Don't Miss Another Dallas Medianale Event

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A peek at a Francis Alys video, part of Call and Response.

I was out of town for the first weekend of Dallas Medianale, then busy with Artopia for the next event. There are a lot of excuses for not showing up to things. But this week I've been resigned to catch up with this inaugural experimental video art event. And boy has it been rewarding.

Monday night Roger Beebe stopped in at CentralTrak as part of his national tour. His multi-projector picture show casts up to 8 videos onto a wall at once, along with sound creating a whirlwind of information and noise that seems to replicate the brains experience of modern multitasking. His newest work, SOUND Film, overlays informational videos about the science of hearing while jamming up our ear drums with numerous jabbering voices on the subject. To continue telling you how awesome the night was would just be mean, because it was a one-night only event. But you don't have to keep missing out.


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Does a Female Writer Need to Get Laid to Understand Art? Loris Gréaud Thinks So.

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Actual Screenshot of my Facebook

Saturday morning I woke up to a lovely, little Facebook message from an artist by the name of Loris Gréaud. The week prior he'd given the media a tour of his exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary. Much of the art he'd shown us that afternoon was destroyed during a performance the following evening at a members-only reception. I didn't much care for the work in the exhibition in the first place, which is what I wrote on this blog Friday. And he didn't much care for my opinions. Which is what he wrote to me Saturday morning. That, and a recipe for my future success, including the recommendation that I get "a boyfriend with at least 400 mg Anadrol a day." That drug he prescribes? It's a testosterone steroid for that boyfriend I so desperately need (note: he tells me this twice).

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Alamo Drafthouse Reveals Plans to Conquer the North Texas Movie Experience

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Dallas Observer

Remember when we looked at Austin with a glimmer of envy? I'm writing this down to remind the children. The ones who will remember seeing The Lego Movie, chomping down on good pizza, while their parents guzzled adult milkshakes. The ones who won't remember movie theaters reeking of hot dogs and fake butter. The ones who will never experience the total annoyance of an asshole talking on their phone during a movie without recompense. The ones who will never remember a time when Dallas, or even North Texas, didn't have an Alamo Drafthouse.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Came to Dallas Bearing a Gift Shop; Now She Comes to Blow Dry Your Hair

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Gwyneth Paltrow loves Dallas. She probably dreams about us. She's borderline obsessed with us. Why are you so obsessed with us?

After her brief stint in Highland Park Village with her pop-up store, Goop, Paltrow went back to her blog to give all of her loyal readers this Dallas Guide, where she managed to find all of Dallas' fanciest shops and wrote things like, "(Grange Hall) just opened an on-site café too, that serves artfully arranged food and an encyclopaedia's worth of teas." We don't know if that's a new word or if she meant encyclopedia. Whatever, it sounds fancy.

Now Paltrow and David Babaii, a man who has been described as "hairstylist to the stars," are coming to Dallas once again with Blo Blow Dry Bar.


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Stop What You're Doing and Watch this Charming Video from the Texas Theatre

This time last year, we were gushing over the Texas Theatre's Life Aquatic parody. The favorite theater of discerning Dallas filmlovers, this Oak Cliff den of entertainment created the adorable sweded film as a promo for its first 2nd annual art auction/ Susie Sue/ Animal Charity fundraiser - an event they decided to make a tradition.

(In case you're wondering, like we were, "Swede" is 'To re-create a trailer, scene, or movie with untrained actors and low-budget aesthetics,' according to Esquire.)

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Artopia Just Keeps Getting Cooler. Here's a Discount Code for Tickets.

Don't be threatened. Just because the list of musicians and artists involved with Artopia grows cooler, doesn't mean you won't belong. This rowdy little art party belongs to all of us. It belongs to the hipsters of Bishop Arts, the fratty guys in Uptown, the cool cats in the Design District, hell, even the rebellious lot of us who live in Old East Dallas. You're neither too young or too old for Artopia. Wear a disguise, if you like, or wear your pajamas and proclaim, "I woke up like dis." We don't care. Bring your party hats to Centennial Hall in Fair Park at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 and we'll provide the party.

We want you to be there, truly. We want you to witness the splendor music duo French 75 and the shape-shifting madness of George Quartz. We want Confetti Eddie to magically transform your evening before you explore the "Dr Gorilla" Interactive Art Forest by David Rodriguez. I'm not sure the sheer number of musicians and artists would fit in a blog post. Plus, it's always growing. Today, for example, I learned that Ishi accepted our invite to participate in the shenanigans. Trust me, you don't want to be looking for a ticket when they're sold out. That's why we're coming at you today with a deal.

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There Are Books For Sale In Downtown Dallas at a Charming Coffee Shop

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Finding Sərj is a little bit tricky. It's tucked into a downtown building on St. Paul just off the DART line. It's not a heavily trafficked area, with no businesses in the surrounding blocks open past quitting time. It opened at the end of October 2014 and our food writer Scott Reitz popped in a couple weeks later to report on the local food, the books and the little shop's big plans.

After a couple months, I was reminded by a peer that my love for independent booksellers could expand at this new shop. So, on a dreary Friday afternoon (the perfect day for coffee shops and bookstores) I made my first trip to this downtown shop to check out the books.


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What Are the DFW Art Awards?

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Sometime in early December an interesting status popped up in my newsfeed requesting votes for the "DFW Art Awards." I'd never heard of these things, but then again, I don't know everything that happens around Dallas. I started asking my art friends and contacts. My questions were immediately met with bafflement, skepticism, and a small touch of optimism. That my initial curiosity was met with any traces of optimism when I was expecting outright cynicism and distrust of something with such a bombastic title surprised me. But most people were just as puzzled by it as I was and some hadn't heard of the "DFW Art Awards" until I introduced it to them. So, I reached out to the awards creator, Daniel Yanez of the Basement Gallery to walk me through what exactly he is trying to accomplish. We talked about community building, the categories he used to classify artists, the positive feedback he's received, and the big, shiny trophies he's awarding artists.

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Is Dallas City Hall a Fugly Building?

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Jane R. LeBlanc
Since we started writing about some of Dallas' fugliest buildings (the AT&T building, Dallas WTC, Turley Law Center, and Irving Convention Center, so far), one building was mentioned in the Mixmaster and Facebook comments more than any other -- Dallas City Hall. Readers insisted that if any building needed our evil eye, it was this one.

Opened in 1978, it's the fifth city hall building for Dallas, and its plans started all the way back in 1944 with city planning consultants Harland Bartholomew & Associates. They wanted to nix the Dallas Municipal Building and move city and federal offices, a convention center and cultural facilities into a centralized complex. But when the astronomical cost estimates hit the light of day, city leaders were shocked and plans halted.

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10 Lucky Dogs Will Win Spun Chairs From the Nasher Sculpture Center


Perhaps one of the most lovely art exhibitions in town this year was Provocations at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Featuring the design work of the UK's Heatherwick Studio, it featured small scale models, or bits and pieces of designs from around the globe, all of which demonstrated the company's humanistic approach to creation. Not only was it fascinating to see the spectrum of the company's work, it was also revelatory to get to know up close an architecture studio that emphasizes people and how they use the buildings or interact with the designs, rather than creating a formulaic recognizable standard.

But I'll stop bandying. One of the best parts of the exhibition was a simple one: a chair without a back that spins without throwing you out. They were displayed outside next to garden and they were a hit. Everyone went for a spin in the Spun Chairs, which is why you might be excited to hear the Nasher Sculpture Center is giving 10 of the chairs away to a few lucky Instgrammers. And just FYI, I'm only telling you about this to make the competition more fun. I plan to enter every day; if you want to win, I'm your obstacle.


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