Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

For 120 Years, Four Generations Of One Family Photograph North Texas

Dance school girls, 1949.
Byrd Williams III

For more than a century, a family of Fort Worth photographers has captured vivid scenes across Dallas-Fort Worth and around the state. Four generations of Williams photographers have shot thousands of images, ranging from Pancho Villa's soldiers to author Larry McMurtry, from western landscapes to street life in Fort Worth.

The University of North Texas recently acquired thousands of these pictures. KERA’s Anne Bothwell talked with Byrd Williams IV, whose photos, along with those of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, are included in the collection. It includes more than 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives.

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Trinity Groves
4:59 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

West Dallas Is Now A Hot Spot, Thanks To Food, Glorious Food

AmberJax is one of several new restaurants open in Trinity Groves, which is being called a restaurant incubator.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Can food revitalize an ailing neighborhood? In Dallas, global flavors seem to be playing a pretty big part in one area's transformation.

For decades, West Dallas was a ramshackle place: a Superfund site with a cement plant, some crime-ridden warehouses and a modest Latino neighborhood known as La Bajada across a potholed two-lane bridge from glittery downtown.

Now there's a soaring new bridge, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, that some called the "Bridge to Nowhere." But with a dozen new restaurants, nowhere is becoming somewhere.

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Arts & Culture
10:30 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Dallas Museum Of Art Joins A National Contest: 'Largest Outdoor Art Show'

One of the Dallas Museum of Art's nominees for 'Art Everywhere:' Frederic Edwin Church, 'The Icebergs,' 1861
Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art is teaming up with four museums -- the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Whitney Museum of American Art -- to take part in "the largest outdoor art show ever conceived."

But how big are we talking here?

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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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Friday Conversation
2:22 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

From The Pig Farm To The Opera Stage: This SMU Prize-Winning Singer Is On The Brink

Audra Methvin won first place at the Meistersinger Competition in Austria in 2013.
Audra Methvin

Last weekend, Audra Methvin won the Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This weekend, she'll sing the same program of four arias at the McCammon Voice Competition in Fort Worth. The 27-year-old is continuing her studies at SMU.

In the Friday Conversation, she talks to KERA's Anne Bothwell about the path that led her from her family's prize pig farm in Levelland to the brink of a career as a soprano.

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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
6:24 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Parade Guide

Kevin Vela is chair of the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association, which is organizing the annual parade.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until Monday, but a lot of people are already wearing green. At the Fort Worth Stock Yards saturday, free events are planned for kids and their families attending the Cow Town Goes Green parade. In Dallas, there’s the annual St. Patrick's Day run, followed by a parade on Greenville Avenue at 11am. 

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Arts & Culture
4:32 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Giant Jade Buddha Brought To Garland As Symbol Of Peace

The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is on display at the Tinh Xa Ngoc Nhien temple in Garland.
Jade Buddha for Universal Peace

An immense Buddha statue made from exquisite jade can be seen in Garland through this weekend as it makes its way around the world.  The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace sits 8 feet tall and weighs 4-and-a-half tons. The group behind the tour claims it has been valued at $5 million. 

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Arts & Culture
11:25 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Beer Brewers Talk About Booming North Texas Craft Beer Scene

lonestarlibrarian Flickr Creative Commons

At 1 p.m. today on Think, we’re taking a tour of the North Texas craft beer scene with three of the people responsible for its grown. Wim Bens (Lakewood Brewing), John Reardon (Deep Ellum Brewing) and Grant Wood (Revolver Brewing) will join us for a discussion of how they chose the types of beers they make, how they come up with their names and what goes into brewing a great beer.

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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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