Archive for August, 2012

Celebrate Fashion’s Night Out With Audra Janak in the Design District

Posted by    |    August 31st, 2012 at 10:08 am

Audra Janak is kicking off Fashion’s Night Out with a party of her own. Not to interfere with the official FNO events on Sept. 6,  Audra is throwing a launch party the evening before to debut her newest collection of designer handbags, and giving attendees $25 off their pre-orders.

Audra is a Texas native who draws her inspiration from 20th century industrial artists like Ed Ruscha and Charles Sheeler. Her elegant, modern handbags are versatile and timeless, and you’ll be the first to see her latest designs at the Sept. 5th launch party.

The party will take place at the Poggenpohl showroom, 1804 Hi Line Drive, from 6 to 9 p.m. You can RSVP here.

PDNB branches out from Photography

Posted by    |    August 30th, 2012 at 5:50 am

I’m a big photography fan; who isn’t in the Facebook age? Whatever your method of choice, my generation documents our life with photographs, it’s how we define ourselves.

That’s one of the reasons Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, or PDNB as it is better known, has always been one of my favorite galleries in the Design District and why it was especially surprising to me that they’re preparing to exhibit an artist whose sole medium is not the camera. Despite my initial hesitancy; however, I think PDNB’s kick-off to the Fall season is going to be a very exciting show.

Jesus Moroles. Photo by Don Netzer

On September 8, PDNB will open an exhibit by a renowned Texas artist named Jesus Moroles. Moroles is a native Texan with artwork on display throughout the world. One of Moroles’ most visible public sculptures, the massive, 22 foot tall Lapstrake 1987, sits in a prominent position directly across from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Moroles is known for his monumental granite sculptures that to me seem to focus on the innate nature of the stone while at the same time invoking an unbreakable connection between modern-day sculpture and the lengthy history of man’s artistic relationship with stone as a medium.

Moroles’ work is firmly rooted in artistic tradition and mankind’s collective history and PDNB could not have chosen a better artist with whom to branch out from photography.

Moroles’ “Rings of Granite” will open at PDNB on September 8 and feature 11 small, sculptural works. The highlight of the show will be several large suspended RINGS of granite.

PDNB has released several preview photos but I can’t wait to see how the gallery will display work it typically would shy away from. This is one you won’t want to miss so mark your calendars for the opening reception on September 8th and the artist reception and book signing on September 27th. The show will run through November.

Labor Day Specials at Bridge Bistro

Posted by    |    August 29th, 2012 at 10:14 am

In anticipation of a new fall menu, Bridge Bistro is serving up its favorite summer dishes as well as introducing a few new ones this Labor Day weekend. From Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, the Riverfront restaurant will also offer 1/2 price bottles of wine and $5 specialty drinks.

On the menu will be Cajun-American items distinctive to Kay Agnew’s Bayou style, like crab stuffed shrimp, redfish Margaux, popcorn crawfish and country fried quail.

For reservations, call (214) 740-1985. Bridge Bistro is located at 921 N. Riverfront Blvd. in the Design District.

Celebrate DFW’s Free Day of Yoga at BE Health & Yoga Center, new in the Design District

Posted by    |    August 26th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Are you a yogi? No, I’m not asking if you’re a picnic stealing bear, but rather a practitioner of yoga. Yoga became popular in the U.S. in the early 2000′s, and its popularity has stood the test of time, proving it’s not just a trend, but a movement that is here to stay.

If you still haven’t jumped on the yoga train, here’s your chance to try it out! September 3 marks DFW Free Day of Yoga. Sponsored by Luke’s Locker and the Crow Collection of Asian Art, in conjunction with the Family Day at the Crow, over 70 participating locations will offer free yoga classes to anyone who is interested. And one of those locations just happens to be in the Design District!

Balancing Energy Health & Yoga Center recently opened its doors at 1425 Dragon St. Owner Lisa Breitenwischer is a Holistic Health Counselor and Yoga teacher of almost seven years. She practices a holistic approach to health and wellness and is trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.

Lisa will be offering up two free morning yoga classes at the studio, including a Vinyasa Flow class at 10 a.m. and a Core Strengthening class at 11:30 a.m.

“I hope people will take advantage of this opportunity to try yoga for the first time, experience a new style of yoga, share yoga with family and friends, or just visit our new studio!” Lisa says.

Personally, I’m excited to get back into the practice, and, it’s the perfect excuse to purchase a new lululemon outfit!

What’s Brewing in the Dallas Design District: Inside Peticolas Brewing Company

Posted by    |    August 24th, 2012 at 5:50 am

According to Michael Peticolas, Dallas is the priority. On a recent tour of Peticolas Brewing Company, in the heart of the Design District, master (and only) brewer Michael Peticolas elicited loads of cheers from about fifty beer nerds when he assured his patrons his goal was to create a local beer market.

Upon being asked whether he’s distributing to our fellow big Texas cities, Peticolas responded in the negative. “I’ve been driving to Houston and Austin to get their beer for years,” Peticolas said, “it’s about time they drive up here to get some of ours.”

That’s not to say the wildly popular Peticolas brews won’t eventually be enjoyed in cities throughout the country, rather that the priority is building a local market.

The first step of his process, which he is taking slowly and thoughtfully, is allowing the local consumers to choose which beers he brews year-round.

His beers are already well-known throughout the city with the Velvet Hammer, a very strong but delicious Imperial Red Ale, winning Peticolas’ designation as his first year-round brew. According to Peticolas, the verdict is still out on the other two beers he has in the local market; the Royal Scandal, a classic, English style Pale Ale and the Golden Opportunity, a German Style Kolsch. It’s too early to tell which ones are the city’s favorites, but it’s clear Peticolas is committed to giving the people what they want.

Apart from listening more than most producers, Peticolas is a hero for Dallas craft beer lovers in other ways. Until about a year ago Dallasites didn’t have a whole lot of choices when they wanted to drink local, none within city limits. Peticolas was one of several local and state beer lovers who were instrumental in getting the law changed so brewers could brew and package its beer within city limits.

Now the law has changed and Dallas is seeing a boom in local breweries as the city continues to become more beer-centric. Some of the credit no doubt goes to Peticolas and his commitment to giving Dallas good beer.

So next time you’re out ask for a Peticolas brew, you’ll be glad you did. And make sure to follow the guy on Twitter and Facebook, especially as he heads to the Great American Beer Festival, the mother of craft beer festivals, in October. He’s entering four beers into the competition and who knows, maybe he’ll come back an award-winner.

Dallas Handmade Arts Market Opens Labor Day Weekend in the Design District

Posted by    |    August 23rd, 2012 at 11:19 am

Sometimes, it’s hard to track down quality, handmade items in your area; especially when the market seems to be inundated with stuff like this. 

Luckily, a new indoor venue is opening up in the Design District on Sept. 1 that will do some of the curating for you. Dedicated specifically to local handmade art, photography, fashion, decor and gifts, Dallas Handmade Arts Market will feature up to 50 different artists each weekend, offering a one-stop shop for unique artisanal items.

The Market, located at 327 Cole Street, will also feature live music from local musicians and complimentary “Wine Walk Saturdays” and “Beer Browse Sundays.” Booths can be rented by the weekend, ensuring a new and eclectic group of artists every time you visit.

Jorge Herrera, President and Chief Artist Herder says, “Many handmade artists have other, full-time jobs or can only produce small quantities of their products, so it doesn’t make sense for them to open their own store. Instead, they can rent a weekend booth and connect with shoppers who appreciate handmade quality and feel good about supporting the Dallas arts community.”

The hours of the Market are:

Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.(5-7 p.m. Wine Walk)

Sundays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (3-5 p.m. Beer Browse)


Do the Strand! Here are your Trinity Strand Trail Updates

Posted by    |    August 22nd, 2012 at 5:50 am

Earlier this year the Dallas Design District TIF agreed to hand over $400,000 for enhancements to the already funded Trinity Strand Trail, a project that has been generating a lot of buzz for the neighborhood. Since the city is getting close the next phase of construction, here is a brief introduction to and update on what’s coming up for the Strand.

In 2002, a group of Dallasites formed the Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail to steward the planning, construction and enhancement of a 7.8-mile hike and bike trail along the original Trinity River watercourse, right next door to downtown Dallas. All of Dallas will benefit from the addition of another opportunity for the city to get outdoors, but few neighborhoods will benefit as much as the Dallas Design District. With two trailheads right in the middle of the neighborhood, the Design District is in the heart of the project.

Here’s a map detailing the master plan for the project, which was finished in 2011 and shows one of the most exciting aspects of the project: its connection to the very popular Katy Trail. The Strand will connect area hotels, DART, medical facilities, businesses and residences, allowing Dallasites to bike to work, back home or even out to eat.

Now for a construction update.

Early steps in the process included construction of two trail heads. One is located at the end of Hi Line Drive and was completed in 2009. If you spend time in the neighborhood you’ve probably noticed the trail head sign just down the street from The Meddlesome Moth. Another early step was the completion of Turtle Creek Plaza in 2010.

Additionally, the Design District TIF approved funding of a soft-surface trail to run alongside a 2-mile section of the already funded concrete trail.

What’s next? Phase 1! The city is currently examining construction bids for Phase I of the trail, which includes 2.5 miles of path starting at the intersection of Oak Lawn and Stemmons Freeway and ending at Farrington Street. Construction is projected to begin in late fall of this year.

While there is still a ways to go, the Trinity Strand Trail team is definitely making progress.

The cooperative effort it has taken to get this done and the thoughtful nature the project’s founders are giving to the ecological restoration of such a rich, yet historically neglected area, is exciting and inspiring. Almost all of the land for the Strand has been donated and due diligence is being done to restore the indigenous plants alongside the trail. The Trinity Strand Trail promises to not only be good for our health, but a project that will enhance our already beautiful city.

More updates to come as construction begins and the next phases get finalized. If you want to stay up to date on the project, follow @trinitystrand on Twitter or like the Trinity Strand Trail on Facebook.

First Nutrition Class at Fusion Fitness is This Thursday

Posted by    |    August 21st, 2012 at 10:49 am

Have you ever wondered how a serving size in grams translates to what you actually put on your plate, or why you’re supposed to drink chocolate milk after a workout? Lucky for you, Fusion Fitness is hosting a Nutrition Seminar Aug. 23 at their 1430 Dragon St. studio.

At the seminar, attendees will learn the ins and outs of reading a nutrition label, what to eat pre & post workout, the difference between good and bad carbs and much more. A Q&A sessions with the nutritionist will follow the seminar to ensure that all your questions are answered.

The seminar will begin at 6:45 p.m. and is free for Fusion members, $10 for non-members. RSVP to to reserve a spot!


Plan Your Weekend: This Saturday in the Design District

Posted by    |    August 18th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Although summertime is slow season for art galleries, there’s no shortage of activity going on this weekend in the Design District. Why not plan an art-filled weekend in the neighborhood? Here are a few quick suggestions.

"Smarties, Smarties" by Peter J Blackburn at Sun to Moon Gallery

Sun to Moon Gallery

It’s the last week for Sun to Moon Gallery’s current show, “Antiquarian Avant-Garde Photography: Works by the North Texas Alternative Process Group,” and those of you who haven’t been out to see the fascinating show have one more chance this Saturday.

In celebration of a fantastic run, attendees on Saturday will have the opportunity to meet the photographers whose work is on display during an afternoon gallery talk. Support local art and learn about the mission of the North Texas Alternative Process Group – to explore the art of photography through unconventional or antique photographic methods.

Mary Tomas Studio Gallery

The Creative Arts Council’s 2012 juried show winners have been on display at Mary Tomas Studio Gallery for several weeks now, but the gallery is hosting a closing reception for the winners on Saturday evening. The event is open to the public, and, not only will attendees be able to view the 30 works selected as finalists for the 2012 competition, they will also be able to view work by some of the newest artists associated with the gallery. The reception runs kicks off at 5 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m.

Circuit 12 Contemporary

Although it officially opened a couple of weeks ago, Circuit 12 Contemporary’s newest exhibit, “Curse of the Coulee”, will be wide open this weekend following another soft opening on Friday night. “Curse of the Coulee” features original work from fascinating Wisconsin artist Sofia Arnold.

Arnold’s interest in ruralism and neo-folk movements from a voyeuristic viewpoint leads to a unique style of expressionist painting, often depicting animals and humans in intriguing and occasionally disconcerting environments. You don’t want to miss this talented artist’s work. Curse of the Coulee will be on display at Circuit 12 until September 4th.

RE:DEFINE Returns to Goss-Michael Foundation this September

Posted by    |    August 16th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Last year the Goss-Michael Foundation inaugurated a wonderful tradition in the form of its multi-part RE:DEFINE event, and I could not be more thrilled that they’re bringing the event back for another year.

Mark your calendars for September 13 through 21, and head out to the Goss-Michael Foundation’s Design District gallery for an art exhibit and auction benefitting a great cause.

Gerard Rancinan – Le Banquet des Idoles, 2012

RE:DEFINE was founded in 2011 to mark the 30th anniversary of AIDS and, in its the inaugural year, raised over $700,000 for MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation. The foundation, launched in 2004, exists to support youth-led initiatives committed to stopping the spread of HIV in local communities. To date, the foundation has awarded 304 grants, distributing over $3 million.

The Goss-Michael Foundation will serve as the exhibition host for the event and will be curated by a group known as The Future Tense, that maintains its mission is to re-invent the traditional art gallery experience and support the careers of emerging artists via its exhibits and events.

Last year the RE:DEFINE event exhibited and sold original works of art from the likes of Damien Hirst, Shepherd Fairey and Tracey Emin, to name a few. This year promises an equally impressive line-up of talented artists, with many such as Michael Craig-Martin, Ryan McGinness and Chuck Elliot already confirmed to produce original art for the event.

MTV RE:DEFINE Exhibition View, 2011

In order to draw the general public out to the free exhibit during it’s week-long run, the Goss-Michael Foundation is committed to hosting tours and artist talks that will be open to everyone in the lead-up to the official VIP gala and auction on September 22.

This is also the date when the money will be raised as VIP’s purchase tickets to what promises to be a beautiful night of art and music, culminating in the silent auction which will feature exclusive luxury packages in addition to the art.

Even if you can’t support the event monetarily, make sure to at least head out to see the exhibit and support a worthy cause.

RE:DEFINE opens September 13 and is free and open to the public through September 21 at the Goss-Michael Foundation.