Written by Staff
By Will Jukes
An audience at Irving Arts Center was delighted Saturday, May 4 when Bandan Koro gave a performance of authentic West African music and dance. Bandan Koro, which in the West African language Malinke means “under the tree,” is a local performing arts group promoting awareness and respect for West African culture in the DFW area with both education and performance. Their performance Saturday tried to do both, using music and dance to tell the story of the African Diaspora, the diffusion of African culture in the new world.
“The intent of this performance is to show that there's a connection between what happened in Africa years and years ago and what's happening in America today,” said Tony Browne, founder and director of Bandan Koro. “Those rhythms and that spirit never died, it came with us from Africa. The show is meant to show that even though today there seem to be some things that aren't tied to Africa, there's actually a much closer connection than a lot of people understand.”
Read the whole story in the May, 6 edition of The Rambler.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 09:01
Written by TXU
TXU Energy and the Dallas Film Society have announced the six winners of the fourth annual TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest. The three high school and three university filmmakers debuted their films at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival and learn the Dallas Film Society Honors on April 12.
“All of the films were terrific, and it was tough for our judges to select the grand-prize and first-place winners,” said Donna Egen, sponsorship manager for TXU Energy. “We’re very proud that so many students across Texas participated in the contest, and we’re happy that the scholarship prizes will support the students and their schools.”
The contest challenged high school and college student filmmakers from across the state to explore energy conservation, energy efficiency and energy management to answer the question: What does energy mean to you?
More than 130 students submitted concepts for films that would range from three to five minutes as they embarked on the competition for roughly $35,000 in cash prizes, video equipment and a walk down the red carpet.
TXU Energy introduced a new element to this year’s contest by offering 20 students the unique opportunity to work with industry mentors as they developed their films. Online voters selected the best short film concepts in December and the first-round finalists were matched with mentors.
Additionally, critics shared their advice with students on what makes a good film and how to handle film critics’ reviews of their work. Participating critics included syndicated columnist Todd Jorgenson, Mark Walters of bigfanboy.com, Matt Mungle of the Mungle Show and Paul Salfen, who reviews films for multiple news outlets.
This year’s submissions saw films created in various Texas cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Laredo. Online voters were asked to rate the films based on forward-thinking and creative ideas, overall entertainment and production quality, and effectiveness in conveying the filmmakers’ concepts or messages. The winners are:
Rachel Cocke, “The Electricity Between Us,” Wakeland High School, Frisco
Taylor Martin, “Day In, Day Out,” Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas
Malak Abdallahi, “Positive Vibes,” Fossil Ridge High School, Fort Worth
Samantha Gipson, “The Makeover,” Art Institute of Dallas, Dallas
Robert Ochoa, “The Giants in the Sky,” Baylor University, Waco
Jeremy Williams, “Spirits,” Northlake College, Irving
Their films can be seen at txu.com/studentfilmcontest.
Each of the top films in the high school and university categories will win the grand prize of $7,500. First-place winners from each category will receive $3,000, and the films from each category that received the most online votes will win the community-choice award and $1,000. Prizes will be split evenly between the winning students and their schools’ audiovisual departments.
All finalists received editing software valued at approximately $300.
Source: TXU Energy
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:16
Written by Staff
By Amanda Casanova
A band beating on pots and pans and strumming homemade guitars will take the stage on April 27 at Irving’s Arbor Day Celebration.
The band, Vocal Trash, isn’t just looking for that perfect industrial sound for their music. They’re promoting conservation and recycling with their green-minded shows.
Their shows usually feature a “gas-can guitar,” another guitar with a tool box body, milk-urn bass and PVC pipe drums. Rounding out their sound are homemade shakers, scrappers and clickers— all of which are one of the reasons for the band’s name, Steve Linder, creator and band member of Vocal Trash, said.
About 10 years ago, the group debuted as primarily a musical show before later adding choreography and dance. Their green message came later too, Linder said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:19
Written by Sissy Courtney
Beers with names like Bloody and Honey, Revolver, and Velvet Hammer challenged the taste of any attendees at the North Texas Beer and Wine Festival (NTBWF) who considered themselves a Bud-man or woman. The event at Irving Convention Center May 11, offered a broad array of beer and wine tasting along with classes on brewing beer at home, cooking tips, a silent auction, keynote speakers, freebies, a beer garden overlooking Las Colinas, bands, food, clothing and memorabilia booths, and a VIP party with Band of Brothers and Zionaura in concert.
The event benefited three veterans groups: Honor Flight DFW which flies World War II (WWII) veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial; www.VetTix.org which donates event tickets to active and veteran military personnel; and Veterans Falls Memorial, a 300 foot waterfall under construction in Granbury.
Christopher Copeland of Dallas came because he loves beer – good beer.
“And you have really good beer at a function like this,” Copeland said. “It’s got flavor. Unlike Miller Lite beer or Budweiser, these are high quality beers with flavor. It’s a good way to try (different beers) and get an idea what you like. Mainline beers like Coors don’t have much flavor; they’re just lagers."
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 14:49
Written by Staff
By Will Jukes
Dallas, TX- On April 6th, SMU students and faculty partnered to put on Barefoot on the Boulevard, a festival of music and environmental advocacy. Emmanuel Jal, a South Sudanese rapper, humanitarian advocate and former child soldier blended the program's environmental theme with his own message of peace.
Jal was born in South Sudan, now an independent nation but then part of greater Sudan, in 1980. When the Second Sudanese Civil War broke out he tried to escape to Ethiopia but was recruited by the Sudan People's Liberation Army. He was 7 at the time. Later he managed to escape to Waat, a village that was home to many SPLA deserters and Emma McCune, a British aid worker who he says helped turn his life around. He has since gone on to become an internationally renowned hip hop artist and the founder of We Want Peace, a campaign to persuade people that world peace is a realistic possibility.
The event also featured tables from several local environmental organizations, including Texas Campaign for the Environment and Groundwork Dallas, an initiative to improve Dallas park land and bring on-site environmental education to local schools. All proceeds from the event went to TCE.
Read the whole story in the April 13 edition of The Rambler.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:40