The Conscious Collective opens this Saturday at WAAS Gallery

Posted by    |    September 12th, 2013 at 12:10 pm


The WAAS Gallery’s newest exhibit, The Conscious Collective, looks to “move through the veil of our conscious and unconscious mind of our everyday experiences.” This group exhibition will feature many different artists with Eva Montealegre and David Carmichael as headliners, two artists who work in different mediums but express a similar spiritual energy. Through her paintings Eve Montealegre works to “create a dance of color and form that manifests in a dreamlike conveyance of everything from whimsy to drama”  while David Carmichael works with a variety of internationally quarried stone that he uses to create delicately crafted pieces that express the stone’s terrestrial connection as well as his own internal process of discovery.


Eva Montealegre


David Carmichael


The Dallas RAW Event brings its mission to support local art to Deep Ellum

Posted by    |    August 28th, 2013 at 11:34 am

This past Friday Life In Deep Ellum was filled with artists and art lovers as it hosted the third Dallas RAW Event. We’ve talked about RAW before here on You Plus Dallas and its benefits to our artistic community and this installment was no exception.


The place was packed and the energy was positive. DJ Taylor Effin Cleveland kept the good music going as guests eagerly searched through the selection of photography, paintings and fashion, while there was nothing but whoops and hollers of enthusiasm as musical and visual artist took the stage





Early in the evening the band Aprilemade ,with their acoustic rock sound,  gave the audience a really good show that was made even more impressive by the fact that they’ve only been together for 4 months. Afterwards Toan Tran wowed the the audience with a presentation of his latest and cinematography work. These two are by no means the only artists worth checking out, in fact if you didn’t make it to this past RAW Event take a look at some of the work you missed out on.


Kettle Art Gallery to reopen this September!

Posted by    |    July 31st, 2013 at 3:51 pm

This past May Deep Ellum witnessed the closing of one Dallas’ most beloved strongholds for local art and artists, Kettle Art Gallery. But Frank Campagna promised it would be back and he is making good on that promise. The community art gallery will reopen across from Lula B’s Antique Mall at 2650-B Main Street this coming September on the 19th.

The new property, owned by 42 Real Estate, is three times the size of the original Kettle Art Gallery and will allow not only for more art to be displayed but also for the gallery to be more community based with events such as art workshops. As exciting as the reopening is there’s still some work that needs to be done before September 19th, so the  gallery is currently using Crowdtilt help raise the final 5,000 dollars it needs for things such as:

*Lumber, hardware, sheetrock, tape and bedding, texture for new art walls

*paint for existing walls and new art walls

*electrical wiring upgrades

*lighting upgrades

*audio installation

*exterior signage

A space like Kettle Art Gallery that is so focused on supporting local artist is important to our community and its culture, so show it some love and donate so they can get back to it.

Bring on the meat patties! Dallas Burgerfest 2013

Posted by    |    May 30th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

BURGSFrom the team that brought you the North Texas Taco Festival comes Burgerfest, an event they are describing as “bigger, better, meatier” and I must say those are some of my favorite adjectives when it comes to hamburgers. In conjunction with the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market , Burgerfest will be bringing in 20 different restaurants and burger joints from Dallas, Fort Worth and Denton to share with you their special take on the classic meat and patty combo with special little bite-sized burgers. The tasty-ness doesn’t stop there though, there will also be a thirst quenching beer garden and various ice cream and dessert vendors to satisfy your sweet-tooth plus live music!


RAW: Natural Born Artist event this Thursday 5.23.13

Posted by    |    May 22nd, 2013 at 4:38 pm


One of the most challenging aspects of being an artists is getting your work to the public and finding a place in your local art community. While internet promotion has helped artists tremendously in these efforts events such as RAW are still some of the best ways for an artist share their work with their community.

What is RAW? RAW is an internationally held art focused event in which the directors hand pick local artists to showcase from all across the genre board. This week RAW showcase Dallas will be bringing out some of our best creators of film, fashion design, music, visual artist, hair & makeup artistry, and performance art to The Door for what the organizers of RAW like to call “an amazing one-night circus of creativity.”


Sons of Herman Hall Presents: Beard Fest 2013

Posted by    |    May 10th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

bneardfest-300x420Did you know Dallas had a facial hair club? Well we do! The Dallas Facial Hair Club  is a group dedicated to the manly art of growing beards and mustaches and to celebrate their enthusiasm for all things facial and hairy they’re throwing their second annual Beardfest this saturday, May 11th at Sons of Herman Hall. Beards and bands will come together for a good time and facial hair competitions.Come one come all, whether you’re sporting a collection of scruff or are the proud cultivator  of a Gandolf inspired number, Saturday will be your time to shine with proceeds from the event going to help support the Wounded Warrior Project.

 Competition Categories: 

Full Beard Natural

Partial Beard

Womans Fake Beard and Mustache

Styled Mustache

Natural Mustache



Full Beard With Styled Mustache



My Private Chef Hosts “The Taste of Italy” Dinner This Saturday, April 20

Posted by    |    April 18th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Chef Holly Muller and Le Cordon Blue Students

Chef Holly Muller and Le Cordon Bleu Students

Deep Ellum’s My Private Chef, the personalized cooking service with an evolving menu of globally inspired, home-grown meals by Chef Holly Muller, is opening its kitchen and showroom to three Le Cordon Bleu culinary students this Saturday for a special fundraising dinner supervised by Certified Executive Chef and Art Institute educator Robbie Hooker to further their education and delight joining guests.

“The Taste of Italy” will feature a five-course menu with farm fresh ingredients from the Coppell Farmers Market. My Private Chef has history of holding phenomenal dinners, including the 2013 James Beard Foundation Dinner this February. “Taste of Italy” looks no less promising with its heirloom tomato bruschetta, limoncello sorbet, Braciole Calabresi, and tiramisu trifle, but what makes this dinner all the more wonderful are the students behind it.the taste of italy

Chef Muller recognized Le Cordon Bleu students Connor FitzGerald, Brittany Paul and Ashley Pellegrino’s talent when they volunteered to help recreate a James Beard House dinner by and with acclaimed Chef Lorenzo Polegri. Following the event, the three qualified to serve an externship in Orvieto, Italy and study under Polegri at his restaurant Zeppelin. The dinner is both an opportunity for these students to continue their education, while raising fund for a once in a lifetime experience to study under the award-winning chef.


Deep Ellum Gallery Walk 2013, Saturday April 20th

Posted by    |    April 15th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

ArtWalk2013_web-01 Weekend strolls on sunny afternoons are wonderful things. Weekend strolls on sunny afternoons that involve getting to see fantastic art are even better, and that’s exactly what you’re going to get this Saturday  from 6-10 p.m. if you happen to be strolling through Deep Ellum or Exposition Park. The Deep Ellum Gallery Walk will be back this weekend offering everyone chance to walk through the galleries and studios both in Deep Ellum and Exposition Park. You’ll also be able to partake in some shopping, music, food and drinks, all elements of a good Saturday.

The event is free with most galleries in walking distance of each other, but for those that aren’t, the DART green line will be available to take patrons from the Deep Ellum and Baylor stations to the Fair Park station in Expositoin Park.


Suds and Smoke at Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Posted by    |    February 21st, 2013 at 4:19 pm

suds and smoke dallas

Do you like the barbecue goodness of Smoke or the tender magic of Chicken Scratch? Do you like craft beer from Deep Ellum Brewing Company, mussels from Lucia, or brunch from The Grape? Do you go to Central Market solely for the samples? You get around, Dallas food lover you, and you’re going to want in on this dinner.


Why Everyone Should Spend a Saturday at Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Posted by    |    January 28th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

  1. Craft beer is awesome
  2. It’s cheap
  3. It’s a local business to be proud of


Until Saturday, my only brewery tour experience was the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland. It’s a bit like a museum: very deep ellum brewery tourorganized, very educational, and a little bit of beer.

When we pulled up to Deep Ellum Brewing Company this weekend, my thoughts were echoed exactly by one of our friends: “I don’t really know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this.”