BeautyCon In Dallas Was Cool, but It's Got Some Growing Up To Do

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Last year, I attended my very first ComicCon, and I was skeptical. I wasn't into anime or most other aspects of nerd culture, but I ultimately ended up having a really good time and embracing my own inner nerdiness. Still, I wasn't sold on the idea of "cons" until I heard about BeautyCon, a convention that celebrates the weird intersection of beauty and social media. I like beauty, I like social media, so I should be totally in to BeautyCon, right?

I don't know what I expected, but it certainly wasn't what I got when I walked into the Automotive Building at Fair Park on Saturday morning. I got there at around 11:30, two hours after the doors first opened. At first, I didn't even see any booths, just a line of girls forming in front of a mechanical bull. I then realized that I couldn't see any of the vendors because the lines in front of them completely dwarfed their small setups. I knew that the event had sold out earlier in the day, but I wasn't anticipating Black Friday-style lines at each and every stop.

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The Dallas Observer is Looking for a Multimedia Intern

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If you see the world in visuals and aren't afraid of interviewing, recording, cropping, color adjusting, and rendering, we have good news. The Dallas Observer is looking for multimedia interns for this summer.

- Meat Fight 2013 - The Video
- Greenville's Truckyard - A Video Tour

Above, you can see some of the work our last multimedia intern, Sarah Passon, produced. If learning the skills involved in that work -- conceptualizing, shooting and editing, among others -- interests you, keep reading.

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Our 10 Favorite Photos From Mardi Gras Celebrations

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Ed Steele was on the scene in Denton Friday night.

Sunday may have been a bust, with all that terrifying thunder sleet and what not. But the Mardi Gras parties on Friday and Saturday went off without a hitch, thanks to the stunning springtime weather. In Denton on Friday, Walnut Street was filled with revelers wearing masks, covered in body paint and drinking a brewski or 10. Then, Saturday night the Kessler Theater opened its doors for green and purple party people with its O Carnivale Masqerade Ball. If you missed out on the fun, or were holding out for the Oak Cliff parade that was canceled, don't worry, we've got party pics. Here are a few of our favorites.

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I Spoke at Oral Fixations Last Night and I'm Somehow Still Alive Today

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The confusing "V" formation.
It's an hour until showtime. We've been struggling with synchronized bowing for the last half hour or so. There's a V formation we have to make, but it relies on our dear departed former arts editor Jamie Laughlin, the last speaker of the evening, depositing a stool backstage and running, in her delightful boots, past me so that I can go out last. As the tallest, I must form the point of the V. It's a struggle. I don't know when to bow automatically. I rarely bow in everyday life. Never with other people around.

We're on stage in Hamon Hall, off to the side of the big ol' Winspear Opera House, and seven brave Texas residents are braved to deliver personal talks for Oral Fixations, the local real-life storytelling series. Having built this program from the ground up, director Nicole Stewart is selling out every night of the run.

When we finally all have mastered bending over, we retreat to the Green Room, where we can watch the crowd shuffle in on a wall-mounted TV. A sell-out of some 250, the room quickly fills up. Jamie, who is not a fan of public speaking to put it mildly, is shaking while trying to apply make-up.

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A Visit From A Krampus Fulfilled Ancient Denton Prophecy

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As was prophesied upon primitive bathroom walls and select Laffy Taffy wrappers, A Krampus arrived in Denton yestereve. He flexed his musky, destructive prowess, then proceeded to enslave wayward youth while generously bestowing gifts upon his more cherished. A Krampus then proceeded to fulfill His destiny by unlatching the netherportal to home planet Cleon. Ancient seals were blown. Thunder ice poured. All were consumed.

None of that really matters now.

As our news blog so dutifully reported last night, Denton was absorbed by purple hues at roughly 19:45. The only remaining sign of life is one, solitary bassist. (If anyone can help him find his van, he would be very appreciative.)

Farewell Denton, our sweet prince. May thou icy tomb preserve your youthful beauty.

Photographer Ed Steele bravely walked alongside A Krampus, capturing His deviant wrath.

See Also: Live Blog: Winter Storm Cleon Is Coming For All Of Us

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The Price Is Right Live Was a Pop Culture Orgy of Prizes, Plinko and the Prince of Pure Trash TV

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Host Jerry Springer walks out to an insanely loud crowd at the Eisemann Center in Richardson at the start of The Price is Right Live on Saturday.
Game shows have been one of my addictions since my younger days when wearing sneakers with lights in the heels wasn't a fashion a faux-pas and eating my weight in Halloween candy didn't require a defibrillator.

It all started at my late grandparents' house back in the Uptown section of New Orleans. They were the last people on the planet to discover the divine majesty of cable television, and whenever they watched my hyperactive ass for my exasperated parents, they could only keep me entertained with their ancient, dial-operated television that could pick up only five channels depending on the weather and where I sat when I wore braces. Every morning after the cartoons were done keeping the kiddies entertained, the big three networks aired a block of game shows. They kept me surprisingly quiet for a few hours, perhaps because games of all kinds were of natural interest to me and there used to be plenty to choose from, including that iconic test of American greed and free market economics called The Price Is Right.

TPIR has survived for 26 seasons and five hosts because it has one of the most unique concepts in game show history. It features a bunch of mini-game shows within one giant game show that change each episode and are easy to play but impossible to master. It also plucks contestants right out of the audience, so literally anyone in the building can walk away with a boatload of money, appliances or an ironic collection of boats. Despite all the changes and shifts between different, co-existing generations, audiences of all ages still suffer exorcism-grade seizures at the mere mention of words like "Plinko" and "caaaaaaar!" So imagine how crazy that crowd of price-shouting fanatics would go if that equation also included a live version in their own backyard hosted by Jerry Springer, the man who made daytime talk shows even seedier than Geraldo Rivera and Sally Jessy Raphael thought was morally possible.

Now imagine being right in the middle of it.

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Miss Gay US of A at the Palladium: We Were There, and You Should've Been Too

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After a week of preliminary events, the Miss Gay USofA pageant descended on the Palladium on Friday, bringing hundreds of drag queens and fans thereof to Dallas.

Thirty-six contestants from across the country all vied to be the next Miss Gay USofA (not to be confused with Miss Gay America or Miss Gay National). For 2013, the theme was "Thunderdome," with the tag line "May the odds be ever in your favor." It may be mixing franchises but the death tournament theme is fitting for a pageant. And not just for the contestants: With so many towering wigs in the crowd it's surprising the audience members never got violent.

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Vintage Mobile's Jeremy Turner Will Turn His 1955 Spartan Trailer into a Rolling Art Gallery

Jeremy Turner, founder of the Vintage Mobile store and purveyor of 3,000 holiday sweaters last Christmas, is taking on another sector of the mobile economy: art.

Turner says he has purchased a 1955 Spartan trailer and plans to convert it into an art gallery.

"I want to show art by local artists, artists who have both a technical proficiency as well as ideas to share ... when idea and skill meet, beautiful things happen and the world needs more beautiful things," Turner says. While he hopes the gallery will be ready to go by Summer, he first needs to raise some funds.

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Our Ten Favorite Costumes from All-Con 2013

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Over here at the Observer, we love a good convention. Last weekend's All-Con was a thing of exceptional beauty -- After all, when else can you walk through an Addison hotel and see men and women, bounty hunters and storm troopers, dressed down to suits and helmets partying in a hot tub?

Only at All-Con, man.

From steampunk angels to voice-modified Imperial Troops, we were humbled by your costuming skills. So, we've put together a few favorite photos to share. Here's the top ten, and pop back by for more dispatches from Geekfest 2013.

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On Friday Night, Naked Women Read Flannery O'Connor and Mark Twain in Deep Ellum

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Growing up, I often spent summers in Jacksonville, Florida, where my aunt and uncle lived. Their neighbor two houses down was an older, widowed woman named Wyn, who had a spectacular talent for showing off her spectacular talents, and would often clean her house, cook dinner and garden in her backyard nude, her blinds open to the world. It was known to the young men of the neighborhood that Wyn had certain times she'd be putting on shows, and it was known to their wives, mothers and girlfriends as well. As a child, her celebratory nakedness was intriguing, and also dredged up a bit of Catholic guilt for being titillated by it. By being unclothed, she seemed freer than the rest of us.

I thought of Wyn during Friday night's Southern lit-themed Naked Girls Reading event at Quixotic World, which resurrects the idea of the literary salon via five naked women from the burlesque community, and followed up last summer's fairy tale-themed event. Wyn's role was played by The Dirty Blonde, Angi B. Lovely, Courtney Crave, Glam'Amour and "head librarian"/show producer Black Mariah, who explained their definition of what might be considered Southern literature, at least for the night.

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