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BEST ART: Good year for genius, generosity

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Special to the Star-Telegram

Curators were the stars of this year’s roundup of most worthy visual art events. Their perseverance and insightfulness brought succinct, informative exhibitions to Dallas and Fort Worth. Read more

Review: Texas Ballet Theater’s ‘The Nutcracker’



Usually, productions of the seasonal ballet favorite The Nutcracker fall into two categories: good and very good. The piece is so well known, and so consistently performed, that most companies can pull it off nicely. Read more

Ballet Concerto charms with ‘A Holiday Special’


Barbara Pendleton

If you want to completely capture the attention of a large auditorium filled with schoolchildren, hire Sheran Goodspeed Keyton to kick things off. Better known for performing with Jubilee Theatre and her own DVA Productions, Keyton has the pipes to enthrall all ages and commands attention when sh... Read more

Review: Hall Ensemble’s ‘Deck the Halls’ at BRIT

Hall Ensemble BRIT


“Deck the Halls” was an appropriate title for the musical program presented at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas on Tuesday evening. The presenters were the Hall Ensemble, a chamber group that recently made the BRIT lobby its new performance space. Read more

Review: Ava Pine leads dazzling Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops concert


Tracy Martin

A resplendent and silvery voiced Ava Pine headlines this year’s edition of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s extravagant Read more

Review: Schola Cantorum ‘Home for the Holidays’

One of the most reliable indicators of the Christmas season is concerts of holiday music, and one of the most reliable musical heralds — in this area, at least — is the Schola Cantorum of Texas. Read more

Review: Dallas Opera gives ‘Becoming Santa Claus’ its world premiere


Karen Almond

Composer Mark Adamo’s superb Lysistrata, which the Fort Worth Opera produced in 2012, whetted the appetite for more Adamo. Read more

Batman, De Niro among subjects in ‘Focus: Joyce Pensato’ at the Modern

Modern Pensato


The Brooklyn-based artist calls her painting style “boxing with a brush.” Read more

Review: The Book of Mormon

Book Of Mormon

Contrary to all expectations, the presentation of the white-shirted and black-tied musical The Book of Mormon at Bass Hall on Wednesday did not result in the earth opening up and swallowing the venue, and all the sinners in it, whole. Read more

Kimbell Art Museum exhibits exquisite drawings by Castiglione

An Allegory in Honour of the Duchess of Mantua

Royal Collection Trust

The Kimbell Art Museum has mounted one of the exhibitions for which it is best known, an exploration of a little-known artist with a great deal to offer — “... Read more

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