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Sheltering In Place? Try Some Virtual North Texas Arts And Entertainment


by Jerome Weeks 24 Mar 2020

Visit Big Bend, buy from local bookstores, watch symphony concerts and North Texas theater companies — without getting out of your chair.

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Updated on April 3:  Dallas Summer Musicals announced today that ‘Come From Away” has been rescheduled and will return to the Music Hall at Fair Park January 5-17, 2021This week, Cry Havoc launched the online project, The Ghostlight Project. It is a virtual open mic experience where you submit two minutes of material and then perform it in front of a virtual audience.

Updated on April 2: Starting on Friday you can  stream Ochre House Theater’s production of  “Mrs. Haggardly.” Fort Worth acoustic duo Danni and Kris perform “digital jams” live on Wednesdays on their Facebook page. A  slide show, visual tour, and conversation on The MAC’s exhibition, Finding Our Way, made visible through a camera lens by Mary Margaret Hansen and Patsy Cravens is available online.

Updated on April 1: Look for Dallas musician Erykah Badu’s Quarantine Concert Live from my Bedroom series on Instagram. Starting Friday and then every other Friday, Ballet Dallas will present a series of pop-up dance premieres.  The Creative Arts Center has Claim Your Creativity Challenges on their Youtube channel.  And check out MAP Radio Hour, a podcast series of conversations with artists impacting our world.

The Orpheus Chamber Singers have been posting new videos on their YouTube channel. Here, they sing Renaissance composer William Byrd’s “Sing Joyfully.”

Updated on March 31:  Stage West is offering up their production of Lucy Kirkwood’s drama “The Children” for digital streaming.  Patrons will be able to watch the play through Vimeo ON-DEMAND. Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1, The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture has an online program offering recitations and readings from their Dallas Institute Fellows.

Updated on March 30:  Take a virtual tour of Artes de la Rosa exhibition’s “Endangered Americas” accompanied by artist Stormie Parker ‘s commentary. The Cliburn has announced three new online initiatives as a means to connect with classical music no matter what the physical space. UNT College of Music has recommended a series of performances from the UNT Bancroft String Quartet from  IN CONCERT FROM THE ARCHIVES on their Youtube channel.

Updated on March 27: Catch 30 days of shorts courtesy of the Lone Star Film Festival. And watch DFW musicians perform from the Double Wide on QuaranTV. You’ll also find links here for YouTube and Facebook videos for the Sixth Floor Museum, the Avant Chamber Ballet, the Dallas Children’s Theater, the Sammons Center for the Arts and the American Baroque Opera Company.

Updated on March 26: Dallas Theater Center has released information for live streaming their production of “American Mariachi.” The Fort Worth Public Library has started an online Book Club. You can take a virtual tour of Artspace111′ s current exhibition and musician Kristy Krüger performs a nightly lullaby live.

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If you’ve been bingeing on Netflix and Amazon Prime, you might want to take a sec to appreciate how artists — actors, directors, writers, costume designers, cinematographers — have been helping you get through this current crisis.

So here’s our partial (let’s call it curated) list of North Texas artists, arts organizations, parks, bookstores and music performances you can access via the web.

The virtual tour of the Amon Carter Museum’s recently renovated galleries – on Google’s Arts & Culture site.

MUSEUMS and PARKS

Many art collections, historical and cultural sites (London’s Tower Bridge, Machu Piccu) can be viewed through Google’s Arts & Culture website — including temporarily closed North Texas museums such as the Amon Carter Museum, the Kimbell, and the Dallas Museum of Art. World-famous, individual paintings (Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss,” Monet’s “Water-Lily Pond”) can even be studied up-close there.

But in most cases, viewing a museum’s permanent collection, item by item, can be done by simply visiting the museum’s own website.  What’s more, many of these museums — like the Nasher Sculpture Center — have educational resources on their sites or YouTube channels with video lectures and at-home activities. Google’s Arts & Culture does have some virtual ‘walking’ tours, however — like the site’s “Street View” feature — although these are mostly of heritage sites and landmarks, like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Sydney Opera House and the Palace of Versailles.

Pandemic Faire

For contemporary art, you can view a curated sampling via Pandemic Faire. We’re talking works by such Texas artists as Gabriel Dawe, Frances Bagley, Lettitia Huckaby and the like. The website makes no money from this — instead, it has links to the artists’ own sites, where you can purchase their works.

Dallas Contemporary

The Dallas Contemporary has its own online offering — DCfromhome — which includes lesson plans, worksheets and at-home activities.

Art Galleries

Meanwhile, several art galleries — like Lilian Bloch on Instagram — offer tours or individual selections from their current shows. And as previously noted, solo artists are offering their efforts online: On his Facebook page, Dallas artist Arturo Torres has posted “Benny’s Silly Monsters Coloring Book” with black-and-white cartoon characters — suitable for printing out and letting kids color them (Benny is Torres’ own son, Benjamin).

Artspace111’s current exhibition “Collective Inspiration.” It’s a group show featuring works by artists who had studio space at Artspace111 since 1980.

Take a virtual tour of Artes de la Rosa exhibition’s “Endangered Americas” accompanied by artist Stormie Parker’s commentary. The ceramic works depict animals with humanistic expressions to allow the viewer to empathize with their natural struggle as species facing extinction.

The MAC’s exhibition, Finding Our Way, made visible through a camera lens by Mary Margaret Hansen and Patsy Cravens has been extended indefinitely through summer 2020. A slide show, visual tour and conversation are available online.

You can “Amaze Your Brain” at home via the Perot Museum’s YouTube channel. Saturn’s so light (almost all of it’s gas), if there were a bathtub big enough, it’d act like a very large rubber ducky.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

For its part, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is temporarily closed, but you can still point your kids to the museum’s “Amaze Your Brain” videos on its YouTube channel.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is now ‘field-testing’ its Discovery Lab Online series via its own YouTube channel. Starting March 23rd, the museum is presenting live and pre-recorded material daily — all of it geared toward young minds.

And Google Earth has put up a site similar to its Arts & Culture one that features virtual tours of America’s greatest national parks — including Big Bend and the Guadalupe Mountains in Texas.

Sixth Floor Museum

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza has its own YouTube video channel with historical documentation, panels on such topics as Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald as well as talks from notable authors, including Stephen King.

EarthX, April 23-25

Coming up April 23-25, Dallas-based EarthX will host its environmental conference and film festival virtually. It’s doing all this with the National Geographic Society because this year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

With the Dallas Symphony, you can follow #keepthemusicgoing on Facebook to listen to symphony musicians perform from home. The DSO also has its own YouTube channel, where you can watch Fabio Luisi conduct Beethoven’s 7th or this brand-new video of a woodwind chamber music concert recently taped at the Meyerson (above). The DSO is planning on adding more such performances in the near future.

The Cliburn

The Cliburn has announced new online programming called “Cliburn at Home”  featuring three new initiatives. You can reconnect with great Cliburn Competition performances with a Cliburn Watch Party, learn with your children by listening to Cliburn Kids, and be inspired by the passion of our Cliburn Amateur pianists in their Amateur Spotlight.

Plano Symphony Orchestra

The Eisemann Center has closed, but the Plano Symphony Orchestra will still perform there — just not with a live audience (although their school performances in March have been cancelled). Instead, shut-ins at home can watch the PSO’s concerts — at 8 p.m. on Saturdays through April 25th. For those holding tickets for the live concerts, the PSO suggests you might donate them and receive a tax deduction, exchange them for the April 26th concert of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto or receive a credit to be used during the coming season.

 

The Dallas Opera has been recording recitals in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House. Here, Jocelyn Hansen sings Broadway numbers with pianist Emily Baltzer.

Dallas Opera

The Dallas Opera has an ongoing series of Livestream Recitals on its Facebook Page — performances that were taped in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House. So far, they include concerts by baritone Lucas Meachem, who was set to appear in Verdi’s Don Carlo, and soprano Jocelyn Hansen from the company’s Education and Outreach program, singing numbers from Broadway shows including lesser-known musicals, notably, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.

Dallas Bach Society

The Dallas Bach Society also has its own YouTube channel — and just put up a whole slew of new videos, including this excerpt from their Monteverdi concert.

American Baroque Opera Company

Go to facebook.com/AmericanBaroqueOperaCo for the 2018 performance of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona. You can also find it on YouTube.

Sammons Center for the Arts

There are jazz and cabaret concerts to be found at the Sammons’ YouTube channel as well as their Take 6 talks with area musicians.

UNT College of Music

UNT College of Music has recommended IN CONCERT FROM THE ARCHIVES – BANCROFT STRING QUARTET: A series of student ensemble performances from the UNT College of Music – Antonín Dvořák – String Quartet in A-flat Major, Opus 105 (1895). Eugen Kim, violin; Ji Soo Kim, violin; Monika Idasiak, viola; Isaac Kim, cello; Nikola Ružević and George Papich, coaches.

FILM, THEATER and DANCE

American Mariachi

The Dallas Theater Center will live-stream its production of “American Mariachi”— the final dress rehearsal was taped with four hi-res cameras (see the video up top). Ticket buyers will receive an online link and a password to access the recording within 24 hours, and that password will be good for two weeks only. So it’s a limited, exclusive show. “American Mariachi” originated two years ago at the Old Globe in San Diego and was going to open at the Wyly Theatre last week, but you know the rest. Set in the ’70s, the show is about a young Latina wanting to form her own all-female mariachi group (back when women didn’t do that), and it features a live band on stage.

Cry Havoc Theater Company

This week, Cry Havoc launched an online project called The Ghostlight Project. It is a virtual open mic experience. Each Monday, a new prompt will be released and you can submit two minutes of material – it can be a poem, a song, a monologue, a story – you name it! Then, you show up online on Thursday and share your work with a live audience.

Dallas Children’s Theater

You can find online activities drawn from recent shows  — “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” — in the company’s Fun To Do series.

Dallas Summer Musicals

“Come From Away” has been rescheduled and will return to the Music Hall at Fair Park on January 5-17, 2021. Ticket holders for performances March 13-22, 2020 should hold on to their original “Come From Away” tickets, as they will be honored for the new performance dates. Patrons who cannot make their new performance date should contact their original point of purchase for potential exchange opportunities. For more information, visit dallassummermusicals.org/shows/come-from-away.

Lone Star Film Festival 

Lone Star Film Festival has started streaming 30 Days of Shorts programming.

Music for the Soul

“Funny, You Don’t Act Like a Negro” by M. Denise Lee just finished its run at Theatre Three, and T3’s artistic director Jeffrey Schmidt has said he hopes he can bring it back. But Lee is hardly slowing down. She’s launched an online series, Music for the Soul, with performance videos (of her and other local actor-singers like Liz Mikel) posted on her Denise Lee Onstage Facebook page.

Ochre House Theater

On April 3, you can start streaming Ochre House Theater’s memorable production of  “Mrs. Haggardly.”  The play is set at Mrs. Haggardly’s Home for Wayward Children, an orphanage on the outskirts of the Great Brutal War, where the drums of war draw closer and closer each day.

Quarantined Cabaret

A local online effort that’s rapidly gone international is the Quarantined Cabaret, a Facebook page created by Dallasite Mikey Abrams. Yes, there are plenty of music theater professionals and wannabes posting their solo numbers, but there’s also a hula hoop dancer, pre-schoolers excited by watching “Matilda” on video, drag acts, tap dancers, bluegrass musicians and howling dogs. It’s like “The Gong Show” on steroids, says Abrams.

Avant Chamber Ballet

You can watch this company’s recent production of “19th Amendment” – the one recognizing women’s right to vote 100 years ago – at their Facebook page.

Stage West

Stage West is offering up its production of Lucy Kirkwood’s “The Children” for digital streaming. Patrons will be able to watch the play through Vimeo ON-DEMAND. The digital video stream of the play will be available from April 9 at 12 a.m. through April 22 at 11:59 p.m. but there are a limited number of seats available due to the theatre’s licensing agreement.

Stomping Ground Comedy Theater 

Stomping Ground Comedy Theater has The Social Connection, an online group to keep people connected and gain support through comedy and therapy.

Texas Theatre

Oak Cliff’s Texas Theatre has started its Virtual Screening Room with the movie, “Corpus Christi,” about a would-be clergyman and ex-con who’s mistaken for a real priest.

Livestream of The Imaginary Invalid

The Classics Theatre Project presents Stan Graner as Beralde in the live stream of The Imaginary Invalid, by Moliere, performed by Van Quattro. This show will be on April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m. and is free for anyone to watch here on YouTube. Please consider making a donation at TheClassicsTheatreProject.com for this free show.

Pop-Up Premieres

Ballet Dallas is introducing a new series called Pop-up Premieres! They are committed to engaging audiences with creative and beautiful new works of dance. Artistic Director, Carter Alexander, and Resident Choreographer, Hailey von Schlehenried, will be remotely choreographing new solos and duets with the dancers, set to commissioned music by Resident Composer, Martin Morgan and local composer, Max R. von Schlehenried. You can watch here as the dancers perform these pieces live on Ballet Dallas every other Friday at 5 p.m. starting April 3! The live stream is free and Ballet Dallas invites you to join the Ballet Dallas family with your contribution today.

Dallas VideoFest: Alternative Fiction

Dallas Video Fest (VideoFest.org April 2-5) is reinventing how a film festival can thrive in this time of viral uncertainty. Instead of postponing the festivals, they are presenting their festivals online by creating live events including a portal for their audiences to have social interaction with participating filmmakers from their homes and inject art into their lives during this imposed isolation. Find out more here.

Early Music Online Film Competition

Lumedia Musicworks is holding its first-ever Early Music Online Film Competition to keep the creativity flowing and the community growing. Participants will film a story based on one of two, exclusive recordings made by Lumedia Musicworks (available on right on its website). You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to make a good video! A smartphone and free editing apps are at your fingertips.

BOOKS, INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES, POETRY AND READINGS

Great masses of people have stocked up on reading material via Amazon (although when I can, I use Powell’s — they recycle their shipping materials, for one thing). But if you want to support areas stores, the ones that bring in local and national authors, hold book club meetings and even Shakespeare in the Bar performances, you can still turn to web purchases: The stores serve you, you help them.

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture 

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture has an online program offering recitations and readings from their Dallas Institute Fellows. They’ll be reciting or reading their favorite—and sometimes their own—poetry, or memorable passages from plays, stories, and essays.

MAP Radio Hour Podcast

Janeil Engelstad with Make Art with Purpose hosts conversations with writers, artists, designers and others impacting people and the planet.

The Wild Detectives

The bookstore The Wild Detectives, in Dallas, just launched its own ‘virtual shop’ — the image above is out front. It has a retail website now, done through bookshop.org, which helps raise money for independent booksellers. The new online outlet is in addition to the Detectives’ regular website with its calendar of events. The pickings may not be vast — 141 titles — but as typical of the WD, they are choice and bilingual.

Interabang Books

Dallas’ Interabang Books continues to sell books on the web, despite getting seriously clouted by the tornado in October and having to relocate its store to Lovers Lane at the Tollway. And thecame  the shelter-in-place that stopped most retail operations like theirs. So supporting Interrabang by buying your books via their website has become pretty important to that operation.

Half-Price Books

And although Half-Price Books has temporarily closed all of its 126 stores nationwide, including its mothership on Northwest Highway, it’s also got an online retail page.

Book Clubs

Speaking of book clubs: Richland Hills author and librarian Pamela Skjolsvik has started a Facebook group called The 2020 Quarantine Book Club. The idea is to help debut authors who’ve had to cancel book tours and public events. It’s a private group (you have to join to read the posts), but its first selection is  “The Mountains Sing” by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai– and the group already has more than 800 members.n

The Fort Worth Public Library has launched a “Stay at Home” Book Club on Facebook. The first book in the series science fiction novel “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.

ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, MUSIC VENUES

Arturo Torres

On his Facebook page, Dallas artist Arturo Torres has posted “Benny’s Silly Monsters Coloring Book” with black-and-white cartoon characters — suitable for printing out and letting kids color them (Benny is Torres’ own son, Benjamin).

Danni and Kris

Fort Worth acoustic duo Danni and Kris perform “digital jams” live on Wednesdays on their Facebook page.

Kristy Krüger

Dallas musician Kristy Krüger is doing nightly lullabies. Tune in at 9 p.m. to Kristy’s Facebook page for her live lullaby performance. A nice way to end your long day.

Double Wide Bar

The owners of the Double Wide bar have joined forces with DJ Blake Ward to present a YouTube concert series called QuaranTV — and help musicians and performers get paid. Hip-hop artist 88 Killa kicked off the series. Episodes from soulful pop singer Larry GEE and comedian Gretchen Young, known on stage as “GretchYo,” will follow. Keep an eye on the website for more updates or to donate.

Erykah Badu

Dallas musician, actress and record-producer, Erykah Badu, has launched a quarantine concert series. The first part of the series titled, “Apocalypse 1,” was filmed live March 28 on Badu’s website at $1 per person. The next part of the series, “Apocalypse 2” will stream live April 3. Follow Badu’s Instagram page for updates.

Creative Arts Center of Dallas

The Creative Arts Center has Claim Your Creativity Challenges on their Youtube channel. It is hosted by the Center’s Communications Director Manager John Oakley. The challenges are short and fun and John makes it easy to follow along.

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