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A lot of people already know the story of Friday Night Lights, in which a West Texas high school fights for the state football title. It started as a nonfiction book, then it became a movie (with Billy Bob Thornton as the coach) and finally a TV series. In the film, Thornton tells his team that to win state, they'll have to beat "a team of monsters" from Carter High School in Dallas (which they fail to do).

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On the heels of the Dallas Museum of Art’s blockbuster Mexico show, the Fort Worth Opera is going international for its next world premiere.  

The official announcement will be made from Mexico City in three weeks. The new opera will focus on the lives of Mexico’s iconic artistic couple, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

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For a little over a year, musicians – from national stars to local talent – have been going room to room, playing tunes for patients at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.

It’s part of a national effort to channel the healing power of song.

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Every year, Juilliard, the renowned fine arts school in New York, admits only a dozen male dancers. This fall, five of them will come from a single school -- Booker T. Washington in Dallas. That's unprecedented.

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The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has now been put to rest for another four years. It's been a hectic two and a half weeks in Fort Worth. But the high-endurance competition was just the start for the winners, who along with a cash prize, were awarded three years of concert bookings.

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Yekwon Sunwoo, a 28-year-old pianist from South Korea, took the gold medal at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this weekend in Fort Worth.

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Six remaining finalists in the 15th Van Cliburn have a chance at one of the top three medals as the international piano competition wraps up this weekend.

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Six finalists have been named in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. For the first time since 1981, two finalists are from the United States: 23-year-old Kenneth Broberg and 19-year-old Daniel Hsu.

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Twenty Cliburn quarterfinalists are down to 12 in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. 

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Alicia Eggert isn’t a writer, but she likes to play with words. The Denton sculptor creates work that uncovers layers of meaning in common phrases and places.

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As part of its $28 million expansion plan, the Church of the Incarnation in Uptown Dallas recently installed a 19-foot stained glass window that traveled across the ocean from the Canterbury Cathedral Stained Glass Studios in the United Kingdom.

Cara Mía Theatre & DTC’s co-produced “Deferred Action.”
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In movies, acting is all about the face and the close-up. But on stage, Dallas actor and teaching artist Ivan Jasso uses his body to transform into characters.

Because of racial bias, actor Selmore Haines III left the theater for 30 years. Now, he's back in Jubilee Theatre's one-man show
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Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre is tackling the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall. And actor Selmore Haines III is starring in the one-man show. As Marshall was fighting discrimination, Haines was experiencing it – and it almost kept him from becoming an actor.

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, begins later this spring in Fort Worth, Texas. For the past six weeks, judges have been traveling the world to hear potential competitors audition. One notable stop is Moscow — where the American pianist for whom the contest is named stunned the world 59 years ago, winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition at the height of the Cold War.

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We hate to sound like a broken record, but vinyl is back. Last year vinyl album sales grew 10 percent, topping an 11-year streak of positive growth. That’s great news for one North Texas record label that’s hoping to become major player in the resurgence of vinyl. 

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Audition judges for the next Van Cliburn International Piano Competition heard young pianists play for a career-making break in the Russian capital of Moscow last month. Cliburn himself won his big competition in Moscow 59 years ago, and Russians remember.  

Dwell With Dignity Founder Lisa Robison (left) and Vice President Kim Turner (right) admire drapes with volunteer.
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In an apartment inside a public housing complex, the sounds of drilling and women talking fill the space. Those women are working to get drapes hung and furniture built, because it’s their final day to whip this empty south Dallas apartment into a beautiful home for a single mother and her four children.

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Choreographer Danielle Georgiou is known in North Texas for bold and often provocative work about feminism, sexuality and culture. Her most recent project — "War Flower" — tackles rituals and media consumption.  

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Dallas producer Sikwitit has had an enviable start to his career. He’s performed with rap superstar Lil Wayne, produced viral beats for hip-hop magazine XXL, and his music was featured on the Showtime series “Power.” He’s also earning recognition locally, because of his documentary "Sound Collectiv #DallasUp" and his winning of the Dallas Observer's award for "Best Producer."

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This week, we saw the end of a three-month strike by Fort Worth Symphony musicians.  The players and management agreed on a four-year contract. The deal freezes wages for two years and provides small raises the last two. An unnamed donor gave the orchestra $700,000, clearing the symphony’s deficit. But there’s more to do. 

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Fort Worth symphony patrons and arts leaders are reflecting on how the absence of the orchestra is affecting the city right now, and how it could in the future if the strike continues into next year. 

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The annual fight to wrangle a working city budget in Dallas is over. The Council approved the plan last week. Throughout the process, arts groups serving African-American and Latino audiences argued and protested for more funding.

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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians are on strike. The musicians union announced the news Thursday afternoon.

David Lozano watches as speakers talk to crowd of ralliers outside of Dallas City Hall.
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In Dallas, city officials are putting together the budget for the new fiscal year. And one budget proposal has some in the arts community raising eyebrows.

How Instagram Is Changing The Art Market

Aug 31, 2016
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Dan Lam is a 28-year-old Dallas artist. Lam creates sculptures out of polyurethane foam, acrylic paint and epoxy resin. They sort of look like alien creatures or melting blobs and the internet loves them. And for that, she credits Instagram.

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.

Cat Videos Are Like Catnip To Humans

Aug 22, 2016

Chances are that you’ve wasted countless hours online watching videos of cats. And, you’re not alone. Those little critters have been seen by hundreds of millions of people. But have you ever wondered why we’re all so fascinated by these digital felines?

Well, in anticipation of the forth coming Internet Cat Video Festival, Art&Seek decided look into the matter. 

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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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In Dallas, a number of art galleries and performance spaces have recently been cited for safety violations and other issues. At a meeting today, the city says it wants to help the arts community address these problems. 

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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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