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Glory Won’t Be Denied

Fort Worth Opera wins
EDWARD BROWN
For an opera company known for cultivating young talent and taking on newer, contemporary works (as well as re-envisioning classics), Fort Worth Opera has lagged woefully behind in one area — recording and releasing albums. H...


Ann Ekstrom’s “Night Bloomer” is on display at Artspace 111.

Plastic Nature, Naturally

Painter Ann Ekstrom shines at Artspace 111
ANTHONY MARIANI
Inspired by her mother, the late painter and printmaker Beth Lea Clardy, Fort Worth’s Ann Ekstrom has spent most of her professional life reconstituting trinkets, jewelry, and toys into quietly extravagant paintings. Her new ...



Karen Rich Bell’s “Hybrid (From My Trials)”

Gallery

UNT Art Bldg
GALLERY
In UNT’s new exhibit Beyond Natural, nine artists create sculptures and 3D art inspired by forms of the natural world. These include fantastical landscapes and sculptures that range from delicate to riotous. The opening recep...


BOOKS

Let the Sunshine In

A new Ann Richards biography paints a compelling portrait.
MARGARET ALLYSON
Before there was Wendy Davis, there was Ann Richards. With her political savvy, big smart mouth, and, yes, her trademark “closer to God” silver bouffant ’do, Richards is one of only two women ever elected governor of Texa...



Angel Fernandez’ “Yoke, Cycle, Cycladic”

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Gallery 414
GALLERY
As colorful and inviting as children’s toys, Angel Fernandez’ sculptural works are some of the pieces on display in Gallery 414’s show Playful Intimate Assertive, which also features works by Peter Colley and Winter Rusil...


Kristi L. Mills (left), Jerry Downey (top), Duke Anderson, and Taylor Staniforth star in Circle’s latest.

Bear the Predictability

A crack cast overcomes boilerplate characters in Circle Theatre’s latest.
JIMMY FOWLER
“I’d rather have a bear in my lap than a pregnant liberal!” snaps Kyle (Duke Anderson) to his wife Nan (Taylor Staniforth) after she’s duct-taped him to the ratty old recliner in their rural Georgia home. His words soun...



Rose Marie Mercado’s “I Wanna Be a Whatter Melon”

Gallery

Work Room
GALLERY
As always with Gallery Night, there are lots of shows that are up only for the night. Among these is the open studio on Race Street called The Work Room, which combines both private working space and public exhibition space for...


Alessandro Deljavan’s wonderful performance probably had ’13 Cliburn jurors wondering why they didn’t send him to the finals.

Red Stars

The FWSO and Cliburn medalists pay tribute to the late pianist and the music he loved so much.
LEONARD EUREKA
In a tribute to the late Van Cliburn, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra turned its annual pre-season festival into a three-day all-Russian extravaganza last weekend. Each of the three programs featured a finalist from last spri...



Susan Harrington’s “Head”

Gallery

Moudy Gallery
GALLERY
Beating Gallery Night to the punch by a week is the TCU Faculty Exhibition, which opened last week but has its opening reception this Thursday at 5pm. Incoming students can get a look at what their professors and lecturers have...


Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz’ “Normal Work”

Gallery

GALLERY
In 19th-century England, a housemaid named Hannah Cullwick formed an unusual S&M-tinged relationship with her employer Arthur Munby, frequently posing for photographs while dressed as different kinds of women. Normal Work, ...