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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

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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’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

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Q&A: I’m interested in the history of theater in Dallas. Can the Library help?

The Fine Arts Division at the Central Library has several books on Dallas theater history–one of which was written by former Fine Arts Division theater librarian, Robert Eason. There are also books on the history of the local theater buildings … Continue reading

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I’ve lost my copy of a really important Dallas Opera production from the 1960’s. Does the library have one I could photocopy?

The Fine Arts division of the downtown Dallas Public Library has Playbills, season brochures, clippings, and other resources covering many years for both The Dallas Opera and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  These are not indexed or digitized, so you’ll want … Continue reading

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