Archive for November, 2010

Laura’s lineup for the remainder of 2010: Confessions of a venue-hopper

Posted by    |    November 30th, 2010 at 11:36 am

The Fall touring season is wrapping up like the VMAs during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech – but like Kanye’s incessant need to anger everyone in a 10-foot radius — it ain’t stoppin’ yet. Here are the shows I’m looking forward to before 2010 is Seacrest out.

TONIGHT 11/30: Blonde Redhead at the Granada Theater

TOMORROW 12/1: Needtobreathe at House of Blues Dallas. Don’t know them? Browse album The Heat – catchy contemporary rock riffs will have you singing along in your car (who cares if people stare). Also, if you enjoy the movie P.S. I Love You, this band will serve as your own trail of love notes. (more…)

If you like good music, then you own a plaid shirt.

Posted by    |    November 19th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I’ve never been a stud at science, but my time spent at House of Blues proves my “if, then” statement true. The venue is packed for main stage act K-Ci and JoJo, but I skip the line and head to the Cambridge Room where Matt Costa will be playing, and a much more intimate audience has gathered to hear the sounds of opening act Everest (the band, not the mountain). I have never heard of them before. But if I could rewind my life 4 years and add them to my iTunes repertoire, I’d do it.

Looks like: Kings of Leon just got back from a hunting trip in 1970.
Sounds like: The Rolling Stones. Steppenwolf. CSNY. Good music that we’ve been missing for decades. These guys are everything that is good about rock ‘n’ roll. And I do not use that term in a light manner. (more…)

Exclusive Film Screening for You+Dallas Users

Posted by    |    November 18th, 2010 at 10:00 am

We’ve already seen it and now we want to offer it to you!  You+Dallas is exclusively offering 25 passes to a screening of Love & Other Drugs starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.

In October, we sat down with the director of Love & Other Drugs – Academy-Award winner Edward Zwick – and got his take on the film he co-wrote, directed and produced.  Mr. Zwick also recently stated that he believes Anne Hathaway “is a very strong contender for this year’s Best Actress Oscar” for her performance in Love & Other Drugs.

TONIGHT, there will be a screening of the film at 8 p.m. at Harkins Theaters in Southlake!  The film explores lust and love and how lust can – sometimes – turn into love. It will be released on November 24.  Click here to register to receive the passes.

Get the limited passes by being the first to register.  Then, let us know your thoughts on the film by responding to this post.  You can also learn more of what we thought of the film by clicking on the Dating & Relationships Network page.

We’ll see you there!  And to view our exclusive conversation with Zwick,  click here.

House of Blues Dallas creates an intimate setting with artist Joshua Radin

Posted by    |    November 16th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

If you’re a super introspective person who watches Scrubs and Grey’s Anatomy with the Shazaam app open and your thumb on the “refresh” button, you’ve probably captured a tune or two of Joshua Radin’s via the tube. His soothing, calm, melodious voice makes girls swoon and long for the romanticism of centuries past. This is precisely why I’ve been waiting all season to see his name appear on the Live Nation line up. His third studio album, The Rock and the Tide, was released October 12, and last week Radin was in Dallas to promote it on the House of Blues stage.

His first two songs slated as an acoustic set before his band joined him onstage. He opened with “No Envy No Fear”, where he stepped away from the mic to let his voice resonate throughout the venue, and progressed into “Everything’ll Be Alright,” a song originally written as a lullaby (and one of my favorites – recommended for your before-hitting-the-pillow ritual). (more…)

The Poor Man’s Entourage Shoots a Pilot (and I don’t mean on a 747)

Posted by    |    November 15th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Let me start with this disclaimer: I have a vested interest in this topic.  I may or may not be married to someone involved with this heartfelt and sometimes downright ridiculous portrayal of the Dallas acting community. Dallywood is a tongue-in-cheek look at the struggles of being an actor in Dallas and the big auditions, breaks, and egos that go along with that.  American Way Magazine called it “Entourage-esque webisodes” and Pegasus News writer John P. Meyer put this disclaimer before his interview about Dallywood: “I was not naked while conducting this interview.” Hmmm…intrigued yet? (more…)

The Dandy Warhols at The Granada Theater

Posted by    |    November 15th, 2010 at 8:51 am

The Dandy Warhols played a delicious show at the Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas on 11.13.2010.

The Dandy Warhols at The Granada Theater

As daylight grows scarce, vibrant color abounds at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art

Posted by    |    November 14th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Blazing tangerine, fire-engine red, an ocean of intense blue – you will be inclined to put on your sunglasses when stepping into the Steven Alexander Vibrolyx exhibition at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art.

Alexander’s work is soothing and easy to view – the uncomplicated, clean lines and straightforward slabs of acrylic paint allow the viewer to focus on what’s most important to the artist: color. (more…)

Joshua Radin at The House of Blues in Dallas

Posted by    |    November 13th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

The House of Blues – Dallas hosted Joshua Radin for an evening of acoustic-ish rock for the ladies of Dallas, Texas and some of their boyfriends and husbands on 11.12.2010.

Joshua Radin

w00tstock is the name of my dungeons and dragons cover band

Posted by    |    November 12th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Plenty of babysitters made off like Billy Bob Thornton and Bruce Willis in Bandits last week because of the longest running stand up comedy show in Granada Theater history. Had no one had work the next day, or children to attend to, the w00tstock Variety Show for the Internet Set would have stayed onstage cracking jokes like the cast of Whose Line is it Anyway? into the early hours of the morning. After four hours of comedy on a school night, one might think someone would have moseyed to sneak out the back door, but not a single person left early. And those babysitters raked in the cash like Steve Jobs after he conceived Apple.

w00tstock, led by Adam Savage of Myth Busters, knows its audience. Though I’ve never identified with anything in the realm of geek-chic, my face hurt at the end of the show from smiling and laughing at their creative banter, personal anecdotes, and probably a handful of jokes I didn’t actually understand. (more…)

do something different (and cool) this weekend – artopia

Posted by    |    November 9th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I don’t know about you guys, but as much as I love my Saturday night spot…I need a break from my Saturday night spot.  And I have a feeling I’m not alone.  Instead of posting up at that same table on that same patio, why don’t you shake things up Saturday night and head over to Victory Park for The Dallas Observer’s first ever Artopia.  For a cool $25 ($35 at the door) you get this:

Artopia is an upscale celebration of Dallas Art.  It incorporates food, drink, art, music, theater and fashion into one evening with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the MasterMind Awards.  Dallas Observer will award upcoming individuals or small organizations that have made an impact in the local art community. The winners will be featured in a special pullout section of Dallas Observer, and will be honored at the event on November 13th.  Tickets include food, cocktails, wine & beer sampling, as well as entertainment.

Sound more fun than sitting on that patio?  Duh.  And PS, if you hurry up and get your tickets tonight, they’re 2 for 1.  Looks like this just turned into the coolest (and cheapest) date night ever.

Guests must be 21+, with a valid I.D.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Victory Park (2350 Victory Park Lane, formerly LFT & Avalon Salon)
Purchase tickets here.