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Jerome Weeks

Senior Arts Reporter/Producer, Art&Seek

Jerome Weeks is the Art&Seek producer-reporter for KERA. A professional critic for more than two decades, he was the book columnist for The Dallas Morning News for ten years and the paper’s theater critic for ten years before that. His writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, American Theatre and Men’s Vogue magazines.

Mr. Weeks was an entertainment reporter for the Houston Post and an associate editor for Third Coast magazine. He has won five Katie Awards from the Dallas Press Club, a graduate journalism fellowship from Columbia University and a Knight Digital Media Fellowship to the University of California-Berkeley. He has appeared on Studio 360, C-SPAN’s Booknotes and the PBS documentary Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater. Mr. Weeks is a member of both the National Book Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association, and was recently named a fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

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Kimbell Art Museum

An exhibition of some of the world’s finest samurai armor and weapons is at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

We asked Kimbell curator Jennifer Casler Price to pick out her favorite samurai armor from the show -- and explain why she likes it so much.

Samurai, which runs through Aug. 31, features more than 140 pieces from the collection of Dallasites Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller.

Dallas Sympony Orchestra

The Meyerson Symphony Center turns 25 this year, and the Dallas Symphony will be celebrating.

After several years of cutbacks and caution, good financial news has the DSO making more ambitious plans for its new season.

In addition, there are plans to launch an annual three-week music and arts festival in the Arts District, called Soluna. The name combines the Latin words for sun and moon, indicating the kind of round-the-clock activity the festival hopes to offer in May 2015 in the Arts District.

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Does the National Endowment for the Arts tend to benefit the wealthy?

Last year, a congressional committee report claimed NEA grants essentially transfer tax money from the poor to the rich. A new study from SMU challenges that claim.

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AT&T Stadium in Arlington might seem like just a mecca for football, but for a week this spring, the pigskin gives way to alley-oops and arias. First comes the NCAA Final Four. That same week, the Dallas Opera presents a free simulcast on the stadium’s big screen.

On Tuesday, the opera announced its third simulcast at AT&T Stadium -- and pulled back the curtain on the upcoming season. It includes some cartoon opera news.

Karen Almond

For the first time in seven years — and the first time ever at the Wyly Theatre — the Dallas Theater Center is presenting a new version of A Christmas Carol. Artistic director Kevin Moriarty’s stage adaptation stresses musical life – and the harsh economic forces at work in Charles Dickens’ story.

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Here’s a holiday gift idea.

You can now buy a ticket package to seven different Dallas performing arts groups for shows running February through April.

The ticket packages are called DPASS, which stands for Dallas Performing Arts Sampler Series.

The shows include Godspell at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The Barber of Seville from Dallas Opera and Cultural Awareness by Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

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Throughout November, KERA will mark the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination by taking a closer look at that fateful day, what it meant to the country, how it changed Dallas, and more.

Today, we take a look at a citywide effort to turn the ‘City of Hate’ into the ‘City of Love’ through art. KERA’s Jerome Weeks has the story:

Dallas Museum of Art

Last year, the Dallas Museum of Art agreed to return six antiquities that were looted illegally from Italy years ago.

The objects included three kraters (large vases for mixing wine and water) as well as bronze shields — but they remain on display at the DMA as part of an ongoing partnership with Italian authorities.

Ben Wheeler Fall Feral Hog Festival

(Update, Jan. 27: Brooks Gremmels died over the weekend.)

A few years ago, Brooks Gremmels escaped Dallas and retired to a tiny East Texas town called Ben Wheeler.

The place was falling down. Buildings were vacant. Roofs were gone. Doors were missing. Weeds grew in the sidewalks.

People didn’t have much hope for the Van Zandt County town. But Gremmels did.

“Maybe I could spend a little money and clean up the town," he thought.

So, parcel by parcel, the multimillionaire cleaned up Ben Wheeler.

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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science's sports exhibition space has a new name, the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall, and a new $5 million donation from the Hunt family.

Lamar Hunt’s four children were on hand Monday for the announcement. They made the donation to honor their father, the sports legend who formed both the American Football League and Major League Soccer, and gave the Super Bowl its name. Lamar Hunt died in 2006.

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Today is the first day of early voting for candidates and issues on the May 11 ballot. For arts groups in Dallas it’s an important election. In recent years the city has cut funding for the arts even as the number of events have grown.

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This is the first installment in the KERA News series "Inside the Bush Center."

George W. Bush’s environmental legacy as president was decidedly mixed. He established the largest protected marine environment in American history – more than 100 million acres set aside in our Pacific territories. But he also permitted more mountaintop removal by mining companies. And he refused to sign the Kyoto protocols on global warming. Yet the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of SMU is unequivocally eco-sensitive. The new center will be dedicated Thursday.

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Peter Walker, the renowned landscape architect who designed the Nasher Sculpture Center's garden, has waded into the debate about the glare from nearby Museum Tower. Walker's the focus of a new Huffington Post piece by Charles Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

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Renowned Fort Worth pianist Van Cliburn, 78, has bone cancer. Long time friend and publicist Mary Lou Falcone issued this brief statement Monday afternoon.

The past two years, so many arts groups in North Texas have had to find new directors, managing directors and CEOs that people have wondered if there was something wrong — with the Arts District? With Dallas in general? KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports it’s not an Arts District problem, not a North Texas problem.

Worldwide, more than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981. The epidemic has prompted tonight's performance at the Winspear Opera House, the largest collaboration on a single stage event in North Texas history. KERA’s Jerome Weeks talks to three of the artists involved in A Gathering.

TED stands for ‘technology, entertainment and design’ – and the national conference has been so popular, it's spun-off such local offshoots as TEDxSMU.The third annual TEDx SMU conference is tomorrow -- and it's already sold out, although there are viewing parties scheduled around North Texas. The conference is meant to foster talk about innovations most of us haven’t heard about yet. Speaking of hearing, KERA’s Jerome Weeks talks to one TEDxSMU speaker about controversial innovations in sound.

Your gallery -- that is, your guest room -- awaits The City of Dallas’ new convention center hotel opens today. The City hopes the Omni Hotel will help the local economy. Good or bad, it’s already boosted North Texas artists’ bottom line. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports the hotel displays more than 6,700 examples of their original artwork.

Dallas, TX – Unless fortunes change the Dallas Symphony will run out of money in late January. KERA's Jerome Weeks has the story.

Tuesday night Dallas Symphony Board Chairman Blaine Nelson told a group of top donors that based on current revenue and expenses, the symphony will be insolvent within 90 days.

In an interview with KERA Nelson explained.

An early success of playwright Sam Shepard’s was his dark 1980 comedy,True West. Now the Undermain Theatre is presenting the Southwest premiere of Shepard’s latest, Ages of the Moon. In his review, KERA’s Jerome Weeks says it’s as if True West’s characters grew old – but never grew up.

Students can now hear more than one opera company in the Dallas Arts District. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports the Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School is the only campus outside of New York with access to live performances by the Metropolitan Opera.

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It’s late on a Saturday morning. Students and teachers from all over Dallas have filled the cafeteria of the Arts Magnet High School to see Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It’s the first of four Met performances to be projected at Booker T this school year.

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