Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Happy Holidays Pop-Up Market, a Unique Holiday Shopping Experience

817ArtsAlliance partnered with Downtown Arlington Management Corporation this year to bring back a unique holiday shopping experience to Downtown Arlington, the Happy Holidays Pop-Up Market. It opens this Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11am. When you visit and shop this indoor market you will find locally made products whose sales support local artisans. Some challenges artists face when trying to monetize their talents are outlined in this recent article by O.K. Carter in the Fort Worth Business Press.

Learn more about the artists whose work fills the market by reading their bios when you visit. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or a little something for yourself, you're always welcome to Shop Small®
at the Happy Holidays Pop-Up Market this holiday season. Grab a friend or family member and join the Shop Small Movement, proudly backed by American Express.

Don't put off your visit to the Urban Union area of Downtown Arlington too long. The Happy Holidays Pop-Up Market is an ephemeral boutique shop with many unique products that can not be restocked once sold. The market will only be open from December 8 through December 23, 2018. See the market website for shop hours and more information about the participating artisans and their wares.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Maverick Dance Company Presents VIA DANCE, Dec. 7-9

VIA DANCE is a collection of new, entertaining, and progressive dance works running December 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2018. The concert title, VIA DANCE, is based on a perspective that, through dance, we can communicate what is often challenging to put into words and that dance can simultaneously speak many languages and connect us on a visceral level. VIA DANCE includes a variety dance styles presented by UTA's Maverick Dance Company .

VIA DANCE is presented in the UTA Mainstage Theatre (Fine Arts Building, North Section, Room 174) located at 502 South Cooper Street on the UTA campus. Performances of VIA DANCE are December 7th & 8th at 8:00 p.m. and December 9th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students/senior citizens/UTA faculty & staff. For tickets, please contact . For further information, contact the UTA’s Department of Theatre Arts’ box office at 817-272-2669.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Olde Town Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair 2018

Join us for the Annual Christmas Craft Fair at Dottie Lynn Recreation Center, Olde Town Christmas, November 30 & December 1. It will be a festive time filled with shopping, goodies and more!

Craft Fair Hours:
Fri. November 30 - 12:00-7:00 PM
Sat. December 1 - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Saturday will include a performance from Arlington High School Show Choir and a special visit from Santa Claus!

Food Trucks will be on site both days!
Friday, November 30: Chicago's Taste & More & Yummy Food Truck Group - Pizza
Saturday, December 1:Connie's Louisiana Kitchen & What's Cook-N Chef

Admission is FREE.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Amy Sedaris Honored by Dallas VideoFest with the Ernie Kovacs Award - Save the Date

Writer, actress and Second City alum Amy Sedaris will receive the Ernie Kovacs Award at Dallas Videofest on December 8. Sedaris is the first woman to receive the Kovacs Award and will accept it in person at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. Reserve your seat today. Tickets are $25 and are available online.

“Amy Sedaris so firmly embodies Ernie Kovacs’ cockeyed aesthetic that she is a natural to win The Ernie Kovacs Award,” said Joshua Mills of Ediad Productions and the Estate of Ernie Kovacs. “Not only are Amy’s outrageous characters such as the Wine Lady and the Hobo very Kovacsian, but she excels in front of the camera, on radio and as a writer too just like Ernie.”

Born in Endicott, N.Y., and raised in Raleigh, N.C., Sedaris honed her natural talent for comedy at The Second City in Chicago. Sedaris met and began working with comedians Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello at Second City; the three went on to collaborate on the short-lived Comedy Central program Exit 57 and later worked together on Strangers with Candy, a spoof of the after-school specials and that were popular in the 1970s, in which Amy played Jerri Blank.

Sedaris’ current television show is At Home with Amy Sedaris on truTV. Her long list of television credits includes appearances on Sex and the City, The Good Wife and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Her voice is heard as the pink cat talent agent, Princess Caroline on BoJack Horseman. Sedaris’ extensive movie career includes roles in STRANGERS WITH CANDY (2005) ELF (2003), SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003) and the voice of Cinderella in SHREK THE THIRD (2007).

Sedaris also authored several satirical lifestyle books, including I Like You: Hospitality, Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.

The Ernie Kovacs Award recognizes the career and talents of some of television’s greatest visionaries. Kovacs’ work in the 1950s and early 1960s summed up the spirit of innovation and the development of the language of television as art. The Dallas VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas announced the first Ernie Kovacs Award at the 1997 festival. Comedian Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science 3000 was the first recipient and subsequent honorees have included Terry Gilliam of Monty Python; Robert Smigel, writer/performer of Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien; Paul “Pee-wee Herman” Reubens; Martin Mull; Mike Judge; George Schlatter, creator of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In; Harry Shearer, Spinal Tap and The Simpsons; Michael Nesmith; and in 2017, Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald of The Kids in the Hall. Actress Edie Adams, Kovacs’ wife, came to Dallas to host the awards program annually until her death in 2008. Today, Edie’s son, Joshua Mills, runs Ediad Productions, the video and audio archive of both Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams.