7:35 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

SMU's Meadows Museum Adds To Its Growing Spanish Art Collection

Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta's Portrait of a Lady, painted in 1890 and 1891. It's one of three acquisitions by the Meadows Museum, on SMU's campus
Michael Bodycomb Meadows Museum

The Meadows Museum, on the campus of Southern Methodist University, has just added three important works to its rapidly growing collection of Spanish art. The acquisitions will help lead up to the museum’s 50th anniversary next year.

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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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12:19 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Study Up For ‘Think’: The Dallas Music Scene From The 1920’s to the 1960’s

Robert Johnson, prolific blues guitarist, recorded some of his music at 508 Park Avenue in Dallas.
Lammyman Flickr CC

Dallas has a rich history of musical innovation that goes back to the roots of modern music. But little is known about the city’s musical heritage throughout much of the 20th century. Today at 1 p.m. on Think, guest host Jeff Whittington will be speaking with Alan Govenar, co-author of Dallas Music Scene: 1920’s to 1960’s.

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Movie Interviews
1:14 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

Roger and Chaz Ebert attended a benefit awards dinner in Chicago in October 2011. Just over a year later, Ebert agreed to be filmed for a documentary. And then his cancer returned.
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 3:05 pm

Roger Ebert was often considered the most famous film critic of his generation. Now filmmaker Steve James has produced a documentary about his life and death, called Life Itself.

In 2002, Ebert was diagnosed with cancer. Four years later, he had surgery to remove part of his lower jaw. It left him unable to eat, drink or speak. For the rest of his life, he was fed through a tube.

But his popularity seemed to only increase as he blogged and tweeted about films. Ebert loved movies and went out of his way to champion filmmakers he believed in — including James.

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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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Friday Conversation
11:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

TV's Gloria Campos On Her Last Night In The Anchor Chair And 'A Turning Point In My Life'

TV news icon Gloria Campos sits down with KERA's vice president of news, Rick Holter, to talk about her 30-year career with WFAA-Channel 8, which ends tonight.
Courtney Collins KERA News

For three decades, Gloria Campos has been like a member of the family to thousands of North Texans. In today’s Friday Conversation, the 59-year-old WFAA-Channel 8 anchor talks about her career as the first Latino anchor on local TV news and about how she’ll say goodbye tonight.

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6:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Cliburn Competitor: 'Kiev. I Know This Place, Every Corner Of It. It's A Battlefield.'

Pianist Alexey Koltakov, a native of Ukraine, is in Fort Worth to play a concert in tribute to Van Cliburn. Koltakov was a finalist in the 2001 Cliburn Competition
Sean MacEntee

Pianist Alexey Koltakov was a finalist in the 2001 Cliburn International Piano Competition. Back in Fort Worth to play in the memorial concert for Van Cliburn, he took time to talk of his native country, Ukraine, which has recently been on the world’s front pages.  

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11:53 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Eight Van Cliburn Finalists Honor The Late Pianist With Memorial Concert In Fort Worth

Van Cliburn at a gala fundraiser in Fort Worth. He died last year.
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Exactly one year ago, legendary pianist Van Cliburn, who stunned the world when he won the Tchaikovsky Competition in the USSR at the height of the cold war, died. Tonight, in downtown Fort Worth, where the International Piano Competition named for him is held every four years, past winners will pay tribute.

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6:34 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Fort Worth Opera Shelves World Premiere Of 'A Wrinkle In Time'

Fort Worth Opera's Darren K. Woods listens to American composer Libby Larsen during a reading of A Wrinkle In Time. The opera has been cut from the company's 2015 season.
Ellen Appel Fort Worth Opera

The Fort Worth Opera has pulled the plug on the sci-fi opera A Wrinkle in Time, the $1.2 million world premiere by American composer Libby Larsen that was to have anchored the company's 2015 festival.

General director Darren K. Woods says the festival will shrink from four productions to three next year because the company's fundraising has not kept up with rising costs.

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1:37 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Remembering Benjamin Curtis, A Modest Innovator Who Came Up In Dallas' Music Scene

Before Benjamin Curtis joined School of Seven Bells, he was in a couple of Dallas' most influential bands. Music critic and Curtis fan Zac Crain shares what it was like to follow his work.
Abbey Drucker

Benjamin Curtis, who died Sunday at age 35 after a battle with lymphoblastic lymphoma, was the  drummer in Dallas bands UFOFU and Tripping Daisy. But he came out from behind the kit to give so much more. Curtis showed what he could do as a guitarist for Secret Machines, fronted by his brother Brandon. The release of their debut album Now Here Is Nowhere electrified the indie rock landscape in 2004 with a big, brave sound. The expansive guitar on that record was just the beginning of his wider contributions to music.

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