Archive for October, 2012

Three Design District Spots to Utilize your Partners Card Savings

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

In a city that sometimes behaves as though shopping were a competitive sport, there are plenty of opportunities to shop for a good cause. Despite the plethora of chances though, the Partner Card never goes out of style. Shoppers, get ready to empty your wallets once again because Partners Card is back!

For $70 you buy a Partners Card and 100% of the profit goes straight to support The Family Place, Dallas’ largest domestic violence agency. Perfect. Now you’ve helped underwrite some good deeds, what’s  next? Oh yeah, shopping. Your Partners Card entitles you to 20% at a whole heap of stores from October 26 through November 4.

Want to spend your money in the Design District? Of course you do. Here are the three places in the ‘hood I would recommend for utilizing that sweet 20% discount.

Ceylon et Cie

Michelle Nussbaumer’s glorious shop is full of gorgeous designer and antique items you’re destined to fall in love with. The brilliant and well-travelled team at Ceylon et Cie hand-pick design pieces for the discerning collector. The word discerning often implies expensive, which is why the 20% discount you get with the Partners Card makes this the ideal time to head to the design haven on Dragon Street. Whether you’re looking for portraits of 18th century noblemen or African bracelets, I think you’ll be satisfied.

Vintage Chic Trading Co.

This is a definite can’t miss. Why? Because throughout the rest of the year, owner Carla Sayklay only opens her warehouse for only a couple of days a month, during Partners Card she’s open all ten days. That means what’s usually off limits, is at your command. Sayklay spends a lot, I mean a lot, of time traveling throughout the world to find otherwise impossible to find pieces and during Partners Card week, you get to cash in on her hard work. Exotic accents, antiques, art. There’s something for everyone.

Again and Again

Yet another Design District spot helmed by a woman who tirelessly scours the world for unique and one-of-a kind treasures, Again & Again is a favorite of vintage furniture lovers and any and all Leslie Pritchard fans. Shop the inventory on hand or commission the folks at Again & Again to create something just for you. They’re nice, they’re cool, and you’re guaranteed to leave with a new vision for your house or apartment. Hey, it’s totally okay, you get a 20% discount!

These are just three of the many fabulous Design District shops participating in Partners Card this year. Here’s a quick list of all the other participating stores:

  • Again & Again
  • American Fine Art & Frame Co.
  • Anteks Home Furnishings
  • Art of Old India, Inc.
  • Big Mango Trading Co.
  • BoConcept
  • Ceylon et Cie
  • Chambers Interiors, Inc.
  • City View Antique Mall
  • Green Living
  • Highgate House
  • Jones Walker Home
  • Peacock Alley Design Studio
  • POSH Couture Rentals
  • Vintage Chic Trading Co.

For a full list of Partners Card participants, visit the Family Place’s official website. Happy shopping everyone!

Halloween in the Design District: Escapade 2012

Posted by    |    October 27th, 2012 at 5:50 am

The annual Dia de Los Muertos Escapade bash benefiting The Family Place will take place in the Design District this Saturday, at the brand new 7@150 event space off of Turtle Creek Blvd.

The party kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and features DJs Lucy Wrubel and Jeff Mitchell, a boozy candy shop, a live wrestling ring, a “friendly spirits” photo booth, live auction and plenty of food and drinks.

Tickets are $250 and can be purchased by contacting Nicole Farrar at 214.443.7717 or at Skip the soulless shenanigans and party for a cause this Halloween!

7@150 is located at The International on Turtle Creek, 150 Turtle Creek Blvd.

“Diamond Dick: The Tulsa Race Riots of 1921″ Returns to the Green Zone this Weekend

Posted by    |    October 25th, 2012 at 5:50 am

Diamond Dick: The Tulsa Race Riots of 1921 is part of a 17-play series, Soulographie, written by Erik Ehn, that intends to portray “a spiritual history of the United States in the 20th Century from the perspective of its genocides, in which it was directly involved or in which it abetted.”

Each of the 17 plays are currently showing around the country under the direction and production of independent theater companies and artists; Diamond Dick, which originally premiered at The Green Zone in April of this year, is back in production for a special 3-performance-only weekend, right before the cast and crew join the rest of the series in New York.

Project X: Theatre’s Raphael Parry directed Dallas’ installment of the series, which details the false arrest of Dick Rowland, an African American shoe-shiner accused of sexually accosting Sarah Paige in an elevator, and the riots that followed his arrest. The play  merges documentary-like testimonies with dreamy readings, live music and film.

Earlier reviewers praised Diamond Dick when it first premiered in Dallas, saying:

“Much of the play is like an intricate dance, and…represents Erik Ehn’s vision beautifully…The Tulsa Race Riots of 1921 cannot be accurately described in words – it must be seen and felt to obtain its full effect on you.”  – Mary L. Clark, Pegasus  News

“When Project X: Theatre takes Diamond Dick to New York in November, Dallas will be represented by some astonishing stagecraft. The show also reasserts Raphael Parry’s status as one of our great directors of contemporary experimental theater.” – Lawson Taitte, The Dallas Morning News

“It stirs emotions from sorrow to anger, and keeps the audience engaged throughout its 70 minutes. Simply put, it’s powerful theater.” – Mark Lowry, Theater Jones

If you’d like to see what’s it’s all about, stop by The Green Zone at 161 Riveredge Drive at one of the following times:

October 26, 8 p.m.
October 27, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Advanced tickets are $20 and General Admission tickets are $15 at the door. The box office opens 45 minutes prior to show time, or you reserve your tickets by calling Connie Gold Parry at 214-697-1995.

Also, if you happen to be in New York in mid-November, the entire Soulographie cycle will be playing at La Mama in NYC from Nov. 11 to 18.

Design District Theater Buzz: Your last chance to see Diamond Dick

Posted by    |    October 25th, 2012 at 5:50 am

"Sandman Wears Heavy Shoes" Boleyn Photography

The Dallas Design District might be known for visual art, but this weekend performance art will take center stage as Project X: Theatre opens Diamond Dick: The Tulsa Race Riots of 1921 at the Green Zone.

If the name of the play sounds familiar, you’re not having déjà vu. The play actually premiered at the Green Zone earlier this year to rave reviews from the Dallas’ theater press. It is now back for only two days — three performances — this Friday and Saturday before Project X takes the play to New York City.

Diamond Dick is part of a 17-play series by playwright Erik Ehn. The series, entitled Soulographie, composes Ehn’s interpretation and retelling of the history of genocide in the US, both instances in “which it was directly involved or in which it abetted.”

The series focuses on East Africa, Central America and Tulsa. Diamond Dick is the first play in the Tulsa series and tells the story of the Tulsa race riots of 1921. The play is the story of Dick Rowland, an African American shoe-shiner accused of sexually accosting Sarah Paige in an elevator, and the subsequent riots.

Over 300 African Americans were killed in the rioting that ensued and Diamond Dick relates the chronology of the events. Ehn uses a variety of media and methods to tell the story in the play including documentary accounts, dreamlike readings, live music and film. All of the methods come together to tell a deeply moving story concerning a dark event in American history.

Diamond Dick will be on stage in the Design District this weekend but it is only one of the 17 plays composing the series currently under production by independent theaters throughout the country. Raphael Parry is the director of the Dallas’ installment  and the founder of Project X theater.

Jenni Pittman and Walter White – Boleyn Photography

The cast and crew you’ll see on stage in the Design District this weekend head to New York after the show to stage the play in New York City. This giant leap is just an initial step in Parry and Project X’s mission to produce works specifically designed for export to the country’s top theater markets. If you’d like to monetarily support the noble aims of the Design District’s only (current) theater, you can visit

Otherwise, make plans to say farewell to the cast of Diamond Dick this weekend. Tickets are $20 in advance and $15 at the door (provided tickets remain at showtime). Shows occur on Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m. and on October 27 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.  Click here for more information and enjoy the show!

Hey guess what? Art Con’s coming to the Design District

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

One of my favorite annual events in Dallas is Art Conspiracy or Art Con if you’re into abbreviations. The event is now in its eighth year and up and until now, the one-night-only party and art auction has been held in a warehouse space in West Dallas. Well Design District readers, we have exciting news:

Art Con is coming to the Design District.

This year’s event, which takes place on November 10, will take over the space at 960 Dragon Street (a former tire plant) from 7 pm to midnight. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the event, here’s the run-down:

Art Con is re-defining the art auction for Dallas, making the concept accessible and inviting for everyone. The event features local music, an exciting auction and much more.

The organization invites 150 artists to create works using their signature 18×18-inch plywood boards. It’s up to the artists to make their pieces unique, and it’s these pieces that are auctioned off to interested buyers.

Bidding starts at only $20, making the art affordable, and the proceeds go towards philanthropies that ArtCon chooses each year. There are few requirements for the philanthropy, but the nonprofits must have an annual budget of less than $400,000 and offer creative programming in the form of art or music that gives back to youth, families and citizens within Dallas.

This year proceeds benefit Girls Rock Dallas and the W.T. White Academy of Visual and Performing Arts ceramics program.

The volunteer based event has grown annually over the past several years, and, this year, organizers are expecting it to grow yet again.

According to Executive Director Erik Glissmann at Art Con, “we bring the artist community and audience involvement together for a unique style of fundraising.”

Unique it definitely is. And props to Glissmann and his crew of volunteers for creating a successful and novel concept that opens up the intimidating notion of an art auction to an entirely new generation of art lovers and collectors. All for a good cause.

You really can’t beat that.

The Punk Aesthetic: Linder Sterling Exhibit Debuts at the Goss-Michael Foundation

Posted by    |    October 20th, 2012 at 5:50 am

The world-renowned Linder (Linder Sterling if you’re not part of the fan club) is the subject of the latest at The Goss-Michael Foundation opening, today in the Dallas Design District. The British artist, famous for her association with the 1970’s punk movement in England, will also have a career retrospective at the Musée d’art Moderne De La Ville de Paris later this year. I suppose your first retrospective in a major European museum is a sure-fire sign that you’ve made it. And Linder has definitely made it.

Whether you’re intimately familiar with the artist’s work or this is the first time you’ve heard of her, my guess is you won’t want to miss this show.

During the 1970s, Linder made a name for herself by creating collage-style art full of pop-culture iconography and appropriated photography. Her art gained fame in certain circles due in large part to its ideological connection to the anti-establishment, frenetic nature of the punk movement, which was, at the time, gaining steam throughout her native England.

In her early days, Linder was well-known for her art’s juxtaposition of provocative images with household appliances.

Since then her output has grown more diverse. Linder creates art in various media, including music, collage, performance, two-dimensional art and film. Despite her output, she maintains close ties to the radical feminist movement and consciously endeavors to critique society and the images we use to define ourselves and each other. Her goal, as is true of so many contemporary artists, has been to question our expectations and the ideals we and society have created for everything from gender identity to desire.

The Dallas exhibit of Linder’s work, entitled “Daughters of the Promised Land,” features a “large group of Linder’s characteristic collages and new large-scale photographs displayed in light boxes,” according to the Goss-Michael Foundation website. The pieces are all part of the private collection of George Michael and Kenny Goss.

Goss-Michael has chosen to showcase Linder’s work using large-scale light-boxes fitted with new montages, “originally hand-spliced as before and then re-photographed.” The light-boxes are meant to call to mind advertisements, again creating that conflicting connection between her art’s appearance and its actual intent.

Linder Sterling is an artist of our generation and for her generation. Don’t miss this show. Linder’s art will be on display at the Goss-Michael Foundation until January  31, 2013.

RE-THINK Symposium & Arts Festival is This Saturday at WELD

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

On October 20th, “change agents” from around Dallas will come together to speak at RE-THINK, an event put on by Walk The Light to explore the use of art as it relates to the common good. Culture’s role in society has been changing in recent years, and Dallas is no exception. According to the RE-THINK mission statement, “We believe that now is the time to re-think presumptions about the purpose of art, and how it relates to the goings-on in Dallas.”

The symposium will take place at 7 p.m. at WELD in the Design District, an area that is not only full of art and culture but is also changing just as rapidly as the world of art. Along with drinks, food and art on display, the following people will be speaking at the symposium:

Carlos Cazares, Mexican visual artist, curator for the Renacimiento Cultural Foundation and board member of Walk the Light

Merrick Pickens, artist advocate and founder of CreateGate, an organization that challenges artists to use their vision for positive impact in the world

Laura Allen, founder and executive director of Walk the Light and founder of Pencil, Inc., which consults for and performs business start-up and management services

Jenny White, executive director of Art House Dallas and board member for Art House America

Andrew Howard, co-founder of the Better Block Project and an active transportation planner focused on vibrant, walkable communities and sustainable urbanism

Brandon Castillo, founder and director of Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, Pegasus Plaza Market and Deep Ellum Food Truck Rally

Lisa Walters, owner and founder of FreeLisa Designs, an eco-friendly screen printing and graphic design business and founder of Banner Theory, a nonprofit that converts reclaimed billboard vinyl into accessories and indoor/outdoor furniture and whose profits benefit other nonprofits consistent with Lisa’s mission

Justin Nygren, co-founder of ArtLoveMagic

Vynsie Law, co-owner of We Are 1976

Kyle Steed, graphic artist and illustrator

Shane Spillers, partner in Eno’s, Oddfellows and Union Bear restaurants

Walk the Light is a nonprofit that believes the biggest influence on a city or society is art; “We believe that artists carry the soul of a society; they broadcast the pulse of a community of people.” Their events hope to give artists a venue to exchange ideas, collaborate on projects and to contribute to the idea that art can be a powerful vehicle for change.

Tickets for RE-THINK are $10 and can be purchased here.


A Walk to Remember: Stroll Slocum Street this Thursday

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

Once a year, the stylish showrooms of Slocum Street throw open their doors and introduce Dallasites to their extraordinary offerings. Slocum Street Style is a Design District tradition and it’s right around the corner!

The Design District is home to the nation’s fourth largest concentrated campus of luxury furnishing showrooms, art and antique gallerie. Slocum Street is the epicenter of the antique scene and is a major reason that the Design District the go-to destination for interior designers from around the country.

The street is internationally known for its collection of high-end antique showrooms and, on Thursday, October 18, they will all be open to the public to browse, shop and enjoy food and drinks. Think the Dallas Art Dealer’s Association’s bi-annual gallery walks, except for instead of just art, you’ll be able to browse furnishings, art, accessories, antiques and more.

Slocum Street will be closed to traffic on Thursday night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Trolleys will be on hand to transport guests who either can’t stroll or would rather ride between showrooms.

Check out the Design Guide website for a full list of participating showrooms, which feature a wide variety of offerings including European antiques, oriental rugs, custom furniture, stone furnishings, floral design and accessories.

Whether you’re decorating, re-decorating, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, you’ll be welcome!

Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio Returns to the Design Center

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

Thrift Studio has become one of the Design District’s most popular events, bringing a pop-up design showroom whose proceeds benefit Dwell with Dignity. This time around, Thrift Studio will be at the Dallas Design Center from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10, and feature vignettes from some of Dallas’ most celebrated designers.

At the preview party tonight (and for the duration of the 30 day pop-up) you’ll see scenes designed by Cynthia Collins, Breckinridge Taylor, John Phifer Marrs, Laura Lee Clark, Lisa Luby Ryan, Stella Dallas and Peacock Alley. All vignettes combine used, donated or overstock furniture and accessories with high end designer pieces — everything is for sale, and everything benefits Dwell with Dignity!

Dwell with Dignity is a nonprofit organization made up of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. They provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry.

The Thrift Studio Preview Party is this evening, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.; tickets are $125. The hours of the Thrift Studio are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to  5:30 p.m. The studio is located at 110 Slocum Street, Suite 280.


An Evening of Art: This Saturday’s Can’t-Miss Art Exhibit Openings

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

Fall gallery season is in full swing and the galleries of the Design District have some very interesting and exciting shows opening this weekend. Here are my three can’t miss openings for this Saturday, including two, coincidentally, with an interesting focus on water.

Texas-Bauhaus at PDNB Gallery

As a general rule, I think Dallas galleries do a really good job of making the connections between Texas artists and the art historical movements they work within. And, as with most people, I have an affinity for particular schools of art. The Bauhaus, an all-encompassing German art movement well-known for its utilitarian and modernist artistic tenets, is one which I find particularly fascinating. Hence my excitement for PDNB Gallery’s show entitled “Texas-Bauhas: The Bauhaus connection with Texas.” PDNB will feature photography from Bauhaus artists and three North Texas artists whose work is influenced by the principles of the movement. In another interesting twist, the three Texas artists represented are all women.  The show opens on Saturday, October 13th with a reception at PDNB Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. and will run through January 5.

Ida Lansky, Artichokes, 1950

Dara Mark: Chi Gong at Smink

Chi Gong is a Chinese practice of meditation which involves a focus on rhythmic breathing in conjunction with fluid movements to create a calm state of being. People engage the practice for a variety of reasons, including alternative medicine, exercise and, of course, meditation. In Dara Mark’s work on display at Smink, Mark uses her Chi Gong practice to influence her exploration of water through ethereal watercolor paintings. She allows the water to draw the pigments of her watercolor out until it settles while, at the same time, inserting a structure so the free-flowing pigments and Mark’s regular structure of white space create a unique result. Mark compares the visual flow of her paintings to “a breath supported by the structure of the ribcage.” Smink will host an opening reception for “Dara Mark: Chi Gong” on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and the show will be on display until November 24.

Le Temps de L’eau, Take Me to the River at Cohn Drennan Contemporary

I’m a sucker for artist collectives. When a group of like-minded artists come together, make a statement and create unique exhibits and projects, I always feel as though, even if they create work outside of my preferred styles, I’ll find something inspired and fascinating about a group of people who feel so passionately about what they are doing. On Saturday Cohn Drennan Contemporary opens a unique show from an artist collective who call themselves Take Me to the River (TMTTR). The group recently created a multidisciplinary project in Provence, France that addressed water-related themes. They were commissioned to create the exhibit for the 6th World Water Forum in Marseilles last spring and we arere fortunate that Cohn Drennan has snagged the show for a stop in Dallas.

According to the mission statement for the exhibit from TMTTR, “The works of art presented in Le Temps de L’eau present the majesty of water, the spirituality related with water, the abuse of water, the politics of water, the commerce connected to water, water as a metaphor that unites people and even the fun and joy of water.” It sounds fascinating.  Cohn Drennan is hosting an opening reception for “Le Temps de L’eau” on Saturday from 6 t0 8 p.m. and you can view the exhibit until November 21.

David Carlson and Betsy Stewart, Water Quilt, 2012, video installation