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Drawing For Dallas Concert Tickets for Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jan 15th


2011 Grammy Nominated. . .

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Concert

January 15th @ 8pm, Winspear Opera House

Brought to Dallas by TITAS, In association with AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Thrust into international fame after recording Graceland with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is South Africa’s most beloved singing ensemble.

Passionate and soulful, the all-male a cappella group blends traditional “Isicathamiya” singing from the mines of South Africa with contemporary styles to create intricate rhythms and stirring harmonies.

The group has captivated audiences around the world for 40 years and recorded with a host of celebrated artists, including Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Dolly Parton and Ben Harper.

They’ve performed for the Queen of England, South African President Nelson Mandela and at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Always beautiful, uplifting and heartfelt, Ladysmith’s performances are a joyous experience for the whole family. Read More


Information and Rules for Drawing:

  • • Come in to any Dallas Store to register *THIS CONTEST IS CURRENTLY CLOSED 1/13/12
  • • 4 pairs of tickets will be awarded
  • • Each person entering will receive a $5 gift certificate for Whole Earth Provision Co. (while supplies last)
  • • No purchase necessary
  • • 1 entry per person
  • • Registration ends at noon on Friday, January 13th, 2012
  • • Winners contacted by phone or email by the AT&T Performing Arts Center
  • • Tickets will be held at the Will Call Window. More details given to winners when notified.

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Carleton Watkins’ Yosemite Photographs

In July of 1861, photographer Carleton Watkins journeyed to the “newly discovered” wonder of the West: Yosemite. He was accompanied by a dozen mules that carried his bulky cameras, photographic equipment and supplies. Watkins used two cameras: a large format camera using 22 x 18 glass negatives and a stereographic camera that took parallel images used to create 3D views known as stereographs. He wrestled cameras to now iconic scenic views of the Valley, developed glass negatives on site and left Yosemite with 30 mammoth plates and 100 stereo views.

Watkins sent prints to the Reverend Starr King, a traveler who had written a popular series of letters to the Boston Evening Transcript while traveling in “Yo-semite” in 1859. King’s account of his visit to the “vegetable titans” of the Mariposa Grove had met with disbelief. Readers wrote to King requesting photographs of Yosemite and the Giant Sequoias. Watkins’ photographs gave proof for the Reverend’s account of the wonders he had seen.

Carleton Watkins - Grizzly Giant - Mariposa Grove

Carleton Watkins - Grizzly Giant - Mariposa Grove

An 1862 exhibition of Watkins photographs in New York City marked the beginning of a movement to preserve Yosemite as a public trust. Portfolios of Watkins’ photographs were presented to Congressmen, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Law Olmstead and other influential public figures who urged that the Valley and Grove be set aside for the enjoyment of future generations. In 1864, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant to protect the area from development and commercial exploitation, the first step in the eventual creation of the National Park of today.

View a slide show of a sampling of Carleton Watkins’ 1861 Yosemite photos.

About Carleton Watkins: On the Life and Career of the 19th century landscape photographer who captured Yosemite in stereo