Blues For Willadean, a new film from award-winning writer/director/producer Del Shores (Sordid Lives, Queer As Folk, Dharma & Greg), has its Dallas theatrical premiere at the Angelika Dallas at Mockingbird Station from October 26 – November 12, 2012.
Shores’ latest work set in a trailer park in Mesquite, Texas explores the hidden emotions, shame and secrecy of battered women, while also offering hope, healing and truth. He draws the audience into the fire, allowing them to laugh one minute and cry the next as they experience emotions revealed from all sides – the abuser, the abused and the powerless bystander.
Blues For Willadean stars all five original cast members from the stage production including SAG Award winner Beth Grant (The Artist, Rain Man, Donnie Darko, Little Miss Sunshine) as the title character, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help), Spirit Award winner Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone), David Steen (Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained) and Billboard Dance recording artist Debby Holiday.
Shores has taught over 40 acting workshops in the last several years for Dallas actors and guest lectured at TCU. Through these workshops he found incredible local talent, and six of the cast members of Blues For Willadean are Dallas actors.
Tickets are now on sale at Angelika Film Center.
For the next iteration of the ongoing Sightings series of installations and architectural interventions by contemporary artists, the Nasher Sculpture Center has commissioned Eva Rothschild to create a site-specific sculpture for the museum’s entrance bay. Sightings: Eva Rothschild will be on view from October 20, 2012 through January 20, 2013.
In celebration of the opening of Sightings: Eva Rothschild, the Nasher Sculpture Center presents a special Art ‘til Midnight at the Nasher featuring the first public opportunity to view the new installation, as well as two back-to-back concerts in the Garden on Friday, October 19. Admission will be free this night only.
Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck will offer picnic baskets available for purchase ahead of time, as well as made-to-order salads, sandwiches, snacks. Reserve a picnic basket at 214.242.5144. The Dallas Arts District will also feature Aurora from 8 pm to midnight. Aurora features an installation of lights, sound, performance and projection art, and a variety of food trucks stationed throughout the district.
“Working in a wide array of media and exploring a diverse range of forms, Eva Rothschild has established an international reputation as one of the most significant sculptors of her generation. We’re thrilled that for her Sightings installation, the artist has engaged in the most thoughtful and ambitious manner with our admissions bay, so that visitors to the Nasher will immediately be surprised and delighted by her work from their first entrance into the museum, and as they move through its spaces,” notes Nasher Director Jeremy Strick.
Born in Dublin in 1971, and currently based in London, Rothschild has received acclaim for works that reshape the legacy of minimalist and post-minimalist sculpture to offer evocative, open-ended experiences to the viewer.
The original run of Dallas Children’s Theater’s PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL is completely sold out! As a result, DCT is adding five more performances due to popular demand. And true to the party spirit that the theater has displayed during the entire run, the final weekend will feature a Pink Dance Celebration complete with a live DJ.
Added performances begin October 19. For full schedule and details on the dance parties, visit www.dct.org.
The poetry of William Shakespeare’s timeless A Midsummer Night’s Dream is swinging to a new beat with newly composed tunes, classic jazz standards and choreographed dance numbers in A Jazz Dream, The Musical, adapted by New York guest director Maggie L. Harrer and produced by the University of North Texas Department of Dance and Theatre.
A cast of 18 people — plus 10 dancers, a five-piece jazz ensemble and a 12-member jazz choir — will perform A Jazz Dream at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 through 3 and Nov. 8 through 10. All performances will take place in the University Theatre in the Radio, TV, Film and Performing Arts Building on the UNT campus. Visit www.danceandtheatre.unt.edu for ticket information.
“Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter is like jazz; it’s the rhythm of the heart with the accent on the second beat – ba bum, ba bum,” said Harrer, adaptor, guest artist director and choreographer of A Jazz Dream, The Musical. “Shakespeare’s Midsummer is a play about passion — about loves thwarted, loves lost and loves found — and it’s timeless. The rhythms of jazz make passion immediate and accessible, so the two together seemed a perfect blend of poetry, passion and music.”
A new photographic exhibit opens Friday, October 19 at ArtSpace111 in Fort Worth. An exhibit that captures authentic moments of Jewish life in Eastern Europe.
With a photojournalistic combined with fine art perspective, Loli Kantor’s photographs document the people, the places, and the relics of their lives. The tone of the exhibition balances melancholy about irreparable loss with hope for the future. The vivid highly saturated color prints convey the tangible reality of these places, in a full palette of the region’s hues. Along with the color works, part of the project was printed using original black-and-white negatives and printed in the platinum/palladium process. The small palladium prints are reminiscent of snapshots taken in the 1940′s, and intended to invoke the past. Juxtaposed with the color works, they create a dialogue between past and present and a wider look at people and culture.
Kantor will be at the gallery on October 19, 6-9pm, to discuss the works. The exhibit closes December 1.
Information at www.artspace111.com