October 19, 2019

People's Revolt's debut networking event, Business After Hours is coming to the Rooftop Event Spot in Downtown Plano on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. The one-of-a-kind networking experience celebrates the process of breaking down the barriers and creating genuine relationships amongst business professionals through ice breakers, interactive activations, and purposeful conversation starters. It focuses on one universal experience: connecting. 

The concept for Business After Hours was largely inspired by the innate need for connections - both business and personal - between individuals. The mission of the event focuses on assisting in exploring three different avenues of relationship building: networking, friendship, and dating. Attendees can expect drinks, light bites, desserts, photo booth installations, headshots, tunes by DJ Snacks, and creative activities sponsored by See's Candies.

I will see you there! Purchase tickets here.

October 19, 2019

Photo by Karen Almond

Mozart's The Magic Flute just premiered at the Dallas Opera on October 18th, and it was magnificent! A story that truly combines everything we love from fairytales - a prince and princess in love, an evil sorcerer, terrifying beasts, magic, comedy, and rich symbolism! Although The Magic Flute premiered in 1791, is set in ancient Egypt, and sung in German, its overarching themes are timeless, with reason and love triumphing over irrationality and evil. My personal favorites from The Magic Flute included the opening scene with the Three Ladies, Papageno's entire performance, and the Queen of the Night’s spectacular aria. I highly recommend seeing this in person, both opera expert or newcomer will be enamored by the storybook setting and performance. Running approximately 3 hours, The Magic Flute is a perfect start to the 2019/2020 season at the Dallas Opera.

Performances of The Magic Flute continue on October 20(m), 23, 26, and November 1 (The Enrico Foundation Perfor...

October 19, 2019

If you know how excited I am about opera, my love for the Dallas Symphony should be no surprise! Dallas Chamber Symphony, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay, will launch its eighth season with a dynamic concert, “Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto 2,” featuring works by three French composers. Celebrating its centenary this year, Maurice Ravel’s (1875-1937) neo-baroque orchestral suite (1919), Le Tombeau de Couperin, will start the program. Renowned pianist Christopher Goodpasture will then solo with orchestra on Camille Saint-Saëns’ (1835-1921) dramatic Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (1868). Francis Poulenc’s innovative and lively Sinfonietta (1947) concludes the program. Presented together, the works are demonstrative of the transformation of turn-of-the-twentieth century Parisian tastes from the conservativism of late-romantic Saint-Saëns, through the flexible, diplomatic and more modern Ravel, to the more free-spirited and avant-garde Poulenc.

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October 16, 2019

It's time to explore some of the wonderful art Dallas has to offer with the experts - the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas! CADD is excited to announce the November 2nd Bus Tour hosted by CADD members Holly Johnson Gallery and Cris Worley Fine Arts at 1845 East Levee Street. Initiated in 2010, these popular bus tours offer participants unique access to Dallas’ most esteemed sites for contemporary art. Guests are provided light refreshments along the way and transported to each location on a private, luxury bus. Previous tours have included visits to the art collection of Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium, corporate art collections, architecturally significant homes and prestigious private collections, as well as many artist's studios. This bus tour is highly exclusive and limited to 20 guests - you will be visiting private homes and art collections so this is definitely an intimate experience! Tickets are $125 each and all proceeds help support CADD Bus Tour programming, the annual CADD Fund, an...

October 16, 2019

Photo by Karen Almond​ 

Are you ready for a big dose of culture? The Dallas Opera opens its 2019-2020 "Standing Ovation" Season on a high note this Friday with The Linda and Mitch Hart Season Opening Night Performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s final operatic masterpiece,The Magic Flute. The October 18, 2019 performance in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will begin at 8:00 p.m. (note the special curtain time) with subsequent performances at the usual times. As always, you'll catch me at the opening, and if you can't make it, visit my Instagram @czarina_ekaterina for an insider view on the show and after-party!
 

Conducted by Emmanuel Villaume (The Mrs. Eugene McDermott Music Director of The Dallas Opera) and directed by Kyle Lang (Ann Stuart Stage Director) in his company debut, The Eleanor Ford Penrose Mainstage Production boasts a superb international cast of singers who have...

October 13, 2019

Our favorite time of the year! The heat is gone, Halloween is approaching, and...the Dallas Opera season is about to begin! Before it does, the Dallas Opera hosts a yearly event to celebrate all of their patrons that support the arts and allow them to sell tickets as low as $15 for students and ~$30 for young professionals. Without their generous support, there would be no opera!

As always, The Dallas Opera Patron Party was a fabulous affair! Hosted at the gorgeous home of Lisa and David Genecov, announcements included the news of a partnership with the Dallas Zoo and the presence of 2 and 4-legged animals at the First Night gala on October 18th. My personal wish is a tiger or bear, but I have yet to see a live grizzly and opera mix. This year's party was catered by the Spice of Life, and vodka distillery Wayward Son.

The incredible performance of the night was by singer Diana Newman, who sings the role of the First Lady in the Dallas Opera's upcoming production of THE MAGIC FLUTE (...

October 13, 2019

Ok, not RETNA exactly. That is to say, the RETNA that has catapulted from graffiti to fine art with his signature text-based work is not in Dallas. Rather, the man behind the name, Marquis Duriel Lewis, is exhibiting a new style that strays from text and into vivid portraiture that you'll see at the Goss-Michael Foundation. This exhibition is the first of many art-focused experiences by Dallas-based art collective, Artinity, created by Max Trowbridge, Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss.

In the past the Los Angeles-based artist has found fame in his text-based graffiti works, fetching up to $180,000 for his works and working with Chanel, Nike, and Louis Vuitton. While RETNA's style resembles modern hieroglyphics, as you can see here covering the side of the Restoration Hardware store in New York, Lewis creates abstract expressionist pieces inspired by freedom and fluidity.

This dynamic exhibition, titled “Dovetail Mortises & La Peluca Grande”, is far removed from his linear text-based wo...

July 16, 2019

This fall, the Meadows Museum, SMU, will present two new exhibitions that bring exemplary works by masters of Spanish painting to the US. Beginning on September 15, the Meadows will present 11 paintings produced by some of Spain’s most celebrated artists, drawn from the collection of England’s The Bowes Museum. Curated by Amanda Dotseth, El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from The Bowes Museum will mark the first time that works from that museum will travel to the US. Then, on October 18, the Meadows will open Sorolla in the Studio: An Exceptional Loan from an Important Spanish Collection, which will examine the development of Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida’s distinctive modern approach. The exhibition is anchored by the artist’s 1902 painting Female Nude, which is privately-owned and being brought to the US for the first time in more than 100 years. Curated by Meadows Curatorial Fellow Daniel Ralston, Sorolla in the Studio will also include paintings and works on paper by th...

July 8, 2019

IDEAL CONTAGION suggests a much-needed respite from technology as a force or mechanism for acceleration, disruption, and interruption, in favor of largely monochromatic primary structures in a quiet, contemplative key. The exhibition as a whole suggests a looming middle future where our current tsunami of data and information—largely blank, implacable and bewildering—is seamlessly internalized by each individual artist as a kind of liquid anima, which in turn becomes the material substrate of their work.

In this manner, technology is subsequently transformed from a passing zeitgeist fetish—subject to cool and distant appraisal or critique—into something inscribed on, or within, the artist’s own body, buried bone-deep, etched like algorithmic scrimshaw into the far recesses of his or her own mind. It is this “human circuit” which IDEAL CONTAGION seeks to foreground and address.

Additionally, each artist in the exhibition signals a modernist categorical imperative familiar to main...

June 4, 2019

Chefs from nine Trinity Groves restaurants will go head to head competing to see who creates the best new bite. Guests will walk in and out of our side-by-side restaurants sampling these nine new dishes that our Chefs will be unveiling on this night only. At the end of the night, guests can vote for the “Best Bite” and crown the winning chef! Buy tickets here.

For $49, guests get:
- Nine tickets, to simply walk up and claim the bites at the nine participating restaurants (no line to pay!)
- Wine and cocktail samples (only for 21+)
- Menu and map card to guide the walk-around
- The one-night-only experience of being part of this competition with great music and ambiance as well as a photographer to capture the memories

Guests should arrive between 6-7:30pm to check in. At check in, guests will be given the menu and map card along with 9 tickets to present to each restaurant in exchange for the bites. Those over 21 years old, will receive a wristband to enjoy wine and cocktail samples. T...

June 4, 2019

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces the annual Parks Concert series. These family-friendly concerts are FREE and open to the public and will be presented in Dallas-area parks stretching from North to South Dallas. Guest Conductor Ruth Reinhardt will lead the DSO in a program featuring light classics, patriotic tunes and other popular fare.

The 2019 Parks Concerts will kick off with the annual Memorial Day concert and fireworks display at Flag Pole Hill Park on May 27, 2019. The DSO will appear at Crawford Park in Pleasant Grove on May 29, 2019, Fretz Park in Far North Dallas on June 4, 2019, and Kidd Springs Park in Oak Cliff on June 6, 2019. The final DSO Parks Concert of the season will be at Paul Quinn College on June 11, 2019.

“We are proud to serve the Dallas community and meet our neighbors at the annual Parks Concerts,” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Orchestra President & CEO. “The DSO enjoys the opportunity to perform for everyone around the city and share the experi...

June 4, 2019

The temperature isn't the only thing heating up in DFW! We've compiled a short selection of fun events in June to make you brave the weather and enjoy our beautiful city and all it has to offer!

Aladdin the Hit Broadway Musical 

June 6-23

Music Hall at Fair Park

Our favorite carpet-riding adventurer is back as part of Dallas Summer Musicals. Relive the beautiful score and magic in person!

The Play That Goes Wrong

June 11-16

Winspear Opera House

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Broadway & London’s award-winning smash comedy! Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “TONS OF FUN FOR ALLAGES” (HuffPost) and “COMIC GOLD” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!...

May 29, 2019

A culinary adventure awaits you at the 33rd annual Taste of Dallas, taking place June 7-9 at Dallas Market Hall. Taste of Dallas 2019 will debut a host of new restaurants and beverage attractions, including "Whiskies of the World", an international selection of 200 whiskies. In addition to a robust restaurant selection, this year they will feature over 200 chefs, restaurants, brand ambassadors, sponsors, and exhibitors taking part in dozens of engaging and interactive activations. Taste of Dallas is by far my favorite summer event, so if you haven't had the pleasure of experiencing copious amounts of mouthwatering cuisine and enchanting elixirs yet, buy your tickets ASAP here.

And NEW for 2019….. .Mission Restaurant Supply presents the El Centro College Mentor Cooking Competition promoting careers in the culinary arts. The competition will pit two teams against each other comprised of a well-known chef, who will serve as a mentor, and a high school or college student. Chefs pa...

May 22, 2019

Oak Cliff Film Festival is excited to announce the Feature Program lineup for the 8th annual edition of the festival, taking place June 6-9, 2019 at the historic Texas Theatre, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Kessler Theater, and numerous other venues around Dallas’ vibrant Oak Cliff neighborhood. Featuring the very best of Oak Cliff’s historic theater venues, the festival also highlights the area’s popular restaurants, bars, and small businesses, and seeks to showcase and cultivate the best of independent and brave filmmaking in Texas and beyond. This year’s schedule is comprised of 28 feature-length films, with 13 of the films having their Texas premiere at this year’s festival. The festival also includes 36 short films, opening and closing night parties, filmmaking workshops, live music events with sets from E.B. The Younger (featuring Eric Pulido of Midlake) and Jacob Metcalf, and much more!

“We welcome movie goers and film fans to another Oak Cliff Film Festival! The diverse neighborho...

The Dallas Opera closed its season with a hilarious rendition of Verdi's Falstaff, a comic opera centered on Shakespeare's shining character Falstaff, a drunken knight that has seen better days. This is the first time Falstaff has been presented by The Dallas Opera in its 60-year history. Although an unconventional choice to close the season, Falstaff delivered non-stop laughs, beautiful performances, and staging with perfect comedic timing. I can honestly say I had a smile on my face for the entire performance, laughing at Falstaff's false self-confidence at his skill in wooing women, his drunk acquaintances, and the giddy wives' plotting and revenge. This was a true delight and a thoroughly enjoyable performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat and laughing the whole night through. Additional performances on April 28, May 1 and May 4 with tickets starting at $19 on the Dallas Opera website.

The last of Verdi's 28 masterpieces with a libretto by Arrigo Boito, Falst...

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