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    Aging Gracefully

    published August 14, 2014

    "Picture it, Dallas, Texas." The wind-ups in Candy Barr's Last Dance at Theatre Three are something worthy of Sophia Petrillo.... More >>

  • Phantom is bigger than ever.

    published August 14, 2014

    When musicals make the trek from the Great White Way to the silver screen, it's likely they'll find a way back to the stage. There is no better... More >>

  • Inside)(Outside

    published August 14, 2014

    Plenty of art doesn't belong inside the halls of a museum. There are sculptures too large for the ceilings; paintings better suited for the... More >>

  • Fashion & Film

    published August 14, 2014

    There is something eerie and beautiful about the song “Pure Imagination.” Of course, the story of Willy Wonka's disciplinary chocolate... More >>

  • Stars of American Ballet

    published August 14, 2014

    What's so great about ballet? If you're not swept away by the tutus, the pink-ribboned shoes, or the graceful athleticism of the dancers, it might... More >>

  • Big Thought, Big Night

    published August 7, 2014

    What’s that screwy motto for the City of Dallas? “Live Large, Think Big” or did they change it to “Big Things Happen... More >>

  • How About Some Art With That Wine?

    published August 7, 2014

    Like a fine wine and a good cheese, no one complains about pairing art and music. What could be better than wiling the hot summer hours away in an... More >>

  • Who Wouldn’t Want to Visit Dallas in August?

    published August 7, 2014

    Sure, Dallas might be at a disadvantage without easy access to the coasts, but it’s smack dab between Los Angeles and New York, which for... More >>

  • Manicure that Foam Finger

    published August 7, 2014

    The word arena might usually conjure images of tall men in brightly colored uniforms, dribbling an orange ball down a court. Trade the men for... More >>

  • Sundown Collaborative Theatre’s New Works Fest

    published August 7, 2014

    Many a love letter has been written to the short play. If it’s a bad play, the 60-minute run time gives a quick release from shoddy... More >>

  • Nausicaa

    published July 31, 2014

    It’s not very often that an artist gets something right on first try. But Hayao Miyazaki may be the exception. Many critics regard his debut... More >>

  • Chipping Smooth

    published July 31, 2014

    Immersive theater is not a synonym for participatory theater. So you won’t need to bring a monologue or warm up your vocal chords before... More >>

  • Soul Rep Co. New Play Festival

    published July 31, 2014

    How many plays does it take to call a series of shows a festival? Or is it simply the label that makes it so? Whatever the answer, the words... More >>

  • Blue Moon Men of Kentucky

    published July 31, 2014

    Blue Moon Men of Kentucky What do folk music and aliens have in common? Well, nothing. At least they didn’t until The History of Future... More >>

  • It's Not the Heat. It's the Near Nudity.

    published July 24, 2014

    If you like Dallas burlesque, than you probably already know about La Divina Productions’ annual Hotter than Hell show. Before the... More >>

  • An Artistic Tramp

    published July 24, 2014

    There’s something mysterious, admirable, yet heartbreaking about the vagabond character in the American narrative. Who are the tramps? The... More >>

  • And Life Is an Incontinent Dog

    published July 24, 2014

    Dallas journalists have it easy. Our First World problems range from a crappy cup of coffee to an unreturned phone call, while halfway across the... More >>

  • We Honestly Love Hugh

    published July 24, 2014

    The Boy From Oz might be most well known as the sexy Hugh Jackman musical that overtook Broadway a few years ago. Beyond that it’s just a... More >>

  • Hoochie Coochie on a Highwire

    published July 17, 2014

    Splits on silks; tits on tightropes; pasties on platforms. Burlesque and cirque are a match made in sexytime heaven. The circus arts already have... More >>

  • Look! This Sale Is on Fire!

    published July 17, 2014

    At the corner of Ross and Peak Avenues there is a furniture store with a permanent sign reading, “Everything Must Go.” The... More >>

  • A Set Designer Spotlighted

    published July 17, 2014

    Stage designer Peter Wolf had a long, prolific career creating elaborate sets for Broadway productions, but he was famous locally as the chief... More >>

  • Digest Dallas

    published July 10, 2014

    Every year tens of thousands of people show up to learn what Dallas tastes like. At least, that’s what the name of the event would seem to... More >>

  • Artistic Sportsmanship

    published July 3, 2014

    Even though many would consider soccer a form of art, it’s not often enough that sports and fine art come together in meaningful ways. But... More >>

  • When the Twilight Gleams, Head to Fair Park

    published July 3, 2014

    There’s something aggressively patriotic about fireworks over Fair Park. Maybe it’s the stunning art deco architecture or the... More >>

  • Stop, Hey What’s That Sound?

    published July 3, 2014

    Human beings can make the strangest noises. That little vocal box in your throat can imitate everything from animals to other people. Like the... More >>

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