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Remembering JFK

Nov 19, 2013 11:02AM ● Published by tina

DFW Reflects on the Life of Our 35th President    

By Catherine Adcock

Fifty years after tragedy took President John F. Kennedy, the residents of North Texas and the world at large will commemorate his life this November. Only a few won tickets to the memorial at Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, but throughout the DFW area, events are being held to honor the legacy of this remarkable man. 

2013 Living History Series: Bill and Gayle Newman

Perhaps you weren’t in Dallas on that fateful day in 1963 — perhaps you weren’t even born yet — but now you can find out more from those who were with this Living History event. The Newmans were the closest civilian eyewitnesses to President Kennedy at the time of the shooting and were interviewed on TV immediately after the assassination. This will be the first time they and their two sons, Clayton and Bill, have appeared together. $10-$16, Nov. 9, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

JFK: One PM Central Standard Time Screening

Preview the documentary that details the riveting moments in between the time President Kennedy was shot and when Walter Cronkite tearfully informed the nation of our loss. Learn more about that day from producers, writers and reporters including Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer and Marianne Means. The film is narrated by George Clooney and features President Bill Clinton. Free, 1 p.m., Nov. 10, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

President John F. Kennedy Memorial Concert

In memory of President Kennedy, the Dallas Symphony presents an evening of tribute led by music director Jaap van Zweden and featuring violinist Joshua Bell. Enjoy The World is Very Different Now, a special commission by 18-year-old and Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Conrad Tao, as well as Sibelius’ noble Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 3, Eroica. $47–$223, Nov. 21–24, Meyerson Symphony Center.

Dallas Love Project

For years after the assassination of President Kennedy, Dallas endured the reputation of being the City of Hate. Today, that name is but a terrible memory and to ensure it stays that way, tens of thousands of artists have created works to celebrate love to be installed in locations throughout Dallas. To find out where you can see some of the 30,000-plus acts of love, beauty, hope and inspiration, check the website. Through Nov. 22.

Hotel Texas Exhibition

If you didn’t get a chance to catch the Hotel Texas exhibition at the DMA, you can see it at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. This exhibit showcases the carefully curated works originally put together by several Fort Worth Art Collectors for installation in the president and first lady’s hotel room in Fort Worth in 1963. Take in paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Thomas Eakins, Lyonel Feininger, Franz Kline and Marsden Hartley, and sculptures by Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore, among others. This is the first time the works have been brought together since they were installed in Suite 850 at Hotel Texas. Free, through Jan. 12, Amon Carter Museum.

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