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VOL. 1 / ISSUE 2 / DECEMBER 2013
IN THIS ISSUE OF SOUTHLAKE ARTS
06 Publisher’s Letter 08 Events Calendar PROFESSIONAL
11 Arts Chat with Androo O’Hearn MUSIC
12 Tchaikovsky YOUTH
18 Up and Coming: Emma Hinkley DANCE
20 Know Your Nutcracker
24 Focus on: Visual Arts VISUAL ARTS
30 Miracles Unforeseen INTERIOR DESIGN
32 Encountering Art in Local Businesses THEATRE
37 Zombie Prom NATURE
39 Naturally Sweet 41 The Arts Abroad
42 Delicious Treats 43 Get Cozy with Christmas Coffee 44 Beer / Wine / Cheese IN THIS ISSUE OF SOUTHLAKE ARTS: The cover painting by Southlake artist Lamberto™ is acrylic on canvas and was created as a tribute to The Nutcracker,
the beloved Christmastime ballet that features the beautiful score of Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Extraordinary Supporting the Arts in Southlake Wynne Moore
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he holidays are bursting with the arts! We have music in our familiar carols and hymns at church, creative minds collaborating on our favorite holiday films and decorators adorning our homes with Christmas lights and holly!
In our jolly little bubble we will find Southlake Town Square covered in Christmas lights and discover that Santa has set up a small village at the Gazebo with festive carolers nearby! Not surprising that he’d select Southlake for his village since the ‘Christmas Capital of Texas’ is right next door in Main Street Grapevine. In fact, the North Pole Express makes a stop right in town! A culmination of the creative arts can be found at the Gaylord Texan ICE! exhibit this year. Thanks to E.T.A. Hoffmann’s imagination and Tchaikovsky’s musical elaboration of the story 121 years ago, we have this year’s theme ‘The Nutcracker’. Not to be missed, this display was carved by a team of 40 master ice artisans from Harbin, China. These talented craftspeople spend more than a month in Grapevine creating a one-of-a-kind display which weighs in at over 2 million pounds of ice sculptures. It’s our mission to entertain, educate and inspire you with stories and images on the arts. In this issue you will find a fun history lesson on the Nutcracker’s origin, musical ways to enjoy the holidays, striking artwork from our hometown artists, art in business, delicious holiday culinary delights and more! Please enjoy and we’ll see you in the new year!
David Hall David@SouthlakeArts.com
EVENTS CALENDAR MUSIC CISD WINTER JAZZ CONCERT December 5th, 6pm Carroll Senior HS
THE EDGE STOLE CHRISTMAS December 5th, 5pm Verizon Theatre GP
THE STORY TOUR: A JOURNEY FROM GEN. TO REV. December 6th, 7:30pm Verizon Theatre GP
JAZZ AT THE MUSEFT: CALEB ON PIANO December 6th & 7th, 9pm Clarence Muse Cafe Theater - Dallas
RINGING IN THE SEASON December 8th, 2pm White’s Chapel Southlake
SCHOLA CANTORUM HOLIDAY CONCERT December 8th, 7:30pm White’s Chapel Southlake
MICHAEL W. SMITH W/DSO December 9th & 10th, 8pm White’s Chapel Southlake
CISD HS WINTER BAND CONCERT December 12th, 7pm Carroll Senior HS
BOB SCHNEIDER December 12th, 8pm Glass Cactus
HOLIDAYS WITH THE ONE O’CLOCK LAB BAND December 13th, 8pm Bass Hall
CHRISTMAS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE December 14th &15th White’s Chapel Southlake
A DSO FAMILY CHRISTMAS December 14th, 11am Meyerson Symphony Center
FORT WORTH SYMPHONY HOLIDAY BRASS
NEW YEAR’S EVE W/DSO
IT’S A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS
December 31st, 7:30pm Meyerson Symphony Center
December 13-15th, Varied Gateway Church Southlake
DALLAS METRO BALLET PRESENTS: THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
A CHRISTMAS CAROL December 1st-24th, Varied Dallas Theatre Center
RUDOLPH THE REDNOSED REINDEER THE MUSICAL December 1st-29th, Varied Majestic Theatre
BEN STEVENSON’S THE NUTCRACKER
December 17th, 7:30pm White’s Chapel Southlake
December 1st-8th, Varied Winspear Opera House
LAS COLINAS S.O. HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
December 21st, 8pm Irving Arts Center
A SPUNE CHRISTMAS W: MIDLAKE / AIR REVIEW / BETHAN / DATAHOWLER December 21st, 8pm The Texas Theatre
KENNY G HOLIDAY SHOW December 23rd, 8pm Winspear Opera House
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA December 30th, 3 & 7:30pm American Airlines Center
OLD 97’S December 31st, 9pm House of Blues
December 6th-15th, Varied OhLook Performing Arts Center
A TUNA CHRISTMAS
December 14-15th, 2pm McFarlin Auditorium - Dallas
21ST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS / KWANZAA CONCERT December 24th, 8pm Bruton Theatre - Dallas
SHEN YUN January 2-4, 2014 AT&T Performing Arts Center January 5-6, 2014 Bass Performance Hall
CHILDREN/FAMILY FROSTY THE SNOWMAN
December 6th-22nd, Varied Theatre Arlington
Dec. 1st-22nd (weekends), Varied Casa Manana - Ft. Worth
THE ROCKY HORROR CHRISTMAS SHOW
December 6-7 & 13-14th, 11pm OhLook Performing Arts Center
THE NUTCRACKER December 7th, 7:30pm December 8th, 2pm Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium Ft. Worth
THE GERSHWINS’ PORGY AND BESS December 11-22nd, Varied Winspear Opera House
Ongoing Fort Worth Zoo
FIRST FRIDAYS AT THE FARM Through December 6th Nash Farms
A VERY AWESOME YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! HOLIDAY SHOW December 7th, 2 & 6pm Verizon Theatre GP
Art in the Square COMMUNITY
DREAMWORKS EXPERIENCE Through January 4th Gaylord Texan
CURIOUS GEORGE LET’S GET CURIOUS Through January 5th Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History
ARTS MEXICO INSIDE OUT Through January 5th The Modern
JIM HODGES: GIVE MORE THAN YOU TAKE Through January 12th Dallas Museum of Art
PENGUINS A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPEDITION Through February 9th Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History
AGE OF PICASSO & MATISSE
Behind the Magic
Aside from the immense amount of logistical planning to pull off Art in the Square – coordinating food, entertainment, and an army of volunteers - it wouldn’t be “Art in the Square” without the art. But how does Art in the Square continue to feature new and exciting works each year? Here’s a peek behind the curtain at the process of bringing and staging art to a venue that has grown to be one of the country’s premier artistic events. Long before the booths are set up in April, a jury of seven artists were selected to review and judge the applications submitted. The jury began the process in mid-November on a Friday from 8am to late afternoon, then continued on Sat 9am to early afternoon. While the jury was closed, there was some seating available for guest observers.
This year, the committee received 723 applications from 41 states and 7 international countries. Applications included three images of artwork and a booth shot (a photo of the artists display). The jurors gave careful consideration to each artist. The jury was blind so jurors did not see the names of the artists. The first round evaluates the full body of work. Round 2 scores the entries on a 3-point scale. The committee tallies and reviews the results to ensure a balance of media for the show with 150 artists selected in the end. Committee members describe the process as “passionate” and sometimes “intense” but the results are worth the effort. Every year the number of applications and talent grows and selection gets tougher. Locals and out-oftowners can’t wait to see the results in April.
Through February 16th Kimbell Art Museum
NASHER XCHANGE 10 YEAR Through February 16th Dallas - Citywide
ANIMALS INSIDE OUT Through February 17th Perot Museum
Community Event Pick Apex Arts League is proud to host the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble with a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 17th at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. Get into the spirit of the season, as trumpets, horns, tubas, trombones and percussion delight with traditional holiday music and favorite melodies. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for students, seniors, and Apex members. For more information, visit: www.apexartsleague.org southlake ARTS
Androo O’Hearn MUSICIAN
10 QUESTIONS FOR ANDROO Who is your favorite artist out currently? Secret Chiefs 3, I love their approach and mix of styles.
What is your idea of a dream vacation? The Alps.
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be? Stay-at-home dad.
What is the most beautiful place you’ve visited? Stockholm. I loved the cleanliness and architecture.
Where are you happiest? With my family and with good ideas.
What three items do you take with you when you travel? Iphone 4s, Tums and a guitar.
As a child what did you want to be? A cross between Michael Jackson and Axl Rose.
If you could have a meal with anyone who would it be? Frank Zappa.
What do you miss most about your childhood? Having no responsibilities.
What was your favorite food as a child? Texas “Trash”, my mom’s homemade Chex mix.
Photography by Brian Guilliaux
“More energy, look at the cameras and show them what you can do!”, Androo O’Hearn tells the Robotix at a coaching session in N.Y.C. before they performed live in front of 15 million people on America’s Got Talent. A Houston native and U.N.T. alumnus, Androo received a degree in Music Composition, which gave him a unique perspective on music demonstrated in his band Shaolin Death Squad. SDS is an international underground prog rock phenomenon and there are hundreds of Scandinavians, Europeans and South Americans that cover his music while searching for something new and different. While O’Hearn lives with his wife, Wendy, and 2.5-year-old son, Oliver, in Denton (where he also co-founded a local record label, Do For It Records), he spends much of his time in Southlake giving his talents to our community. Androo teaches and coaches bands at Hall Music Productions, is the head of the music department at DFW Performing Arts Conservatory, produces young artists’ songs and even writes and records jingles for car dealerships. Recently, Androo has been recording and producing a Christmas album featuring teachers at Hall Music Productions, as well as recording songs and filming videos for the new Shaolin Death Squad record. East and West coast tours, possible European gigs, and much more music are on the horizon for this local talent. southlake ARTS
Tchaikovsky story by Barbara Milhizer
e all know him as the man behind the Nutcracker, but you may be surprised to learn that Tchaikovsky was almost lost to music altogether. His early teachers saw talent but nothing indicative of the great composer he was to become. He struggled with recognition much of his life and was no stranger to terrible reviews.
Though Tchaikovsky wrote beloved symphonies, concertos, operas, chamber music and ballets, which are now staples in classical repertoire, in his time Tchaikovsky struggled for acceptance. His early instructors noted he was talented but did not deem him composer material. He was criticized at home as not representing the Russian style sufficiently and in Europe for not embracing western elements. Tchaikovsky, however, persevered and remains one of the most emotive of the classical greats.
A Taste of Tchaikovsky beyond Nutcracker 1. Piano Concerto #1 in B Flat minor, Op. 23 2. Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 3. “1812” Overture in E Flat Major, Op. 49 4. Fantasy Overture “Romeo & Juliet” in B minor 5. “Swan Lake” (Suite), Op. 20a 6. Symphony #6 “Pathétique” in B minor, Op. 74 Scratchboard Illustration by Lamberto™
a quick history: • • • • • • • • • •
1840: Born in Votkinsk, Russia to a family with a long military history and some musical training 1845: Began piano lessons at age 5, and though he exhibited significant musical ability, there was little opportunity for formal musical education in Russia 1854: Lost his mother to cholera, an event that traumatized Tchaikovsky for the remainder of his life 1859: Graduated from the School of Jurisprudence and began a career as a civil servant 1862: Began attending music classes at the nascent Saint Petersburg Conservatory 1865: Became Professor of Music Theory for Moscow Conservatory and music critic 1867: Began gaining some popularity as a composer and respected artist 1884: Honored by Emperor Alexander III 1891: Performed in the inaugural concert at Carnegie Hall 1893: Died in Saint Petersburg at age 53
Family Concerts “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
- Buddy The Elf
For those of you who think that you can’t sing, Buddy has further advice for you. “It’s just like talking, except longer and louder, and you move your voice up and down.” When you sing Christmas songs, the important thing isn’t necessarily to sing in tune or sing ‘pretty’ but rather to enjoy yourself. Few things are as priceless as a family singing carols around the holidays. For those of you with a well-rounded education (which includes music lessons), you can take it a step further with the ‘iReal b’ app.
The music alphabet is fairly simple and once you’ve learned your 12 major and minor chords you can play the chords to your favorite carols and have your family sing along! ‘iReal b’ is an open-source app (the content is free, the app costs $4.99) based on the Fake Book used by most musicians for the past 50 years.
Once you’ve installed the app you can download 98 of your favorite holiday songs for free and start playing them right away with your family. Key too high? You can transpose it up and down with the click of a button. You can even have it play the chords for you and sing along with it! Download it to your iPhone, iPad or Android app and start playing them today!
Charlie Brown Christmas Vince Guaraldi
Ella Fitzgerald’s Christmas Ella Fitzgerald
Vince Guaraldi’s holiday masterpiece to the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Ellas’s voice rings like a bell over these holiday tunes, a compilation of her “Swinging Christmas” & her “Religious Christmas” records.
Holiday Concerts Want to let someone else lead you in song? Come visit these holiday concerts and sing along! CISD Holiday Choir Concert Monday, December 16th at 7 p.m. The CISD Choir will perform a major choir concert at White’s Chapel on Monday, December 16th. It will feature the high school and middle school programs, as well as an appearance from the White’s Chapel Chancel Choir. The show will start at 7:00 p.m. and is programmed with plenty of great holiday pieces. Breakfast With Santa Saturday, December 7th at 9:45 a.m. When you visit Santa Claus in his village at Town Center this year, the CISD Show Choirs will be singing carols and dancing. On top of that, you can have breakfast with Santa Claus himself!
White’s Chapel Christmas Musical Experience December 14th at 5 and 7 p.m., December 15th at 9:30 and 11 p.m. Get into the Christmas spirit early this year with White’s Chapel Church at their annual Christmas celebration. Over 30,000 guests make their way each year to the corner of 1709 and White’s Chapel Road to see and hear this multi-media holiday experience. With singing, dancing, and light shows directed by Tim Georgeff, this is an amazing event that touches the heart and the senses.
Elvis’ Christmas Album Elvis Presley
HMPS Christmas Record Various Artists
The fourth album ever made by ‘The King’ in 1957, not everyone enjoyed Elvis’ rockabilly take on Christmas however, Irving Berlin who composed ‘White Christmas’ tried to get the record banned from radio stations!
Composed by the instructors at Hall Music Productions in Southlake, TX. A blend of Vince Guaraldi, Ella Fitzgerald & Elvis all on one recording.
Up and Coming:
Emma Hinkley STUDENT MUSICIAN
“I thought you changed. I guess not, though”, 15-year-old singer-songwriter Emma Hinkley sings into a microphone in Southlake last March while recording her song ‘I Guess Not, Though’. Her voice is lush, rich and sincere - truly a beautiful tone to hear. Emma began writing songs at eight years old, piecing words together into a puzzle for fun. It really came together for her when she picked up a guitar and started taking lessons. Once she had learned a handful of guitar chords she was able to finally put her songs to music and was hooked. Emma recorded an EP (available on iTunes) last year in a studio in Virginia with Chris Keup (who also recorded Jason Mraz). Together they spent two weeks straight putting together a Taylor Swift-esque pop record with songs about life, boys, friendship and growing up. With her feet wet from recording her EP, Emma is currently working in pre-production on a full length record expected to be out in mid-2014.
10 QUESTIONS FOR EMMA Who is your favorite singer-songwriter? Taylor Swift - I love her lyrics and how they are relatable. If you weren’t a singer-songwriter what would you be? A photo-journalist.
What do you love most about songs? They are open for interpretation; they mean different things for different people. What is one thing people don’t know about you? I can juggle three oranges.
Where are you happiest? Barnes & Noble, teen section. Who is your favorite fictional character? Clary Fray, heroine in the Mortal Instruments series Where is the most beautiful place you’ve visited? The Island of Capri
What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome? The 9th Grade What is your most treasured possession? My guitar. What are you most proud of? My songs.
Photography by Brian Guilliaux
Know Your NUTCRACKER story by Barbara Milhizer
Black Friday Shopping: Check Visit to see Santa: Check Devise exotic, new adventures for Elf on the Shelf: Check Nutcracker tickets: Definitely! It’s a holiday rite of passage. Few holiday traditions encapsulate the wonder and possibility of the season as completely as The Nutcracker does. I don’t even know what a sugar plum is, but just hearing those first bars of stealthy plunks makes me crave one.
tree. Children gather and receive presents. Suddenly, a mysterious figure appears – a magician and toymaker. He delights all with a dance of lifelike dolls. He presents the children of the house, Clara and Fritz, with a wooden Nutcracker. Much to Clara’s dismay, Fritz breaks the toy.
Initially not a success, the ballet – choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with musical score by Tchaikovsky and first performed in St. Petersburg in 1892 – saw a resurgence in popularity in the late 1960s and has been enchanting audiences ever since. It is so beloved; it has become a revenue staple for major American ballet companies, often accounting for 40% of their annual ticket sales.
After the party winds down and the family is asleep, Clara returns to check on her Nutcracker. The clock strikes midnight, and Clara sees the magician/toymaker. Suddenly the room is transformed and gingerbread soldiers fight off mice, led by the Mouse King. The Nutcracker becomes animated and life-size, leading a charge of tin soldiers. During the battle, Clara distracts the Mouse King with a well-aimed slipper long enough for the Nutcracker to stab him.
IN A NUTSHELL Act I opens with a festive Christmas Eve party at the Stahlbaum house. Guests are gaily dressed, helping to trim the enormous Photo courtesy of Texas Ballet Theatre
As the mice retreat, the Nutcracker is transformed into a prince, leading Clara into a forest charmed by dancing snowflakes.
Act II finds Clara and the Prince in the Land of Sweets, home of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Prince tells of his escape and transformation, thanks to Clara, who is honored with dances from all over the world: Spain, Arabia, China, and Russia. Even Mother Ginger and all of her children appear for a dance. Clara and the Prince are crowned rulers of the Land of Sweets and carried off in a sleigh. Next we see Clara asleep under the Christmas tree with her toy nutcracker. She awakens, thinking it was only a dream. But the crown is sitting beside her. Was it real after all? SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE The first notes instantly conjure images of frosty air, hot cocoa, a roaring fire and the crinkling of wrapping paper. It’s no wonder it has become a holiday tradition for so many families. southlake ARTS
DANCE After all, what spells holiday cheer like a sword-wielding mouse? The Nutcracker is a feast for eyes and ears of all types. Young boys love the sword fights and toy soldiers. What girl in her first tutu didn’t dream of dancing Clara? All ages love to see the dances from around the world time and time again. Who hasn’t gone home to try the squatkick move of the Russian dancer to disastrous results? Not to mention that famous score – haunting and infectious at the same time. NUTCRACKERS ABOUND Luckily, there is no shortage of opportunities in the Metroplex to take part in a time-honored tradition or start a new one. You’ll be sure to find a performance that suits your taste, schedule, and budget. Local Talent with Some Twists as well as Turns North Texas Youth Ballet Will Rogers Auditorium - December 15 Tickets $12 each, go on sale to the public November 4th Spot a rising star at this production, which brings a little “street”, incorporating hip-hop and breakdancing to the time-honored standards. http://www.northtexasyouthballet.com Traditional: Straight Up with No Funny Business Texas Ballet Theater Winspear Opera House - November 29 - December 8 Bass Performance Hall - December 13 - December 27 http://www.texasballettheater.org Moscow Ballet McFarlin Auditorium, SMU - Friday, November 15 & 17 http://www.nutcracker.com/yourcity/dallas-tx Wacky Hijinks The Nutty Nutcracker Bass Performance Hall - Friday, December 20, 2013 This PG-13 version is a spoof on the old classic, peppered with pop culture. Even Puppets Dallas Children’s Theater - November 29 - December 22 http://www.dct.org 22
Photography by Moscow Ballet
A SELECTION OF WORKS, FROM ARTISTS & GALLERIES RIGHT HERE IN OUR HOME.
Cross Country Ski Path annhardy.com
Santa Baby trishbiddle.com
Deanna Kienast Trees
Pieter Andries Ametrine Pendant
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s do most creative people, artists, or simply night owls, I spend many a night working late on my projects. That’s the time when I can get into my own vacuum of time and space to fully merge into my creativity. Several years ago, as I was completing a painting of a zebra I had photographed in Southlake, my last chore on it was to retouch and paint the sides of the canvas, all in white. Because I had recently stained my studio floor, I decided to use a heavy piece of cardboard to catch any paint I might drip or splatter on the floor. This seemed like the most logical solution.
MIRACLES UNFORESEEN story and painting by Lamberto™
So, I painted the edges of my freshly completed painting and set that out to dry. It was about 4:30 a.m. I continued to clean my brushes, tidy up my working space, and then before going to bed, I had my one last cup of cocoa and sat in my chair to examine the painting from a distance. As I sat scrutinizing the painting, something else started calling me, something else was capturing the attention of my eyes… and to my complete surprise, it was the piece of hard cardboard that I had used for the dripping paint and colors from previous sessions. What I saw in it was a true revelation. What I saw was the clear profile of Jesus Christ! When I was painting the edges and moving the canvas slightly, I was beginning to create the crown of thorns on His head. The puddle in the middle was forming His face. Wow… needless to say, I begin to use my spatula to further carve out His likeness. It took me a couple more nights to finalize the painting, which I then titled “The Glory of Christ.” I often find images hidden in all things, but finding Jesus in a discarded piece of cardboard around sunrise is definitely one night I will never forget.
Encountering Art in Local Businesses
story by Chad Street
riginal art enriches day-to-day life and adds a sense of connection to the world beyond our normal routine. It can offer, in a moment, an escape from our present reality. It can bring a touch of an emotion other than what we are currently experiencing. Art can, if we allow it to, expand our gaze and adjust our perspective on the day. In this collection of thoughts, we are going to explore three local businesses that have embraced original art and sculpture in their public spaces. Our first sampling of this is the new Forest Park medical facility in Southlake. Here you find fresh architecture and grand volumes of spaces to navigate on your journey to quality healthcare. The sculpture in the waiting area offers an opportunity to break from the thoughts we have and allow our mind to wander a bit as our eyes traverse the combination of gentle and harsh silhouettes as they climb upward. The modeling of the paint finish and the distress shown will stop the eye for a moment and then you continue to take in the work put into this sculpture. You question the damaged sections and the textured surfaces. You may begin to identify with the emotion of the piece and find solace in the notso-perfect display of energy. It may, in contrast, make you notice the sleekness of the furnishings around it, and the
southlake ARTS Photography by Jesika Cook
INTERIOR DESIGN crisp architecture. Regardless of your exact thoughts, if you allowed it to interrupt your mission, for a moment, you took a breath and a break from your task… wasn’t that refreshing? Our next look takes us to a double dose of local artist Deanna Kienast and two of her works found among many original pieces hanging at Revelation Wellness Center in Southlake. As you meander through the clinic, it’s difficult not to notice the attention to detail in the design and the selection of the original art on display there. The art evokes a sense of deep care and affection for the clinic. The feeling transfers to both first time and repeat clients in the form of understanding that you are in an environment that was meticulously designed and executed. That feeling conveys the thoughts that “if the caregivers go to this extreme for the clinic, they will do the same for me and my experience here.” Deanna’s artwork was commissioned specifically for the clinic, and each have a unique and unified message to the clinic’s mission. I would encourage you to stop by and see them in person, take them in within the environment they were created for, and read the artist’s own words about the emotion and energy and passion poured into each work. Finally, we arrive at DFW Audi and are greeted by a mammoth carved granite sculpture commissioned for the dealership. (Insert title, artist here) The opposing curves rise from a solid block of red granite to produce a feast for the eyes, full of texture, form, and scale. Noticing that the raw and exposed mining lines are still intact at the base reminds us that we were all created from the earth - raw and unrefined. The craft, skill, and vision of the sculptor saw something more and painstakingly revealed the inner beauty and grace that was inside all along. I find myself resonating with the refinement process, still having a few rough edges, not forgetting where I came from, and excited about where I am headed. Isn’t that really how art should collide beautifully with our lives? Next time you see a publicly-displayed sculpture or piece of art, I challenge you to stop for a moment, appreciate the piece in its setting, breathe it in, and allow it to encounter your emotions. I hope that you find it a great breath of fresh wind in your day.
Do you have art in your home or business?
Would you like to share? We’d like to know about it. Let’s photograph it and share it with each other. Contact: David@SouthlakeArts.com southlake ARTS
Zombie Prom: Art Imitating Life or the Undead? What is with the current fascination with zombies? From the recordsmashing popularity of AMC’s hit series “The Walking Dead” to the Sprint commercial offering “unlimited talk, text and data, perfect for the living (or undead)”, zombies have inﬁltrated pop culture. Even the government has jumped on the bandwagon. In 2011, the CDC published “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic”, a comic book which refers readers to their emergency website and ends with a statement about being prepared and a checklist for an “AllHazards Emergency Kit”. The Department of Homeland Security urged citizens to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. Their theory: if you’re prepared for a zombie attack, the same preparations will help during a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake or terrorist attack. So why the trend? Perhaps a happy ending (although not all zombie stories end favorably) restores a peace of mind and optimism from fear of outbreaks and disasters. Perhaps not. But the fact remains that the public adores zombies and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.
So, as always, the art community imitates life (or the undead), revealing zombies in books, commercials, ﬁlm and stage. The original zombie movie, “Night of the Living Dead”, was performed in a live stage version at OhLook Performing Arts Center in Fall of 2011 and OhLook often produces and entertains sold-out crowds with the zombie cult classic “Evil Dead”. This month, OhLook is bringing the lighter side of zombies to north Tarrant County with the Off-Broadway musical “Zombie Prom”. A “Grease”-gone-nuclear musical, “Zombie Prom” is set in the 1950s and ﬁlled with upbeat 50’s style rock-and-roll songs and a happy ending. It is silly zombie fun for the entire family. Over a dozen Southlake teens are performing in the show, which will run December 6-15, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. in OhLook’s Black Box Theater (1631 W. Northwest Highway in Grapevine). Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased online at: OhLookPerform.com. southlake ARTS
THE 2013 BOB JONES NATURE CENTER FUNDRAISER Naturally Sweet, the Bob Jones Nature Center Annual Fundraiser, took place under the stars of the November sky. The event offered delicious food from area restaurants, great music from Hall Music Productions, special silent auction items (including the chance to throw out the first pitch at a Rangersâ€™ game), and an all-around fun evening for those in attendance. Overheard in the crowd, which boasted numerous artists, dignitaries and elected officials, were comments about Naturally Sweet being the most special and unique event of the year in Southlake.
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THE ARTS ABROAD
CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE A VISUAL wonderland by Jesika Cook Culinary, Fashion, Art, Music, Design - Discover the beauty of Europe during the Christmas season and bring home memorable treasures and traditions that you can celebrate at home! Parts of Europe are filled with the beauty of Christmas starting in the beginning of November. Be daring and rent a car to explore the Old Continent. Journey deep into the quaint villages in between the larger well-known cities and experience Christmas like the locals do. You are sure to find a Christmas market, small or large, in every town. Christmas markets are filled with beautiful, hand-painted ornaments, a variety of ornate wooden artistry, original carved nativities, nutcrackers, figurines, Christmas pyramids and more. Europe and fashion go hand in hand; Choose from handmade and unique clothing and accessories from all over the region. The market’s air bursts with the scents of handmade culinary sweet treats crepes, chocolates, roasted nuts, dipped fruits, pastries, hot chocolate and more. Sausage, brats, weisswurst, and cheeses are also in the mix. You are sure to smell and desire a well-known drink - Glühwein. Served in multiple booths all around the markets, it is a perfect, spiced, red wine drink (served warm) to sip on while you walk around in the cold...makes for a great hand warmer as well! Thankfully, we can find Glühwein here closer to home in World Market or Central Market. What would the Christmas atmosphere be without music? Music can be heard everywhere you go in Europe - carolers, musicians, music playing in stores, and old church bells ringing in the distance, all playing to celebrate the universal joy of Christmastime. Add the bells and klip-klops of the horse-drawn carriage rides, beautiful architecture, and SNOW (hey, that’s major for us Texans!), and you won’t want to leave this wonderland. A trip to Europe during Christmastime is sure to make you want to return. Until then, be creative at home with European décor, treats, food, and drinks found in local stores. Have a merry time with family and friends while celebrating and sharing what you all have learned while traveling. Prost!
Photography by Jesika Cook
Delicious Treats Joy to the Palate!
PEPPERMINT BLISS >
Peppermint bliss for you peppermint lovers...Add a little flare to your hot chocolate, coffee or tea with a peppermint stirrer. Bake some quick and easy Peppermint Chocolate Chip Scones made with all-natural ingredients. Drizzle some Peppermint Bark flavored sauce onto your scones - or any other dessert, ice cream, or drink. Voilà - Indulge! Now you can find some mistletoe!
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Bring out your inner fashion designer and have some laughs with this whimsical “Ugly Sweater” cookie kit. Enjoy a fashion decorating contest at your next Christmas party. Everyone will have a great time showing off their artistic (or not so artistic) abilities. Cheer and laughter guaranteed.
CHRISTMAS BUNDTS > Nothing Bundt Cakes here in Southlake is ready for your holidays with creative bundts sure to “wow” your guests. The cakes are made with the finest, premium ingredients - including fresh eggs, real butter and cream cheese. Choose from several different flavors of cake, which is then adorned with their signature frosting - thick, frosted petals or drizzled. Find Peppermint Products and Cookie Kit at World Market in Grapevine
Get Cozy with Christmas Coffee Choose your Brew, Grab a Cup...Relax.
by Jesika Cook The crisp winter weather is finally here and with it all the yummy Christmas-flavored coffees. Ahhh, the smell of the freshly-brewed coffee grounds in the air! Pick out your favorite coffee cup and enjoy your winter days or nights with a choice from some of our favorite flavored coffees. Between the markets we have here in Southlake and Starbucks, you are sure to find many great Christmas flavors, but there is a little hidden gem close in our midst in nearby Grapevine. To try a little something unique, head over to Holy Grounds at 336 S. Main Street and try their famous “Snickerdoodle”, blended with the spicy flavors of cinnamon and hazelnut for a smooth, aromatic coffee. Cozy up with “Kringle Krunch”, flavored with a subtle, sweet taste of sticky toffee. Get in the Christmas Spirit with “Holiday Cheer”, a spicy cup of java, accented with rich chocolate, cinnamon, and golden almond notes. Another favorite surely to bring you joy is “Snowflake Sundae” with the taste of rich fudge, topped with dreamy chocolate and creamy caramel, and mixed with sprinkles of pecan flavoring. These and many other flavored coffees, Christmastime drinks, Christmas art, gifts and decor will surround you at Holy Grounds. Make your cup look like a piece of art - add whipped cream, sprinkle some chocolate shavings, crush up a candy cane and sprinkle on top, or add a cinnamon stick. Complete your ideal coffee mug with a ribbon or a bow. Be creative - have fun! Coffee Tip: Try heating your mug before adding hot coffee (it will keep your drink warm for a longer period of time).
Photography by Jesika Cook
The Joy of Spirits and Cheese Cheers to Christmas! The Christmas season is a time to gather with family and friends and enjoy some spirits. A variety of beers, wines, and cheeses are sure to be served. Enjoy our December picks as you laugh, tell stories, and toast to this season of happiness! “Cheers”!
Samuel Smith’s - Winter Welcome Ale This seasonal beer is a limited edition brewed for the short days and long nights of winter. Brewed in Yorkshire, England’s oldest brewery - this is a full body beer which will appeal to a broad range of drinkers. Available at World Market in Grapevine.
Havarti and Wine... “Havarti’s soft creaminess and the outstanding structure and mouthfeel of each wine will make you fall in love with Havarti all over again!”
Salud, Gerald Morgan Jr. - Sommelier www.bvtexas.com
2009 Baumard Savennieres White, Loire
Tasting Note Domaines des Baumard produces some of the finest examples of Savennieres, and Jean Baumard and now his son, Florent, are universally regarded as the finest winemakers in the appellation. Their wines are among the most unique and rewarding in the world: this is a honeyed, dry white of unmatched concentration, perfume, and longevity.
92 Points Wine Spectator “Beautifully pure, with salted butter, chamomile and quinine notes lacing up a core of creamed Jonagold apple and lanolin flavors. The long, creamy finish lets the chamomile edge play out elegantly. Drink now through 2018.”
2012 Maculan Pino & Toi White Blend, Italy
Tasting Note “Made from 60% Tocai, 25% Pinot Bianco and 15% Pinot Grigio from various vineyards in and around the town of Breganze. Pino & Toi is pale yellow in color with an intense and fruity nose with hints of refreshing citrus. On the palate, the wine is balanced with loads of fresh peaches and pear followed by a crisp finish.” ~ Winery notes 44