17 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, October 16-19

Categories: Dallas Stories

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Adolfo Cant├║-Villarreal, TZOM Films
The Weekend is Here, Praise the Gods!

It's here, finally. Well, if you count Thursday as the weekend. And we do. No need to slack off, get planning on how you'll make your fun this weekend. What's that expression? Oh yeah, carpe diem.


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How Seth & Shawn Magill, of Home by Hovercraft, Spiced up Shakespeare's Sonnets

Categories: Theater

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Yes. Collage Art by Shawn Magill. Original Art by Sarah Magill. Photography by Paul Westlake, Styling by Pan & The Dream.

Three years ago, Shakespeare Dallas launched a project called, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare." The gist was simple: Over five years, the company's actors would recite every single word Shakespeare ever wrote in a monthly series of staged readings. This includes plays and poetry. According to the Folger Shakespeare Library, that's 884,647 words and 118,406 lines.

It's a huge undertaking that has been received with surprisingly large, attentive audiences (I mean, c'mon, Shakespeare plays are long even when they're edited down). They've performed uncut versions of many of popular works, like Taming of the Shrew, which has an opening scene often left out, which reveals Shakespeare originally intended it to be a play within a play. This week, the monthly series presents its first attempt at combining a few sonnets with music orchestration, provided by local band Home by Hovercraft.

With original music written by the band's front-couple Seth and Shawn Magill, setting the sonnets to the orchestrations like lyrics. They'll perform six of the "Sonnets with Sundry Music," along with The Phoenix and the Turtle. Shawn's also incorporated visual elements, with the help of local artists, turning this into what promises to be the most visually stimulating edition of Complete Works yet.


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Film Podcast: Dear White People, Go See Dear White People

Categories: Film and TV

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Justin Simien's Dear White People.
With the news that Paul Feig is going to reboot Ghostbusters with an all-female cast, we wonder on this week's Voice Film Club podcast what it would be like if they re-did another '80s classic: Young Guns. We then move onto the latest Brad Pitt World War II movie, Fury, which is ultra violent. Amy Nicholson of LA Weekly says, "I like a war movie where they talk about how war is just really awful...this is muddy in-the-trenches war movie." Joined as always by Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek of the Village Voice, the trio then moves onto Justin Simien's much-anticipated new film, Dear White People (be sure to read our interview with Simien), and then to post-apocalyptic Western Young Ones, written and directed by Jake Paltrow.


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100 Dallas Creatives: No. 50 Dallas Arts District

Categories: 100 Creatives

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The midpoint of this list seemed the appropriate time to acknowledge the Dallas Arts District. Decades in the making, the Dallas Arts District signals not only the city's dedication to the arts, but is a significant promise to future generations. It's reshaped how Dallas thinks and talks about the arts, for both good and bad.

In this five-pronged edition of 100 Creatives, we chat with Catherine Cuellar, who runs a nonprofit named Dallas Arts District, which she describes as a homeowner's association of sorts. The neighborhood and its leaders have been shaping the arts scene, from the AT&T Performing Arts Center's interest in presenting both touring productions and local artistic organizations to the Nasher Sculpture Center's investment in the city with projects like Nasher Xchange, and of course the resident companies who are creating the art in the gorgeous buildings, like Dallas Black Dance Theatre and TITAS. It's this top-level leadership that provides a stronghold for the entire arts scene. We can blame it and praise it for things. What happens in the Dallas Arts District is not the only arts scene in Dallas. Hardly. But's an important component of the cultural landscape in Dallas and for that, we've included the neighborhood in this list.

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10 Best Costumes from Last Halloween. Good Luck Beating Them, Folks!

Categories: Dallas Stories

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Ed Steele
Pamela Anderson?

Last year, Dallas got down and dirty with costumes. And nowhere outshone the Cedar Springs block party. Of course, that's usually the case in this city. If you want to see Halloween in all its gory glory, you head to the gayborhood for a night of revelry. This year, with Halloween falling on a Friday, we're sure it will be bigger and better than ever. Although glancing back through last year's costumes, we're not sure it will be easy to top. Here are a few of our favorites. All photos by Ed Steele.


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Elm Street Bar Hosts Moda De La Muerta Fashion Show with Dallas Designers Thursday

Categories: Fashion

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Just look at those masks...
This Thursday, Elm Street Bar will be home to native Dallas fashion designers Becca Jett and Rosemary Susat and stylists Mayra Ruiz and Toni Martin. Martin and Ruiz, 21, who owns Rag Parlor in Deep Ellum have put together a retro collection of looks pulled straight from the store. Jett and Susat will be showcasing their own original Dia de los Muertos-inspired designs, complete with one-of-a-kind masks. An auction of their outfits will commence following the show, just in time to dress you for this weekend's Halloween parties.

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra Shakes Things Up With Boozy Nights, Beautiful Music of ReMix

Categories: Music Notes

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Sylvia Elzafon
"Orchestras across America are having to find different ways to adapt the delivery of their core product, which is live symphonic classical music," says Jonathan Martin. "The traditional concert experience hasn't experienced any fundamental changes in 100 years. What has changed is how the public engages with this particular art form."

For young Americans, that engagement is largely nil. Which is exactly why the Dallas Symphony Orchestra created its ReMix series. Martin more readily describes these concerts as "experiences." The $19 ticket gets you general admission seats to a 70 minute program of music, plus one drink and hors d'oeuvres. And this weekend, there will be pre-concert karaoke.

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They're Voting on White Rock Theater Thursday (Y'Know, the Poles That Turn Birds Into Art)

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Lauren Smart
The view from the Bath House Cultural Center.

Public art in Dallas is a complicated world. In front of City Hall, we have a Henry Moore sculpture; then, this year, the city offered 50 measly dollars for artists to yarn bomb parking meters. Like a lot of things in Dallas, the cost of maintenance and preservation looms more ominously than the wrecking ball. New and ephemeral trumps stalwart and preserved. But this is not about my feelings toward the city of Dallas' interests, or lack thereof, in creating a sustainable, history-rich community; it's about a series of poles that poke out of White Rock Lake.


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Big Plans for South Dallas' Cedars Include an Artist Residency, Studio and Soda Fountain

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Lauren Smart
The view from the future Cedars Union.
There's an energy percolating in downtown Dallas. Well, not downtown, exactly. South. In a neighborhood known as The Cedars. On the heels of the Alamo Drafthouse announcing it will make its first Dallas home on Lamar Street, murmurs of other new developments are cropping up. Some remain merely rumors; others are taking actual steps toward becoming real.

Take for example 1201 S. Ervay, a large brick building that once housed the Boedeker Ice Cream Co. Currently home to an office supply company, the building was recently acquired by the Bowdon Family Foundation for a project they're calling The Cedars Union.

"It will be a one-stop shop for artists," says the foundation's executive director, Robert Hernandez. "We're still putting all the particulars together, but the idea is that there will be two components: an artist-in-residence program and space and tools for artists to use."

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100 Dallas Creatives: No 51 Insightful Artist Stephen Lapthisophon

Categories: 100 Creatives

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Sara Kerens
Artist Stephen Lapthisophon has made his mark on Dallas in more ways than one. Born in Houston, he attended undergraduate at UT Austin and went on to get his MFA in Chicago, where he also studied comparative literature at Northwestern. In the early 2000s, he was looking for new opportunities to show work and ended up in Dallas, as an artist in residence at UTD. In 2007, having developed a close working relationship with Nancy Whitenack at Conduit Gallery, he made the decision to move here permanently.

In the seven years since then, he has been a dynamic contributor to the Dallas art world. He regularly shows at Conduit in the Design District and helps to bring up the next generation of artists at UT Arlington, where he teaches. His artistic interests and influences are diverse -- ranging from painting to poetry to film. One influence on his work that is often discussed, including by Lapthisophon himself, is his blindness. For twenty years he has been legally blind. In October of 2013, he presented his first major solo exhibition, entitled "coffee, seasonal fruit, root vegetables and 'Selected Poems'" at the Dallas Museum of Art. That exhibit featured works made with food materials like coffee, ground spices and herbs, emphasizing the importance of senses other than sight -- a regular theme of his art.

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