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Dallas Observer’s ‘Artopia’ Returns Saturday, January 26

Posted by    |    January 2nd, 2013 at 4:31 pm

dallas observer artopia 2013 If anyone needed convincing that the Dallas has a killer art scene even after Art Con and the Dallas Observer Music Awards, ‘Artopia’ should do the trick. In its third year, Dallas Obsever’s ‘Artopia is a celebration of Dallas’ vibrant art and culture scene. It’s an artsy melting pot of local culture, fashion, visual and performing arts and more.

The event supports local art in more ways than one by awarding three local artists with monetary grants for their service to the Arts and the Community. The “Masterminds” will be honored during Saturday’s event.

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General Admission is $40 online $50 day of, BUT if you use our promo code YOUPLUSDALLAS when you purchase tickets online you’ll get in for $25. GA includes food, cocktails, a wine, beer and cocktail sampling along with entertainment.

VIP ($65 online / $80 day of) gets you access to an exclusive VIP lounge, private bar and catering, and complimentary valet. There’s limited availability for both ticket options so get on it! If you need any more convincing, check out our video from last year.

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Dallas Observer’s ‘Artopia’ takes place Saturday, January 26 from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass Street with an after-party at LE VU.

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The DOMA Ceremony Keeps It Quick and Funny

Posted by    |    November 14th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Paul VarghesePaul Varghese might be one of the funniest people I’ve ever seen. The Last Comic Standing alum hosted the Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony last night at House of Blues and it was not an easy job. It seems that if you get nominated for a DOMA, the thrill is so intense that you end up spending most of the evening glued to the bar. If by chance you actually do win, the thrill intensifies to such a level that you are rendered speechless and can do nothing more than grab your award, mutter a “thank you” and walk away. Varghese’s effortless humor helped move this awkwardness along tremendously.

The night intermixed Varghese’s stand up, performances by The O’s and Luna Doma Awards House of BluesMatte (both backed by The Cannabinoids who took the award for Best R&B act) and Lucero, and of course, the presentation of awards. The actual trophy is unique each year. This year’s was essentially a clear box filled with confetti and a Red Bull (pretty tame from last year’s bottle of whiskey). The many, many awards given last night are a perfect representation of Dallas’ diverse and talented music scene.


International House of Blues Foundation Spotlights Young Local Musicians

Posted by    |    November 13th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

The International House of Blues Foundation hosted their annual Action for the Arts Bringin’ Down the House competition last night. Eleven promising high school bands took over House of Blues’ largest stage to compete for a $500 Guitar Center gift card, 10 hours of studio time at Crystal Clear Studios, and some serious street cred. Dallas producer Picnictyme played MC for the evening, introducing the acts and judges like Marjorie Owens of Pours le Corps Records and 35 Denton booking agent Matt Goodman.

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Molina Garage Band


The Dallas Observer Music Awards are Back!

Posted by    |    November 6th, 2012 at 12:46 pm

The 24th Annual Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase invades Deep Ellum to unite music lovers and celebrate the local talent who have helped make Dallas a thriving, dynamic music community.


Robert Wilonsky, Editor of Unfair Park and YouPlusDallas Hero, to Leave Dallas Observer

Posted by    |    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:25 pm

We freakin’ love Dallas Observer, no matter how snarky they may be. In fact, their snark is probably our favorite thing about them. Well, our second favorite thing that will soon forcedly become our favorite thing because our number one favorite thing has decided, that after a glorious twenty years of snark, he will be leaving Dallas’ Village Voice publication for something a little more refined. Robert Wilonsky, Editor of Unfair Park, is saying adios to his comfortable, broken-in home at the Observer for a classy gig at Dallas Morning News. His last day will be Friday, March 2.

While we understand that this is a very exciting career move, the YouPlusDallas team is wicked sad to see him go. After all, he was the first to note when our website appeared in the interwebs in June 2010, referring to us as the “YouTube of Dallas”. He’s helped our fledgling little start up company gain a significant (read: massive) amount of page views for our super cool (if we do say so ourselves, and we do) videos. He even spells “YouPlusDallas” correctly. Wilonsky has embedded many a YPD video on his blog, including our recent Valentine’s Day short film, which he so kindly described as having a Woody Allen likeness, and our Downtown Dallas Tunnels video, which he lovingly dubbed as a “Horror Story”. So, maybe he’s hot and cold with our topics of choice, but that seems to be the very essence of snark. Let’s take a look back at some of the love we’ve received from a truly talented, informative and persuasive man over the years.

A Brief Chronology of Wilonsky Snarkisms (click the link to read his take on our videos): (more…)

Event Recap: Artopia 2011

Posted by    |    December 6th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Most of you were probably at home all warm and toasty watching movies and drinking hot toddies on Saturday night; no doubt laughing at those of us who decided to forge ahead with our plans and brave the cold rain.  But “those of us” who’s plans included Dallas Observer’s Artopia got the last laugh (sorry, couch potatoes).

You missed a sensory overload of awesomeness at The Dallas Contemporary. Attendees were bombarded with yummy food, delicious tequila concoctions, free t-shirts designed by Wade College (and screen-printed on the spot!), fashion shows with wide eyed, Lady Gaga-esque models, an appearance by the Vintagemobile, interactive nutcrackers (that happen to be naked female mannequins), not one, but two sets by badass Fort Worth band Burning Hotels, and a skeleton puppet show. I know, you’re jealous.

Thankfully, yours truly was on the scene taking notes, and my amazing team of YouPlusDallas videographers was there, Canon 7D’s in hand, capturing each magical moment for you.  Until the video is posted, I shall recount a few takeaways for you, dearest couch potato reader. (more…)

Dallas Observer’s ‘Artopia’ Taking Place This Saturday

Posted by    |    November 30th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

This year’s events have already proved that Dallasites are pretty damn talented, and Dallas Observer’s upcoming event ‘Artopia’ isn’t likely to prove us otherwise.

What is Artopia, you ask? We shall explain, seeing as how it isn’t a word. It’s an amalgamation of the finest artistry offered in the Big D, celebrating the best of local art, including music, theatre, fashion, visual art and performance art.

YouPlusDallas will be on the scene to film the event, Canon 7D’s in hand (or, in tripod), so make sure to come say ‘Hey’ and wave in our lenses. Who knows? You might just make the cut in our video.

Pre-sale general admission tickets are $20, day-of tickets are $30. BUT save yourself some dough by hopping online now and using promo code “youplus” to purchase 25% off tickets. So, might want to get on that.

Limited availability VIP tickets are $45 which includes access to the VIP room. We’re super curious about what’s going on in there because it sounds top-secret and packed with awesome; so if you find out, let us know, ‘kay?

Artopia will take place this Saturday, December 3, at the Dallas Contemporary 161 Glass St Dallas, TX. Event is 8PM-11PM. 21+ Only. Purchase tickets here.

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.