Leave Your Secrets Behind This Weekend at Erica Felicella's Unburden

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Courtesy Erica Felicella

At 7 p.m. Friday at Ro2 Art, Erica Felicella invites you tell her all your secrets.

Imagine if you had the opportunity to leave some of your worst memories, thoughts, and actions behind. Imagine if you could clear your head and heart by passing along burdens to another vessel and just simply walk away, free and clear. Felicella is giving you that chance. With Unburden, she is opening herself up and welcoming you to tell her anything you want. Whatever you tell her is just between you two. She'll carry your burden for the rest of her life, swearing herself to secrecy no matter what the story. All you have to do is sit down, pick up the phone outside the vessel she has created--that looks reminiscent of a prison visitation room or a confessional--say what you need, and walk away.

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12 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, July 31 - Aug. 3

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Chipping Smooth
Immersive theater is not a synonym for participatory theater. So you won't need to bring a monologue or warm up your vocal chords before attending Chipping Smooth this weekend. In fact, please don't. It does mean that you will be part of the theatrical experience. You'll be amidst the performers as they ignore conventional methods of theatrical performance and dramatic narrative to embrace everything from music to multimedia, to poetry to cinematic projections. There won't be aisle seats, plots, or intermissions, so we're really not sure what you should expect. But this free night of entertainment is happening for one weekend only with performances at 8:30 p.m. Thursday - Sunday nights. Oh, and by the way it happens in the carriage house behind 201 N. Montclair Ave. Yeah, you're in for an adventure.

We may not know much about the event, but we know we certainly won't be missing it. Questions? Email taylorthecleveland@gmail.com.

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Dallas' Cultural Centers Fly Below the Radar on a Mission to Teach and Bolster Local Arts

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Although is just seconds from Fair Park, you might not know the South Dallas Cultural Center is there, but you should.

On a blistering Saturday morning, a few runners peek into the doors of 521 E. Lawther Drive. They're halfway through a nine-mile jog around White Rock Lake and this unassuming cream colored building looks like it has a bathroom and air conditioning. But the Bath House Cultural Center also looks closed.

The Dallas cultural centers aren't places people usually wander into, curious to learn what's going on inside. Each building seems to serve a particular community and that community only, which can keep outsiders away. That's if they even know the centers exist in the first place.

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Ten Stupid Things People Believe About Dallas

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Not everything is as upside down as it seems...

The myth of Dallas often eclipses the actual city. Thanks to Dallas the TV show, Dallas the city lives in the shadows of oil rigs, oversized cowboy hats and big money. Stereotypes aside, we're creating our own identity that is actually pretty awesome. It's time to put down the cowboy boots and Cadillacs caricatures and acknowledge what is actually true about this city we inhabit.

We've rounded up (no, not with a lasso) 10 of the stupidest things out-of-towners believe about Dallas. Instead of explaining that you don't own a pair of cowboy boots for the 10th time, shatter Dallas' worst stereotypes with this truth-bomb.

We're all conservative Republicans.
Even if the (overwhelming) majority of the state likes to vote red, like the other major urban areas in Texas, Dallas is full of left-leaning Democrats, believers in climate change and progressives of all stripes. There is a thriving gayborhood and we're soon to be home to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, which is like flipping a massive bird at our bass ackwards state politicians. Elected officials in this city are responsible for proactive domestic violence prevention programs, a cutting-edge prostitution diversion plan, and most recently, housing unaccompanied immigrant minors while other cities and our own governor protested. It's also worth noting that in 2012, President Obama handily defeated Mitt Romney in Dallas County.

Alice Laussade
There's no culture here.

Sure, we've got a reputation for being a soulless business hub, but even the snobbiest art, music and theater fans can find something to love in Dallas. If you're too indie for the fresh-from-NYC touring theatre companies and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, try experimental theater at Ochre House Theater or Dead White Zombies or a weird local noise band at Club Dada or the off-beat Two Bronze Doors. Do you really think that Erykah Badu would live in a place that was completely devoid of culture? Nope.

We're all Cowboys fans.

Much to the chagrin of the fans who still cling to the good old days, not everybody here loves "the Boys." Dallas has a healthy number of transplants. The people who move from Pittsburgh and New York to take advantage of Dallas' comparatively low cost of living and lack of a state income tax certainly don't leave their sports allegiances at the door. Even if Jerry World bleeds blue and silver, sports bars host healthy rivalries. And you'd be hard pressed to find a Romo fan.

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15 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, July 24-27

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Courtesy Elissa Stafford
Fashion Art Network's party Thursday night includes a visit from these characters.

Summer is the perfect time for road trips and staycations, which might be how you're choosing to spend this weekend. And if you're looking to do that, we've got a few recommendations for both (see Road Tripping, Staycations). But if you're planning to spend the weekend in Dallas and want to add an event or two to your agenda, we've got you covered.

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On Facebook, a Yard Sale in Lakewood Goes Digital

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Ildar Sagdejev via Wikimedia
It used to be that when you wanted to get rid of old junk that inevitably accumulates in the home, you had to host a yard sale. Yard sales are colossal pains in the ass and require setting up a bunch of card tables and sitting in the hot sun while haggling with strangers over the price of your grandma's antique dining table and some old paper back books.

Then, technology came along and made things a little easier. Sites like Craigslist allowed people to connect with others in their area via the Internet to specifically buy the used items they wanted without having to drive across the city all weekend long and browse through garage sales. But Craigslist was not without its problems. The ability to arrange anonymous sex on the same site that you were using to sell your used children's clothing was certainly creepy, and horror stories of robbery and even murder after arranged Craigslist sales made many people wary of the site.

So, the junk piled up, and most of us decided to just donate it to Goodwill instead of trying to make a few bucks. Karla Zimmerman, a resident in Dallas' Lakewood neighborhood, she first realized that she needed to declutter when her family was making a big move to a new home after almost 20 years. She'd never heard of anything like a "Facebook garage sale" until a childhood friend added to her a group in her hometown back in Alabama, which gave her the idea to start Lakewood Facebook Yard Sale.

"Lakewood is known for its garage sales, and even just junk pickup," says Zimmerman. People from all over the city drive around Lakewood to pick up junk from the curb on bulk trash days, so Zimmerman knew that her idea would take off. "It started off with just my original friends from the neighborhood, and then they would add their friends, and it just grew from there.

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At the Dallas Costume Shoppe, the Clothes Aren't the Only Vintage Goods

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Nicholas Bostick
In front of a weathered old Singer sewing machine, in the middle of one of the oldest costumes shops in the South, 83-year-old Fortunato Mata sits surrounded by costumes from nearly every period and place in time. The Dallas Costume Shoppe has been outfitting big time Broadway bombshells in decadent silk, frat boys looking for vintage togas and everyone in between since the early 1900s, and Mata has been there for most of it. It has been his home away from home since 1942, when he was adopted into the world of theater.

"I was one of four children who were orphaned in the '30s," Mata said as he set his work down to talk. "In '43 the war was still raging and my new adopted mother and father, the Worths [Hal and Edna], were in the theater, and they had this costume shop downtown."

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15 Awesome Things to Do this Weekend, July 17- 20

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Nasher Sculpture Center

This week just won't end. It's been one fire after another that needed putting out. But we're finally rounding the corner to see the glorious week's end off in the distance. It didn't come quickly enough but now that it's arriving, the Monday doldrums begin to slip away. Now, it's time to make plans about how to spend the next few days and fortunately, there's a lot of awesome headed this way.

Thursday, July 17

Witching and Bitching
Catch a gory Spanish comedy at the Texas Theatre tonight. Director Alex de la Iglasia's story about a coven of cannibal witches screens at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10 and available thetexastheatre.com.

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Ignoring Summer Blockbusters at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas this week

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Samurai Hustle

Expanding your horizons is a pretty popular pastime nowadays, and plenty of folks decided to spend this past Sunday, blazing cultural trails at the Angelika Dallas, for the centerpiece showcase of the 13th annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas.

The theater began to fill as showtime neared. Some moviegoers were eating miso braised pork or soy roasted shitake mushrooms, wrapped in steamed buns - think the Asian version of tacos - provided free of charge to the crowd awaiting the centerpiece film, Samurai Hustle.

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The Bachelorette Runner-Up Marcus Grodd on Dating in Dallas: "It's so Clique-ish"

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There's a chance you've already forgotten about The Bachelorette's Marcus Grodd. OK, so there's also a chance you don't give shits about The Bachelorette. But, let's say you do care. In that case, you might remember last week's hometown date with Marcus that took place almost entirely in Highland Park Village.

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