Jerome Weeks

Producer-Reporter, Art&Seek

Jerome Weeks is the Art&Seek producer-reporter for KERA. A professional critic for more than two decades, he was the book columnist for The Dallas Morning News for ten years and the paper’s theater critic for ten years before that. His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, American Theatre and Men’s Vogue magazines.

Mr. Weeks was an entertainment reporter for the Houston Post and an associate editor for Third Coast magazine. He has won five Katie Awards from the Dallas Press Club, a graduate journalism fellowship from Columbia University and a Knight Digital Media Fellowship to the University of California-Berkeley. He has appeared on Studio 360, C-SPAN’s Booknotes and the PBS documentary Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater. Mr. Weeks is a member of both the National Book Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association, and was recently named a fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.


Arts & Culture
2:21 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Cliburn Piano Winner And TCU Professor José Feghali Has Died

José Feghali played Van Cliburn Memorial Concert at Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth in February.
Max Faulkner Fort Worth Star-Telegram

José Feghali, a pianist and TCU professor who won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in the 1980s, has died. He was 53. 

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1:16 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Rick Lowe, Nasher Artist-In-Residence, Wins MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Grant

Rick Lowe, the Nasher Sculpture Center’s first artist-in-residence, has won a $625,000 MacArthur Foundation fellowship – the so-called “genius” grant.
Allison V. Smith

Rick Lowe, the Nasher Sculpture Center’s first artist-in-residence, has won a $625,000 MacArthur Foundation fellowship – the so-called “genius” grant.

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11:49 am
Tue September 9, 2014

What Will The Meyerson Be Like At 50?

Diana Sofia Zavala, a Young Strings student
Dallas Symphony

The Meyerson was built to last – its acoustics and its modernist style have not aged. But what will the next 25 years hold? The Art&Seek series Secrets of the Meyerson continues with a look at how the Meyerson's future is tied to the future of classical music.

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Arts & Culture
4:24 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Explore The Secrets Of The Meyerson Symphony Center

The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas turns 25 this year.
Dane Walters/KERA KERA

A concert hall to rival the best in the world.

In 1989, planners set the stakes high for the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. They persevered through two bond elections, a recession and public protests.

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6:59 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Using Art To Get Better

Rachel Nash in her Deep Ellum photo gallery.
Jerome Weeks KERA News

The Crow Collection of Asian Art has been expanding, adding a sculpture garden, moving its gift shop. It’s also expanded its mission. The art museum is addressing the links between art and health – and so is a brand-new art gallery in Deep Ellum.

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Arts & Culture
6:58 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Bruce Wood, Prominent North Texas Choreographer, Has Died

Bruce Wood, a prominent North Texas choreographer, has died. He was 53.

The founder of the Bruce Wood Dance Project, perhaps the most esteemed choreographer in North Texas, has died of complications from pneumonia and heart failure. He was 53.

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Arts & Culture
1:18 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Watch Maya Angelou Recite 'Still I Rise' In KERA 1992 Documentary

Maya Angelou was featured in a 1992 KERA documentary 'Kindred Spirits: Contemporary African-American Artists.'

Poet, autobiographer, activist and essayist Maya Angelou died earlier today at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86.

In 1992, KERA taped Angelou at her home reading her poem, “Still I Rise,” for the documentary, Kindred Spirits: Contemporary African-American Artists. (See the video below.)

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Arts & Culture
10:43 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Should These Poles In White Rock Lake Be Torn Down?

The White Rock Lake Water Theater isn't just a rest stop for birds - it's art. But it's falling apart. Artists, lake activists and neighborhood groups disagree over what to do with the aging installation.

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.

What triggered the dispute? The city’s lack of maintenance of the artwork.

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Arts & Culture
10:59 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Most Radical Addition to Oak Cliff Might Be A Bookstore

Books for sale on display at the Wild Detectives bookstore, an independent bookseller that just opened in Oak Cliff.
Jerome Weeks

E-books and Amazon and other industry changes have battered the traditional book trade.  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.

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Arts & Culture
3:39 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

‘The Fortress of Solitude’: Making A Musical Out Of Superheroes And Soul Music

Juson Williams, Kevin Mambo, Britton Smith and Akron Smith as fictional soul group, the Subtle Distinctions.
Karen Almond

Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling, award-winning novel, The Fortress of Solitude, premiers this week as a musical at the Dallas Theater Center. The musical follows two boys, one white, one black, growing up in the ‘70s in a Brooklyn full of graffiti, music, drugs – and superheroes. KERA’s Jerome Weeks sat down with the novelist before his appearance at Arts & Letters Live at the Dallas Museum of Art last month.

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