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UNT Acquires Williams Collection

ANTHONY MARIANI
One of the largest, most diverse, and most historic photography collections in Texas has finally found a home. Consisting of more than 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives –– plus correspondence, artifacts, and several vinta...


Alexandra Lawrence and William Earl Ray star in Amphibian Stage Productions’ latest.

Bank Job: Laughs and Loot

Though the characters’ backstories could have been heftier, Amphibian’s current production glimmers like gold.
JIMMY FOWLER
“Do you think we’ll be assigned the same prison cell?” a terrified Russell (Leicester Landon) asks his brother and criminal accomplice Tracey (Marshall York) soon after the two have committed armed robbery. Russell obviou...



Allison Pistorius and Chris Hury battle for psychosexual supremacy in Circle’s Venus in Fur.

Venus in Fur: Take a Bow

A crack cast neutralizes the cringe-inducing and bolsters the delicious in Circle’s latest production.
JIMMY FOWLER
“Don’t we go to plays for the passions we don’t get in life?” asks playwright-director Thomas (Chris Hury) to Wanda (Allison Pistorius), a young actress auditioning for Thomas’ latest script. Given that Wanda is weari...


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Voluminous

In his new book, Houston law professor David Dow bites off more than he can chew.
JIMMY FOWLER
University of Houston law professor and anti-death penalty crusader David Dow made a big noise in 2010 with his first book, The Autobiography of an Execution. In it, Dow took a highly personal look at the stressful, morally com...



The anonymous hero of Buzzkill derives his power from addiction — and he wants to get clean.

Buzzkill: Down to Earth

This new comic co-written by The Toadies drummer is cause for applause.
COLE WILLIAMS
Members of Alcoholics Anonymous tend to have their share of secrets, but few have one like the strapping young man who goes by the assumed name of “Ruben.” When we first meet him, he’s telling his story to his group, goin...


Though unavailable anywhere in Fort Worth, Semigloss can be purchased at several Dallas locations.

Semigloss: Sparkling Prose

A locally produced art magazine? Bradly Brown and Sally Glass have got you covered.
JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worth new media artist Bradly Brown has had the kind of “urban artsy” college-and-career trajectory that the twentysomething characters on an HBO show often enjoy. The El Paso native studied photography as an undergrad...



Kern really opened up after intermission. Rodger Mallison/The Cliburn

The Piano in the Piano

Olga Kern inaugurates a new classical music venue at the Kimbell.
LEONARD EUREKA
The Van Cliburn Foundation took first dibs at inaugurating the handsome recital auditorium in the Kimbell Art Museum’s new Renzo Piano Pavilion last week, and most of it was memorable listening. Russian pianist Olga Kern, co-...


This untitled work, part of Beyond Memory at Gallery 76102, was painted by Arlington’s Lois, who taught second and fourth grades for 26 years.

Colorful Memories

Alzheimer’s patients put their brushes to canvas and access sparkling depths.
JIMMY FOWLER
Lisa Buck, coordinator of the Memories in the Making art therapy program for the Alzheimer’s Association’s North Central Texas Chapter, remembers a particularly striking watercolor work she saw created in the program. The a...



Blay: “To have a full seat at the table is by definition an uncomfortable place.”

Frank’s Arrival

Is Chris Blay now an establishmentista?
ANTHONY MARIANI
He wouldn’t have ditched the event, but there’s a part of him that may have wanted to. Waiting for Christopher Blay at the Meadows Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University last week were dozens of North Texas a...


Cindee Mayfield (right), Brandi Andrade, and Elias Taylorson caused quite a stir in Theatre Arlington’s fantastic The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.

Best Plays of ’13

Though marred by the loss of another elder statesman, the past year onstage was exciting.
JIMMY FOWLER
In the Fort Worth theater scene, 2013 will be remembered, of course, as the year that Stage West founder and North Texas theater éminence grise Jerry Russell died. It also happened to be a year of superbly rendered small drama...