OCSFA 2017 Spring Salon Series Information


Rose Kingsley - Through the Years with Johnny Mercer

Rose Kingsley – Through the Years with Johnny Mercer

Rose Kinsley – Though the Years with Johnny Mercer

Thursday March 9  7:30 – 9

Rose Kingsley is an opera great turned jazz performer.  She will present an evening of Johnny Mercer music, specially arranged by the legendary Bob Corwin, son-in-law, pianist, and collaborator for Mercer.  Rose Kingsley has been celebrated for this program nationally and we are excited to bring her to OC.



Tornado Magnolia Sta Mr Ferrell oak cliff.orgMark Doty – Terror from the Sky – The Dallas/Oak Cliff tornado of April 2, 1957

Thursday April 20  7:30 – 9

The Dallas/Oak Cliff tornado of April 2, 1957 killed ten people and injured over 200 with a path of damage that stretched from South Polk Street, through Winnetka Heights, into West Dallas and Arlington Park/Love Field. To mark the 60th anniversary of the storm, Mark Doty, Chief Planner with the City of Dallas, will present a comprehensive account of one of the most remembered, yet overlooked, events in modern Dallas and Metroplex history. Mark will place special emphasis on destruction through Oak Cliff and Winnetka Heights.


OCFF_2Barak Epstein – 6th Annual Oak Cliff Film Festival

Thursday May 18 7:30 – 9

The Oak Cliff Film Festival was established in 2011 and has received national acclaim from different sources including The New York Times and Filmmaker Magazine.  Barak Epstein, co-founder of the Oak Cliff Film Festival and operator of the Texas Theater, will preview some of the programs selected for the 6th annual OCFF, scheduled for June 8-11, 2017.


Salon Series – Spring Series


KEVIN SLOAN “CRUSADE AGAINST UGLINESS” The life & Work of George Kessler 1862 – 1923



November 10

KEVIN SLOAN “CRUSADE AGAINST UGLINESS” The life & Work of George Kessler 1862 – 1923“Fjord”

George Kessler characterized his 1911 Plan for Dallas with the proclamation, “Crusade Against Ugliness”.
Landscape Architect and Urban Planner Kevin Sloan will present an overview of Kessler’s remarkable innovations and accomplishments in city planning, parks and thoroughfares for Dallas and Kansas City. Kessler’s influence on later planning concepts will also be covered with Sloan’s Kessler inspired proposal for the DFW Branch Waters Network – a concept got the future.


Salon Series – Fashion & Fame


Spring Salon Series


April 14 – Limited Availability 

Jacob Metcalf


Note: There is a limited number of tickets available to this event.  First come, first served at the door.

North Texas musician Jacob Metcalf released his first full-length solo effort, Fjord, in early winter 2016.  The result is an often-breathtaking collection of indie-folk compositions that range from wistful, unhurried ballads to swirling, majestic orchestrations, sometimes within the same song, and all set to Metcalf’s warm, inviting vocals and non-linear story-telling. “The album is about great divides,” Metcalf explains. “Fjord is about splintered people living in a fractured age.”


The material for the record was written over the last decade on five continents (Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America). It was during the last few years that Metcalf lived out of his car and inside a four foot crawl space between a vintage store and loft apartments in order to save enough from his bakery and music teaching jobs to make this album.


Wheeler Sparks will open at 7:15. Jacob describes his friend as a thoughtful songwriter and caring human being.  Jacob will start his performance at 7:40.


Salon Poster Jazz

Ragtime, Tin Pan Alley, and the Birth of Jazz

Thursday, April 9, 2015     7:30pm-9:00pmSalon Poster Jazz

The fabulous Matt Tolentino and Oak Cliff music star, Robert Edwards will perform a program of salon style music. The program will take the audience through the ragtime era into Tin Pan Alley finally leading up to the dawn of the jazz age. Edwards will play our vintage grand piano and Tolentino will be on clarinet, sax and vocals.

This Salon Series event is generously sponsored by Marguerite Domatti and Gay Addington, long time supporters of the Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts and are emeritus members of the Board of Directors.

Salon Series – Ragtime

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Lecture and Book Signing by author Jon Gnarr

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03/05/15 – Salon Lecture will still be held tonight.  Please join us for this wonderful event.

Thursday,  March 5, 2015  7:30pm-9:00pm

Internationally renowned actor, writer, comedian and former mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland. Jón Gnarr, will make his Dallas debut at Turner House to support the publication of his latest book. The Indian, published by Dallas-based translation publishing house, Deep Vellum. Gnarr is currently Writer in Residence at Rice University focusing on writing and speaking on issues he holds most dear: world, peace, sexual and gender equality, freedom for writers and journalist, and performing stand up comedy.