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Wendy Welch and Bob Hess plumb the mysteries of this book and their marriage in Stage West’s Sexy Laundry.

Strange Odors

Stage West’s marriage comedy Sexy Laundry is as sharp as old clothes.
Kristian Lin
My other duties at this publication have kept me away from reviewing theater for a while, but I got back on that horse this past weekend with Stage West’s Sexy Laundry, which is among the first Fort Worth productions of 2016....


Sebastião Salgado’s photographs are spotlighted in The Salt of the Earth.

Best Documentaries of 2015

Rounding up the nonfiction film achievements of the past year.
Kristian Lin
You may have noticed that I didn’t include any documentaries when I ran my list of 2015’s best movies last week. I’m never sure how to evaluate documentaries alongside fiction films — comparing fiction movies to one ano...



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WoCA: Evolving Art

Without a space to call home for now, Lauren Cross is fostering new partnerships in town.
Edward Brown
It’s been one year since Lauren Cross said goodbye to her socially conscious art gallery space on Race Street. She knew that real estate development nearby could one day spell her departure, but the incident that led to the c...


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Billy Hassell: Eco-Painter

A survey of new and old works presents an artist with a message.
Christopher Blay
There is no substitute for being in nature. And there is no equivalent expression that translates nature into a satisfying two-dimensional experience either. For as long as humans have stood in awe of it, we have tried to bring...



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From Bow to Baton

Former UNT College of Music conductor Anshel Brusilow reflects on a lifetime of music in his memoir.
Edward Brown
Famed conductor Anshel Brusilow first conceived of his memoir, Shoot the Conductor, in 1967. He didn’t start writing immediately. Life afforded the former conductor of the UNT Symphony Orchestra several more decades to ponder...


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Arts-Centered Learning

Imagination Fort Worth is reinventing itself while keeping the focus on the kids.
Edward Brown @EJB0017
As long as there’s been public school, there have been fights about where art and music fit into it. “They’re valuable but not crucial,” say some folks. Others think learning how to read music or paint not only help cre...



“The Floor Scrapers” is part of the Kimbell’s Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye.

The Umbrella Man

The Kimbell celebrates an overlooked member of the Impressionists.
Kristian Lin
Gustave Caillebotte is the forgotten man of the Impressionist movement. This artist counted Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Pissarro among his friends and supported them by buying their artworks, but for a number of reasons, he didn...


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Intimacy and Impact

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth goes in bold new directions.
Kristian Lin
Next year is the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, and it’s a classical music organization whose work sometimes gets lost amid the hype of larger groups like the Van Cliburn Foundati...



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Jesse’s Girls

There’s more to Jesse Sierra Hernandez than babes — mainly classicism and conceptualism.
Anthony Mariani
Jesse Sierra Hernandez has finally arrived. The fortysomething painter started out nearly two decades ago as a sort of scenester-slash-bon vivant-slash-autodidact who was arguably more popular personally than his artwork. Which...


Winter Rusiloski’s”Luna’s Surge” is more Die Hard than De Stijl.

Ugly, Beautiful, Pretty, Kitsch

Winter Rusiloski and The Exhibitionists thrill and delight at Artspace 111.
Christopher Blay
In 2009’s Untitled, the curator of a contemporary gallery sells abstract paintings from her back room because if her clients knew she sanctioned that kind of work they would banish her from the art world. The brutal suggestio...