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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...


Henri Fantin-Latour’s striking “A Studio at Les Batignolles” is a group portrait.

Impressive Faces

Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugin, and several other revolutionary painters come to life at the Kimbell.
LAURIE JAMES
We just can’t shake him. On billboards, on buses, in publications like this one –– it seems that wherever we look, there’s Vincent van Gogh staring back at us. The legendary Dutch artist’s 1887 self-portrait, its vibr...



(From left to right) Michael Shih, Vadym Kholodenko (his page turner), and Kelly Cornell deftly handled Brahms' "Horn Trio."

Kholodenko, FWSO Shine at the Piano (Pavilion)

EDWARD BROWN
Developing a unique and masterful voice is among the highest artistic achievements for any musician. In the light instrumentation of chamber music, though, the individual personalities of the musicians must be balanced against ...


Kholodenko’s return to Fort Worth is a sort of homecoming.

Golden Tones

Van Cliburn winner Vadym Kholodenko returns but not with an orchestra.
EDWARD BROWN
With his gold medal triumph at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition one year behind him, Vadym Kholodenko has a concert schedule that reads like a classical pianist’s wish list. This month alone he is performi...



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Best Of Culture 2014

FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
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...