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NEWS

The 34th annual Western Heritage Classic gallops into Abilene, Texas, May 10 -13, 2018.

Check Out the Numerous Events On Tap in Austin for 2018

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents FOCUS: Kamrooz Aram
March 31-June 17, 2018

Young Minds Have a New Place to Grow in San Antonio's New The DoSeum Museum

The Senna Hall of Fame Collection Debuts in Austin

Guests can Breathe PURE-LY in All-New PURE Guestrooms at The Highland Dallas

Cabela’s Inc.

ABILENE

The 34th annual Western Heritage Classic gallops into Abilene, Texas, May 10 -13, 2018.

The internationally recognized event is held at the Taylor County Expo Center and showcases cowboy lifestyle at its finest and most authentic, right down to the chuck wagon cook off, where participants are judged not only on the flavor of their grub but also on period equipment. The weekend’s highlight is the Ranch Rodeo in which some of the largest and most historic ranches in the country compete in various skill categories. Young cowboys and cowgirls can join in on the fun with the Stickhorse Rodeo and Steer Dummy Roping.

And “shopportunities” abound at the Heritage Trading Post or Bit & Spur Show. Other weekend events include live music, a parade, the chuck wagon cook off and cowboy poetry readings. For schedule and ticket information please visit www.westernheritageclassic.com

ALLEN

Cabela’s

Cabela’s 100,000-square-foot new store located on Cabela Drive between U.S. Highway 75 and Allen Station Parkway, on the southern border of The Village at Allen, is open.
The store interior features an aquarium, gun library, boat shop, general store and bargain cave among the famous Cabela’s conservation-themed wildlife displays and trophy animal mounts. The building’s exterior reflects Cabela’s traditional store model with log construction, stonework, wood siding and metal roofing. A large glass storefront allows customers to view much of the store’s interior as they approach the building.

AUSTIN

Where to Stay

Hotel Granduca Austin

At the doorstep of the Texas Hill Country, Hotel Granduca Austin offers a unique getaway just a short distance from downtown. Breathtaking views and authentic Italian design curate a one-of-a-kind experience. This summer, take advantage of a limited-time offer. Deluxe room rates start at $169 and include a $25 Granduca Gift Card. This is said to be an experience beyond your expectations.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Lake Austin Spa Resort is pleased to introduce a multi-million dollar refinement on all 40 award-winning lakeside guest rooms, keeping them casually elegant and comfortable while incorporating new aesthetic touches and modern high tech conveniences.

The guest rooms were visualized by co-owner, Mike McAdams who, along with a team of interior designers, artists and staff members, worked for the past year to create the new décor, which is bright and fresh with splashes of color and similar to the residential feel of the LakeHouse Spa which opened in 2004 to great acclaim. Each room is finished to perfection with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring the ultimate comfort for guests.

Below is a sample of some of the newest additions to the rooms:

High Comfort:
• Artesian, handmade, crocheted afghan throws
• Beautiful hand-made quilts artfully displayed in each room
• Original photography by the resort’s own Director of Flora and Fauna, Trisha Shirey
• Commissioned art inspired by our guests and their experiences
• Eco-friendly “Aura®” Benjamin Moore paint
• Spacious writing desk
• Linen draperies
• Over-stuffed chairs and ottomans
• Custom-designed and custom-made furniture
• Egyptian cotton sheets
• Colorful rugs on Saltillo tile floors
• Down pillows & comforters in linen duvets (alternative available)

High Technology:
• Digital, high-definition, large flat panel LCD Samsung televisions with DVD
• AM/FM clock radio and an iPod docking station with remote control
• Complimentary high-speed Internet access, including Wi-Fi in each room
• Ceiling fan with remote control
• In-room safe and refrigerators in each room

Lady Bird Suite:
The beautiful Lady Bird Suite, named in honor of the former First Lady and one of Texas’ most beloved citizens, is the resort’s most spacious and versatile accommodation. It includes a living room, fireplace, private wildflower garden and outdoor whirlpool.

This breath-taking suite has been meticulously appointed with:
• Two custom designed, canopy queen-sized beds
• Hand-chosen, fine antiques
• Artwork crafted by local artists including a black and white drawing of Lady Bird’s childhood home, The Brick House in Karnack, Texas
• Comfortable, slip-covered, over-stuffed chairs
• Velvet, classic sofa
• Dining table
• Elegant wall paper on walls and ceiling of living room
• Most of the above High Technology and High Comfort Features

For reservations, call 1-800-847-5637 or visit www.lakeaustin.com.

What to See & Do

Events in Austin On Tap for 2018

APRIL

4/19/18 - 4/22/18 Old Settler's Music Festival Dale, TX
Central Texas' signature music event featuring three days of Americana and roots rock, camping, family events, food, and libations. Alternative, jazz, blues, bluegrass and more are performed by old-time local favorites and award-winning artists from around the world.

4/18/18 - 4/21/18 Moontower Comedy Festival The Paramount Theatre and other locations
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre, brings some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. National headliners, up-and-comers, and local Austin-based comedians ensure three hilarious days of fun.

4/18/18 - 4/22/18 Fusebox Festival Various Locations
Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts. The festival takes place over 5 days in venues and locations all over the city. Hundreds of local, national and international artists across all disciplines converge for one of the most unique cultural events in the country.

4/20/18 - 4/22/18 Austin Reggae Fest Auditorium Shores
A fundraiser for the Capital Area Food Bank, Reggae Fest features three days of reggae, world and dub talent, along with more than 50 vendors selling food and arts & crafts.

4/27/18 - 4/29/18 Austin Food + Wine Festival Auditorium Shores
Pamper your palate in one of the hippest cities in the country at the Austin Food + Wine Festival. Join top chef talent, sommeliers and winemakers from across the nation and Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other, topped off with live musical performances.

TBD Euphoria Fest Carson Creek Ranch
Live music, camping, yoga and a variety of mindful workshops come together at this immersive four day festival. Musical styles bridge the gaps between hip-hop, electronic, ambient, tribal and experimental.

MAY

5/2/18 - 5/6/18 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival Various Locations
The festival showcases contemporary films and videos from Latin America (North, Central, South America and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. Films and videos made by or about Latinos in the U.S. or the rest of the world, as well as films and videos by or about indigenous groups of the Americas are also invited to participate.

5/5/18 - 5/6/18 The Pecan Street Spring Festival Historic Sixth Street
A free, family event, the Pecan Street Festival is the oldest and largest art festival in Central Texas. Local musicians, food vendors, artists, and craftspeople turn Sixth Street - historically called Pecan Street - into a lively street fair where there is something for people of all ages.

TBD West Austin Studio Tour Studios across West Austin
self-guided tour that celebrates Austin's talented and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists' tools, techniques, and inspirations, explore galleries and a variety of exhibitions, and immerse themselves in the arts and local business communities.

JUNE

6/23/18 Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K Long Center
Anything is possible at this decade-old Austin extravaganza! Run, skip or race through the streets of downtown Austin wearing the wackiest costume. Unofficially known as "the slowest 5K you will ever run," this race is designed for amusement and fun.

JULY

7/4/18 Fourth of July Fireworks and Symphony Auditorium Shores
The Austin Symphony hosts an annual, family-friendly concert of patriotic music culminating in a spectacular firework display over Lady Bird Lake.

AUGUST

8/18/18 Bat Fest Congress Avenue Bridge
Celebrate this batty event as the world's largest urban bat colony (1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats which take up seasonal residence beneath the Ann Richard's Congress Street Bridge) take to the skies for their nightly flight. Enjoy live music, children activities, a costume contest and more.

TBD Austin Pride Week Fiesta Gardens and Downtown Austin
The PRIDE Festival is the largest annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas! Dozens of non-profit organizations and social clubs use the Festival as a platform to inform and interact with the thousands of attendees. Each year, countless people find new organizations to join, causes to support and opportunities to volunteer.

SEPTEMBER

TBD Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival Various Locations
aGLIFF is the oldest and largest gay and lesbian film fest in the Southwest and the largest LGBTQ cultural event in Austin. Experience the festival in September and watch for monthly screenings around town.

TBD Fantastic Fest Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from around the world.

TBD Texas Craft Brewers Festival Fiesta Gardens
The Texas Craft Brewers Fest is the largest beer festival for and by Texas Brewers. This annual event features the best of Texas craft beer and displays the thriving beer community across the Lone Star State.

OCTOBER

10/5/18 - 10/7/18 & 10/12/18 - 10/14/18 Austin City Limits Music Festival Zilker Park
One of the country's largest celebrations of live music, this two weekend, six-day festival brings the magic of the famed public TV series "Austin City Limits" outside the studio and into Austin's most beloved park. More than 150 musical acts will take over eight stages along with local food vendors, brewers, artists and pop-up shops and artists.

10/25/18 - 11/1/18 25th Annual Austin Film Festival Paramount Theatre & Various Locations
Recognized as one of the top film festivals in the country, this cinematic event shines the spotlight on both top-billed films and indies alike.

10/19/18 - 10/21/18 FORMULA 1 United States Grand Prix Circuit of The Americas
International drivers will be in Austin this October to compete in the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas track. This event promises three days of racing, camping, live music events and more - including headlining performances by Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder for ticketholders.

NOVEMBER

11/3/18 - 11/4/17 Austin Celtic Festival Jourdan Bachman Pioneer Farms
This annual festival is also the largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas. The event is home to four stages of Irish, Scottish and Breton music, dance, sports, storytelling, workshops and more.

TBD East Austin Studio Tour Various Locations
More than 70 eastside art studios and galleries open their doors for the public's viewing and purchasing pleasure during this bi-annual event.

DECEMBER

TBD Trail of Lights Zilker Park
The Trail of Lights is part of the essential Austin experience, lighting up the season with a celebration of community, memories, and fun. Plan your visit early and don't forget to take a spin under the Zilker Tree!

TBD Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Palmer Events Center
This holiday shopping bazaar is a fun, authentic Austin experience – for 11 days leading to Christmas, visitors can shop national and local art, handmade gifts, stocking stuffers and more while enjoying live music from the Armadillo stage and sips from a full bar. This annual tradition is a cultural icon and one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, attracting around 40,000 shoppers each year.

12/31/18 Austin's New Year Auditorium Shores
This alcohol-free, family-friendly event celebrates the diversity and creativity of the city with 4 stages, 22 bands, visual art installations, jugglers, storytellers, fire dancers and a grand fireworks finale.

For more information please call 866-GO-AUSTIN or 512-474-5171 or contact the
Austin Visitor Center: 602 E. Fourth Street, Austin, TX 78701
Visit Austin Admin: 111 Congress Ave, Suite 700 Austin, TX 78701

The Senna Hall of Fame Collection

Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is delighted to announce the arrival of the Senna Hall of Fame (HOF) Collection - a unique compilation of race worn items used by Ayrton Senna himself and the cars he competed in. This never-before-seen collection will be on exhibit at COTA’s Downtown Paddock located at 304 E. Cesar Chavez Street.

Forming part of one of the largest private collections in the world, known as the Hall of Fame Collection, the one-of-a-kind exhibit of Ayrton Senna memorabilia will showcase items from each era of the legendary driver’s celebrated, almost mythical, career including his first Formula 1 test at Williams in 1983 and F1 drive with Toleman in 1984. The collection will also include items from his years at Lotus (1985-1987), his most successful period at McLaren (1988–1993) as well as his final few races with Williams in 1994.

The collection has been meticulously gathered over a period of 20 years by private collectors Howard Jacobs and Darren Jack who partnered to form “The Hall of Fame Collection.” Today, it stands as one of the world’s largest collections of helmets, driving suits, gloves, steering wheels, and various Formula 1 car parts. It also celebrates the careers of other motorsport greats but the Senna HOF Collection sits right at the top.

Jack, who grew up in England, first attended a Formula 1 Grand Prix at Imola, when he was just four years old, which coincided with Senna’s first F1 season with the Toleman team. The moment started a lifelong appreciation for the three-time Formula 1 World Champion and has resulted in this celebration of the late, great Brazilian’s life in motorsport. Carefully researched and documented by Jack and his team, each item tells its own distinctive story and provides a unique insight into one of the most enigmatic sportsmen of all time.

Speaking ahead of the Austin unveiling of the collection, Jack said: “Like so many people, I have had a huge appreciation for Ayrton Senna for most of my life. As one of the few sportsmen to truly transcend his sport, his enduring impact on the popular imagination remains as strong as ever and in some way I hope to contribute to his legacy via this collection. I am truly grateful to Circuit of The Americas for helping to make this possible during such an important week for them. By opening up this display to the public for the very first time, we will hopefully introduce a new audience to this true icon of motorsport and continue to shine a light on his timeless achievements.”

Circuit of The Americas President and CEO, Jason Dial added: “We are thrilled to work with Darren on bringing this magnificent collection to Austin. Ayrton Senna represents all that is great about Formula 1. He was a hero to millions of people and helped inspire entire generations with his bravery on and off-track. As Formula 1’s popularity continues to grow in the United States, the arrival of the Senna HOF Collection in Austin during Grand Prix week provides another wonderful opportunity to introduce an existing and new fan base to the very soul of the sport.”

The Senna HOF Collection includes:

- Race-used steering wheels from some of Senna’s greatest F1 cars
- Rear-wing endplates from almost every F1 car driven by Senna
- Complete front and rear wings from his most famous F1 cars
- Senna’s World Championship Winning Gloves from the 1990 Season
- Senna’s 1988 World Championship Winning McLaren Suit
- Signed Williams F1 1994 helmet
- Senna’s 1994 personal Williams driving boots
- Personal F1 jackets worn by Senna
- Various signed items and much, much more!

About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, is the only purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for all classes of racing. The 3.4-mile racetrack hosts the world’s most prestigious sporting events, including Formula 1, MotoGP, Lone Star Le Mans and ESPN’s X Games. The 1,500-acre campus is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater—PollStar’s 2013 “Best New Major Concert Venue” and a 2014 “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” Pollstar nominee— and boasts impressive meeting and hospitality spaces and an iconic 25-story observation tower that offers 360-degree views of the circuit, amphitheater and downtown Austin. For more information and to download videos and photos, visit www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com. For an experience as unique as Austin and a rush you’ll never forget, visit Circuit of The Americas, where exhilaration happens.

BRAZOSPORT

More soon

DALLAS

Where to Stay

The Highland Dallas

Guests of The Highland Dallas can breathe extra easy and rest peacefully in the newly-available PURE guestrooms. Specially-treated to provide the highest purity in air quality, PURE rooms, with hypoallergenic elements and space-aged cleanliness, ensure ultimate comfort for health-conscious guests and their families.

“Enhancing the guest experience at The Highland Dallas is a top priority and PURE rooms truly raise the bar in terms of comfort and peace of mind,” said General Manager David Lemmond. “Asthma and allergy-sensitive travelers will sleep soundly knowing the quality of the air has been improved for their comfort, and really any of our guests will awake feeling energized in our new PURE guestrooms.”

PURE rooms offer the freshest air quality in the hotel industry. Characteristic include:

Air that is completely circulated at least four times per hour, removing 99 percent of impurities
Bedding and pillows that are encased in a protective, yet comfortable covering that is hypoallergenic and dust-proof
Eliminates all odor for the sensitive nose
In-room air purification system so advanced, it is recognized as a Class II medical device by the FDA.

The air an average person breathes can have anywhere from nine million to 15 million small particles per cubic meter. A significant reduction, PURE rooms are as low as 150,000 particulates per cubic meter. Each PURE room is re-certified every six months to ensure the utmost in quality.

A leader in luxury boutique hotel accommodations, The Highland Dallas features 198 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, offering a sophisticated and contemporary guest experience in a dynamic Dallas location. Each guestroom features a plush king or two plush double-sized beds with all cotton high thread count linens, designer headboards and spacious desks with ergonomic chairs. Guests are also offered luxurious bath amenities and a comfortable seating area for enjoying the state-of-the-art flat-screen plasma TV, iHome docking station and DVD player.

Guests can rejuvenate and reenergize in other wellness amenities offered at The Highland Dallas including exhale Spa, Dallas’ premiere destination for health and wellbeing. exhale offers daily superior fitness classes including Core Fusion Barre, Bootcamp, Cardio and Yoga. An expansive suite of spa therapy rooms accommodates a full menu of face and body treatment offerings and a eucalyptus steam room is also available.

The Highland Dallas is also home to the nationally-acclaimed, award-winning restaurant, Knife, a reinvention of the modern steakhouse created by James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar. Salon Pompeo specializing in the very latest in hair, skin and nail care is also adjacent to the hotel.

About The Highland Dallas
The Highland Dallas was unveiled in August 2014 as the first hotel in Hilton’s Curio Collection. A modern, 198-room luxury boutique hotel, The Highland Dallas is located at North Central and Mockingbird Lane and defines an intersection of style, culture, sophistication and comfort. Featuring world-class amenities, The Highland Dallas showcases Dallas’ popular exhale Spa, Salon Pompeo and the award-winning cuisine of James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar at its acclaimed restaurant, Knife. With over 9,000 square-feet of flexible event space, The Highland Dallas offers premier, customized service to host everything from intimate meetings to the ultimate wedding celebration. For more information about The Highland Dallas, please visit www.thehighlanddallas.com. Follow The Highland Dallas on Facebook and Twitter.

About Curio – A Collection by Hilton
Curio – A Collection by Hilton (curiocollection.com) is a global collection of distinctive hotels that are woven into the fabric of their destinations. While each one is unique, they are united in their individuality. Curio guests are passionate travelers seeking local discovery and authentic experiences, while resting easier knowing the Hilton name is behind every stay.

Curio joins a portfolio of market-leading brands from Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality company. Access the latest news at news.curiocollection.com or inquire about development opportunities at hiltonworldwide.com/development.

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging Group and Jin Jiang Hotels, is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, operating branded full and select-service hotels and resorts, convention centers and independent hotels worldwide. Interstate and its affiliates manage 440 hotels with more than 81,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, with ownership interest in 31 hotels. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 39 hotels with over 6,400 rooms under construction or development throughout the world. For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts worldwide, please visit www.interstatehotels.com.

Warwick Melrose Hotel

Warwick Melrose Hotel offers 184 distinctive spacious guest rooms, including 20 suites and a Presidential Suite, all luxuriously restored while still maintaining its old world grandeur. The hotel is centrally located in Uptown (Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek area), one of Dallas’ most stylish neighborhoods and just five minutes away from Love Field Airport. Upscale bites, sips and entertainment are on offer at The Landmark Restaurant and The Library bar (named Best Hotel Bar in Dallas by D Magazine this year.)  

For more information or to book a room contact www.warwickmelrosedallas.com or by calling 214.521.5151.

ABOUT WARWICK INTERNATIONAL HOTELS

Warwick International Hotels (WIH) was launched in 1980 with the purchase of Warwick New York, a hotel originally built by William Randolph Hearst for his Hollywood friends. The WIH Group now includes more than 55 prestigious Hotels, Resorts & Spas worldwide located in city centres and resort destinations in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Bali, the South Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Further details can be found at www.warwickhotels.com.

FORT WORTH

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera from October 14, 2018 - January 27, 2019

Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera will be on view to the public at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth from October 14, 2018, through January 27, 2019, and travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, February 23 through May 5, 2019, where it will be overseen by Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives. The exhibition is organized by Andrea Karnes, senior curator, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, with full support of the artist. Special exhibitions are included in general Museum admission: $10 for adults; $4 for seniors (60+) and students with identification; free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members.

Dr. Marla Price, director of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, announces a major survey of the works of Laurie Simmons (American, born 1949). This exhibition will showcase the artist's photographs spanning the last four decades, from 1976 to the present, a small selection of sculpture, and two films. Simmons's career-long exploration of archetypal gender roles, especially women in domestic settings, is the primary subject of this exhibition and is a topic as poignant today as it was in the late 1970s, when she began to develop her mature style by using props and dolls as stand-ins for people and places. Often isolating the dolls and photographing them situated in tiny, austere settings, in series such as Early Black & White, 1976-78, Simmons uses fictional scenes to make observations about real life. These works are now iconic of her career. "Simmons's imagery takes into account her own experience of coming of age in the 1950s," says Andrea Karnes, senior curator at the Modern and organizer of this exhibition. "Without being autobiographical or spelling out specific narratives, however, the work strikes a psychological chord, seeming to underscore the difficulties of living the American dream, or in a larger context, any dream of domestic bliss."

By creating compositions that at times merge actual interior or exterior spaces with dolls and miniatures, and by placing props alongside functional objects, Simmons could explore her other central interest, to which photography lends itself so well: manipulating scale. The namesake image for this exhibition, Big Camera/Little Camera, 1976, from Early Black & White, illustrates this point. The actual camera in the image, which is juxtaposed with a miniature camera, was given to Simmons by her father, who was a dentist by trade and took up photography in his free time. "I put the two cameras together for scale," Simmons explains, "and as a metaphor - real life versus fiction. It was also a statement about what I intended to do with the camera."

After graduating from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1971, then living in upstate New York and subsequently traveling through Europe while living out of her car, Simmons moved to a loft in the then-low-rent Bowery section of Manhattan. To make a living, she worked as a freelance photographer for a dollhouse miniature company, and in her off hours she pursued her main ambition of becoming an artist. Influenced by her day job, Simmons began to photograph dolls and small plastic objects, particularly those from the 1950s, the era of her childhood. Describing these early works, Simmons has said, "I was simply trying to recreate a feeling or mood from the time I was growing up: a sense of the fifties that I knew was both beautiful and lethal at the same time."

A carefully chosen group of props preserved by the artist over the years, such as those used to create these early photographs, will be on display in Big Camera/Little Camera. This ephemera will offer new insight into Simmons's process, disclosing her longstanding fascination with models and fleshing out her use of color-coding to organize vignettes into cohesive and precise imagery.

The exhibition will include other crucial series that show the evolution of Simmons's work from female domains to notions of masculinity, such as Cowboys, 1979. Family Collision, 1981, addresses the psychology and dynamics of family. Medium- to large-scale works from the artist's seminal series, Color Coordinated Interiors, 1982-83, which investigates the formal characteristics of color, shape, and light; Tourism, 1983-84, a series of posed dolls set against postcards of famous tourist sites; and Clothes Make the Man, 1990-92, depicting male ventriloquist dummies in various attire from beach-casual to black tie, will also be on view. Humorous and strange, Clothes Make the Man symbolizes the aspirations of men and the falsehoods that can come about by acting the part - here Simmons is literally dressing up the dummy.

One of the artist's most well-known series, Walking & Lying Objects, begun in 1987, reveals an important shift in her oeuvre: It marks the first time Simmons uses larger-than-life props, as opposed to miniatures, and with these works, she increases the scale of her prints. People pose wearing giant props, hiding their faces but showing their legs. The personified objects probe the question of the importance of "props" with respect to humanity by representing the items we rely on to help define who we are. A birthday cake, house, camera, and hourglass, for example, animated by human legs, symbolize milestones, the passage of time, and how we record and remember past moments.

The exhibition will also present Simmons's more recent series, such as The Love Doll, 2009-11, which features high-end, life-size Japanese dolls in day-to-day scenarios. Just as Walking Objects represents a transition to monumental props, The Love Doll moves away from dolls in miniature, a change that jars our sense of space and scale in a new way - and yet the added element of strangeness is not unlike that evoked by the miniatures. Her latest body of work, How We See, 2015, shows another iteration of the artist's long-term interest in gender roles. For these images, Simmons hired make-up artists to paint open eyes on her sitters' closed eyelids. Photographing models with closed eyes that appear to be open examines cultural trends of masking in everyday online interactions. Simmons says, "Social media allows us to put our most perfect, desirable, funny, and fake selves forward, while naturally raising questions about our longings, yearnings, and vulnerabilities. In How We See, I'd like to direct you how to see while also asking you to make eye contact with ten women who can't see you."

Two films by Simmons will be showcased in this exhibition. The first, The Music of Regret, 2006, will be shown within the gallery space. The 35 mm film is a mini-musical in three acts and grew out of three distinct photographic series by Simmons: Early Interiors, Walking Objects, and Café of the Inner Mind. The theme of regret is underscored as vintage puppets interact with actress Meryl Streep, who plays the lead role.

My Art, 2016, will be shown as a feature film in the auditorium during the run of the exhibition. Simmons, who wrote and directed My Art, plays the role of an artist living in New York who is frustrated with her work and lack of recognition. Embarking on a new project, she begins to reimagine shot-for-shot vignettes from her favorite movies. Art and life collide in My Art when the film scenes mirror unfolding relationships in her life. The film debuted in September 2016 at the Venice Film Festival and premiered in North America at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it received high accolades.

About the Artist
Laurie Simmons is an internationally recognized artist who has had solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York; Artists Space, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Baltimore Museum of Art; San Jose Museum of Art; Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden; Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany; The Jewish Museum, New York; and Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. Her work has been featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich; New Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and many others.

Catalogue
Big Camera/Little Camera will be accompanied by a fully illustrated, color exhibition catalogue with insight and analysis of Laurie Simmons's work by scholars in the fields of film, photography, and feminism. This publication will feature contributions by Andrea Karnes, Senior Curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and organizer of the exhibition; Andrianna Campbell, art historian and writer; Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; William Simmons, Provost's Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Southern California and a Mellon Fellow in Women's History at the New-York Historical Society; and Jeffrey Uslip, independent curator. Michael Auping, former chief curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, will contribute an interview with the artist.
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Location: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth/3200 Darnell Street/Fort Worth, Texas 76107 Telephone 817.738.9215/ Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566/Fax 817.735.1161
web site www.themodern.org

Museum Gallery Hours
Tue 10 am-7 pm (Feb-Apr, Jun-Jul, Sep-Nov)
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-8 pm

General Admission Prices (includes special exhibitions)
$4 for students with ID and seniors (60+)
$10 for adults (13+)
Free for children 12 and under
Free for Modern members
Free every Sunday and half-price every Wednesday.

CAFÉ MODERN
Lunch 
Tue-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm
Brunch Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm
Dinner Fri 5 pm-8:30 pm
Coffee, snacks, and dessert 10 am-4:30 pm

The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Presents FOCUS: Kamrooz Aram
through June 17, 2018

The FOCUS series is organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for the Director's Council, a group that supports acquisitions at the Museum. The series features three solo exhibitions annually, organized by Associate Curator Alison Hearst. FOCUS exhibitions are open to the public and are included in general museum admission: $10 for adults; $4 for seniors (60+) and students with identification; free for children 12 and under; free for Modern members.

Spanning painting, sculpture, collage, and installation, Kamrooz Aram's work investigates the complex relationship between Western modernism and classical non-Western art. By highlighting their formal connections, he reveals the typically downplayed role that non-Western art and design have played in the development of modernism and its drive toward abstraction. Challenging the traditionally Euro-centric narrative established by art history, Aram's work sets forth to disrupt this perceived hierarchy by merging and equalizing Western and non-Western forms. The artist will present all new work for this exhibition.

In the painting Ornamental Composition for Social Spaces I, 2016, the foreground features black and white triangles arranged on a grid. Triangles are found in pre-modern architecture, such as Persian stucco design from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and modernism, such as Suprematist painting from the early twentieth century and mid-century Italian architectural ornament. Alongside the formal, hard-edged geometric structures, Aram's painting includes multiple red-hued floral motifs sourced from Persian carpets. By merging these forms, Aram elevates the traditionally decorative floral elements and proposes a more global and inclusive approach to abstract painting.

Aram's installations consist of sculpture, painting, and devices often used in museum exhibition display, such as pedestals, to point to the nature of exhibition design and how museological contexts influence the way viewers understand and approach the artworks presented. In the tableau A Monument for Living in Defeat, 2016, Aram playfully uses a painting as a backdrop, with the canvas partially obscured behind two small sculptures that are elevated on elegant wooden pedestals. This placement downplays the painting while emphasizing the sculptures, raising questions as to how we assign meaning and worth to certain objects based on how they are staged.

Kamrooz Aram was born in 1978 in Shiraz, Iran, and currently lives in Brooklyn. He received an MFA from Columbia University in 2003 and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001. He has shown internationally and nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium; Green Art Gallery, Dubai; The Suburban, Chicago; LA>Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, 2014; the Busan Biennale, 2006; Greater New York2005, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2005; and the Prague Biennale I, 2003. Public collections that include his work are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; and M+, Hong Kong.

The Director's Council
The Director's Council was formed in 1985 and supports the Modern with an annual acquisition for the permanent collection. The Director's Council sponsors the FOCUS series, which presents three solo exhibitions each year. Each exhibition opens with a private cocktail reception for the Council, giving the members an opportunity to meet the featured artist and discuss his or her work. One piece by each artist is chosen by the Museum director and curator to be part of the final selection voted on at the Council's Purchase Meeting each May. This format provides members with an in-depth understanding of the Modern's acquisitions process and offers a spirited and popular series of events. The annual dues, $600, include all the benefits of an Associate/Family-level membership and invitations to exclusive Director's Council events.

LOCATION
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Telephone 817.738.9215
Toll-Free 1.866.824.5566
Fax 817.735.1161
www.themodern.org

Museum Gallery Hours
Tue 10 am-7 pm (Feb-Apr, Jun-Jul, Sep-Nov)
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-8 pm

General Admission Prices (includes special exhibitions)
$4 for students with ID and seniors (60+)
$10 for adults (13+)
Free for children 12 and under
Free for Modern members
Free every Sunday and half-price every Wednesday.

CAFÉ MODERN
Lunch 
Tue-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm
Brunch
Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm
Dinner 
Fri 5 pm-8:30 pm
Coffee, snacks, and dessert Tue-Sun 10 am-4:30 pm

The Modern is closed Mondays and holidays, including New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas.    

IRVING

Where to Stay

Located immediately adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Irving, Texas boasts more than 75 hotels, 11,000 rooms and hundreds of restaurants. With a close proximity to both Dallas and Fort Worth, it is easy to enjoy the best attractions and entertainment in all three cities while visiting the area.

The unique location next to an international airport and in between Dallas and Fort Worth, two of the United States' largest metropolitan cities, makes Irving, Texas one of the most convenient and accessible cities in the country and an ideal location for business and leisure travel.

Las Colinas --

is a 12,000-acre master-planned community within the city of Irving, Texas. This area is home to over 2,000 corporations, and is the global headquarters of 5 Fortune 500 companies. Las Colinas is currently experiencing more than $2 billion in hotel, retail, entertainment, office, residential and meeting facility development, including the addition of a 280,000 sq ft Irving, convention center.

PEARLAND

What to See & Do

Bass Pro Shops

The newly opened store offers nearly 150,000 square feet of outdoor excitement including the area’s largest selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and marine. Much more than a hunting and fishing store, however, Bass Pro Shops also offers equipment for hiking, backpacking, outdoor cooking and more. Shoppers will find outdoor apparel for men, women and children, along with a fine selection of outdoor, casual and athletic footwear. A gift and nature center serves up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture.

The 8,000+ square-foot Islamorada Fish Company restaurant (pronounced ‘eye-la-mah-rah-dah’) will feature fresh seafood entrees, smoked meats and wild game, rotisserie broiled fowl, great steaks and more all in a relaxing ‘Florida Keys’ atmosphere.

Known for bringing the outdoors indoors, a typical Bass Pro Shops retail store features over 3,500 area antiques and artifacts, up to 400 trophy fish and wildlife mounts and many grand murals depicting scenes reminiscent of the area making it a true destination experience.

About Bass Pro Shops:

A major catalog and Internet retailer, Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, MO, currently has 45 retail locations across the United States and Canada. The stores attract some 90 million visitors a year. In addition, Bass Pro Shops also provides products and services for thousands of independent dealers world wide through its subsidiary company, American Rod & Gun.

For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, visit www.basspro.com . Request a free catalog by calling 1-800-BASS PRO.--

ROUND ROCK

There's lots to do in Round Rock -- from sports to sightseeing to just plain rest and relaxation. If you're into sports, there are stadiums, fields, tracks, gyms, courses, courts, etc.

What to See & Do

Old Settlers Park -

Boasts 495 acres of playing fields, 2.5 miles of trails, 15 baseball fields, 22 practice softball fields, 5 softball fields, 2 football fields, 9 practice soccer fields, 5 full-size championship soccer fields, 12 tennis courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, 1 professionally designed disc gol course, picnic areas and grills, several concession stands and restroom facilities, and ample parking.

Dell Diamond -

Catch a game at the home of the Round Rock Express and the Houston Astros Triple A Franchise. Here you'll find 8688 fixed seats, 3000 lawn seats in the unique outfield berm area, 330 feet down the left field line, 325 feet down the right field line, 375 feet to both poweer alleys, 407 feet to the deepest point in center field, 8-foot outfield wall, 6 new luxury suites added this year, 3500 paved on-site parking spaces, 500 additional on-site gravel parking spaces, and several concession stands and restroom facilities.

For shopping

- there's a variety of eclectic shops as well as high-end shopping malls, including antique & boutique. Recently, Round Rock Premium Outlets opened featuring 120 designer and name-brand outlet stores offering savings of 25-65% every day. Or, visit LaFrontera, with more than 300 acres of shopping to keep you busy. IKEA is also here now.

Where to Stay

El Arroya

Want to indulge in eating and sleeping? From barbecue to gourmet cuisine, there's something here for all tastes. Unwind with a Mango Margarita at El Arroyo or have a heaping helping of slow-smoked brisket and the best peach cobbler in Texas at Round Rock Barbecue Company. Or, enjoy the filet mignon at the Main Streeet Grill.

When ready for some shut-eye, there are plenty of hotels and motels to stay in, including Marriott Austin North, Best Western Executive Suites, Candlewood Suites, County Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn, Extended Stay America, Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn & Suites, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and many more.

For more information, contact the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, 120 S. Brown Street, Round Rock, Texas 78664; 512-218-7023 or check web site www.SportsCapitalofTexas.com.

SAN ANTONIO

What to See & Do

Outdoor Adventure Awaits in San Antonio

Outdoor fun, theme park thrills and adrenaline-pumping excursions await in San Antonio this Spring. It’s not your average town and not your average adventure. Around every street corner and bend of the river there’s history to be made.

Here are just a few ways to live up the great outdoors in and around San Antonio:

1. Kayak the San Antonio River Walk’s Mission Reach

Explore one of the most notable sites in the world by Mission Reach is the southern stretch of the famous River Walk. This wildflower-lined section connects four of the city’s five Spanish colonial missions which have recently been designated a World Heritage Site.

2. Spelunk at Natural Bridge Caverns

Explore natural beauty in the recesses of the earth at Natural Bridge Caverns. For first-timers and avid cavers alike, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience hard to forget. Choose from a cave walking tour or opt for the ultimate underground adventure tour where guests climb, hike, rappel and explore caverns that are thousands of years in the making. Towering stone monuments, glistening soda straws and waves of colorful cave ribbons await.

3. Combine views and an adrenaline rush at Skydive San Marcos

The best Texas Hill Country views just might be 12,000 feet in the air. Take in the scenery aboard a turbine-powered aircraft before diving in with experts from Skydive San Marcos, just north of San Antonio.

4. San Antonio by Trail

Explore San Antonio’s more than 50 miles of hiking and bike trails that run through neighborhoods and downtown – connecting parks, hotels and noteworthy spots including Pearl and the San Antonio museum district. Trail stewards are on site to help with questions and directions.

5. Theme Park Thrills

Playtime in San Antonio means one thing: Texas-sized adventure. Whether young or young at heart, big thrills are plentiful at the Alamo City’s world-class theme parks.

Wild Days at SeaWorld San Antonio (March 4 - 26)

SeaWorld San Antonio’s Spring Break features 250-acres of family fun. For four weekends in March and the entire week of March 11-19, SeaWorld San Antonio hosts celebrity wildlife experts – including TV favorite Jack Hanna – as they explore the wonders of the animal kingdom. Additional special shows include SeaWorld Live, Flying High and all new  this year, Texas Untamed, an up-close look at the native wildlife of the Lone Star State. SeaWorld’s water park, Aquatica, will be open and travelers can add in a trip to Discovery Point to swim with the dolphins.

Mardi Gras Festival at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (March 24 – April 30)

It’s a Fiesta Texas-style Mardi Gras Festival, featuring Mardi Gras-themed food, merchandise, park décor and a parade with floats that have been artfully created by world-renowned New Orleans float designers, KernStudios. Six Flags Fiesta Texas is stocked full of rides, shows and attractions all themed around the cultures of Texas, from pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for tots and the White Water Bay water park.

Spring Break at Morgan’s Wonderland
This 25-acre, ultra-accessible park, designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone, will offer special entertainment in addition to its rides and attractions. Included will be “The Magic of Friendship,” a 20-minute interactive variety show in which guests will learn about inclusion and the art of making friends through the power of magic; musical performances; exhibitions by acrobatic dogs; feats of magic; appearances by the theme park’s butterfly mascot Joy; and members of The Wonder Squad, Morgan’s Wonderland super heroes.

While in town, stop by the Visitor Information Center across from the Alamo to grab a map, get more ideas on what to explore and have your San Antonio questions answered. Getaway packages, discounts and more information can be found at visitsanantonio.com

About Visit San Antonio:

Visit San Antonio is a 501(c)6, and serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 20.9 million overnight leisure visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $13.6 billion into the local economy and employing more than 130,000. More information about Visit San Antonio can be found at VisitSanAntonio.com.

Young Minds Have a New Place to Grow in San Antonio's The DoSeum Museum

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, The DoSeum, San Antonio’s new museum for kids opened. The DoSeum offers limitless opportunities for children to discover, explore, create and learn. With world-class exhibits and sustainable, thoughtful architecture, it is poised to be one of the leading children’s museums in the nation. Nearly 60 percent of The DoSeum’s exhibits focus on concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while others emphasize literacy and the creative arts to create a diverse learning experience.

At The DoSeum, kids are able to use their inner creativity and curiosity to feed their appetite for learning as they choose from an impressive menu of exhibits. Indoors, guests can explore six main exhibit areas: Sensations Studio, Explore, Innovation Station, Imagine It, Little Town and Spy Academy.

The DoSeum is expected to attract over 400,000 visitors annually to experience its innovative approach to education, and is another influential addition to San Antonio’s cultural corridor along Broadway that includes the Pearl Brewery complex, Witte Museum, Brackenridge Park, the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, the San Antonio Zoo, the San Antonio Museum of Art and the McNay Art Museum.

The 104,000 square foot of indoor and outdoor space, The DoSeum offers children a variety of exciting and interactive exhibits:
· a state-of-the-art robot named Baxter
· a Puppet Parade controlled by children’s body movements
· a musical staircase
· a Children’s Stream and significant outdoor space with plenty of water features, shade, and an ADA-accessible treehouse

Visitors to the museum will enjoy amenities including free parking and an onsite café featuring healthy, kid-friendly meals. Summer hours at The DoSeum are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visitTheDoSeum.org.

The Spire

The Historic Sunset Station announces the latest addition to it's unique collection of meeting and special event venues. The doors are officially opened to The Spire. The new venue located at 230 Center Street has preserved some of the culture and heritage of downtown San Antonio.

The Spire was originally constructed in 1884 as the original stone structure of the St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church. The congregation relocated to a structure just three blocks away of this historic structure. The church still remains and is one of San Antonio's oldest African American congregations.

For more information on the Spire or other venues in the Historic Sunset Station call the sales office at 210-474-7640 or to learn more about what San Antonio has to office check out web sitewww.SanAntonioVisit.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

Turtle Days

A reigning king and queen, a few enthusiastic ukulele strummers, world-famous sand-castle builders and many other environmentally-conscious community members, will gather Friday at the South Padre Island Visitors’ Center for a ceremony marking the significance of Turtles Days.

“Turtle Days begins when the first nest is found and ends when the last hatchling swims away,” said Nancy Marsden, Turtle Days project manager. The 10 a.m. ceremony consists of an unfurling of the Turtle Days flag. However, the flag will not be raised until the first nest is found, and it will be removed when the season ends.

Last year, the first turtle nest was found in April, and the season ended in August, according to Lucy Guillen of Sea Turtle, Inc.

 For more information contact the South padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 7355 Padre Blvd.,  South Padre Island, TX  78597, (956) 761-3005 

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