Lots of Ideas at the Festival of Ideas. Some Good, Some Not.

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Elaine Liner
Ideas come in all shapes and stickiness.

Big idea if there's ever another Dallas Festival of Ideas: Don't have it in February. The lousy weather last week put a crimp in the weekend's schedule of idea-generating events in the Arts District.

What was supposed to be a daylong series of panels, group discussions and performances by local artists, dancers and actors was edited down to a few sessions Saturday afternoon at the City Performance Hall, Winspear Opera House and Booker T. Washington High School. About 700 people did slosh through the slush to hear out-of-town and local experts talk for several hours about the city's future in areas of race, architecture, education, digital technology and culture. Mayor Mike Rawlings, in his brief opening remarks, said he hoped it would be "yoga for your mind."


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The 10 Types of Dallas Drivers

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Oh the joys of driving in Dallas.
By Billy Magic

It's Dallas. We all drive. Some of us are just better than others.

Good Texter
The person on their phone who is attentive to both the road and the person on the other end of the phone. Supportive in all aspects whether it be why your boyfriend dumped you or allowing you into their lane. They're the ultimate multi-tasker.


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Can't Miss Films at this Weekend's Inaugural South Asian Film Festival

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A scene from Brahmin Bulls.

When one discusses South Asian films, especially those from India, it often conjures up Bollywood images of swaying chorus lines, catchy music and Indian film stars. Jitin Hingorani, the director of the South Asian Film Festival in Plano, however, has a plan to show DFW that India and its geographical neighbors have much more to offer in terms of celluloid entertainment.

"Bollywood is a fantastic genre that has its place in the South Asian psyche, but we, as non-resident Indians, don't really see ourselves reflected in Bollywood films," Hingorani says. "We don't live in those mansions, we don't drive those cars and our love stories are not that formulaic. It's about time we see a bit of ourselves in our cinema."



The festival features 14 films. Some of the films are shorts, others are documentaries, and a few are feature length narratives. Each night of the festival contains a theme. The opening and closing nights each showcase a single feature film. In between, however, SAFF offers up programming for women, children, the LGBTQ community, and youth. All the films are in English and Hindi. The Hindi films are subtitled.


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19 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, Feb. 26- March 1

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Matthew Murphy
Put on your Sunday best and go out on the town this weekend.

Looking for things to do this weekend? Mixmaster knows good times that will fill your culture quotient and keep you entertained. Sit back and let our knowledgeable team of culturati fill your calendar.

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Your Guide to the Shops on Lower Greenville

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Amid a residential area surrounded by charming old homes, Greenville Avenue shimmers with its gripping nightlife. With venues like Granada Theater and Crown and Harp guarding both its ends, and great restaurants and bars in between, the area's become something like Deep Ellum's less naughty little sister. So despite Trader Joe's and other retail presence, it may surprise many to learn that civilization actually gathers there for business during the AM hours. With gems that range from boutiques with one-of-a-kind pieces to a veritable witches' store, these shops are unmissable and well-worth heading out to before sunset attracts a swarm of barflies.


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24 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, Feb. 19 - 22

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Paul Kolnik

If you've ever considered yourself a "theater person" or the type of human who enjoys a good performance, then run don't walk to the Eisemann Center this weekend. Mandy Patinkin (you know, Evita... or Princess Bride... or "Homeland"...) is joined onstage by the endlessly likable Taylor Mac in The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville. The basic premise of the show is that the world has reached its final days, and its remaining two humans take on an Adam and Eve relationship, learning to communicate through song and dance. There are show tunes you'll recognize, and a few new ditties. In anyone else's hands this show would be a drag, but these two performers are unstoppable musically and they are physical comedy pros. Grab your tickets before they sell out. Tickets are $65-72 and available at eisemanncenter.com.

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Arlington Native Carly Waddell Might Have Been Too Honest for The Bachelor

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Carly Waddell, gone too soon from The Bachelor

Carly Waddell, seven episodes deep, lost her battle to reality TV Monday night in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cruise ship singer/Arlington native Carly Waddell entered The Bachelor world Jan. 5 wearing a pink frilly dress and singing a made-up song into a Barbie karaoke machine to try and impress Prince Farming. She spent most of her time making friends and enemies with other contestants and not actually dating the Bachelor. However, there was that time she went on the worst date of her life and told Bachelor Chris about all of her insecurities, but then ultimately ratted on another girl.

Even though she spent a total of 19 minutes with Chris, she managed to collect roses throughout her journey. Sadly, they weren't enough. While they will look nice wilted and pressed in a book, that's simply not enough in Bachelor world. That's because there was that one time Carly told Chris that Britt was a straight-up liar, who was lying to his actual face about living in Iowa, she was practically on her deathbed. And that deathbed is not the same as a lovebed in the fantasy suite. It's actually a lot different. Because if there's one thing we can all learn from The Bachelor, it's that the man in charge hates honest bitches. And Carly was the most honest bitch in the land of drunken bitches and because of that, her legacy will live on. You know, for a couple of hours and then we will forget about her until she writes a book about everything we literally already know.


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14 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, Feb. 12-15

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Dallas Medianale
Don't hide this weekend, just because it's Valentine's Day.

This weekend there are plenty of reasons to leave the house and no, 50 Shades of Grey is not one of them. From masquerade balls, to an '80s prom at Doublewide, to video art screenings, performance art, theater and more. We've compiled a list of what we recommend you spend the next few days doing in Dallas.

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Best Craigslist Missed Connections in Dallas

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Paris has the Pont de l'Archevêché, a bridge where couples attach notes signifying their everlasting love. Verona has Casa di Giulietta, the supposed home of Shakespeare's Juliet, where lovelorn supplicants flock to offer their prayers. Dallas, well, Dallas doesn't have a grand, romantic locale of that order. But let's be grateful for what we do have: the missed connections section on Craigslist.  It's not unique to Dallas, but it's a fascinating, sordid collection of testimonies to a particular type of romantic encounter -- the ones that never began.

I habitually read missed connections for entertainment, but this week in honor of Valentine's Day, I took a more investigative approach. I read every missed connection in Dallas in 2015 to figure out where they happen, who's writing them, why and -- most important -- if the seekers ever find who they are seeking.

When I was a kid, my mom always put on a full face of makeup before leaving the house, no matter where we were going. "You never know where you'll meet your fate," she'd say, to which I'd often reply with something like, "You're going to meet your fate at the McDonald's drive-thru?" Well, missed connections are proof that my mom was right.


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Performance Art Is Not A Dirty Word in Exposition Park This February

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Sean Miller's video art will be part of this weekend's installation.

Most people greet the mention of performance art with an eye roll. The dirty word of the art scene, it's probably safe to say that performance art gets a bad rap. Now, I'm not here to defend the navel-gazers who push their every impulse on over-eager art consumers, but I will say this for what I've seen of performance art in Dallas in the past year or so: Some of it can be enlightening. And one of the women bringing thoughtful performance art to the forefront is Alison Starr. This month, Starr, one of the women behind Performance SW, programs weekly events at the artist-run space in Exposition Park, bringing in musicians, dancers, artists and performers to create installations and performances. She's calling the series, "In The Room We Discovered An-Other In The Corner," and it kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday night.


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