Praise music: Justin Flowers brings Vusi Shabalala, director of Soweto Gospel Choir, to This Week in the Arts. The 50-person South African group performs at the Winspear Opera House Sunday, thanks to TITAS. They’ll also be at St. Luke’s Church. What’s it take to be a member of the choir? “You have to have moves,” Shabalala tells Flowers. The dancing is just as big a part of the performance as the music, he says.
Where’s Stephen? At SXSW of course. He’ll be blogging on Art&Seek all weekend as the music conference heats up. And you can listen to him talk about his adventures on KXT 91.7 this afternoon at 3:30 and 6:30. Speaking of KXT, dfw.com is taking a little poll about the station. Tell ’em what you think.
New Voice: Peter Simek goes into detail with Patrick Short, director of the newish space Guerilla Arts. Short is looking to create a kind of community incubator and residency for artists whose work may be too experimental or non-commercial to fit the needs of your average gallery. He’s also free with his take on the local arts scene, and represents a point of view that, as Simek points out, doesn’t always get a voice:
“There really is zero support for emerging contemporary artists in Dallas. I get beat down all the time for saying that, but I don’t think of a 35-year-old as an emerging artist. Some people consider supporting an artist as showing someone [in a gallery]. But there’s nothing here that fosters an artistic community that’s not at a certain age group and stage of career.”
Check it out for yourself Friday at the opening of What The Thunder Said, an exhibit by Joshua Goode.