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The High Five: Urban Planning Is The Focus Of Tonight’s ‘State Of The Arts’

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Some of the new gut-buster foods that will be served this spring at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Photo credit: Texas Rangers/Twitter)

Some of the new gut-buster foods that will be served this spring at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Photo credit: Texas Rangers/Twitter)

Five stories that have North Texas talking: take me out to the ballgame (for the food); Ku Klux Klan fliers are showing up in Wise County; KERA’s One Crisis Away TV special airs tonight; and more.

  • Urban planning is the focus of tonight’s State of the Arts. Join KERA’s Jeff Whittington for a conversation with Brent A. Brown, founding director of bcWorkshop; Catherine Cuellar, executive director of the Dallas Arts District; and Robert Meckfessel, president of LaReunion TX. It’s at 7:30 tonight at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. Buy tickets here.
  • Yeah, the Texas Rangers play their first home game of the season Monday. But what’s there to eat this year at Globe Life Park? New foods have been announced – they include the $7 “Bacon on a Stick,” a thick slab of smoked Hungarian bacon is dipped in a maple glaze. The “Choomongus” is humongous – 24 inches. The sandwich includes Asian beef with spicy slaw.  It’s named in honor of Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Other new items include “Sidewinder Beer Battered Fries, brisket sausage and frozen beer,” the Dallas Observer reports. “The two-foot Boomstick is still on the menu, loaded with chili, cheese and grilled onions. The Beltre Buster is also returning. The one-pound burger is topped with bacon, Jack cheese and grilled onions and also costs $26.” Better pack some Tums. Tanner Scheppers will be the Opening Day starter, replacing Yu Darvish, who’s on the disabled list and dealing with stiffness in his neck. The Rangers play the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. Monday. (The Dallas Morning News, ESPN)
  • Speaking of Bacon … A potbellied pig named Bacon has been reunited with its owner. The pig was found roaming Arlington streets on Friday. Arlington Animal Services told KXAS-TV that the pig’s owner, a 17-year-old girl, and her mother were going to claim it. “Police assumed Bacon was someone’s pet since she would get upset if someone wasn’t constantly petting her,” KXAS reported. “The city said it received interest from people who wanted to adopt the potbellied pig if the owner didn’t come forward.” WFAA-TV captured the reunion.
  • Ku Klux Klan fliers are showing up in a neighborhood in Rhome in Wise County. WFAA-TV reports the fliers from the Loyal White Knights say: “The KKK Wants You!” The papers were spotted in the Shale Creek subdivision last week. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office said some fliers were hanging on residents’ doors. “We do not need that type of problem in Wise County, Texas,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Kevin Benton told WFAA. He said his office hasn’t seen anything like this since the 1990s. “You wish it was something from the past, that you’d hope everyone had gotten beyond that,” Benton said. Rhome is about a half-hour northwest of Fort Worth. The Southern Poverty Law Center says that Texas has 21 active KKK chapters, the most in the country.
  • How would you pay the bills if you lost your income? KERA’s series One Crisis Away has spent the last six months following North Texas families on the financial edge — a couple facing a medical crisis, a single mom facing homelessness, a family finding strength in their church, and a retiree taking in boarders to get by. Those four families and a panel of financial experts will be featured in an hourlong TV special tonight at 7 on KERA-13. Meet the families and explore their stories in our KERA News Digital Storytelling Project.
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The Big Screen: A Short Chat About Short Films

The Big Screen team has had short films on the brain. That’s partly because this is film festival season around here, without which many short films would never find an audience. Also, Chris is leading a One Day University program on short films on Saturday.

Before you sign up for that, take a listen to today’s conversation, during which we discuss one of the shorts that will show on Saturday, Jason Reitman’s In God We Trust – a film he made way before Juno and Up in the Air. You can actually watch the video above via YouTube, another recent-ish trend that’s getting short films out to a wider audience.

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

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We Look At Seattle Artists’ Lofts, See How That Might Work In Dallas

artspace extThe bottom three floors were original, built in 1912. They house galleries, a community room and a coffee shop. Artspace added the top three for residential units.

A recent study showed a great demand in the Dallas area for affordable housing for artists. This summer, Flora Lofts will break ground in the Arts District; it’ll be Dallas’ first such artist housing project – but probably not its last. So while in Seattle recently, KERA’s Jerome Weeks visited one of that city’s successful artists’ housing projects to see what they’re like. And tonight at the DMA, Art & Seek’s State of the Arts series tackles artists’ housing when it discusses Urban Planning.

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Seattle’s Pioneer Square has grand, old, solid, brick buildings – some of the oldest in downtown Seattle, the kind Dallas developers bulldozed long ago for lovely parking lots and freeway ramps. The Square is a historic district, but not the polished-brass and stately manor kind: The area has homeless shelters and storefront missions. In other words, it’s not typical tourist-y Seattle. It’s clear across downtown from Pike Street Market and up the steep hill from the harborfront.

All of which is why, decades ago, artists drifted in here: cheap rents. But in the ‘90s, Seattle’s dot-com wealthy began pricing out the artists. The neighborhood’s real estate prospects have blown hot and cold, A sure sign of variable times: Seattle’s famous indie bookstore, Elliott Bay, was here for 37 years, and in 2010, it moved north to Capitol Hill.

That’s why Artspace was invited in by the Pioneer Square Community Association — to help keep artists in the neighborhood mix. Ten years ago, the non-profit developer renovated the Tashiro Kaplan Artists Lofts, 130,000 square feet, 50 affordable live-work spaces, 15 galleries, one coffee shop.

Doug Van manages the building and lives here. Typical of the residents, he’s a working photographer whose apartment doubles as his studio. “We’re full,” he says of the TK Lofts. “We’re at full capacity. Our waiting list is probably out, I’d say, three-to-four years.”

The TK Lofts are the kind of affordable housing project Artspace helped pioneer. The Minneapolis-based non-profit puts together grants from local, private and public sources with federal affordable housing tax credits to build low-incoming live-work spaces. In Seattle, with $16.5 million, Artspace bought two rundown buildings (including a Japanese market) from the 1910s, combined them and added several floors of residential units — creating the TK Lofts. Having the lower floors reserved for more public, commercial ventures is typical of an Artspace layout. It connects the artists’ apartment block with the neighborhood, opens it up to visitors.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Fabio Bonasera of Pisa, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! Fabio is a first-time winner to our contest. He follows last week’s winner, James Neal.

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.

Now here’s more from Fabio:

Title of photo: Serata in ombra (Evening Shade)
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Tell us more about your photo: Foto fatta con il mio amico kekko2012 iscritto a flickr. (Photo taken with my friend kekko2012 signed up for Flickr.)

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The Big Deal: ARTsPark Gift Basket Of Tickets

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Mark your calendar for April 5 and make your way down to NorthPark Center for the ARTsPARK Community Info Fair.  This will be the fifth year for the arts get-to-know-you event presented by NorthPark Center and the Business Council for the Arts. ARTsPARK will also coincide with the start of Dallas Arts Week, April 4-14, presented by Mayor Mike Rawlings and the city of Dallas.

At the ARTsPARK Community Info Fair arts and cultural groups from across North Texas will gather under one roof, NorthPark Center, for the opportunity to meet you!  Through free activities, demonstrations, and performances ARTsPARK is a great way for you to interact with about a hundred or so arts and cultural groups.  Win this Big Deal and learn even more about some of these groups first-hand with a goody gift basket of tickets from some of the participating organizations, including tickets to:

  • Dallas Summer Musicals’ Evita 
  • Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s Season Finale & Spring Gala, May 18
  • Nasher Sculpture Center’s Soundings: New Music at the Nasher – Stories of Freedom, April 4
  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

And since you are already here signing up for this Big Deal, you might also want to take the opportunity to sign up for our other Big Deals – tickets to see the Vida Guitar Quartet in Fort Worth or Dallas, presented by the Allegro Guitar Series, or a season subscription to the Winspear Opera House Recital Series presented by AT&T Peforming Arts Center.

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 win an ARTsPARK Gift Basket.

UPDATE: We’ve got our winners! Be sure to play again next week!

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The Big Deal: Allegro Guitar Series Presents Vida Guitar Quartet

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Whether you win this Big Deal or not, make an appointment to see the last classical guitar concert of the season presented by the Allegro Guitar Series.  As is their practice, AGS brings exceptional artists to perform not once but twice in the metroplex.  The Vida Guitar Quartet, the masterful ensemble from the UK, will perform pieces from Georges Bizet, Benjamin Britten, Manuel de Falla, George Gershwin,  and Adam Gorb.

The Vida Guitar Quartet will be guests of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society on April 3 at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. And the Allegro Guitar Society of Dallas will host the Quartet the next day, April 4 at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. 

And while you are adding this event to your calendar, you might want to go ahead and sign up for a chance to win our other two giftings – an ARTsPARK Gift Basket of tickets, and a season subscription to the Winspear Opera House Recital Series presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center.

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 your chance to see the Vida Guitar Quartet.

Update: We’ve got our winners! Be sure to try again next week!

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The Big Deal: Winspear Opera House Recital Series Season Subscription

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This next Big Deal is actually three Big Deals in one. The sole winner of this Big Deal will receive a season subscription to the Winspear Opera House Recital Series.  That’s three different evenings of virtuoso performances by today’s foremost artists enjoyed in the intimate, acoustically-designed Winspear Opera House.

Coming up first in the series will be pianist Khatia Buniatishvili.  The BBC’s “new generation” artist will grace the stage on April 8. Acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman, known just as much for his exuberance and charm, as well as his talent, will follow with a concert on May 4. Lastly, celebrated pianist Andre Watts will conclude the series on June 2.

And while you are contemplating who should accompany you to each recital, go ahead and sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see the Vida Guitar Quartet presented by the Allegro Guitar Series in Fort Worth and Dallas, or an ARTsPARK Gift Basket of tickets, courtesy of NorthPark Center.

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 your chance to win a season subscription to the Winspear Opera House Recital Series presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center.

UPDATE: We’ve got our winner! Be sure to try again next week!


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The High Five: Former SMU And NBA Player Was Reported Dead – But He’s Not Dead

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A former SMU basketball player isn’t dead; DART light-rail expands to D/FW International sooner than expected; there’s a lime shortage; and more.

  • Former SMU and NBA basketball player Quinton Ross had to ease the fears of friends and family members after he was erroneously reported dead. Ross lives near Dallas and was attending Monday night’s NIT game between LSU and SMU. He said he woke to a phone loaded with messages from people concerned about his well-being. “My phone was going crazy,” he told The Associated Press. “I checked Facebook. Finally, I went on the Internet, and they were saying I was dead. I just couldn’t believe it.” The New York Post ran a story Monday on its website identifying Ross as a man found dead and buried on a city beach. The newspaper later corrected the story. After playing for SMU, Ross played seven NBA seasons with five teams, mostly with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Want to get to D/FW International Airport without driving?  By the end of the summer, that will be possible for Dallas Area Rapid Transit riders. On Aug. 18, DART will open a five-mile light rail extension that stretches from DART’s Belt Line Station in Irving to Terminal A at the airport. KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports: “Morgan Lyons, a DART spokesman, says this final expansion of the Orange Line will be completed under budget and several months early. ‘What this provides literally is a one-seat ride from downtown Dallas into Terminal A,’ Lyons said. ‘We think it is going to be incredibly convenient not only for convention goers, people coming into town to do some work, folks needing to be connected to the world and people who want to work at the airport.’” If you’re traveling from Tarrant County, you’ll have to wait a few more years before getting rail service from downtown Fort Worth to the airport’s Terminal B.
  • More than 20 food truck owners say the process to get a permit in Dallas is too difficult and they’re trying to get city officials to change ordinances that restrict where food trucks can operate. The Dallas Morning News reports that the vendors have formed the DFW Food Truck Association. “Allison Catalani, owner of new dessert food truck Vegan Noms, described the permitting process a few months back as ‘time-consuming,’ ‘strenuous’ and ‘nerve-racking,’’ the News reports. The group has set up an online petition. One vendor says the goal isn’t to complain, but to open up the streets.
  • The Dallas Museum of Art’s Arts & Letters Live series welcomes authors Claire Messud and Meg Wolitzer tonight at 7:30 for “The Ties That Bind,” a discussion on their careers and new works. Messud will discuss her newest novel The Woman Upstairs and Wolitzer will share insight from her new novel The Interestings at 7:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and to buy tickets.
  • Your happy hour margarita may start to cost more: There’s a lime shortage. “Think about what that means for Mexican food alone: limes are used in practically everything, from margaritas to ceviche to guacamole,” KUT in Austin reports. One restaurant general manager in Austin told KUT that he goes through at least one case of 100 limes a day – it used to cost $14. Last week, each case was up to $99. Why has the price skyrocketed? The answers are international. Some Mexican lime growers say crops are often burned instead of being paid so little by drug cartels. Others point to floods that have curbed lime production. And there have been crop plagues. But a professor told KUT that it’s also a matter of supply and demand: more people want limes, while fewer limes are being produced.
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Art&Seek Jr: Welcome Spring With These 4 Family-Friendly Activities

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.

This past weekend I got the bright idea to paint my bathroom. What seemed like an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy job, turned into a huge mess that killed our entire  weekend and is currently in a state of limbo because of peeling paint issues. Our house looks like a crime scene because of the fallout created from this one teensy project. Seriously, if my sister were to let herself into my house today, she’d call the police and start looking for the bodies. It’s that bad.  The truth comes out; I’m no Bob Vila.

There was one little bright spot in the whole painting fiasco. A sure sign of spring floated in the window while I was trying to rid the house of paint fumes. No, it wasn’t a robin’s song or a stray dandelion seed, it was one of those huge, dangly-legged, mosquito-like bugs. Some people call them mosquito hawks, but I think they’re actually called crane flies. We call them “cat potato chips” in our house because the cat loves to eat them. Anyway, as I saw the little insect flutter in the window I knew that the best days of Texas weather were upon us. Sadly, he got stuck in the fresh paint and then the cat ate him, but never mind, spring has finally sprung!

Herald the changing of the seasons with one of these kid-friendly activities.

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The High Five: NFL Getting Greedy, Piggish, Mark Cuban Says

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Mark Cuban vs. Jerry Jones on the NFL; a local journalist wants Bruce Springsteen to pull her onstage; look at the Final Four floor; and more.

  • Mark Cuban says the NFL is getting greedy by trying to expand TV games beyond Sundays and Mondays. The Dallas Mavericks’ owner said he believes the NFL is 10 years away from implosion. “Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered,” Cuban said. “And they’re getting hoggy. … When you got a good thing and you get greedy, it always, always, always, always, always turns against you.” That prompted a response from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “I respect Mark,’’ Jones said. “But with all due respect, I know more about pigs than Mark does. I was taught as a Razorback to be lean and mean, not a little fat pig.” Jones says an expanded TV schedule has boosted interest in the NFL. (ESPN/The Dallas Morning News)
  • The cleanup continues in Galveston Bay after an oil spill over the weekend. A collision between a barge and a ship caused as many as 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil to spill into the Houston Ship Channel and Gulf of Mexico. Here’s a look at where things stand. The Texas Tribune reports that the spill will take an economic and ecological toll: “The type of oil that spilled — a marine fuel oil known as RMG 380 — is black, sticky and particularly heavy. That means that instead of evaporating from the surface of the water like gasoline would, much of it will sink, persisting in the environment for months or even years. While this heavier oil is not acutely toxic, it can smother wildlife, to devastating effect.”
  • In Fort Worth, volunteers are transforming donated wedding dresses into angel gowns for babies who have passed away. Lisa Grubbs is the founder of NICU Helping Hands. She told WFAA-TV: “There’s something hopeful about that start of life, about a wedding, and to me, it’s that full circle. This child who is so loved by its parents, being wrapped in love by a bride.” Grubbs’s husband is a specialist for premature babies. She started NICU Helping Hands to help support parents. The death of a child is a sacred event and should be honored, she told WFAA. A single wedding dress can make a dozen of the angel gowns, the station reports. Many look like satin or silk christening gowns for baby dolls.
  • Vanessa Quilantan with the Dallas Observer is on a mission. She wants Bruce Springsteen to pull her onstage when he performs in Dallas April 6 as part of the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival. She lists her five reasons here. One reason: It would fulfill a childhood dream. “I am starting the #princesainthedark Twitter campaign (the name of which is a reference to my own Twitter handle and longtime nickname, Pronail Princesa),” Vanessa declares. “My goal is to get the attention of the increasingly social media-active Mr. Springsteen, in hopes that he will make my wildest of dreams come true (no weird stuff though, just dancing).” Bruuuuce! Help make Vanessa’s dreams come true.
  • Speaking of the Final Four, what does it take to make the Final Four floor for the upcoming games in Arlington? Find out in this cool video from Connor Sports aka “the official court supplier of the NCAA Men’s Final Four.”
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