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2012 Year in Review: Dallas Arts and Culture

I reread all our blog posts from the last year so that you don’t have to. Jokes aside, 2012 was good to us. I present to you the year that was, in Dallas arts and culture. (Items are numbered, but in no particular order.) 1. Ben Fountain was nominated for a National Book Award for […]

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The Arts District’s Future: Focus on Festivals

For all the hoopla surrounding the AT&T PAC opening, there are a few things the Arts District doesn’t do well yet: fostering organic use, serving as a common urban space/park, interacting with the surrounding neighbourhoods (or lack thereof). But the district’s opening did prove that it is very good at playing the role of gathering […]

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WSJ Does a Double Whammy on AT&T PAC

D Magazine contributor Willard Spiegelman sure gets around. Today, he can be found in the Journal, where he critiques the architecture and setting of new performing arts center. While Willard looks at the outside, Journal opera critic Hollie Waleson focuses on what’s happening inside. One nice benefit of having the nation’s major critics in town for the PAC opening […]

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New York Times on the Winspear and Otello

Anthony Tommasini adds his opinion this morning to our own Willard Spiegelman’s about the new opera house and its first production. On the Winspear: Several bigger, more significant American companies are going to envy the Dallas Opera its new home. On Otello: At times, especially in Act I, the performance of the orchestra and chorus was insecure […]

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Scenes From the AT&T Performing Arts Center ACT III Gala

Saturday night was a star-studded affair, with Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth performing. Fine folks like Tracy and Jill Rowlett (pictured) attended. Jeanne Prejean has a more official recap of the party over on SweetCharity, and Tim posted a recap as well.  I’m just the girl who’s posting the link to our party pics.

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Morphoses Dazzles at Winspear Opera House Opening

Willard Spiegelman already mentioned the performances of opera superstars Thomas Hampson and Denyse Graves at the AT&T Performing Arts Center ACT III Gala last night, but I wanted to praise the ballet element of the event. Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses ballet company blew me away. I’ve heard the dancing described as “dreamlike” before, and that’s exactly […]

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