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.

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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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Arts & Culture
2:46 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

SMU Study Finds Gender Inequality In Art Museum Director’s Salaries

Veniamin Skorodumov Shutterstock.com

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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Arts
2:25 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kimbell Acquires Multi-Million Dollar Dutch Landscape To Match Its Dutch Seascape

The Kimbell Art Museum has acquired Jacob van Ruisdael’s Edge of a Forest with a Grainfield.
Kimbell Art Museum

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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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Samurai Armors Are Works Of Art -- And On Display At The Kimbell

This Tengu armor from 1854 is made of iron, lacquer, fiber, bear fur, leather and feathers.
Kimbell Art Museum

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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Arts & Culture
4:56 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Turning A Financial Corner, Dallas Symphony To Launch New Festival And Artist-In-Residence

In May 2015, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra plans to launch an annual three-week music and arts festival in the Arts District.
Dallas Sympony Orchestra

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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Arts & Culture
4:34 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

New SMU Study: NEA Grants Do Not Primarily Benefit The Rich

A new study from SMU challenges the claim that the National Endowment for the Arts tends to benefit the wealthy.
National Endowment for the Arts/Twitter

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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Arts & Culture
2:40 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Dallas Opera Simulcast To Showcase Bugs Bunny's Shenanigans

A simulcast of The Barber of Seville will be shown April 11 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Jerome Weeks KERA News

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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Arts
11:48 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Review: Dallas Theater Center Presents New Version Of A Christmas Carol

Alex Organ on the banjo as young Scrooge, Sonny Franks on the mandolin as Mr. Fezziwig, and Liz Mikel as Mrs. Fezziwig.
Karen Almond

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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