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Dallas Theater Leader Jac Alder Has Died

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Jac Alder in Freud’s Last Session at Theatre Three.

Marty van Kleeck, managing director of Theatre Three, said Jac Alder died early this afternoon at Baylor Hospital. The cause was respiratory failure, although Alder had long suffered from chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). He had been taken to the hospital a month ago with breathing difficulty but had returned home to his Uptown-area condominium. Van Kleeck said it was a shock when he went back to Baylor two days ago because he seemed to be doing so well.

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Saturday Spotlight – A Farmers Market that Rocks

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For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re headed to Shipping and Receiving Bar in Fort Worth for the Rockin’ Farmers Market. Rockin’ Our Community is a food movement dedicated to providing local, fresh food to families in North Texas, and this is not your average farmers market – along with the normal fare found at a market, you’ll find local bands and handmade goods.

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DSO Moves Indoors For Both Sunday And Monday Free Concerts

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Bummer. We’re talking soggy fireworks here. Actually, no fireworks.

Because of the rain forecasts, both SOLUNA Festival‘s concluding free concert — which was to be held in Klyde Warren Park and finish off this first festival with a rousing bang — plus the DSO’s annual, free, Flagpole Hill Memorial Day Concert — will be moved indoors to the Meyerson Symphony Center.

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Ballet West – Of ‘Breaking Pointe’ TV Fame – Makes Its Debut In Dallas

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  • Ballet West on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. at the Winspear Opera House

TITAS just keeps rolling out the hits with its dance offerings this season. And the company they’re bringing in this month is the icing on the cake.

Maybe you’ve heard of them. They were the stars of a hit reality show on the CW, Breaking Pointe. They helped usher in a new wave of ballet lovers. They pretty much made ballet cool again. That company is Ballet West, and they will make their debut appearance in Dallas May 29-30 at the Winspear Opera House.

Their program has something for everyone, too, with works from George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Jodie Gates. Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, set to music by Mozart, is one of the most structurally unusual pieces from the choreographer. It showcases five principal women and three men, with an ensemble of eight women, and some very challenging and intricate choreography. Moving from Balanchine’s classicism, the company then presents Forsythe’s modern ballet, In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated. Originally created for the Paris Opera Ballet, it examines themes and variations in the strictest sense. Be prepared for a more academic but nonetheless beautifully danced piece, and a treat for those of us who enjoy puzzle-like games. Ballet West will end with a contemporary piece that promises to be unpredictable, clever, lively and quick: Gate’s Mercurial Landscapes takes the introductory term and personifies it.

I spoke with Artistic Director Adam Sklute as the company gears up to travel from the company’s home town, Salt Lake City, to Dallas next week.

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From Texas To Paris Back To Texas: Soluna’s Homecoming For A Ft. Worth Artist

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Monte Laster (in cap) conferring with Booker T. Washington students with his videographer Antoine Jamonneau (left) and the curatorial advisor, Muriel Quancard (right). Photos: Jerome Weeks

The Dallas Symphony’s Soluna Festival ends with a rousing finish this Sunday – a free concert in Klyde Warren Park. The concert will mark Memorial Day with patriotic and inspiring music and a dash of fireworks. It’ll also display short videos about immigrants and refugees, about why people come to America. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports the videos were compiled by an artist who actually left America.

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‘Mercy Killers’ Tackles Healthcare – And A Journey Of Love And Loss

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Michael Milligan in Mercy Killers. Photo: Amphibian Productions

 

Many of us know someone who has experienced a health crisis and the financial devastation it can bring. Now one such story is playing out on stage in Fort Worth. KERA’s Shelley Kenneavy visits Amphibian Stage for Mercy Killers. The play follows one couple’s journey through the healthcare system and explores how far a person might go to ease a loved one’s suffering.

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The Big Deal: TITAS Presents Ballet West

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Although Ballet West has toured the world several times over, the ballet company will be making its North Texas debut at the end of this month, part of the TITAS Presents series at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Based out of Salt Lake City, members of the dance troupe may seem familiar to some. Television viewers got a glimpse into the intense and competitive world of ballet when the dance company was featured in the reality series, Breaking Pointe, which aired on another station. Win tickets to see Ballet West on May 30, at the Winspear Opera House.

Now is also the perfect time to sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s On Broadway! concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center, and tickets to Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Fort Worth’s Casa Mañana.

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 see TITAS Presents Ballet West.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: On Broadway! Presented By Dallas Symphony Orchestra

 

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For their 2014/2015 Pops Series season finale, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will be joined by two-time Grammy Award-winning soprano, Sylvia McNair. The On Broadway! concert will highlight songs from Broadway’s greatest hits including selections from My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Camelot, A Little Night Music, and Jesus Christ Superstar. And that’s just the portion of the program before intermission! Enter to win a pair of tickets to the May 31 performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Dallas Arts District.

And while you are signing up for this Big Deal go ahead and sign up for our other Big Deals this week – tickets to TITAS Presents Ballet West at the AT&T Performing Arts center, and tickets to see Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story presented at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth.

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 see On Broadway! presented by the DSO.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal – Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story At Casa Mañana

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is the musical tribute to the iconic rock ‘n’ roll singer from Lubbock. Songs like Everyday, Peggy Sue, Maybe Baby, and It Doesn’t Matter Anymore will have the audience singing, toe tapping, and raising the domed roof at Casa Mañana when the rock musical opens there on May 30. That’ll Be the Day the winner of the this Big Deal will get to see the show, along with his or her guest, for free.

It’s So Easy – to go ahead and sign up for our other two Big Deals this week. Enter for a chance to see TITAS Presents Ballet West at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, or for the chance to see On Broadway! presented by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

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 see Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.

UPDATE:  We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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Art&Seek Jr: Even More Awesome Summer Camps!

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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.

Last week’s Junior on summer camps was very popular. It seems as though finding fun, stimulating activities for the kiddos during the summer break is a universal problem among parents.

No doubt this is definitely a topic worth repeating. So without further ado, here’s our second installment of camps extraordinaire. To make it super easy-peezy I’ve sorted the camps into categories.

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