Arts & Culture

Critics’ picks: A Fort Worth art contest with a $5,000 top prize

1 The Betsy Price Citywide High School Art Competition: Open to any high school student in Fort Worth, the competition, with the theme “The Meaning of Life,” awards the first-place winner $5,000, second place $3,000, and third place $1,000. There is no cost for entering, but students are limited to three 2-D pieces, no larger than 48 inches on a side. No photography will be accepted. Winning entries will be hung for one year in a public building. Mayor Betsy Price will present the awards May 3. Deadline for entries is April 1. For more information, visit http://www.fortworksart.com/.

— Gaile Robinson

2 Don’t Look Now: Criterion Collection on Blu-ray/DVD: Director Nicolas Roeg’s 1972 masterpiece of mood, Don’t Look Now, is as evocative and eerie 40 years on as it was on its release. Starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as grieving parents struggling to put their lives back together in murky, mysterious Venice, the film, with its fractured timeline and haunting visuals, exerts a pull like few other films can. Newly restored and released on Blu-ray and DVD by the Criterion Collection), the discs feature retrospective featurettes, as well as critical essays and assessments of Roeg’s singular style.

— Preston Jones

3 The Mavericks, Mono: The nominally country act that defies easy description is back with its first studio album, in stores Tuesday, since mounting a wildly successful comeback two years ago. Led, as always, by vocalist/songwriter Raul Malo’s peerless voice, this veteran act demonstrates why it has endured with an effortless mix of up-tempo party-starters — the one-two punch of All Night Long and Summertime (When I’m With You) is a pure endorphin rush and more contemplative sides, such as Out the Door and Let It Rain (On Me). It’s sure to make anyone unfamiliar with the Mavericks a fan for life.

— Preston Jones

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