Archive for September, 2012

See “Pretty Much Everything” at Dallas Contemporary

Posted by    |    September 29th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Dallas Contemporary Photo by Dallas Contemporary

Dallas hasn’t always been known for it’s art. In fact, we’re still hard at work showing people that we truly are a world-class art city. Those of us who call Dallas home, however, are well aware that Dallas has a lot to offer both visitors and residents when it comes to culture.

The Design District is lucky to have so many incredible galleries and art spaces. In the past year, the Dallas Contemporary in particular has been seriously helping to bolster the reputation of Dallas and the Design District neighborhood as art destinations.

The Contemporary has garnered a massive amount of national and even international press due to their launch this year of the first and last Dallas Biennale. The Contemporary commissioned work, which was displayed throughout the city, some of it’s actually still around, and art writers from all over the world took note of the concept and the work. The Biennale also raised awareness within the city of the Contemporary as people who might not have been previously aware of the space and mission were heading down to the Design District

Inez & Vinoodh, Anja Rubik Descending a Staircase – Vogue Paris, 2005 Courtesy the artists and Gagosian Gallery, New York.

I’ve been a die-hard Dallas Contemporary lover for a couple of years now and every time they announce a new exhibit I get out my calendar. Here is another one you’re not going to want to miss!

On September 22, Dallas Contemporary hosted opening celebration for their new exhibit featuring the work of fashion photographers Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. They’re calling the exhibit Pretty Much Everything.

The couple is world-famous in the fashion world, with their photography appearing consistently in everything from W Magazine to Vogue Paris. 

The Contemporary’s exhibit features 300 works celebrating their 25 years in the industry that they have truly inspired. For fashion and photography lovers of all kind, this is going to be a very exciting show.

For those who missed the opening weekend celebration on September 22nd, don’t worry, the show will be on display, free and open to the public, until December 30th.

Design District Market Takes Over Cole Street Next Thursday

Posted by    |    September 26th, 2012 at 10:05 am

The blog, Jim Lake Companies, and Deep Ellum Outdoor Market are teaming up to bring a market to the streets of the Design District. We’ll be closing off Cole Street to make way for food trucks, street vendors, live music, local beer, and plenty of activities.

You can stop by the food pavilion to nosh on treats from Easy Slider Truck, Belgian Waffle Co., Bombay Chopstix, Tutta’s Pizza, Eat Jo Dawgs, The Butcher’s Son, and Rockstar Bakeshop, then grab a beer from one of the La Grange pop-up bars. They’ll be serving local brews from Peticolas, Lakewood, Revolver, Rahr and Deep Ellum Brewing Companies, and Denton-based Armadillo Ale Works will offer their homemade Lemon Soda Pop and Ginger Cream Ale.

A plethora of Dallas vendors will be lined up down the street, so come ready to shop! Make sure you stop by the booths of local Design Districters f. is for frank, GrassRoots Design, The Wooden House, Top Drawer Interiors and EGallery Studios, as well as favorites like Dowdy Studio, Durty Laundry, Hari Mari,and Rapid City Vintage.

The music lineup will start with Jaw, a young Dallas alternative rock band, followed by electro-pop group ZHORA, folk rockers Danny Rush and the Designated Drivers, and pop violinist Daniel Hart.

We’ll also have yard games, a pet area, and other surprises.

Get 25% our limited edition Market t-shirts if you walk or bike to the event!

A shout out to our sponsors: Trinity Loft, AVANT Broadstone Community, Trinity Capital Bank, La Grange and Yelp Dallas.

Celebrate Free Enterprise Thursday with Texas Security Bank

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

Fall is here and with it comes a slew of signature Design District events. One of my favorites is always Texas Security Bank’s annual End of Summer Barbecue, which will be hosted at 5 p.m. this Thursday, September 27. Once again, Texas Security Bank will play hosts to friends, families, neighbors and clients, serving up barbecue, beer, wine and live music. This year food will be catered by a bank client, Baker Ribs.

“We throw this neighborhood party ever year to celebrate the upcoming cooler weather and to say ‘thank you’ to all the owner-operator businesses in the Design District and Stemmons’ Corridor who have exercised the right to Free Enterprise.” says Craig Scheef, President & CEO of Texas Security Bank.

Texas Security Bank is a robust supporter of Design District businesses, many of whom they count as clients. As such, TSB’s party is a great venue for catching up with neighborhood business owners as well as meeting new faces to the area.

Thursday’s weather promises to be downright delightful, so make plans to swing by for a bite and a hello. On the fence? Check out photos from last year’s event and see the fun for yourself!

Texas Security Bank end of Summer BBQ

VINO + VINYASA at Fusion Fitness tomorrow evening

Posted by    |    September 24th, 2012 at 11:10 am

This Tuesday at 6:45 p.m., drop by Fusion Fitness at 1430 Dragon Street for a unique event for yogis and winos. Enjoy an hour of relaxing Vinyasa Flow yoga, followed by a glass or two of complimentary wine.

The event is free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Bring your own yoga mat if possible!

Design District Fall Sale Round Up

Posted by    |    September 23rd, 2012 at 5:50 am

I love a good deal, and now is the perfect time to score one! Several Design District showrooms are currently hosting superb sales, so I’ve compiled a round up to that will make your deal hunting easy as can be. Several to-the-trade showrooms are opening their sales to the public, so be sure to take advantage of those while you can!

Lastly, be sure to share your home furnishing finds with us on instagram! Use the hashtag #DDesignDistrict to show off your Design District purchases!

McGannon Warehouse Sale

Who: Open to the public
What: Warehouse sale, up t0 90% off
When: Friday, September 21 – Saturday, September 22
Where: 1080 Dragon Street (Dragon Street Moving & Storage)

Ebanista Fall Sale

What: Up to 70% off
When: September 24 – October 12, 2012

September Sleep Sale

Who: Anyone!
What: Buy a king for the price of a queen, or take up to 15% off any other size Savvy Rest bed
Where: Green Living
When: Now – September 30, 2012
Bonus: Savvy Rest beds are made from USDA certified organic materials, are 100% customizable – even on each side of the bed, and come with a 20 year warranty.

Schumacher Fall Furnishings Sale

What: 10% savings on furnishing items, including tables, chairs, sofas, ottomans, and case goods in styles ranging from classic to modern.
Where: Schumacher
When: Now through October 31, 2012

Allan Knight’s A-List Outlet Tag Sale

Who: Open to the public
What: Designer showroom merchandise at up to 80% off designer net; Sale items include off the bolt yardage, upholstery, lighting, including chandeliers, sconces and lamps, pillows, accessories, acrylic furniture, and hand selected items from Les Antiques
When: Thursday, September 20 – Saturday, September 22, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WhereAllan Knight Showroom and online
Bonus: A percentage of sale proceeds will be donated to the SPCA to help provide homes, medicine, housing and food to lost and abandoned animals.

Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin + K8 Hardy Opening at the Dallas Contemporary this Weekend

Posted by    |    September 20th, 2012 at 9:05 am

The Dallas Contemporary always knows how to throw a good party, and this Saturday will be no different. From 9 to midnight, the museum will debut the work of Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin and K8 Hardy, artwork that is fashion-centric but probing and avant garde.

If you’ve ever flipped through a glossy fashion magazine, you’ve undoubtedly seen the work of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The Dutch couple are regular contributors to Vogue Paris, Purple Magazine, W Magazine and V Magazine, among others, and have created iconic advertising campaigns for leading fashion brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Gucci, Chloe, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Chanel, Roberto Cavalli and Viktor & Rolf Parfum. Though much of their work is commercial, their photography is exhibited internationally & held in collections across the world. This dialogue between commerce and art is a central theme in the work you’ll see in their exhibit, “Pretty Much Everything.”

K8 Hardy’s “September Issues” exhibition tends to stray a little more outside of the box. Utilizing video, film, photography and performance, she aims to highlight and critique the current portrayal of women in popular culture, and addresses the issues surrounding identity, gender power and personal choices.

The event is free and open to the public, and beer and wine will be complimentary. There will also be a kitschy pop up market out front organized by Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, so be sure to stop by!


Conduit Gallery’s Group Exhibit is Worth a Second Look

Posted by    |    September 19th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Last week I picked some of my must-sees for last weekend’s fall art season kickoff. Well over ten galleries in the Design District opened new shows or held opening receptions for shows which opened this week. That is some serious business.

While I didn’t make it out to every opening, and I still haven’t seen every show running, a personal favorite which didn’t make it on the original list is underway at Conduit Gallery.

Conduit is currently displaying work by three unique and fascinating artists who, although not tied together by any specific theme, each either experiment with modern technology in the creation of their work or examine the effects of that technology on art and the world around us.

The first of the three artists exhibiting work is Susan kae Grant, whose exhibition is entitled Theatrical Worlds of the Whimsical & Tragic. Grant experiments with shadows and stories through her unique photographic work that is definitely theatrical. The techniques Grant uses convey a certain eeriness, especially in conjunction with the sound and video projections she is using in the gallery with her photography. Grant manages to impart a sense of mystery to objects most of us deal with on a daily basis.

Susan Kae Grant "Amelia's Phantom"

The second of Conduit’s three artists is Mimi Kato. Kato is a Japanese born photographer who, like Grant, uses photography in a very experimental way. Kato, at the same time, puts her own spin on classic styles of Japanesse painting, movement and theater. Her pieces are especially fascinating since the artist not only appears as every role in her photographs, but also creates each costume and prop she uses. Life in Japanese suburbia informs much of Kato’s work on display at Conduit in a fascinating blend of story-telling and critique.

Mimi Kato "One Ordinary Day"

Finally, Conduit is exhibiting the work of Kris Pierce in a show entitled Final Boss of the Internet. Pierce takes influence from the internet to create art that is informed by the various media through which we surround ourselves. The exhibit’s main feature is a video installation in which Pierce combines found images with original, forcing viewers to question the idea of inherent meaning. Viewers of Pierce’s work at Conduit will find themselves immersed in a digital world, but may leave wondering what, if any, separation still exists between us and an ever growing digital world.

Kris Pierce – "Final Boss of the Internet"

These three shows on display at Conduit Gallery will run through October 6.

DADA and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Present A Fall Gallery Walk with a Twist

Posted by    |    September 15th, 2012 at 5:50 am

An avid gallery-hopper, I always look forward to the seasonal DADA, short for Dallas Art Dealers Association, Gallery Walks. They’re an opportunity to visit some of my favorite galleries while enjoying a more festive atmosphere than I sometimes might encounter.

In just a couple of weeks, it will be time for DADA’s Fall Gallery Walk and, this time, the walk comes with a fun and interesting twist.

On September 22 DADA is partnering with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff to make Bike Swarm part of the day’s gallery walk festivities. Here’s how it’s going to work:

Cyclists of any and all ages will meet at 1:3 p.m. at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center on Jefferson Boulevard. Bikers will then leave the OCCC and ride to Royal Sixty, right here in the neighborhood. I know it sounds far, but the ride is actually only 4.2 miles; easy!

At Royal Sixty riders will stop for refreshments provided by the talented Wendy Krispin before visiting art galleries in the district either on their own or on a guided tour with DADA Director Lisa Taylor.

Photo from a previous DADA Gallery Walk

The Fall Gallery Walk will feature 40 galleries, not just those in the neighborhood, and will last from 2 to 8 p.m. If you’re exploring on your own make sure to map out your route and check with the individual galleries concerning guided tours and panel discussions with some of the featured artists.

The party continues even after the tour of the neighborhood for those who want to continue their gallery-hopping at the Turner House after a ride back to Oak Cliff.

If you’re interested in the Bike Swarm and Gallery Walk, or even just the Walk, visit for more info, and a map of the route.

Live Music, Live Art, Free Beer & Photo Booth at WELD’s Open House Party Tonight

Posted by    |    September 14th, 2012 at 9:26 am

WELD is the Design District’s new-ish coworking space geared towards photographers and creative types, and they like throwing parties.

Tonight, WELD is hosting an Open House party with complimentary beer, live music from David Ramirez, Joe Moralez and Brad Cooper, food from Rockstar Bakeshop, Good Karma Kitchen and Rockn’ Rick’s, and apparently a very cool photo booth.

The event starts at 6 p.m., and you can RSVP here. WELD is located at 2410 Farrington Street.

Check out their fun promo video to get yourself pumped.


New Restaurant FT33 is on its way to the Neighborhood

Posted by    |    September 13th, 2012 at 5:50 am

It has been incredibly exciting to see how the dining and nightlife scene here in the Design District has grown over the last few years in conjunction with an influx of residents and lot of exciting development. It’s hard to believe that before the Meddlesome Moth opened for business, Design District workers and residents didn’t really have a post-work happy hour spot. These days fabulous restaurants are popping up all over the neighborhood, most notably Nick Badovinus’ Off Site Kitchen and the delectable cuisine and very popular bar at Oak.

Well good news Design District, there’s another one on the way.

Although the official opening date has not been set, FT33 is coming to the Design District in October. It will be helmed by local (almost) celebrity chef Matt McCallister.

McCallister brings a reputation and also a whole lot of talent he earned thanks in large part, no doubt, to his time in the kitchens at Stephan Pyles and Stephan Pyles’ Samar. His most recent venture was as consulting chef at the recently opened Campo in Oak Cliff, for which he got rave reviews. With those projects under his belt, McCallister decided it was time to start his own restaurant.

The name FT33 is an inside reference for those in the culinary field. After some research I learned that FT apparently stands for fire table, which is what is yelled in the kitchen when it’s time to prepare the next course for a meal, and the 33 refers to the number assigned to the restaurant’s best table.

Now for the menu. McCallister is well known for his commitment to farmers and the sourcing of farm fresh ingredients for his menus, so it’s a guarantee he’ll be serving up incredibly unique and fresh items.

From a preview press release, it appears that when FT33 opens some of the inventive menu options will include a pork jowl dish, wild boar sloppy joes and cast-iron corn bread at the bar.

The bar will be equally as exciting with a program revolving around craft beers, innovative cocktails and an approachable wine list. When it opens I’m sure it will be full of Design District workers and residents eager for a new hang-out.

It sounds to me like the neighborhood is getting another exciting restaurant in the vein of Oak that will deliver, fresh, innovative and delicious cuisine in an approachable setting.

I promise that as I know more, especially when I hear an opening date, I’ll share it. Until then, I hope you’re all as excited as I am to welcome a new restaurant to the Design District!