Love Trumpets Hate: Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective

Love Trumpets Hate: Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective

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Photo: Henry Adebonojo Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective Dallas — Six months after an African-American gunman killed five white and Hispanic Dallas police and DART officers, Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective rolled into Dallas with a message: We had to be here.” In announcing the tour last year, he stated, “This band represents the best of America’s ideals. We’re five …

Lone Star Circus goes to the dogs in La Fête

Lone Star Circus goes to the dogs in La Fête

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Photo: Courtesy Vladimir Tsarkov Circus Celebration The Lone Star Circus treats audiences to another entertaining year with La Fête at Dallas Children’s Theater. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 29, 2016   Dallas — The circus has gone to the dogs. At least the Lone Star Circus has in their 10th-anniversary celebration, La Fête, presented with Dallas Children’s Theater at Rosewood …

The Coarse Actor Rises: Fifth Coarse

The Coarse Actor Rises: Fifth Coarse

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Photo: Alan Abair Photography: The Coarse Actor Rises at Pegasus Theatre Fifth Coarse Pegasus Theatre revives one of its franchises with a new Kurt Kleinmann play, The Coarse Actor Rises. by Amy Martin published Monday, August 15, 2016 Dallas — When a theatrical production starts with cuts from “Weird Al” Yankovic’s most classic album and ends with Ethel Merman belting out …

Big Top Thoughts: The Lone Star Circus

Big Top Thoughts: The Lone Star Circus

Photo: Zan Keith Photography The Lone Star Circus continues to blossom, and show that the circus arts are deeper than you think, with Zingari at Dallas Children’s Theater. by Amy Martin published Thursday, December 31, 2015   Dallas — Before there was dance, theater, music and culture, there was play—the curiosity to see if the things we imagine can be made …

Playthings by Circus Freaks: Walking on ceilings and other fun

Playthings by Circus Freaks: Walking on ceilings and other fun

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Circus Freaks offers striking visuals and circus feats at Festival of Independent Theatres, but the narrative of Playthings needs work.   Dallas — Some astounding characters appear in Playthings, the latest stage presentation from Circus Freaks, boasting jaw-dropping costumes and clever hair and make-up. The simple stage features only a small mad-scientist work zone and a colorful five-foot tall Jack-in-the-Box …

This Terpsichorean Life — Ira dances!

This Terpsichorean Life — Ira dances!

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Anna Bass was attracted to dance “because there’s no talking.” So Ira Glass asked her to talk, of course, posing those This American Life questions that probe deeply, but non-confrontationally, with an open casualness. Snippets of that recorded conversation unfurled as Bass danced with her creative partner of 12 years, Monica Bill Barnes. We learned Bass’ thoughts on compatibility and …

Dallas Solo Fest Review: …And Then I Woke Up

Dallas Solo Fest Review: …And Then I Woke Up

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Photo: Robert Hart Kris Noteboom has some promising moments and material for his solo performance debut at the Dallas Solo Fest, but could still work out the kinks and nervousness. by Amy Martin published Saturday, June 6, 2015   Dallas — It’s a toss-up as to what was more entertaining: Kris Noteboom’s full-length solo performance debut in …And Then I …

Jad Abumrad,  Zoe Keating & Gut Churn: Cherish Your Doubts

Jad Abumrad, Zoe Keating & Gut Churn: Cherish Your Doubts

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The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s #thinkspeak series kicks off with Jad Abumrad of NPR’s Radiolab, featuring cellist Zoe Keating. by Amy Martin, published Tuesday, May 19, 2015   Dallas — There is a gap, between the creative ideal in your head and the reality it becomes. In that sea of doubt lives Gut Churn, the title of Friday night’s inaugural …

The madness of Miniature Curiosa — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

The madness of Miniature Curiosa — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

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The aptly named Miniature Curiosa reveals a method in the madness with An Excrutiatingly Ordinary Toy Theater Show at Out of the Loop. by Amy Martin published Sunday, March 8, 2015 Photos: Miniature Curiosa   Addison — “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.” Zach Dorn, or at least the character he portrays in Miniature Curiosa’s An Excruciatingly …

Jenn Dodd in Melanchomedy: Funny Scenes About Sad Folks — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

Jenn Dodd in Melanchomedy: Funny Scenes About Sad Folks — Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

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by Amy Martin published Sunday, March 8, 2015   Addison — Universally hated Time Warner Cable is always good for a joke. Jenn Dodd uses it to great affect in Melanchomedy: Funny Scenes About Sad Folks, running through Sunday afternoon at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival. TWC’s ability to inflict misery upon humankind rivals the Black Plague. Try …

Almost 5: An Office Life (Circus) Story

Almost 5: An Office Life (Circus) Story

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It’s 5 O’Clock Everywhere Circus Freaks offers a wordless piece of circus arts and music, Almost 5: An Office Life (Circus) Story, at the Bath House Cultural Center.   Dallas — Office workers deepen their relationships throughout a workday as they wile away the boredom by using juggling, floor acrobatics, and general clowning. Such is the slender plot upon which …

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