News and Features

The Big Screen: The Decline of Western Civilization

Darby Crash of the Germs in The Decline of Western Civilization. Photo: Shout Factory

Darby Crash of the Germs in The Decline of Western Civilization. Photo: Shout Factory

BIG SCREEN LOGO FOR POSTIn 1980, documentarian Penelope Spheeris turned her camera on the hardcore punk scene in Los Angeles. Later, she captured the 80s hair-metal trend before returning to punk to create the Decline of Western Civilization trilogy. Spheeris will visit the Texas Theatre this weekend to show the newly-restored films, and this week, we talk about these works of rock ‘n’ roll anthropology.

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

Leave a comment

The Big Deal: Dallas Theater Center’s Moonshine, That Hee Haw Musical


Hee, Haw! Hee, Haw! The Dallas Theater Center will open the upcoming season with the world premiere of Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical. If you haven’t guessed yet, the musical comedy is based on the successful, long-running variety TV show. With music and lyrics by Grammy recognized Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, Moonshine tells the story of hometown girl Misty Mae as she travels to the big city to follow her dreams. You can see the irreverent and spirited zaniness that unfolds at the Wyly Theatre with a pair of tickets to the Sept. 4 performance.

Be sure you take the time now to sign up for our other Big Deal this week – the Samuel F. B. Morse and Esther Pearl Watson souvenir books from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to win tickets to Moonshine, That Hee Haw Musical presented by the Dallas Theater Center.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.



Leave a comment

The Big Deal: Souvenir Books From the Amon Carter Museum Of American Art

BD morse 577x600

For this Big Deal, enter to win not one, but two souvenir books from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The books are the perfect guides as you explore the two one-work exhibitions currently on display at the museum.

Most people know Samuel F. B. Morse as the inventor of the telegraph and Morse code, but he was also a very accomplished painter. While in living in Paris, Morse painted, Gallery of the Louvre. In the six feet by 9 feet painting, Morse carefully reproduced 38 European masterpieces – and he painted them in miniature. He selected works he believed would be important in educating an American audience. You will have to hurry up and catch this one. Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention is on view until August 23.

BD watson 577x433 resized 300 2Esther Pearl Watson is a contemporary artist who was commissioned by the Amon Carter Museum in their ongoing effort to showcase Texas artists and their contributions to modern American Art. Watson’s mural-size painting (approximately 13 feet by 10 feet) pays homage to her Texas roots. Pasture Cows Crossing Indian Creek, Comanche, Texas, Looking for the old Civilian Fort of 1851, North of Gustine and a mile west of Baggett Creek Church, will hang in the atrium of the museum through May 30, 2016. Be sure to look for the flying saucer!

Sign up here first, then sign up for our other offering this week, tickets to see Dallas Theater Center’s world premiere of Moonshine, That Hee Haw Musical.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to win these companion books from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.



Leave a comment

Flickr Photo Of The Week

No Comments
Categorized Under: Visual Arts


Congratulations to Laura Rivera of Arlington, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest. This is Laura’s second time to win our little contest. Her last victory came in May of this year. She follows last week’s winner, Aamir Muhammad Naeem of Doha, Qata.

9385106744_394931d060_oIf 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 Laura.

Title of photo: Windmill at Hwy 287 and Walnut Grove in Midlothian

Equipment: Sony a7 with an old Nikon Nikkormat 50mm lens from the 70’s

Tell us more about your photo:  I took this photo while at one of the Midlothian Classic Wheels Cruise-In nights. I took a break from photographing fenders and tail lights for a second to get this.

I like to take pictures of windmills like this because I grew up seeing very few of them in the area of New Jersey that I’m from–so even though I have been in Texas for more than ten years, they are still novel to me.

Leave a comment

An Icon At 50: NorthPark’s Artworks

Today, NorthPark Center marks its 50th anniversary. KERA has been looking at how a shopping mall became a Dallas icon. This time, Jerome Weeks takes a walk through NorthPark’s celebrated art collection.

If you listen closely — past the echo-y sounds of NorthPark just getting open, the cleaners still mopping — you can hear the whirr and click of the electric motors that power the Five Hammering Men. These are the larger-than-life, black, metal-and-wood figures created by artist Jonathan Borofsky in 1982. They stand in the South Court at North Park, always quietly hammering away, never seeming to get their work done.

Read More »

Leave a comment

Massive di Suvero Sculpture Dismantled in Arts District


Dismantling the di Suvero. Photo: Dane Walters

The Dallas Arts District lost a major art work today.  The towering red sculpture at Woodall Rodgers and Pearl was dismantled.  The piece by Mark di Suvero is called Proverb, and it’s been on the lawn next to the Meyerson Symphony Center since 2002.  It was supposed to be a 3-year loan, part of a partnership between the Nasher family and The Dallas Symphony Foundation. It’s being removed now because the Symphony sold the land earlier this year to the developer Lincoln Property, which plans an office tower on the site. Di Suvero was on site today, advising the work crews. The piece will be returned to him.

Dane Walters has been watching – and videotaping – the process. Check back tomorrow for that.

di suvero complete

“Proverb” before dismantling. Photo: Jerome Weeks.


Leave a comment

Forth Worth Gives $25,000 To Help New Opera Make a Splash

No Comments
Categorized Under: Fort Worth Arts, Music, Theater

Fort Worth Opera will receive a $25,000 grant from the city to help spread the word about the world premiere of  JFK, commissioned to open 2016’s Fort Worth Opera Festival. Fort Worth’s Promotion and Development Fund awarded the grant.

Photograph by Verner Reed, Verner Reed Collection, Historic New England Composer, David T. Little | Librettist, Royce Vavrek

Photograph by Verner Reed, Verner Reed Collection, Historic New England Composer, David T. Little | Librettist, Royce Vavrek

“This investment in our company from the Mayor and the City tells me that they believe Fort Worth Opera is producing work that has a lasting, positive impact on our city,”  said General Director Darren K. Woods, in a press release.

In 2007, the Opera received a similar grant for promotions as it transitioned from a traditional stagione – or season –  style to its current festival format, said Holland Sanders, Director of Marketing and Communications for the company. This year’s grant will help the company promote JFK in regional and national markets.

JFK, by David T.  Little and Royce Vavrek, explores the hours President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, spent between their arrival at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth and his assassination in Dallas the next day. It opens the Fort Worth Opera Festival at Bass Performance Hall on April 23, 2016.

Leave a comment

Art&Seek Jr: 6 More Things To Do With The Kids Before Summer Is Over

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.

Although you’d never know it by the current outside temperature, summer is almost over for the kiddos. Yep, if the wee ones haven’t already started school, they’re definitely going back next week. But don’t worry, there’s still time to get in an adventure or two before the tardy bell rings. Continuing on our things-do-before-summer-is-over theme, here are 6 more family-friendly events to make this a summer to remember.

Read More »

Leave a comment

An Icon At 50: NorthPark’s Architecture

np20corridorNorthPark Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week. And we’re taking a look at how the mall became an icon of Dallas.  KERA’s Jerome Weeks says it actually starts with NorthPark’s architecture.

There are plenty of other shopping malls that are fancier and newer than NorthPark.

Read More »

Leave a comment

Four Finalists Chosen For Updating Dallas Arts District Plan

from one artssmall

The view of the Arts District from One Arts Plaza. Photo: Jerome Weeks

The Dallas Arts District — the group that manages the 17-acre area as part of Downtown Dallas — has chosen four design firms as finalists for updating the more than 30-year-old Sasaki Plan, the original layout and guide for developing the district approved by the City Council. The four finalists include Sasaki Associates itself as well as Stoss and Shop, Boston and New York firms who also participated in The Connected City Design Challenge, a competition for proposals to link the city’s downtown core with its riverfront, somehow bypassing our tangle of freeways and the entire issue of the Trinity Tollway.

The four firms will make presentations in Dallas August 20th to a “diverse advisory committee,” which will then make a recommendation — and start the bureaucratic selection process that will possibly wend its way to the Dallas City Council, as per the “current Downtown Dallas 360 Plan adopted by the Dallas City Council in 2013.”

When it comes to sparking high-grade commercial real estate development of what was a fairly benighted quarter of downtown as well as, oh yes, getting leading arts groups like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Symphony, the Dallas Theater Center and the Dallas Opera together in one area and helping them put up some major new digs, the Sasaki Plan has been an undoubted success. But issues not dealt with in the plan include the fact that, in making Flora Street the ‘backbone’ of the district, the plan did not address the powerful traffic flows on Pearl Street and Ross Avenue, which truly bisect the District, instead of Flora, and in the process, inhibit pedestrian access from parking lots to arts facilities. Also, the original plan never anticipated anything like the Perot Museum, which has become a major attraction in the area but is not actually in the District and is seriously separated from it by, oh, all of Woodall Rodgers. How to integrate those crowds and the ones coming to Klyde Warren Park into a District made up mostly of separate, silo-ed, mostly car-friendly arts towers?

Conceivably, the new plan might even call for encouraging more retail and affordable housing in the area and — while we’re wishing for ponies –the completion of the Dallas City Performance Hall, which, as originally planned, included two small black-box theaters. The lack of them has left smaller dance and theater organizations in the lurch, essentially excluded from the Arts District and keeping it a ‘Big Arts Groups Only’ neighborhood. This isn’t a matter of fairness; it reflects a serious need to bring more activity, life and diversity to an area increasingly representative of the rest of downtown: stubbornly sterile and only-for-the-wealthy. Inventive, multi-arts events like Aurora and the success of food trucks in the area have demonstrated the serious need for cross-arts planning as well as wide public interest in using the District as the Sasaki Plan intended: strolling, eating, mingling, enjoying cultural activities.

The trick will be in finding ways that urban planning can actually make this a daily or at least weekly occurrence instead of the rarity it is.

The full release:


Diverse Community Stakeholders to Provide Advice on Final Selection

The Dallas Arts District has selected four finalists in its search for an urban planning firm to design a new Community Development Plan that will update and restructure the Sasaki Plan, which has guided the district’s development since the early 1980s.

The four finalist firms are:

  •   NBBJ, Boston
  •   Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA / Fregonese Associates, Portland
  •   Shop Architects, New York City
  •   Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston /Interface Studio LLC, Philadelphia

“This is a very exciting time to be in Dallas, especially with the growing and changing dynamics downtown,” said Max Anderson, Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Dallas Arts District organization. “These four firms seem best able to capture the vision and spirit of the Dallas Arts District, and provide a realistic and visionary platform for the decades of opportunity in front of us.”The four finalist firms will meet in Dallas August 20 with members of a diverse community advisory committee. The firms will make presentations to the group, which will then make a recommendation to the Arts District Infrastructure and Planning Committee. The Infrastructure Committee and the Arts District Executive Committee will make the final selection in late August.

Once the firm is selected, the planning process will include the cultural, business, residential, City of Dallas, artist, transportation, urban planning, educational and religious communities in and around the Arts District. This will be done within the framework of the current Downtown Dallas 360 Plan adopted by the Dallas City Council in 2013, and in conjunction with the 360 Plan update process that is currently under way.

The Sasaki Plan is currently the planning guide for the District, but is more than 30 years old and has not been updated since its creation. Important updates were recommended in a plan created by Fregonese Associates in 2007, and while accepted by the Dallas City Council, the plan never became law.

The Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous, urban cultural district in the country and has become a cultural and economic showcase for the city attracting millions of visitors each year. The area in and around the Arts District has seen tremendous growth, especially in the last five years. The district, which is leading and wants the selected firm to create a planning foundation to continue that momentum in a way that enhances the district’s cultural assets, improves the urban infrastructure and connects with surrounding neighborhoods.

Key projects include ways to make the heavily-used Pearl Street more pedestrian and visitor friendly and finding safe connections between the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Arts District cultural venues and Klyde Warren Park – all major visitor attractions for Dallas.

Leave a comment
Page 9 of 1,010« First...7891011...203040...Last »