If You're in Dallas Saturday Afternoon, Meet Artist Liz Glynn

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Nasher 360 Speaker Series

The Nasher Sculpture Center gets a lot of things right. Jeremy Strick runs a tight artistic ship, with impressive exhibitions and thought-provoking programming. One of the most underrated programs is the 360 Speaker Series, which gives the microphone to world-renowned artists across a variety of disciplines. On Saturday at 2 p.m. this series turns its attention to LA-based installation sculptor, Liz Glynn.

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Garfunkel and Oates' Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome on Making Funny and Beautiful Music Together

Categories: Comedy

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Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome make up the musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates.

Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, the comedians who make up the musical comedy powerhouse of Garfunkel and Oates, are living the dream of every guitar-ukulele musical comedy duo.

They have three top-selling raunchy comedy duets. They have their own TV show on IFC that Lindhome describes as a "millennial Laverne & Shirley." Most important, they have a huge base of fans to drive the energy of a national tour that lands in Dallas at 8 p.m. tonight at the House of Blues.

"I feel like we've kind of reached it," Lindhome says.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No 66 Intrepid Publisher Will Evans

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Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order. Know an artistic mind who deserves a little bit of blog love? Email lauren.smart@dallasobserver.com with the whos and whys.

The hyper-connected world we live in makes art and music from the far reaches of the globe easily accessible to everyone, but "for some reason, literature is the only art form that is constantly being made to defend the right to be disseminated and experienced outside of its original culture," observes Will Evans. And he aims to do something about that.

Of course there is a barrier to entry that doesn't exist in visual art or music - and that's language. Evans, who recently launched a small publishing house in Dallas he's calling Deep Vellum Publishing, is about to start doing his part to cross that barrier. This year Deep Vellum, which is functioning as a non-profit, will publish five original works in translation and he's already turning heads in the international publishing world.

We pride ourselves in Dallas on our burgeoning arts scene but as Evans sees it, we're missing a crucial segment of the art world by turning our back on the literary scene. So if you ask him well, why Dallas? There's your answer. The organizations and resources exist, the Writer's Garret and Wordspace, for example, we're just failing to capitalize and discuss what's already happening in our community.

"There's no reason not to have more of the type of local literary community that people could identify similarly to Minneapolis--a very similar city (far from the coasts, tons of big business) that is internationally recognized for its dynamic arts scene, including a huge literary arts community," says Evans of Dallas.

We couldn't agree more and while Evans is dreaming really big, he's already influencing the conversation. And he hasn't even published his first book.


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Circuit 12 Contemporary Plays with Gallery in Linescapes

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The Circuit 12 Contemporary gallery is constantly in a state of flux. Of late, gallerists Gina and Dustin Orlando have taken interest in playing with environment in exhibitions.
Not only have owners Gina and Dustin Orlando recently made some renovations to the space and added a fashion component, they've also made atmospheric use of their space. Recently the gallery mounted a show of Alexander DiJulio's work, Constellation Logic, in which the gallery disconnected the viewer from the outside world by having them walk a wood-planked deck into the space.

Currently to exhibit the work of street artist James M. Rizzi, Circuit 12 invited him to demonstrate his large scale work in a black and white color palette, alongside a small exhibition of framed work. Through the end of the month, visitors to the gallery find themselves immersed in his gestural mural art.

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Podcast: Which Expendables Stars Surprised Us? And We Watch the New Yorkiest Movie

Categories: Film and TV

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Well, who was it? Find out in this week's pod.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of L.A. Weekly sift through the smoldering pile of action movie that is the Expendables 3 and discuss which star has the most surprising scenes. Amy and Stephanie talk about Love is Strange, which might be one of the most New York movies out in a very long time, and not just because of the rent plot point.

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15 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, August 21 - 24

Categories: Dallas Stories

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We've got quite a weekend up our sleeves for you. From theater to sideshows to film screenings and art exhibitions, we've shuffled up the cards and stacked the deck just for you. You might call it magic, we call it the Mixmaster.


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Our Suggestions for Tasty Film and Beer Pairings for Alamo's "Hopped Up Cinema"

Categories: Film and TV

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The ultimate bitter beer face.

It wasn't that long ago that having a beer in a movie theater was a novelty if you didn't count sneaking your own into the theater. These days, dine-in theaters are popping up almost as frequently as the giant megaplex cinemas that serve real alcohol. This is a wonderful innovation for anyone ever dragged to a Twilight movie marathon. (I was. The brain-numbing delivered by sweet, sweet beer saved me.).

It was only a matter of time before someone figured out a way to make alcohol actually enhance the movie-going experience. Naturally, the Alamo Drafthouse was the first local cinema to figure out a way to do just that with a new film series called "Hopped Up Cinema" where a local brewery comes up with a special blend for a specific movie. The series kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a screening of the classic Bruce Campbell scream-fest Army of Darkness and a new brew from the Deep Ellum Brewing Company.


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AMC Has Renewed Dallas-Set PC Drama Halt and Catch Fire for a Second Season

Categories: Film and TV

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Halt co-creators Chris Rogers (left) and Plano native Chris Cantwell, in their Los Angeles offices.
When we last saw Joe MacMillan, the mercurial Dallas salesmen at the center of the AMC computer drama Halt and Catch Fire, he was wandering into the Texas wilderness, seemingly without purpose, or direction, or even snacks. Considering the show's meager ratings and uneven critical reception, it wasn't hard to believe that we'd never see MacMillan again.

But we will: AMC has picked up the show for a second season, meaning Plano native Chris Cantwell, the show's co-creator and the subject of our May cover story, remains gainfully employed.

See also: The Unlikely Engineering of Halt and Catch Fire

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Dallas VideoFest Reboots For Its 27th Year This October

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Celebrating its 27th year, the Dallas VideoFest (DVF) and the Video Association of Dallas (VAD)--an organization committed to the exhibition of independent, alternative, and non-commercial media--are ready to try something new.

Since 1986, when they presented the inaugural program, Video As A Creative Medium, at the Dallas Museum of Art, Bart Weiss and his dedicated team of organizers, volunteers, and artists have worked hard to make a place for the difficult to define field of media art that goes by many inadequate names: "video art," "experimental film and video," or "new media." That first event, which was co-curated by John Held, included two nights of video by selected local and national video artists and was a great success, but over the years, "video art" has fallen in favor at the festival to more conventional forms of video-making.

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100 Dallas Creatives: No 67 Community Architect Monica Diodati

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Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order. Know an artistic mind who deserves a little bit of blog love? Email lauren.smart@dallasobserver.com with the whos and whys.
Dallas isn't exactly known as a haven for grassroots movements. Farmer's markets face constant obstacles despite rising popularity, the downtown sector is renowned big business, and mom and pop shops seem to be restricted to some of Dallas' smaller neighborhoods.

But Dallas is knee deep in a transition stage. And, admittedly, transitions can be rough--legislation takes time to catch up, new ideas are constantly bubbling up and new blood constantly pushes forward.

In Dallas, there isn't blood much younger than Monica Diodati. Even at such a young age, this local advocate has been the mastermind behind both the Design District Market and the burgeoning Little D Farmers Market in Trinity Groves. Oh, and she's only 25.

The two events differ slightly in their production but fulfill a similar purpose. While the Design Destrict Market aims to assemble craftsmen and artisans to sell their wares in a block-party like atmosphere, the Farmer's Market is bringing local, farm-fresh produce to one of the fastest growing areas in Dallas. The next Design District Market takes place Saturday, August 23 at the Dallas Contemporary and the next Little D Farmer's Market will be September 7.

Both of these recurring events mark a shift in Dallas that has been going on in more progressive parts of the country for years now--a movement towards community-oriented markets and gatherings. And they are part of a small, growing group of similar events in Dallas.

But Diodati isn't doing this just for a kick-ass time and some sweet, organic veggies. While she may be able to plan a poppin' neighborhood shindig, Diodati's goal is to bring the 'hood together and foster cohesion and community.

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