Arts
Jim Covault shows Nate Davis what he means by the color Red in Stage West’s new production.

Red: Creative Blocks

In its new production, Stage West searches for Mark Rothko’s true colors.
Kristian Lin
Unlike, say, writers, visual artists can be illuminating to watch at work, which is why so many films and plays are about painters or sculptors. Showing an actor daub paint on canvas or carve a block of material into a sculptur...


Gabriel Lawson, Gil Pritchett, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, and Kyndal Robertson show their flower power in Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.

Black Songs Matter

The moment is ripe for Jubilee Theatre’s Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope.
Kristian Lin
Right now, we all could use a little more African-American righteous anger in our lives. If you don’t believe me, just watch the videos of poor Walter Scott and Eric Harris being killed by cops. Or you can watch something tha...



“Portrait (P. Lappat)” may be no match for “Sorrow.”

Framing Desire: The Big Picture

The Modern shows off its improved collection of photography and video.
CHRISTOPHER BLAY
“Portrait (P. Lappat)” is imposing in both scale and content, with a gaze that’s inescapable. Though it’s the first thing you see when you walk into Framing Desire: Photography and Video, up now at the Modern Art Museum...


The Imbroglio Sextet — (from left to right) Sydney Guillaume, Cara Pollard, Alvaro Santiango, David Otto, Lucia Nuin, Salvador Contreras, and Javier Navascues — will launch its regional tour Friday at The Live Oak.

Imbroglio Sextet’s Grace

Featuring members from Spain, Michigan, and California — and Fort Worth — this new ensemble was created to help young Haitian music students.
Edward Brown
Cara Pollard’s 30-year career has been a balancing act between sitting in academia and following her restless spirit all over the world. With her trumpet in hand, the TCU professor has been to Europe, South America, and, perh...



There’s more to Jay Wilkinson than brilliant stuff like “De Hory,” the Fort Worth multimedia artist’s painted tribute to famed painter and forger Elmyr de Hory.

Jay Wilkinson Versus the World

This Fort Worth multimedia artist is enjoying solving the “problem” of art.
Edward Brown
Jay Wilkinson’s first works of art were inspired by comics but not in a Roy Lichtenstein kind of way. “I was dyslexic,” Wilkinson said, “so my mom gave me comics. Books were overwhelming. Comic books were cool because I...


Van Gogh’s “Enclosed Field with a Ploughman” is from 1889, not long before the tortured artist committed suicide.

Dabbling in Art

The first family of Fort Worth has an eye for (sometimes experimental) detail.
Laurie Barker James
Recent exhibits at the Kimbell Art Museum have included works from the Musée d’Orsay, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and private collections around the country. The Kimbell’s latest hails from closer to home. Much closer....



(From left to right) Jennifer Chang, Aleksandra Holowka, Karen Hall, and Kevin Hall are at a crossroads of sorts.

It’s Hall a Dream

This unique chamber quartet may be outgrowing its humble origins.
Edward Brown
Casting aside conventional thinking has been the Hall Ensemble’s unofficial mantra since forming seven years ago. In an artform steeped in centuries of tradition, the chamber quartet has intentionally avoided concert halls, c...


David Conn

Blockage

Among the arts center’s overheated paintings and overthought conceptual pieces are some diamonds.
Anthony Mariani
Fort Worth Community Arts Center wants to get you in the mood. And then shove you face-first into a cold shower. Certainly in honor of the month in which Valentine’s Day falls, three exhibits –– the group shows The Art of...



Carolyn Judson and Cal Coomer may have never been better.

Merry Me

Though billed as an epic, Texas Ballet Theater’s latest was really an intimate drama.
Leonard Eureka
Most people may know The Merry Widow as a Franz Lehar operetta sung on stage and screen. The engaging melodies have pleased countless audiences since its 1905 premiere. Fewer know it as a ballet, adapted and choreographed by Ro...


Dog Days

Dark Days

Fort Worth Opera prepares for its festival by discussing its most harrowing production yet.
Edward Brown
Dog Days isn’t your typical opera. No unrequited love, no redemption, no slapstick humor, and the main character doesn’t sing a single line. But this new work by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek wasn’t...