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 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...

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...

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...

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