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