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Best Of Culture 2014

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Solo Dance Performance (Female) Critic’s choice: Carolyn Judson Judson continues to blossom into one of Texas Ballet Theater’s leading ballerinas, giving memorable opening-night performances as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet an...


Restaurantes, rumba y más: A Gringo’s Guide to Latino Fort Worth, by Peter Szok. TCU Press, $9.95, 132 pps.

Gringos’ Delight

TCU prof Peter Szok is your guide through Latino Fort Worth.
EDWARD BROWN
Like a pocket-sized tour guide, Peter Szok’s Restaurantes rumba y más: A Gringo’s Guide to Latino Fort Worth challenges residents and visitors alike to explore the city’s rich and often overlooked Hispanic enclaves. The ...



Superman has some advice for “Jack.”

A Death in Pictures

Dennis Blagg gathers some of Leslie Lanzotti’s most skeptical JFK paintings.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Fort Worthian Leslie Lanzotti describes her painting style as “fractured reality.” Fitting then that one of her favorite subjects is shrouded in mystery. And not just any big question but one of the biggest in the history o...


Bob Allen and Melinda Wood Allen want Santa to be held accountable in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Lee Chastain

Bad Santa

St. Nick’s team accuses him of abusing his power in Drag Strip Courage’s Reindeer Monologues.
JIMMY FOWLER
If you thought David Sedaris and Joe Mantello’s The Santaland Diaries was the ultimate in smart-ass holiday entertainment for adults, you haven’t seen Jeff Goode’s The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Not as famous as Diaries ...



The explorers raise a toast to a new partnership.

Exploring New Terrain

Stage West and WaterTower Theatre collaborate on a new production.
JIMMY FOWLER
Stage West’s current show, Nell Benjamin’s British period comedy The Explorers Club, marks an important milestone in the venerable Fort Worth company’s 35-year history. It’s Stage West’s first full-fledged co-producti...


Along with Ira Cohen, Fort Worth artist Zelmer Phillips, who died this year, created this portrait of Japanese dance pioneer Ohno Kazuo.

Moore Outsider Art

The fifth annual Holiday Art Extravaganza will be a retrospective of sorts.
JIMMY FOWLER
While putting together his fifth annual Holiday Art Extravaganza, John Carlisle Moore knew there was one artist that he had to include: Zelmer Phillips, Moore’s longtime friend, Hip Pocket Theatre collaborator, and visual art...



According to the Modern, theater influenced a lot of work of '80s artists, including Robert Longo, who photographed his subjects in motion before drawing them.

Urban Theater: Still/Here

The Modern’s new exhibit harks back to the Decade of Decadence. Wonderfully.
ANTHONY MARIANI
It hits you like a rail of coke. The brightly neon-hued images and three-dimensional ephemera that cover every inch of the small dark room –– records, a piano, boom boxes, TVs, a Star of David, children’s toys, tinsel –...


books

Deep Barley Roots

Before Rahr, Peticolas, and Deep Ellum, North Texas had Wagenhauser – and several other craft and industrial-scale breweries.
EDWARD BROWN
The release of North Texas Beer is timely. As co-authors Paul Hightower and Brian Brown state in their introduction, the beer industry has grown exponentially in North Texas over the past two years. Against the backdrop of this...



Bass Hall was packed with music fans on Wednesday but not for a live performance. Photo by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

Cinematic Virtuosity

EDWARD BROWN
International piano competitions and glitzy film festivals make for interesting bedfellows. The mix seemed uneasy at first but slowly coalesced into a memorable evening as the Van Cliburn Foundation’s new documentary, Virtuos...


For his Aluminum Life series, Mohammed Al Qassab subtly comments on the pliable material that employs many UAE citizens.

Emirati Art

A dazzling touring show from the UAE lands in Fort Worth.
JIMMY FOWLER
Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the United Arab Emirates is a national traveling show of multimedia works that makes its North Texas stop at Artspace 111. The exhibit is immediately notable for what it lacks — any obvious...