage for romance between the two singles. According to both Marky Lowry and Alexandra Bonifield, the four actors are universally solid. It’s the play itself that has some flaws, most notably a bit of unexpected violence between the main characters in the second act that feels way out of place. As Lawson Taitte says in his review: “If you buy a ticket and leave at intermission you’ll have a great time. No guarantees, though, if you stay through the end.”
Laszlo, canine mainstay of PDNB Gallery, died peacefully in his sleep last week. Owners Missy and Burt Finger found him comfortably nestled on his favorite rug. He was 14.
Laszlo loved going to work each day at the gallery, often bringing a tennis ball in case of opportunities for spontaneous play. He will be greatly missed.
Just received a press release from designers Andrew Bayer and Doug Voisin of House of Dang announcing their move to Oak Cliff. They’re shuttering their retail shop on Bryan Street to focus exclusively on their 4-year old label.
“We’re excited about the next step in growing our business and continuing to design House of Dang,” says Bayer. “The new space will be a prime outlet for us to focus and flourish,” says Voisin.
The dynamic design duo are moving in with local fashion and accessory designer Tara Tonini at 411 Tyler Street. The new studio and showroom will be called Studio 411. The designers all plan on collaborating and throwing trunk shows, free fun movie screenings, dance parties, and host musical acts at the new 2,000-square foot space.
The party’s not over yet…mark your calendars for July 24, 7 p.m. The House of Dang will throw a last hurrah celebration with Paul Slocum from And/Or Gallery, who’s closing his operations and moving to New York. The 4200 block of Bryan Street is going to be awfully quiet…
We knew the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts was going to open with a week’s worth of events and hooplah, Oct. 12-18. But 100 days out, things have gotten just a little more specific.
Like, long lists of things and Fun with Very Long Strings, not to sound Seuss-like. A civic dedication that Monday morning, Oct. 12, in Sammons Park, the 10-acre park between the Wyly Theatre and the Winspear Opera House. A series of outdoor performances in the Arts District with the Earth Harp (see the video above, billed as the “world’s largest harp”). The harp strings (more like anchor ropes) will be stretched from the ground to the roof of Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School. The Earth Harp is played by the group MASS Ensemble (Music Architecture Sonic Sculpture), a frequent, space-agey, New-Agey outfit at outdoor festivals — but the public will also be permitted to twang them things.
Wind it up, baby: There’ll be light shows by Luma and acrobatic performances by Anti-Gravity, an awards-show eyecatcher, all about hip-hopping up in your face and not coming back down. So hit the jump to see the highlight promo reel, already.
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A YEAR OF JAAP: In his first year on the podium, Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director Jaap van Zweden has won over his musicians, concertgoers and critics – pretty much the holy trinity for any conductor. And one of those critics, Scott Cantrell, says Van Zweden has the DSO on the cusp of the orchestral Big 5 in this highly complimentary piece from Sunday. If there’s any drawback to success at a mid- to high-level orchestra like the DSO, it’s that if one of the elites has an opening, they might come after your talent. So here’s hoping the maestros at those Big 5 continue on for a long, long time.
MOVING RIGHT ALONG: For 33 seasons, Fort Worth’s Hip Pocket Theatre has staged experimental works outside. The company will continue to do so, but that stage is getting quite a face lift. The new stage will be located within spitting distance of the old space and will offer a slew of new amenities. The company’s founders, Diane and Johnny Simons, talk more about their new home in this dfw.com profile.
QUOTABLE: “Artists always joke that a big doorway is as important as anything else. You need a door that you can get the big stuff through, and we have that here.”
Artist Rick Bullock, on a new multi-artist studio space just south of downtown Fort Worth. Fort Worth Weekly‘s Kultur blog has the details on how the space came to be.
ETC. Get-well wishes to Dallas Hub Theater’s Tim Shane, who was injured in a motorcycle accident on Thursday (theaterjones.com) … Latino Cultural Center art show finds plenty of buyers (dallasnews.com).
Hello, glad to have you along. Tonite is my five year anniversary of hosting 90.1@Night! It sure has been a great experience. I have been exposed to so much great music because of this show, and almost all of it has been because of e-mail suggestions that listeners have sent me. Now we have this blog so that we can share the suggestions with everyone, even the ones I don’t get a chance to play. Of course you can still e-mail me at email@example.com, but I hope you will share with everyone.
I am breaking one of my rules tonite for my anniversary. I get a lot of requests to play my music, I usually feel kinda icky about that , but tonite I will acquiesce. Also, you may hear the number 5 a few times. That’s as close to a theme as you are likely to hear me get.
I hope you enjoy the show, cant wait to hear from you.
Luciana Souza “Satellite” The New Bossa Nova
Thievery Corporation “The Outernationalist” Dub Anthology
Beach Boys “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” Pet Sounds
Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” The Best of Jackson 5
She and Him “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here” Volume 1
John Williams “The Return Home” Star Wars soundtrack
John Prine “The Late John Garfield Blues” Great Days: The John Prine Anthology
Dirty Projectors “Remade Horizon” Bitte Orca
Ennio Morricone “Una Pistola per Ringo (A Pistol for Ringo)” Anthology
Bill & Belle Reed “Old Lady and the Devil” Folkways Anthology
Regina Spektor “Two Birds” Far
Dave Brubeck “Take 5″ Take 5
Martha Wainwright “Towersong” I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too
The Rascals “Nubia” Anthology
Dallas Wind Symphony (Percy Grainger) “The Lost Lady Found” Lincolnshire Posy
Big Joe Turner “Roll ‘Em Pete” Anthology
Camera Obscura “Careless Love” My Maudlin Career
A R Rahman “Riots” Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack
Telegraph Canyon “Quiet Assurance” The Tide and the Current
Yo la Tengo “Aftermath” They Shoot We Score
Hoagy Carmichael “The Aba Daba Honeymoon” The Essential Collection
The Baptist Generals “500 League Reunion March” No Silver/No Gold
Chameleon Chamber Group “Blue Danube”
Paul Slavens “Lucy” Alphabet Girls
Paul Slavens “Fugue on Bb”
Brian Eno “The Fat Lady of Limbourg” Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy
Frank Zappa “Lemme Take You to the Beach” Studio Tan
David Bowie “Five years” The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
“Track By Track” appears every other week on Art&Seek. During the podcast, Texas musicians play their new albums and discuss what went into making them with KERA “90.1 at Night” host Paul Slavens.
Last week’s podcast featured Denton duo Fight Bite. This week, Paul talks with Fort Worth folk act Telegraph Canyon.
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Also, be sure to check the Art&Seek blog during 90.1 at Night this Sunday as Paul blogs live during the broadcast.
In the Saturday Art&Seek Spotlight, we’re celebrating Independence Day. Fireworks displays will light up the night sky across the area as many cities host their own 4th of July events. And during the day, some of our local symphonies will perform concerts of patriotic music. For help planning your day, here’s a roundup of local July 4th events:
A COOL FOURTH OF JULY POPS – The Richardson Symphony performs patriotic music
A MUSICAL FOURTH – Chapel of the Cross hosts an audience sing-along followed by a barbecue and pie tasting.
A STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR – The Dallas Wind Symphony welcomes guest conductor Major Jim Keene of the U.S. Army School of Music as well as the Hellcats drum and bugle corps.
OLD FASHIONED FAMILY FIREWORKS PICNIC – The Fort Worth Symphony gets patriotic at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens.
PATRIOTIC POPS – St. Andrew United Methodist Church hosts the Plano Symphony Orchestra and the Patriotic Pops Chorus.
PERFORMANCES IN THE GALLERIES – If you prefer your music air-conditioned, head to the Dallas Museum of Art for Ragtime Duo.
FAIR PARK FOURTH: The Texas Discovery Gardens will be free all day, and other Fair Park museums will open their doors free of charge from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The fireworks at 9:30 will be synchronized to choreographed music on WRR.
PARADE, POOCHES AND PATRIOTS AT WATTERS CREEK – If you’ve got a pup that looks good in red, white and blue, head to Allen for this parade.
Heads up everyone: Paul Slavens returns to blog live during his 5th Anniversary Show on Sunday. When we first tried this experiment two weeks ago, we had a huge response from 90.1 at Night listeners. Paul will be posting the set list for this Sunday’s show a little bit before it airs at 8 p.m. I got a sneak peek of it, and as you could probably guess, there are plenty of gems, as well as a little theme running through it. So please return to the Art&Seek blog and drop your questions and comments for Paul on that post for a night of good music conversation.