Posts Tagged ‘Morgan Staton’

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…)

YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: White Denim

Posted by    |    July 29th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

White Denim at Gorilla vs. Bear Festival, Granada Theater 7.23.11


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Preteen Zenith

Posted by    |    July 27th, 2011 at 11:19 am

Preeteen Zenith at Gorilla vs. Bear Festival, Granada Theater 7.23.11


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Grimes

Posted by    |    July 26th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Grimes at Gorilla vs. Bear Festival, Granada Theater 7.23.11


YouPlusDallas Photo Gallery: Widespread Panic

Posted by    |    June 20th, 2011 at 11:05 am

Widespread Panic at Gexa Energy Pavilion 6.17.11


You + Pics: The Kills at Granada

Posted by    |    April 27th, 2011 at 3:54 pm


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.

Ra Ra Riot

Posted by    |    November 2nd, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I’ve been known to follow bands a little backwards – most people get into a band and then any side projects that get launched.  I find myself doing the opposite sometimes.  I found Ra Ra Riot when I got into their side project Discovery (comprised of Ra Ra’s lead singer Wes Miles and Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij).  “So Insane” was on repeat all summer long, and if you haven’t heard it yet, download it.  (You’re welcome.)

So naturally when I heard “the guy from Discovery” was in a band called Ra Ra Riot, I dove right in to their music.  All I had to hear was Wes’ familiar voice and a string section seamlessly mixed in with this brilliant “new wave pop vibe” on The Rhumb Line…I officially had a new favorite band.  And while their latest album The Orchard hasn’t gotten as much acclaim as the one just released by their preppy, Horchata swilling friends, I had a feeling that they weren’t going to disappoint live.  (Especially playing Granada – their fans couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting…it happens to be my fave as well.) (more…)

A Fun Marketing Conference? Yes, Please.

Posted by    |    November 2nd, 2010 at 4:36 pm

It’s been an interesting few years for those of us in the marketing industry.  We’ve experienced this massive shift in our universe from traditional media (do you even remember what that is?) to social media….which means not only is information flying at us faster than anyone could have ever imagined, but consumers are expecting this information faster than we could ever imagine delivering it.  (I don’t know about you guys, but I never in a million years thought I would hear myself say something like “we should tweet that” at ALL, let alone 5 times in one meeting.)

Keeping up with the whole “digital marketing” thing can be exhausting – the pressure to hit the ground running and learn how to harness all of these trends for your greater good is enough to give even the most aggressive marketer an anxiety attack.  Thankfully, we have the good people at the DFW AMA to help keep us educated and focused up (and away from those expensive therapists).  With over 600 members and 60+ events per year, they kind of have this whole “professional marketing community” thing down.  Their events have always proven to be insightful and fun, not boring and cheesy like most of the networking events we marketers usually end up attending (and regretting quickly).   (more…)

Go To Maine Without Leaving The Lone Star State

Posted by    |    October 26th, 2010 at 9:43 am

I know I’m not alone when I say that I think Allison V. Smith kicks ass.  I have been a huge admirer of her work since I caught her acclaimed Marfa Lights exhibition as a first year photography student a few years back.  A profile shot of an abandoned drive in movie sign caught my attention in particular – it was such a simple image yet it spoke volumes.

Fans of the iconic Texan photographer will agree that she has a magical way of capturing images as humble as a water fountain in a Texas classroom and gives them a sense of magnificence the way only a true photographer can.  I take that back…the way only Allison can.

For her first solo show in 2 years, Smith takes us out of the Lone Star State – way out.  Running through November 27th at the Barry Whistler Gallery, her installation is made up of 18 new photographs from the past three years in Maine (she has spent just about every summer of her life in Rockport), all shot while wandering around with her Hasselblad.  Head on over to BWG to check out this beautifully refreshing installation.  (And be sure to check out her gallery talk on November 6th with collector Dan Routman!)