Attaching culture

While poking fun at myself the other day (Beer and Coffee Snobbery) on not having the the word “cultured” apply to me, I should share the true perspective.

When it became time to move back to the States from Korea, Andrea was looking for somewhere in suburbia that was close enough to a big city for access to culture, and the DFW metroplex fits that bill.

There’s music… We’ve seen symphonies and Van Cliburn winner performances (Van Cliburn himself introduced them). We’ve taken our boys to see Madame Butterfly and Barber of Seville to name a couple of the operas. Dallas Summer Musicals have entertained us every year since moving here in 2007 – Wicked, Spamalot, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lion King, Mary Poppins (twice), Addams Family, and many more I can’t remember.

The younglings aren’t quite ready for Avenue Q , but Andrea and I have seen it twice. Riotous … if quite adult … fun.

There’s theater… Andrea’s taken the boys to see productions at the Dallas Children’s Theater many times. We recently saw Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at the Dallas Theater Center, and we can’t wait for Harry Hunsacker‘s latest Black and White adventures each year.

There’s the largest arts district in the United States. And a LOT of art!

This week itself is a cultural cavalcade: we saw Tartuffe put on by Shakespeare Dallas last night. Andrea and I saw “These Two Couples Went to Italy” tonight in Plano at Rover Dramawerks. Tomorrow I get to learn to paint a version of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” with Andrea as the teacher:

Starry Night

… at Painting with a Twist in Dallas. And Saturday, we’ll be visiting artists and browsing new art at the Gallery at Midtown monthly ARTwalk.

So, in Korea, we considered several places but picked Texas for the favorable homeschool laws, the politics (snort – just checking to see if I’d already lost you), and North Texas for the house prices versus salary level, most restaurants per capita in the U.S., and the fact that even smaller cities have symphonies.

Finally, I spend probably 60% of my commute listening to WRR 101.1 FM Classical.


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