Archive for June, 2010

Dinner and a Movie

Posted by    |    June 28th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Where do you go see a movie in Dallas? Andrew, my husband and I have asked this question a lot as we just moved here and come from Tulsa where there are huge theaters only a few miles apart and not connected to malls. I happened to get some free passes to Studio Movie Grill and thought we would check it out. “Dinner and a movie” definitely means something different here. We were pretty nervous about the quality of food that would be at a movie theater. Now it wasn’t anything to crave later, but it wasn’t so bad. We both had the pizza, which we probably should have split rather than pay $10 each for our own and have left overs. But all in all, it equaled out (even if we had paid for the tickets) to being about the same as going out to dinner and catching a flick.

The actual movie experience is a little busy, especially trying to watch an action film like Robin Hood as you are trying to read a menu, order, eat, ask for a refill, etc. The dinner part somewhat distracts from the movie. I never realized how mindless eating popcorn is; makes sense why it is the food of choice for watching a movie.

It definitely is an experience and for what it is, they have a good system for getting the waiter’s attention without distracting others and making you feel comfortable. But to pay the price that movies are these days, I want an experience that is more beyond my living room.

Andrew and I did choose Northpark Mall for our next movie, Toy Story 3 and were very pleased! That’s an outstanding theater, let alone an outstanding movie. Where else is a great place for movies in Dallas?

Discover your inner chi

Posted by    |    June 25th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Tai Chi in the Galleries at The Crow Collection of Asian Art

Tai Chi

The Art of Tai Chi

Reduce stress and clear your mind while learning the ancient art form of Tai Chi in the galleries of one of Dallas’s finest art collections. After you’ve connected to your ‘chi,’ or inner spirit, connect to the past while wandering through an extensive collection of Asian art in the museum’s tranquil galleries. Be sure to check out current exhibition, New Vision by Il Lee – the artist’s minimalistic abstractions created from ballpoint pen on canvas will make you think twice about your day-dream doodles.

The Crow Collection of Asian Art hosts Tai Chi in the Galleries with instructor Eng Khoo this Saturday, June 26 from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m..

Il Lee

Il Lee at The Crow Collection of Asian Art

The Fine Art of Dating

Posted by    |    June 24th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Profiling spots around Dallas that will leave you and your date inspired

A Saturday morning at Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden & Blue Mesa Grill

Take a deep breath and your date’s hand for a relaxing stroll around the wooded paths of this sculpture-garden oasis designed by renowned architect Clarence Roy. The garden currently features expressive bronze figures from Charles Umlauf, painted steel wielded by David Hayes and other monumental works like a wooden Totem Pole that springs from the earth by Texas-based artist Mike Cunningham, whose works have also stood around town at the Anatole Hotel, Cistercian Chapel and Grapevine’s Liberty Plaza.

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

Step inside the Vogel family’s 1950’s home-turned-gallery and view the work of contemporary and 19th-20th century artists. Currently on view through July 3, the creamy landscapes of commonplace middle-America from artist Brian Cobble.

Brian Cobble Prom Nite

Brian Cobble, Prom Nite, 2009

After you’ve had your fill of art, drive a few miles down the road and have your fill of unique, handcrafted Southwestern fare at Blue Mesa Grill in the Village on the Parkway in Addison.
Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Saturday.

Map and Directions from Valley House to Blue Mesa.