Dallas Gets a British Invasion this April by Artist Michael Craig Martin

Dallas Public Library
Michael Craig Martin Won't Be Coming to Dallas quietly.

This year for its annual charity fundraiser MTV:REDEFINE, taking place on April 10, the Goss-Michael Foundation, in keeping with its educational mission, has adopted a more public attitude. The exclusive fundraiser that auctions off work from artists the likes of Mario Testino, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel will stay fancy and exclusive. But surrounding the main event, the foundation has teamed up with everyone from the Dallas Museum of Art to the Dallas Public Library to publicly display work from this year's featured artist, Michael Craig Martin.

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This Year's Pin Show to Strut Down Its Biggest Runway Yet

Categories: Fashion

Crystal Chatmon/Courtesy Pin Show

The Pin Show has a reputation of being much more than your average fashion show and the 2015 event on April 4 will be no exception. The brainchild of Dallas designer, Julie McCullough, The Pin Show features independent, seasoned designers whose works range from swimwear, to women's ready to wear, to jewelry.

"Anyone can come to this. It's street level fashion," McCullough says. "Most people who come to The Pin Show have never been to a fashion show but this is not a sit down, stuffy thing; this is a two hour party with fashion."

The show is in its 8th year and has grown significantly since the first event, held at The Door, almost a decade ago. The Pin Show will be among Deep Ellum's The Bomb Factory's first events after opening March 26. The Bomb Factory is a 50,000 square foot space so McCullough naturally had her hands full with designing an event to fill the massive space.

"It's going to be a huge show. We have 65 to 80 models, 160 walks this year and two 40 minute sets," McCullough said. "You can scale this venue to be any size you need it be and we're going to use the entire thing."

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Jackass Star Preston Lacy Talks About What He Can't Do at the Dallas Comedy House

Categories: Comedy


When the Dallas Comedy House booked Jackass star Preston Lacy to be one of their headliners for the stand-up section of their annual Dallas Comedy Festival, they had to make a special agreement.

"I had to agree with the venue that I wouldn't be bringing any animals or weapons or anything like that," Lacy said. "They said, 'You know that there's no stunts, right?' I said, 'Yeah, I know.'"

There was just a hint of mild disappointment in Lacy's voice when he said, "Yeah, I know" as if he truly relishes the opportunity to hurt, humiliate or harm himself for an audience's amusement. Then again, just about every comedian who steps out on a stage is willing to do the same thing for an audience whether it's telling an embarrassing story from their past or sliding down a chute coated with sex jelly into a pyramid of trash cans.

Lacy, the star of the TV and movie versions of the Jackass franchise, is bound to have a ton of stories about both even if he won't be allowed to let a pig eat an apple out of his butt-crack on stage tonight at 8:30 and 10 p.m. at the Dallas Comedy House.

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Two Generations, One Actress: Sutton Foster on Her Empowering Role in Younger

Categories: Film and TV

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Sutton Foster

Doing everything right in one generation just makes you old-fashioned, even obsolete, in the next. That’s the harsh reality that confronts 40-year-old Liza — played with spirited, sarcastic élan by Tony-winning actress Sutton Foster — when she attempts to re-enter the workforce after a decade and a half of stay-at-home motherhood. Finding herself shut out of the industry in which she’d once been hailed as a wunderkind, Liza passes herself off as a 26-year-old to start again at the bottom of the publishing ladder in the peppy and observant Younger, the new sitcom from Sex and the City creator Darren Star.

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Best Running Trails in Dallas to Hit This Spring

Categories: Best of Dallas

Lauren Smart
That is not me. Or you.

I'm a lifelong runner. Which is to say that I ran track in high school and have always owned a pair of running shoes. I typically pull them out only when I'm leaving the dumpy phase and headed into the frumpy phase. Or when I've eaten one too many delivery pizzas by myself. My current roommate is workout crazed, which has made it increasingly difficult to ignore my bright pink Mizunos. This list is as much for me as it is for you.

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5 Art Exhibitions to See This Weekend

Categories: Visual Art

Photo courtesy of Gray Matters

I've been slacking when it comes to seeing all the exhibitions happening in and around Dallas. I don't know if it's been the weather, or what you might call being in "a funk," but I'm slowly emerging from my shell to see everything out there. This list is a healthy mix of things I can promise are worth seeing from personal experience, as well as a few educated predictions for the weekend.

A Flexible Arrangement
Nathan Green has had a great year. This Dallas-based artist is showing throughout the city and the world, and is a name you need to know. This weekend, he flexes his curatorial muscles with a group exhibition that explores "the ways that a photograph can exaggerate, mask, and distort reality." He brings together the work of six artists, including Dallas-based Kevin Todora and several members of Austin-based collective Okay Mountain, of which Green is a member. See the work at Gray Matters (113 N. Haskell) during the opening reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

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This Reality TV Casting Call Is Your Chance to Be Horrible on Big Brother

Categories: Film and TV

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Don't let this be you, or do. It's your life.
Hey there, horrible human being. We see you, scrolling and judging and probably eating over your keyboard, leaving impossible to reach crumbs forever wedged beneath the J key. Don't try to hide your awfulness because we see you and it's only fair that America sees you too.

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Best Places to See a Movie Outside This Spring

Categories: Lists

Klyde Warren Park

You've spent more time today staring out the window then you have on those spreadsheets your boss rush ordered from you. You're distracted by the fading memory of the fresh spring air you felt walking to your car this morning. We're right there with you. And we're making plans for ways to spend the evenings that we thought we'd share with you. First thing on our list? Outdoor movies. Here are some of our favorite places in Dallas. Have a few of your own spots? Send them our way, we'll update this list as we find more for the greater good. Now get back to work.

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The Fewer the Merrier in Theatre Three's Frenetic Hot Mikado

Categories: Theater

Cameron Cobb
None of these people are the leads in T3's Hot Mikado.

The fewer people onstage in Theatre Three's heavily populated Hot Mikado, the more fun the show. A 1986 adaptation by David H. Bell and Rob Bowman of an even older jazz version of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, this one is directed and designed with an emphasis on frenetic movement and clashing colors (fuchsia! orange!) by Bruce Richard Coleman.

"We are Japanese," say the actors in a winky running joke about how nobody in the cast is Japanese. They are a diverse lot indeed, of many sizes, ages and ethnicities. It's just that there are so many of them crowded onto T3's small in-the-round stage. Choreography by Kelly McCain follows the usual pattern in T3 musicals of everyone walking in rhythm counterclockwise, then turning and shuffling the other direction with their hands in the air. (They've cut one tap number.)

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Have Faith in Shannon Kearns' Star Turn in Controversial Testament of Mary

Categories: Theater

Katherine Owens
Shannon Kearns is a Mary quite contrary to the gospels in The Testament of Mary at Undermain Theatre.

The woman we meet in Irish-born writer Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary is no ethereal virgin. She's a pissed-off mother of a wayward son, tired of the "misfits" who followed him around, angry that 20 years after his death she's a prisoner of apostles who just want her to get the story straight.

Undermain Theatre has done everything right in its regional premiere of Tóibín's 75-minute monologue, starting with director Katherine Owens' casting of Dallas actress Shannon Kearns in the title role. Kearns brings fury to the part, but it is calibrated to the millisecond. She hits emotions in a slow build punctuated by an occasional flash of dark humor. Kearns' eyes get fiery, then moments later brim with tears. Her hands, strong not delicate, claw the air with anger. As she speaks Tóibín's exquisitely simple and poetic words, her voice stays clear and deep. What a performance.

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