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Jerome Weeks

Senior Arts Reporter/Producer, 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.

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The Dallas Symphony filled one of its major leadership gaps Friday morning.

Kim Noltemy, the chief operating and communications officer for the Boston Symphony since 2015, will become the DSO’s new CEO and president — and the first woman to hold both positions.

Justin Locklear is lucky. He knew what he loved to do, had to do, from an early age. As early as elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia, he was doing pretty much anything involving performance.

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By the early 1980s, Vernon Fisher was part of a loose group of artists who broke with abstract painting. He’d been painting abstract works himself in the ’70s but, discouraged, he began playing with books and texts, scraps he found around his studio. One day, he was printing out words with an old Dymo plastic label maker.

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Five years ago, Longhui Zhang flew from China to Denton — his first time outside China. When he landed at DFW, North Texas was not what he expected. He wasn’t expecting a Hollywood Western, but this certainly didn’t look like New York or LA, either.

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Adrian Hall is a legend in American theater, having run two major companies at once: the Dallas Theater Center and the Trinity Rep in Rhode Island, which won the regional Tony Award in 1981.

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Petra Kelly is not a singer-songwriter. She's not a band leader, she's not the vocalist out front. She's the fiddle player off to the side. But she's the epitome of a gigging musician. Kelly waits for the right moment to pitch in the tonal effects her violin can bring to a song -- lift it with ethereal wails or gun it forward, backing up the bass guitar's chopping rhythms.

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Sedrick Huckaby paints portraits of people, often his own family members. And for more than a decade now, many of the portraits he’s painted happen to be of quilts. Old-fashioned, family-sewn quilts, the kind made from bright scraps and strips of color, whatever fabric leftovers were at hand.

Welcome to the Art&Seek Artist Spotlight. Every Thursday we’ll explore the personal journey of a different North Texas creative.  As it grows, artandseek.org/spotlight should ultimately paint a collective portrait of our artistic community. Enjoy, and let us know what you think.

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Renowned Texas sculptor Jesus Moroles died Monday in a car accident on I-35 north of Georgetown.

Last Thursday, Moroles and his crew from Rockport, near Port Aransas, delivered four giant granite columns to Dallas. Moroles’ 15-foot tall work, called Spirit Inner Columns, was installed Friday in Hall Arts. That’s the new tower complex going up in the Arts District, across from the Winspear Opera House.

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On Tuesday, Southern Methodist University announced the largest single gift in its history. The $45 million gift from the Meadows Foundation is going to the arts on campus.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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.)

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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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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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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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?

Those are among the findings of a joint study done by SMU’s National Center for Arts Research and the Association of Art Museum Directors. 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.

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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.

The Fort Worth museum announced that it has acquired Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield, 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). 

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An exhibition of some of the world’s finest samurai armor and weapons is at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

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.

Samurai, which runs through Aug. 31, features more than 140 pieces from the collection of Dallasites Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller.

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The Meyerson Symphony Center turns 25 this year, and the Dallas Symphony will be celebrating.

After several years of cutbacks and caution, good financial news has the DSO making more ambitious plans for its new season.

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.

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Does the National Endowment for the Arts tend to benefit the wealthy?

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.

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AT&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.

On Tuesday, the opera announced its third simulcast at AT&T Stadium -- and pulled back the curtain on the upcoming season. It includes some cartoon opera news.

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For the first time in seven years — and the first time ever at the Wyly Theatre — the Dallas Theater Center is presenting a new version of A Christmas Carol. Artistic director Kevin Moriarty’s stage adaptation stresses musical life – and the harsh economic forces at work in Charles Dickens’ story.

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Here’s a holiday gift idea.

You can now buy a ticket package to seven different Dallas performing arts groups for shows running February through April.

The ticket packages are called DPASS, which stands for Dallas Performing Arts Sampler Series.

The shows include Godspell at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The Barber of Seville from Dallas Opera and Cultural Awareness by Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

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Throughout November, KERA will mark the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination by taking a closer look at that fateful day, what it meant to the country, how it changed Dallas, and more.

Today, we take a look at a citywide effort to turn the ‘City of Hate’ into the ‘City of Love’ through art. KERA’s Jerome Weeks has the story:

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Last year, the Dallas Museum of Art agreed to return six antiquities that were looted illegally from Italy years ago.

The objects included three kraters (large vases for mixing wine and water) as well as bronze shields — but they remain on display at the DMA as part of an ongoing partnership with Italian authorities.

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