Dallas Chamber Symphony presents Sight of Sound Film Finalists

Sight of Sound: Music for Short Films

SoS-Billboard2015Dallas Chamber Symphony brings a full orchestra to the stage to close out its 2015-16 concert season. The first half of the program will feature a variety of short, finalist films from the orchestra’s Sight of Sound International Film & Music contest. [Read more…]

Fall Patio Sessions: Live Local Music In Sammons Park

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Patio Sessions is back with an exciting fall season of FREE live local music in Sammons Park. This year the music starts a little later. Now from  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday night in September and October, you can enjoy a variety of local musicians, including emerging new artists and favorites of the area’s independent music scene.

Fall Patio Sessions Lineup

September 4 – Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward with Tyler Rougeux

September 11 – Salim Nourallah with Chris Holt

September 18 – Boxcar Bandits

September 25 – Cassie Holt and the Lost Souls with Haylee & Amanda

October 2 – The Roomsounds with RTB2

October 9 – Luke Wade & No Civilians with Kirk Thurmond

October 16 – Home By Hovercraft with Low Dark Hills

October 23 – Calhoun with Catamaran

October 30 – Mariachi Quetzal – Dia de los Muertos celebration

Dine at one of several local food trucks in the park, get an iced coffee from Pearl Cup Coffee, and relax with friends and family in the shade of the Winspear Opera House’s expansive Sky Canopy for an evening of local music and community.

Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays Music Series Fall Concerts Returns on September 4

Dallas Arboretum ConcertsThe premier concert series “Cool Thursdays” at the Dallas Arboretum will return to the Dallas Arboretum in September. Dallas’ favorite concert series overlooks the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Lawn and has become a “must do” Thursday night event for many local residents.

The spring concert series completely sold out and the fall series is sure to do the same. The only way to enjoy the September 4 concert featuring Dallas’ favorite variety band, Emerald City, and to secure your spot for the remainder of the concerts is to purchase a fall subscription, as individual tickets for Emerald City have already sold out.

Emerald City is best described in three words: motion, movement and energy. This 13 piece, three-horn section super group electrifies every audience with a combination of high engaging dance songs from the past along with today’s hits. Emerald City has even been voted as “Entertainers of the Year,” and their ability to entertain is only rivaled by their extensive ability to get the audience up on the dance floor.

For Emerald City, guests are encouraged to participate in the weekly costume contest to win prizes. This week’s theme is to come dressed in white from head-to-toe for the “Emerald City ‘White Out’ Award.”

In addition to the coolest view of White Rock Lake, attendees can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food from food trucks including Easy Slider and Cajun Tailgators. The gardens are also open to stroll through before the concert to enjoy the breathtaking fall displays including the famous pumpkin village.

The concert series continues through October and will return again in the spring 2015. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the fall concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. Single tickets start at $10-$27 and are available for purchase online. For group tickets of 15 or more, call Torie Parsons, 214-515-6520. On-site parking is complimentary for all concerts.

Cool Thursdays Upcoming concerts at the Dallas Arboretum

September 11: Blaze of Glory – The Bon Jovi Experience

September 18: Hunter Sullivan – Dallas’ Favorite Big Band

September 25: The Official Blues Brother Revue

October 02: The Molly Ringwalds-The World’s Greatest 80’s Tribute

October 09: Brave Combo – Grammy Award-Winning Polka Band

October 16: Asleep at the Wheel – The Kings of Texas Swing

October 23: A Hard Night’s Day – A Tribute to the Beatles

October 30: Thriller Night With Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute

More information is available at www.dallasarboretum.org or by calling 214.515.6500.

About the Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum logoThe Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $10.

Dallas Arts Week: Citywide Arts Celebration


Mayor Mike Rawlings and the City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission announce the 2nd annual Dallas Arts Week to be held April 5 to 13, 2014. Dallas Arts Week 2014 features more than 80 arts and cultural events in venues across the city: from Downtown to Fair Park; Northeast Dallas to Oak Cliff, and all points in-between!

Dallas Arts Week 2014 encourages residents and visitors to participate in Dallas’ arts and cultural offerings by experiencing the community’s creative resources and enjoying the breadth of activities; from festivals and plays, to concerts, exhibitions and literary events. This city-wide initiative highlights the vibrant arts and cultural sector of Dallas that, year-round, features myriad opportunities to engage in creative activities. Campaign partners include the Business Council for the Arts and KERA’s Art&Seek.

 “Dallas Arts Week is a fantastic opportunity for the citizens and visitors of Dallas to experience the passion and vibrancy of the arts in our city,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “It allows people to experience the arts, engage in conversation about the arts, and realize the power of the arts.

On April 8, Mayor Rawlings will moderate the Creative Conversation panel discussion to further the dialogue about the contributions of Dallas’ creative sector on the overall success of the city. The event takes place at Dallas City Performance Hall and is sponsored by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. The event is free and open to the public.

KERA’s Art&Seek has developed a dedicated calendar of events listings for Dallas Arts Week, providing a comprehensive online resource for all activities (www.artandseek.org/artsweek). A Facebook page for social media postings is available at www.facebook.com/DallasArtsWeek. Residents and visitors wishing to share their arts experiences are invited to participate by posting their comments and photographs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at #DallasArtsWeek.

 ARTsPARK at NorthPark Center

Dallas Arts Week 2014 commences with ARTsPARK, an annual celebration of the arts presented by the Business Council for the Arts and held at NorthPark Center. ARTsPARK is a family-friendly festival of arts and culture. Now spanning two days, ARTsPARK includes performances, hands-on activities and demonstrations. ARTsPARK After Dark is a ticketed social event that takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 4.  ARTsPARK is a free event that takes place from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Citywide Performing Arts Celebration

The community-wide Dallas Arts Week celebration takes place at venues across the city with programs for all ages and interests. See Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Spring Fiesta! in the Arts District (April 9 and 10),  the Undermain Theatre’s regional premiere of We’re Proud to Present a Presentation …  in Deep Ellum (April 5 to 12), Cambalache Teatro en Español’s La muerte y la doncella  at the Bath House Cultural Center in East Dallas, or learn how to Make a Plate at the Kittrell/Riffkind Gallery in North Dallas.

Musical offerings include the Dallas Opera’s Barber of Seville on stage at the Winspear Opera House (April 5, 11 and 13),  the Texas Camerata at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (April 6) , and the Cool Thursday Concerts at the Dallas Arboretum (April 10).

Visual art exhibitions ongoing through the week include the Chrysalis fiber arts exhibition at the Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park, a retrospective of work by Dallas native David Bates at the Nasher Sculpture Center,  the 11th Annual Hecho en Dallas exhibition at the Latino Cultural Center, and public art tours of the Love Field Art Collection at Dallas Love Field Airport (April 8 to 10).

Festivals abound during Dallas Arts Week and include the Dallas International Film Festival (April 3 to 13), the 20th Annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival (April 4 to 6), Dallas Art Fair (April 11 to 13) and Dance Planet 18 (April 12 and 13).

Family-Friendly Arts Events

Family-friendly activities include the Crow Collection of Asian Art’s Kids Club (April 5) at the Trinity River Audubon Center, the Culture Out of School Open House at the South Dallas Cultural Center, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Play Along Concert (April 11 and 12) at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

For details about these and other arts and cultural events during Dallas Arts Week please visit www.artandseek.org/artsweek.

About the Cultural Affairs Commission

The City of Dallas Cultural Affairs Commission is an 18-member advisory board, appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The Commission works with the Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) to foster the development of the cultural system in Dallas that provides opportunities for all Dallas citizens and visitors to have access to the arts and the means of cultural expression. OCA provides a variety of programs and services, including the management and operations of seven cultural facilities, a public art program, cultural funding programs and WRR Radio. More information on the Cultural Affairs Commission and the Office of Cultural Affairs’ programs can be found at www.DallasCulture.org.

 About Art&Seek

Art&Seek introduces you to the North Texans who make art, explores how they do it and helps you connect with it. Reports from the team’s arts journalists air regularly on KERA FM 90.1. In addition, more than 3,000 arts groups and their events are represented on Art&Seek’s calendar. Check that out, and more, at ArtandSeek.net. Art&Seek is a service from KERA/North Texas Public Media.