Thursday, December 24, 2020

TALA Continues to Provide Assistance to Artists and Non-Profits

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) is a wonderful resource for creatives who need legal or accounting assistance. I wanted to share the following information I received in a recent email from them.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Lumedia Musicworks debuts ‘Hymns of Angels: A French Noël’

Lumedia Musicworks debuts “Hymns of Angels: A French Noël” online at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, spotlighting soprano Julianna Emanski of Frisco alongside soprano Jendi Tarde of Carrollton. The first in a five-part series of virtual Spotlights by Dallas-based Lumedia, the concert also features instrumentalists Christopher Phillpott of Dallas and Molly Hammond of Houston as they perform inside Event1013 in downtown Plano.

Lumedia Musicworks spotlights individual artists in striking locations across Texas. State-of-the-art technology creates a variety of virtual concert hall destinations with multiple cameras and high quality audio.

This will be a virtual performance. Lumedia’s entire 2020-21 season is online because of COVID concerns. It is available to audiences anywhere in the world. General admission tickets are $12 for the event, which will run through Saturday, Jan. 2. Tickets include subtitles, translations, and an accompanying digital program. Student tickets are offered at no charge.

Watch the trailer here.

Photo credit: Event1013 - Left to right: Molly Hammond of Houston, Jendie Tarde of Carrollton, Julianna Emanski of Frisco and Christopher Phillpott of Dallas.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Enjoy Symphony Arlington's Holiday Concert - Thursday, Dec. 17 - In-person or Online

Celebrate the season with Symphony Arlington at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17th at the Arlington Music Hall. Their guest artist will be tenor Ricardo Garcia. The program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 in C Major along with many holiday favorites.

All concerts this season offer both in-person and live streaming options. Protocols are in place to ensure the safety of their audience and musicians . To order season subscriptions or single concert tickets – for in-person or online viewing – call (817) 385-0484, contact them via e-mail at, or visit Symphony Arlington's website.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Lumedia Musicworks debuts ‘Welcome to the West’ online November 20, 2020

Multimedia concert film “Welcome to the West” premieres online at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Music includes sonatas, concertos, traditional fiddling, folk tunes and 1940s western swing, and the performance features contemporary and historic film footage and photographs from the Library of Congress.

Dallas-based Lumedia Musicworks, a nonprofit performance organization committed to showcasing and performing early music, partnered with videographers and cowboy poets from Texas, Wyoming, Nevada, South Dakota and Utah for the third production in Lumedia’s 2020-21 season. The concert spotlights a day in the life of a rancher in the American West. It includes on-screen titles, subtitles and a digital program with notes on the production.

The concert is hosted by vocalist Julianna Emanski of Frisco, Lumedia’s artistic director. Tickets are $12-$20. The performances will be available on-demand at that link until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, CST.

Because of coronavirus concerns, all of Lumedia Musicworks’ performances are online this season. See their website for a full schedule of events.

Click here to see the trailer.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Symphony Arlington's November 19th Concert Features a Trio of Young Virtuosos

Join Symphony Arlington at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19th at the Arlington Music Hall. Their guest artists that evening will be local prodigies: Lindsey Kim, violinist; Marlon Florez-Dovales, cellist; and Ella Tran, pianist. The program includes: Cimarosa’s Overture to I traci amanti; Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C Major; and Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 in Bb Major. All concerts this season offer both in-person and live streaming options.

Protocols are in place to ensure the safety of our audience and musicians, please see Symphony Arlington's website. To order season subscriptions or single concert tickets – for in-person or online viewing – call (817) 385-0484, e-mail at, or visit their website.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents BALM IN GILEAD by Lanford Wilson

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents a dynamic play reading of BALM IN GILEAD.

BALM IN GILEAD is set in an all-night coffee shop on New York’s upper Broadway, where the riff-raff, the bums, the petty thieves, the lost, the desperate of the big city come together. The movement of the kaleidoscopic in effect, a surging mosaic of overlapping and interrelating speeches and action as separate goals and characters are blended together around a common center. At the core of the play are Joe and Darlene, two young people who would seem to have the strength and the need to transcend the turmoil and ugliness of the life in which they found themselves, but are instead, crushed by it. Their loss is quickly absorbed in the maelstrom, as the others go on desperately seeking the joy and release and purpose in life which will, most certainly, continue to escape them.

BALM IN GILEAD will be streamed via Video On Demand from November 20 – 22, 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. To purchase the Video On Demand rental, please visit the virtual box office.

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Friday, November 6, 2020

A Dozen Local Artisans Band Together to Host a First Ever Etsy Virtual Market

The Etsy Market: DFW Etsy Artisans kicks off tonight, Nov. 6 at 6pm and runs through 6pm Sunday, Nov. 8. There will be several livestream roundtable discussions, demonstrations and tours throughout the weekend. Participating shops have set their own discounts for this event. Find the coupon code on the event website. It is good this weekend only in these shops.

Monday, November 2, 2020

University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. It is the first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County). This moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD is about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice or take a stand or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today. Be transported to the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship and to a ledge 57 stories above Fifth Avenue. Meet a startling array of characters that range from a young man who has determined that basketball is his ticket out of the ghetto to a woman whose dream of marrying rich nabs her the man of her dreams... and a soulless marriage. With a powerhouse, driving, and exquisitely crafted score, it runs the gamut of today’s popular music.

SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD will be streamed via Video On Demand from November 6 – 8, 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. To purchase the Video On Demand rental, please visit the Department of Theatre Arts' virtual Box Office.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

UTA Theatre Arts Students Collaborate with Broadway Artists to Amplify the Voices of Tomorrow by Empowering Them Today - Virtual World Premiere October 23-25

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company presents MOVING FORWARD: A Devised New Work, an exciting new musical theatre piece created in a collaboration between Broadway guest artists and students from the Theatre Arts and Dance department. The show was created and rehearsed virtually over the course of three weeks. Written by the cast, Moving Forward features text and music that reflect the students’ thoughts, concerns, and feelings about witnessing a social movement during a global pandemic.

MOVING FORWARD: A Devised New Work will be streamed via Video On Demand from October 23 – 25, 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic. To purchase the Video On Demand rental, please visit our virtual Box Office.

MOVING FORWARD is recommended for Adult Audiences.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Local Art Contest Finalists on Display Along with Lots of Music at Music Alley in Downtown Mansfield

Music Alley is back in Historic Downtown Mansfield, October 17th! With a new layout and format.

Safety is a high priority as Mansfield brings back this free music and arts festival. They will be following all state and local guidelines for the event, including mask rules, temperature and wellness checks for all volunteers and performers, plus plenty of room to freely and safely move around.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Symphony Arlington's 2020-2021 Season Set to Begin with In-person and Live Streaming Options

Symphony Arlington’s 2020-2021 Season is “A LUDWiG SHiNDiG!” celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth!

Join us for our opening concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15th at the Arlington Music Hall. Our guest artist that evening will be pianist Alex McDonald. The program includes Rossini’s Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers, as well as two Beethoven works: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major and Symphony No. 4 in Bb Major.

All concerts this season offer both in-person and live streaming options. Protocols are in place to ensure the safety of our audience and musicians. To order season subscriptions or single concert tickets – for in-person or online viewing – call (817) 385-0484, or contact us via e-mail at, or visit our website.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Maverick Theatre Company Opens Its Fall 2020 Season Through On Demand Video Streaming

The Maverick Theatre Company is proud to announce this year’s season will be available online in the form of Video On Demand! They are working with ShowTix4U in order to bring their productions to their audience while staying safe during the ongoing pandemic. To purchase a Video On Demand rental, please visit UTA Theatre's streaming page.

This season the Maverick Theatre Company is starting off with Heal the Divide On and Off Campus which visits topics such as race, LGBTQ+ community, domestic abuse, and more.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Dallas VideoFest 33 to be a Hybrid of Online and Drive-In Film Showings

WHAT: Dallas VideoFest 33

Online films: Your home on your couch
Drive-in films: The Tin Star Theater in Trinity Groves

Thursday, Oct. 1 - Sunday, Oct. 4
Hours for films online will be scheduled in the evenings on Thursday and Friday and starting at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
Hours for films at The Tin Star Theater will be scheduled after sunset.
Calendar listings: Online and Drive-in: The films will either play one or the other. There will not be any films playing both online and at the drive-in.

ADMISSION: All tickets will be sold online only. There will be no day, weekend or Festival passes of any type to this year's festival. Each film is ticketed individually (or in film blocks). The fastest and easiest way to purchase tickets is to locate your desired film on our online schedule.

Online Films: Feature Films/Film-Block Tickets only: $6 Each film will play once and will have start and stop time; no streaming.

Drive-In Films: There will be no tickets available for sale in person at The Tin Star Theater. There is a limited capacity of 70 cars.
Each ticket is good for one vehicle to attend the selected screening. The price level for each ticket varies based on how many people will be in your vehicle -
1-Person Car: $12
2-Person Car: $21
3+-Person Car: $30
Reminders at Tin Star Theater:
• Everyone should bring an open mind and an adventurous spirit.
• Everyone will be required to wear a mask or cloth that covers your nose and mouth any time you are outside your vehicle and when interacting with Tin Star staff or volunteers from inside your vehicle.
At the drive-in festival portion, you may want to consider bringing the following items: camp chairs, blankets, debit/credit card (some points of sale, like food purchases, will be cashless due to COVID-19).
Please don’t bring outside food nor drink, weapons of any kind, drugs nor bad attitudes. Thanks!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Timeless Concerts - Music Along the Orient Express

Timeless Concerts' Saturday, September 26, 8pm concert theme is “Music along the Orient Express!” The famous train route ran from Istanbul to Paris and then… crossed the English channel! How? The train cars were put on a boat! For the final part of the musical journey, they will welcome you to England with the theme of the Downton Abbey drama series, plus play music of the 1900s that would have been heard by the residents there, at the time portrayed. Along the “route”, enjoy French composers Ravel and Claude-Michel Schonberg (of Les Miserables fame), Wolfgang Mozart and Franz Lehar of Austria, Zolton Kodaly of Hungary and more. Concert performers include pianists Kathy Abrahamson and Erik Barnes, (Erik will also entertain post-concert) cellist Jim Higgins, violist Tim Angel, tenor Don O’Neal LeBlanc, and violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth.

Location: Arlington Museum of Art. Social distance table seating (temperature check taken at entrance), covered dessert plates provided, BYOB accepted, complimentary wine/soft drinks. Visit Timeless Concerts' website for more info and to purchase tickets. Seating limited to 80, so don't delay!

Added note: Timeless Concerts has decided to postpone their Nov. 14 concert until 2021. Due to a cap on audience capacity, and therefore, ticket income, they decided that performing another low capacity socially distanced concert would put them into debt. Wanting to avoid this and be fiscally responsible, they have sadly decided to take a break until Feb. 2021 when they hope they can once again sell tickets to full capacity at the museum. They thank their sponsors and guests for the added support that has made it possible to perform in both July and September during these covid times!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Free 5 Day Virtual Film Festival

Thin Line Fest in Denton is reinventing how a film festival can thrive in this time of viral uncertainty. Instead of postponing the festival, they are presenting it online by creating live events including a portal for their audiences to have social interaction with participating filmmakers from their homes and inject art into their lives during this imposed isolation.

Thin Line Fest and Dallas VideoFest partnered with Falcon Events (, Dallas-based event producers, which specializes in producing live online and virtual events, to deploy the latest live online technology via a secure and robust platform to create a virtual film festival experience.

“We are recreating the festival experience, showing films, and connecting filmmakers with their audiences, with technology that is just right for the moment,” said Bart Weiss, founder and artistic director of Dallas VideoFest.

Falcon Events has the technology and capability to include film introductions from the Festivals’ film hosts as well as Q&As following films. Viewers will be able to hear and potentially see the filmmakers as they answer the viewers’ questions. Falcon Events has very strict protocols in place to ensure each film’s content is not copied, and each film will only be available live.

"Despite having to cancel all in-person festival events, Thin Line Fest is thrilled to continue our tradition of screening the latest and best documentaries from around the world. The response from filmmakers has been overwhelmingly supportive, and we are looking forward to creating a comparable festival experience online," said Joshua Butler, Thin Line Fest founder and director and Falcon Events COO.

During the Thin Line Festival, movie lovers can go online and watch great films at specific times. Like traditional film festivals, there will be questions and answers and intros to the films from hosts and from the filmmakers, but these will be done on video (and unlike the films themselves will be viewable later online). Audiences can ask questions of the filmmakers and have them answered in real-time.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

UTA's Department of Theatre Arts Presents Heal the Divide On and Off Campus

Important Update

University of Texas at Arlington’s
Department of Theatre Arts
Season Cancelation

Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance has made the decision to cancel its remaining productions, The Life of Galileo and VIA DANCE. This cancelation also includes Heal the Divide On and Off Campus. If you have purchased a ticket for one of these productions, please contact UTA Tickets at (817) 272-9595 for a refund.

UTA thanks all of their students, faculty, and staff who have worked to bring this year’s season to life, and a special thank you to their wonderful audience for attending their 2019-2020 season. They look forward to seeing you at the theatre in the fall!

HEAL THE DIVIDE ON AND OFF CAMPUS presented by The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Theatre Arts is comprised of original one-act plays written and performed by students from the Department of Theatre Arts. The pieces focus on topics that directly concern and impact the Millennial and Gen Z generations, such as diversity in politics, colorism, gender non-conformity, gender dynamics, and spousal abuse, among others. This year’s theme is GENDER, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY.

HEAL THE DIVIDE ON AND OFF CAMPUS project is presented in conjunction with colleges and universities across the U.S. that wish to begin conversations about issues concerning their community through the lens of the student playwright. A key to the event is to get local with the material and to share insight into each community’s current issues of concern. HEAL THE DIVIDE ON AND OFF CAMPUS is presented by a group of student playwrights who represent UTA’s Department of Theatre Arts and the community at large. This year’s writers include: recent graduate Straton Rushing, freshman Shundrea Burnett, freshman Ashlyn Dehate, sophomore Andrew Denton, freshman Madeline Estrada, freshman Analisa Salinas, and freshman Emily Truelove. The supervisor and coordinator of the group is Theatre Arts’ Assistant Professor of Instruction Detra Payne.

HEAL THE DIVIDE ON AND OFF CAMPUS will be held March 28th at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Brazos Park located on UTA’s campus. Plan to join us for this free event that promises to be moving and enlightening. For further information, please visit the UTA Department of Theatre Arts’ website.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

19th Amendment Exhibit Opening Reception at Fielder House Museum

The League of Women Voters of Tarrant County in conjunction with the Fielder House Museum has put together an exhibit on the second floor of the museum to mark and celebrate 100th anniversaries surrounding the passage of 19th amendment and the creation of the League of Women Voters as well as some of the history of local Leagues to the present day.

Congress voted for the 19th amendment to the Constitution on June 4, 1919. Texas was the first southern state to ratify the amendment giving women the right to vote on June 28, 1919. On February 14, 1920, six months before the 19th amendment to the Constitution was fully ratified, the League was formally organized in Chicago as the national League of Women Voters. Since then, the League has helped millions of women and men become informed participants in government. The 36th state needed to ratify the 19th amendment was Tennessee, on August 18, 1920 and the 19th amendment was officially adopted on August 26, 1920.

Mark the opening of this exhibit by attending a reception on International Women's Day - Sunday, March 8th, during National Women's History Month - from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Remarks will begin at 2:30 pm. Speakers include LWV-TC co-president Nancy Stevens, Commissioner Devan Allen and Judge Susan McCoy. Light refreshments will be served.

Fielder House Museum
1616 W Abram St
Arlington, TX 76013

Monday, February 24, 2020

Good Pitch Texas 2020 Extended Deadline, Sat. Feb. 29

The Pirates of Penzance Returns to UTA

The University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Theatre Company in association with UTA’s Department of Music proudly presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE with book and lyrics by Sir William S. Gilbert and music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE follows young Frederic who has turned 21 and thus completed his apprenticeship to a band of kindhearted pirates. He falls for Mabel, the lovely daughter of law-enforcer Major-General Stanley, only to learn that his birthday falls on February 29, which means through a leap year loophole he is technically still a pirate. It’s a hilarious farce with sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, and an eccentric Major-General.

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE 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 are February 27, 28, & 29, 2020 at 7:30 pm, and March 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $10 for students/senior citizens/UTA faculty & staff. Groups of 10 or more can use the code PPGRP for $10 tickets. For tickets please call 817-272-9595 or visit For further information, please visit the UTA Department of Theatre Arts website.

Spring Break 2020 Art Classes at The Upstairs Gallery

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Timeless Concerts presents a Leap Year Special Concert at the Arlington Museum of Art

Join Timeless Concerts for their annual fundraiser on Saturday, February 29 at 8pm at the Arlington Museum of Art. Come enjoy the evening with their performers, while sitting at a table with your beverage enjoying the most beautiful and exciting music of the ages. Their entire crew will be there: tenors Don O'Neal LeBlanc and Sergio Cepeda, pianist Dr. Heejung Kang, soprano Judith Rodriguez, cellist Dr. Sara Birnbaum Hood, violinist/violinist Dr. Timothy Angel, and violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth.

They will perform audience favorites from tangos to passionate Italian songs, let you in on some future concert previews, and play a fundraiser game that gives you the chance to win $200 with a $20 donation. Their post-concert party will be made extra special by pianist Erik Barnes, who takes your requests and makes you feel like dancing! Post-concert buffet features fruit/cheese/desserts and complimentary wine and soft drinks, BYOB acceptable.

Because Timeless Concerts' Leap Year Special serves as a fundraiser, tickets are a bit higher than other concerts throughout the year. They now offer the option of paying by Paypal, as well as going to their website ticket page. Ticket prices: General $50, senior $45, college student $20, private table for two: $120. One youth age 11-17 may attend free with a paying adult.

Monday, February 3, 2020

UTA's Department of Theatre Arts Presents the World Premiere of "Monster Lagoon"

MavPlays 2020 spotlights the world premiere of the original work Monster Lagoon written by UTA’s playwright-in-residence, Dr. Natalie Gaupp. In this play, Lainie Jorgenson flips houses and she’s damned good at it. But Lainie’s about to meet her match at the homestead of the dearly departed Samuel Tanner. She’s about to climb into an attic and discover Sam’s old sketchbooks, full of 1950s Hollywood Sci-Fi monsters. Lainie’s about to enter Monster Lagoon, a place where Sam kept his dreams and nightmares…and where Lainie will finally confront her most painful childhood memories.

Monster Lagoon will be presented in UTA Stage 143 Theatre (Fine Arts Building, North Section, Room 143) located at 502 South Cooper Street on the UTA campus. Performances of Monster Lagoon are February 13, 14, & 15 at 7:30 pm, and February 15 & 16 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5 general admission. For tickets please call 817-272-9595 or visit For further information, please visit the UTA Department of Theatre Arts website.

Monster Lagoon is recommended for adult audiences.