50 Shades of Robot: The Art and Fashion of 'Man as Machine' Was More Spectacle Than Substance

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Scott Mitchell

When attending a fashion show that promises to satisfy artistic inclinations of all types, skepticism is the name of the game.

At Thursday evening's Man as Machine at Three Three Three First Avenue fashion, dance, music, makeup, body painting and all types of fine art were broadcast as the draws to this event. And, naturally, something has to fall to the wayside with such a wide berth of objectives.

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RAW Dallas Throws Rowdy Art Parties, But Who You Buy Your Ticket Through Matters

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RAW artist Chesley Antoinette turns trash into fashion.

What happens when you take live music, a fashion show and an indie film screening and shove the whole package into the Lizard Lounge? Well, that's effectively what's happening Friday at Panorama, the latest in a series of events thrown by RAW Dallas, a branch of the Los Angeles based, RAW: Natural Born Artists.

The event will feature more than forty aspiring local artists, from painters and fashion designers to dancers and make-up artists. Every month, RAW runs the artistic gamut to bring a little bit of everything to these showcases. And while these artists haven't found professional footing yet - showing at galleries or booking consistent paying gigs - the spectrum of work on display and the natural talent is impressive.


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

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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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Get Pumped Up or Beat Up at This Weekend's Europa Games Get Fit & Sports Expo

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Is getting sand kicked in your face at the beach by a hulking mass of muscles still a common trope? We're assuming that such unbelievably rude behavior has been drummed out of polite society along with cell phones that you can only transport in a briefcase, neon colored clothing and Mummar al-Gaddafi.

If such a thing has ever happened to you, chances are you'll be able to find him or her this weekend at the Dallas Convention Center. They are hosting the annual Europa Games and Get Fit & Sports Expo, a weekend gathering of athletic competition and training. So if you can't douse them in the face with a big bucket of beach sand, you can at least bulk up and square off with them on an even level.


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Inaugural Thai Culture & Food Festival to Include Muay Thai World Champion

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If you've never seen a Muay Thai demonstration, you'll need to put the Thai Culture & Food Festival on your calendar. The world champion of the sport known as the "art of eight limbs" takes the stage of the two-day culture showcase, May 24-25 at The Buddhist Center of Dallas. In a delicious combination of food and fun, local Thai restaurants and artists come together for this free event. Rumor has it, even the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand plans to attend and I'm guessing your schedule is far less busy than his.


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A Play by Play of the Denton Arts & Jazz Fest

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Every April thousands of north Texas musicians, aficionados, artists and party-lovers from all life's walks come out of the woodwork and converge on a 20-acre historic park in Denton to enjoy seven stages of music and an arts exhibition space of 17,000 square feet. Thousands more travel from across the state for the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival, which averages 200,000 attendees and is now in its 34th year.


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Here's a Quick Guide to the USA Film Festival Opening Tonight

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Just a few weeks after the Dallas International Film Festival packed up its reels and stuffed them into storage, the USA Film Festival has arrived, beginning today at the Angelika Film Center. Although, you may not remember it was happening there are plenty of movie screenings, talk-backs and events for you attend this week. Plus most of the film screenings are a mere $10, and some are free. The festival opens tonight with Fading Gigolo, which features an all-star cast, including Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara and John Turturro. The film will be followed with a talk hosted by Stephen Tobolowsky.

Here's the lineup for the rest of the week:

Tuesday, April 22
7 p.m. Fading Gigolo
7 p.m. Particle Fever chronicles six scientists while they launch the Large Hadron Collider. Director Mark Levinson will be in attendance.


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And Now, Some Adorable Pups from Sunday's Pooch Parade

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Catherine Downes
Each year, pups gather at Lee Park for the annual Pooch Parade (part of the Easter in the Park extravaganza). Here are a handful of dogs from the event, that we find especially adorable. You can check out the entire slideshow here.

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Don't Look Away: Fakir Musafar on Spiritual Side of Suspension

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The hooks slip in to your skin, like a fish caught on a line. Each hook aligned with a particular area of your body to keep a secure grasp on you without ripping out flesh. It takes years to get it right. It takes a practiced hand and a knowledgeable eye, but for this community to exist, it takes people interested in tapping into a new level of consciousness. Or so I'm told by visitors to the Suspension Convention.

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The Starck Club Debuts this Saturday at Texas Theatre

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Grace Jones at the Starck Club
Two years after the private, rough cut screening of what was then called The Starck Project, which played to a packed theater at the Angelika during DIFF 2012, director Michael Cain is ready to unveil his finished product. The Starck Club debuts this Saturday at Texas Theatre, and although that particular screening is sold out, people can still purchase tickets for Sunday's showing at the Angelika. Those not familiar with Dallas' iconic nightclub can read all about it in our 2012 music feature, Starck Contrast, which touches on the momentous but short life of the club and the race to preserve it's history. We've also dug deep into our archives, and found the 1986 feature story surrounding the club's opening.

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