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June 13, 2014
WHAT TO DO IN DALLAS – FORT WORTH THIS WEEK END !!!

Beastro Fort Worth
Friday, 06/13/2014
WHERE: FORT WORTH ZOO
Beastro, the area’s premier tasting and music event, features the finest area restaurants stationed throughout the Zoo serving sample appetizers, entrées and desserts. The event also features open bars throughout the park and live musical entertainment.
Fair Park Sparks Dallas
Friday, 06/13/2014
Where:  Fair Park Dallas
Phone:  214-670-8400
           
Mark your calendar and plan to attend Fair Park Sparks! on Friday June 13th from 5:00pm-10:30 PM. 

Fair Park Sparks is a family-oriented outdoor festival to celebrate the addition of thousands of new decorative enhancement lights that will illuminate Fair Park’s historical buildings, grounds and the ever-popular Esplanade Fountain.

Nationally recognized pop/rock bands Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Sugar Ray will headline two performance stages along with a lineup of local artists who will be announced soon. 

Synchronized music shows will occur at Esplanade Fountain throughout the night and a fireworks display will conclude the evening. 

Other activities include: 
Children’s area
Special vendor booths
Concessions and food trucks
Roving entertainers
Artist gallery and Wine Bar
Lighting Automobile Building, Centennial Building, Hall of State, Women’s Museum, Parry Ave Gates, MLK and Grand Avenue gates, plus 120 trees. Over a million lights will be lit up!
Bike Share unveiling
Cell Phone Tours
Museum offerings
Admission is free and parking is $5. DART’s Green Line is also an option. Celebrate with us as we “Turn on the Lights” at Fair Park!
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist Exhibit Fort Worth
Saturday, 06/14/2014 thru Sunday, 09/07/2014
Where:  Amon Carter Museum of American Art  
This summer, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents the traveling exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, the first retrospective of the artist’s paintings in two decades. Organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, this 40-year survey includes works from each period of Archibald John Motley Jr.’s (1891—1981) career. The exhibition is on view at the Amon Carter from June 14 through September 7, 2014; admission is free.
Motley’s scenes of life in the African-American community, often in his hometown of Chicago, depict a parallel universe of labor and leisure and are infused with the rhythms and colors of jazz. His portraits are voyeuristic examinations of race, gender and sexuality. Also included in the exhibition are his noteworthy canvases of Jazz Age Paris and 1950s Mexico, as well as works that address slavery and racial stereotypes.
The artist was born in New Orleans and lived and worked in the first half of the 20th century in a predominately white neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest side, a few miles from the city’s growing black community known as “Bronzeville.” At the onset of the Harlem Renaissance—a time of cultural efflorescence for African-Americans in the 1920s—Motley reveled in painting Chicago’s black community during the city’s own cultural renaissance. Motley carefully constructed portraits that depict Chicago’s African-American elites, but he also incorporated scenes of recently disembarked migrants from the South and other communities commonly overlooked.
The artist’s incisive portraits and energetic genre scenes garnered accolades from art critics, launching a productive career. In 1929, after studying at the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago, Motley received a Guggenheim Fellowship, funding a year of study in France. During this time he created Blues, a colorful, rhythm-inflected painting of Jazz Age Paris and several canvases that vividly capture the pulse and tempo of “la vie bohème.” Similar in spirit to his Chicago paintings, these Parisian canvases thematically and pictorially extended the geographical boundaries of the Harlem Renaissance, depicting an African diaspora in Paris’s meandering streets and congested cabarets. His bold approach to painting also marked his visits to Mexico in the 1950s. Motley’s work from this period includes satirical, embellished scenes of country life.
Safari Nights at the Dallas Zoo Dallas
Saturday, 06/14/2014 thru Saturday, 08/02/2014
Where:  Dallas Zoo   
The Dallas Zoo comes alive after-hours every Saturday night this summer starting June 14 through August 2, 2014 with Safari Nights, featuring live music, kids activities, and animals!
The Zoo stays open until 9 p.m. and you’re invited to enjoy the festivities! Come early or come later – the animals will be ready to party with music ranging from rock-n-roll, country, folks, and more. Safari Nights hits just the right note with families for an evening of fun and entertainment.
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist
Saturday, 06/14/2014 thru Sunday, 09/07/2014
Where:  Amon Carter Museum of American Art  
Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist is the first retrospective of the American artist’s paintings in two decades. Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891–1981) is one of the most significant yet least known twentieth-century artists, despite the continued broad appeal of his paintings. Many of his most important portraits and cultural scenes remain in private collections and few museums have had the opportunity to acquire his work.
Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off and
Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival McKinney
Saturday, 06/14/2014
Where:  315 S. Chestnut Street/Chestnut Square Historic Village
Phone:  972-562-8790
           
Come on out for some home-made ice cream and old-fashioned fun! Crankers will compete with their favorite ice cream recipes in the annual Ice Cream Crank-Off. Henry’s Ice Cream will offer a variety of flavors. Play old-fashioned carnival games, ride a pony, go for a train ride and more! Tickets to taste the competition ice cream are $20. Ice cream, rides, hot dogs, etc. are $1-$5. Cranker registration starts at 8:00 a.m., Festivities start at 9:00 a.m., Tasting Tent opens at noon and winners are announced at 1:30 p.m.

Vans Warped Tour 2014 Dallas

Sunday, 06/15/2014                                                                                            
Where:  Fair Park – Gexa Energy Pavilion
A touring music festival, Dallas headliners include Falling In Reverse, The Ghost Inside … and many more.
From the Village to Vogue:
The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith Dallas
Sunday, 06/15/2014 thru Sunday, 12/07/2014
Where:  Dallas Museum of Art       
From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith features 24 pieces of silver and gold jewelry created by African American artist, Art Smith, as well as select pieces by his contemporaries.

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