Oh Dear Fried Food Lord, American Idol Auditions Are On Opening Day of The State Fair

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Alice Laussade
Things will be crazy-go-nuts.

This news should strike fear in the fried hearts of many: American Idol will hold auditions for the new season at our great State Fair of Texas on September 26th and 27th-- the first two days of the fair.

There is no prior registration required. You just have to be between the ages of 15 and 28 (See Official Rules), and show up to sing between 10am and 6pm on either of the two audition days.

This spells chaos. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria.

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Oral Fixation Returns for Season Four, Looking for More Dallas Stories and Storytellers

Categories: Dallas Stories

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By Monica Hinman
I have a friend who has cornered the market on stories. Stuff just happens to her. When we get together, I can count on being regaled with all the details from her latest adventure. She finds a briefcase lying in the street or runs into someone from elementary school while on vacation in another city; these unlikely events become stories that can last for hours. "I love the details, don't leave out anything," I beg. This stuff would never happen to me. But what if it does and I just don't notice?

Storytellers notice. Oral Fixation's founder, and storyteller in her own right, Nicole Stewart has been encouraging people to notice their stories and share them with others in the Dallas community for the past three years. Last night at the Wyly theater to kick off season four, we were treated to the Best of Season Three, which consisted of seven stories voted by fans to be their favorites of last season; each presented by the story's real life main-character.

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Erin Cluley Gallery, Cydonia Gallery Are Now Open

Categories: Visual Art

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Kevin Todora

This weekend, the gallery scene expanded in two divergent directions with the opening of both Erin Cluley Gallery and Cydonia.

Over the big, white bridge Erin Cluley Gallery became the first commercial art space in Trinity Groves - although not in the area's conventional strip mall of restaurants. Tucked into a residential neighborhood, somewhere behind Babbs Bros Barbecue, a large garage door that once lifted for cars in need of oil changes, now lets sunlight trickle in to illuminate the work of artists.


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The Safe Room Screens Two Story, the Winter of Frank Mosley's Four Season Quartet

Categories: Dallas Stories

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On Friday, The Safe Room at the Texas Theatre will celebrate the opening of a short film entitled Two Story, and also the reunion of the childhood friends who co-directed it. Frank Mosley had grown accustomed to directing solo, when he reconnected with his high school buddy, Lee Luna. The pair grew up together in Arlington and met in an art class where they instantly bonded over their love of horror films. Mosley had been making movies since he was eight years old, coercing his mother and other family friends into taking roles.

"Growing up you had to rope people into being in your movies," he says. "You'll have Mom covered in blood and makeup and you'll get your friend to jump off a building. They do these things because they love you. Then when you're fifteen or sixteen, you find people who are more like-minded." Luna, who professed to be the next John Woo, was one such person. Mosley had equally modest ambitions of being the next Martin Scorsese.


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Aziz Ansari Brought a Relatable Force of Funny to Dallas Saturday Night

Categories: Comedy

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Sarah Wyatt

By Sarah Wyatt

Aziz Ansari is a man built for an arena act, a master of crowd control.

The night's opening act was a Michael Jackson impersonator with his own backing applause soundtrack. It seemed fitting with the ego and presence that Ansari puts out to the public as a celebrity. You can almost hear him joking about it with his friends, "MJ but with an applause track. Like a laugh track for musicians." But then he followed through with it because when you're a stand-up comedian capable of filling the American Airlines Center, why not?

So of course there was a Bad-era Michael Jackson impersonator opening for Aziz. And of course he was good. He came equipped with everything you would want -but didn't know you wanted - from a Michael Jackson impersonator before an Aziz Ansari show: flashing lights, smoke, good dancing on stage, bad dancing off.


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Anna Clyne's Rewind Topped an Asymmetrical Opening Weekend at The FWSO

Categories: Classical Notes

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Photo courtesy Javier Oddo

This last weekend marked the opening of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 classical season. Saturday evening kicked off with an honorary video commemorating musical director Miguel Harth-Bedoya's 15th season with the FWSO, followed by a short talk with new composer-in-residence Anna Clyne (on her composition Rewind) and the National Anthem. At this point, the audience had been seated quietly, with intermittent applause, for what felt like forty-five minutes. Clyne's Rewind opened the program, and it was just the sort of shake-up this audience member needed.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 57 Inquisitive Sculptor Val Curry

Categories: 100 Creatives

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"I don't know if I've made any significant contributions other than following the advice of an early mentor to 'keep making art'," says Val Curry, sculptor and installation artist about making art in Dallas.

But he's probably wrong about that. This guy is one of the most interesting people you will meet in Dallas. He just keeps making art that has people talking, whether it's the giant outdoor cat sanctuary he has built in his backyard, his window installation with Robert David Reedy at Urban Outfitters Mockingbird Station, or his recent show at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary that displayed his view of the Universe--and it's one that's full of spirals and waste--Curry has a unique take on the world, and it is through his art that he communicates it.


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The Subconscious Storyteller: Benjamin Terry at RE Gallery

Categories: Visual Art

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By Justin Hunt

The storybook nostalgia of South Dallas' RE Gallery is the perfect milieu for the exhibition of Benjamin Terry's latest works, the unconscious mind. While Terry's previous ventures focused principally on large, technically adept, two-dimensional works, the current series is a breakthrough of shape and color in much smaller packages. Rather than exhibiting the dark recesses normally attributed to the subconscious ("Repressed memories" anyone?), Terry's works - on display at RE Gallery through October 12 - are light and free.


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Comedian Laurie Kilmartin On the Challenges, Lessons of Telling Jokes About Her Dead Dad

Categories: Comedy

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Most critics of comedians who love to take their audiences to dark places usually have a single criticism in mind when they prepare to launch their arsenal of self-righteous indignation.

"The dark, sad things you're trying to make people laugh about wouldn't seem so funny if they happened to you," a heckler might shout from the darkened recesses of a comedy club.

Comedian and Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin who is known for not steering clear of tough subjects in her comedy faced just such a moment when her father Ron was diagnosed with lung cancer and had to suffer through it until his final days earlier this year. She didn't just do what a good comic would do in the difficult, but inevitable situation. She did what any sane person would do.

She tried to keep her sense of humor and find ways to joke about it.

"Even during the sickness, I was making jokes about it," she says. "I was used to tackling it. It was a little tougher to turn it into the past tense but I've been a comic for 27 years. I'm really used to going at a subject and doing a take-down of it. That's the way my brain works. I organize my emotions and thoughts in joke form and talk to them on stage. It wasn't any more difficult to talk about than being a mother or anything like that."

She amassed a long list of jokes and updates on her Twitter account through her father and her family's painful ordeal. Kilmartin's tweets went viral and they attracted heartfelt messages of hope and peace for her father and her family from all around the world. She's turned those jokes and the experience into a very personal comedy show called 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, which she'll perform at 8 and 10 p.m. this Saturday at the Dallas Comedy House.

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Panels Provide Prescriptions, But Ultimately Is the Artist Responsible for Personal Health?

Categories: Dallas Stories

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There were actually butts in the seats last night, which was exciting.

By Monica Hinman

Last night at the Dallas Museum of Art, KERA's Art and Seek kicked off their sixth season of State of the Arts, which brings together leaders in the local art world to engage in a dialogue about developments and trends in art and culture. Last night's panel included Fort Worth artist Devon Nowlin, Dallas painter Arthur Peña, and Dallas writer Darryl Ratcliff, moderated by KERA's Jeff Whittington. The artists on the panel were upbeat in their assessment of the opportunities they have found for producing art in the area, each sharing details of their studio and living arrangements and a few of their upcoming projects.


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