Want Tickets to Taylor Swift’s Sold-Out RED Tour at Cowboys Stadium….

Posted by    |    May 20th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Is Justin Bieber beginning to look more and more like Ellen DeGeneres with every public appearance? In other words, who

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wouldn’t want tickets to see T Swift?

Her May 25 concert at Cowboys Stadium is completely sold-out, but the good people at Diet Coke are going to give four lucky competitors a chance to see Swift perform with their social media-fueled “Silver Ticket” scavenger hunt. Starting Thursday at 8 a.m., Diet Coke will release Swift-inspired clues through their Twitter (@DietCoke) that will lead fans in Dallas to a the hidden location of the Silver Ticket. The first four fans over the age of 18 will receive two passes to her sold-out performance.

So get your thinking cap on, brush up on all things Taylor, and prepare to think quick and act fast this Thursday, May 23.


Dallas Comic Con Invades Irving this Weekend (May 17-19)

Posted by    |    May 17th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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Once again, the Dallas Comic Con will be a major attraction for the Irving Convention Center.  With an impressive line-up of talent across a wide range of Film, TV, Comic Books, and Graphic Novels, Texas’ biggest pop culture event attracts fans from around the world.

With appearances by William Shatner, Brandon Routh, John Romita Jr. (co-creator of KICK-ASS), Nathan Fillion, Andrew McCarthy and many more, there will be plenty for everyone at this year’s Dallas Comic Con.


The Biggest Loser is Coming to Dallas – Casting Director Randy Bernstein tells us what they’re looking for

Posted by    |    May 9th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Is there anything more inspirational (or more entertaining) than the finale of The Biggest Loser? Really, I could miss a whole biggest loser - casting - dallas season and still start weeping during the season finale.

The Biggest Loser is headed back to Gilley’s in Dallas to find cast members for their 15th season. The only written requirement for hopefuls: “must have at least 80 pounds to lost.” But surely there’s something more specific these guys are looking for?

We spoke with The Biggest Loser’s amazing casting director Randy Bernstein, cofounder of the full service casting agency Casting Duo, to find out exactly what they’re looking for and (even better) what they’ve seen in the past.


I see that you own, Casting Duo, a full-service casting company where you found memorable reality stars like Christian Siriano (Project Runway) and Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi. How did you get into the casting business?


Homegrown Festival Launch Party at The Granada Theater with Sons of Fathers 5.10.13

Posted by    |    April 23rd, 2013 at 5:47 pm

homegrown festMay is on its way, bringing (hopefully) sunny days and warm evenings. In Dallas, Texas, May also means it’s time for the Homegrown Music & Arts Festival! This fine Dallas concert tradition brings together Texas music, art and food trucks to celebrate our great state. This year’s lineup is pretty exciting. We’ve got the Polyphonic Spree, The Burning Hotels, The Divine Fits, A.Dd+, The O’s plus so many more. It’s going to be a really awesome day, a day so awesome that it definitely deserves a launch party.

On Friday, May 10th, Granada is giving Homegrown that well-deserved launch party. Here you can get an early start on your Homegrown Festival excitement with Sons of Fathers, whose music has been described as a “Rip-roaring brand of Texas rock, studded with gospel-influenced harmonies that would make any family proud” along with opening acts Telegraph Canyon and Goodnight Ned . Sounds like a good Texas music warm up so get your tickets on GranadaTheater.com


Annual Iron Fork Event Announces Nick & Sam’s Scott Romano and FT33′s Matt McCallister for Chef Challenge

Posted by    |    April 11th, 2013 at 11:55 am

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If you’ve ever caught an episode of Iron Chef, you know how intense a cook-off can be.  The Dallas Observer Iron Fork Competition will have some of that intensity, but more cocktails, live music, tastings from local restaurants, and some amazing Dallas chefs battling side by side.

Presented by Whole Foods, The Iron Fork will take place at the Dallas Contemporary on May 8. The center stage will feature the Chef Challenge, moderated by restaurateur Kent Rathbun.  Nick & Sam’s Scott Romano will return to defend his title and compete against FT33’s Matt McCallister. It’s simple: each chef will receive a basket of ingredients, including one mystery ingredient. From there, it’s up to each chef to pull out all the culinary stops, battle for the glory, and earn the coveted Iron Fork.


Central 214 Makes DIFF Appropriate Cocktails and Sunday Sunset Movie Night Makes its Return This Weekend

Posted by    |    April 4th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

To celebrate the Dallas International Film Festival, Central 214’s Head Bartender Amber West will be mixing up some appropriately movie-themed cocktails that will pair perfectly with Chef Dodd’s farm-to-table cuisine.

The DIFF Double Happy Hour will be held in the bar and courtyard patio from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to midnight each night of the festival. Enjoy specials on cocktail, beer and wine features as well as Dodd’s famous Triple Cooked Fries and Scotch Eggs. West’s movie-themed cocktails include Psycho Smash (Angels Envy, Angostura bitters, simple syrup, and fresh mint and lemon) and Citizen Kane (High West Rye, Mathilde X.O., maple syrup, and fresh lemon).


Chevy Music Showcases Best of Dallas Music Scene at Sundown at Granada this Summer

Posted by    |    April 3rd, 2013 at 12:39 pm

As the warmer temps begin to melt away any memories of winter, they make way for something much, much better: summer chevy music showcase - sundown - granadaconcerts. Thanks to Chevy Music Showcase, Dallas’ lone specialty beer garden and little brother to historic Granada Theater, Sundown at Granada is going to be filled with some of the best summer concerts the Dallas local music scene has to offer with a live show on the last Thursday of every month.

“We’re excited to see the North Texas Chevy Dealers embrace our local music scene and appreciate how they’re investing resources to showcase local bands and help draw more attention to the crazy amount of great talent right here in our own back yard,” said Granada Theater’s Mike Schoder.

Here are some of the first bands that have been released. We’d come up with our own descriptions, but the ones from the press release were way too on point to be messed with.


Burning Hotels – 4/25

Sex-wave, full of energy with electronic textures, danceable rhythms & catchy hooks.

GOES GOOD WITH: The Killers, Depeche Mode, Twin Shadow, New Order


Dallas International Film Festival Announces List of All Films Screening

Posted by    |    March 14th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

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Dallas International Film Festival

Presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers

Announces List of All Films Screening

During 11-Day Festival

Dallas, TX, March 11, 2013 – The Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers announced today its full list of features and shorts that will be screened through the Festival’s 11-day run (April 4 – 14, 2013).

For the 2013 Festival, more than 160 features, documentaries, shorts and student films representing 28 countries make DIFF truly an international Festival. Of the feature films at the Festival, 11 will see their world premieres and two are North American premieres—all represent some of the best in the art of filmmaking. These films were selected from more than 1,300 submissions from around the world.

The 2013 Festival is featuring one country in particular for its contribution to the art of film: Italy. From classic films to new works, the cinematic achievements of Italian filmmakers are being highlighted as this year’s DIFF cultural spotlight.

“From family-friendly fare featuring girls with their dogs and a cup-stacking contest to challenging documentaries that bring you into the daily lives of some of the world’s most interesting people—well known and unknown alike—the variety of films offered truly define our Festival,” said James Faust, Artistic Director of the Dallas International Film Festival.

“They range from funny and light-hearted to thought-provoking and generation-defining. The one thing these diverse films have in common is that these filmmakers are telling stories with the spirit and creativity that is the hallmark of independent filmmaking,” Faust concluded.


Justin Terveen’s “The Urban Fabric” at Kettle Art Gallery 3.28.13

Posted by    |    March 6th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

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The world may know him as the official Photographer Laureate of the City of Dallas, or a finalist in the 2013 Dallas Observer Mastermind Awards, or Justin Terveen, Kick Ass Photographer Extraordinaire, but here in the YouPlus office, he’s simply Terveen… and also Kick Ass Photographer Extraordinaire.

Even if you’re not familiar with one of Dallas’ finest photographers, if you have Facebook, you’ve probably seen his work. Several of Justin’s stunning photographs have gone viral; including this composite of a lighting storm Dallas experienced last August. Click the link from one of the sites to ask permission (sadly there were few) to share his work. See. He’s kind of awesome, right?


SXSW 2013: 3 Acts Not to be Missed

Posted by    |    March 5th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

If you’re lucky enough to soon be heading to the land of longhorns and hippies for South by Southwest (you lucky dog), prepare for the glow of some of best and brightest musical talent to wash over you all week long. While there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing (I refuse to believe!), deciding whom you’re going to see at SXSW is no easy feat.

A game plan is a must as well as the tough decision as to which artists you are absolutely NOT going to miss. While you’re definitely going to want to put the big names like A Fine Frenzy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Matt Nathanson, Slim Thug, Tegan and Sara, and Vampire Weekend on your to-do list, here are a few more we think you won’t want to miss and where to find them throughout the week.

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