Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Music Concerts at the Levitt Pavilion Sept. 28-30, 2018

Three artists with their roots firmly planted in Tarrant County perform this weekend as the Levitt's 10th anniversary season begins to wind down.

Friday: The Levitt welcomes home singer/songwriter, Chris Hawkes, and his writing and singing partner, Miranda Dawn at 8 p.m. The Arlington artist met Miranda in 2012 during a chance meeting on an Austin dance floor. The first time they sang together, they found a sound Texas Monthly called "undeniably intimate." Their initial duo effort climbed to number 25 on Billboard's Folk chart and landed at number two in iTunes singer/songwriter albums. They went on to appear on season six of NBC's The Voice. Acoustic Guitar hailed the pair as having "impeccable vocal harmonies and instrumentation," and Huffington Post summarizes their music as "transcendent alternative/folk." The Dawn & Hawkes concert is presented by J. Gilligan's.

Grady Spencer and the Work describe themselves as "a blue collar band making blue collar music for a blue collar world." They bring their old-time blues meets classic country music to the Levitt at 8 p.m. Sept. 29, presented by RJ Construction. Grady formed his band, The Work, in Fort Worth, after he met and befriended guitarist, Trevor Powell, and drummer, Blake Sager, under the marble angels of Bass Hall. Along with their bass player, Steve Moore, they criss-cross the south in their trusty Econovan (Jean-Claude Van Dam).

Sunday: One of the turning points in Tatiana Mayfield's young life was a week at jazz camp at the University of Texas at Arlington. At the time, she was 13 and the camp's only female, only trombone player and only jazz vocalist. After graduating from Brewer High School in Fort Worth, she continued her musical education at Tarrant County College, then the University of North Texas. Now she's known as "LadyMay" and has performed with the Showtime at the Apollo tour, opened for artists like Kirk Whalum and Randy Brecker, and appears regularly at the Scatt Jazz Club in Sundance Square. LadyMay takes the stage at 8 p.m. with the UTA Jazz Orchestra for jazz on the lawn.

Click here for the remaining fall concert schedule.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts presents FLIGHT 12 IMPROV

It’s the beginning of the another school year and that means... FLIGHT 12 IMPROV! 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 University Texas Arlington and is directed by Associate Professor Joe Chapa. FLIGHT 12 IMPROV performances are September 21 & 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm at 502 South Cooper, Fine Arts Building North, Mainstage Theatre, Room 174. Tickets $10.

Photo Left to Right: Austin Hutchinson, Cody Jackson, Esther Rosenthal, Connor Stubbs, Samantha Shepherd, Zakk Shortes, Brian Hughes, Austin Bender

Into the Okavango - EarthxFilm 9-24-18

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Mid September Concerts at the Levitt Pavillion in Downtown Arlington

This Week at the Levitt Pavilion - Sept. 14-16

Friday: The Levitt's third week of free fall concerts starts at 8 p.m. with the energetic blue-eyed soul of The Nightowls. This 10-piece band took Texas by storm in 2014 when their debut album landed in the Top 10 at Austin's annual music awards, and Austin Monthly named them a Band to Watch. Their sound is an energetic blend of classic soul and modern pop with influences running the gamut from James Brown to Michael Jackson. Their sophomore recording earned them serious national attention from The Atlantic and Southern Living. Their Levitt concert is presented by the University of Texas at Arlington.

Saturday: Honky-tonk hero and country music maverick, Dale Watson, returns to the Levitt at 8 p.m. presented by the Texas Commission on the Arts. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, Watson took his "Texas outlaw" sound to Los Angeles and Nashville, but found that commercial country did not fit the fiercely independent songwriter, so he returned to Texas. In addition to music, Watson has appeared in films (
The Thing Called Love, On the Borderline), on television (Friday Night Lights), and most recently, on stage in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic musical by Stephen King and John Mellencamp. His rumbling baritone also has been heard on commercials for Shell, Monster.com and On the Border restaurants. Earlier this year, Watson sat in with Jimmy Kimmel's house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live from SXSW.

Sunday: When you mention Texas music, the first thing that usually comes to mind is country music or honky-tonk, but country music is a staple in most southern states. Tejano music, on the other hand, was born in Texas (Tejano means "Texan" in Spanish) and remains home to Tejano music pioneers and living legends. Ramiro "Ram" Herrera is a smooth-voiced, award-winning Tejano singer and songwriter, who is not only a staple on the Texas music scene, but is considered one of its legends. He has been honored with a Tejano Music Award as Male Entertainer of the Year twice and Male Vocalist of the Year as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Tejano Music Association. Ram and his band, The Outlaws, will make their Levitt Pavilion Arlington debut at 8 p.m. presented by the Dr Pepper/Snapple brands 7Up, Squirt and Clamato.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Celebrate 40 Years of Fall Gallery Night

Take in the visual arts and Tarrant County’s unique cultural richness during Fall Gallery Night, organized by FWADA, Saturday, September 8, 2018. Most participants are open from noon to nine. Come take a stroll through participating galleries, museums, retail businesses, and area restaurants, and enjoy the many artists featured during this community event. Gallery Night is free and open to the public.

817ArtsAlliance is helping BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas) celebrate by providing a pop-up market in atrium II of BRIT. Also at BRIT, you will find an exhibit of metal wildflower sculptures and paintings by Ann Ekstrom as well as a pop-up exhibit by the Fort Worth Art Collective.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Final Two Weeks of Free Music Concerts at Levitt Pavilion for the Summer Season

Yeah, it's hot outside, but sometimes you just can't help but dance, no matter how hot it is! Levitt Pavilion Arlington has only two weekends left in its summer concert season. July 13-15 musicians are serving up music guaranteed to make you move. The final weekend of free music concerts before taking a break during the heat of August is July 20-22. Check out their events calendar to see who is playing.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Salute to Community Bands 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Irons Recital Hall, UTA Music Building, Arlington, TX

All performances are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Salute to Community Bands 2018 Schedule (50 minute performances)

11:00 am: East Fort Worth Jazz Band - Kathy Bernal, Director

12:15 am: Rockwall Community Band - Mike McGill, Director

1:30 pm: Greater Ft Worth Community Band - Christine Beason, Director

2:45 pm: Allen Community Band - Craig Logan, Director

4:00 pm: Mansfield Wind Symphony - Brian Merrill, Director

5:15 pm: Irving Symphonic Band - Jay Bach, Director

7:00 pm: Arlington Community Band - Rick Baker, Director

In its eighth season, Salute to Community Band 2018 is presenting seven all-volunteer bands in free concerts for the public. Players might be a band director, private instrumental teacher, lawyer, engineer, college student, CPA, nurse, computer geek, retired, homemaker, church musician and more.

Enjoy a full day of concert band music presented by the Arlington Community Band and hosted by the UTA bands.

Friday, April 27, 2018

UTA's Maverick Dance Company Presents VIA DANCE Spring 2018

Maverick Dance Company presents VIA DANCE, a collection of new, entertaining and progressive dance works running May 4th, 5th, and 6th, 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, that dance can simultaneously speak many languages and connect us on a visceral level. VIA DANCE includes a variety dance styles including modern, dance theatre, tap, hip-hop, musical theatre jazz, circus acts, and dance film.

Please join the Maverick Dance Company for their spring concert May 4th and 5th at 8:00 pm and May 6th at 2:30 pm, 2018. They will perform at 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 at ltucker@uta.edu.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Join 817ArtsAlliance inside CenterSpace for a Make and Take Craft during East Main Arts Festival

When you visit East Main Street Arts Festival, wander inside CenterSpace to find more artists and their creations and join in some creative fun making a DIY craft project brought to you by 817 Arts Alliance and the artists of CenterSpace.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

World Premiere of UTA's Playwright-in-Residence Original Work - 100 Brains

MAVPLAYS 2018 spotlights a world premiere, original literary work, 100 BRAINS, written by UTA’s playwright-in-residence, Dr. Natalie Gaupp.

100 BRAINS features a recent college grad pursuing her dream job…right down a rabbit hole of horrifying consequences. 100 BRAINS has a familiar theme, combining elements of the traditional Alice in Wonderland story with a modern (and edgy!) sci-fi twist. Let the brains begin! Directed by Professor and Associate Department Chair Andrew Christopher Gaupp, written by playwright-in-residence, Senior Lecturer Dr. Natalie Gaupp and performed by UTA Maverick Theatre Company members.

Production dates: April 18, 19, 20, 21 at 8:00 pm, April 22 at 2:30 pm, 2018. Performances of MAVPLAYS 2018 100 BRAINS are presented at 502 S. Cooper Street, Fine Arts Building, North Section, Studio Theatre, Room 137. Tickets: $10 for General Public; $8 for Students/Senior Citizens/UTA Faculty & Staff. You can reserve your tickets online. For information, please contact the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at 817.272.2669.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Enjoy a Musical Evening in Italy with Timeless Concerts at the Arlington Musuem of Art

One reason people love Timeless Concerts is because of the extreme variety at each concert!

EVENING IN ITALY is the theme for Sat. April 21 at 8pm at the Arlington Museum of Art. The Chenoweth-Hood-Kang Trio and tenor Sergio Cepeda with guest violist Miguel Cantu will perform music of Vivaldi, Puccini and Verdi arias, plus movie themes by Nino Rota and even some pieces by Italian-American, Henry Mancini! BYOB is accepted and there will be complimentary wine, soft drinks and a fruit/cheese/desserts buffet. Tables for 2 or up to 9. For tickets and more information go to the Timeless Concerts website.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Maverick Theatre Company's MavLab at UTA March 22-25

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents MavLab. Experience the innovative plays that are the Maverick Theatre Company’s MavLab! This semester’s series includes THE RISE AND RISE OF DANIEL ROCKET by Peter Parnell and GRACE by Craig Wright. Production dates are March 22 – March 25, 2018. All MavLab productions are rated PG-13.

Surrounded by taunting peers, Daniel Rocket finds the strength to literally fly above them all. THE RISE AND RISE OF DANIEL ROCKET is a nostalgic yet relative tale of youth, loneliness and the power of believing in others as well as yourself. This play will be presented on March 22 and March 24 at 8 pm at 502 S. Cooper Street, The Studio Theatre, Room 137 of Fine Arts Building North.

In GRACE, sweet, Christian couple move to Florida from Minnesota on a mission to create a Gospel-themed hotel chain. Religious debates with their atheist neighbor and frequent visits from the local bug exterminator quickly turn this seemingly innocent business venture into a grisly crime scene. GRACE will be presented on March 23 at 8pm and March 25 at 2:30pm at 502 S. Cooper Street, The Studio Theatre, Room 137 of Fine Arts Building North.

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