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Faithful readers,

It’s been a joy to keep up with all the Art and Entertainment happenings on the University of Dallas-Irving campus and in the greater DFW area for this blog.  I’ve learned a lot and attended most of the events–I hope you have too.  I will be on hiatus at least until January.  My social media class ends, but I will do my best to continue to provide you all with information about events on campus.  If you have feedback, suggestions, comments, criticisms or questions, please comment on my blog or send me an email or Facebook message.

Thanks again,


University of Dallas art student, Reiner Zuercher, will hold his Senior Exhibition Reception this coming Friday, December 10th from 7:30p to 9:30p in the Upper Gallery of the University of Dallas Art Village (Building Number 12 on the linked map).  That will also be the closing weekend for the show.


For those who happen to be around that area

please stop by to see it whether you can come to the reception or not!


To keep up with other upcoming exhibits, the Haggerty Gallery has a mailing list to keep patrons informed on current and upcoming shows.

After having finished a successful run of Fall Senior Studios, the second half of University of Dallas Senior Drama majors try their hand at directing.  Tonight, Tuesday, November 7th from 7:30pm-10:30pm in the Drama Building hear Dylan Key, Amy Pen, and Jesse Beagan’s plays read aloud, a great preview for those wishing to audition in January.  The following plays are being directed by the seniors:

Scapino by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale
A Way Out by Robert Frost
The Well of the Saints by John Millington Synge

University of Dallas Drama department presents their seniors directing one-act plays December 2-4. Seniors Elaine Stenson, M. Timothy Maher, and Jessica Fowler are at the helm of three great productions, running through Friday only. To catch all three, you must attend 2 nights. Don’t forget to reserve your tickets!

In the Margaret Jonsson Theatre:

Tim’s show Where the Cross is made by Eugene O’Neill will show at 8pm, followed by a 15 minute intermission. Following the intermission Jessica’s Everyman will start. Expect the shows to run an hour and a half including the intermission.

In the Drama Building:

Catch Elaine’s The Dwarfs in a unique setting. The Dwarfs is the first play located in the Drama Department since their 2007 production of The Haunting, 3 short ghost tales.

For more on the plays’ plots and casts, see the directors’ own description from the UD News.

UPDATE 12/1/10, 4:37PM:  Senior Nick Olson has been cast as King Arthur.


Today, University of Dallas students displayed their vocal talents as students auditioned for the spring musical, Camelot.  While there are non-vocal acting roles, dancing roles, and behind the scenes roles to be filled, this afternoon focused on finding the vocal talent needed to successfully put on the show.  This show marks the 3rd spring musical since they were brought back by the music department in 2009, after a brief hiatus.

NOTE: Current Fall Romers will be given the opportunity to audition at the beginning of the Spring semester.

UD seniors and musical veterans, Rachel Davies and Lacy de la Garza are excited as they gear up for their last UD show.  Each of them were optimistic about the upcoming production

Rachel Davies, who starred as Laurie in last spring’s musical, Oklahoma! gave her thoughts on this year’s auditions:

It’s so exciting to get to see some of the new talent. There were several really talented freshman. Can’t wait to see how the casting goes; it should be a lot of fun!

With Rachel’s experience and talent, I expect to see her in a lead role for Camelot, as well.

Lacy de la Garza choreographed Oklahoma! and will also be aiding director, Jamie Nelson with this year’s Camelot.  Lacy is also excited about the upcoming show’s cast:

For Camelot in particular, I’m definitely looking forward to working with the wide-pool of talent we have this year.

It looks like both seniors are confident that not only will this year’s show be great, but that they will leave the Music Department’s refound tradition in good hands with a talented new crop of underclassmen participating.

Join the University of Dallas art community on Wednesday, December 1st for free food, fun, and drinks.  The mother of senior Art History major Maddie Rekerdres is concluding the exhibition of her artwork tonight from 6pm to 8pm in the Haggerty Art Loggia in the Art VillageCarolyn Rekerdres’ painting series, The Generosity of Water, is discussed in more detail on Art&Seek.

Honestly, these gallery openning and closing receptions are some of the best kept secrets on campus.  Not only are they great for the Old Mill (ahem, excuse me, Tower Village) apartment resident without a meal plan, but the company is wonderful and the art is always impressive.  I love hearing the backstory from the artist on a particular piece–I learn something new with each exhibit.

While you’re there, make sure to see the work of Gordon Young and Enrique Fernandez Cervantes through December 12, 2010 in the Haggerty Gallery. The reception has past, but the art in Cut and Paste is fascinating.

Friday, November 19th, Michael McMahan displayed his photography for sale at a classy evening event at the Into the Glass Wine Bar in Old Town Grapevine.  Mikey’s work varies from chronicling his Rome Semester to artistic black and white photos and even portraits.  Most recently added to Mikey’s portfolio was his engagement photo shoot for seniors, Brigid Lappe and Paul Studahar.

Interested in hiring Mikey?  Go to his website for more details.  Michael McMahan Photography can also be “liked” on Facebook.

Friday, University students created music videos to capture “UD in a Nutshell.”  Some were original compositions (a reunion of the famous Pheremone 5 band composed of seniors), others were popular songs, such as the Killers’ Mr. Brightside, adapted for UD.  Videos starred students and professors, including popular Physics professor, Dr. Richard Olenick.  They also directed, produced, composed, and edited films.  The hopes of the Residence Hall Association were to inspire more entries for the annual spring Tower Film Festival.  Did anyone go?  Whose music video was your favorite?

Check back soon and I’ll post the winning video!


UPDATE: The winning video will be posted soon, but here are some of its competitors:


“to and from” From Seniors, Katie Prejean and Becca Stich

BEST EDITING “She Owns the Night” From Andrew von Hertzog

In some of my blogging adventures, I’ve realized what a great arts and entertainment scene Dallas has.  I’ve started following the blogs of the pros in hopes of getting ideas on what to cover and how.  I received an email this semester I’d like to share an excerpt of with you from one of those A&E bloggers:

Do you ever post public events that are open for student participation and attendance
(and it’s FREE)?
Check out!

Every Tuesday night at Buzzbrews Restaurant Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue an open mic takes place that features classical music of all kinds; so far it’s mostly SMU grad students. ALL university students are welcome. It’s been hard for the organizers to find the right people to publicize it at differernt schools.
It’s fabulous. This Tuesday they had several vocalists, a trombonist, a pianist, a cellist and a violinist — a wide range of music from traditional classical to avant-garde composition. I KNOW there are UD students who would enjoy the event and be most welcome to participate. Professors, too…..

This excerpt was from Alexandra Bonifield, you can follow her on Twitter or check out her reviews below:

Critical Rant & Rave
NEA/Annenberg Fellow in Theatre Criticism
twitter: @Abonifield
Content Partners:

Grab a cuppa fair trade joe and listen to some great live music at Capp House Tuesday night from 7-10pm in the University of Dallas Cappucino Bar (Cap Bar).

During the live performance and before, UD Earth Service is providing FAIR TRADE ESPRESSO at the Cap Bar from 5-9 pm for 25¢ off. In addition to your discount, 25¢ will also be donated to UD Earth Service by the Cap Bar. These deals apply to any drink purchased at the Cap Bar made with Fair Trade Espresso.

Support fellow UD student Michael Unterberger, fair trade practices, and UD Earth Services with only some pocket change and an hour of your time.