You Always Left the Slip Inn with a Story. Here's Mine.

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Daniel Rodrigue
"So -- what's it like in there?"

He was a young medical intern from Baylor University Medical Center and he was in line at The Slip Inn with a group of guys celebrating a bachelor party.

"I take it you aren't from here," I replied. "What have you heard?"

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Dallas' Best Gig Poster Artist Is Displaying His Work

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The poster.

It covered our walls as teenagers. It commemorates some of our favorite live performances. High-end artists have elevated that powerful rectangle, but behind every poster is a creative somewhere in the shadows.

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The Last Hiding Place on Lower Greenville

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"I will be coming from the gym. I hope it's okay if I am a little grubby." The message appears on my phone with a ting.

"Oh, same," I reply. "Now we can both be a little grubby."

That shared agreement is important. Two gym outfits cancel each other out and presumably make you invisible to those who don't condone such attire in public.

Call it development, call it gentrification, but Lower Greenville is settling into its revamped nightlife niche slowly but steadily. The latest jewel in the crown, Blind Butcher, is sustaining its meaty and beer-y buzz. Even as we somewhat sadly bid adieu to Zubar, I have found myself belly up to new establishments' bars or at the two-top of one of these new, more "health-conscious" restaurants. As bougie as it may be, I do like having so many variations of Brussels sprouts available to me in my neighborhood. A girl has to eat.

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How I Fell in Love with Dallas

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Roderick Pollum
The view from the Belmont.
In the romantic-comedy of your life, you'd look to the camera during your DVD commentary interview and say, "It's a story about finding love in unexpected places." And then you'd say something like, "Really, the third character is the city. It's about the places we run into each other."

But cliches are generally founded on some implicit truth. Dallas personified is the welcome tagalong on your Valentine's Day -- on all your days, really. I won't bore you with all of the options available for romantics and singletons alike on this Friday-landing holiday, but there is food and there are hotels with Champagne turndowns. There is delicious candy and office deliveries of singing telegrams.

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For Once, a Selfie That Expands Your Social Horizons

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Via The Dallas Contemporary Facebook
Sometimes, as the song says, you want to go where everybody knows your name. But in the spirit of disrupting cliché, perhaps you could take the opportunity to tread on new paths, to a place where you may not know everyone's name, but before it is all said and done you'll at least know all their faces.

The Dallas Contemporary, that island of art and festivity, is a gallery to most and yet exists in that gray area of definition for many Dallasites. It is routinely a place to either attend a party or throw one. Its scale and multiple-room layout have made it home to small affairs and nearly festival-size shindigs. And though it's not a bar, it does frequently have an open one, making its openings an always buzzy cross section of Dallas creatives. Music, check. Cool brew, check. Offerings that bring Dallasites into a national creative conversation? Well, yes.

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What You Get From a Visit With Dallas' Best Tarot Card Reader, And Other Magical Exploits

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Vickie Tollamache
Our appointment was at 7 p.m. It was 6:57, and we were at a Mockingbird Lane intersection trying to make out the house number for our destination. We were pretty sure we were outside the right home, and in a flash the lights turned on and the house number was illuminated.

"Oh my God, she knows we are out here!" I exclaimed in the car.

"Guys, our appointment is at 7 p.m. Of course she knows we are out here," replied a more practical voice in the vehicle.

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The Honky-Tonk Where the High Fashion Elite Celebrated in Dallas

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Karl Lagerfeld looks on disdainfully at a previous event.
Dallas loves an icon.

Our football team can't just be ours, it must the whole of America's, whether that means the whole of America loves those boys or hates them. A new arts structure cannot just quietly appear in Dallas. It must complete the largest contiguous district of its kind. The contents of the structures of these building are made more notable in their very notable homes. A symbol of quality isn't the same as quality, but you know what they say about chickens and eggs.

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How to Make a New Holiday Tradition at Jerry World

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Sometimes a lack of tradition can be a tradition unto itself. I think there are people in my life who feel bad about that, but having no obligations during the holidays brings the same wild sense of freedom as having a vacation day while the rest of the world works. The day is your own, the streets are empty and other people's traditions are yours for the taking.

This year, I was finally taking part in the beloved Thanksgiving Cowboys football tradition. I was excited as soon as the invitation came but I couldn't have predicted the sense of strange pride that came when people would inquire about my Thanksgiving plans.


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House of Plates and Cafe Momentum Teach Us the Bonding Power of Secrecy and Eating Rocks

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Courtesy of House of Plates

"The secret word is buenas tardes. Greet the two accordion players with that phrase outside the address and they will let you in. The dress code is all black."

That and an address were the only instructions received the night before heading to House of Plate's collaboration with Cafe Momentum and Chad Houser for La Cena. An underground dinner and Day of the Dead celebration, all cloaked in House of Plates' signature mystery.


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A Love Letter to Gypsy Tea Room, Despite its Flaws

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Editor: This year, we're celebrating the 25th Dallas Observer Music Awards. Our coverage will include recollections from last quarter century of North Texas music. Here, our nightlife columnist remembers the Deep Ellum venue that won nearly every DOMA it was nominated for.

Nostalgia is not my favorite color, but looking back at 25 years of music history in Dallas forces my hand. In that blurry fuzz of memory; nothing really changes, nothing ever stays the same.

Fifteen years ago, I got my first car. That was the tipping point that turned me into a full-scale concert kid and Deep Ellum apologist.


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