Dallas Comedy House Moving to Main Street

Categories: Comedy

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For almost six years, the players and performers of the Dallas Comedy House have turned a relatively small space on Commerce Street in Deep Ellum into a thriving hub for a form of comedy that most people have never seen around these parts.

Now they need a bigger place to play in, and come March 2015 they'll get one when they make their first move to their new home.

DCH founder and Director Amanda Austin said plans are place to move the comedy club next year from their Commerce Street headquarters to a new building on Main Street near the corner of Main and Hall Street.

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Get Busy Buying Physical Copies of Movies

Categories: Film and TV

Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection includes 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Call it Stone Age materialism, but I still think movies are worth owning in physical forms you can hold, shelve and collect, and therefore worth giving as gifts. Fuck the Cloud -- who knows when Hulu will get sold to Google or when Netflix decides to narrow down its catalog to 16 shitty studio movies, or when somebody's licensing runs out, or when somebody just kicks a plug and the movies you were hoping to watch or rewatch just vanish. Not to mention, how far out are we from letting the Internet just tell us what to watch, allowing us to select only between two different Marvel sequels and then insisting we suck its Cloud-schwanz out of gratitude for "convenience"?

You own a movie, or get one for Festivus, and it's fucking yours. Here're suggestions for givables this quarter. Get busy.

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Film Podcast: Annie, Mr. Turner, Big Eyes and So Much More

Categories: Film and TV

Mr. Turner

We begin this week's Voice Film Club podcast with a strange story about Giles Corey, who famously said, "More weight!" as stones were laid upon him during his witch trial. The end of the year is sort of like that for film critics, who are pressed upon with all the Very Important Movies of the Year. Your hosts Alan Scherstuhl, Stephanie Zacharek, and Amy Nicholson run down many of the movies coming out soon, including:

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10 Best Art Exhibitions of 2014

Zhulong Gallery
Jeremy Couillard's "The Vicious Valley"

This year the Dallas art scene felt rebellious. While one museum exhibition paid homage to a wonderful Dallas-based painter, another had me wanting to commit acts of destruction. At galleries and other exhibitions, the work dripped with anarchy and frustration with the system -- a sentiment felt across the country, and one necessary for art to survive and thrive in a place. There were also a few compelling new media exhibitions (although still too few) in Dallas, and a gallery emerged dedicated to that contemporary art form. The energy of the underground art scene may seem patchy, with the slow collapse of Oliver Francis Galley, and the end of Deep Ellum Windows, and Ware:Wolf:Haus, but all in all it's easy to look back and see a pretty impressive year in review.

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Delights Dallas Audiences This Weekend

Categories: Holiday, Theater

Karen Almond Photography

On Tuesday night, downtown was filled with children full of glee and excitement. Their parents quickly grabbed their hands to stop them from running into the street. What were they running to? Well, only the most famous reindeer of all. Rudolph.

Yes, folks, it's time to get your Christmas spirit on and take the kids, or yourself, to the Majestic Theater for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical. The beloved TV classic of your parents', yours, and now, maybe your kids' childhood is brought to live-action life thanks to Wishing Star Productions. Presented by the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the production celebrates Rudolph's 50 years on television, the reindeer and his friends' portraits on stamps, and is slowly creating a new holiday tradition in Dallas. The entire gang is ready to deck the halls with you: Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snowman, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph.

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Paramount Pictures Cancels Alamo Drafthouse's Team America Screening

Categories: Film and TV

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Apparently, Paramount Pictures said "Fuck No!" to the Alamo Drafthouse's plans to screen Team America: World Police in place of The Interview on Sat., Dec. 27th.

The Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson captured the attention of an angry America by scheduling a screening of Team America: World Police in place of The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco that was canned by Sony Pictures. Now it appears that Paramount Pictures doesn't want America to see the other movie that made fun of another North Korean dictator.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 29 Fashion Forward Charles Smith II

Categories: 100 Creatives

Thomas Hoeber
Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order.

I've always thought the notion of an "x factor" is a little bit hokey. But after meeting Charles Smith II at Glasshouse Studio in Expo Park, it began to seem like a real thing. Smith is sporting an alluring all-black ensemble -- imagine what a bagpipe-playing motorcycle gang might wear -- and his hair is wild. As a look, it totally works for him, and he designed all of it himself. (Except for the jacket, which is Alexander Wang.)

Smith is a fashion designer from Harlem and he's the creative director of Glasshouse, a photography studio. But that's hardly all. Basketball is what initially brought Smith to Dallas when he was in high school. He's really good at it. (Like, scouted by the NBA good.) Then, one day in New York City, he caught the attention of another kind of scout: a modeling rep. Within weeks, he was a professional model walking runways in Milan...while still playing basketball...and then going to art school? It's hard to keep up.

Most people spend their whole lives trying desperately to succeed at just one of those things: Smith clearly has a magic touch. And that excitement and energy is present in the air when you talk to him. These days, he's focused entirely on his fashion line -- Smith the Second -- which is currently available online but will hopefully also be in physical stores sometime in 2015.

Someday I'll probably be bragging that I spent a couple of hours talking to Charles Smith II. "Charles Smith the basketball player?" my friends might say, or "Charles Smith the model?" or "Charles Smith the designer?"

I just don't know what he'll be famous for.

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Nouveau 47 Looks at Christmas in 10 Short Plays by Local Writers

Categories: Theater

Danielle Vance
DeWayne Blundell, Maya Pearson, Ana Gonzalez in Jim Kuenzer's Gift of the Hipster.
A series of 10 short plays dubbed A Very Nouveau Holiday is on for a few more performances at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, and it's a little naughty, a little nice. The collection is hit-and-miss, ranging from mawkishly bad to absurdly smart, but the actors -- Ginger Goldman (the most versatile comic actor in the ensemble), Maya Pearson, Johanna Nchekwube, DeWayne Blundell, Ana Gonzalez, Shane Hamlin and Maxim Overton -- commit wholeheartedly to each piece.

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14 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, December 18 - 21

Categories: Dallas Stories

Joan Marcus
Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the ONCE Tour Company

If you missed the 2007 film that made Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová famous, you missed one of the most compelling soundtracks ever made. The songs in Once turned the quiet drama into a hit, which eventually found its way to Broadway, where it answered its showy neighbors with intimate numbers and a simple story: Guy meets girl, shows her his music, they fall in love. There's more to it than that, but it's romantic and thoroughly lovely. It's stopped in Dallas through December 28 at the Winspear Opera House. Tickets are available at attpac.org.

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Alamo Drafthouse to Screen Team America in Place of The Interview

Categories: Film and TV

Sony's decision not to release The Interview on Christmas Day due to hackers threatening violence seemed inevitable. But the shock still hasn't worn off. That some group of idiots could intimidate and bully a major motion picture studio into shelving a multimillion dollar motion picture seems unbelievable.

It's even more unthinkable that the movie that would test our mettle and the strength of freedom of speech would be a movie starring the guys from Pineapple Express.

As Bonnie Tyler once belted, we "need a hero" and in a small way we've found it right in our little corner of the globe. You know it as the Alamo Drafthouse. The Richardson-based Drafthouse announced that they will instead screen a movie that once pissed off another North Korean dictator called Team America: World Police.

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