Author Archives: Fine Arts Specialist

I recently heard that a production by New York’s Metropolitan Opera generated protests, and I’d like to find out more about the opera. How can the library get me started?  

New York’s Metropolitan Opera has never been shy about programming controversial operas, but this season’s schedule–which includes Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, an opera once labeled “pornographic”—set a new standard with its performances of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer. … Continue reading

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I heard someone talking the other day about an award for creative geniuses called the MacArthur Fellows Program.  Does the library have any information about the award or the people who have received it?

The library does have many items about and by MacArthur Fellows.  According to their website, these awardees are all “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction… Although nominees are reviewed … Continue reading

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I’ve seen some nice art exhibits on the Fine Arts floor in the past. What’s new in the gallery these days?

The Fine Arts Division is currently hosting Food for the Soul: New Work from the Stewpot Art Program, an annual show now in its 18th year. The Stewpot is a service provider and day shelter for homeless and at-risk individuals … Continue reading

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Does the Dallas Central Library host musical performances?

We do!  In fact, we have a free Sunday afternoon concert series featuring local and visiting professional musicians going on right now! The Fall Season of the 2013-2014 Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Series began September 29, 2013 and runs through … Continue reading

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I heard about a rock band that dress in tuxedos and wear giant eyeballs and top hats on their heads that disguise their identities. Does the Dallas Public Library own any material or have any information about the Residents?

Formed in San Francisco in 1969, the Residents have succeeded in maintaining a career for over four decades that is completely shrouded in secrecy. Despite much speculation by the public, the result of the band’s modus operandi is that after … Continue reading

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