Francisco Moreno Reconstructs a 1975 Datsun Z In the Name of Art and All That Is Cool

Francisco Moreno
It's more than just doing donuts in front of a painting, but it's also that.

It's 4 p.m. on a Wednesday and I'm climbing into the body of a 1975 Datsun Z, receiving instructions that amount to "flip this switch and jiggle that one" with the warning that "just know, it will actually be quite startling." I'm sitting on a false seat in the driver's seat, when the entire car shudders and it lets out an enormous roar. I squeal. You would too.

This car, which is being built from scratch, is part of artist Francisco Moreno's WCD Project, part of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's inaugural Soluna Festival in May. For the past few years, Moreno has been constructing the car as part of a performative installation that is a variation on the famous painting, "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emmanuel Luetze.

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AT&T Performing Arts Center Brings Broadway Blockbusters Matilda, Jersey Boys, and More

Joan Marcus
Jump! For Broadway!

For musical lovers, the hottest ticket in town is the season subscription for the AT&T Performing Arts Center Broadway Series. These are the people who have brought Book of Mormon to Dallas twice, and continue to book Broadway's blockbusters. Monday night, the theater announced its 2015/16 season, which doesn't disappoint.

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Finally! City of Dallas to Give Money to Artists.

Not quite this much money...

The rumors are true and the official announcement and link for more details are on the way, but this week Giovanni Valderas, Vice Chair of the Cultural Arts Commission for the city of Dallas announced via Facebook that starting February 27, artists will be able to apply for grants that range from $1,000- 5,000. These "Special Support Grants" might be a small, yet mighty step for the city to take, as it demonstrates a direct support of the artists who choose to call Dallas home.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 7 Fashion Maven Julie McCullough

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Elliot Munoz Photography

Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order.

Julie McCullough says that she "stepped into" fashion design but has been blazing quite a trail since arriving in Dallas in 2001. Originally from Michigan, McCullough moved to Chicago to attend school at Columbia College. Eventually, she decided she wanted to experience something different and "packed up the Uhaul," and moved to Texas. The woman behind the yearly fashion event, The Pin Show, McCullough, while working on designs of her own under the labels Make and Folksie, showcases homegrown designers and even, at times, musicians.

The Pin Show is much different than the run-of-the-mill fashion show, often featuring not only amazing clothing, but everything from photo shoots, interesting bars and runways, hosted in various venues ranging from glamorous ballrooms to large, barren warehouses. Keeping with tradition, this year's event will take place in Deep Ellum's much anticipated new space, The Bomb Factory.

McCullough finds Dallas to be the perfect home for her clothing lines as well as The Pin Show because of the constantly growing scene of overall creativity within the city - be it surrounding music, art or fashion. McCullough calls the Dallas community supportive, and it shows considering the show is in its 8th year. The Pin Show's multi-talented team takes matters into their own hands by handing press, photography, show production, hair and make-up so that featured designers and guests can sit back and enjoy the show.

Following The Pin Show Presents: Scene last weekend at Trees Dallas, McCullough is looking forward to The Pin Show in April, as well as continuing work on her own line, Folksie, and even beginning work on a line of Chef's wear. With a new studio in the Design District, McCullough plans to continue working with other local creatives to keep Dallas' scene of fashion, art, music and design growing.

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Dallas Symphony's 2015/16 Season Is a Delicious Concoction of Old and New Music

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Sunday night the Dallas Symphony Orchestra revealed its recipe for the 2015/16 season, which is a delicious cocktail of grand symphonies, music written for opera, and world premieres. They've combined the drama of Wagner with Act 1 of Die Walküre with the spice Mahler's Das klagende Lied and the sugar of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and thrown in world premieres like artist-in-residence Conrad Tao's latest work. Shake up the flavors of the classical season with that of the POPS, which features everything from tributes to Frank Sinatra to The Beatles, for a year rich in aural variety.

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Six Can't Miss Dallas Theater Performances This Week

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Cara Mia Theatre

Theater can be pretty inaccessible. It can be too expensive or too intellectual. But now, there are plenty of affordable theater performances so that those of us who are too broke can broaden our intellectual horizons. And God knows we could all use broader horizons.

These six performances all have ticket options starting at around $20, which means that you can see one of the city's most exciting theater for less than your weekly latte allowance. Whether your theater preferences are totally mainstream or a little more avant garde, one of these performances will satisfy your need for good, live theatre.

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The Trailer Park Boys (Yes, the Actual Trailer Park Boys) Are Coming to Dallas

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Julian, Bubbles and Ricky, the criminal comedy trio known as the Trailer Park Boys.

Ricky, Julian and Bubbles, known together as the infamous Trailer Park Boys, are the best known criminal comedy group in the world. The heavily hairsprayed Ricky, the googly eyed Bubbles and the cocktail clutching Julian get recognized in all four hemispheres, an even more impressive feat for a show that started on a Canadian cable station back in 2001.

For the uninitiated, the documentary style show features the criminal exploits of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles and their squalid but happy, lower than lower class lives. Ricky, easily the dumbest of the three with brief moments of brilliance when faced with the threat of arrest, proudly deals dope and lives in a 1975 Chrysler New Yorker dubbed the "Shitmobile." The Swayze-esque Julian comes up with most of the schemes for the crew's various capers and criminal enterprises and has never been seen on camera without a drink in his hand. Bubbles is the heart of the group, loves kitties and has an impressive talent for music for a guy who spent most of his life living in wooden work sheds.

The characters that inhabit Sunnyvale Trailer Park have been in and out of each other's hair and in and out of jail for eight seasons going on nine thanks to Netflix, which brought back the show long after they swore they made their last episode. They've also produced three full-length movies, a bunch of TV and live specials and live stage shows including their latest stop in Dallas this Tuesday at The Majestic for their Still Drunk, High & Unemployed Tour.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 8 Ben Fountain, Man of Letters

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Mark Graham
Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order.
Ben Fountain is one of the most successful writers to call Dallas home. His 2007 collection of short stories, Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and his first novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, was published in 2012 to similar critical acclaim, becoming a finalist for the National Book Award. But it's well documented -- see this 2008 New Yorker piece by Malcolm Gladwell -- that Fountain's path to success was not a direct one. He moved to Dallas in the '80s to practice law but quit in 1988 to write full time; although a few short stories received some recognition, it took 18 years of consistent writing before he had a major work published.

Dallas hasn't been regarded for a vibrant literary scene in the past, but that seems to be changing slowly. We now have an independent bookstore in Oak Cliff, The Wild Detectives; we've got Wordspace, a nonprofit literary arts group that programs events year-round; and last year another local writer, Merritt Tierce, earned effusive praise from everyone from The New York Times Book Review to Carrie Brownstein for her debut novel, Love Me Back (Fountain was also a big champion of hers).

I spoke with Fountain about the effect, if any, that these developments have had on the life of a writer in Dallas, the long road from lawyer to acclaimed writer, his writing habits and what he's working on now.

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Film Pod: Kevin Costner Eases White America Into the Present with McFarland, USA

Categories: Film and TV

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Disney's McFarland, USA

Kevin Costner eases white America into the now with McFarland, USA, we hear about the Berlin Film Festival's highs (Queen of Earth) and lows (Knight of Cups), and dip into the lukewarm waters of a second Hot Tub Time Machine movie. Also, there's much praise for teen comedy The DUFF and Wild Tales, a movie filled with stories of humans acting badly. We also hear about the plight of Fluffy, the cat owned by film director Alex Ross Perry. Your hosts (Amy Nicholson, Alan Scherstuhl, and Stephanie Zacharek) are joined by film critic Jordan Hoffman for this week's feature-length pod. As always, send barbs, jabs, claims, or jokes to and follow us on the Twitter at @voicefilmclub. Read all of our movie reviews, interviews and news over at

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We'd Watch Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac in Anything, Especially The Last Two People

Categories: Theater

Paul Kolnik
We'd watch these two do just about anything.

If you pitched me a musical theater revue in the end times that weaves obscure show tunes with original music, I'd spit my burnt coffee in your face. But we're talking about you, not Taylor Mac and Mandy Patinkin. Those two could spill a jar of toothpicks and spend two hours picking it up and leave audiences mesmerized. They can also spit out the lyrics to R.E.M's "End of the World" halfway through 90 minutes of non-stop song and dance with speed, clarity and panache. Then, 10 minutes later mash-up Gillian Welch's relatively unknown "My Morphine" with "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage" from The Boy From Oz and turn it into a meaningful, rousing number.

These men are veritable institutions of the contemporary theater and it's a real treat to see them onstage in their latest project, The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, which plays at the Eisemann Center through Sunday.

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