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The High Five: Architect James Richärd Speaks Tonight In Dallas

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Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti. Texas Tribune/TDCJ

Texas death row inmate Scott Panetti.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a death row inmate is set to be executed; Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will run for re-election; the fight between Dallas chefs and a restaurant critic gets national publicity; and more. 

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Dallas Wins The ArtPrize: A Conversation With Ariel Saldivar

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This year, the ArtPrize jury and the public agreed this piece, “Intersections,” was a winner. The artist is Anila Agha, who got her MFA from UNT and now teaches in Indianapolis.

The small town of Grand Rapids, Michigan has made a splash in the art world, thanks to ArtPrize. Over a thousand artists from around the world compete every year for two huge  cash prizes,  and the event attracts almost a half million visitors. Last week, it was announced that Dallas will be the first city allowed to replicate the Grand Rapids model. Ariel Saldivar quit her job as assistant director of Goss Michael Foundation to work on ArtPrize Dallas. She lays out the plan to turn office buildings, restaurants and other venues in and around downtown into venues for an art festival and competition in 2016.

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The Big Deal: Andrea Bocelli At The American Airlines Center

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Photo: American Airlines Center

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli’s is equally at home on an opera stage as he is in an intimate recital hall. The crossover artist has had television concert specials and has had pop hits, including duets with Celine Dione and Sarah Brightman. Bocelli’s U.S. tour has him making a stop here in Dallas for one night. Joining Bocelli will be conductor Eugene Kohn and the Dallas Festival Orchestra, soprano Maria Aleida, featured violinist Caroline Campbell, and actress/singer Heather Headley. Sign up to win tickets to the Dec. 11 concert at the American Airlines Center.

And wait, this is no time to say goodbye.  If you like this Big Deal, you might also be interested in signing for a chance to see The Met Live in HD: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Galaxy Theatre in Dallas, or sign up for tickets to see The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at WaterTower Theatre in Addison.

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 Andrea Bocelli.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: The Great American Trailer Park Christmas At WaterTower Theatre

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Photo: WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre in Addison will present the regional premiere of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. The new holiday production is the sequel to smash hit original The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Yes, the familiar residents, plus a few new ones, from Armadillo Acres – Florida’s most exclusive trailer park – are back just in time to fill your holiday season with warmth and beer. Do keep in mind when you sign up to win tickets for the Dec. 10th performance that this trailer park holiday extravaganza contains adult language and content.

And while you are signing up for this Big Deal go ahead and sign up for other offerings this week – tickets to see Andrea Bocelli at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, or tickets to see The Met Live in HD: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Galaxy Theatre in Dallas.

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 Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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The Big Deal: The Met Live in HD: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg At The Galaxy Theatre

This is the ninth season of the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series The Met: Live in HD shown in select cinemas nationwide. Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is the next production up in the series and will be presented live on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Galaxy Theatre in Dallas.  For this Big Deal win a pair of tickets to Wagner’s epic comedy starring an international cast of ‘master singers’ conducted by the legendary James Levine.

And if you like this Big Deal you might want to sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to see Andrea Bocelli at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, or tickets to see The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at WaterTower Theatre in Addison.

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 Met Live in HD: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing!

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Art&Seek Jr: Free Holiday Events To Lift Your Spirit

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.

For me, shopping during the holidays is a complete beat down. I think they need an express lane in stores for customers who are just doing ordinary, everyday shopping and don’t wish to get swept away in holiday shopping mayhem.

Case in point, for some crazy reason I thought Friday would be an excellent day to “pop into” the local craft store for glue sticks for the hot glue gun. With all of the Thanksgiving excitement, the kids pulled several door knobs off the doors. I guess the idea of Santa being only three weeks away activates some sort of super-human strength in children. Anyway, when it got up to three broken doors, I decided a trip to the craft store was necessary. My naivete must have been working overtime Friday because I also thought it would be “fun” to take the kids along on my errand.

The craft store was bedlam. You’d think people were preparing for the apocalypse instead of the holidays. I swear I saw one employee in the dried flower section mouth the words “help me.” At one point, I got separated from the children only to find them testing whoopee cushions in the scrapbooking aisle. After waiting for what seemed like an eternity in a line that snaked around the store, I finally escaped the chaos with my glue sticks clutched triumphantly to my chest.

But the Black Friday madness wasn’t done with me yet. As we headed into the parking lot, and I was lighting into the kids about how testing whoopee cushions isn’t appropriate anywhere but their uncle’s house, I tripped over a parking lot stop and did a not-so-graceful dive into the asphalt — glue sticks, and all.

Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

Don’t let the holiday madness get you down. Here are some ideas for FREE  fun that are guaranteed to put you back in the holiday spirit.  Read More »

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NEA Grants $297,000 To Nine North Texas Arts Groups

NEA-logo-colorAnd a hefty one-third of that $297,000 total goes to a single group, Big Thought for its Dallas City of Learning project, intended “to make imagination a part of everyday student learning.”

The NEA announced its Art Works grants for 2015 today, with a total of $29 million for arts projects across the country. Forty-three grants were for Texas-based groups, making up nearly $1.4 million dollars for the entire state.

In addition to the $100,000 going to Big Thought, the other top-line recipients include the Nasher Sculpture Center ($60,000) for its career-long retrospective tour of the works of pioneering African-American artist Melvin Edwards and the Dallas Opera ($50,000) for its world-premiere production of Everest, a one-act opera by composer Joby Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer.  In Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Opera will receive $20,000 for its regional premiere of the post-apocalyptic opera, Dog Days, while in Denton, UNT has won $20,000 for an unusual world premiere, INSTRUMENT: One Antarctic Night, an interactive, multi-disciplinary work that will “allow the public to remix astrophysics data in real time as unique visual and sound compositions.”

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Dallas Arts District Foundation Awards $14G In Grants

sign1The Dallas Arts District grants are designed to encourage and support ‘new and inclusive’ artworks in the downtown area. The  foundation has been doing the encouraging thing since 1977.

The seven recipients this year have been awarded money for performances and programs scheduled in the Dallas Arts District in 2015. Alphabetically, they are the Bruce Wood Dance Project, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, the Dance Council of North Texas, the Fine Arts Chamber Players, the Undermain Theater and the Voices of Change.

The events range from the Free Bancroft Family Concerts at the Dallas Museum of Art, put on by the Fine Arts Chamber Players, to the series, Undermain Reads, also at the DMA, and the Dallas Institute’s Festival of Ideas. All the details can be found here at the DAD’s own website – including info on how to apply for the grants next year.

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Flickr Photo Of The Week

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Congratulations to Cindy Higby of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. This is the second time Cindy has won of our little contest. Her last win was back in June. She follows our previous week’s winner John Johnson of Fort Worth.

flickr winnerIf 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.

Now here’s more from Cindy.

Title of photo:  Self Portrait

Equipment:  Nikon D 610, using a 50mm prime

Tell us more about your photo:  I was at the end of a long day of shooting street photography in Dallas and that was my last shot walking back to my car. I was really tired and just looking down thinking about Vivian Maier and there was my reflection. I tried to frame it with crusty street edges and capture the light in an interesting way like she did.

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Last Chance to Catch Contemporary Work From UAE

For the last six weeks, North Texas has been host to a collection of works by contemporary artists from the United Arab Emirates. KERA’s Doualy Xaykaothao reports “Past Forward” is a traveling exhibition about cultural diplomacy.

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The UAE is a young country in the Middle East, made up of seven Islamic states. Before its oil boom, before the tall skyscrapers and indoor skiing, there was a grassroots art scene says Emirati native Dana  Al Marashi.

“The art scene actually dates back to the 1950’s…This was even before the UAE was first established.”
She’s a cultural historian at the UAE Embassy in Washington DC, and has helped to select the fifty artworks now in North Texas.

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