Need Sand? Cara Mia Theatre Is Giving Away 20 Tons of It, More or Less

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Maybe you read about the sand show in the Trinity Groves warehouse and thought to yourself, I wonder what they're going to do with all that sand? Build a private beach? Donate it to the local sand volleyball league? At this point, all the theater company knows is that after this weekend, they'll need to get rid of it. All 20 tons of it.

Art Con X starts its official takeover of 500 Singleton Blvd the following week, so time is of the essence. Want some sand for your school's playground? Have an art project that could use a few tons? You can have what you can haul. Pick up will be Monday or Tuesday. You can contact Cara Mia's artistic director at 214-769-4326 or to schedule your pick up.

At Dallas Opera, Salome's Twisted Love Story Is a Bucket List Production

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Deborah Voigt is fabulous. She's one of those once-in-a-lifetime performers on an imagined performing arts bucket list. Like Alan Cumming in Cabaret, or Joshua Bell on violin (who will be at the Winspear next week, coincidentally). And if you're going to see Voigt, you'll want to see her singing Strauss, or Wagner. Her soprano voice flutters through the arias as Wagner's Brünnhilde, which she sang as part of the Met's Ring Cycle, resonating with an elegant strength that makes her irresistible. She's been singing Strauss since the early 1990s, and in The Dallas Opera's Salome, onstage through November 8, she sings the titular role with such tenacity that you'll believe her as the cunning vixen, age limitations be damned.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 47 Progressive Playmakers Christopher Carlos & Tina Parker

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Courtesy Tina Parker
This is a pic of Chris & Tina at Halloween a few years ago... they don't always look like this...
Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order.

Christopher Carlos and Tina Parker often soak in the spotlight. No strangers to the stages of local theaters and frequently illuminating the televisions, these two keep busy with acting and directing gigs. And that's when they're not co-running a theater company.

The cunning minds behind Kitchen Dog Theater, a company that consistently tops must-see and best of lists, they're not just theater makers, they're innovators. Kitchen Dog Theater hosts one of the more robust new works festivals in the city; the company is a founding member of the National New Play Network, an alliance of nonprofit companies committed to developing and producing new plays; and they take risks on new work, delivering to Dallas the regional, or sometimes world, premiere of edgy, new plays. They keep the local theater scene on its toes and they seem to have a lot of fun doing it.

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Garrison Keillor Delivered a Magical, Vulgarity-Free Night of Storytelling at the Bass Hall

Categories: Poetry

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I have a confession. I didn't grow up listening to the radio. I imagined I was like most young people in that way, but over the last couple of weeks, I've learned that's not the case. When I've mentioned plans to attend an evening with Garrison Keillor, the reaction has been nearly unanimous: "Oh man, I listened to him with my Dad when I was a kid!"
Each of my partners in conversation recoiled in shock and horror when I said that I only had a vague idea of who Keillor is -- wasn't there a Robert Altman movie called "A Prairie Home Companion"? That's how I showed up to Bass Hall on Thursday night with a shameful awareness that I had missed out on an essential part of the American upbringing, and that I was about to spend two hours with an American icon I knew next to nothing about, save that he's an icon.

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He'll Put a Spell on You: Hypnotist Flip Orley Talks About Putting People Under for a Living

Categories: Comedy

The first time Flip Orley got on a stage and used his hypnotic powers to make people do his bidding, he himself had to be coaxed into doing it.

Of course, it wasn't with a swinging pocket watch or a spinning spiral. Sometimes, nagging someone enough is its own form of hypnotism.

Orley, a comic hypnotist from Lafayette, La. who has become a regular fixture at the Addison Improv, dabbed in the practice throughout high school and college as a student of psychology, communications and general social sciences. He also did stand-up on the side and never thought of melding the two until a friend nagged him into trying it.

"The conversation came around often enough that I got aggravated and said, 'If I do it on stage once, will you leave it alone and never bring it up again?" Orley says from his home in Louisiana.

When asked why he didn't just hypnotize his friend to get him to stop asking, he laughed and says, "Actually, I never thought of that. That's a pretty good idea."

That night, he had to turn people away from the stage who wanted to be put into a trance and made to pretend they were Superman or made to believe that he's just a floating head. He says he never even expected to get a volunteer.

"I assumed I was going to say I'm going to do hypnosis and people would look at me like an idiot," he says. "So when a ton of people rushed the stage, I was surprised. It shocked the hell out of me."

Almost 25 years later, Orley travels from stage to stage to put people under and make them into human marionettes for audiences' amusements and he returns to the Addison Improv ( for a Halloween weekend run.

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26 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Halloween Weekend, October 30- November 2

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The second opera of the season, Salome, opens Thursday.

Look, there's a lot of sex in the Bible. Chances are, you didn't talk about any of it in Sunday school. Salome, for example, the seductress who set her sights on the unattainable John the Baptist. When he denied her advances she had her daddy, Herod II behead him. OK OK, OK, it's not all written exactly like that in Bible. But no one actually pays attention to exact phrasing in religious texts. It's all about the subtext. Anyway, Salome has become a legendary femme fatale, thanks in large part to Richard Strauss' opera based on a story by Oscar Wilde. It's the sexiest thing that's ever been written in German. You can see it onstage at the Winspear Opera House (2403 Flora St.) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday or through November 8. Tickets start at $29. More information at

Five Art exhibitions for your weekend here.

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How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: Practice, Practice, Pratice with Paintballs

Categories: WTF?

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Mixmaster contributor Danny Gallagher shows no fear at the Zombie Safari ... until the bus starts actually moving and the zombies show up.

Every fanboy who open carries a Star Trek phaser or a replica of Ashley Williams' stump mounted chainsaw honestly believes they could survive a zombie apocalypse. It's a flawed theory at best. Life isn't a movie. Even the most daring hero runs out of ammo or forgets to prime their power tools. People get tired, don't have perfect aim or accidentally shoot themselves in places that would make a zombie grab his crotch and wince.

And, oh yeah, there are no such things as zombies.

Nevertheless, it doesn't hurt to be prepared, and Cousins Paintball Park in Forney has come up with an interesting way to test your mettle in the last throws of humanity. They've constructed a "Zombie Safari" paintball course and they let us do a ride-along.

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Five Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

Categories: Visual Art

Joachim West

Draftsmen of the Apocalypse
CentralTrak opens a group exhibition that explores violence and "mankind's eventual doom." All the artists in this exhibition use their work to pinpoint or illuminate aspects of violence in either history or the present day. While seemingly apropos for Halloween weekend, it seems the thread that runs through these works is more serious than that. See the work of Simeen Farhat, Thor Johnson, David Quadrini and Joachim West, among others. Opening reception from 8-10 p.m. Saturday at CentralTrak, 800 Exposition Ave.

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Stop What You're Doing and Look at this Cute Baby Giraffe

Categories: Dallas Stories

Stop digging through files, punching numbers into your calculator, and put that Go2Meeting on mute. You'll want to watch this video from the Dallas Zoo of an adorable baby giraffe. First-time giraffe mommy Chrystal gave birth to a 6-foot-tall baby over the weekend and the zoo released a video of a few affectionate first moments. It's not named yet, so maybe you should send the zoo a few suggestions. And if you're asking yourself when you can see said baby in person, the zoo is hoping for as early as next week.

You may now return to whatever important business task you were performing before this charming interruption.

Film Podcast: John Wick Restores Our Faith in Violent Movies

Categories: Film and TV

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On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we welcome Village Voice contributor and filmmaker Zachary Wigon, who tells us about his paranoid thriller The Heart Machine (iTunes).

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