Arts
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...



North Texas actor Frank Mosley lives off the land in Nelson’s feature debut, Some Beasts.

Some Beasts: Land to Celluloid

Fort Worth filmmaker Cameron Bruce Nelson makes his feature debut.
JIMMY FOWLER
In 2009 writer-director Cameron Bruce Nelson moved to Fort Worth to marry his longtime girlfriend, after a three-year post-college stint working on an organic farm in Virginia as a kind of sabbatical. Nelson, who had studied an...


Betsy McBride is a Sugar Plum Fairy in Texas Ballet Theater’s production of The Nutcracker.

TBT’s Nutcracker SHINES

This new version of the Tchaikovsky classic may also be the prettiest you’ve ever seen.
LEONARD EUREKA
The unexpected ice storm raised hell with Texas Ballet Theater’s two-week Nutcracker run in Dallas’ Winspear Opera House. The last four performances had to be cancelled, poking a hole in the company’s already-tight budget...



“Pomegranate Grouping” nicely embodies Ivey’s abstract realism. Courtesy David Wharton

Carol Ivey’s Illuminations

Think twice before labeling this Fort Worth painter’s work “decorative.”
JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worth painter Carol Ivey knows exactly when she fell in love with natural light. In the early 1980s, she was awarded an arts fellowship to work for 11 weeks on a small island called Ossabaw off the coast of Georgia. There ...


“Fromage” could have been perfect if Smith had been less literal.

Uplifted Spirit

Heavy-handedness keeps Jerry Smith’s exhibit from achieving glory.
ANTHONY MARIANI
In the annals of Fort Worth contemporary art, Vernon Fisher probably looms the largest. And for good reason. The veteran multimedia artist and painter is a complete badass. There’s really nothing that pops up in his head that...



Fantasy and color combine in painterly ways in Patrick Nagatani and Andree Tracey’s “Alamogordo Blues.”

In Living Color!

Amon Carter’s new exhibit isn’t comprehensive but still says a lot.
CHRISTOPHER BLAY
The new exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art contains all of its color in a black box. The entrance and exit to the galleries are darkened, resembling a camera obscura or dark chamber. These contraptions were used ...


Dallas 1963 By Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis Twelve: Hatchett Brook Group, 2013. $28, 372 pps.

Dark Dallas

Back in 1963, Kennedy was a wanted man by the de facto white supremacists who ran the city.
MARGARET ALLYSON
This is not a book about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In fact that event and its aftermath are detailed only in the epilogue. Instead, Dallas 1963 is a fascinating study of the political climate in the city i...



Janet Morrow’s “Going, Going, Gone”

Gallery

Gallery 76102
GALLERY
Chefs know that you can make marvelous (if ephemeral) sculptures out of spun sugar. Janet Morrow has taken that idea and created Sweetie Pie, her Gallery Night show at Gallery 76102. This holiday season, there’s still time fo...


Ken Dixon “Order & Disorder: Common Denominator”

Gallery

William Campbell Contemporary Art
GALLERY
Ken Dixon’s show at William Campbell, 3 Short Stories & 12 Options, takes its inspiration from Texas’ Hill Country, but the artist renders his landscapes in paint, paper, and carved wood. The show remains up through Sat...