Southlake Arts - October 2015

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“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I get most joy out of life from my violin.” - ALBERT EINSTEIN

VOL. 2 / ISSUE 12 / OCTOBER 2015


06 Publisher’s Letter 08 Events Calendar THEATRE

12 Carroll Theatre: Young Frankenstein EVENTS

14 Aurora 2015 & Let's Dance 16


16 Glass on the Tracks XVI



17 Sharon Grimes: Convergence COMMUNITY

18 Art & History Come Alive on Hallowed Grounds DANCE

22 Dallas DanceFest FINE ART

28 Botticelli & The Birth Of Venus



32 Kaela Sinclair signs to DefDisco FOOD

35 The Meatball Sub FASHION

36 Art of Fashion 36


37 O is for Oktober(fest) PHOTOGRAPHY

40 Beautiful City This month’s cover features a photograph from the Dallas DanceFest. Photo by Brian Guilliaux. See more on page 22.


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DFW has a remarkable dance community, and a good deal of you are involved in dance and drill team. With that in mind, we’re excited to bring you the story on Dallas DanceFest, a festival of over 20 companies spanning 3 days. That combined with TITAS’s series provides the aspiring dancer or dance aficionado with a world class source of inspiration at your disposal. If you missed the fest, it will be back next year!

Also, this is October, and in October we have Oktoberfest! Craft breweries seem to be popping up everywhere! We’ve created a map for you so that you can learn more about them and go on your very own Bierfest! From the historical society this month we have a graveyard tour, Young Frankenstein is at Carroll High School, and be sure not to miss Aurora! Enjoy the issue!

Our masters series this month has "Botticelli" written by Southlake Artist Shereen Miller. Botticelli is one of the world’s most beloved painters and you all should be familiar with him. If you missed the exhibit at the Kimbell this past month, don’t worry you can still see his work in person, just fly to Scotland or Florence!

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EVENTS CALENDAR MUSIC IRINA KULIKOVA Kimbell Art Museum October 1st & 2nd DSO: THIBAUDET PLAYS GERSHWIN Orchestra Hall October 2nd-3rd FWSO: BOLERO Bass Hall October 2nd-4th MÖTLEY CRÜE American Airlines Center October 7th FWSO: PAUL MCCARTNEY Bass Hall October 9th-11th DSO: SINATRA Orchestra Hall October 9th-12th BRAVE COMBO Southlake Town Square October 10th LCSO: TCHAIKOVSKY FEST Irving Arts Center October 10th ARIANA GRANDE American Airlines Center October 11th ANI DIFRANCO Granada Theater October 13th SCHOLA CANTORUM FUMC - Grapevine October 13th


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DON HENLEY Verizon Theater October 15th DSO: BEETHOVEN 7TH Orchestra Hall October 15th-17th LCSO: JAN JIRACEK-PIANO Irving Arts Center October 17th THE POLYPHONIC SPREE Granada Theater October 17th TAYLOR SWIFT ATT Stadium October 17th 1100 SPRINGS Billy Bob's October 22nd

DSO: HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR Orchestra Hall October 24th CIRQUE DU HORROR Denton October 24th, 25th, 31st ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS LIVE! Verizon Theater October 25th DSO: DANNY ELFMAN Orchestra Hall October 30th & 31st TOWER OF POWER Majestic Theater November 4th

OPEN MIC The Burger Shack Tuesdays JAZZ IN THE ATRIUM Dallas Museum of Art Thursdays 6-8pm

ART INFANTA MARGARITA Meadows Museum Through November 1st THE LIFE OF THE DEAD IN MEXICAN FOLK ART Artes De La Rosa October 3rd - November 7th

ZACK BROWN BAND Gexa Energy Pavilion November 6th

THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS Irving Arts Center Through November 15th

SMOKEY ROBINSON Winstar November 13th

BANI ABIDI Dallas Contemporary Through December 21st


DIANA KRALL Verizon Theater November 14th

CHALET DALLAS Nasher Sculpture Center October 3rd - 2016

DSO ON THE GO White's Chapel October 22nd

LIZA MINNELLI Winstar November 14th

INTERNATIONAL POP Dallas Museum of Art October 11th - 2016

DSO: CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND Orchestra Hall October 23rd

NATALIE COLE Bass Hall November 20th

GUSTAVE CAILLEBOTTE: THE PAINTER'S EYE Kimbell Art Museum November 8th - February 14th

AL DI MEOLA Majestic Theater October 22nd

DSO: MOZART NACHTMUSIK Orchestra Hall October 23rd & 25th

THE FUNKY KNUCKLES Sundown at Granada Every Monday

ISA GENZKEN: RETROSPECTIVE Dallas Museum of Arts Through 2015

KEHINDE WILEY: A NEW REPUBLIC The Modern Through January 2016 TALES FROM THE AMERICAN WEST Amon Carter Through February 2016 BENEVOLENCE & WISDOM Crow Collection Through October 2016 FUNDAMENTAL & SUPERFLUOUS Crow Collection Through October 2016 TREASURES FROM THE HOUSE OF ALBA Meadows Museum Through 2016 ALEXANDER GORLIZKI: VARIABLE DIMENSIONS Crow Collection Through 2016 SPIRIT & MATTER: MASTERPIECES OF ISLAMIC ART Dallas Museum of Art Through 2016 GIUSEPPE PENONE: BEING THE RIVER, REPEATING THE FOREST Nasher Sculpture Center Through 2016 NS HARSHA Dallas Museum of Art Through 2016

THEATRE LYRIC STAGE: GRAND HOTEL Irving Arts Center October 30th - November 7th DALLAS OPERA: GREAT SCOTT Winspear Opera House October 30th - November 15th DALLAS OPERA: TOSCA Winspear Opera House November 6th-22nd PETER PAN 360 Winspear Opera House November 11th - December 6th MOUNTAINTOP Studio Theater Through November 15th JASON ALEXANDER Bass Hall November 21st JERSEY BOYS Winspear Opera House December 16th-27th A CHRISTMAS CAROL Wyly Theater November 25th - December 26th

THEATRE DANCE AFRICA Dallas City Performance Hall October 2nd-3rd DRACULA Bass Hall October 16th-18th TITAS PRESENTS: KYLE ABRAHAM Dallas City Performance Hall October 29th-30th TITAS PRESENTS: AKRAM KHAN Dallas City Performance Hall November 6th-7th


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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Throughout the years, Carroll High School Theater had delivered on a tradition of excellence. Consistently recognized for their incredible productions, Carroll Theatre set the bar high with Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, which was seen by over 6,000 people from across the metroplex. The production was honored at the Betty Lynn Buckley awards for promoting excellence in high school musical theatre. Legally Blonde: The Musical was a phenomenal success, garnering four Schmidt and Jones Awards, including Best Musical. Last year, Tarzan the Musical garnered several nominations by both the Dallas Summer Musicals and the Betty Lynn Buckley Awards, and Carroll Theatre walked away with several awards. This year, on October 29th through November 1st an ensemble of more than 100 Carroll High School and Carroll Middle School theater, choir, orchestra, tech and crew members will be working to bring the electrifyingly funny musical comedy Young Frankenstein to life. Mel Brooks adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant musical stage production that is sure to leave audiences in stitches. Those familiar with the movie will fondly recall the colorful characters of Frederick Frankenstein, Igor, Inga and Frau Blucher in this animated production filled with song, dance, and laughs. Young Frankenstein marks the directorial debut of Ms. Jamie Pringle who joins Director Roald Martinsen in his 11th year with Carroll Theater. In addition to the stage production, The Young Frankenstein “experience” provides opportunities for the entire community to immerse themselves in the spirit of the season. G E T YO U R T I C K E T S F O R




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Nightly, thrill-seekers can confront the classic horror movie monsters of their nightmares as Carroll Middle School Theater 3 students present a “Classic Horror Movie Monster” Haunted House. Friday, October 30th is Senior Night recognizing graduating senior cast and crew members. On Saturday, October 31, it’s Trunk-orTreat in the CSHS Fine Arts parking lot! Visitors will enjoy a safe, family-oriented opportunity to participate in traditional Halloween festivities complete with a Halloween Costume contest. Trunk-orTreating activities are available to the community at no charge. Tickets for Young Frankenstein: The Musical as well as tickets for the Classic Horror Movie Haunted House will be available October 1st at





October 16th, Dallas Arts District, 7pm–2am

October 13th, FUMC Church of Grapevine 7:30pm

Don’t miss Aurora this year! It came 2 years ago and skipped last year. If you miss this exhibition you may have to wait two years before you can witness it again!

Schola opens its 53rd season with a concert of music celebrating dance, featuring Brahms’ tender Liebeslieder Waltes, PDQ Bach’s hilarious Liebeslieder Polkas and dances from the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela.

Aurora, a free and public contemporary outdoor art event is returning to the Dallas Arts District October 16th from 7pm-2am! For one night, every two years, downtown Dallas is transformed into an open air, urban playground of new media art: light, video, sound, performance, and projection on an unprecedented scale. The immersive exhibition showcases work by a confluence of local and international artists, selected by a team of established curators. Visitors are offered the unparalleled opportunity to see their familiar urban environment converted into an interactive site for some of the world’s most innovative contemporary art. Aurora’s aim is to liberate art from space and disciplinary confines, involving the general public and the international arts community in an inclusive and larger cultural conversation about artistic experience. Aurora in 2013 involved 90 art installations, created by more than 100 local and international artists. The works included a massive, intricately designed 3D projection mapping on the exterior of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre; a kaleidoscope of color inside The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe; One Arts Plaza bathed in a changing wash of color with mechanical dancing umbrellas below; and many more.


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Schola Cantorum choir is made of singers from all over the metroplex including several Southlake residents and members of White’s Chapel Church. Schola is led by recently retired world class choral director/conductor Dr. Jerry McCoy. Prior to his "retirement" he was the Director of Choral Studies and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas where he conducted the internationally renowned A Cappella Choir and the Grand Chorus, taught graduate choral conducting and advanced choral techniques, and guided the choral studies program. The fact that in his retirement he is conducting this choir speaks volumes to the quality of music they will be performing and for a choir lover makes it a must see. If you were to ask any of the many professional choral singers he’s produced in the last decade, they’ll tell you: he’s the best.


Glass on the Tracks XVI Known for creating one-of-a-kind, hand-blown glass art, Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery will take the ancient art form outdoors for its annual Glass on the Tracks XVI Art + Fire Demolition event November 7th, 7-10pm. The parking lot in front of Vetro will be transformed into a 1920s “steampunk” industrial era for an evening of food, beverages, music, glas s blowing d e mo ns t r atio ns, flameworking, and pyrotechnic effects. Open to the public, tickets are $40 online and $50 at the door (includes food and beverage). Located next to the train depot in historic downtown Grapevine, a boxcar gallery will display select hand-blown glass vessels for the famous “truth or consequences” auction. One of the most anticipated portions of the event, a patron is randomly selected from the crowd and asked a trivia question about Vetro. If the answer is correct, the art piece is given to the patron for FREE. If the answer is incorrect, the


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piece goes up for bid for 30 seconds, but if the highest bid doesn't beat the pre-determined secret reserve price, the piece is placed in the jaws of the “glass guillotine” and smashed before the crowd!

onsite promotion, several businesses are making monetary donations or contributing products, including Grapevine Craft Brewery, Umbra Winery, Bank of the West, Embassy Suites in Grapevine, and A.J’s on Main, who will be roasting a pig at the event.

In addition to the auction, $10 raffle tickets will be available for a Vetro hand-blown glass fluted “In typical Vetro fashion, we want to make bowl filled with ornaments ($250 value) to be Glass on the Tracks bigger and better, so given away that night (must be present to win). we’re reaching out to our friends, patrons and local businesses with opportunities to An event known for its special effects, this year's get involved and learn more about glass art," line-up includes fire performer Jenin Gonzales, said Vetro founder David Gappa. “Our goal pyrotechnics by flame artisan Greg Shaatt –who has always been to make this a community engineers fire stage shows for Metallica and event with an art twist.” Guns N Roses –and live demonstrations by Grapevine blacksmith artist Will Frary. In addition to including local artists in the event, Vetro is also reaching out to businesses as part of its sponsorship and barter program. In exchange for event ticket(s), glass art and

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Gallery is located at 701 S. Main Street, Grapevine, Texas 76051.

Sharon Grimes: Convergence Elm Street Studio in Keller welcomes the work of Sharon Grimes in her solo exhibition, Convergence. Grimes’ mystical abstract paintings are guided by her intuition. As she works she often feels the push and pull between the reality of nature and the belief in something beyond that we can’t quite touch: much like the connection between one's dream-state and consciousness. Sharon Grimes, of Longview, TX, is a self-taught contemporar y abstract ar tist whose ar t is a personal expression of life, with all its textures and layers. Inspired by nature and the universe, her work typically features vivid colors and vibrant energy and is consistently characterized by strong composition, contrast, and texture, which demonstrate her remarkable understanding of color and composition. Sharon first became interested in art at a young age. She grew up loving to sketch people, animals and her surroundings. In her early twenties her passion for art blossomed as she was inspired by

the many galleries and museums she frequented in London while living abroad for a year. About her work Grimes says: For me, creating art is a form of meditation. The painting surface becomes a reflection of my soul. I begin a painting by creating texture on the surface, which is a wood panel. I then work in layers of translucent acrylic paint. This creates depth and allows the viewer to see back several layers into the painting. I rarely know exactly where the piece is going in the beginning. I start working and let intuition, experience, and the work itself, lead me to the end. Often as I paint I feel the push and pull between the reality of nature and the belief in something beyond that we can’t quite touch; much like the connection between one's dream-state and consciousness. I gain much inspiration from nature and, specifically, the effects of light. I watch the sun as it sets to see the color it creates and

the way the light peeks around the clouds. My work represents the language of the soul. I strive to evoke a sense of mystery and beauty in each piece. Grimes’ work will stay on display at Elm Street Studio in Keller until October 24th. The community is cordially invited to meet Grimes at a complimentary reception on Thursday, October 15th from 6 to 8pm. Mrs. Grimes and Elm Street Studio are donating a portion of art sale proceeds to The Community Storehouse in Keller.

Elm Street Studio is located in beautiful Old Town Keller at 139 S. Elm Street, one block east of Denton Highway/377 and one block south of Keller Parkway/1709. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday from 1-5pm, and by appointment. For more information, please visit southlake ARTS

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ART & HISTORY COME ALIVE ON HALLOWED GROUNDS written by Anita Robeson and Connie Cooley with the Southlake Historical Society

There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky…


- Percy Bysshe Shelley The 19th - century Romantic poet’s words capture the beauty of fall and its cooler days that make outdoor activities more enjoyable. If you’re seeking a serene spot in Southlake that also offers artwork and history, we suggest you visit any of the five historic cemeteries in town. These grounds may seem an unusual place to find art, but community cemeteries are truly “outdoor museums,” says Tamara McMillan, vice-president of programs with the Southlake Historical Society. “And, if you want to learn about your community, there’s no better place to start.” Daily or weekly, you probably drive past White’s Chapel Cemetery (on the corner of White Chapel Boulevard and FM1709) and Easter Cemetery (on FM1709 in front of the Gateway Plaza Shopping Center). Other Southlake cemeteries are Hood, located inside the Coventry Manor subdivision at Coventry Lane and N. Peytonville Avenue; Lonesome Dove Cemetery, 2380 Lonesome Dove Road, the namesake of a popular book; and Chivers near the Highway 114 service road and Highland Road, yet somewhat isolated.


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But, if you’d rather not walk through a cemetery alone, plan on attending the Southlake Historical Society’s second annual Ghosts of Southlake Past cemetery tour on Saturday evening, November 7 at 7 pm. The event starts at Lonesome Dove Cemetery and continues on to Hood Cemetery. Refreshments will be served before the tour begins. At the guided event, re-enactors will be residents and local leaders dressed up and ready to tell their stories – stories of early settlers, dandies, a horse thief or two, family members traveling by wagon train, Confederate and Union soldiers, and a few wives with tales to tell. Eighty people braved a cold, misty evening to attend last year’s tour. The re-enactors included Dallas Morning News columnist Dave Lieber, for mer Lonesome Dove Baptist Church pastor Rev. Coy Quesenbury, longtime Southlake resident R. E. Smith, city librarian Cynthia Pfledderer and then-city councilwoman (now mayor) Laura Hill. This year’s event promises to be as entertaining and informative, with a few surprises thrown in.

Tickets will go on sale on the society’s website,, beginning October 15. For more information, contact Tamara McMillan

LONESOME DOVE CEMETERY No, Augustus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call are not buried there. In the 1980s, Larry McMurtry borrowed the name for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove. The church was established in February 1846 during the same week that the Lone Star flag was taken down in Austin and the Stars and Stripes were raised. The cemetery was established soon afterward. The haunting name is said to have been inspired by the lonesome call of a dove that reminded parishioners of their own feelings of isolation. More than 750 souls rest at Lonesome Dove; the exact number is not known because graves were often marked with a fieldstone. The first burial is thought to be Ambrose Foster (1793-1848), who fought in the War of

1812. Seventeen Civil War veterans, both Rebels and Yankees, are buried there. Other points of interest include a variety of tombstone styles, including Woodmen of the World tree trunks and stone slabs called cairns. THOMAS HOOD CEMETERY This cemetery was established on the farm of Peters colonist Thomas H. Hood (ca. 1823-1859), who came to Texas from Missouri about 1845.


The earliest marked grave in the historic cemetery is that of Urias Martin (1795-1855). Among the unmarked graves are those of Hood and his second wife, Maryetta (Hall), who are thought to have died during an epidemic in 1859. Several Confederate veterans are buried there and at least one Union veteran, Josiah Hardin Jameson (1836-1928). Legend has it that a horse thief was hung in the cemetery and is buried there. In 1871, Thomas Hood’s family formally set aside the one-acre cemetery tract. Handmade native sandstone markers and burial cairns reflect the lifestyle and resourcefulness of early North Texas pioneers. Because sandstone is soft and the markers susceptible to the effects of weathering, names and dates carved into the stones are today hard or impossible to read. Cemeteries of Northeast Tarrant County by Evelyn Cushman lists the burials, although it is not known how many there actually are. A copy of the book is in the Local History section of the Southlake Public Library. For more information on other historic sites in Southlake, visit



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by Kelly Trager

Dallas DanceFest, presented by the Dance Council of North Texas, came to the Dallas City Performance Hall September 4-6, and it was truly a wonderful celebration. The annual event, featuring three shows in three days, showcased many of the area’s diverse dance companies, celebrated accomplished and upcoming dance artists and educators, and gave dance lovers plenty to cheer about.

The next two pieces could not have provided more contrast. Houston Repertory’s “Where Angels Dwell” was a line of long-limbed dancers clad in white and shadow moving forward and away, while the quick-stepping acrobatic movement and street clothes- styled costumes of NobleMotion Dance made the stage shake and tumble with energy.

the stage, and continued through the pairings of intensely athletic dancing coupled with the soundscape of strong and repetitive music drew in the audience and felt like a party and a reflection at the same time. METDance from Houston opened the second act with a lone performer, growing increasingly frazzled and without escape. His leap into the audience brought on the suited ensemble who stomped and circled, bringing themselves round and round again into the fold, also without escape. The thought-provoking work looked a bit like a wonderfully organized flash mob on the food truck lines on a weekday lunch hour.

The young talent of the Ensemble from Booker T. Washington delight fully per for med Jessica Lang’s “Solo in Nine Parts,” a piece reminiscent of the early classical modern dance of Jose Limon or Paul Taylor. It was perfectly set on these dancers, and each turn, jump, and step was enthusiastically performed with conviction and received with appreciation Red tunics and leaping dancers categorized by the audience. “Memoirs” performed by Dallas Black Dance Theatre. The beautiful lines and unison The other young group, the ensemble from movement, coupled with the crimson intensity SMU, had incredibly strong talent- beguiling of the costumes, came at the audience and presence and technique- and the compelling didn’t relent for the entirety of the piece. It An excerpt from Balanchine’s “Serenade,” music of Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, John was electrifying. performed by Chamberlain Performing Arts Coltrane made the audience want to see more began the night. The curtain came up on a from a piece that felt incomplete. There were two solos in the evening, incredibly stage full of tulle as the dancers beautifully different and equally stunning. The first was executed Balanchine’s timeless choreography, The visual experience of Dark Circles’ “White the traditional Indian Dance “Aadineye Kanna,” leaping and swirling dream-like with the strains Day,” which began with tip toeing ladies performed by the expressive and captivating of Tchaikovsky, leaving the crowd wanting more. dropping petals like confetti as they crossed Smriti Krishnan of Birmingham, Alabama’s

Saturday evening’s performance consisted mainly of ensemble work, ranging from the young talent of Dallas’ Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Ensemble and the SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble to companies such as Chamberlain Performing Arts, Houston Repertory Dance Ensemble, NobleMotion Dance, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, METDance, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. It was a Who’s Who of Texas Dance.

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Natayananda: Joy of Dance Company. The rhythmic gestures, articulate eyes, and stamping feet led the audience through a narrative progression that was colorful and beguiling. The second solo, a tribute to the Russian ballerina and teacher Maya Plistetskaya, was Fokine’s “The Dying Swan,” performed by Olga Pavlova whose bourrees floated so gracefully across the stage that she seemed weightless. Yet, the tone of Ms. Pavlova’s interpretation imparted the perfect amount of gravitas. Simply breathtaking. The evening ended with a Dance Talk, in which moderator Catherine Turocy and representatives from each company answered audience and moderator questions about their works and process. This bonus talk really breaks down the fourth wall and allows the audience into the world of the dancers and choreographers, though most of the audience was not lacking in their dance education. Sunday afternoon’s performance was focused on the Dance Council Honors, a celebration of the eight Dance Council Honorees, recognized for their achievements in the field of dance and dance education. The presentation of the awards was interspersed with delightful performances by the young scholarship recipients- a preview of the next generation of upcoming dance talent, an intermission for the silent auction to gather its final bids, and wrapped up with a performance by Dallas Black Dance Theatre. MC Michael Rey led the festivities, and the dance community showed its appreciation to the amazing leaders and for the future of dance in Texas. Overall the festivities-- part performance, part fundraiser, part recognition builder-- felt like a party where all in attendance were truly happy to be. The dancing was sharp, the audience was wildly enthusiastic, and the conversation took off after the final curtain dropped.

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The Masters:

Botticelli & The Birth Of Venus [1445 - 1510]

by Master Artist Shereen Miller Ph.D


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hat gives Botticelli’s masterpieces a lyrical quality, timeless and enduring? Inherently gifted, the true creators of Fine Art are scholars by nature, invariably drawn toward the unconscious content of the human psyche where ancient legends, archetypes and alchemic symbols lie at its fundamental constitution. This affords immense aesthetic pleasure in summarizing large volumes of information into visual axioms for the evolution of all that exists. Indeed, the joyful expression of the creative force is not without its obligation toward the human and universal cause if it is to transcend the idiosyncratic trends of space and time and remain the inspiration of humanity. ITALY’S RENAISSANCE CAPITAL OF FLORENCE It was an autumn afternoon in Tuscany, September 1987 as I walked along the main street of Florence that still reverberated with the fiery spirits of Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael who had vied with each other for preeminence and in the end, left behind the power and beauty of their creative force. Etched against the Renaissance landscape, Michelangelo’s fourteen-foot-tall marble sculpture of David stood in iconic splendor. Nearby, his equally imposing sculpture of Moses tucked inside a tiny medieval Florentine church impelled a spontaneous urge to touch its cool exterior. Suddenly, five centuries of time eclipsed in one magical moment of silent, rapturous reconnaissance. Perhaps there has

always been an unconscious connection to these past revolutionaries of Fine Art. However, nothing prepared me for the exhilaration experienced in the tiny Ufizzi Gallery that has since undergone significant expansion. A rare privilege to view Renaissance masterpieces in their virgin state, untouched by technology, tempera panels displayed on wooden easels that spoke of the essential human spirit as I wove in and out of this highly charged creative atmosphere. THE ESSENTIAL BOTTICELLI Like all true artists Botticelli moved to his own creative rhythm. He understood the alchemy of the human spirit, the subtle laws of timelessness and the powerful role of a true

creator. Surrounded by philosophers and poets, Botticelli’s paintings reflected the romantic idealism in which he was immersed creating two of the most lyrical works in the history of Fine Art, the Birth of Venus and Primavera. Although much has been written about the Birth of Venus -- tirelessly repetitive information, the same criticisms and observations, time and again reshuffled by various writers -- let us view this painting from a different perspective: through the eyes of true creativity with respect to certain historical facts that will always remain pertinent. Botticelli was criticized for the low relief and linearity of his figurative work that was not indigenous to the chiaroscuro style of Renaissance Realism. But what has never southlake ARTS

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been understood is that the soft molding of Botticelli’s figurative forms in the Birth of Venus and its graceful linear interplay is precisely what gives the painting its lyrical quality. We are magnetized toward such visual images of Art because of its deep resonance. Again, Botticelli was criticized for the elongated neck and torso of Venus, her unusual stance and position on the open shell, the unrealistic embrace of the Wind element and the absence of perspectival space. According to his critics, Botticelli could have been more accurate in the technical rendering of his figurative forms that lacked depth and volume. But Botticelli must have understood that such pedantic rendering could often sabotage a subtle perception of movement in a work of art. From a creative point of view the slight curve of the body with the tilted head captured the vulnerability and sensitivity of a shy, young Venus, the iconic symbol of feminine beauty and love. Realism, like every other genre of Fine Art, has its own parameters and protocols but a master artist knows how to remain on its defining edge that precipitates certain creative liberties when the creative imagination springs into play. Is it possible to portray the tenderness of the human heart, through the silent language of form and color alone? THE GRECO-ROMAN INFLUENCE The Greco-Roman influence had inspired Botticelli’s works. He used the Greek sculpture of Aphrodite [Cnidos] as his model for Venus, continuing the Greco-Roman mythological tradition that had existed for centuries. The Greek goddess Aphrodite dates back to Homer’s Iliad of the Bronze Age. She was one of the three virgins that competed and won the golden apple for her beauty. Aphrodite was to the ancient Greeks the epitome of feminine beauty, love, grace and


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fertility as Venus was to the Romans. The legends and mythologies of ancient philosophy that have structured the human psyche strikes an unconscious chord within all humanity. In this context there were many paintings of the iconic Venus executed before and after Botticelli that date as far back as 79 AD in Pompeii, spanning almost 2000 years. These various versions include Giorgione 1510, Titian 1538, Tintoretto 1551 to Cabanel 1863, Manet 1863, Bouguereau 1879 and my version of Venus accomplished in 1982.

“Art has no end but to its own perfection”

- Plato 427 BC



Botticelli took three years to complete the Birth of Venus [1482-85]. He followed the Golden Rule in Fine Art and created a triangular composition with three points of visual interest drawing the viewer’s attention to the focal point, Venus, positioned slightly off center to prove his compositional skill. He depicted space, earth, water and wind to complete four of the five elements of the universe. The complex embrace [Zephyrus and Chloris] of the Wind principle on the left was meant to balance the goddess of Spring on the right. However, had Botticelli employed a softer line of horizon it would have given his painting a more spatial perspective. Remarkably, at twenty five years, Botticelli had his own workshop that gave him the courage to define his creative ideologies. For the next two decades he reveled in his creative freedom until he came under the strong religious influence of Savonarola and took a traumatic, diametric turn that eventually destroyed him. He never again moved within the enchanted world of creativity in which Nature had once nurtured his sensitive, lyrical soul. In the final analysis, the Birth of Venus reminds humanity to live life in light-hearted cadence to the rhythm of the universe.

Shereen Miller Ph.D is a National and International Award winning Fine Artist, 72 Solo and Collective Exhibitions in America, Asia, Europe and Africa, hailed a genius worldwide, placed in the distinguished tradition of Leonardo da Vinci by America’s YALE University, a published Poet, Philosopher and Author.

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Kaela Sinclair signs to DefDisco KAELA SINCLAIR, who teaches at Hall Music Productions and performed at Southlake’s Art in the Square last year, has signed to DEFDISCO for her new album. Def Disco LLC, a new sync-focused label and music publishing company founded by former Choo Choo Records owner Barry Gilbey and London music publisher Cliff Simms, signed the Texas-based singer-songwriter in early September. Kaela commented “I spent some time this summer getting to know everyone at DEFDISCO, both in Dallas and in the UK, and I can honestly say that these are wonder ful people [who] totally share my vision for my music and upcoming album. Today marks the beginning of Chapter 2 and I’m so happy to have such a stellar team behind me.”

Cliff Simms added “everyone at DEFDISCO is extremely honored and proud to have the opportunity to work with such a naturally gifted artist and songwriter such as Kaela. We were blown away by the maturity of her first album and felt we could really help her to take her career to the next level. We look forward to working with Kaela and helping to get her music to a wider audience.” Kaela’s first album for DEFDISCO will be released in Summer 2016 with a first single appearing in the Spring that, according to the singer herself, will show a natural development from her first album, 2013's self-release, Sun & Mirror. “I’m really excited about these songs because they feel different and fresh, but still “me” at the heart of them. My first album was an expression of an artist finding her sound, so it only makes sense that my second will be a bigger, more exploratory experience. I’ll be recording at Redwood Studios in Denton, TX with my band, and it will be produced by McKenzie Smith (Midlake, Sarah Jaffe, St. Vincent) and myself.” added Kaela.

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Join Christopher and Stacey Archer

$75 non-member $65 member

Honorary Co-Chairs

for the BOB JONES NATURE CENTER 2015 Fundraiser

under the stars

Saturday, November 14, 2015 7-10 P.M. Marriott Solana 5 Village Circle • Westlake, Texas 76262 For more information or for sponsorship details, please visit WWW.BJNC.ORG Contact Lori Higgins: 817.491.6333 or SPECIAL GUEST DR. BOBBY JONES SWEET & SAVORY TASTINGS WINE & LIVE MUSIC LIVE & SILENT AUCTION The Bob Jones Nature Center is a 501c3 nonprofit. Your support benefits the programs, activities, and restoration of the Nature Center. Please consider a donation to the Nature Center today!

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There will be an OPEN MIC night starting in September on Tuesday nights from 6-8 pm at the Burger Shack right at the entrance to Bicentennial Park off of 1709. You might be asking yourself, “What is an open mic and why is it important?” Glad you asked! An open mic is a place where students, amateurs and professional musicians, comedians, actors and poets gather to informally share their material for each other. The purpose of the gatherings are for the creative types to forget friendships and gain experience and feedback through performing for their peers. The open mic is organized by a host and there is a sign up sheet. Everyone that would like to perform signs the sheet and waits their turn to perform. Each performer generally goes up to the stage, does one piece and then returns to being a member of the audience. This is an especially exciting and important event for our young creative types who need to network with each other (IRL not on FB) and gain important performance experience!

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So Simple and so classic. THE MEATBALL SUB. Most Italian eateries are defined by their meatballs. So the most important element of that sandwich is the authenticity of the meatball. A combination of beef, pork, veal, and spices packed for a certain texture. And size does matter: too large they fall off the bread, too small and it tastes like ground beef. Our Italian sub has the finest Italian-style meatball with amazing texture. Smothered in a fresh tomato pizza sauce with just the right amount of oregano and thyme. The Artisan Italian bread is garlic toasted and layered with smoky Provolone cheese. After the meatballs are nestled in the 12" roll and the provolone melts over the meatballs and sauce, we cover the sandwich in a fine dusting of Romano cheese and Italian seasonings. So simple yet so good. Buon appetito! southlake ARTS

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ART OF FASHION NorthPark Center partners with the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas on Art Meets Fashion: 1965-2015

NorthPark Center, Dallas’ premier shopping destination, presents Art Meets Fashion: 1965-2015 in partnership with the Texas Fashion Collection in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas. The exhibit, curated by Myra Walker and designed by Larry Leathers, features 29 looks spanning the last 50 years of fashion. Each garment was chosen to reflect the synergy between art and fashion during the


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past fifty years. The works included illustrate the highly creative ways that art and fashion have intersected and continue to break new ground. The fashion innovations included continue to champion the recent past. They reinterpret design elements as visible, vibrant markers of culture today. Selections include French designer Pierre Cardin’s iconic “Bulls-Eye” mini dress, a 1980s Christian LaCroix for Dior, a 1995 dress

by Todd Oldham, works by current designers from the 2007 Neiman Marcus show, Future Fashion, and more. A highlight of the exhibit will be a 1974 Halston jumpsuit in an Andy Warhol-printed design based on his 1967 Flowers series. Art Meets Fashion: 1965-2015 is on view through November 1st.


O is for Oktober(fest) by Timothy Smith

Southlake! Oktoberfest is upon us! This year North Texas will be celebrating Oktoberfest, and we are very pleased to give you a preview of some local offerings.

First a little history. On October the 12th, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen of Munich. A grand affair was held in their honor that lasted five days. All of the citizens of Munich were invited to attend, and after a large parade, 16 pairs of children adorned in the ceremonial dress of each of the 9 surrounding Bavarian regions participated in the performance, an homage to the bride, bridegroom, and royal family. After this performance, 40,000 spectators gathered to watch a grand horse race on the fairgrounds outside of the city. The race featured 30 of the finest racing horses on a difficult track that measured over eleven thousand feet. The races were finished on October 17th, 1810 and concluded with the singing of a choir of students. This event was so well received, that it was replicated the year after, and quickly became

a staple in Bavarian culture. With only a few hiccups during the cholera epidemic of 1854, the event has only become more important to German culture and is an event known and celebrated annually around the world.

reported only 89 existing across America. There are 60 more craft breweries and brewpubs in the planning stages for DFW alone!

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest “Volksfest” or beer festival and travelling funfair. Today, it is a 16-day festival and is annually attended by more than 6 million people each year! The event is still held on the original fairgrounds outside of Munich, known locally as Theresienwiese, or “The Meadow of Therese” after the Crown Prince Ludwig’s bride.

Sometime in the last decade, while most of us were not paying attention, a weekend warrior tradition was born. Mingling music, food trucks, games, and day drinking, craft breweries have crept up as a staple amongst most young adult Saturday routines. Most breweries allow children and your favorite furry canine companions, while simultaneously hosting “brew tours” of their facilities. Most of these facilities can be rented out to host major events as well.

Anyone who has been paying attention in the last five years has probably noticed a substantial boom in local craft beer options at bars, restaurants, and the grocery store. As of 2014, the Brewers Association reports a whopping 3,464 U.S. craft breweries. Even more interesting is that in 1989, the association

One of Community Brewery’s lead brewers, Aric Hulsey, repor ts crowds of 300-400 every Saturday afternoon at their downtown Dallas location. “This season we are doing an Oktoberfest beer for the first time, which is a traditional German-style Märzen lager. It’s similar to our Vienna Lager but it’s unique,

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bigger and much stronger in flavor. It comes in at 6% ABV. We’ll be hosting a release party in the brewery taproom on October 3rd.” Most craf t breweries will be providing Oktoberfest offerings but Community is also bringing back its highly lauded contribution to last year’s State Fair of Texas. “It’s called Funnel Cake Ale and was an instant classic at the State Fair 2014. We’re producing twice as much this year, so it will be available at the State Fair and our taproom and select accounts around town. Last year it sold out before the Fair was over, so we’re doing our best to make sure that doesn’t happen again!” The Funnel Cake Ale is an English mild summer ale at around 4.2% ABV. “It’s brewed with the same English yeast as our Public Ale, as well as Maris Otter malt which contributes a distinct bready flavor. Afterwards, it is circulated on vanilla beans using our new HopGun, which maximizes extraction. The vanilla, yeast esters, and bready malt flavors together harmonize to create a beer that is light and crisp, low in ABV, but very cakey and delicious.”

Community will also be aging Legion in small bourbon barrel batches. “Legion is a big, bold Russian Imperial Stout that we debuted last year. It’s a dark, rich, and complex beer all on its own, but it takes on even more character (and alcohol strength!) after aging for several months in bourbon barrels. We receive constant demand for this very special beer, so we started filling barrels in mid-summer. It’ll be ready just in time for cold weather, so look for a release later this Fall.” Finally, a quick mention, this Oktoberfest season sees the return of Communit y Brewery’s Ascension Coffee Porter which is an absolutely not-to-be-missed selection that was awarded Bronze in The Great American Beer Festival 2014. “The base beer for Ascension is a high-gravity Baltic Porter. After fermentation


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and lagering, it’s infused with cold extract coffee and whole beans from Ascension Coffee Roasters. They create an amazing dark roast with beans from Papua New Guinea, which really complements the roasty, full flavor from the beer. We’ll be bottling this one in 4-packs soon!”

Toward the end of its run last year, select batches were brewed and barrelled over vanilla beans, and Aric let us know they would be doing a few special barrels this year as well. Ascension Coffee Porter will also be offered in bottles at local retailers this fall/winter.

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2015 proves to be a landmark year for craft brewery and festival options. We have some award-winning options in the NTX region this season! COMMUNITY BREWERY DALLAS TOURS: Sat 2-5pm | $10-15 TAPROOM: Thurs 5-9pm, Fri 5-10pm, Sat 5-10pm RECOMMENDATIONS: Public Ale*, Ascension Coffee Porter*, Funnel Cake Ale*, Bourbon Barrel Aged Legion Imperial Russian Stout** GRAPEVINE BREWERY GRAPEVINE TAPROOM: Mon - Sun 3-10pm RECOMMENDATIONS: Hopfest United I.P.A [6.3%], Nightwatch Oatmeal Stout [6.4%]

LAKEWOOD BREWERY GARLAND TOURS: Thurs 6pm, Sat 12pm | $12-15 TAPROOM: Mon-Fri 3-10pm & Sat 12-10pm RECOMMENDATIONS: Temptress Imperial Milk Stout [9.1%], Hop Trapp I.P.A [6.4%] MARTIN HOUSE BREWERY FT. WORTH TOURS: Thu 6pm, Sat 2pm | $10 RECOMMENDATIONS: River House TX Saison [5%], Septemberfest Hoppy Oatmeal Brown Stout [6.5%], Bockslider [5.6%]

DEEP ELLUM BREWERY DALLAS TOURS: Thurs 6pm, Sat 12pm | $12-15 TAPROOM: Mon-Fri 3-10pm | Sat 12-10pm RECOMMENDATIONS: Dallas Blonde [5.2%], Dream Crusher I.P.A [8.5%] AUDACITY BREWHOUSE (DENTON) TAPROOM: Tues-Thurs 2-9pm, Fri-Sun 11am-10pm RECOMMENDATIONS: Black Widow Imperial Chocolate Stout* [8.8%], Sunset Vienna Style Lager [4.5%] FOUR CORNERS DALLAS TAPROOM: Mon-Fri 5-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 2-8pm RECOMMENDATIONS: Block Party [5.7%], Local Buzz [5.2%]

Four Corners Brewing Co.

SHANNON BREWERY KELLER Sat 12pm | $10 TAPROOM: Thurs - Fri 4-8pm RECOMMENDATIONS : Irish Red* [5.8%], Chocolate Stout* [5.7%] TOURS:

PETICOLAS DALLAS TOURS: 1st & 3rd Sat 1pm | $10 RECOMMENDATIONS: Velvet Hammer [9%], Royal Scandal [6.5%] RABBIT HOLE BREWING JUSTIN TOURS: Sat 12pm | $10 RECOMMENDATIONS: Rude Jester I.P.A [6.5%], Wonderlust Saison [6.4%]

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