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The Big Deal: Fellowship! The Musical Parody Of ‘The Fellowship Of The Ring’

Photo: Circle Theatre

Photo: Circle Theatre

J.R.R. Tolkien’s story about a diminutive Hobbit and his posse of fellow warriors fighting the evil Dark Lord Sauron was first a best-selling novel series. Then it became a wildly popular adventure movie franchise. With all that doom and gloom, those menacing Black Riders, bone-crunching Orcs, and dire world-ending prophecies it wasn’t long before somebody came up with the idea, “Hey, let’s make a musical out of this!” Well apparently, it worked. After numerous awards and sold-out runs in the Los Angeles area and New York the long-running musical is coming to Middle Earth, or at least coming to the Circle Theatre in Fort Worth. Enter this Big Deal and win a pair of tickets to see the musical parody with its infectious tunes on Nov. 14.

While you are signing up for this Big Deal, go ahead and take the opportunity to sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to to see The Hit Men: Former Stars of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts,  the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth present “Masters of Form and Color” at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and tickets to Art Conspiracy’s VIP Preview Party.

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 Fellowship! The Musical Parody of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing. Be sure to come back again next week for more Big Deals.

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The Big Deal: ‘Masters of Form and Color’ Presented By The Chamber Music Society Of Fort Worth

BD chamber logoFor their upcoming concert The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth has brought together chamber music specialist and pianist Alessandro Deljavan; Amernet String Quartet’s violist, Michael Klotz, and cellist Jason Calloway; and of course Artistic Director of the CMSFW, Gary Levinson on violin. For the program “Masters of Form and Color” the ensemble will perform masterpieces from Brahms and Dvořák. Win this Big Deal and you and your guest can catch the Nov. 15 performance at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Go early and enjoy the Pre-Concert Conversation with Program Notes author Laurie Shulman.

Also, you might you to take the opportunity now to peruse our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see The Hit Men: Former Stars of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts; Fellowship! The Musical Parody of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ at Circle Theatre; or Art Conspiracy’s VIP Preview Party.

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 Masters of Form and Color Presented By The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing. Be sure to come back again next week for more Big Deals.

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The Big Deal – The Hit Men: Former Stars Of Frankie Vallie And The Four Seasons At The Eisemann Center

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The Hit Men is an all-star band comprised of the arrangers and composers, vocalists and musicians who were former members or worked with Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and the Shondells, and other big name groups of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Watch the the video above and try to find one song you don’t know. Win this Big Deal and hear The Hit Men sing songs like “Oh What a Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” “You’re So Vain” and more. The Hit Men perform for one night at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson on Nov. 22.

Don’t forget to sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see Fellowship! The Musical Parody of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ at Circle Theatre, or tickets to see the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth present “Masters of Form and Color,” or tickets to this year’s Art Conspiracy VIP Preview Party.

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 The Hit Men: Former Stars of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing. Be sure to come back again next week for more Big Deals.

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What Is An Artist? Sarah Thornton Attempts An Answer In “33 Artists in 3 Acts”

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Sarah Thornton. Photo: James Merrell

 

What does it mean to be a visual artist today? Sarah Thornton,  best-selling author of 7 Days in the Art World, tackles that question in her new book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts.  She traveled from China to Chile to talk to some of the world’s best-known working artists – and some of you’ve probably never heard of. She says the result is a diverse portrait of the contemporary art world.

Listen to the interview that aired on KERA FM

 

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Art&Seek Jr: Relax With These 5 Second Saturday Outings

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.

You would think with Halloween being on a Friday this year  it would have made the experience more laid back and relaxed.  In the days leading up to the big night, here’s the scenario I had pictured in my mind: The Little Kiddles taking their time trick-or-treating, laughing joyfully as they skip merrily from door to door. Mom and dad are strolling leisurely  behind their offspring, stopping every so often to chat with a neighbor or two. Everyone is without a care in the world because of the glorious knowledge that they can stay out as late as we want and sleep in the next morning. If ever there were a time to cue the Hallelujah chorus, this is it.

I wish I could say that was the way it went down at my house. Maybe it was the knowledge that they COULD stay out gathering candy until the wee hours, but far from relaxed, our little band of treat-or-treaters was downright frenetic. They raced madly through the neighborhood dragging overloaded bags of candy behind them like tiny pirates on their way to pillaging a village. And the leisurely stroll through the neighborhood? That turned out to be a nervous, two-hour power walk, as my friends and I struggled to keep up with our sugar-fueled children. Chats with neighbors were replaced by banshee screams from a block away to our kids to stay out of the street. And instead of feeling refreshed the next morning, I heard from friends and neighbors about their children waking up with candy hangovers that lasted all weekend. So much for a laid back Halloween.

Put the candy on top of the frig and re-boot this weekend with one of these relaxing outings.

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ArtCon 10 Artist Spotlight: Cathey Miller

Art Con 10 is coming next weekend. In the run up to the big event on Saturday, November 15, the team is helping us introduce some of the participating Conspirators. Thanks to Martha Belden, for telling us more about today’s artist,  Cathey Miller

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Cathey Miller began painting at a very young age and, relatively uniquely, saw a childhood fantasy become a reality when she turned her passion into a full-fledged career. “I wanted to be an artist when I was little,” she says, “because I liked drawing and coloring… so that is what I became.” She graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and eventually made her way back to Texas, where she set up a successful commercial and fine arts painting studio in Dallas.

Love, whether for the act of painting itself or the subjects of her work, has always played a significant role in Cathey’s craft. “I like to paint pictures of the women I know – or I think I know – in outer space.” In 2001, she dreamed up the mythical planet of Cathedonia, which is inhabited exclusively by her closest friends. Eventually she began painting this alien narrative into the remote landscape of West Texas. “For me, there is an appealing post-apocalyptic quality to these scenes,” she says. “The heroes I paint are outsiders struggling against empty landscapes and night skies filled with ludicrous monsters.”

Cathey was first introduced to Art Conspiracy in 2006 when founder Sarah Jane Semrad asked her whether she’d be interested in donating to the organization, and she eagerly got involved. “I made the promo poster for Art Con II and also painted a panel in the Longhorn Ballroom – both of which were auctioned off. Art Consipracy makes regular Dallasites into art buyers and art fans, then gives the money to arts groups… win win win!”

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Devin Rodgers of Arlington, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Devin is a first time winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest.  He follows last week’s winner, Mike Fiddleman.

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.

devinNow here’s more from Devin.

Title of photoUnderneath the Stockyards
Equipment: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 24mm f/1.4, using a Tiffen Black Pro-Mist diffusion filter
Tell us more about your photo: I decided to walk the Fort Worth Stockyards one October evening and try taking some pictures, and I had never realized before that one could actually casually walk underneath the Stockyards. The lighting struck me as quite moody and a perfect spot to test my new diffusion filter. This shot was captured handheld and with my lens’ aperture pretty much wide open.

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Review: ‘Fully Committed” – A 1-Man Satire Of 4-Star Restaurants

shutterstock_186248711The frantic madness of an in-demand, high-society restaurant is the setting of the comedy, Fully Committed, at Fort Worth’s Amphibian Stage Productions. Photo: shutterstock

When some exclusive restaurants turn away customers seeking reservations, they use the apology, “We’re fully committed” – instead of “We’re all booked up” or just “Forget about it, pal, you ain’t gettin’ in here.” Fully Committed is also the title of the off-Broadway comedy currently at Fort Worth’s Amphibian Stage Productions. In his review, KERA’s Jerome Weeks says it’s a solo show requiring, yes, full commitment from its single, frantic performer.

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Lone Star Film Festival Opens With The Cliburn’s “Virtuosity”

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The Lone Star Film Festival kicks off this Wednesday night. The opening program for the Fort Worth film fest will be the world premiere of the home grown documentary, Virtuosity. In 2013, thirty young wistful artists from around the world competed in the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. In the 90-minute documentary, viewers see the the excitement and disappointments the competitors experience as the 17-day music contest draws to its emotional and inevitable conclusion – the awarding of the Gold Medal to one participant.

The doc is directed by Christopher Wilkinson, whose writing credits include Ali (2001), Nixon (1995) and Copying Beethoven (2006). Producer Lori Miller produced They Came To Play, the documentary which tells the inspirational stories of the participants of the Cliburn’s 2007 International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. Both Wilkinson and Miller, as well as the 2013 Cliburn winner, will be in attendance for the event.

This special screening of Virtuosity at Bass Performance Hall, on Nov. 5, brings together three stalwart organizations of the Fort Worth arts community – The Cliburn, the Lone Star Film Festival, and Performing Arts Fort Worth.  Tickets are free to the public and are general admission seating. Tickets can be ordered online at Cliburn.org with two tickets per order.

If you don’t catch Virtuosity now you’ll have to wait until next year to see it.  That is when KERA TV plans to schedule the broadcast premiere on PBS, June 19 at 9 p.m. CDS

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Saturday Spotlight – Head to Southfork Ranch for Music, Costumes, and a Mechanical Bull

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re off to Southfork Ranch in Parker for Chive Fest. Thechive.com is the world’s largest entertainment photo website, and they’ve teamed up with the producers of Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza for a festival of music and fun. Hear music from the John Butler Trio, Max and the Moon, Jake Owens, and others while enjoying beer from the Chive’s own brewery. Festivities also include a life-sized game of operation, a costume contest, and a mechanical bull.  slider-mechanical-bull

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