Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Evening in France! Musical Entertainment by Timeless Concerts

Enjoy the beautiful music of composers Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, popular songs of France by Hubert Giraud and more. In the 1920's and 30s, Ravel was internationally regarded as Frances' greatest living composer, and Claude Monet was considered one of the greatest artists of that time. Music by Ravel has been featured in movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Mozart in the Jungle, and 10.

Timeless Concerts will perform several of Ravel's chamber music works, including arrangements of "Valse Nobles" and "Le Tombeau de Couperin." Their tenor, Sergio Cepeda, and soprano, Sabrina Romero-Wilson, will sing art songs and arias of various French composers of the classical and impressionist era as well as more contemporary gems. Their instrumentalists are violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth, violist Tim Angel, cellist Oliver Schlaffer, pianist Heejung Kang.

This concert will be in the Rose Garden Tea Room in south Arlington on July 9 from 8-11pm. Please note that there will be fewer tickets at the tea room for more comfort for the audience and better acoustics overall. Timeless Concerts will provide complimentary light snacks and soft drinks. Please remember that BYOB is not an option at the tea room; their choice wine for purchase will be available at $8 per class or $20 per bottle.

Thank you for your support and love of beautiful music! Tickets and more info on the Timeless Concerts website.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Dallas Pride Announces Music Festival Entertainment and Rainbow Fireworks at Fair Park

Dynamic Texas talent will provide outstanding entertainment for the Dallas Pride Miller Lite Music Festival on June 4 as part of a weekend of Dallas Pride, taking place June 4-5 in Fair Park.

The Dallas Pride Miller Lite Music Festival is Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., in Fair Park. Tickets are $10 for adults (ages 20+) and $5 for teens (ages 13-19). Admission for children 12 and under is free. Tickets are on sale now at dallaspride.org.

The Dallas Pride Miller Lite Music Festival is part of an all-day, family-friendly event at Dallas Pride featuring indoor and outdoor activities, more than 200 vendors, and plenty to eat, see and shop -- a day of fun for all ages. Family Pride Zone, an area designed for families, will feature several bounce houses, face painting and entertainment for the kids in the Automobile Building at Fair Park. The festival also will feature Teen Pride, produced by Real Live Connection to foster a safe environment for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13 to 19 and their friends to enjoy live entertainment from artists and DJs, and other age-appropriate activities. Local animal rescue groups will also be on-site
for guests to meet a possible new furry family member. The festival website contains more information about the event.

Saturday's festivities will conclude with a dazzling rainbow-themed fireworks display over Fair Park. Then, on Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m., Dallas Pride’s Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade makes its triumphant return in person to celebrate in Fair Park. This kaleidoscope of colorful floats, marchers wearing outrageous costumes, music and more will encircle the Cotton Bowl® to show support for the LGBTQ+ community. Admission is complimentary.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Dallas VideoFest Presents Curated Film Series Featuring KING JUDITH, a Metaphysical Ghost-Story Drama

Dallas VideoFest's Curated Film Series continues with the metaphysical ghost-story drama KING JUDITH, a film by DVF alumni, Richard Bailey. It screens Wednesday, May 18, at 7:00 pm at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. General admission tickets are $10, order here.

Written and directed by Richard Bailey, KING JUDITH is the story of a detective named Miriam, who investigates the disappearance of three women. The missing women are academics who'd been studying "Lady of the Lake" stories across the American South. The case turns dreamy and strange when Miriam starts having visions of Judith, a powerful ghost of the lake.

Starring Nicole Fancher as Miriam, Rhonda Boutté as Doyenne, Emily Ernst as Judith, Joanna Schellenberg as Sister Woman, and Jenny Ledel as Catherine.


Richard Bailey's Reflections

Origins of the Story:

"I grew up in rural Texas and have always been fascinated by 'Lady of the Lake' stories. The more I've researched these stories, my fondness for them has remained, but I've grown critical about how they've evolved. Once upon a time, the women in folklore who appeared suddenly next to a body of water were fertility figures, immortal women there to ensure the fecundity of the landscape. They walked the shore between water and land and blessed it. Once paganism was supplanted by monotheism, these immortal women and their fertile practices seemed too promiscuous for the new traditions. And now, instead of an immortal woman there to bless the shore, we have a dead woman imprisoned by it. 'Lady of the Lake' stories are now often cautionary tales about a negligent woman who either lost her children or fell in love with the wrong kind of man. The message changed from a celebration of the feminine aspect of god to a message about female propriety. All this being said, the film itself isn't about my research. I'm neither a moralizer nor a sermonizer. I'm one who's drawn to stories. The depiction and understanding of female ghosts or immortals through history is fascinating terrain for a movie plot. This movie is unusual, but it is steeped in the traditions of fun and engaging ghost stories."

Timing of shooting the film: "The cast was attached to the film, and I was in the process of raising money when the pandemic hit. Our budget changed drastically, and so did our methodology regarding how many people could be on set at a given time. I had to do a substantial rewrite. Ultimately, the film was accomplished in two chunks. We shot for about seven days in September 2020 and then another seven days in March 2021. That's all we could manage, and it was enough. We were driven to finish by our shared enthusiasm for this utterly unique ghost story."

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Monday, April 18, 2022

6th Annual West Main Arts Festival Expands In Downtown Arlington - May 14, 2022 Noon-8pm

May 14, 2022 Noon-8pm

The 2022 West Main Arts Festival will expand beyond the 200 and 300 blocks of West Main St. in the Cultural District of Downtown Arlington and will include over 100 art booths, 12 food trucks, food vendors and a beer and wine garden. This year 2 blocks have been added to include Pecan Street for a connection to the Levitt Pavilion grounds. The Arlington Public Library will provide an interactive kids area on the lawn between the Downton Library and City Hall.

This 5 block stretch of West Main includes the Arlington Museum of Art, Dance Theater Arlington, Theater Arlington, Arlington Public Library and the Create Arlington Studios and Gallery.

New for 2022 are community murals. Kids and adults will be able to participate in creating the murals on 8'x7' walls. The murals will be painted with the direction of Create Arlington Resident Artists.

The event will also feature 3 stages and 30 local bands along with buskers playing along West Main. Bring your lawn chairs to relax and listen to the music. This is a family friendly event and pets are welcome! There will also be plenty of open space on the street for kids and adults to bring their bikes or scooters to enjoy the Downtown streets.

This festival was originally created by Arlington residents to support artists and musicians in the Arlington area.

Monday, March 21, 2022

Timeless Concerts Presents Spain to Latin America

Timeless Concerts will be back at the Rose Garden Tea Room on Sat. April 23, 8 pm to perform their Spain to Latin America concert.

Tenor Sergio Cepeda and soprano Sabrina Romero-Wilson perform romantic and charming songs of Latin America, and Zarzuela of Spain (Spanish traditional musical comedy). Timeless Concerts has permission by Héctor Armienta, the composer of "Zorro", the opera premiered by the Ft Worth Opera Company, to perform a duet from his opera and arrange the accompaniment for their instrumentalists. Pianist Heejung Kang, violinist LeeAnne Chenoweth, violist Tim Angel and cellist Oliver Schlaffer will perform the 3 movement quartet of Joaquin Turina of Spain (1890-1949), as well as works of Astor Piazzolla of Argentina (1921-1992), Manuel Ponce (1882-1948) of Mexico and more. As usual, the post-concert party will feature pianist Erik Barnes, and complimentary soft drinks, wine and snacks will be provided.

Seating is assigned in order of ticket purchases; those who purchase tickets early will have seats closer to the performers than those who buy later. Also, if wanting to be seated in a group, please purchase tickets as a group, or write in the "notes" the name of the person you would like to join. One youth may attend free per paying adult, but please let them know if bringing a youth so there are enough seats provided. The venue is set up for tables for 8, or private tables for 2.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

40th North Texas Irish Festival - Back in Fair Park March 4-6

The North Texas Irish Festival makes its jubilant return to Dallas’s Fair Park March 4-6, bringing with it all the music, dance, culture and excitement that this well-loved, family-friendly event creates to celebrate the rich tradition of Irish and Celtic culture. In celebration of this 40th festival, the event’s theme, “40 Shades of Green,” recognizes the rich culture of Irish music and the organic growth of this Irish tradition in North Texas, made possible by 40 years of volunteers dedicated to keeping traditions alive to share with all. Tickets are on sale now.

This family-friendly event features live music, dancing, storytelling, chef demonstrations and more on multiple stages, both indoors and outdoors, throughout Fair Park. Attendees will also enjoy horse shows, fencing demonstrations, sheepherding demonstrations, beer and whiskey tastings, genealogy research opportunities, shopping, animal rescue groups, child-friendly entertainment, and free arts and crafts for the kids.

“We are elated to be back in person, sharing our love of Irish music and tradition with everyone,” said Sheri Bush, president of the Southwest Celtic Music Association Inc., the organization that produces the North Texas Irish Festival and provides music and dance scholarships to local students. “The heart of our festival is our volunteers who take this opportunity every year to create a truly Irish experience for everyone.” Unique as the largest cultural celebration in DFW, the North Texas Irish Festival is produced annually by almost 1,000 volunteers, some of whom have volunteered for decades, often alongside generations of their families.

The indoor-outdoor festival takes place rain or shine. Masks are strongly recommended but not required when visiting indoor spaces, and all festival volunteers will be masked. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the festival.

Hours, Admission and Location

Gates open on Friday evening, March 4, at 6 p.m. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5; and 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.

Tickets for the North Texas Irish Festival are available online. Admission is FREE on Friday from 6 to 7 p.m.; $10 after. A one-day ticket is $25 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday at the gate, while a weekend pass is $40. Discount tickets are available at area Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores for $15 for a one-day ticket. Children 11 and under are FREE when accompanied by adult family member. Seniors over 65 or current military members (with valid military ID) receive $5 off all gate prices. Dogs are allowed in on a short leash with a $1 requested donation to animal rescue groups supported by the festival. Leprechauns (in full ceremonial dress and carrying pot of gold) are FREE.

Parking is available in and around Fair Park, or attendees can take DART (take the Green Line!) to the front entrance of Fair Park and the North Texas Irish Festival. Detailed directions and parking tips are available online. The public can call (214) 821-4173 or visit www.ntif.org for more information or to volunteer to work at the festival.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Valentine's Candlelight Jazz Concert in Downtown Arlington

Saturday, February 12th, 9PM - 10:30PM
(Update: This event has been cancelled.)

Catalyst Creative Arts will present a Valentine's Candlelight Jazz concert featuring Arlington's Sky Quartet in its Listening Room. The quartet will perform romantic jazz standards and brilliant jazz arrangements of pop music.

The Listening Room is Catalyst's studio with everything cleared out. There is seating for up to 44 people at these events. The mood is set by only lighting the room with about 200 LED candles around the players on the stage.

Doors open at 8:30PM. Music starts promptly at 9PM. Tickets can be purchased through Catatlyst Creative Arts' website calendar. For this event, each ticket includes a delicious Valentine's dessert box made by Dewey Girls Sweets.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Timeless Concerts' Valentines Special and Fundraiser

When: Saturday, February 12, 8 pm
Where: Rose Garden Tearoom
----------- 4720 S. Cooper in Arlington
Ticket prices: Seniors $50, General $55, Table for 2 $125 (only 5 available) College student $15

This concert will entertain with an evening of tangos of Piazzolla, previews of upcoming concerts and passionate opera arias we love most. These selections will include music of Joaquin Turina of Spain, Vincent Kennedy of Ireland, traditional songs of Mexico, and beautiful music of French composers. Timeless Concerts' performers will be tenor Sergio Cepeda, mezzo soprano Rachel Moon, soprano Sabrina Romero-Wilson, cellist Oliver Schlaffer, violinist/violist Tim Angel, pianist Heejung Kang and LeeAnne Chenoweth on violin. Pianist Erik Barnes returns to make the post-concert party music fun.

As always, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be provided.

In addition to higher ticket prices, fundraising will include playing the "times 10" game again. Last time an audience member won $200 cash. To play, bring an envelope with your name and phone number on it, filled with a check, or cash for any amount; $10 or $20 is easiest. At the end of the concert, an envelope/name will be announced and that person wins 10 times the amount they had in their envelope. Feel free to add any amount to the envelope, but Timeless Concerts needs to cap the winning amount at $200, so they will still have some new funds! (Tickets will be back to the normal $30-39 range in April.)

Timeless Concerts hopes for a great new year ahead, and will do their best to plan enjoyable evenings out for their audience. IF there are reasons to be cautious about widespread illness, they will of course postpone the concert and honor your tickets at a later date. Purchased tickets can be used at a rescheduled concert, or any concert in 2022. However, please let them know in advance if you are not attending a concertso that others can use your seats at sold out concerts. Also, please let them know if you plan to attend with an older ticket* so they can be sure and have seating for you.

Next concerts:
April 23, "Spain to Latin America" (tearoom) $30-39
July 9, (leaning towards French...) (tearoom) $30-39
Sept 24, "Music of Dance" (Hickman Center in Ft W)
Nov. 12, (TBA) (tearoom)

*If wanting to use a Feb. 12 fundraiser priced ticket for a lesser-priced future concert, Timeless Concerts cannot add a greater number of seats that were originally purchased. They thank you for your support!