Texas Natives Return to Dallas for Three of Out of the Loop Fest's Most Promising Shows

Categories: Theater

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Navigating the Loop can be a complicated, down to the wire process. It's a variegated 10-day festival of theater, dance, and performance, and unless you've cleared your schedule, it's unlikely you'll get to see it all, so you'll need to plan accordingly. Critics will give you the rundown of picks. Mine would include Audacity Theatre Lab's Cyrano A -Go-Go and Rite of Passage's Standing 8 Count for theater, and then for dance: Legends Never Die by Rhythmic Souls, recent winner of a Mastermind award, and Danielle Georgiou Dance Group's NICE, if you missed its premiere late last year.

But my top three picks are not Dallas-based performances, instead they coincidentally all feature performers for whom a trip to the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival is a homecoming.

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The Dallas Flea Is the City's Most Interesting Shopping Experience

Dallas Flea

There are plenty of places to go shopping in Dallas, maybe more than just about any other city in the world. Most of those shops, though, are corporate chains that just don't need any more of our money. There are dozens of small businesses that we're happy to support, but it's harder to connect directly with the artisans who hand-make everything from soap to furniture.

That's where The Dallas Flea comes in. Founded in 2009 by a former DailyCandy and Dallas Morning News editor, the "upscale flea market" occurs a few times a year and features vendors of all kinds from all over the country. Annually, The Dallas Flea attracts upwards of 5,000 shoppers, and a recent move from SouthSide on Lamar to Trinity Groves will allow the event to further attract more people.

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Choreographer Amy Morrow on the World of Lady Gaga Dance

Categories: Dance

Brian Guilliaux

Live music and live dancers? Avant Chamber Ballet is already busy bringing that back to the stage. Powerful women in dance? Dallas isn't wanting for dance troupes with strong female representation--after all, ACB is one of them. OK, fine. What about women creating the dance? The argument stands that there just aren't enough women choreographers--or, at the very least, we don't see them or their work enough. In fact, as ACB artistic director and co-founder (and one of our 100 Dallas Creatives) Katie Puder says in a video clip, "As I grew up and danced professionally in ballet companies, I never actually worked with a female choreographer. The majority of ballet dancers are female, actually, but then you don't see very many female artistic directors or choreographers." So, ACB created and organized the Women's Choreography Project at the Eisemann Center this weekend to draw attention to some incredibly talented ones in our midst.

The show includes the work of Elizabeth Gillaspy (associate professor of ballet at Texas Christian University), Emily Hunter (dance teacher at Booker T. Washington School of the Visual and Performing Arts and Arlington Classical Ballet Academy), ACB's own Katie Puder, and Amy Morrow (choreographer, and teacher of Gaga in Austin and Tel Aviv).

Because we've already palled around with Puder, and Gillaspy and Hunter are fairly local, we set our sights on the globetrotting Morrow, and begged her to tell us more about the hows and whys of her contribution, String Theory to Women's Choreography Project. Oh, and--aside from the kind preceded by "Lady"--what in the world is Gaga?

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Top 5 Reasons to Root for FC Dallas in 2015

Categories: Dallas Stories

FC Dallas

This past summer, thanks in large part to the contagiously fun success of the U.S. Men's National Team during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, massive amounts of American's either became new fans of soccer, or reignited a long lost love of the beautiful game. But to anyone paying close attention, soccer, as has been discussed for decades, has officially "made it" here stateside. And the World Cup only had a partial role in Soccer's ascendency into the prime-time of North American spectator sports.

Major League Soccer, or MLS as it's more commonly referred to, begins its 20th season today, and our local crew, F.C. Dallas - a charter club of MLS which began as the Cotton Bowl-based Dallas Burn - will open its season tomorrow in Frisco when it hosts the revamped San Jose Earthquakes in Toyota Stadium. Before record crowds in 2014, where attendance averaged over 16,800 per game (the Dallas Stars hockey team failed to average even 16,000 per game, by the way), the club, managed by former Dallas Burn/F.C. Dallas Midfielder Oscar Pareja of Colombia made it to the second round of the playoffs, losing to the Seattle Sounders, featuring Clint Dempsey, the U.S. National Team Captain and World Cup goal-scorer.

Now is the time, Dallas-dweller, to get in on the F.C. Dallas fun, if you haven't already. This team, and the still-emerging league, will be well worth your sports-viewing time and money. Here are the Top Five Reasons to Root for F.C. Dallas in 2015.

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21 Awesome Things to Do this Weekend, March 5 - 8

Categories: Dallas Stories

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Alisa Eykilis

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival opens at WaterTower Theatre this weekend. The annual fest up in Addison isn't afraid to take risks on new work from Dallas-based playwrights, like this year's Standing 8 Count by Van Quattro. The fest also brings in outside performers, like the return of Jenn Dodd, who had a packed run for her one-person character show at last year's Loop. They have dance, music, and art. And at 10 bucks a show, it's a cheap risk for the audience to take on the shows. Shows start Friday night (opening night has been cancelled due to weather) with performances nightly for 10 days. See the full schedule at watertowertheatre.org.

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Dallas Medianale Wraps Up for 2015

Dallas Medianale

Last Saturday marked the closing program of Dallas Medianale, the experimental film festival that's been at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary since early January. The festival has featured seated screenings, video art installations and intermedia performances curated by an array of artists, art educators and curators involved with the Video Association of Dallas -- the organization responsible for Medianale -- including Michael A. Morris, Charles Dee Mitchell, Danielle Avram-Morgan and Carolyn Sortor.

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Hershey Lawsuit Gives Theatre Britain's Intermission Sweets the Kiss-off

Categories: Theater

Ian Birch
Like a less flashy Wonka Factory.

And Then There Were None is the title of Theatre Britain's next production, opening Friday, March 6, at Plano's 100-seat Cox Building Playhouse. It also describes what's about to happen to the theater company's stock of British-made intermission goodies. When the current inventory of Cadbury Dairy Milks, Flakes, Maltesers, Bournevilles, Curly Wurlys and other sweets sell out, Theatre Britain won't be able to get any more.

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Before the Streets: In the Studio with Street Artist HG

Categories: Visual Art

Kathy Tran

An artist's process starts long before he picks up a paintbrush, or in the case of HG, a can of spray paint. In her latest video, Kathy Tran stops by the studio to see what Dallas-based street artist HG is up to, capturing him as he tries things out, brain storms with paint, and discusses his work, his life, and his impressions of Dallas.

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5 Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

Categories: Visual Art

Kirk Hopper Fine Art
Cutie & The Boxer
Artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara earned international acclaim for their 2013 documentary Cutie and the Boxer, which was nominated for an Academy Award. The film explored the couple's relationship and their artistic practices, following the way they've intertwined life and careers as Japanese artists living in America. Ushio works in painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture, and Noriko is best known for her "Cutie and Bullie" Series, which includes drawings, paintings and prints based on herself and Ushio. See their work at Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce St.) at the opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday or through April 11. More information at kirkhopperfineart.com.

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Tina Fey's Weird and Winsome Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Channels Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope

Categories: Film and TV

Kimmy Schmidt's got this.
The world is a terrible place. That's the uncompromising truth with which Tina Fey and Robert Carlock begin Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), their follow-up to the under-seen but culturally monumental 30 Rock. The very first scenes of Unbreakable's first season, which will be released in its binge-able entirety on March 6, find 29-year-old Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) being rescued from the doomsday cult she's been trapped in for fifteen years. If you do the math, that's a harrowingly young age for a girl to be groomed into a sister-wife. "Yes, there was weird sex stuff," blurts the PTSD-ridden middle-school dropout, who's spent more than half her life in a basement (with three other women).

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