Follow Dallas Designer Emmanuel Tobias' Journey On Project Runway

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Project Runway struts its way back onto the television Thursday night for season 13. It's your classic reality competition show that narrows contestants down with each episode until there is a grand prize winner.

It's a favorite among fashion lovers or aspiring designers, and anyone else who just loves watching Heidi Klum. Every once in a while, a local designer lands a spot on the show and this season we've got three Texans. Dallas-based Emmanuel Tobias will be taking on the competition, which includes Samantha Palencia from San Antonio and Emily Payne who's from Temple, Texas.

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Late Spring Wins Over the Crowds, Jury at 2014 Asian Film Festival of Dallas

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It was another good year for the Asian Film Festival of Dallas. In its 13th year, AFFD is the pre-teen of local film festivals, with enough action, drama, and comedy to exhaust even the most ardent devotee. Audiences packed in to see new releases, like Samurai Hustle, and animated classics like Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro. And on Thursday - the festival's final day - the AFFD jury selected its choices for festival winners.

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Please Keep Your Paws off the Damned Dirty Ape Costume

Courtesy Alamo Drafthouse

A new Planet of the Apes movie is upon us and even though Rise of the Planets of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes are getting heaped, there have to be some naysayers out there who still insist that all the CGI in the world can't hold a candle to the 1968 original.

The Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson now has the perfect excuse for even the most discerning movie snob to at least step into a theater that's playing the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The theater has one of the original ape costumes sitting in its lobby to greet guests as they head off to learn how mankind will one day be overtaken by their evolutionary brothers-in-arms.

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Jose Reyes Returns to Spotlight by Suing Dallas Symphony Orchestra, D Magazine

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Gossip columnists are a strange lot. That there are people whose income is earned by slander, backstabbing, bad behavior and dirty laundry is one of the strangest things about the media industry. But it's been a reality of newspapers and magazines since their inception. Up in New York, the Post runs its infamous Page Six column thanks to reporters like the squirrely Michael Riedel; down here in Dallas, we've got, among others, Jeanne Prejean, a diminutive, big-eyed woman who shows up at parties carrying a big camera -- her husband in tow, taking notes. Sometimes she just takes pictures; sometimes she scoops big, strange stories. It's inevitable that one would come to bite her in the ass, because even though we all love juicy stories, no loves a gossip.

Today, Robert Wilonsky reports on The Dallas Morning News' blog that one Jose Reyes is suing over choice words written about his social status, first by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and then by Prejean at D Magazine.

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Gay Blood Drive Asks Straight Donors to Bleed for those Who Can't


It isn't often that non-profit organizations stand in the way of people who want to do good, but the case of blood banks is particularly unique. In case you weren't aware, men who have had sex with other men since 1977 are barred from donating blood at most major blood banks, including the American Red Cross.

A nationwide movement called the Gay Blood Drive is encouraging blood banks to reconsider an outdated decision that bans most gay men from donating blood. Based on health concerns during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the American Red Cross disallowed men who have sex with other men the ability to contribute to a blood supply that is constantly in demand. Jeff Lojko organized the Dallas iteration of a nationwide event, which takes place from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. today, encouraging people to support the movement and give blood. According to Lojko, someone in United States needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, resulting in over 41,000 transfusions every day.

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Are You a Sweet Transvestite? Could You Play One in a Musical?

We've got the most exciting news you'll hear all day. Have you ever wondered how you were going to channel your love of Rocky Horror into a something worthwhile? Have you ever fancied yourself an undiscovered Broadway star? The Dallas Theater Center is looking for you.

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13th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas Kicks off Thursday night

Still from Leading Man.

In its 13th year, the Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD) is one of the biggest celebrations of Asian filmmaking in the South. And with more than 60 films being shown from nine different countries, this year's festival is shaping up to be the most diverse in the event's history. "We have more feature films, more family-friendly films," says AFFD publicist Teresa Nguyen said. "And we have more countries represented as well as more filmmakers in attendance."

There is something for everyone this year, as the festival's organizers have gathered everything from obscure film fest fare, like the award-winning Bangladeshi film, Television, a light-hearted generational satire directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, to Japanese film Samurai Hustle.

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Alamo Drafthouse Announces Plans for Downtown Dallas Movie Theater

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When Dallas/Fort Worth finally got an Alamo Drafthouse theater to call its own, every ravenous movie buff in the Metroplex knew it couldn't match their unquenchable appetite for cult films, first runs and obscure favorites. So rather than risk having the Richardson theater eaten up by their fans (because as greedy as insurance companies are, we're sure they don't have a plan for such a thing), they are building a second theater.

This week the theater chain announced their plans to build a second DFW theater located on the corner of South Lamar and Cadiz Street. The theater will have eight screens, one more than the Richardson theater, and their signature taproom Glass Half Full. The theater will also have an outdoor patio that will not only serve food and drinks but could also be converted into an outdoor theater for special screenings and sporting events.

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Former Texas Tech Running Back Baron Batch Tackles Art and Salsa-making


Baron Batch is one passionate man.

The artist, writer, salsa maker and former Texas Tech star running back spoke to us over the phone while he traveled to Lubbock for its First Friday Art Trail. And with each question we asked, Batch answered with a detailed story. And a passionate one at that.

This weekend he will be at the Rachel Nash Gallery in Deep Ellum to show off his newest artwork, including paintings and collages.

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At Warby Parker's Storefront in Dallas, School Is Cooler Than Ever

Catherine Downes
Pencil in a time to visit Warby Parker's new store.

I would've chosen a theme other than school house, if I were decorating the Warby Parker storefront in Dallas, which opened this week. This is not to say that I didn't appreciate the oversized pencil sticking out of the roof, or the kitschy school bus parked out front. I love these things. Love them in an unhealthy, that-puppy-is-so-cute-I'm-going-to-melt type of way. But I'm ready to see Warby Parker break out of basic bitch, plaid shirt, twee hipsterville and onto the streets. Wouldn't it be rad if glasses weren't just cool for Zooey Deschanel wannabes?

I'm ready for WP to step up its game and give glasses a tattoo shop swag or Vogue magazine glam. Why rest with making glasses acceptable in a world of hipstamatic irony? Let's keep this revolution going.

Looking around at the Warby Parker grand-opening party Wednesday night, one of the coolest kiddos sporting glasses was, in fact, a kiddo. And for that little guy, the school house theme makes perfect sense. And the whole time I couldn't help but wonder: if I thought school was cool before the rest of these ultra-stylish party-goers, does that mean I was ahead of my time? Were those of us who loved school while we were in school the original hipsters? Or is this entire Warby Parker fad a cruel ironic trick?

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