Your favorites from the worlds of Dallas arts, sports, and media still need your help if they’re going to be crowned our Best of Big D Readers’ Choice champions and be honored in the August issue of D Magazine.
Voting comes to an end Sunday night, so you’ve got three more daily chances to cast your ballot on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.
The organizers of our local film festivals don’t like it when we talk about the film fest wars. I get where they are coming from. Even though the USA Film Festival and the Dallas International Film Festival go head-to-head every April, competing to snag the best films off the film festival circuit (not to mention the largest donations from local cinematic arts patrons), the only real winners are you and me, Dallas movie lovers, who keep getting more opportunities to see all the important movies that come out each year.
Well, last year there was a new addition to the crowded local film fest market (which includes the DIFF and USA, as well as the Dallas Video Festival, Thin Line Film Festival, Lone Star Film Festival, Asian Film Festival, Texas Black Film Festival, Arab Film Festival, and more). It’s called the Oak Cliff Film Festival, and it was launched by the filmmakers/film presenters who run the Texas Theatre (Aviation Cinemas). The quartet put together a solid lineup in their first year, and they’re going to give it another go around this year. I commend them. Putting together a film fest is hard work. It takes perseverance It’s exhausting. Sometimes it knocks you down and you have to get up and keep on going. Anyway, that’s what I think the entertaining new bumper for the film fest (above) is about. Well, that and the fact that if you are going to market, brand, and promote a film festival, good luck going up against a passionate crew of talented young filmmakers. They’re probably going to win.
The Dallas Opera has only had two music directors since its founding 56 years ago. Graeme Jenkins just took his final bow with the organization after almost 25 years at the conductor’s stand. Today, his successor was announced, and yes, it’s another European to lead a local classical music organization (which had some music watchers grumbling about the Old World’s sustained dominance of top positions in American ensembles). We spoke to the new maestro, Emmanuel Villaume, and you can read that piece over on FrontRow. And to break up your midday, here’s Villaume conducting Anna Netrebko and the National Orchestra of Belgium’s performance of “Je veux vivre” from Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet.
Don’t laugh. Morgan Meis knows more about art than you do. No? Well, he has founded more New York-based arts collectives than you have. And Meis sees some similarities between the paintings of W and Degas.
Comparing the paintings of George W. Bush and Edgar Degas is an absurd undertaking if we are talking about quality. We would be comparing a hobbyist with one of the great masters. But I am not suggesting that we compare in terms of quality. I am suggesting that we can learn something about the Realist mind when we look at the art of George W. Bush as well as that of Degas. The Realist is often forced to the side, to the oblique angle, to the unusual vantage point precisely in his attempt to get at the truth. The truth of a scene doesn’t always reveal itself right away. The Realist must hunt for the right spin with great confidence. The Realist believes in his or her capacity to see rightly. The Realist cares nothing for multiple points of view. The Realist cares only for the correct point of view, the view that reveals the most truth. That is to say, Realists in painting (or in anything else) have an in-built arrogance. It is an arrogance born of the idea that Realists are uniquely able to see things the right way.
Read the rest of Meis’ essay. Good stuff.
It’s time to let us know what you think of all the best arts, sports, and media in Dallas. Voting is now open for Best of Big D Readers’ Choice: Culture. You can cast a ballot once a day on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.
The winners will appear in the August issue of D Magazine. Don’t let down your favorites.
Hey, you. Yeah, you. You like movies or the theater or going to concerts, yeah? Enjoy spectator sports? Sometimes watch TV, or listen to the radio? We thought so. Because of your unique qualifications, we’re inviting you to decide on the best arts and media and athletics in the Dallas area.
The balloting begins Monday, and as with our previous Best of Big D Readers’ Choice rounds, you can vote once per day (through May 12) from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile internet-connected device. We’ve assembled an elite list of nominees for each of our several categories, but you’ll be free to write in your favorites as well. The winners will be announced in the August issue of D Magazine.
Come to Dmagazine.com on Monday morning to get started. Meanwhile, jump to see the fabulous matters we’ll be asking you to judge.
I know. You just want to see more posts from Tim about his celebrity sightings and clothes-spotting at the opening of the Bush Library. A little background on those photos: for the past few weeks, he's been taking lessons from Zac on how to look like he's texting while taking a picture of people on the street. The last time I was around him and he tried this, he had the flash on. So. You know. Fail. I'm sure he won't do that to any of the five presidents.
But back to my news! Remember that little girl who's been staring at you from Dallas Central Library for approximately five years? Well, she's gone. And in her place is the gem shown above. It was designed by Elliott Johnson and M (yes, just M) out of Denton. They're part of the Good/Bad Art Collective, a "band of surrealist art pranksters." According to a press release, the artists "were inspired by Amazing Stories pulp fiction covers to create their take on a War of the Worlds-like invasion of Dallas by iconic green library lamps." The banner, which costs about $10,000, was funded by efforts from the Friends of the Dallas Public Library.
Can't remember what the old banner looked like? Take the jump to see a picture of it being taken down.
What better way to celebrate Dallas Arts Week than by stealing some masterpieces? In this week’s game, Art Thief, you’ve got to race against time to crack the code and make off with works by the masters. I managed to steal two paintings by Raphael before being apprehended in my attempt to take the Mona Lisa.
On FrontRow, Peter has the news about former journalist/current Oncor PR rep Catherine Cuellar taking over the job vacated by former city councilwoman Veletta Lill:
Cuellar’s local roots run deep. Her family founded El Chico and has owned and operated restaurants in Dallas for decades.
It will be interesting to watch how Cuellar handles her role as executive director. It is a loosely defined position, and my hope is Cuellar leverages her experience in public relations and journalism to help shape how this city promotes its cultural attributes. The Convention and Visitors Bureau should be on speed dial.
After two-and-a-half years on the shelf, Love Field’s most famous resident is returning. One Riot, One Ranger is back.
The city will return the 12-foot bronze statue to the airport Tuesday.
“The return of the Texas Ranger statue is a welcome event,” City of Dallas Public Art Manager Kay Kallos said in a statement. “It’s an iconic figure at Love Field and part of a larger collection that establishes the airport as a destination for public art and travel.”
The statue has stood watch over the terminal since 1961, after being donated to the airport by Mr. and Mrs. Earle Wyatt of Dallas. It was created by Texas artist Waldine Amanda Tauch, who based the sculpture on the image of Captain Jay Banks, a retired Texas Ranger.
Dallas Police Chief Fires Officers Who Allegedly Planted Drugs During Investigation: Chief David Brown had a busy Friday, firing two officers who are now charged with fabricated and/or tampering with physical evidence and aggravated perjury related to a 2011 drug investigation. The chief also suspended or fired additional officers for drinking and driving, getting into fights with off duty officers, the misuse of city equipment, whipping their children with computer power cords, and, lest we forget, waving around guns in rap videos.
Are Nolan Ryan’s Days With the Rangers Numbered? Late Friday Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels became the team’s president of baseball operations, and Rick George, the Rangers’ COO, became president of business operations. That quiet administrative switcheroo had more than a few commentators wondering if Nolan Ryan will soon leave the team.
Dignitaries On Hand to Lay Van Cliburn to Rest: George W. Bush and Rick Perry were among those who eulogized the late musical legend, and Russian president Vladimir Putin sent a statement that was read during the memorial service at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
Remember that lawsuit brought by the son of the late Wendy Reves, the philanthropist whose art collection is now a wing of the Dallas Museum of Art? Arnold Leon Schroeder Jr., the Reves family’s sole heir, alleged that the DMA and former president of UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Kern Wildenthal, bullied Wendy Reves into leaving her art collection to the museum as well as “several millions of dollars” to UT Southwestern.
Consider the issue officially buried. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the lower court’s dismissal of the suit. Here’s the opinion.
Lee Cullum, the TV commentator and syndicated columnist, offered a proposal to the big crowd that was gathered at the Hilton Anatole for today’s 35th Annual TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon.
“You’ve all heard the biblical admonition to sell all that you own and give it to the poor,” Cullum told the arts supporters.
“Well, I believe we should sell all that we have and buy Museum Tower. Then we could solve the glare problem. … We could turn [the building] over to TACA, and they could sell the units. It could be a big success. TACA could make money. … I think it’s a great idea.”
Not sure how the two people at our table who own a Museum Tower unit felt about Cullum’s brainstorm. But the audience in general reacted with laughter and applause.
You may know the name of British artist Richard Patterson for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you were enthralled with his defense of the opening ceremonies of last summer’s London Games. Perhaps you’ve read his musings on FrontRow. Maybe you caught his exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation in 2009. More than likely, though, you know him because Patterson is an accomplished and renowned painter who has been residing in Dallas now for some time, a member of that pivotal generation of British artists that is known by the clumsy moniker “YBA.”
I said painter, but as you all know, Dallas does funny things to people who move here and stick around for a while. In Patterson’s case, he has been dabbling in video of late. The result is a series of video pieces Patterson is calling “Six Short Stories.” They are screening tonight at 8 p.m. at the Texas Theater for one night only. Admission is completely free.
Why can’t you miss this screening? Well, for one, because the work is hilarious, fascinating, moving, deeply intelligent, and beautiful. It is also likely the only chance you’ll ever get to see Patterson’s videos (in part because of all sorts of confusing copyright stuff that tends to give gallery dealers headaches).
So what to expect? Pushed to describe his work, Patterson calls the videos “dream-like vignettes” and feigns British self-deprecation:
[It is] A film with scant originality and little authenticity featuring fast cars, bare breasts, inflatable furniture, the music of Allegri and Michel Legrand, death, the Jaguar Mk2 and much, much more… Don’t bring your children.
Also, following the screening, I’ll be participating in an onstage conversation with Patterson, and after we gab, a DJ set by Wild in the Streets will take us all into the night. See you there.