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Michele Gifford and Shea Johnson will dance this weekend with Ballet Concerto.

Park Passion

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Ballet Concerto, the popular summer dance troupe, celebrates 30 years of open-air performances  with a four-day run at Trinity Park Pavilion beginning Thursday. Founded by Margo Dean (who also founded the Fort Worth Ballet, no...


Brent Alford is Shylock in Trinity Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

A Pound of Flesh

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The Trinity Shakespeare Festival goes into full swing this week at TCU with a couple of Shakespeare plays that are grouped in with his comedies, though only one of them fits snugly into that category. That would be The Merry Wi...



John Graham’s “Table Top Still Life with Bird”

Three Musketeers

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For some reason, John D. Graham is never mentioned among the giants of the abstract expressionist movement. Born Ivan Gratianovich Dombrowsky in Kiev in 1886, he had been a lawyer and a decorated veteran of World War I before h...


It’s still a gay film festival: Jean Harris and Matthew Wilkas in Gayby at Q Cinema.

That’s Our Q

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The Q Cinema festival has been going since 1998, and it’s a measure of just how much has changed since then that this year’s festival has an entire program of short films dedicated to the subject of gay marriage. Our nation...



Buster Keaton walks the rails in search of his stolen locomotive in The General, shown at Prairie Fest, Sat.

Prairie Buster

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This year’s Prairie Fest has tripled in size, going from one day to three — one each in March, April, and May — to celebrate spring in Tandy Hills Park and the idea of building cities that exist in better harmony with nat...


David Jeremiah, Jerrold Trice, and Amis Ali in Broke-ology.

Sons and Big Girls

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The continuing vitality of African-American theater will be demonstrated in Fort Worth this week when two new plays open. Jubilee Theatre brings us Broke-ology, a play by Nathan Louis Jackson that had its debut in New York only...



Wes Cantrel, Grace Neeley, and Keith J. Warren in Maria de Buenos Aires.

Fort Worth Operita

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While Fort Worth Opera is busy unveiling new works to eager moviegoers this month (see Stage article), there’s a new stage piece enjoying its regional premiere at Rose Marine Theater this weekend. María de Buenos Aires was w...


Mark Smith’s “Twin Rivers” will be on display at Bill Campbell’s thru mid-June.

Smith’s Earth Below

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Like Katie Paterson, an artist whose work was recently exhibited at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, North Texas painter Mark Smith draws inspiration from nature. Not happy little trees and stuff but the expansively infinit...



Charles Bowling’s 1936 painting “Texas Landscape” is emblematic of the kind of early Texas art to be celebrated this weekend by CASETA at Texas Wesleyan.

Early Texas Art Works

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Holy impressionism, Batman! The big-daddy annual symposium on early Texas art is this weekend at Texas Wesleyan School of Law. The Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA) held its first convention in 20...


Ged Quinn’s “Ouranophobia” is part of the Modern’s Focus.

Ged Into Nature

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At first blush, Ged Quinn’s paintings look like wholly traditional works of art, still lifes and landscapes influenced by Caspar David Friedrich and (the artist with whom he’s most frequently compared) Claude Lorrain. Yet l...