Zhulong Gallery Explores Mark Tribe's Unreal Natural Landscapes

Categories: Visual Art

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Zhulong Gallery
Mark Tribe creates landscapes you'll get lost in.

What is reality? How do we build the one we live in? Have you ever asked yourself this? How real are the places you visit? What about the places you haven't been? You'll never see all of the natural world, and you'll only really know the places you've been. The rest? Someone has made them up for you, relayed them back, with photographs, stories and maps.

The rain forests? The mountains? Are they there before you arrive? Are they different now that you've seen them? Will they be there tomorrow when you're gone? How will you remember them? Will they look different in your memory? Will your memory become your sketchbook? Your photographs? Your dreams?

When a tree falls, when the night comes, and you're not there to see it change, did it happen? Even in nature, what is real? In Mark Tribe: New Landscapes at Zhulong Gallery, these questions of authenticity seem at the forefront of an exhibition that attempts to "reframe the pictorial traditions of landscape art through contemporary technology."


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Comics T.J. & Dave Want You To Know That This is All Made Up

Categories: Comedy

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Courtesy of Dallas Comedy House
Improvisors T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi

For the last 15 years, T.J. Jagodowski and David Pasquesi of the comedy duo of T.J. & Dave have started their shows with the same, simple method. They walk out on stage, introduce each other and assure the crowd, "Trust us, this is all made up."

Some music plays, the lights come up and the two are either standing or sitting on stage with no script or storyline to protect them from the harsh judgment of an audience. All they have is their wits and each other. They don't even ask someone in the audience for a one-word suggestion, their favorite color or something they would bring with them if they had to spend a year in Antarctica to kick off an idea for a scene. They literally know just as much as the audience does about what will unfold on stage.

Anyone with the balls to stand under a spotlight knows that the silence in those first few moments after the lights go up and the realization that a quiet crowd is waiting for a reason to laugh can be one of the scariest experiences of their existence.

"When those lights first come up and I haven't really thought about it this way, so forgive me if this idea is half baked is there is a little bit of free fall there," Jagodowski says. "It's almost like when someone jumps out of a plane, there's a little bit of free fall and if you start freaking out, you're going to tumble and keep falling the rest of the way but if you trust that improvisation is going to start showing you what's already there, then there's some sense of being taken care enters into there."

The magic of any improv comedy group is watching how they tangle with or toss away those fears about the unknown and let the unfolding events create comedy that can't be written before they walk out on stage or recreated once they leave it. Every show is unique to the room and the moment. It exists in an ether that can't be bottled and inhaled ever again and TJ & Dave perform one of the purest improvised shows an audience can witness. T.J. & Dave will perform two such sold out shows this Friday and Saturday at the Dallas Comedy House as part of the 2015 Dallas Comedy Festival.


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It's the Final Countdown at Rover Dramawerks' One Day Only Play Festival

Categories: Theater

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Courtesy of Rover Dramawerks

It's often been said that writers and artists work best when they have a gun to their head. A theater in Plano will provide five casts with that kind of motivation, and since this is Texas, we should probably mention that it will only be a proverbial gun.

Rover Dramawerks will present five short plays at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, all of which were written, rehearsed and produced in the previous 24-hour period as part of their 24th annual One Day Only short play festival.

The production of these plays will start at 9 p.m. Friday at the Plano theater. Carol M. Rice, the executive artistic director for Rover Dramawerks, says that the cast will consist of five directors and writers and a cast of 30 or so actors and actress. They'll start with a brainstorming session and throw those ideas into a hat for the playwrights to choose. The writers will get their play topics and spend the entire night writing a script for the actors and directors to block out and rehearse right up until the opening curtain at 8 p.m. Saturday.

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Disney On Ice: Frozen Puts Elsa in Ice Skates, and Parents Everywhere Let Go of Their Wallets

Categories: Events

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Disney on Ice
The cold doesn't bother her anyway.

By Jennifer Davis-Lamm
The minute we turned onto Field Street on our way to the American Airlines Center for Disney On Ice: Frozen, I knew I was in trouble. My four-year-old, who had been told only that she was going to get to stay out past bedtime for a surprise, suddenly rocketed forward in her car seat: "MOM! LOOK! They're all in Elsa dresses!" And indeed, hordes of small children were walking down the street in aqua-blue polyester gowns--one of which hangs in my daughter's room, 15 miles away and decidedly not on her body.

I catch myself feeling kinda bad about this oversight. Despite the fact that repeated viewings of Frozen incite me to fantasize about installing a flux capacitor in my mommy SUV and heading to a time when Arendelle was just a glimmer in a Disney exec's eye, I've come to accept Anna and Elsa as frequent interlopers into our household. I've also been suckered into more merch than I care to admit.

Luckily, my kiddo has gamely decided that the lack of an Elsa dress is not going to hamper her evening...particularly since the entire arena is filled, packed, and brimming with all the Frozen goods you could ever conceive of. We explain that she will be allowed to pick out one souvenir from the evening, and her head swims with possibilities as we find our seats--which were graciously comped by the local company promoting the event.

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19 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, March 26-29

Categories: Dallas Stories

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CamposStudios

We've been looking for the pinball tables in Dallas for months. It seems they've disappeared from some of our favorite spots. But this weekend, we'll get to use our flipper fingers on the hundreds of pinball tables that will be at the Texas Pinball Festival up in Frisco. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and lasts through Sunday, stretching late into the night most nights. One-day passes start at $25; weekend passes are available for $60 for adults and $35 for kids. More information at texaspinball.com.


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Dallas Gets a British Invasion this April by Artist Michael Craig Martin

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Dallas Public Library
Michael Craig Martin Won't Be Coming to Dallas quietly.

This year for its annual charity fundraiser MTV:REDEFINE, taking place on April 10, the Goss-Michael Foundation, in keeping with its educational mission, has adopted a more public attitude. The exclusive fundraiser that auctions off work from artists the likes of Mario Testino, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel will stay fancy and exclusive. But surrounding the main event, the foundation has teamed up with everyone from the Dallas Museum of Art to the Dallas Public Library to publicly display work from this year's featured artist, Michael Craig Martin.


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This Year's Pin Show to Strut Down Its Biggest Runway Yet

Categories: Fashion

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Crystal Chatmon/Courtesy Pin Show

The Pin Show has a reputation of being much more than your average fashion show and the 2015 event on April 4 will be no exception. The brainchild of Dallas designer, Julie McCullough, The Pin Show features independent, seasoned designers whose works range from swimwear, to women's ready to wear, to jewelry.

"Anyone can come to this. It's street level fashion," McCullough says. "Most people who come to The Pin Show have never been to a fashion show but this is not a sit down, stuffy thing; this is a two hour party with fashion."

The show is in its 8th year and has grown significantly since the first event, held at The Door, almost a decade ago. The Pin Show will be among Deep Ellum's The Bomb Factory's first events after opening March 26. The Bomb Factory is a 50,000 square foot space so McCullough naturally had her hands full with designing an event to fill the massive space.

"It's going to be a huge show. We have 65 to 80 models, 160 walks this year and two 40 minute sets," McCullough said. "You can scale this venue to be any size you need it be and we're going to use the entire thing."


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Jackass Star Preston Lacy Talks About What He Can't Do at the Dallas Comedy House

Categories: Comedy

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When the Dallas Comedy House booked Jackass star Preston Lacy to be one of their headliners for the stand-up section of their annual Dallas Comedy Festival, they had to make a special agreement.

"I had to agree with the venue that I wouldn't be bringing any animals or weapons or anything like that," Lacy said. "They said, 'You know that there's no stunts, right?' I said, 'Yeah, I know.'"

There was just a hint of mild disappointment in Lacy's voice when he said, "Yeah, I know" as if he truly relishes the opportunity to hurt, humiliate or harm himself for an audience's amusement. Then again, just about every comedian who steps out on a stage is willing to do the same thing for an audience whether it's telling an embarrassing story from their past or sliding down a chute coated with sex jelly into a pyramid of trash cans.

Lacy, the star of the TV and movie versions of the Jackass franchise, is bound to have a ton of stories about both even if he won't be allowed to let a pig eat an apple out of his butt-crack on stage tonight at 8:30 and 10 p.m. at the Dallas Comedy House.

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Two Generations, One Actress: Sutton Foster on Her Empowering Role in Younger

Categories: Film and TV

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TV Land
Sutton Foster

Doing everything right in one generation just makes you old-fashioned, even obsolete, in the next. That’s the harsh reality that confronts 40-year-old Liza — played with spirited, sarcastic élan by Tony-winning actress Sutton Foster — when she attempts to re-enter the workforce after a decade and a half of stay-at-home motherhood. Finding herself shut out of the industry in which she’d once been hailed as a wunderkind, Liza passes herself off as a 26-year-old to start again at the bottom of the publishing ladder in the peppy and observant Younger, the new sitcom from Sex and the City creator Darren Star.

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Best Running Trails in Dallas to Hit This Spring

Categories: Best of Dallas

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Lauren Smart
That is not me. Or you.

I'm a lifelong runner. Which is to say that I ran track in high school and have always owned a pair of running shoes. I typically pull them out only when I'm leaving the dumpy phase and headed into the frumpy phase. Or when I've eaten one too many delivery pizzas by myself. My current roommate is workout crazed, which has made it increasingly difficult to ignore my bright pink Mizunos. This list is as much for me as it is for you.


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