Tag Archives: fine arts

I’m new in town and was wondering about contemporary art in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Are there any events? Does the library have anything? Where do I start?

Not surprisingly, the best place to start looking for information on contemporary art in town these days is online. There are several good sources, including KERA’s Art&Seek, D Magazine’s Front Row, the Observer, and the Dallas Morning News.  Another interesting site … Continue reading

Posted in art, exhibit, fine arts, reference question | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Q: I have noticed many vinyl record stores opening in the Metroplex in the last few years  and have been reading in print media of its superior frequency range and warmth of sound  compared to compact discs. Does the Dallas Public Library have any vinyl albums? If so, what do you have?

A: The Fine Arts Division of the Central library has a vinyl collection of over 35,000 records, in a vast array of musical styles and genres. Here are a few examples: The collection of classical recordings is extensive, featuring such … Continue reading

Posted in fine arts, music, reference question | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Coming Soon: The Weenie King on Blu-Ray!

When an eagle-eyed colleague of mine reported that Criterion was releasing an edition of one of my favorite films, The Palm Beach Story, next month, I dropped everything, cleaned up the mess, and forthwith set about to inform you–about the … Continue reading

Posted in film, fine arts, movies | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in fine arts, opera, reference question, theater | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

I’ve heard stories about the library owning a collection of rare and valuable books kept in a vault. Is that true? Can the public see items in this collection? How do you find out what the library has?

The Dallas Public Library’s Fine Books Division is located on the seventh floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.  The division was established in 1950 by the Friends of the Dallas Public Library and focuses on three areas of … Continue reading

Posted in exhibit, Explore the Library, reference question | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off