Archive for May, 2012

2012 Preservation Achievement Awards

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2012 at 2:57 pm

The legendary New York Times critic Ada Louise Huxtable once wrote “we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed.” When you hear about preservation in the news, it’s often a story about a historic landmark or monument that is in danger or, in the worst cases, already has been destroyed.  However, there are many organizations and individuals who stand up to protect Dallas’ historic buildings and places. Every May, Preservation Dallas holds a special event to recognize and honor those accomplishments to revitalize the city’s architectural treasures, neighborhoods, and cultural resources.

On May 16, Preservation Dallas presented its 13th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards at downtown’s historic Majestic Theatre.  Ten outstanding projects were honored — ranging from a historic fire station in Oak Cliff reimagined as an outpost of Gloria’s Restaurant; to interpretive signage at Fair Park ; and the DART Police Headquarters at Illinois Station.  Individuals who made important contributions to preservation were honored as well.

A special tribute to the City of Dallas also was part of the awards event.  The city owns and maintains a number of historic buildings (including the Majestic Theatre and the Sammons Center for the Arts) and parks, but it also encourages reusing and restoring existing buildings and neighborhoods through its preservation services, financial incentives and the research collections at the library and municipal archives.

Congratulations to all of the award winners!  Next time you have a margarita at Gloria’s, explore the art deco buildings at Fair Park, or send a package from the post office at 400 N. Ervay, take a moment to appreciate the efforts to keep those historic places a vibrant part of the city’s landscape.



Eisley at the Homegrown Music & Art Festival

Posted by    |    May 29th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

“It was hot, hot, hot when Tyler family band Eisley took the stage. The winds carried their ethereal tunes and melodic harmonies across the garden, piquing the interest of meandering festivalgoers,” said Pegasus News in their review of Eisley’s recent show at Homegrown Music & Art Festival. “Although lead singer Sherri Dupree-Bemis’ voice is light and airy, it was strong enough to overcome the festival sounds of enjoyment.”


Painted By Warhol

Posted by    |    May 25th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

What to do with a giant portrait of yourself by one of the most famous artists of the 20th century? That’s the question Vanity Fair special correspondent Bob Colacello found himself asking last fall. In 1980 Andy Warhol, his then boss at Interview magazine, had painted a 40-by-40-inch likeness of Colacello as a gift for brokering a commissioned sale, but after 30 years, Colacello was finding it “hard to live with.” With Warhol prices continually hitting new highs—and with a mortgage to pay off—the writer decided to put his portrait up for auction at Sotheby’s. Videographer Jacques Del Conte headed to the auction house to witness the nail-biting sale and sat down with Colacello, who had plenty to say about the portrait and his mixed emotions in selling it.

Directed and Edited by Jacques del Conte
Music by Chris George
Produced by Dana Brown

 Source:  Vimeo

YouPlusMedia and the Big Freeze at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Posted by    |    May 23rd, 2012 at 3:16 pm

The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial takes place May 21 – May 27 where famous names like Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler will hit a golf ball or two. YouPlusMedia is hanging out at the prestigious and beautiful Colonial golf course in Fort Worth, Texas, and we brought the Big Freeze with us.  Sponsored by Cadillac and Supreme Golf, the Big Freeze and YouPlusMedia are located in the Cadillac Tent just off the 10th hole. We’ll be here taking 360-degree photos Wednesday May 23 to Sunday May 27 from 9am-4pm, so make sure to come take a break in the air conditioning and say cheese. Click here to see what your Big Freeze photo could look like.

The iPad Viewing Kiosk at the Big Freeze


Dallas ComicCon Descends upon Irving Convention Center

Posted by    |    May 22nd, 2012 at 2:46 pm

I arrived early in Las Colinas. The sun had just made its rise over the horizon. Before me was the Irving Convention Center. Shrouded in its metal exterior decor, it almost looked like a Jawa Sandcrawler. A fitting structure for hosting the large swarm of sci-fi and fantasy enthusiasts that would soon fill it for the Dallas ComicCon 2012 weekend.

The Jawa Sandcrawler.. oh wait, Irving Convention Center


M83 at Granada Theater

Posted by    |    May 21st, 2012 at 12:47 pm

M83 at Granada Theater on 5.19.12


Big Freeze Photos Sunday Special: $10 Per Person Today at Dallas ComicCon 2012!

Posted by    |    May 20th, 2012 at 12:42 pm

It’s true! Today at Dallas ComicCon 2012, YouPlusDallas is selling individual photos for $10 at the Big Freeze on the 4th floor in front of the Grand Ballroom. Come get immortalized in your costume at the height of action! Check out the video at the bottom of the blog to see how it works. We’ll be at Dallas ComicCon all day today.

The Big Freeze Video

Dallas ComicCon 2012

Posted by    |    May 19th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

YouPlusDallas is currently on the scene at the 2012 Dallas ComicCon. If you’re in attendance, make sure to stop by the 4th floor near the Grand Ballroom to have your picture taken with the Big Freeze. Check out the video at the bottom of the blog to see how it works. We’ll be at the Irving Convention Center all weekend – make sure to come say hey (in English or in Klingon – your choice).


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Pat Green

Posted by    |    May 7th, 2012 at 9:27 am

YouPlusDallas covers Pat Green at the Real Texas Festival in Mesquite.