Arts
Motley’s “Octoroon Girl” probably traversed a difficult path to luxury.

mood indigo

Harlem Renaissance master Archibald Motley receives his due at the Carter.
JIMMY FOWLER
After a glance at several of the paintings in the national exhibit Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, currently on view at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, fans of 1970s American sitcoms may wonder: Did Motley, a Harl...


Memorials are planned for Justin Elliot (left) and Leonard Belota.

Memorials for Leonard Belota, Justin Elliot

ANTHONY MARIANI
The North Texas scene recently lost two talented musicians. On Sunday, July 27, Leonard Belota, a jazz trumpeter who toured with the Stax Records band, according to local jazz luminary Johnny Case, died at home under hospice ca...



Ansel Adams’ “The Tetons –– Snake River” is one of the best of the best.

Ansel Adams in the Zone

Arlington Museum of Art’s retrospective is breathtaking — and almost over.
LAURIE JAMES
This week is your last chance to catch Ansel Adams Masterworks, a series of original, spellbinding photographs curated by the legendary photographer during the twilight of his career. Along with some of his most recognizable pi...


Curtain call featuring (from left to night) Buddy Brae, Corrie Donovan, Cecily Gordon, Chrisian Bester, Ricky Ian Gordon, Colleen Mallette, Jenna Meador, Amy Stewart, Alison Whitehurst, and Anthony Fortino

Beautiful Festival of American Song

EDWARD BROWN
America has left an indelible mark on the world of vocal music, thanks in no small part to composers like George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, among others. The American song genre can be difficult to define, though, since it pul...



Glenn Downing’s drawing “Thor” represents the outer edge of Regional Juried Exhibition.

Judging Excellence

Artspace 111 does something crazy and puts on a juried show. And it’s a doozy.
NICOLE CRITES AND ANTHONY MARIANI
Artspace 111 has always been a little nontraditional. For decades after its founding in 1980, the studio/gallery in a warehouse on a desolate eastern edge of downtown was a gritty, appointment-only exhibition space, quietly con...


John Forkner, Scott Zenreich, Alexandra Lawrence, and Brandon Murphy star in the Phibs’ uproarious new play.

Smells Funny

A budding medieval plastic surgeon comes of age in Amphibian Stage Productions’ new comedy.
JIMMY FOWLER
“The nose is the seat of the face!” declares Ulrich (Brandon Murphy), a medieval master plastic surgeon from Vienna, to Gavin (Scott Zenreich), an orphan and surgeon-in-training. The eager young protégé wants to learn the...



The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism, edited by David O’Donald Cullen and Kyle G. Wilkison. Texas A&M University Press, 208 pps. $25

Right-to-Hate State

The Tea Party is just the most recent radical-right movement to grip Texas.
JIMMY FOWLER
Now that the country has reacted with disgust and amusement to the extremist 2014 Texas Republican Party platform, the next logical question is: Where did that platform’s piquant combo of modern alienation, paranoia about the...


(From left to right) Mary Jane Greer, Seth Johnston, and Laura Lutz Jones star in Drag Strip Courage’s production of Pinter’s giddy romp Old Times. Lee Chastain

Drag Strip’s Pinter Play

Local modern troupe tackles the legend’s wily Old Times.
JIMMY FOWLER
Much has been written about the enigmatic, vexing work of British playwright, screenwriter, director, and Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, who died in 2008 at the age of 78. He began his career on the 1950s London stage, writing c...



Iron, leather, gold, and bronze combine in this suit of armor from the mid-Edo Period.

Samurai: Killer Style

Armor, helmets, masks, and serious scholarship make this Kimbell exhibit a winner.
NICOLE CRITES
Apparently, ancient Japanese samurai were as stylish as they were fearsome. Though Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection has been up for several months now, the Kimbell Art Museum is in the midst of...


PHOTOS BY BRIAN HUTSON

Jimmy Buffet: A Howlin’ Good Time

STEVE STEWARD
I won’t go as far as to say that last night’s Jimmy Buffet concert at Coyote Drive-In was the best concert of the year. (So far, that distinction goes to the Pinkish Black/Sub Oslo show at Lola’s Saloon last Saturday.) Bu...