Jerome Weeks http://keranews.org en Should These Poles In White Rock Lake Be Torn Down? http://keranews.org/post/should-these-poles-white-rock-lake-be-torn-down <p>Near the Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake, there’s a large semi-circle of poles standing in the water. They’re part of an environmental installation designed as rest stops for birds. It sounds peaceful enough, but artists, lake activists and neighborhood groups are sharply at odds over the bird roosts.</p><p>What triggered the dispute? The city’s lack of maintenance of the artwork.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:43:17 +0000 Jerome Weeks 47050 at http://keranews.org Should These Poles In White Rock Lake Be Torn Down? The Most Radical Addition to Oak Cliff Might Be A Bookstore http://keranews.org/post/most-radical-addition-oak-cliff-might-be-bookstore <p><span style="color: rgb(80, 80, 80); font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">E-books and Amazon and other industry changes have battered the traditional book trade. &nbsp;Which is why we don’t see many new bricks-and-mortar bookstores opening these days. But an independent bookstore just opened in Oak Cliff, and it’s an unusual one. </span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:59:37 +0000 Jerome Weeks 46593 at http://keranews.org The Most Radical Addition to Oak Cliff Might Be A Bookstore ‘The Fortress of Solitude’: Making A Musical Out Of Superheroes And Soul Music http://keranews.org/post/fortress-solitude-making-musical-out-superheroes-and-soul-music <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jonathan </span>Lethem’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> best-selling, award-winning novel,&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.amazon.com/Fortress-Solitude-Jonathan-Lethem/dp/0375724885/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1394494226&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=fortress+of+solitude" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Fortress of Solitude</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, premiers this week as a musical at the&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://artandseek.org/organization.php?id=715" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dallas Theater Center</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The musical follows two boys, one white, one black, growing up in the </span>‘70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in a Brooklyn full of graffiti, music, drugs – and superheroes. </span>KERA’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jerome Weeks sat down with the novelist before his appearance at&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://artandseek.org/organization.php?id=817" style="line-height: 1.5;">Arts &amp; Letters Live</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at the Dallas Museum of Art last month.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif;"> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:39:55 +0000 Jerome Weeks 46339 at http://keranews.org ‘The Fortress of Solitude’: Making A Musical Out Of Superheroes And Soul Music SMU Study Finds Gender Inequality In Art Museum Director’s Salaries http://keranews.org/post/smu-study-finds-gender-inequality-art-museum-director-s-salaries <p>Did you know that less than 43 percent of art museum directors are women? And the female directors, on average, are paid less than their male counterparts?</p><p>Those are among the findings of a joint study done by SMU’s National Center for Arts Research and the <a href="https://aamd.org/">Association of Art Museum Directors</a>. It found that female directors at museums with budgets of more than $15 million earn 71 cents for every $1 that male directors earn. At the same time, women who run art museums with smaller budgets do earn more than their male counterparts – annually, they earn 2 cents more.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:46:34 +0000 Jerome Weeks 46259 at http://keranews.org SMU Study Finds Gender Inequality In Art Museum Director’s Salaries Kimbell Acquires Multi-Million Dollar Dutch Landscape To Match Its Dutch Seascape http://keranews.org/post/kimbell-acquires-multi-million-dollar-dutch-landscape-match-its-dutch-seascape <p>The Kimbell Art Museum has bought a great Dutch landscape to go with its great Dutch seascape. The seascape just looked so lonely, you know? Now it’s part of a surf ‘n turf pair.</p><p>The Fort Worth museum announced that it has acquired <em>Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield</em>, painted around 1656 by the leading master of Dutch landscapes, Jacob van Ruisdael (he always signed, never dated, his paintings, which is why their dates of origin are usually vague).&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:25:59 +0000 Jerome Weeks 46258 at http://keranews.org Kimbell Acquires Multi-Million Dollar Dutch Landscape To Match Its Dutch Seascape Samurai Armors Are Works Of Art -- And On Display At The Kimbell http://keranews.org/post/samurai-armors-are-works-art-and-display-kimbell <p>An exhibition of some of the world’s finest samurai armor and weapons is at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.</p><p>We asked Kimbell curator Jennifer Casler Price to pick out her favorite samurai armor from the show -- and explain why she likes it so much.</p><p><em>Samurai</em>, which runs through Aug. 31, features more than 140 pieces from the collection of Dallasites Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:17:16 +0000 Jerome Weeks 45704 at http://keranews.org Samurai Armors Are Works Of Art -- And On Display At The Kimbell Turning A Financial Corner, Dallas Symphony To Launch New Festival And Artist-In-Residence http://keranews.org/post/turning-financial-corner-dallas-symphony-launch-new-festival-and-artist-residence <p>The Meyerson Symphony Center turns 25 this year, and the Dallas Symphony will be celebrating.</p><p>After several years of cutbacks and caution, good financial news has the DSO making more ambitious plans for its new season.</p><p>In addition, there are plans to launch an annual three-week music and arts festival in the Arts District, called Soluna. The name combines the Latin words for sun and moon, indicating the kind of round-the-clock activity the festival hopes to offer in May 2015 in the Arts District.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:56:22 +0000 Jerome Weeks 45439 at http://keranews.org Turning A Financial Corner, Dallas Symphony To Launch New Festival And Artist-In-Residence New SMU Study: NEA Grants Do Not Primarily Benefit The Rich http://keranews.org/post/new-smu-study-nea-grants-do-not-primarily-benefit-rich <p>Does the National Endowment for the Arts tend to benefit the wealthy?</p><p>Last year, a congressional committee report claimed NEA grants essentially transfer tax money from the poor to the rich. A new study from SMU challenges that claim.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:34:44 +0000 Jerome Weeks 44881 at http://keranews.org New SMU Study: NEA Grants Do Not Primarily Benefit The Rich Dallas Opera Simulcast To Showcase Bugs Bunny's Shenanigans http://keranews.org/post/dallas-opera-simulcast-showcase-bugs-bunnys-shenanigans <p>AT&amp;T Stadium in Arlington might seem like just a mecca for football, but for a week this spring, the pigskin gives way to alley-oops and arias. First comes the NCAA Final Four. That same week, the Dallas Opera presents a free simulcast on the stadium’s big screen.</p><p>On Tuesday, the opera announced its third simulcast at AT&amp;T Stadium -- and pulled back the curtain on the upcoming season. It includes some cartoon opera news.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 20:40:05 +0000 Jerome Weeks 44232 at http://keranews.org Dallas Opera Simulcast To Showcase Bugs Bunny's Shenanigans Review: Dallas Theater Center Presents New Version Of A Christmas Carol http://keranews.org/post/review-dallas-theater-center-presents-new-version-christmas-carol <p>For the first time in seven years — and the first time ever at the Wyly Theatre — the <a href="http://www.artandseek.org/organization.php?id=715">Dallas Theater Center </a>is presenting a new version of <em>A Christmas Carol</em>. Artistic director Kevin Moriarty’s stage adaptation stresses musical life – and the harsh economic forces at work in Charles Dickens’ story.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:48:36 +0000 Jerome Weeks 42444 at http://keranews.org Review: Dallas Theater Center Presents New Version Of A Christmas Carol