Eva Peron

(Photo courtesy Lyric Stage)

Whether you’re only familiar with the Madonna-starred movie version, or you’ve actually caught the bonafide Broadway production, pretty much anyone is familiar with the iconic scene where Eva Perón, wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina, takes to the balcony to belt out “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.”

It’s one of the more enduring, memorable numbers of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, although some would argue that “On this Night of a Thousand Stars” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” are also indelible.

If you haven’t managed to catch the entire production ever, or if you’d just like to see it again, you have an excellent opportunity September 20 through 22 at Dallas’ Majestic Theatre as Lyric Stage opens its 2019-2020 season — The Wonder Women of Season 27.

The season kicks off by telling the story of Maria Eva Duarte de Perón, from her childhood in the provincial town of Junín to her courtship and marriage to the man who would become the most powerful person in the country and her life as his wife.

But all this Evita talk got us thinking — where can you find a good balcony to reinact your own Eva Perón moment? We found 10 in varying price points around Dallas, perfect for belting out “The truth is I neeeeeeeeeeeever left you …” (more…)

If you’re going to have a Siglo de Oro (or Spanish Golden Age) story like the one in “Man of La Mancha,” you need a suitable backdrop. That’s just fact.

So when Lyric Stage told us that they’d be staging the musical, which tells the classic canon of Don Quixote, we knew we should find a home to match.

But what should that look like? After all, a lot of Spanish architecture during the Siglo de Oro could be rather austere. Juan de Herrera, who is one of the more recognizable names of the time period, was known for his purist structures with sober decoration, so much so that Herrerian and clasicismo are pretty much synonymous. 

But then, we found our match in El Escorial — a historical residence of the king of Spain in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. The El Real Monasterio El Escorial is rather sober. But La Granjilla de La Fresneda, the royal hunting lodge? Let’s just say its got a lot in common with this listing we found Old Preston Hollow. (more…)

penny candy

Actors Esau Price and Leon Addison Brown appear in the Dallas Theater Center’s ‘penny candy,’ which was written by playwright-in-residence Jonathan Norton and is set in Pleasant Grove (Photos by Ace Anderson/Courtesy Dallas Theater Center).

The Pleasant Grove in playwright Jonathan Norton’s ‘penny candy’, suffice to say, is home, but fraught with the attendant turmoil of a neighborhood in transition.

Jonathan Norton

Norton, who grew up in the Grove, portrays a snapshot of time in the community in his latest work, “penny candy,” which hits the stage with its world premiere as a Dallas Theater Center production at the Studio Theatre of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre beginning Wednesday, June 5.

The story was borne by the extremely capable hands of Norton, the DTC’s playwright-in-residence, whose work has been produced or developed by a whos-who of theater companies, including PlayPenn, InterAct Theatre Company, Pyramid Theatre Company, Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Castillo Theatre, Soul Rep Theater Company, African American Repertory Theater, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, Theatre Three, and South Dallas Cultural Center.

His play ‘Mississippi Goddamn’ was a Finalist for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and won the 2016 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association.

His latest work tells the story of 12-year-old Jon-Jon, who helps his father run Paw Paw’s Candy Tree out of their one-bedroom apartment in Pleasant Grove. But as the neighborhood heads towards drug-fueled violence and racial tensions, the penny candy store begins to lose business, and the family is faced with the decision to leave or stay. (more…)

art at the parc

As a way to bring social connectivity and a sense of community to residents, rental apartments in Dallas are tapping into the city’s burgeoning art scene by hosting local artists to showcase their talents beyond the walls of museums and galleries. It’s an unconventional idea brought on by the city’s soaring reputation as an arts destination.

Case in point: an upcoming exhibit at Parc at White Rock, featuring works by Edward Vazquez, Merritt Maya, Erin Buck and Dilrani Kaur, among others, called Art at the Parc. The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, from 5-8 p.m. at the Parc’s clubhouse, 7545 E. Northwest Hwy.

“The arts and culture scene has been exploding in Dallas, so we created Art at the Parc to bring some of that vibe and influence into the nearby suburbs, where Parc at White Rock is located,” said Kristen Gucwa, vice president of national lease-up operations and marketing for Richman Signature Properties. “We feel strongly about offering residents a mix of cultural, arts, and lifestyle-oriented events with a focus on social connectivity—we thought there was no better way to do this than by also supporting the Dallas arts scene and providing a place where local artists can showcase their work and gain exposure within the community.”

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All photos: Daniel Martinez DM Photography

Art and real estate are colliding with beautiful results in the worlds of two promising Dallasites.

Jennifer Ayyad and Ricardo Salas, Jr. just wrapped up a successful art show at Coeval Studios in the Dallas Design District. In attendance on Sept. 15 were about 100 designers, builders, architects, Realtors, friends, family, collectors, and clients.

By day, Ayyad is a Realtor with Nathan Grace and Salas is sales professional. Both of these seasoned artists found a receptive audience in the real estate world with their artwork. The purpose of the show was to reintroduce themselves and their new works of art in a private show.

“The importance of the event was to draw the local community in, inspire, and connect them—we firmly believe that creativity [inspires] our community’s growth,” Ayyad said, noting one reason they chose the Design District for their venue is the area’s creative vibe.

“The Design District is changing so much—I have sold property there and it’s really great that my real estate and art clients came out to support me as I have watched their businesses grow,” she said. “That is the essence of community supporting others.”

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Photo courtesy of The Kimbell Art Museum http://caillebotte.kimbellart.org/exhibit

Looking for a unique way to spend Valentine’s Day? Your Valentine will love this unique way to spend a most romantic day, in Fort Worth at the Kimbell Art Museum. In fact, we were a little late with our Fort Worth Friday this week because we toured “Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye” exhibit in the Renzo Piano Pavillion South gallery, and we were just blown away. The Kimbell Art Museum is a huge real estate asset to Fort Worth, and we in Dallas are pretty fortunate it’s only an hour away by car.

Who was Gustave Caillebotte? He was actually a collector of fine Impressionist art, but he was also an incredibly talented French avante garde artist. Because he came from a well-to-do French family, he didn’t have to sell his paintings to create income, thus his works were not widely collected. He had no children, and George T.M. Shackelford, Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum, tells me that Caillebotte’s niece inherited most of his art. Caillebotte had two brothers: one died at age 25, and Caillebotte himself died at the age of 45. His paintings cross the upper class life of 19th century France from the city to the countryside. Something I found interesting was the way he painted interiors, replicating every element of rooms from carpet to sofa fabric to wallpaper and the servant’s buzzer on the ornate fireplace.

Despite establishing himself as an artistic force among the French impressionists, Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) remains perhaps the least known among them. Without need to make art as a source of income, Caillebotte did not actively sell his pictures, and few entered collectors’ hands. Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye brings together over fifty of the most important and beloved pieces of Caillebotte’s career, lent from private collections, public institutions, and the artist’s own family. This exhibition will delve into Caillebotte’s diverse inspirations, offer critical insights into the cultural context of his work, and position him firmly within the pantheon of French avant-garde art.

Here are a few paintings, including one depicting his view of Paris as it was transformed by the great architect Baron Haussmann, the so-called Haussmannization of Paris, which implemented stringent building codes to unify building design, improve urban infrastructure, widen streets, add sidewalks and streetlamps — make paris walkable. Caillebotte’s paintings of Paris, such as The Pont de l’Europe, reflect and capture what was for Parisians in the late 1800’s, a dramatic modernization.

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Caillebotte’s paintings capture the visual transformation of Paris into the city as it is known today. Begun in the 1850s under the direction of Baron Haussmann to address a host of city ills, the so-called Haussmannization of Paris implemented stringent codes that unified building design, improved urban infrastructure, widened streets, and added sidewalks and streetlamps. Caillebotte’s paintings of his Parisian environment, such as The Pont de l’Europe, are both reflections and products of this rapid modernization. – See more at: http://caillebotte.kimbellart.org/exhibit#sthash.1OrOSVt1.dpuf

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