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The High Five: Dallas Museum Of Art Expands Its Online Collection

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a lion injures a zookeeper at the Dallas Zoo; it’s the first day of school for most kids in North Texas; the Rev. Bill McElvaney has died; and more.

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State of the Arts Returns; First Up: Contemporary Artists

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State of the Arts is back for another season, kicking off on Sept. 11 with a focus on contemporary artists.

Like most SOA panelists, Art&Seek has been following this group here on the site and on KERA. They are Devon Nowlin, a founding member of collective Homecoming Committee; Arthur Peña, founder and director of WARE:WOLF:HAUS and VICE PALACE, and Darryl Ratcliff, community engagement associate with SMU’s National Center for Arts Research and Initiative on Arts + Urbanism.

Jeff Whittington hosts the conversation series, which is presented by Art&Seek and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Join us at 7 p.m. on the 11th at the DMA. Tickets are $5. (Admission to the museum is free.)

And mark your calendar for Oct. 9, same time, same place, when we’ll explore the world of art conservation with Mark Leonard, chief conservator at the DMA and Jodie Utter, conservator of works on paper at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.





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Sarah Jaffe: The Path from “Clementine” to “Lover Girl”

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Sarah Jaffe in the KXT studio. Credit: Dane Walters


Sarah Jaffe got her start strumming and singing in the clubs of Denton and Deep Ellum. Her third album, “Don’t Disconnect,” was released Tuesday and fans from the old days may not recognize her. The 28-year-old embraces a lush electronic dance sound. She and her band stopped by KXT yesterday for a powerful in-studio performance. (We’ll post the video soon!) Afterward, I chatted with her about the switch-up.

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New video from Sarah Jaffe

On the path from “Clementine” to “Lover Girl”….  To me it’s just been a natural progression. I can look at it from an aerial view and see there’s some obvious differences: there’s more instrumentation, it’s a little bit more lush. But lyrics for me have always been very important, the centerfold for each song. And although writing can be more difficult than it used to be, because, I’ll just say it, it’s not new anymore – I used to write three songs a week when I was younger. That doesn’t happen for me anymore I would love it if it did, but it just doesn’t. I think I approach things differently, maybe from a musical standpoint. I just flat-out didn’t want to make the same record again.

Writing in Marfa: I just liked the idea of the bare bones of Marfa, Texas. I rented a house for a couple weeks, and it wasn’t easy. I thought I’d go out there and it would just all of a sudden be like a waterfall of ideas and of course it didn’t work that way. And that’s where I realized where I am now, it takes not just me, by myself, thinking too much.  It takes someone else’s creative energy, or a group of people, for me to get inspired again. As soon as I went into the studio, it was instantaneous.

On the influence of Marfa’s wide-open spaces: Three-fourths of “Slow Pour” was written in Marfa. The house I was staying in had the most amazing acoustics I’ve ever been in. It was just beautiful. I remember first starting to write that song, and that house just allowed the song…I needed to hear it sound good for me to get inspired. And it sounded great. I’m almost certain the setting played a huge role in that.

On contributing to Eminem’s “Bad Guy”..It all came about because producer S1, who also lives in Dallas, I met him through working with the Canabanoids, Erykah Badu’s band. And he messaged me on Twitter a couple years ago, just a quick message, hey Sarah, would you be interested in writing some hooks for me. And I of course immediately replied, absolutely. And the first track he sent me, I was like, Oh my God this is going to be amazing. And then two days before Eminem’s record came out,  a picture of the back of his record came out on Twitter. I saw “Bad Guy” was song No. 1. and I was like “What?!” That’s insane.  So we celebrated, but also, neither one of us heard the song until it came out. Which is crazy.

On family history at the Majestic: My grandmother went on her very first date with my grandfather. In the ’40s, my grandaddy asked her out and they walked over to see a movie at the Majestic. It’s going to be really special because my grandmother’s going to be there Saturday.


Way back in 2009, Sarah was the first to perform in KXT’s studio, launching the “Live Sessions” series.

She also sang in an Austin hotel room for an episode of  KXT and Art&Seek’s “On the Road” series. 

And here she is performing perhaps her most popular tune, “Clementine,” at the Wyly Theater.

Look for new KXT “Live Sessions” video of Sarah and her band soon!


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Saturday Spotlight – Celebrating the Hatch Chile

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re off to the 4th Annual Hatch Chile Festival at the Grand Prairie Farmers Market. Along with the usual delights you expect at the market, you’ll find Hatch chiles both raw and roasted. The day starts off with a Hatch chile cooking demonstration, and The Crawfish Band entertains while you browse and play games.

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The High Five: Does Dallas Have The World’s Best Skyline?

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Dallas has been nominated as having one of the world’s best skylines. (Kenny Tong/

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Does Dallas have the best skyline in the world?; the Fort Worth-trained doctor who recovered from Ebola says he’s thrilled to be alive; Sarah Jaffe is performing in Dallas this weekend; and more.

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Former Alvin Ailey Dancer To Succeed Ann Williams At Dallas Black Dance

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april-berryDallas Black Dance Theatre may be the city’s longest-established dance troupe, but it’s only now getting its second leader. April Berry, a former principal dancer with Alvin Ailey, will be taking over the reins as artistic director. DBDT’s founder Ann Williams, 76, stepped down in May after 37 years leading the company.

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The Big Screen: Talking Robert Rodriguez, Sin City 2


Robert Rodriguez is known as much for making bloody action movies like Desperado as he is for making kid-friendly films like the Spy Kids series. This week, we talk about the Austin director’s career ahead of his new film, Sin City 2.

For more on Rodriguez, be sure to check out his recent interview on NPR.

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: Opening Reception For ‘Artpocalypse’ Is Tonight

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s most valuable team; Dallas’ poor population has skyrocketed; about 40 percent of Texas kids took the ACT this year; and 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!  This is the second time John has won of our little contest. His last win came in Sept. 2012. He follows last week’s winner, Briget Murphy.

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.

johnNow, here’s more from John.

Title of photo: Salvage

Equipment: Sinar 4×5 view camera, studio lighting, tungsten and black lights

Tell us more about your photo: During my downtime in the studio I set this up with various pieces of metal fixtures and hardware I’d acquired over the years. I wanted to create a very industrial image using many different light sources. I ended up employing studio lighting for an overall exposure and different tungsten sources and even some black lights to highlight different parts of the image. All said and done, I probably exposed the 4×5 film at least 8 times with the mentioned light sources to get the final image. It was all in-camera with no photoshop (old school ).  ; )

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The Big Deal: An Evening With Ken Burns And The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

KERA and the AT&T Performing Arts Center will present an onstage conversation with documentarian, Ken Burns. In his 30 years of film making, Burns and his team have produced such acclaimed documentaries as The War, Unforgivable Blackness, Jazz, Baseball, and The Civil War. Burns’ latest project is the 14-hour documentary on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, will premiere on PBS this fall and will be broadcast locally on KERA TV.

Photo: AT&T Performing Arts Center

Photo: AT&T Performing Arts Center

Win tickets to this Big Deal and get a sneak preview of The Roosevelts, screening at the Winspear Opera House on Sept. 4. Following the one-hour preview of the documentary, THINK’s Krys Boyd will talk with award-winning filmmaker.

Sign up for this deal, then do it again with our other offerings this week – tickets to see  Nice Work If You Can Get It, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, and tickets to Dallas DanceFest at Dallas City Performance Hall.

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 spend An Evening with Ken Burns and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for entering the Big Deal.

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