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Special preview screening of ‘Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns’ with filmmakers Dayton Duncan, Julie Dunfey and KERA’s Krys Boyd.

About this Event

In celebration of the upcoming documentary series Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns, KERA/KXT is hosting a special preview screening and discussion with the filmmakers. Guests will enjoy a preview screening of selected clips from the series, followed by a live discussion with writer and producer, Dayton Duncan, and producer, Julie Dunfey, moderated by Krys Boyd, KERA’s Host of Think.

What is Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns? When will it air on KERA TV?

Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns is the new epic documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns, written and produced by Dayton Duncan and produced by Julie Dunfey. It explores the history of a uniquely American art form. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, hymns, minstrel music and blues performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music.

The 8-part, 16-hour series will premiere on KERA TV September 15 at 7pm.

Where is the event?

The event will take place in SMU’s McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, which faces Hillcrest on the northwestern side of Southern Methodist University’s campus in Dallas. The Auditorium’s address is 6405 Boaz Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205.

When is the event? How long will it last?

The event is on Thursday, September 5. Doors open at 6:00pm, and the program begins at 7pm. We expect the program to last between 90 minutes and two hours.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets are $10.00/each. A ticket with a corresponding seat reservation is required. You may purchase your ticket online by going to kera.org and clicking on the Country Music: A Film By Ken Burns screening banner. All seating is reserved.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We highly encourage you to bring your printed ticket(s) to facilitate event entry. If you do not have access to a printer or forget a physical copy of your ticket(s), you may show your e-ticket(s) confirmation from Eventbrite that details your name and designated Aisle, Section, Row and Seat.

May children attend?

Children are welcome to attend, but ages 16 and under are required to have an adult with them. Everyone that requires a seat, needs a ticket.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Reduced parking rates of $10/car in the Daniel Parking Center and Airline Parking Center garages will be available to guests who have reserved tickets to the event online. KERA/KXT volunteers will be on-site to help you navigate your way from the parking garage to McFarlin Memorial Auditorium.Please note, maps applications may direct you to the wrong location if you put in McFarlin Memorial Auditorium’s address so it’s best to use the addresses below:

Daniel Parking Center: 3330 Daniel Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75205

Airline Parking Center: 6506 Airline Court, Dallas, Texas 75205

Using Alto, Lyft or Uber: 6124 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75205

A detailed parking map is copied below and can be found here.

What may I bring into the event? Are there any prohibited items?

Please feel free to bring the following items into McFarlin Auditorium: bags that are no larger than 12” x 16” x 12”, binoculars and/or seat cushions/soft side seat backs under 18” wide (no items with legs permitted). Note that all personal possessions must fit under the patron’s designated seat.Food and drink are not allowed inside the theater. For a full listing of prohibited items, please visit SMU’s website here.

For your safety and the safety of others, guests and their possessions are subject to inspection as condition of admittance.

Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the Auditorium. There is not a designated smoking area on campus; smokers must be at least 25 feet away from the building.

What’s the weather/refund policy?

If a venue or date change does occur due to bad weather, ticket holders will be notified by 3pm on the day of the show via email, KERA’s website and its social media pages.Tickets are non-refundable except in the event of a show cancellation.

How may I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have a question about this event, please reach out to Annie Galloway at friendsofkera@kera.org.