The late Omar Sharif’s time in Dallas

Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, who died July 10th, was best known for his roles in films such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Funny Girl,” and “Doctor Zhivago.” But Sharif also made a name for himself in Dallas as a bridge player over the last half of the 20th century, joining his group the Omar Sharif Bridge Circus with the Dallas Aces in 1970 for a bridge tournament. Continue reading “The late Omar Sharif’s time in Dallas”

Lost Bywaters and Hogue Murals Uncovered at Dallas’ Old Municipal Building

We thank Bywaters Special Collections curator Ellen Buie Niewyk for submitting this post.

In December, 1933, Jerry Bywaters and Alexandre Hogue were commissioned, as part of the Public Works of Art Administration during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, to paint a series of ten murals depicting the history of Dallas in the Dallas Municipal Building [sometimes referred to as “Old City Hall.”]  Beginning with the year 1841, the artists depicted the Tonkawa Indians investigating as John Neely Bryan builds his log cabin and ended the timeline in 1931, the year police cars were equipped with radios. Continue reading “Lost Bywaters and Hogue Murals Uncovered at Dallas’ Old Municipal Building”

The National Film Preservation Foundation Now Streaming Jones’ Catskill Honeymoon

In 2011, the National Film Preservation Foundation awarded Hamon’s G. William Jones Film and Video Collection a grant of $31,000 to support the preservation of the Yiddish-language film Catskill Honeymoon (1950, directed by Joe Berne). We are happy to announce that the NFPF has now made the film available for viewing on its website. Continue reading “The National Film Preservation Foundation Now Streaming Jones’ Catskill Honeymoon”

Graphic Novels at Hamon

Hamon and Fondren hold diverse collections of graphic novels that cover a range of subjects such as cultural identity, illness, politics, and history. Graphic novels are usually longer than comic books and tell a single story within one volume. Graphic novels tell stories in a way that regular novels do not, with a certain level of abstraction, artistic flexibility, and (many times) underlying humor. Continue reading “Graphic Novels at Hamon”

Welcome

Welcome to the Hamon Arts Library’s new blog! In addition to library news and highlights, we are expanding our focus to include events and people around Meadows and Dallas. With this goal in mind, we invite community members to submit content to our blog about library findings and events in the community that may be of interest to library visitors. Continue reading “Welcome”