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Saturday, June 21, 2014
1–10 PM

FORT WORTH—The Kimbell Art Museum announces a FREE festival for all ages, “Matsuri: A Samurai Celebration,” on Saturday, June 21, from 1 to 10 p.m., with an exciting lineup of musical performances—including singer-­songwriter Sarah Jaffe and Dallas indie rock band Air Review—demonstrations, art activities and films. Matsuri, meaning “festival” in Japanese, is inspired by the Museum’s current exhibition, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-­‐Mueller Collection. Admission to the exhibition is free during the event.

The event will kick off with the traditional processional of the
mikoshi shrine donated to Fort Worth by its sister city Nagaoka, Japan. Daytime activities include face painting, fan making, martial arts demonstrations, tai chi instruction, anime family films and a “selfie” photo booth. Evening activities include outdoor musical performances, provided in partnership with KXT 91.7 FM and taiko drummers. All activities, including concert admission, are FREE and open to the public. Blankets are encouraged.

A variety of food trucks and beverage options will be on the grounds for purchase. No outside food or beverage is allowed. Free parking will be available at the Museum. Discounts through Fort Worth Bike Sharing will be offered on the day of the festival. The complete schedule, parking details and travel options will be available on on May 31.

Sarah Jaffe
Sarah Jaffe is a singer-­songwriter from Denton, Texas. Jaffe self-­released her first EP titled Even Born Again, which was recognized by Rolling Stone and the Dallas Observer. In late 2009, she was signed to Kirtland Records, and she released her first full-­length album, Suburban Nature, in May 2010. She has previously toured with Lou Barlow, Norah Jones, Blitzen Trapper and Chelsea Wolfe, as well as fellow bands Midlake, Old 97’s and Centro-­matic.

In 2011, she released The Way Sound Leaves a Room, which was touted as an EP that included a DVD of her performance at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas that February. In 2012, she opened on the New Multitudes Tour, dropped her latest LP, The Body Wins, and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2013, she featured uncredited vocals on Eminem’s song “Bad Guy,“ off his album The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

Air Review
Air Review is a Dallas quartet. They played their first show in 2009 and have since received international acclaim from the blogosphere, including features on NPR’s “All Songs Considered,” CMJ, the Huffington Post and Paste Magazine.

America’s Son became one of the most requested songs on north Texas’s 91.7 KXT, who later included it in their ”Best Songs of 2011” list right next to Adele, Foster the People and Coldplay. America’s Son also caught the attention of the Huffington Post and CMJ, who claimed it was “a very different sound from other folk-­pop groups” and considered the band one to watch in 2012. All of this paved the way for their 2013 masterfully composed full-­length album, Low Wishes, released by Velvet Blue Music (Huntington Beach, CA). Air Review’s dynamic live shows have landed them support slots for acts such as the Flaming Lips; Portugal. The Man; Grimes; and Jimmy Eat World.

KXT 91.7 FM
KXT 91.7 FM is one of the public broadcasting stations operated by North Texas Public Broadcasting, a not-­for-profit media network that also includes KERA 90.1 FM, KERA TV, KERA WORLD and Art&Seek. KXT began broadcasting in November 2009 and has a Triple-­A (Adult Album Alternative) music format with a mix of acoustic, alt-country, indie rock, alternative and world music.

KXT 91.7 has been recognized as the public Triple-A music station with the largest national audience, according to media and marketing research firm Arbitron, Inc.’s Spring 2013 ratings report. Additionally, the station has a large online audience of listeners from all over the world and thousands of followers on social media networks Facebook and Twitter.

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-­‐Mueller Collection
On view at the Kimbell Art Museum through August 31, 2014
Fearsome warriors clad head-to-toe in decorative armor, samurai of 12th-­ through 19th-­ century Japan symbolized the power, honor and valor of the country’s military elite. Led by omnipotent warlords, called shoguns, samurai have long fascinated the public. This exhibition provides insight into their military prowess and lifestyle, as well as the artistry of their elaborate armor, helmets and accoutrements of warfare. It showcases more than 140 works from the Ann & Gabriel Barbier-­Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection of Dallas, Texas, one of the finest holdings of samurai armor in the world. Among the works featured are 18 full suits of armor, including one formerly owned by the Yoshiki branch of the Mōri clan, a prominent family whose origins date to the 12th century. Special highlights of the exhibition include three life-­size horses clad in armor, illustrating the pageantry of samurai and their mounts in battle or procession, and an impressive array of beautifully detailed helmets and masks. It is the first traveling exhibition displayed in the new Renzo Piano Pavilion.

Matsuri: A Samurai Celebration is made possible by a grant from the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust,

Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Promotional support is provided by KXT, NBC5, and 360 West Magazine. Films are presented in partnership with the Lone Star Film Society.

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-­‐Mueller Collection is organized by The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-­‐Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, Dallas, Texas. It is sponsored by the DFW Lexus Dealers. Promotional support is provided by American Airlines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and NBC 5.


Kimbell Art Museum hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays, noon–8 p.m.; Sundays, noon–5 p.m.; closed Mondays. For general information, call 817-­‐332-­‐ 8451. Website:
*Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection is always free.