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.
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.
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.
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...

According to the Modern, theater influenced a lot of work of '80s artists, including Robert Longo, who photographed his subjects in motion before drawing them.

Urban Theater: Still/Here

The Modern’s new exhibit harks back to the Decade of Decadence. Wonderfully.
It hits you like a rail of coke. The brightly neon-hued images and three-dimensional ephemera that cover every inch of the small dark room –– records, a piano, boom boxes, TVs, a Star of David, children’s toys, tinsel –...


Deep Barley Roots

Before Rahr, Peticolas, and Deep Ellum, North Texas had Wagenhauser – and several other craft and industrial-scale breweries.
The release of North Texas Beer is timely. As co-authors Paul Hightower and Brian Brown state in their introduction, the beer industry has grown exponentially in North Texas over the past two years. Against the backdrop of this...

Bass Hall was packed with music fans on Wednesday but not for a live performance. Photo by Performing Arts Fort Worth.

Cinematic Virtuosity

International piano competitions and glitzy film festivals make for interesting bedfellows. The mix seemed uneasy at first but slowly coalesced into a memorable evening as the Van Cliburn Foundation’s new documentary, Virtuos...

For his Aluminum Life series, Mohammed Al Qassab subtly comments on the pliable material that employs many UAE citizens.

Emirati Art

A dazzling touring show from the UAE lands in Fort Worth.
Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the United Arab Emirates is a national traveling show of multimedia works that makes its North Texas stop at Artspace 111. The exhibit is immediately notable for what it lacks — any obvious...

At The Live Oak, Anderson & Roe chatted with concertgoers and mixed in some Michael Jackson among the Stravinsky and Mozart.

Cliburn, Now in Session

Fort Worth’s venerable piano foundation gets a chic makeover
Last March, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Roe, also known as the classical duo Anderson & Roe, sat facing each other at pristine Steinway grand pianos and unleashed a pyrotechnic display of bravado and virtuosity to dozens of...

Painting by John Hartley

North Texans, Rally Around this Exhibit

Art in the Metroplex, one of the oldest (almost-)annual open-call visual art shows in the state, is recommended viewing for any loud and proud North Texan. The art from Tarrant, Dallas, and 17 surrounding counties, and it’s m...

Carolyn Judson was spectacular as Aurora, perhaps her best role.

What a Beauty

Texas Ballet Theater opened its season brilliantly with a lavish classic.
There probably isn’t a better way to open a dance season than with a lavish production of Sleeping Beauty with choreography by Ben Stevenson, sets and costumes by Broadway designer Desmond Heeley, and a Tchaikovsky score that...