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Alex Bentley

Alex Bentley

Associate Editor

Alex Bentley isn’t a Dallas-Fort Worth native, but with all his experience in the area, he’s the next best thing. He received his bachelor’s degree from TCU, and after a five-year sojourn to work for the Florida Marlins in Miami, he returned to the area to get his master’s degree at UNT. Prior to joining CultureMap, he worked for Pegasus News, helping deliver hyper-local news to the internet masses. He uses that experience to make CultureMap the go-to site for everything to see and do in Dallas.

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A Good Con

Focus entertains enough to put Will Smith back in our good graces

By Alex Bentley

When done right, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a con man movie. It’s pure escapism, as the audience gets to revel in the “heroes” pulling one over ...


Weekend Event Planner

Kinky Boots and Meghan Trainor headline best weekend events in Dallas

By Alex Bentley

It's all about that bass ... and theater and ideas this week in Dallas-Fort Worth, as an up-and-coming pop superstar, a Tony Award-winning musical and a festival for big thinkers ...


Best of Broadway

Winspear's new Broadway Series packs in Tony winners and a Love Story reunion

By Alex Bentley

Since the Winspear Opera House opened in 2009, the AT&T Performing Arts Center has brought in some big Broadway shows. It has not strayed from that formula for the ...


Class Act

Dallas Symphony's new season brings world premieres, festival reprise and popular ReMix

By Alex Bentley

The forthcoming 2015-2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra season, which officially starts on September 4, will build on the success of the orchestra's previous work, featuring a wide range of classical ...


Soulful Concert News

Sam Smith returns to Dallas for concert that reflects his new Grammy status

By Alex Bentley

Soulful singer Sam Smith has enjoyed quite the breakout year since the release of his debut album, In the Lonely Hour. Now fans will be able to see him perform ...


Oscar 2015 Highlights

Birdman beats Boyhood but Patricia Arquette owns Oscar spotlight

By Alex Bentley

Although Boyhood has been an awards season favorite in the run-up to the 2015 Academy Awards, in the end, Richard Linklater's gutsy 12-year experiment was overshadowed by another bravura ...


Moving Musical

Emotionally wrought The Last Five Years shows how good movie musicals can be

By Alex Bentley

Some actors seem destined to represent a certain genre, and Anna Kendrick is certainly headed that way with musicals. She’s the face of the Pitch Perfect franchise, played Cinderella ...


Running Down a Dream

Charismatic Costner coaches McFarland, USA out of sports-movie mold

By Alex Bentley

If you’re watching a sports movie, especially one made by Disney, you can usually count on several things: a person or team overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds; resistance to said ...


Music by the River

New Dallas Music District Festival gets flashier with more bands

By Alex Bentley

The new Dallas Music District Festival, taking place May 16-17 on the Trinity River Greenbelt, had already made a splash with its initial announcement. But this inaugural fest just got ...


Weekend Event Planner

Dual Dallas Theater Center productions top best weekend events

By Alex Bentley

It's an arts-heavy weekend around Dallas-Fort Worth, as most of the big events revolve around culture. You can choose between multiple theater productions, popular classical music, a big fashion ...


Local Arts Support

Internationally renowned Nasher Sculpture Center acts locally to support the arts

By Alex Bentley

A new program from the Nasher Sculpture Center shows the internationally renowned institution also is invested in its community of local talent. The Nasher intends to subsidize, to a small ...


Woman Power

Dallas Opera aims to reshape art form with new program for female conductors

By Alex Bentley

The field of opera conducting, like many others, has traditionally been dominated by men, but the Dallas Opera is looking to break out of that mold with the creation of ...


Rockin' with the Edge

Edgefest drags out Offspring and Modest Mouse for 2015 Dallas music festival

By Alex Bentley

The 2015 Edgefest from 102.1 The Edge takes place at Toyota Stadium in Frisco on April 25, and this year's lineup looks to be a little more upbeat ...


Elementary, Dear Friends

New Perot Museum exhibit invites sleuths to solve crimes Sherlock Holmes-style

By Alex Bentley

Even though the character is almost 130 years old, the interest in Sherlock Holmes never seems to wane. Adaptations in recent years have included the movie series featuring Robert Downey ...


New Spin for Spy Genre

Kingsman: The Secret Service invigorates even if it goes overboard

By Alex Bentley

The spy genre can always take a bit of reinvention. James Bond has gone through multiple iterations over the past 50 years, Tom Cruise brought Ethan Hunt into the modern ...


Weekend Event Planner

Book of Mormon and Valentine's Day fun top best weekend events in Dallas

By Alex Bentley

It's two holiday weekends rolled into one, as it's Valentine's Day on Saturday and Presidents' Day on Monday. What that means is that there are plenty of ...


Dance Moves

TITAS taps legendary choreographer for milestone dance tour that starts in Dallas

By Alex Bentley

A performing arts milestone event that has been years in the making will finally hit a Dallas stage this fall. Legendary choreographer Twyla Tharp is celebrating her 50th anniversary in ...


Bush Presidential Center Programming

What do presidents, baseball and Christmas have in common? The Bush Center.

By Alex Bentley

The George W. Bush Presidential Center has hosted a variety of interesting exhibits since it opened in May 2013, including a collection of gowns by famed designer Oscar de la ...


Award Season

Texans get a piece of the action at drama-free Grammy Awards 2015

By Alex Bentley

Texas loomed in the 2015 edition of the Grammy Awards, but maybe not large enough. Houston native Beyoncé took home three trophies, and rising star St. Vincent, aka Dallas native ...


This Ain't Bollywood

New festival exposes Dallasites to South Asian culture through film

By Alex Bentley

For the past 13 years, Dallas has hosted an Asian Film Festival to showcase the best films of the Far East. Now, a new festival serves an even more specific ...


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