Sunday, December 10, 2017

Happy Holidays Pop-Up Market Features Local Artisans

A baker's dozen of local artisans, who also run Etsy shops, have come together in the Happy Holidays Pop-Up Market at The Sleepy Cottage in the Urban Union area of Downtown Arlington, across from Legal Draft. Browse their hand crafted creations for the recipients on your gift list or pick out something special as a treat for yourself.

Preview the artisans' work by clicking on the buttons on the event page to be taken to their Etsy shops. Not all items in the online shops will be at the market and the market will have some items not seen in the online shops, however you will get a good feel for what types and styles of items can be found at the market. The pop-up market will run daily through December 23, 2017. Times vary, please see the event page for more details.

The Happy Holidays Pop-Up Market is brought to you by 817ArtsAlliance in conjunction with The Sleepy Cottage and DFW Etsy Artisans, an independent local team of artisans with shops on Etsy. Thanks to Downtown Arlington Management Corporation for their sponsorship.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Maverick Dance Company Presents Via Dance Concert


Via Dance is a collection of new, entertaining and progressive dance works showing December 8-10, 2017. The concert title, Via Dance, is based on a perspective that through dance, we can communicate what is often challenging to put into words, that dance can simultaneously speak many languages and connect us on a visceral level. The show includes a variety dance styles including modern, contemporary ballet, salsa, hip-hop, and musical theatre jazz.

Please join the Maverick Dance Company for their winter concert Dec. 8-9 at 8:00 pm and Dec. 10 at 2:30 pm. Performances will be held in the Mainstage Theatre (Room 174, Fine Arts Bldg. North) located at 502 South Cooper Street on the UT Arlington campus. Tickets are $8 for students w/ID or $10 general admission.

For information regarding season ticket subscriptions or group rates, contact the Maverick Theatre Company Box Office at 817-272-2669. For more information about dance auditions, technique classes, or the NEW DANCE MINOR offered at UTA, please contact Linette Tucker.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Experience A Midsummer Night's Dream at UTA Nov. 15-19


The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. In the Bard’s most enchanting comedy, young lovers find themselves in the middle of a dispute between the King and Queen of the fairies. This play runs from Nov. 15 through Nov. 19th, 2017. A Midsummer Night's Dream is rated PG for sexual innuendo and mild language.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will be presented in the UT Arlington Mainstage Theatre (Fine Arts Building, North Section), Room 174. Performances are Nov. 15, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 pm and November 19 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for general public and $8 for students/senior citizens/UTA faculty & staff.

For further information, please contact the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts box office at 817.272.2669.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sheed Persian Film Festival

Just when you thought we had seen the last film festival in Dallas in 2017, here's the Sheed Persian Film Festival at Angelika Dallas, November 10-12.

This is the 2nd year for the Persian Film Fest. Last year, this same group (AramArt Institute in Plano) screened the Academy Award winning Best Foreign Language film, THE SALESMAN in North Texas. These films are of the same calliber as they are making their way around the world in the Festival Circuit. Many of these films will have their USA premiere here in Dallas.

Organized by artistic director Shahram Mokri, festival director Arameh Etemadi and festival founder Ehsan Matoori, Sheed will include an acting workshop, six films for public screening and a competitive section featuring nine acclaimed Persian movies and a memorial for the deceased Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. Persian cinema, and especially Iranian cinema, has been witnessing the emergence of several young and admirably ambitious directors during the past decade. A mixture of young and experienced directors and a different look at the basic elements of cinema has made Iranian movies have a brilliant performance on the international scene.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Timeless Concerts presents European Vacation

Saturday November 18, 2017, 8:00pm

Timeless Concerts' European Vacation concert will feature music of a broad range of European composers, on a musical journey from Puccini of Italy, Turina of Spain, Mozart and Zemlinsky of Austria, to Delibes of France and more. You will be entertained by violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth, cellist Sara Birnbaum Hood, pianist Heejung Kang, soprano Colleen Mallette, and tenor Don O’Neal LeBlanc. The music is beautiful, serene and then also raucous and passionate along with humor! Post-concert party is included in the ticket price. Give your requests to pianist Steve Stroud. Complimentary buffet of fruit/cheese/desserts/beverages, BYOB accepted.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hear the Dallas Chamber Symphony on Nov. 7 at Moody Performance Hall


The Dallas Chamber Symphony will present Jesús Castro-Balbi, DCS principal cellist, and cello professor at Texas Christian University in an evening of music for classical chamber orchestra and strings. The performance begins at 8 p.m.

Haydn’s cello concerto written sometime between 1761 and 1765 during his earliest years with the Esterházy family and at the time he was composing his first symphonies, is noteworthy for its distinct baroque flavor. Lost for nearly two centuries before it was rediscovered in 1961, the work is regarded as a masterpiece and Haydn’s most successful in the genre.

The orchestra also will perform Gershwin’s “Lullaby” for strings, a popular early work whose material would reappear in his opera, “Blue Monday.” One of Shostakovich’s most enigmatic works, “Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a” will complete the program. At times nostalgic, political and autobiographical, this work illuminates the composer’s personal struggle with infirmity, war, violence and political expediency.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dallas Video Fest Presents Alternative Fiction, A New Film Festival

A new film festival, Alternative Fiction, will begin on November 2nd and run through November 5th at the Angelika Film Center Dallas. This festival is a mix of narrative film, both shorts and features, and all kinds of television. There will be local films as well as films from all over the world.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

UTA MAVLAB One Act Plays 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents MAVLAB One-Act Series. Come experience the inaugural season of innovative one-act plays that is MAVLAB! The series includes IVES’ LIVES by David Ives, directed by Associate Professor Dr. Dennis Maher, AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATHS OF QUEENS by Tennessee Williams, directed by Senior Lecturer, Detra Payne and THIRST by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Maverick Theatre Company member, Samantha Wierick. Production dates and location are October 26 – 29 at 502 S. Cooper Street, The Studio Theatre, Room 137 of Fine Arts Building North. All MAVLAB productions are rated PG-13.

IVES’ LIVES will be presented on Oct. 26 and Oct. 28 at 8 pm. David Ives is one of the most successful playwrights today. He provides three whimsical and thought-provoking short plays featuring his trademark skill with language and quirky characters.

AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATHS OF QUEENS by Tennessee Williams will be presented on Oct. 27 at 8 pm and Oct. 29 at 2:30 pm. Candy Delaney is a successful New Orleans interior decorator who is also a drag queen approaching "her" 35th birthday. On the rebound from a seventeen-year relationship, Candy has picked up a rough sailor, Karl, on whom she lavishes money in the hopes of finding and landing love again.

THIRST by Eugene O’Neill will be presented on Oct. 26, 27, and 28 at 8 pm and Oct. 29 at 2:30 pm. Three shipwreck victims struggle to survive in a small lifeboat surrounded by sharks. As a result of thirst their normal reality quickly turns to desperation and madness. THIRST shows just how far humans will go to survive.

Tickets are $10 for general public and $8 for students/senior citizens/UTA faculty & staff. For further information, please contact the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts box office at 817.272.2669.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dallas Chamber Symphony Season Opener, Tues. Oct. 17 at 8 pm

The Dallas Chamber Symphony will debut a new score live-to-film at its season opener at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Moody Performance Hall in Dallas. The commission is composer Douglas Pipes’ second for DCS since his debut writing a score in 2014 for Alfred Hitchcock’s THE LODGER.

THE GENERAL is perhaps one of Buster Keaton’s best-known works. The film stars Keaton, who co-directed it with Clyde Bruckman; it will screen with live orchestral accompaniment and without an intermission.

The performance will be at Moody – formerly Dallas City Performance Hall. Ticketing and more information can be found on the event listing page.

Pipes is a film and television music composer based in Los Angeles, whose feature films include the Academy Award-nominated and Sony animated feature MONSTER HOUSE, the Warner Bros/Legendary Films cult hit TRICK ‘R TREAT, and the Legendary/Universal Pictures Christmas horror comedy KRAMPUS.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Art, Film, Music, Fun at the Frame4Frame Festival in Arlington Sept. 21-24

Flight 12 Improv - Sept. 22-23 at UTA

Full of oh-no- you-didn't moments and steeped-in- fun, Maverick Theatre Company's FLIGHT 12 IMPROV has a style that's always outrageous and never stale! This 12-member troupe features students from UTA and is directed by Associate Professor Joe Chapa. FLIGHT 12 IMPROV performances are September 22 and September 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm at 502 South Cooper, Fine Arts Bldg. North, Studio Theatre, Room 137. Tickets $5.00.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Timeless Concerts' Evening in Latin America to Feature New Cellist

Timeless Concerts artists are sad that their dear friend and colleague of 5 years, Karen Maddox Smith, moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, but wish her well. They are pleased that Karen's selection of a new cellist for them and hope you will be too. Sara Birnbaum Hood will be joining Timeless Concerts on the Sat. Sept. 16 concert, Evening in Latin America, at the Arlington Museum of Art.
Sara has only been in the DFW area for a couple of years, moving here when her husband won a full-time cello job with the Dallas Symphony. Sara has an impressive bio that you can read on their website.

The "Evening In Latin American" concert will be great fun with Latin classic songs by Carlos Gardel, Juan Gabriel, Manuel Ponce and more, plus Piazzolla and Manuel Ponce instrumental works. Erik Barnes will be back as your post-concert party pianist taking requests. Remember it's BYOB, and Timeless Concerts provides complimentary soft drinks and desserts. Concert performers in addition to Sara are violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth, pianist Heejung Kang, soprano Judith Rodriguez and tenor Sergio Cepeda.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Kenda North Photography Retrospective at AMA

The Arlington Museum of Art will host a retrospective of well-known local photographic powerhouse, Kenda North. The exhibit, Seeing is a Nervous Habit, will examine the body of work produced by North. Kenda North is a professor and head of photography at UT Arlington. She was the Chair of the Art and Art History Department at UTA from 1991 to 1999. She received her MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop (University of Buffalo) in January 1976. She has taught at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago (1976-77), the University of California at Riverside (1978-89) and has been at UTA since 1989. Her work is in the public collection of over fifty museum and gallery collections including the Smithsonian, the Federal Reserve, LA County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Executive Director, Chris Hightower, said, “North selected sixteen undergraduate alumni from the photography program at UTA to exhibit in conjunction with her retrospective. These artists were mentored by Professor North and went on to complete their MFA degrees and to develop their own art careers.”

“Kenda North is a devoted photographer and teacher and she has willingly shared her passion and understanding of photography within the art communities locally and nationally,” said Kenneth Craighead, owner of Craighead-Green Gallery in Dallas. “Her photography is unique. She avoids the expected, preferring to open the door to new ideas bringing her beauty and complex messages to be shared with her students, her peers and with many collectors.” North has been affiliated with Craighead Green Gallery for over 15 years.

The exhibit will be open from August 19 – October 8, 2017 and will include numerous pieces by Kenda North as well as those from her past students. Those artists are: Delaney Allen, Jesse Morgan Barnett, Calen Barnum, Matt Bean, Jeff Bradley, Franklin Countryman, John Crouch, Annie Donovan, Ross Faircloth, Michael Gonzales, Michael Hoefle, Manuel Pecina, O. Gustavo Plascencia, Joy Simpson, Ashley Whitt and Betsy Williamson. Admission tickets will be available online or may be purchased at the door. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 8 from 7-9pm, RSVP required.