DMA and Starbucks Present An Evening with Isaac Hayes

Renowned musician to perform free concert for the Dallas–Fort Worth Community at the DMA June 17, in support of “Gordon Parks, Half Past Autumn” exhibition

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Dallas, TX, May 16, 2005—The Dallas Museum of Art and Starbucks Coffee today announced Isaac Hayes will perform a free summer concert at 8 p.m., Friday, June 17, on the DMA’s Ross Avenue Plaza, as part of the Museum’s Late Night series and in celebration of the exhibition Gordon Parks, Half Past Autumn: Selections from the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, which opens Sunday, June 5, 2005. The concert underwriter is Starbucks Coffee Company.

An Evening with Isaac Hayes will include music from the1971 motion picture Shaft, which was directed by Gordon Parks, as well as other music from his more than four-decade recording career, during a 90-minute performance. Hayes will be performing with his full band.

Hayes’ involvement in the Shaft movie, which included a soundtrack double-LP and theme-song single, was a career-defining event: the image of Isaac Hayes loomed at least as large as the film's star Richard Roundtree and director Gordon Parks (the subject of the Museum’s summer exhibition), and all three embodied a new era of black empowerment.

Shaft was the first album in history by a solo black artist to hit No. 1 on the Pop and R&B chart (14 weeks, making it the No. 3 R&B album for the entire decade of the 1970s). At the Academy Awards the following year, Hayes became the first African-American composer to win the Oscar for Best Musical Score. In addition to generating three Grammy awards, the music from Shaft won a Golden Globe award, the NAACP Image Award, and the prestigious Edison award, Europe's highest music honor.

Most recently, Hayes’ alter ego Chef is enjoying success in his seventh season cooking up scheme after scheme on “South Park,” on cable television’s Comedy Central. Chef provided Hayes with a solid No. 1 single in England in 1998, when "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" became the flagship hit for Chef Aid: The South Park Album (Columbia). Hayes also established himself as the familiar voice of Nickelodeon's "Nick at Nite" program block. In 1996, Hayes contributed "Two Cool Guys" to the Beavis and Butt-Head Do America movie soundtrack.

After Hayes’ performance, concert goers are invited to view Gordon Parks, Half Past Autumn: Selections from the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art exhibition, a retrospective survey of Parks’ photographs drawn from the extensive Gordon Parks Collection owned by the Corcoran including 130 photographs produced between 1940 and 1997. The exhibition, in the artist’s words, is an autobiographical “tone-poem” that tells his own story. The exhibition will be on view from June 5 through Sept. 4, 2005, and is included in general admission to the Museum.

As part of the Friday Late Night program, the Museum will stay open until midnight with a $10 admission fee to Gordon Parks, Half Past Autumn and the Museum that evening. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Frappuccino® blended beverage, Starbucks summer sampling van, the Chill Patrol, will be on-site providing complimentary Mint Mocha Chip Frappuccinos® and other beverages to concert attendees.

Gordon Parks, Half Past Autumn: Selections from the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art is organized by the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and curated by Philip Brookman, Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Exhibition support in Dallas is provided by Verizon Wireless and Ford Motor Company Fund. Additional support provided by the Donor Circle Membership Program through a leadership gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. R Chilton. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. Promotional support provided by Al Dia and The Dallas Morning News. The Museum acknowledges the Artist and Elaine Thornton Foundation for the Arts, Inc. for its collaboration in presenting this exhibition in Dallas.

An Evening with Isaac Hayes and Friday Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art are made possible by Starbucks Coffee Company. Additional support for Friday Late Nights is provided by JCPenney. Air transportation provided by American Airlines. Promotional support provided by CBS 11; The Dallas Morning News; Infinity Broadcasting: KJKK, KLUV, KOAI, KRLD, KVIL; Quick; and Radio Disney. In-kind support provided in part by Lea Danielson Lighting, Daughter Entertainment, and The Fairmont Hotel Dallas.

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The Starbucks Coffee Company Central Zone office is located in Dallas and supports more than 134 Starbucks in the Dallas–Fort Worth area since entering the market in 1994. The Central Zone office has one of the largest field staffs for Starbucks outside of the Seattle office with more than 80 corporate partners (what we call our employees).

The office is responsible for stores in Texas and Oklahoma. Since joining the Dallas–Fort Worth community, Starbucks has been involved in a number of community initiatives including Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas, Tarrant County and Plano Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children’s Parade, Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot and Starbucks Holiday Angels Joy Drive, with more than 22,000 toys and books benefiting the children of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Cook Children’s Health Care System to name a few. Starbucks has been awarded the “Best Cup of Coffee,” for nine years by Dallas Observer readers