Remembering Matthew Tomlanovich

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Actor. Teacher. Director. Voice Coach. Mentor. Poet. Matthew Tomlanovich wore many hats, but one that always seemed glued to his head, was friend. After battling a MRSA infection in his spinal cord for six months, Tomlanovich died Sunday.

I could give you his bio: "Over 30 years of experience working in the theatre as an actor, director, and vocal coach. He taught at several universities and conducted workshops in the United States and England. He held a BGS from Oakland University, an MFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts, and a Masters of Arts in Vocal Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He taught at Southern Methodist University, Cal-Arts, The Actor Training Program at the University of Utah, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Dallas, London's East 15 Acting School and Central School of Speech and Drama, and was an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He spent many years acting on local stages, and performed with The Irondale Ensemble Project, at various Off-Broadway theaters, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, the St. Petersburg Salon (Russia), the Garden Grove Shakespeare, among others. He also had many film and television appearances under his belt. He was diagnosed with a MRSA infection in his spinal cord on April 3, 2014."

But this is not what makes a man. This is not how Matt would want to be remembered for. He would want to be remembered for his mentorship and his work for the community that he loved.


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Bonnie & Clyde Cast Hold Up YouTube With Music Video to "Bang Bang"

Categories: Theater

"Criminals have more fun" could've been the subtitle of the musical, Bonnie & Clyde, currently on stage at WaterTower Theatre. History's law-breaking power couple certainly have a better time than the rest of their family in the Depression-era story. And it seems the actors playing them are having a damn good time themselves. Earlier today, the cast put out this Youtube video of them lipsyncing the apropos lyrics to the Top 40 Jessie J song "Bang Bang."

See Bonnie & Clyde through November 2. Tickets available at WaterTowerTheatre.org.

The Masks We Wear: Liliana Bloch Gallery's Faces Explores Societal Expecatations

Categories: Visual Art

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Liliana Bloch Gallery
One of Alicia Henry's Compelling 'Faces'
Liliana Bloch might run the smallest gallery in town. With just a few white walls cordoning off her art inside Brian Gibb's The Public Trust, she's proving with each exhibition she programs that in the art world, it's not size that matters.

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10 Best Things to Do in Dallas This Week, October 20-22

Categories: Dallas Stories

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Dallas Arboretum

Get out there and enjoy the crisp fall air.

Monday, October 20
Autumn at the Arboretum
This week the weather will be perfect to swing by the Arboretum for its celebration of fall and all things pumpkin. As the fall foliage turns a crisp brown, the expansive gardens fill with the fun of a fall festival. Visit the Pumpkin Village, wander the grounds, and watch the colors change daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Dallas Aboretum and Botanical Garden (8525 Garland Rd.). Admission is $15 for non-member adults and available at the gate on a first come, first served basis. More information at dallasarboretum.org.


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5 Visual Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

Categories: Visual Art

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John Pomara

Digital-Distraction at Barry Whistler Gallery
Put down your cellphone and see some art this weekend. For his latest work, John Pomara found himself interested in the way digital technology simultaneously connects us and disconnects us. Everyone has that friend who's in constant communication with everyone except the people in front of him. These communicative "visual distractions" were the impetus for his new abstract works that debut at the Barry Whistler Gallery (2909-B Canton St.) at 6 p.m. Saturday. See Digital-Distraction during the opening reception or through November 29. More information at barrywhistlergallery.com.

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No One Cares That You Don't Like Impressionism

Categories: Visual Art

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Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Edgar Degas, Family Portrait (The Bellelli Family), 1858-60

Everyone's seen a Renoir, most people know about Degas' dancers, or recognize Manet's Balcony. The ubiquity of Impressionism inspires films, fiction, and even credit card embellishment. "Two Girls at a Piano" reminds a father of his two daughters, so he finds a knock off online; an art student stares endlessly at Van Gogh's self portrait pondering the brushstrokes and the life of a successful artist.

But the overwhelming presence of Impressionist painting can also lead more than a few critics to beg for something different. Please, curator gods, not another Impressionist show! This month alone, Impressionism is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and San Antonio's McNay, and, no surprise, the Kimbell Art Museum -- North Texas' biggest proponent of the art movement.

But who can resist "Starry Night" or Renoir's Dance series? The consistent presentation of the art movement might be considered pandering or populism, if the paintings and the artists weren't so important to the development of modern art. And if you're going to see one of the numerous Impressionism exhibitions that have or will come through Dallas/Fort Worth, see Faces of Impressionism at the Kimbell, October 19-January 25.

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Kovacs Award Recipient Harry Shearer Talks Richard Nixon, Spinal Tap and Smart Comedy

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Photos by Danny Gallagher

The great comedians know that they don't have to create fiction, they simply have to pluck out the insane bits of a world trying to wrestle with its sanity and present it in the way a carnival barker would just before he pulls back the curtain to reveal some horrid mistake of human nature.

Actor and comedian Harry Shearer is one such performer, obsessed with presenting the raw, naked truth of politics and media whether it's the invasiveness of reality TV when he helped write director Albert Brooks' first movie Real Life or the inefficient preparation and inhumane response that led to massive flooding in New Orleans with his documentary The Big Uneasy. Even This is Spinal Tap, the seminal rock comedy movie that launched the mockumentary genre, sprang from real moments.

"We didn't make anything up in that movie," Shearer says atAMS Pictures headquarters in Dallas. "It was stuff that either happened to us or people we knew. Editing reality to get the good part is sort the ideal version of my job."

The Spinal Tap and Simpsons star recently turned his sharp eye for the satirical to one of American history's characters who always seemed to good to be real, former President Richard M. Nixon, for a new web series for My Damn Channel called Nixon's the One. He'll premiere the series tonight at the Angelika Film Center as part of the Dallas VideoFest where he'll receive the festival's Ernie Kovacs Award.

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Meet All of Your Fanboy (or Fangirl) Idols at the Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days

Categories: Geek-Offs

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Ed Steele
All fans of anything have lists in their heads of famous hands they'd like to shake -- those attached the faces and voices they've seen in their favorite movies and TV shows. There's just something about making that face-to-face to contact with the people you've worshiped from afar that makes them seem more real.

You don't just get to tell them how much you've enjoyed and been inspired by their work. You get to watch your favorite shows and movies in a whole new light. You're no longer just staring at a memorable face on a flat screen. You're part of their actual world. You're one degree of separation away from them. And as long as you don't try to obtain a lock of their hair or a skin fragment, you'll retain that beautiful memory for as long as you live or as long as the series doesn't veer down a weird path.

If you've got a particularly long bucket list of famous hands you wish to shake and faces to take selfies with, you'll be able to cross a bunch of them off of your list this weekend at the Dallas Comic Con's Fan Days Expo.

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Got Zombies on the Brain? Here Are Five Lively Undead Events for You.

Categories: Halloween

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The Walking Dead
A cottage industry has popped up to help sate the nation's unending appetite for the undead. Everything from brain shaped candy, to "Zombie Squad" customizations for vehicles are readily available for consumers who want to show that they're ready for the not really upcoming zombie apocalypse. Lucky for those North Texans with a taste for adventure there are a handful of events to hold them over until society's eventual collapse.


Dallas REI's Zombie Preparedness - Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse Class
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, October 16
Where: REI Dallas, 4515 LBJ Freeway

The outdoor retailer frequently offers classes for the urban adventurer in us all, and it being Halloween season they've jumped into the zombie game by offering up a zombie preparedness course that covers all the basics it would take to survive a zombie apocalypse. Lucky for attendees of the course many of the skills being taught would be invaluable in any disaster situation in a major urban area, so even if the dead do not rise, you're at least learning something you can use.


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17 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, October 16-19

Categories: Dallas Stories

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Adolfo Cantú-Villarreal, TZOM Films
The Weekend is Here, Praise the Gods!

It's here, finally. Well, if you count Thursday as the weekend. And we do. No need to slack off, get planning on how you'll make your fun this weekend. What's that expression? Oh yeah, carpe diem.


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