Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Scott Froschauer's uplifting #wordonthestreet public art installation unveils Nov 2 in Glendale

The Word on The Street by Los Angeles artist Scott Froschauer uses the authoritative presence of road signs to convey messages of hope and peace in a world frought with anxiety, depression, anger and sadness. Scott is an up and coming LA Artist who will be showing at the Smithsonian in 2018.

The Word on The Street by Scott Froschauer

Public unveiling: November 2, 2017 at 2pm
201 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205

Artist Talk: Infinite Clearance: From Burning Man Art to Public Art
November 3, 2017 7-9pm
Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
Downtown Central Library
222 East Harvard St, Glendale, Ca 91205

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Location:Los Angeles

Thursday, October 26, 2017



Austin's most delightful holiday attraction to take place Dec. 9-23; events kick off with Dec. 8 preview party benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation and will feature a schedule full of local Austin entertainment.

(AUSTIN, TEXAS - Oct 25, 2017, source: Juice Consulting) - The 53rd annual Austin Trail of Lights powered by H-E-B is thrilled to announce details for "Night Lights" - the 4th annual preview party on Friday, Dec. 8 benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation, presented by Lyft. The event will support STARS at the Trail, a Trail of Lights Foundation program that will host 1600 children, families, seniors and veterans who might not otherwise get to experience the Trail of Lights for special programs before the event opens to the general public.

Night Lights will take place at Zilker Park from 7-10 p.m. and will feature live entertainment from Mother Falcon String Trio, Whiskey Shivers and DJ Mel. The party will offer light bites from Austin area restaurants, beer and wine, special holiday entertainment, a classic car show, a Maker's Market curated by Edible Austin, and an opportunity to experience the Trail of Lights like never before. Participating restaurants include Mattie's, Sway, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, La Pera, Chi'Lantro, Texas Honey Ham, H-E-B Café, Cabo Bob's, Top Notch, and many more to come. Small batch makers include Sertodo Copper, local handmade jewelry by Vinca Inc., chocolates from the Turtle Enoteca and Gelateria, French macarons from Le Petits Plaisirs and more to be announced.

Advance tickets start at $75 and can be purchased here starting in early November: https://austintrailoflights.org/night-lights.

The Trail of Lights will then open to the public Saturday, Dec. 9 and will run through Saturday, Dec. 23. Local Austin entertainment will continue throughout the Trail of Lights with nightly acts by community and professional performers, and nightly story times by celebrity readers. Confirmed entertainment includes Alan Haynes, University of Texas Longhorn musicians and entertainers, 36th Division Infantry Band, Mother Falcon, Wood & Wire, Trube, Farrell & Snizz, Jomo & The Possum Posse, Datura, Tiarra Girls, and many others. The full entertainment schedule will be announced soon and be available here: www.austintrailoflights.org.

The official public Grand Opening of the Trail will be on Saturday, Dec. 9 where admission will be free. The Trail will remain open Dec. 10 - 23 with general admission gates open at 7:00 p.m. every evening. General admission for children under 12 is always free at the Trail of Lights. There will be a general admission fee on seven of the 14 nights of the event. Early entry ZiP Fast Pass, Platinum passes, parking and shuttle tickets are also available for purchase on select nights. Calendars for ticket availability and online ticket purchases will be available in early November at www.AustinTrailofLights.org.

Since it began in 1965 as a small gathering, the Trail of Lights has grown into one of Austin's three largest events, attracting more than 400,000 people every year. The annual tradition continues to grow, celebrating the unique character Austin is recognized for across the country. Every holiday season, Zilker Park is transformed into the Trail of Lights with over two million lights, 40 displays, 20+ food trucks, two stages, 30 private holiday parties and interactive experiences throughout the trail.

"This is the fifth year that the Trail of Lights Foundation has produced this community event, and we are very proud to offer this unique celebration of all that Austin is known for," said Trail of Lights Foundation Board President, Leah Davies. "2017's event is a culmination of a great year, highlighting the people, music, groups, food, technology, charitable organizations and businesses that make Austin the place we love to call home. Visitors will see new modernized displays, interactive environments, Austin's famous food trucks, local musical talent, movies, local merchants and more."

Specialty Nights and Programming
This year, the Austin Trail of Lights will offer numerous specialty nights leading up to and during the event. Additional specialty nights will be announced as details are available.
Sunday, Nov. 26: The annual Zilker Tree lighting starts the holiday season off in Zilker Park. Now in its 51st year, the Zilker Tree is the largest man made holiday tree, built around a historic Austin moontower. Food vendors and other merchants will operate at the tree throughout the month of December. Check the Austin Trail of Lights website for schedules.
Saturday, Dec. 2: The Trail of Lights Fun Run, presented by St. David's HealthCare, is a 2.1-mile course, starts at the Zilker Tree and takes runners through the iconic Austin Trail of Lights, ending with a celebration in the park. Up to 10,000 runners are expected to participate in two waves. Registration began in mid-September, and can be purchased here: https://austintrailoflights.org/2017-fun-run.
Dec. 3, 4 and 6: STARS at the Trail, presented by Vista Equity Partners, hosts up to 20 nonprofit organizations for private tours of the Trail. Since 2013, STARS at the Trail has provided an opportunity for more than 3,000 school children, teens, families of varied socioeconomic backgrounds, youth in foster and adoptive care, WWII veterans, mentors and mentees, chronically ill patients and others with unique circumstances to create special holiday memories at the Trail of Lights. For some of these attendees, this trip to the Trail of Lights may be their only holiday experience.
Friday, Dec. 8: Night Lights, the fourth annual Preview Party, presented by Lyft, will benefit the Trail of Lights Foundation's STARS at the Trail program. The event features musical entertainment, food samples from local Austin restaurants and specialty activities not available during the general run of the Trail. Tickets start at $75 per person and will go on sale early November.
Sunday, Dec. 10: The fifth annual UT Night will turn the Trail of Lights burnt orange. The evening features special programming, Longhorn entertainment and private hospitality tickets for The University of Texas at Austin students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Tuesday, Dec. 12: The annual HEROES Night, presented by Texas Lottery, honors first responders-active police, fire and EMS, active military, veterans and emergency responders. Guests will create holiday letters to send to troops and other activities to pay tribute to first responders' service.
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Movie Night, presented by Austin Parks Foundation. Grab a bag of kettle corn, bring a blanket and enjoy a holiday movie under the stars and lights in Austin's beloved Zilker Park.
Accolades and Statistics
Second largest event in Austin according to the Austin Business Journal (2017)
Recognized as a top 10 lighting or holiday event by USA Today, Yahoo and Southern Living
375,000 attendees in 2016
Two million twinkling lights
More than 1 million miles walked by attendees annually
20+ food vendors
7,500 runners at the 2016 Fun Run
1,000 volunteers annually
20 nonprofit groups hosted during STARS nights
Two stages housing special performances and live music
45 performers
15 marriage proposals
50,000 amusement riders
Since adopting the annual event from the City of Austin in 2012, the Austin Trail of Lights has been produced exclusively with private dollars and without taxpayer funding. Corporate sponsors and individual donors contribute more than $1.5 million to provide partial underwriting for the annual event. The remainder of funds are provided through event ticket sales.

2017 will be the sixth year H-E-B has served as Title Sponsor and has committed to serve as title sponsor through 2019. Additional multi-year sponsors include Vista Equity Partners, Seton Healthcare Family, Keller Williams Realty, Cirrus Logic, Silicon Labs, T5 Foundation, NXP, Maudie's Tex Mex, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Parks Foundation, ABC Home and Commercial Services, 3M, Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics, Austin Energy, Longhorn Rents, The UPS Stores, Texas Lottery, Pirkey Barber PLLC, K. Freise & Associates, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, Ambetter Superior HealthPlan, Lori and Tito Beveridge, American Bank of Commerce, and Watkins Insurance Group, NXP USA, Inc., UPS, SHI, Humana.

The Trail of Lights welcomes new sponsors including St. David's HealthCare as Fun Run title sponsor as well as Lyft, nLand Surf Park, Solar Winds, Capital One, LCRA, Austin Convention Center, Juice Consulting and Archer-Malmo.

Sponsor opportunities are currently available. For information, please contact Jill Weir at jweir@forefrontnetworks.com.

About the Trail of Lights Foundation
The Trail of Lights Foundation is an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to producing the Austin Trail of Lights as an authentically Austin community celebration. The organization raises the funds from donations by individuals and the business community to produce and ensure the long- term sustainability of Austin's largest community celebration. It is curated in close conjunction with its long-time partners, Forefront Networks and 3Can Events, who provide turn-key production, marketing, sponsorship and programming services to the foundation. The Trail of Lights has remained in the top three Austin events since the Trail of Lights Foundation adopted the event in 2012.

For more information on The Trail of Lights, please see www.austintrailoflights.org.

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Artist Kumi Hirose Fine Art Grant Recipient

Kumi Hirose is the most recent recipient of the "Christopher E. Burke Fine Art Grant," for excellence in her approach and quality in the visual arts. This grant is awarded as part of our exhibitions at Gallery 25N and is provided to visual artists worldwide.

Kumi Hirose was born in 1986 in Tokushima prefecture, Japan. Since then, Kumi has received significant recognitions, including the following accolades:

2017 "Abstract 2017" Gallery 25N (Online)
2013 The 98th Nika Art Exhibition / Selected〈Tokyo)
2010 The 20th All Japan First Prize Painting Exhibition, Art Salon / Selected (Tokyo)
2009 Kojin Toneyama Prize The 4th Triennale Competition / Selected (Iwate)
2008 The 44th Kanagawa Art Exhibition / The Second Prize (Kanagawa)
2008 A Prize of Collection in Joshibi University of Art and Design Art Museum (Tokyo)
2008 Yoshiyuki Kato Memorial Prize / Joshibi University of Art and Design (Tokyo)
Most recently, Ms Hirose presented her solo exhibit in New York City (details below). Once again, congratulations, Ms Hirose:
Kumi Hirose Solo Exhibit
Crazy Toy Box 3
International Center of CCCS
80 Maiden Lane
14th Floor,
New York, NY 10038
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 11AM - 6PM

We are fortunate recipients of the reflections Kumi has chosen to present based on her life experiences as those explosive imageries are represented in the remarkably flowing elements in her art work. Kumi's symbolic journeys aimed directly at this world are mythical escape routes leading to unexplored realms. We hope that the following narrative does justice to her creative magic.

Rivers of Humanity
Narrative by: Suzanne Ingrao
What is different here, so exciting that it appears to be born from an emergence which has miraculously defined a world within which tolerance as a requirement for peace, acceptance, and empathy has become antiquated thought? Why? Because these benevolent qualities are in-borne---this is a world unbeknownst (unfortunately) to ours; the fires of life are not defined by integration but rather are independent forces all welcoming community as an undefined touch---a delicate touch as if each element is a kiss to the forehead---cerebral reassurance.

Kumi Hirose's paintings are classic celebrations of who we humans are capable of being within her beloved world---connective energies, although ephemeral, will leave lasting impermeable and contiguous forces subject only to our commitment to their escalation of ideals. This progression is essential to its perseverance against forward enemies. Such mirthful exuberance is a fresh bow to welcome journeys so progressively displayed.

The Kumi abstractions speak to us, with vibrant symbolic literacy and yet profound understatement, the existential rise of which humankind is capable. We must cling to such artistic voyages, though painful arrows of archaic thought and deliberate defiance persist in reactionary effort. As long as artists such as Kumi exist and speak to and for our hearts as guides, we will prevail in our quest to honor life in all its potential brilliance.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Call for Artists - Naughty & Nice Exhibition

Call for Artists - Naughty & Nice Exhibition

Sweet ‘Art is a non-profit organization operating from a feminist perspective, which is dedicated to the promotion of visual artists through the delivery of regular site-specific exhibitions. From the 18th -22nd December 2017 Sweet ‘Art will be hosting Naughty & Nice, our next thought provoking, dynamic and fun art exhibition.

We are seeking art works of any medium including painting, print, sculpture, photography, film, installation and performance that explores the beauty or bleakness of the winter season, its landscapes, activities or festivals. Suggestions for themes include the challenge or critique of the Christmas period, through exploration of family dynamics, traditions and domesticity, religious beliefs, pagan alternatives and political perspectives on issues such as consumerism. We are also seeking artists that may create sculptural festive objects, cards or decorations that may be humorous, alternative or traditional. Artists could also explore ideas of winter through materials, narrative or subject.

In honour of our organizational ethos we also welcome works that explore the potential roles of women during the festive or winter period and explorations of this time of year from non-Christian perspectives. We particularly welcome submissions from BAME artists and women of colour.

Selected artists will be given the opportunity to exhibit in the spacious, well lit and professionally finished Espacio Gallery, located in the heart of London’s art scene and only a stone’s throw from Brick Lane.

The show will be installed by experienced curators, and invitations, press releases, promotion and opening reception will be organized to the highest spec. along with the usual Sweet ‘Art freebies and surprises!

There is no fee to submit your work and those whose work is accepted will be asked to pay an exhibition fee of £55 plus a £2 paypal charge to cover exhibiting costs as Sweet ‘Art is a non funded organization. You can read more about our fees, selection process and mission and values on our website.

Works will need to be available between the 18th -22nd December
Submissions Deadline: 17 November at 9pm

Submissions Process: To submit up to 6 art works please visit our submissions page and complete our online submissions form here http://www.wearesweetart.com/ - !opportunities/c141l
For further information about Sweet ‘Art visit www.wearesweetart.com
For further information about the Espacio Gallery visit www.espaciogallery.com

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OPENING: Calvin Marcus: the inner is the outer of the other at The Power Station, Dallas on October 27 from 6-8PM

the inner is the outer of the other
Ocober 27-December 15, 2017
Opening October 27th, 6-8PM

These parts dont add up! Organs without a body and bodies without organs. A disruptive digestive track conflates past and future, opening a path toward an ambiguous present. Obscure and unsettled, polysemous lumps of limbs continue to segment and separate.

Liquid spill is everywhere. Unidentifiable fluids are in constant motion. But the oozing flow is out of sight, buried in walls and underfoot, the olfactory senses spared. Parts that embody connective flow encounter a glitch and continue to replicate.

There are too many, way too many...This thing has a mind of its own, it's like the production line of a sausage factory with a foreboding compulsion to keep going no matter what. Someone has forgotten to flip the switch. A machine crushes the carcass after the primary muscle meat has been removed; the last scraps are deboned, pushed through a stainless steel sieve, and pressed into saggy collagen casings. Without fail, this automated process runs day in and day out, and no one is here to manage the byproduct.

These pipes are attempting to make sense of themselves. Trying to organize and be of some sort of use. The fittings connect; the fittings remain separate. They replicate and repeat.

Incomplete, charred, holed, and blurred. Bronze skeletons provide a vague memory of what might be possible. A stable material forms an astructural corpus. The material composite gives a room fuzzy corners, a porous body. Cages contain vapid spaces whose origins are a myth. The sad necessity of comfort is lost forever, a group of lymphatic parts opposed to the idea of themselves sit in a drowsy, sickly state, lying dormant.

In an automated world of fidget spinners and bleached coral, binding mucoproteins in the stomach lining mitigate irritation, and offer a protective coating of sorts. Digestive juices are stabilized and active enzymes replenished. An image: all of the parts, with all of their compulsions, coextensive in space and time.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017


EILEN überdurchschnittlich
(Co-Curated with Lauren Richman)
28 October - 9 December 2017

Alexandrinenstraße 4
10969, Berlin, Germany

Opening Reception:
28 October 2017, 18:00 - 21:00

Pushkin & Gogol is proud to present its inaugural exhibition by Dallas-based artist Jesse Morgan Barnett. Known for his complex yet playful consideration of appropriated images, objects and events based on an ‘aging interest in agnostic proposition and drift’, EILEN überdurchschnittlich builds off previous work that has dealt with forgetting, composition, and the tragicomedy genre.

During the summer of 2016, Jesse Morgan Barnett began corresponding with Valery Spiridonov. At that time, Spiridonov, who lives with a degenerative muscle disease, was the first confirmed head/body transplantation patient, planned for December 2017 in Harbin, China. Valery’s marketing campaign, Desire for Life, presented the public with a vector bicep portrait of him on numerous lifestyle objects available for purchase. However, in the summer of 2017 Valery Spiridonov became a repudiated head/body transplant patient and his campaign came to an abrupt end. Valery had one pair of shoes and would not be made in China, after all.

Spiridonov began to embody comparative tenets of Bushido with his volunteerism, and his surgical denial altered this elaborate seppuku-ish ceremony. Mulling over adages or epigrams to arrive at some compensatory relief, the exhibition’s composition incites a series of questions about conditionality, moving and long-term memory.

Using a variety of sculptures, paintings, and semi-performances, Barnett addresses the hinge between Spiridonov’s pre-surgery and post-repudiated identity.

A publication will be released at the closing of the exhibition on December 9 th ,2017, charting the correlating research including: NASA’s Teachers in Space Project, Andre Ford’s vertical headless chicken farming system, luck, Barnett’s questionnaires with Valery Spiridonov, others. The publication will contain an essay by co-curator Lauren Richman.


JESSE MORGAN BARNETT (b.1978, Taegu, South Korea) is an American artist living and working in Dallas, Texas. He received his MFA in Intermedia from the University of Texas at Arlington. Barnett will be included in a group exhibition in December 2017 at the Museo de la Ciudad in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico. Selected exhibitions include: Culture Hole, Dallas, Texas; The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, Texas; Réunion, Zürich, Switzerland; Hiroshima Art Center, Hiroshima, Japan; Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Gallery Rostrum, Malmö, Sweden; FQ Projects, Shanghai, China; and Oliver Francis Gallery (OFG.XXX), Dallas, Texas. Barnett is co-founder and co-curator of Dallas Biennial and operator of 1-800-789-2228. www.jessemorganbarnett.com

LAUREN RICHMAN is a doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University focusing on modern and contemporary art, photography, and film of post-WWII Europe and the United States. Richman’s research interests include historical aberrations of violence, the intersections between art and visual mass culture, and studies of surveillance and political propaganda. Her dissertation project examines the complex mediation of American culture in Cold War-divided West Berlin. Richman received her B.A. in Art History (2011) from Vanderbilt University and her M.A. in the same subject from SMU (2013). Richman currently holds a 2017-2018 Terra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

PUSHKIN & GOGOL is a new contemporary art gallery based in Kreuzberg with a private office and viewing space in Charlottenburg. The name Pushkin & Gogol is the title of a fake play written by Soviet-era absurdist Daniil Kharms. Director Kevin Rubén Jacobs originally founded OFG.XXX (b. 2011 a.k.a. Oliver Francis Gallery) in Dallas, Texas, and produced more than 50 exhibitions and performances with local and international emerging and mid-career artists. From 2013 - 2015, he served as curator at the Goss-Michael Foundation managing one of the leading contemporary British art collections in the United States. In mid-2017, Jacobs served as a guest advisor for The Power Station’s new artist residency PROXIMIDAD. www.pushkinandgogol.com

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Thursday, October 19, 2017



Over 500 attendees joined Monday's public launch of MassChallenge Texas at the Bullock Museum; WeWork announced as new location for Austin-based accelerator program

(AUSTIN, TEXAS - October 19, 2017) - MassChallenge Texas, the newest location in the global network of MassChallenge startup accelerators, opened applications for its inaugural cohort of high-impact, early-stage startups across all industries from anywhere in the world Monday night. The deadline to apply is Dec. 5, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) CST. Interested startups can apply at: http://accelerate.masschallenge.org.

Applications were opened with a rare joint announcement by the mayors of Austin and San Antonio as part of MassChallenge Texas' official kickoff event this past Monday night at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

"What I'm really excited about is that MassChallenge accepts not only private companies to accelerate but also nonprofits and social impact ventures - we're really looking forward to coming up with some new ideas that will help us deal with some of the municipal challenges that we have in this city: affordability and mobility," said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. "We want everybody to remember this day as one of those days early in the process when San Antonio and Austin really started to come together in very concrete and specific ways."

"The Texas miracle is the Austin-San Antonio corridor and to welcome such a great initiative as MassChallenge, I think, is a great day to celebrate here in the state of Texas," said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

During the event, MassChallenge Texas and WeWork announced that the accelerator will be located in WeWork's newest location at WeWork West 6th.

"Over the past several years, we've had the privilege of building a strong and inspiring community of creators across Austin," said Nathan Lenahan, Head of Operations for WeWork's southern region. "With demand continuing to grow, we are opening our fourth Austin location in 2018. In addition to growing our physical footprint, we're excited to announce a partnership with MassChallenge Texas. MassChallenge's work aligns with our mission to help people do what they love by providing the tools and resources they need, and we're excited to work together to support and empower companies making a difference right here in Texas."

More than 500 members of the Texas innovation community participated in Monday's sold-out event, which included remarks by speakers Congressman Lloyd Doggett; Austin Mayor Steve Adler; San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg; Bob Metcalfe, UT Professor of Innovation; Cody Julian, Regional Marketing Director, WeWork; Robyn Metcalfe, Food + City; Scott Bailey, Executive Director of North America, MassChallenge; Mike Millard, Managing Director, MassChallenge Texas; Heather Figallo, Senior Director of Innovation and Labs, Southwest Airlines; Zack Gipson, Chief Innovation Officer, USAA; Jeff Mulhausen, Founding Partner, Upstream; and Ron Lehman, State Director, TMAC.

MassChallenge Texas unveiled its 10 city roadshow across the Lone Star State during the application drive. Representatives will connect entrepreneurs across the state to MassChallenge resources to in an effort to strengthen Texas' innovation ecosystem. Dates are set with MassChallenge Texas community partners Capital Factory, UT Austin, Texas State, Galvanize, Texas A&M and Startup Aggieland, Southwestern University, The DEC, and UT Dallas with plans to visit San Antonio, Houston, El Paso, Lubbock, Waco and more in the works. Specific event information can be found on the MassChallenge Texas Facebook page.

"Thank you to the amazing community of entrepreneurs, corporate and community partners, mentors and civic leaders that came together to celebrate the launch of MassChallenge Texas." said Mike Millard, Managing Director of MassChallenge Texas. "We are ready and eager to bring our program to entrepreneurs from all corners of the state. I can't wait to get on the road and meet everyone!"

MassChallenge supports entrepreneurs by providing the foundation and resources they need to take their businesses to the next level. In 2018, MassChallenge Texas will support up to 100 early-stage companies. The 2018 MassChallenge Texas accelerator will run from March to August 2018. As part of the program, selected startups receive hands-on support from top mentors and experts, free co-working space, access to MassChallenge's unrivaled network of corporate partners, tailored workshops and office hours, and the opportunity to win a portion of up to $500,000 in equity-free cash prizes.

MassChallenge Texas is supported by a public-private partnership that includes founding corporate partners Southwest Airlines, TMAC, USAA and Upstream. Together, MassChallenge Texas and its partners will strengthen and grow the innovation ecosystem in the state, and connect the ecosystem to MassChallenge's global network of programs in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, and the UK.

MassChallenge will support the Texas ecosystem through its deep experience in key industries, including healthcare, clean energy, hardware & manufacturing, biotech, consumer tech, and social impact. Along with early-stage startups participating in the 2018 accelerator, MassChallenge expects to support hundreds more entrepreneurs through community-building activities, tailored programming, and ecosystem development across the state. The not-for-profit is also focused on fostering collaboration by connecting large corporations with the startup community.

Applications for MassChallenge Texas' inaugural cohort are now open. Startups and experts can apply at: accelerate.masschallenge.org.

About MassChallenge
MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Texas, and the U.K.; and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact - driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $2 billion in funding, generated approximately $900 million in revenue, and created over 65,000 total jobs. For more information, please visit masschallenge.org.

MassChallenge Texas Founding Partners
Southwest Airlines

MassChallenge Texas Advisory Board
Bob Metcalfe, UT Austin; Heather Figallo, Southwest Airlines; Zachary Gipson, USAA; Larry Peterson, Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities; Pike Powers, Pike Powers Group and Shawna Butler, Singularity University.

Top MassChallenge Partners
AARP, Aeromexico, Aetna, Bailly Foundation, Barry Callebaut, BASF, Becton Dickinson (BD), Biscay Regional Government, Bühler, Canton de Vaud, CASIS, Cerner, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Deshpande Foundation, Fidelity, FM Global, Fondeso-CDMX, GE, GEA, Gentera, Givaudan, Givaudan, INADEM, Inartis Foundation, Jamestown, Jerusalem Development Authority, John Hancock, Kauffman Foundation, Liberty Mutual, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative/MeHI, Microsoft, Ministry of Economy State of Israel, Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, Molex, Nestlé, OSF HealthCare, PepsiCo, Philips Healthcare, PKO Bank Polski, Procter & Gamble, Promotora Social México, PTC, SENA, Servier, Shire, South Australian Government, Stanley Black and Decker, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Swiss Economic Forum, Swiss Re, The Boston Consulting Group, The Boston Foundation, USAA, Vertex, and Visa.

MassChallenge Texas Community Support
City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler, City of San Antonio Mayor Nirenburg, Austin Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Founding corporate partners Southwest Airlines, TMAC, USAA, and Upstream, AngelSpan, Austin Community College, Austin Community College Bioscience Incubator, Austin Film Society, Austin Healthcare Council, Austin Technology Council, Austin Technology Incubator, Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Austin, Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Dallas, Bexar County, Borderplex Alliance, Capital Factory, City of Austin, City of San Antonio, CompTIA, Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), Department of Defense (DoD), DIUx, El Paso Hub of Human Innovation, Galvanize, Geekdom, Goodworks Houston, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Partnership, Greater San Marcos Partnership, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at UT Austin, IC2 Institute, Impact Hub Austin, MediaTech Ventures, NASA, South by Southwest (SXSW), Southwestern University, Startup Aggieland, Station Houston, Tech Fort Worth, TechNet, Texas A&M University, Texas Entrepreneur Exchange (TEX), Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities (TFIC), Texas Healthcare and Biosciences Institute (THBI), Texas Small Business Development Centers, Texas State University, University of Texas System, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Call for artists Austin

2017-2019 Pre-Qualified National Artist Pool
Individual Project Budgets of $300,000 or more
Eligibility: Professional visual artists or artist teams living in the United States
Deadline - Monday, November 27, 2017, 5:00 pm

The City of Austin Art in Public Places program seeks exceptional established public artists working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches for its 2017-2019
Pre-Qualified National Artist Pool.

The purpose of the Pre-Qualified National Artist Pool is to provide a streamlined application and selection process for artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects through the City of Austin Art in Public Places Program. Program staff and the Art in Public Places Panel will utilize the Pre-Qualified Pools for selecting artists for future artwork opportunities.

Possible artwork opportunities include, but are not limited to, public art construction projects involving the following City departments: Austin Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Austin Public Health Department, Austin Public Library, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and the Austin Convention Center.

To read the complete Request for Qualifications, visit www.PublicArtist.org/AustinAIPP.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Artist interview Rene Ricardo Rocha

What is your name: Rene Ricardo Rocha. My parents gave me 3 R’s. As a child, I developed a speech impediment, and I was unable to say my R’s correctly! Luckily, parents took me to a speech therapist, who helped me correctly pronounce my name.

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: I benefited from great art teachers growing up. I took every art class I could as a child. My parents really supported my love of art, and they still do to this day. I also studied art at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, TX. I hope to return to school, and complete a Master’s degree in the near future.

What is the style of your pieces: I’m not really sure? I have always enjoyed the impressionist, and expressionist. I don’t really know what I would call my style, if I even have one? I am heavily influenced by those great artists. I am very physical artist though.

What is the medium in which you work: Paint…all kinds! I just love to paint, and draw. I must say, oil paints are my favorite. Probably, because I learned to paint using them. The smell just breaths creativity. I also enjoy working with charcoal pastels. I like taking a nice thick oil painting, and drawing into the painting with pastels. So much fun!

What started you on your path as an artist: As a child, I was often commended for my artist abilities. In the end, we all just want to please our parents, and teachers. Art provided me with that praise. As I grew as an artist, and a person, art became about self-expression, and a personal narrative. But, I still thrive on the admiration of my family, friends, and peers. I have taught art to middle school students for a decade now. I enjoy showing them my current work, and let them know just how important the art making process is to me. I hope my love for art is carried on through my students.

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: I am not much of a talker. I guess, I am a stereotypical he-man, with no feelings. I have true anxiety when it comes to those sort of things. Even with family. But, my ability to communicate through my artwork, in turn has helped me say things I would otherwise be unable to verbalize.

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: As far as performing arts, I love listening to chorales. I participated in choir growing up, and I still appreciate listening to the wonderful harmonies. Each part must fit together just right. Art is funny that way. No matter the chaos, tranquility, or all of the above, the elements must work harmoniously. As far as visual art, I truly appreciate street artists, and mural artists. I paint murals, but mostly in peoples’ homes. I applaud their ability to work on such a grand scale, and in the elements. I’m not a fan of the vandalism aspect though.

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: I haven’t had a solo exhibition in a while. I enjoy submitting, and participating to juried shows, and art festivals. I have found success selling work on my website, and commissions from friends, and people I meet through the website. It keeps me busy, and most importantly creating art! Back in college we used to rent a space on the art trail, buy a keg, and show our art. Those were some fun times. I really appreciated all the feedback from the community. And of course my parents drove in for all of them!

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: I used to wear this blue Jason from Friday the 13th looking jump suit. That was when I was playing the part of an artist. I looked legit! When I paint, I wear a pair of shorts, and an old shirt. Oh, and always shoes. No one shows up to work without shoes, and neither do I! When I step into my studio, I’m all business!

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? As an art teacher, it is frustrating coming in contact with parents, or other educators who don’t see the value of art. I may have a student want to take my class, but their parent wants them to take something “more important” like band for example. Not just in education, but across the board. Art often is seen as no more than a hobby to many.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: hmm… I had a sandwich in Lima, Peru called La Lucha. The restaurant was called La Lucha, as well. I’m a life-long wrestling fan, so that may have influenced my opinion of the sandwich. Na, it was pretty awesome! The new grilled chicken sandwich at Whataburger is also pretty amazing.

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: Definitely. My work in the past explored my adoption. Mostly trying to find connections between my biological family, and my adopted family. I have used all sort of imagery throughout the years to define this idea, but lately had been using fish, and water. The fish came from the idea of the fish bowl, or tank. I was born in one fish bowl, picked from the bowl, and tossed into a new bowl. Just like a fish at a pet shop. I have no recollection of the first bowl, the new bowl is my new world. This transitioned into waves, and the movement of water. Well recently, my wife and, and I had our first little boy. During her labor, our baby was having a little trouble. His heart rate was sky rocketing, and plummeting up and down throughout the day. It was the most frustrated/ scared I had ever been. I had to try and stay calm, so that my wife could stay calm for our baby. Our doctors and nurses did a wonderful job getting us through labor, and he was born as healthy as can be. A month or so after his birth, I was in my studio painting. Suddenly, the music I was playing began to reflect that erratic heartbeat. I began to draw. A new series of wave paintings began to materialize. What was once a series about my birth, now became about son’s. Full circle.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Franz Kline. I used to only paint in black and white, because I loved his work that much.

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: That’s a tough question. Probably the colosseum in Rome. I guess it’s more architecture, but the energy that place emotes is crazy.

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: Haha, great question. I have 3 dogs, and my wife has a bearded dragon as a class pet. It spends half the year at our house though. Creeps me out. My lab Bella is my studio mate. Well, she is my right hand dog. Never leaves my side. I often trip over her while stepping back to see my progress during a painting session.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: No, not at the moment. I am participating in an arts festival in Fort Worth, TX called Arts Goggle this October. I am also showing some work in a small gallery space at a place called the Stage West Theatre as well in January. Other than that, I plan on submitting to a few upcoming shows. Cross my fingers, and hope the juror likes my work!

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email Rochadesigns@gmail.com

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bibi Davidson and Dwora Fried Two Women, One Reality

Bibi Davidson and Dwora Fried
Two Women, One Reality

Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
Los Angeles, CA 90031

September 25 – October 29, 2017
New installation on view during the Brewery Artwalk
October 21 and 22 11-6pm

(Los Angeles) - For their residency and exhibition at Shoebox Projects, Bibi Davidson and Dwora Fried will collaborate on an installation entitled Two Women, One Reality. Though both artists grew up in the fifties in different parts of the world — one in Israel, the other in Austria — they both vividly remember being left alone as toddlers, watching their parents get ready for a night on the town feeling imprisoned in their cribs, crying; terrified by noises, shadows and ghosts and are using these memories as the point of departure for their collaboration. Through ongoing discussions of these personal experiences Davidson and Fried will translate their memories into an installation. They envision the exhibition as a “fifties room” with a crib, ugly wallpaper and a video filmed by Dwora’s daughter Anjoum Agrama, that evokes a visit to the darker places in their collective psyche—a kind of self portrait of the early days of the artist's lives and surroundings, that evokes the idea that evil—real or imagined— is lurking around the corner.

Shoebox Projects is a self-directed residency program founded in 2016 by Kristine Schomaker where artists are given space and time to conceptualize and create new works. During a residency, artists have the time and freedom to try out new ideas, open their space to viewers for feedback or embark on collaborations as Davidson and Fried are doing with Two Women, One Reality. Though these artist's individual practices are quite different— Bibi Davidson is a painter whereas Dwora Fried makes mixed media sculptures and installations, there are overlaps in their subject matter and approaches which makes this and ideal opportunity for collaboration.

Bibi Davidson is an Israeli born, Los Angeles based artist whose illustrative-style works are allegorical representations of the chaotic and unsettling realities of her childhood. Her boldly colored narrative paintings are autobiographical and social commentary while simultaneously layered with elements of humor. They are captivating and purposefully quirky works that investigate personal and universal conflicts, as well as the chaos that defines our times. Through the process of painting, Davidson charms and calms her inner self.

Davidson’s most recent solo exhibition was The Girl in the Red Dress at Gallery 825, Los Angeles (2016). Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions throughout Southern California including: Laluzapalooza, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, With Liberty and Justice for Some, Walter Maciel Gallery, Love and Hate, Avenue 50 Studio (2017); A Feminist Perspective, MuzeuMM, Mas Attack, Torrance Art Museum (2016); Day Dreamers, BG Gallery, Sacred Memories, Pico House Gallery, Bunnymania, Chungking Studios and Wilding Cran Gallery (2015). For more information visit: http://www.bibidavidson.com

Dwora Fried is a mixed media assemblage artist who creates both small tableaux in glass fronted wooden boxes and life-sized enterable installations. She grew up in post-war Vienna, where as a Jewish lesbian and child of Holocaust survivors she felt like an outsider and has parlayed these experiences into artworks that explore themes of danger, loss and secrecy. Recent works also comment on the current political climate and the immigrant experience in Los Angeles.

Fried's most recent solo exhibit was BIG BOX/little box at Gallery 825, Los Angeles (2016). In addition, she had solo exhibits at the Jewish Museum in Venice, Italy (2014), Benedict Gallery in Vienna, Austria (2013), Woolfson &Tay in London, GB (2011). She has been exhibiting in group shows at Elmhurst Art Museum in Chicago (2017), OCCA (2017), Walter Maciel Gallery (2017), Art Share LA (2016), SPARC (2015). Fried also has work in the permanent collection at Vienna's MUSA museum. For more information visit: http://dworafried.com

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Location:Los Angeles

White Rock Lake Artists' Studio Tour

White Rock Lake Artists' Studio Tour

October 14th & 15th from 10am - 5pm (both days) is the return of the annual White Rock Lake Artists' Studio Tour...

Located in the neighborhoods that surround White Rock Lake, this year marks the event's 25th year in providing the public with access to over 50 artists (including CAC instructors, Lynn Wilkes Armstrong, Glo Coalson, Susan Giller, Juli Hulcy-Kessinger, Susan "Tink" O'Neal, Terri Stone and Terri Thoman) and art centers (including CAC). Take advantage of this free, self-paced tour, that is completely open to the public.

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The Dallas Cultural Plan is in your neighborhood

The Dallas Cultural Plan is in your neighborhood

Don’t miss this ONCE IN A DECADE OPPORTUNITY. What do you love about your neighborhood and your city? Do you want more arts? Tell us how. Enjoy exciting performances by local artists and help shape the future of arts and culture in Dallas by joining us at community conversations across the city. Share your thoughts, hopes and dreams for Dallas’ cultural future.

Dallas Cultural Plan Community Conversations
Bath House Cultural Center
October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The City of Dallas, through its Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), launched a year-long process to create a cultural plan. The Dallas Cultural Plan—our first since 2002—will analyze the city's cultural priorities, determine how Dallas residents experience culture in their daily lives and plan how the city can continue to stay arts-friendly.

The City’s cultural plan will provide a roadmap for increasing equity and access to art and culture for city residents. Through community events held across the city, residents of Dallas are invited to contribute to the development of the plan.

For more information about the community conversation at the Bath House and the Dallas Cultural Plan, visit:


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Erika Lizée Eternally Searching (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13...)

Erika Lizée
Eternally Searching (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13...)

Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
825 N La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles Ca 90069

On view October 21, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Opening Reception October 21 6-9pm


(Los Angeles) - Neither representative nor completely abstract, artist Erika Lizée constructs site-specific installations with painted biomorphic forms that evoke a sense of wonder and a greater connection to the universe. Aimed at altering perceptions and expanding the collective consciousness, Lizée creates visually mystifying paradigms as she finds new ways to entice and express the powerful relationships between all living beings and the universe they inhabit.

Finding inspiration in the eternal search for understanding life as we know it, as well as the artistic space of the gallery itself, Lizée utilizes the white cube walls as symbolic thresholds between life and death and what is known and unknown in this world. Beyond the wall’s superficiality, more complex biomorphic forms combine within the natural boundaries of sacred geometry and the golden ratio, while other forms expand and emerge into the physical realm of the viewer.

Using the techniques of trompe l’oeil and sculptural painting, Lizée works in conjunction with actual light and perception—as if physical materials—to spark a sense of wonder in the viewer. Lizée’s artistic whimsy and soulful provocation create a transformative experience as viewers’ perceptions shift into greater understanding of the relationship between artistic materials and exhibition space. Creating a purposeful epiphany guides viewers into an enlightened state of being as they explore all of the complex details in the installations and discover new truths around every corner.

Finding fuel in scientific theory, mathematical truths and sequences, and the core similarities in all-natural creations, Lizée creates work that reflects her personal thirst for knowledge and understanding, while inspiring and engaging viewers into asking more questions and sparking more curiosities. Her work is not observational but participatory and stimulating.

Like a mysterious, alluring phantasm or the inner workings of a biomechanical beast, Lizee’s illusory paintings will transform the exhibition space at Gallery 825, leaping off the walls and infiltrating the minds and imaginations of visitors during her solo exhibition. The Dura-Lar paintings will push and pull with viewers’ perception of art and art space, of real and unreal, and of representation and abstraction. Speaking to the deep-rooted questions we all face with regards to the existence of the universe and our role, as humans, in it.

About the artist:
Erika Lizée received her MFA in Painting from CSU Northridge in 2007. In 2008, she was hired as full-time faculty at Moorpark College where she is currently an Associate Professor of Art, as well as the Director of the Moorpark College Art Gallery. Lizée is an artist that creates site-specific installations, as well as paintings and drawings. Most recently, Lizée built installations within the International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and ArtShare LA. In September 2017, she participated in a group exhibit at Launch LA. Lizée’s work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Beautiful/Decay, Hi Fructose, The Huffington Post and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. She currently resides in West Hills, California with her husband and two young children.

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Location:Los Angeles



Tuesday, October 10, 2017; 6-8pm
Linda Pace Foundation Gallery
111 Camp St., San Antonio, TX 78204
Big Medium, in collaboration with Linda Pace Foundation, invites you to join us next week in San Antonio for an artist panel led by 2017 Texas Biennial curator Leslie Moody Castro, in conversation with Ana Fernandez, Cruz Ortiz and Jennifer Ling Datchuk. These three artists are representing San Antonio in the 2017 Texas Biennial Exhibition, and will discuss the identity, cultures and histories that make up their work, and how it represents the complex visual language of Texas.

The 2017 Texas Biennial Exhibition will run from September 30 through November 11, Thursday-Saturday from 12-6pm, at a single venue located at 211 E Alpine Rd in Austin.

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Location:San Antonio

The Bath House Cultural Center presents the 31st annual Día de los Muertos: The Path of Winged Souls

Visual artists explore the monarch butterfly and marigold flower as symbols of the Day of the Dead

The Bath House Cultural Center presents the 31st annual

Día de los Muertos: The Path of Winged Souls

October 14-November 11, 2017

Reception: Sunday, October 15, 2017 (5-7 PM)

Featuring live Andean music by Jacco Velarde

DALLAS - The Bath House Cultural Center presents Día de los Muertos: The Path of Winged Souls, an eclectic exhibition that includes traditional and contemporary works of art that celebrate the Day of the Dead. This annual show features local, national, and international artists, and runs from October 14 to November 11, 2017. A reception with the artist will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 5 to 7 PM, featuring live music by Jacco Velarde. The exhibition, reception, and all other events related to this program are free and open to the public.

For years, the celebration of the Day of the Dead has inspired many artists to create artwork that is moving, awe-inspiring, and diverse. Given the multifaceted aspects of the Day of the Dead, artists have always had the opportunity to explore the celebration from multiple perspectives. The Bath House Cultural Center applauds the artists who, over the years, have created a richly eclectic collection of art for its annual exhibition. In recent shows, however, the center has directed artist to turn their focus to a particular component of the ancient Mexican Día de los Muertos tradition. This thematic emphasis not only gives the public a chance to appreciate historically accurate elements of the celebration that are not explored as frequently, but also enables artists to draw inspiration from sources that they had possibly not considered in the past.

In 2017, the central focus of the Día de los Muertos exhibition is Day of the Dead-oriented artwork that prominently features monarch butterflies and marigold flowers (known in Mexico as the Flowers of the Dead or cempazuchitl).

A belief held by people from ancient Mesoamerican cultures (and some people today) is that, during the celebrations of the Day of the Dead, the spirits of the departed are given permission to return to the world of the living to visit their families. Some people also think that the returning spirits require assistance to find their way home as the passage from the world of the dead to our world might be filled with darkness. To aid the spirits, according to the tradition, homes and altars are marked with the brightly colored petals of marigold flowers to create a path of light that shows the departed souls the way to their loved ones.

The monarch butterflies, migrating back in large numbers to Mexico during the festivities of the Day of the Dead, have a symbolic significance as well because they are perceived as the spirits of returning loved ones making their way back home. Because of their deep-rooted association with the honoring of the dead, the monarch butterflies and the flowers of the dead are cherished and perceived with admiration in many parts of Mexico and Latin America.

The exhibition features artwork by Artwork by Mark Abildgaard, Karen Albanese Campbell, Chandra Armstead, Hector Avila, Eva Azul, Rita Barnard, Kim Bene, Dan Birlew, David Blow, Angie Bolling, Amy Branch-Lambert, Lori Brennan, Carolanne Brosious, Kim Carothers, Jennifer Clements, Janae Corrado, Cynthia Daniel, Dan Dudley, Stephen Evans, Angie Flanagan, Linda Marie Ford, Jacque Forsher, Merry Fuhrer, Pastor García, Zara Garza, Ann Gaspari, Brandy González, Tammy Gore, Rebecca Guy, Ellen Hawkins, Melissa Hayes, Justin Higgs, Duane Johnson, Stephen Landis, Micaela Layman, Cindy Lemmon, Heidi Lesur, Linda López, Karlyssa Lussier, Cyndi McDonnell, Marcela Mihaloglou, Deb Miller, Margaret Miller, Michael Miller, Jefferson Muncy, Jan Partin, Sherie Pierce, Jorge Rey, Jennifer Rodriguez, Roberto Romero, Caren Sandoval, Lowell Sargeant, Evan Sartin, Maysa Sem, Anjela Sevilla, Jude Simon, Sammy Thomason, William Toliver, Lisa Vollrath, Danielle Wethington, ME Wilcox, Becky Wilkes, and Kelly Witte.

Enrique Fernández Cervantes, Curator of Exhibitions of the Bath House Cultural Center and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, has curated the Día de los Muertos show since 1999.
Press Photographs: To download print-resolution (300 dpi) JPEG press photographs of this exhibition, please visit the online Press Room at http://www.bathhousemedia.com.

Publication of photographs must contain the credit line provided on the webpage. Photographs may only be used for promotional, educational, or non-commercial purposes.

Location and hours: The Bath House Cultural Center is located on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake at the end of Northcliff Dr. off of Buckner Blvd. at 521 E. Lawther, Dallas, TX 75218. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM. The center is open until 10:00 PM on nights with theatre performances. For general information about cultural programs at the Bath House Cultural Center, please call (214) 670-8749 or visit the center’s website at http://www.bathhousecultural.com

The Bath House Cultural Center is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The center is dedicated to fostering the growth, development and quality of multi-cultural arts within the City of Dallas. The center emphasizes innovating visual and performing arts as well as other multi-discipline events throughout the year. Funding for the Bath House Cultural Center is provided by the City of Dallas, with additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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2017 Fall Salon at Turner House

2017 Fall Salon at Turner House

Thursday October 12, 7:30 - 9:30 pm,
Doors Open @ 7:00

Midnight Opera (formerly Siamese) is the glam rock band of four theatrically inclined friends from Dallas, TX. Mixing ominous art pop with opulent set design and deranged alter egos, their live show makes you feel like you could go out and invent a new color, or wear a leotard to work. Their debut record, 'The Mesmerist', was released in March, and the group has been touring the U.S. ever since. Joining Midnight Opera

Merging classical training with a unique DIY recording process with influences from all over the spectrum, Sudie is a singer, songwriter and producer who is forging her own territory.

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