7:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Children's Garden At The Dallas Arboretum To Be Unveiled Saturday

The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden was designed with the motto "education first."
Courtney Collins KERA News

Saturday is opening day for Dallas’ newest kid-friendly attraction: the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.

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6:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Ninja Night At The Crow Collection: Escaping Wrist Grabs, Achieving Zen

Juneko Ikeda and husband Kent Cummings work on escaping wrist grabs at Ninja Night.
Courtney Collins KERA News

If you envy the infinite power of Chuck Norris or covet the signature moves of Bruce Lee, Tuesday night at the Crow Collection should be calling your name.

That’s right, North Texas’ premiere Asian art museum is actually holding ninja class, and it's equal parts self-defense and philosophy.

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11:41 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Elmore Leonard Dies, Leaves Behind Ace 'Rules Of Writing'

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Crime writer Elmore Leonard died this morning at age 87 after suffering a stroke in late July. Though he was born in New Orleans and moved around a lot, Leonard spent time in Dallas as a kid. He wrote more than 40 novels - and gave us the ever-helpful '10 Rules Of Good Writing,' endorsed by Art&Seek's own Jerome Weeks.
Leave out adverbs, skip description, and keep the writer out of sight. By Elizabeth A. Brown / January 15, 2008 When my teenage son picked up Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Good Writing, it fell open to Rule 3: "Never use a verb other than 'said' to carry dialogue."
1:47 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

WATCH: The Late Texas Writer John Graves, On The Hard Scrabble Life

Writer John Graves in a 2001 KERA documentary.
Rob Tranchin KERA

Writer John Graves has died in his home, Hard Scrabble, southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth near Glen Rose.

The Austin American Statesman writes: “Details were not immediately available, but W.K. “Kip” Stratton, president of the Texas Institute of Letters, sent an email to members on Wednesday morning, announcing Graves’ death.”

Twelve years ago, then-KERA staffer Rob Tranchin made this documentary about Graves:

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4:56 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Texas Poets Find The Heart Of The State On The Road

Writer and photographer Diane Durant and two former Texas poets laureate capture the Lone Star state as natives and passers-through - which, for Texas, is kind of the same thing.

For all the Houston versus Dallas bickering today, the two cities do have something in common. We drive. A lot. Last night at UT Dallas’ CentralTrak gallery space, three Texas poets defined the Lone Star State by the journeys it requires.

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5:39 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

The Man Who Lived In A Water Tank

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Art&Seek contributor Audra Schroeder chronicles the wacky life of Tachowa Covington -- a sword-wielding, rollerblading "superhero" who spent eight years in an abandoned California water tank, until the superstar artist Banksy turned his home into a work of art. Strap in: It's a wild ride.
Five years ago, two Dallas photographers ran into a man on a Southern California beach. He invited them up the Pacific Coast Highway to see where he lived - inside an elevated water tank. They developed an unlikely friendship, and made a movie in the process.
Pop Music
3:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Guy Clark, Music's Master Craftsman, On Making Songs Last

Tools line the walls of Guy Clark's basement workshop at his home in Nashville, where he still builds guitars.
Jinae West NPR

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 5:16 pm

If you want to learn how to write a song — one that's built to last, with vivid characters and images that plant you squarely inside a scene — listen to Guy Clark.

Songwriters who revere Clark will tell you he crafts songs with the same precision and attention to detail he uses when he builds guitars. But Clark has a simpler, blunter explanation, as he told me with a glint in his eye when I visited him recently at his home in Nashville, Tenn.

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2:12 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Cameras And Combat: You Can't Look Away

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A stunning new exhibit of war photography that was born at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston spurred this heartfelt essay by Kainaz Amaria on NPR's blog The Picture Show. "For me it's about the impact of war as it relates on a very basic human everyday life," says New York-based photographer Nina Berman, who took the photo below, of a Marine sergeant wounded in Iraq and his bride.
War/Photography is a genre-defining exhibition currently on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. And also the last place I wanted to find myself on a sunny midweek morning. As a photojournalist and picture editor, I've consumed my fair share of conflict photography, essays and films. How could this exhibition possibly be any different from all the other shows I've seen in this vein?
Code Switch
3:52 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

New Series 'The Bridge' Seeks An Audience In Two Languages

Mexican homicide detective Marco Ruiz (played by Demián Bichir) must work with his American counterpart, Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger), to solve a murder on the U.S.-Mexico border in FX's new series The Bridge.
FX Network

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 7:53 pm

The U.S.-Mexico border plays a starring role in the new FX series The Bridge.

Characters in the television crime drama, which premieres Wednesday night, regularly cross back and forth through the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The show's dialogue also frequently switches between English and Spanish, setting a new standard for bilingual drama on American television.

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5:21 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Country Singer Randy Travis Hospitalized In Critical Condition

Country Singer Randy Travis, who's in the hospital listed in critical condition with cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease.
Webster and Associates

Travis was admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday and is listed in critical condition, says his publicity agent.  The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.  

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