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Peter Simek is the arts editor for D Magazine, where he manages, edits, and serves as the primary movie critic and reporter for FrontRow. Before coming to D Magazine, Simek launched the well-loved, if short-lived, Renegade Bus, an online journal that brought out-of-the-box perspectives to Dallas life and culture. He also wrote for D Magazine and D CEO on topics ranging from soccer hooligans and insurance detectives to the pedestrian friendliness of the Dallas Arts District. Simek covered Dallas City Hall; helped launch Oak Cliff People; and wrote about movies, classical music, and opera while on the staff at People Newspapers.

Can Anna-Sophia van Zweden Keep Pushing the DSO’s Soluna Festival Forward?

In its second year, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Soluna International Music and Arts Festival is a smorgasbord of cultural experiences, with dance, chamber music, symphonic performances, visual and performance art, and even a newly commissioned score by Grammy-winning musician Pharrell Williams all falling under the festival’s umbrella theme, Myth & Legend. We spoke to Anna-Sophia van Zweden, director of festival advancement and daughter of DSO maestro Jaap van Zweden, about her vision for Soluna and how the recent news of her father’s ascent to the New York Philharmonic may affect her Dallas-based activity.

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This Week’s Art Events: Dallas Art Fair Edition

From openings at the Power Station and the Dallas Contemporary to shows at Beefhaus, Shamrock Studios, and Culture Hole, for an art lover there’s no better week in this city for art ogling than the week of the Dallas Art Fair.

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Playwright Len Jenkin Is Right at Home in Undermain Theatre’s Eccentric Space

Prolific playwright, novelist, director, and screenwriter Len Jenkin has been called the “hero of the avant-garde,” an off-beat spinner of wanderer plays that wind through a mythic American landscape. Jenkin’s often bizarre and witty imagination has long found a home in the Undermain Theatre’s quirky theatrical space in Deep Ellum. Katherine Owens’ Undermain has debuted plays like Port Twilight, Time in Kafka, and Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie: Final Reel. Last summer, Jenkin and Owens were invited to the Sundance Institute’s renowned Theatre Lab, where they refined their latest collaboration, Jonah. The contemporary re-imagining of the biblical tale makes its world debut at Undermain this month.

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