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The Kimbell’s Japanese art is a backdrop for suits in Samurai.

A Shogun’s Armor

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When the makers of Star Wars were inventing the design of Darth Vader’s helmet, they borrowed liberally from the kabuto, the helmet that samurai wore, often adorned with ornaments to identify the warrior’s place of origin a...


Benjamin Britten’s music is showcased at Broadway Baptist Church.

Great Britten

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Last November marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, whose music made him a consensus choice for the greatest British composer since Henry Purcell more than 200 years before. At a time when mainstream cl...



Bryan Pitts and Ashley Wilkerson star in Jubilee Theatre’s The Mountaintop.

King’s Speech

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Because we think that African-American history should be part of our history all year long, we’re not the biggest fans of it being confined to one month through the device of Black History Month. Yet Jubilee Theatre has score...


Daniel Binelli is one of the featured musicians at the Latin American Music Festival.

Latin American Musical Celebration

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Two major musical events start Thursday: TCU’s ninth annual Latin American Music Festival and the official inauguration of the 298-seat performance hall in the Renzo Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum. Pianist Olga Kern...



A scene from Balthus: Through the Looking Glass at the Kimbell.

Girls on Canvas

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One thing that great art does is make us uncomfortable. In this, Balthus’ paintings succeed like nothing else. The French-born, Polish-descended Swiss artist has enjoyed a major posthumous rediscovery this past year through a...


The Westminster Choir performs at Arborlawn, Sun.

Bones in the Foundation

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If you want to hear something unearthly, you need to drop by Arborlawn United Methodist Church this Sunday for a performance by the Westminster Choir. That’s where the ensemble will perform The Legend of the Walled-In Woman, ...



George Takei narrates FWSO’s Sci-Fi Spectacular.

Fort Worth Space Orchestra

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In this era of audience segmentation, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is targeting the geeks with its Sci-Fi Spectacular. Guest conductor Jack Everly will conduct music from science-fiction films and TV shows, and Star Trek star ...


Professor D headlines the New Year’s Eve show in Sundance Square.

The Calendar Turns

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It seems that this year, the place to be on New Year’s Eve is downtown. This isn’t to slight the events going on elsewhere. Stage West is holding its annual affair with music by the E-Flat Porch Band and a supper buffet tha...



Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh sing country music in The Broken Circle Breakdown.

A Different Country

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A film unlike anything you’ve seen, The Broken Circle Breakdown begins with five bearded guys wearing Stetsons and playing guitars, fiddles, and banjos. They’re arranged in a circle around a microphone and singing “Will t...


Carmen Miranda is the subject of Artes de la Rosa’s new show.

Miranda Blossoms

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Rose Marine Theater is usually a place for Spanish- or Spanglish-language entertainment, but for this weekend only, it’s going Portuguese. The subject of Artes de la Rosa’s Mamãe eu Quero: The Story of Carmen Miranda is no...