1:29 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Dallas Museum Of Art And Italy Work Together To Return Looted Art

A set of art objects from a 5th-century B.C. burial site in Spina, Italy, which have never previously been displayed or loaned, will go on view at the Dallas Museum of Art starting Friday.
Dallas Museum of Art

Last year, the Dallas Museum of Art agreed to return six antiquities that were looted illegally from Italy years ago.

The objects included three kraters (large vases for mixing wine and water) as well as bronze shields — but they remain on display at the DMA as part of an ongoing partnership with Italian authorities.

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5:25 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

How A Dallas Man Bought A Crumbling Texas Town And Made It Something Special

Get aboard the hog bus in Ben Wheeler! The annual Fall Feral Hog Festival starts Friday in the East Texas town. It includes a pink school bus with ears and a long nose.
Ben Wheeler Fall Feral Hog Festival

(Update, Jan. 27: Brooks Gremmels died over the weekend.)

A few years ago, Brooks Gremmels escaped Dallas and retired to a tiny East Texas town called Ben Wheeler.

The place was falling down. Buildings were vacant. Roofs were gone. Doors were missing. Weeds grew in the sidewalks.

People didn’t have much hope for the Van Zandt County town. But Gremmels did.

“Maybe I could spend a little money and clean up the town," he thought.

So, parcel by parcel, the multimillionaire cleaned up Ben Wheeler.

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10:18 am
Fri October 18, 2013

How To Dissolve Arts Center Of North Texas? Court May Get Involved

The Arts Center of North Texas' nonprofit board voted Thursday to file litigation. The group will seek a declaratory judgment that allows a judge to take over the dissolution and decide what to do with the center’s $2.5 million in cash and 80 acres. Allen, Frisco and Plano haven't been able to come to a joint resolution, The Dallas Morning News reports.
ALLEN - After years of confusion and disagreement among its owner cities and donors, the dispute over how to dissolve the Arts Center of North Texas appears to be headed for court. The center's nonprofit board voted unanimously Thursday to file litigation in the near future.
3:58 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

With MAP Project, Artists Aim Their Work At Social Change

Janeil Engelstad in residence at Art MIll in the Czech Republic.
Alex Katis

This fall, dozens of art projects will emerge across North Texas with a common goal – creating social change. The projects are part of an initiative called Make Art With Purpose – or MAP. Janeil Engelstad leads the effort.

By the early 1990s, Engelstad’s career was already on the rise. She’d earned an MFA in photography from NYU. Her work was included in gallery shows.

But as her professional life was taking off, she began volunteering, teaching photography to homeless kids. She got hooked on the combination of art and social activism.

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12:23 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Friday Night Lights In Big D: Tonight, A Dancing Light Show On Omni Hotel

Detail shot from Mike Morris' 2012 'Expanded Cinema' piece featuring Candy Barr.
Dallas VideoFest/'Expanded Cinema'

Tonight at 8, the Omni Dallas Hotel in downtown becomes perhaps the world’s largest movie screen.

For the second year, 12 video artists and animators take over the facade to put on a show. A soundtrack will be simulcast on KXT 91.7 FMThe best viewing spot is from Hickory House Barbecue on 600 S. Industrial Blvd. It’s part of “Expanded Cinema,” which helps kick off the 26th Dallas VideoFest.

KERA’s Anne Bothwell spoke with curator Mona Kasra about how she put it all together.

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2:18 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Monday's 'Gathering' To Reflect On AIDS In Dallas Through Dance And Song

Charles Santos and Gary Floyd sat together, hammering out the music for A Gathering.
Jerome Weeks KERA News

Two years ago, hundreds of performers came together to produce the biggest one-night-only collaboration among North Texas artists. They created an AIDS benefit at the Winspear Opera House called "A Gathering." Now they’re working on a second one that takes place on Monday. 

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1:47 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

In Prada Marfa Building Battle, Creators Fire Back: It’s Art, Not An Ad

The shack-sized Prada Marfa was installed in 2005. It resembles a storefront of the high-end Italian fashion brand.
informedmindstravel Flickr

The Prada Marfa building brouhaha continues to simmer.

The artists who created the shack-sized structure have fired back, saying it’s art, not advertising.

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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'

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."