Written by Staff
Animal Art Show (Irving Art Association, Sep. 1-26, both galleries, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts) This year’s 12th Annual Wildlife & Domestic Animal Juried Art Competition combines the IACC’s Wildlife Juried Art Competition and the Unconditional Love: Pet fine Art Juried. Although the format is changing, the IACC plans on continuing its tradition of recognizing animal art ranging through all species and settings, both foreign and domestic.
Faculty Exhibition (UD Professors, Sep. 6-29, Haggerty Art Gallery, University of Dallas) Art department faculty start off the semester by giving students a taste of the styles and sensibilities that influence their professors.
Some Lines (Amy Borezo, Sep. 13-Oct.3, Painting/Printmaking Building, University of Dallas) From the quiet of her bookbinding and letterpress, Shelter Bookworks, in Orange, Mass., Amy Borezo turns bookbinding into an art form, whether it be with the care she takes in clothing the word’s of others, or her own art books..Focused on fine and edition binding, her bindings and artist's books are exhibited widely and are in a variety of major institutional and private collections. Amy also teaches book and print related courses, most recently at Dartmouth College.
2nd Annual SWA Invitational Exhibition (SWA Members, Sep. 14-Oct. 13, Focus Gallery, Irving Arts Center) An exhibition featuring watercolor and water media paintings by more than members with leadership positions in The Society for Watercolor Artists. The Society is the only all-watercolor society in Tarrant County with membership throughout the DFW area.
Becoming (Brett Dyer, Sep. 21-Oct. 19, gallery, North Lake Central Campus) Through his work, Texas native and North Lake professor, Brett Dyer, continuously attempts to reflect human nature, holding his experiences in front of his peers as in a mirror, hoping to serve them and to find an inner catharsis with himself. Although less representation than his earlier work, Dyer’s current portfolio still attempts to tap into the image and emotion of his psyche while allowing him to explore the piece as he creates, instead of locking himself into the vision he had at the outset.
Colors of the Wind (George Mendoza, Sep. 21-Nov. 10, Main Gallery, Irving Arts Center) This exhibit features colorful paintings and textile designs by artist, George Mendoza, who has been legally blind since the age of 15. A native of New York City, he has lived in New Mexico since he was 17. This exhibition is toured by the Ellen Noel Art Museum in Odessa, Texas, a sister Smithsonian Affiliate.
Juxtapose (Irving Arts Association, Sept. 29-Oct. 24, east gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts) Rotating exhibit.
Creative Canvas (Irving Arts Association, Sep. 29-Oct. 25, west gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts) Rotating exhibit.
Four Decades of Works on Paper (Robert Rauschenberg, Oct. 4-Nov. 3, Haggerty Art Gallery, University of Dallas) Before his death in 2008, painter and sculptor, Robert Rauschenberg, explored the area that would become pop art in the 1960’s and beyond earning the National Medal of Arts and the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Art. The exhibit offers a unique opportunity for Irving residents to see this groundbreaking artist’s work in an intimate setting.
Pastor Garcia Sculpture Exhibition (Pastor Garcia, Oct. 5-Jan. 5, ,Focus Gallery, Irving Arts Center) The exhibition features brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures made by local artist and Art Connection member, Pastor Garcia. The style of work, called Alebrijes, originated in Oaxaca, Mexico. The Alebrijes are imaginary creatures that have elements from different animals such as dragon bodies, bat wings, wolf teeth and dog eyes. Garcia's works are created using paper mache and then intricately decorated with paint.
Paintings by Clotilde Espinosa (Clotilde Espinosa, Oct. 5-Jan. 26, Carpenter Lobby, Irving Arts Center) The Arts Center celebrates Latin American traditions and culture by featuring the oil and acrylic works of Denton artist, Clotilde Espinosa.
UD Clay (University of Dallas Alumni, Oct. 7-31, Art History Building, University of Dallas) Artists and former students return to their proving their ground to showcase their continuing development.
Graduate Student Exhibits (UD Graduate Students, Oct. 8-Dec. 13, Art Village, University of Dallas)
Eliana Miranda, Oct. 8-Nov. 8, Painting/Printmaking Building, University of Dallas)
Michael Farmer, Oct. 28-Nov. 8, Gorman Foyer, University of Dallas
Jessie Martinez, Nov. 11-22, Gorman Foyer, University of Dallas
Rachael Anderson, Dec. 2-11, Gorman Foyer, University of Dallas
Maryssa Moczan, Dec. 2-13, Painting/Printmaking Building, University of Dallas
Synopsis (Senior Exhibition, Oct. 14-17, Painting/Printmaking Building, University of Dallas) Senior art majors spend as much as a year creating their studio exhibits, drawing to a close four years of intensive training in art.
The Light, the Unfinished Void, and the Volkswagen (Kate Jenkins, Oct. 19-Nov. 11, gallery, North Lake Central) Kate Jenkins’ crocheted food make waves as it crosses the oceans from her home in the United Kingdom to all corners of the world for exhibition. Formerly a knitting consultant regularly selling her world to designers including Marc Jacobs and Sonia Rykiel, Jenkins developed a keen eye for both the fashionable and the commonplace which she now puts to work whimsically reimagining flowers, supermarket wares and cigarettes with yarn.
Shari Hornish and Jan Partin (Shari Hornish and Jan Partin, Oct. 27-Nov. 21, east gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts) Continuing one of the Irving Art Association’s favorite themes – the natural world – award-wining artists, Shari Hornish and Jan Partin, showcase the work here in Irving. Hornish continues her exploration of beauty in the space where the natural world meets the imagination. As at home with quilting as she is with paint, Hornish blends light and colors in every medium she touches. Different in medium but not in spirit, Jan Partin’s photography also examines the spiritual aspects of nature, and its connection with the diversity of hidden beauties, she captures with her lens.
Susan Murray & Friends (Susan Murray, Oct. 27-Nov. 21, west gallery, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts) British-born impressionist painter, known for her paintings of stately animals grand, outdoor landscape Susan Murray, fell in love with the great outdoors after emigrating to rural Ontario, where she lived on her grandparents’ farm. The sensual vibrancy of acrylics and oils pervade her work. Now, Murray firmly grounds her work in the American West where the foothills of the California Sierras serve both as her home and subject matter.
Verne Funk Exhibition (Verne funk, Nov. 4-25, Art History Building, University of Dallas) An Emeritus drafting and ceramics professor at Texas Tech, visual artist Verne Funk has done over 300 solo, group invitational and juried exhibitions where he continually presents viewers with strange and comical pieces in order to entice them into a dialogue with the work.
Installation Works (Jen Blazina, Nov. 8-Dec. 8, Haggerty Art Gallery, University of Dallas) Created in her studio in Philadelphia, Jen Blazinam’s sculptures show in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. She has gallery representation at multiple galleries which include: Koelsch Gallery, Houston, TX; Divergence Fine Art Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Melissa Morgan Fine Arts Gallery, Palm Desert, CA; and Morgan Contemporary Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently a fine arts professor at Drexel University.
Student Photo Show (North Lake Students, Nov. 16 – Dec. 5, gallery, North Lake Central Campus) North Lake’s photography students gather to share a semester’s worth of growth as they hone their technical skill and artistic eye.
Tall Tales & Huge Hearts (Raul Colon, Nov. 16-Jan.26, Dupree Lobby, Irving Arts Center) Raúl Colón is a popular award-winning artist who has illustrated more than 30 books for children. Known for his vibrant illustrations in watercolor and colored pencil, Colón created the art for a number of acclaimed picture books, including José! Born to Dance: The Story of José Limon by Susanna Reich, winner of the Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award.
IAA Non-Juried Show (Nov. 24-Dec. 26, TBA, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts) The Irving Art Association’s annual member exhibition again offers a forum for art lovers to gain fresh perspective from their neighbors and community and connect over a shared passion.
Navidad Latinoamericana! Christmas Traditions of Latin America (IISD elementary students, Dec. 1-Dec. 31, Main Gallery, Irving Arts Center) The 21st Annual Holiday Exhibition and Tree Decorating Competition transforms the Main Gallery into a holiday wonderland filled with festive trees decorated by Irving parent-teacher organizations and beautiful artwork by IISD elementary students. The trees compete for cash prizes and bragging rights awarded by celebrity judges and viewer votes.
An Evening with Stephen Pride (Irving Black Art Council, Sep. 21, 7 p.m., Suite 200, Irving Arts Center) Son of famed country artist Charley Pride, the combination of Stephen's vocal range and the haunting "Pride" timbre, makes for a soulful treat, as Stephen mixes traditional country with a twist of modern contemporary music.
Monuments of Western Music: Portraits of Mary (Texas Camerata and Ryland Angel, Sep. 23, 7:30 p.m., Church of the Incarnation, University of Dallas) University of Dallas’ music department features he musicians of Texas Camerata and Ryland Angel, countertenor, in a concert of vocal and instrumental chamber music focused on Marina themes.
Celebrate with Music (Irving Symphonic Band, Oct. 5. 7:30 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) ISB’s season opener features Tam Miller on Flute solo as well as other soloist from our group. This concert will be a band festival style featuring many toe tapping fun favorites such as Strike Up the Band and will celebrate the fantastic sounds of Fall.
Shakespeare's World (New Philharmonic Orchestra, Oct. 6, 3:30 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) The NPO presents a concert filled with classics inspired by the Bard’s plays. Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture; Svendsen’s Romeo and Juliet, Nicolai’s Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor; Purcell’s Chaconne from The Fairy Queen and Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest are all included.
Vladimir Viardo (Irving Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 12, 8 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) Celebrate ISO’s season opening opener with the artistry of Van Cliburn International piano competition gold medal winner, Vladimir Viardo, performing Rachmaninoff’s brilliant Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini and Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky. Despite having already launched an impressive global career, his travel visa was mysteriously revoked by the Soviets in the 1970’s, resulting in his virtual imprisonment behind the iron curtain for 14 years. During his confinement he developed new horizons in artistic achievement, and enlarged his repertoire, which eventually included thirty-seven concertos.
Eternal Light, A Requiem (Irving Chorale, Oct. 19. 8 p.m., Plymouth Park United Methodist Church) In this variation from the traditional requiem, "Eternal Light" contains Latin phrases in each movement, along with words from English poems spanning the last 500 years. Presented in collaboration with students from of IISD High School Choral programs.
Howard Hilliard, Horn (LCSO, Oct. 19. 8 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) International horn soloist and voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science (the organization that picks the Grammy’s), Howard Hilliard accompanies the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra’s October concert, playing Bernstein’s On the Town, Copland’s Rodeo, Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 and Bartok’s Dance Suite.
Recital: Andrey Ponochevny (Andrew Ponochevny, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Lynch Auditorium, University of Dallas) Adjunct piano professor, Andrey Ponochevny has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony and the Illinois Symphony and performed at several prestigious festivals including Ruhr Klavier Festival and the Bonner Herbst, International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF) in New York City.
Fall Concert (UD Chorale, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Lynch Auditorium, University of Dallas) Widely recognized for its quality, the UD Chorale performs repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to 20th century works.
Celebrate All Hallows (LSYO, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) The Lone Star Youth Orchestra kicks off its celebratory 15th Season with a celebration of all things Halloween including Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette, Saint-Saens’ Dance Macabre and Ottman’s Superman Returns.
Tribute to John Williams (Irving Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 9, 8 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) Join the Irving Symphony in a tribute to one of the greatest living American composers: JOHN WILLIAMS and his movie scores: Jaws, Star Wars, Across the Stars, JFK, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Superman, E.T. Close Encounters of the Third Kind and much more!
Lei Weng, Piano (LCSO, Nov. 16, 8 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) Steinway Artist, Dr. Lei Weng accompanies the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra to Beethoven’s Leonora Overture No. 1, Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, and Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta. The laureate of many national and international competitions, Dr. Weng has taken top prizes in the Isabel Scionti International Piano Competition and the Camerata Piano Competition as well as many other accolades across the globe.
Christmas Concert (UD Chorale, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., Lynch Auditorium, University of Dallas) Widely recognized for its quality, the UD Chorale performs Christmas music ranging from Gregorian chant to 20th century works.
Royal Holiday (LSYO, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) The Lone Star Youth Orchestra invites its alumni to join them onstage for a reunion concert to that will include Handel’s Music for Royal Fireworks, Khachaturian’s Masquerade Waltz, Shubert’s Unfinished Symphony Movement 1 and holiday favorites.
Winter Concert (Chamber Ensemble/Voice Students, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Haggar University Center, University of Dallas) University of Dallas students studying chamber music present a selection of ensemble pieces.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Irving Chorale, Dec. 13, Plymouth Park United Methodist Church) A collaborative concert with the tintinnabulation of hand bells, Irving Chorale is joined by the Concert Bells of Fort Worth in presenting some of the season's best melodies, including selections from one of the Chorale's favorite composers, John Rutter. Also included in the evening's event will be the always popular audience sing-a-long.
Christmas Joy (Irving Symphony Orchestra, Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) Christmas Joy and Holiday cheer with the most beloved Christmas music, featuring the talent of baritone Donnie Ray Albert and soprano Sheila Phillips. An Irving family tradition for many years!
Great Stories in Music (New Philharmonic Orchestra, Dec. 15 3:30 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) NPO and the IISD Orchestra Program features Beethoven’s Overture of Fidelio, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, Rossini’s Overture to William Tell, Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia and Turina’s Danzas Fantasticas.
Christmas Melodies (Irving Symphonic Band, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) The Irving Symphonic Band teams up with the Reflections home school choir to bring all their Christmas favorites under one roof.
Holiday Celebration (LCSO, Dec. 21, 8 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra brings its yearly collection of truly classical Christmas music including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, Kallman’s Holiday Hoedown and selections from Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors sprinkled throughout with traditional and beloved holiday tunes.
I’m Hussain Jubilee Show by Najee Mondalek (Ajyal Theatrical Group, Sep. 28, 8 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) Celebrating 25 years as the first Arab-American theatrical group in North America—and the first to take the show around the world – Im Hussein provides quality, affordable Arab theater, arts, and cultural experiences for Arab immigrants at home and abroad. The jubilee show showcases the best of the best skits—the zaniest of Im Hussein’s antics and activities—newly written or slightly refreshed but
still providing plenty of opportunities for laughter.
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward (Theatre Coppell, Oct. 4-20, Theatre Coppell) Charles has a problem. Both his wives have died. But even worse, they have come back to haunt him, and the girls are insanely jealous of each other. At the top of an ethereal love triangle, Charles tries desperately to appease both. He must continue to live a mortal life while his wives can enjoy the benefits of popping and out of existence. Mix in a confused maid, an excited fortune teller, and you have a formula for mayhem.
Bus Stop by William Inge (Theatre Coppell, Oct. 5-21, Theatre Coppell) A snow storm forces a bus to hold up overnight at a country roadside diner. The odd-assortment of passengers must deal with their own eccentricities and come to grips with why they are travelling on the bus in the first place. A pompous cowboy and his guitar playing buddy are pursuing a pretty young nightclub singer while the bus stop’s proprietor and her helper are dealing with small town life and are, amazingly good influences on the customers. Both funny and poignant, Bus Stop is an American comedy classic.
Ritch Mann by Cynthia Reid Will (Irving Black Arts Council, Oct. 19, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m., Dupree Theater, Irving Arts Center).Based on Cynthia Reid’s novel, Vain Glory, and inspired by Michael Jackson's song, Billie Jean, Ritch Mann tells the story of an illegitimate son who was denied by his superstar father, who grows up to become famous himself in the music industry and must confront the demons of his past.
Splat the Cat, A New Musical Adventure (Magik Theatre, Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) Magik Theatre's world premiere musical follows Splat, The Cat on his first day of Cat School. He worries about fitting in and making friends.To ease his jitters, Splat hides Seymour, his pet mouse, inside his lunchbox. Seymour escapes and pandemonium ensues as Splat's kitty classmates give chase. Just in time, their wise teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple takes charge and everyone learns an important new lesson.
Our Town by Thornton Wilder (MILC, Nov. 1-16, Dupree Theatre, Irving Arts Center) Over a century away from us, but the message still rings clear to the heart of humanity. For over 75 years now, Thornton Wilder’s gripping masterpiece about ordinary people living everyday lives has become America’s most produced play. Stripped to the bones of a bare stage, the actors at Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas take your imaginations on a soulful journey, whispering to us the urgent necessity of living in the here and now. Our lives, our loves, our truths… Our Town.
All’s Well that Ends Well (University Theater Mainstage, Nov. 6-16, Margaret Jonsson Theater, University of Dallas) Department co-chair, Kyle Lemieux, revisits Shakespeare’s problematic comedy of war, unrequited love and vicious betrayal in the University of Dallas’ fall semester’s Mainstage.
Nine by Mary Yeston and Arthur Kopit (Lyric Stage, Nov. 8-9, Dallas City Performance Hall) Accompanied by their characteristic full orchestra and original score, Lyric stage goes out of Dallas to production of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Nine, based on Fellini’s film 8 ½ about an Italian director struggle through career, love life and midlife in 1960’s Venice.
The Eagle With Two Heads by Jean Cocteau (University Theater, Dec. 5-7, Margaret Jonsson Theater, University of Dallas) An intense romantic drama in which a secluded Queen and her would-be assassin form an unlikely alliance against the treacherous political underpinnings of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Directed by Caeli Austin.
No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre (University Theater, Dec. 5-7, Margaret Jonsson Theater, University of Dallas) A biting, infernal comedy in which three damned souls are forced to confront their true identities when they are condemned to spend eternity in a surreal version of Hell. Directed by Helen Furton.
Miss Julie by August Strindberg (University Theater, Dec. 5-7, Margaret Jonsson Theater, University of Dallas) An aggressive, visceral tragedy in which the daughter of a Count sleeps with her father’s butler and is forced to face the harsh reality that actions have consequences. Directed by Erin Kleiber.
Virtual Reality by Alan Arkin, (University Theater, Dec. 5-7, Margaret Jonsson Theater, University of Dallas) A hilarious, dark comedy about a technician and a gangster playing an improv game. Directed by Paul Fojut.
Christmas Belles by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten (Theatre Coppell, Dec. 7-23, Theatre Coppell) A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. The second in a trilogy that started with Theatre Coppell’s production of Dearly Beloved, it stars the same Futrelle sisters and the denizens of Fayro, TX, where the bus stops at the BooKoo Bokay flower shop, and the Christmas parade’s winning float is from Clovis Sanford’s House of Meat. It is a loving spoof of life in East Texas.
31st Annual Ms. Mature Irving Pageant (City of Irving, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center) A bevy of lovely ladies will compete for the title and crown of Ms. Mature Irving 2013 showcasing singing, dancing, comedy, and more.
Duck Soup reception (Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., gallery, North Lake College) North Lake College releases the 34th edition of its magazine dedicated to the creative expression in literature and the arts among its students. Winner of numerous laurels from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and the Texas Community College Journalism Association, Duck Soup continues to exhibit and challenge Irving’s developing thinkers.