Archive for September, 2014

Cyclesomatic | Bicycle Brewery Tour, October 4th, 1:30 – 7:00 PM

Posted by    |    September 23rd, 2014 at 4:35 pm

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The original Bicycle Brewery Tour is back for a third round, and will be kicking off this year’s 6th annual Cyclesomatic on October 4th!
Here are the details:


Meet Up Location:

  West entrance of the Continental Bridge Park; near Trinity Groves

Meet Up Time:

  1:30 PM

Departure Time:

  2:00 PM

RSVP on Facebook Here

Event is rain or shine

Read tips on how to prepare for a bicycle brewery tour!

Stop Location Arrival Departure Cost
1st Community Brewing Co. 2:15 3:15 $10 online, $15 at door
2nd Four Corners Brewing 3:30 4:30 All Day Alehouse, $3 cans
3rd Bishop Cider Co. 4:45 PM 1st group; 5:00 PM 2nd group 5:45 Day of menu
4th Small Brewpub 6:00 7:00 Day of menu


Lake Cliff Park Centennial This Weekend!

Posted by    |    September 18th, 2014 at 12:23 pm

DADA Bike Swarm | September 20th

Posted by    |    September 17th, 2014 at 9:58 am


Dallas Art Dealers Association presents

29th Annual DADA Fall Gallery Walkdada

Saturday, September 20, noon – 8:00 p.m.



Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA) will present its 29th annual Fall Gallery Walk on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from noon to 8 p.m. at over 35 art spaces all over North Texas, including Arlington, Irving, Denton, and around Dallas.    Art lovers of every description will have the opportunity to socialize and tour a full spectrum of galleries and special exhibitions—all in one day, all for FREE, all in North Texas. Sadly, you can’t walk to all of them, but you can bike to many of them (see Bike Swarm below), and, of course, you can drive to them.    Go online at to print out a map. Hours at each gallery vary; please see individual listings. For more information, call 214.914.1099 or e-mail A good place to start is The MAC, 3120 McKinney Avenue, in Uptown Dallas.


10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Antèks Book Signing Event benefiting Edith Baker Art Scholarship

Meet Barry Friedman, six-time Emmy Award nominated writer and author of Still Chasing Rainbows: Collecting American Indian Trade & Camp Blankets Volume Two. Shop antique Navajo blankets, Antèks rustic home furnishings, and vintage Native American jewelry, pottery, and baskets presented by fifth-generation Indian trader Jed Foutz of Shiprock Santa Fe gallery. Saturday, September 20, beginning at 10 a.m. at Antèks, 1135 Dragon Street. Complimentary on-site appraisals of vintage Navajo blankets will be available. Cocktail reception 4 p.m. Cowboys & Indians Magazine is a proud partner of this unique event.

1:30 – 5 p.m.
DADA Bike Swarm

Cyclists of all age levels and abilities are invited to the Dallas Art Dealers Association, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and Bike Friendly Cedars Bike Swarm as part of the Fall Gallery Walk on Saturday, September 20, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 West Jefferson Boulevard. The event includes a self-guided tour of the art galleries located in the Design District. FREE! For more information, call 214.914.1099 or go to the Facebook event here.

2 – 8 p.m.
DADA Docents Program

High school students serve as exhibition hosts at select DADA galleries. FREE! For more information, call 214.914.1099.

About DADA

The Dallas Art Dealers Association is an affiliation of established independent gallery owners and nonprofit art organizations in the Dallas metropolitan area. DADA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethical practice within the profession and to increasing public awareness of the role and responsibilities of reputable art dealers and nonprofit visual art spaces.

About the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and
Artist Career Development Fund

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA created a scholarship honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one
of its founding members, Edith Baker. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, a 501(c)(3), financially benefits students pursuing the
study of visual arts, along with giving those students a gallery internship, a mentor, and an artist studio visit. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 13, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Business of Art: Public Art 101

Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA), Creative Arts Center (CAC), The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), and now the Business Council for the Arts (BCA) and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) are joining together to present The Business of Art: Public Art 101 on Saturday, September 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The MAC, 3120 McKinney Avenue. It will include public art basics and beyond, from finding the call for artists to the completion of projects. Participants will receive in-depth information and public art resource materials. Tickets are available in advance at and benefit the Edith Baker Art Scholarship. The Bowdon Family Foundation, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and Texas Commission on the Arts have provided financial support for this event. Art News DFW is the media sponsor.

About Creative Arts Center

Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) provides a nurturing environment for people to discover, develop, and express their artistic visions. Located on a two-acre campus four miles east of downtown Dallas, CAC offers more than 500 classes and workshops per year in such disciplines as ceramics, clay sculpture, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal arts, mosaic, painting, photography, printmaking, and stone carving. CAC also offers free arts programming to disadvantaged children. Not only a visual arts school, CAC is also a thriving arts community for a diverse range of students from teens to seniors. Visit CAC at 2360 Laughlin Drive in East Dallas or

About The Mckinney Avenue

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary

(The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom, offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art inall disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist’s role in society by providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. Visit for more information.

About the Business Council for the Arts

The Business Council for the Arts (BCA) is a nonprofit organization made up of businesses and business professionals. It provides programs in employee engagement and retention, leadership development, creative thinking, diversity, and the development of new initiatives based in the arts. The BCA serves as a connector and convener between businesses, municipalities, and arts and cultural organizations, and is an advocate for business support of the arts. The BCA was founded in 1988 as an initiative of the Dallas Citizen’s Council by Raymond D. Nasher and a team of civic leaders who recognized that great communities depend on a vibrant cultural life. Visit for more information.

About the Office of Cultural Affairs

The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) provides opportunities for all Dallas citizens and visitors to have access to the arts and the means of cultural expression. The Office of Cultural Affairs works with its citizen advisory board, the Cultural Affairs Commission, to foster the development of the cultural system in Dallas. The OCA provides a variety of programs and services, including the management and operations of seven cultural facilities, a public art program, cultural funding programs, and WRR Radio. More information on the Office of Cultural Affairs’ programs can be found on its website at


Tickets Available Now!

Posted by    |    September 15th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

This year’s Tour is October 18th and 19th from noon to 6:00 both days.

Tickets for this year’s 2014 OOCCL Fall Home Tour are available now online via Paypal at or at participating Tom Thumb’s at 315 S. Hampton, 6333 E. Mockingbird at Abrams, and 633 W. Wheatland at Cedar Ridge in Duncanville. 

Tickets sold before October 18th are $20 and $12 for seniors.

During the weekend of the tour tickets may be purchased at Ticket Central at Simply Austin at 8th and Bishop or at any of the homes for full price at $25 and $15 for seniors.

Tour is rain or shine.

Presenting the Homes for the 2014 Fall Home Tour

Posted by    |    September 15th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

1. 714 S. Manus Drive – Wynnewood North

2. 3936 Lost Creek Drive – Oak Park Estates

3. 3246 S. Ravinia Drive – Kiestwood

4. 2637 Gladiolus Lane – Brettonwoods

5. 122 S. Waverly Drive – Sunset Hill

6. 2315 Fouts Lane – West Kessler Park

7. 1065 Kessler Parkway – East Kessler Park

8. 434 W. Greenbriar Lane – East Kessler Park

9. 1606 Oak Knoll Trail – East Kessler Park

10. 922 N. Edgefield Avenue – Kings Highway

Bonus Stop: Oak Cliff Bank Tower celebrating 50 years this year.  Built in 1964.

Blues, Bandits, & BBQ plus So Much More!

Posted by    |    September 10th, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Save the Date: 11.15.14 @ Kidd Springs Park


3 Big Events Combine to Make 1 Huge Party!

We have a full day of fun in store for you on Saturday, November 15th at Kidd Springs Park!

  1. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Cliff Fest: More Than Just a Taste, with Live Entertainment, Booths, & More!
  2. 9 a.m. The Stache Dash 5k
  3. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.  Blues, Bandits, & BBQ Tasting & Awards Ceremony!

Blues, Bandits, & BBQ Returns to Kidd Springs

You won’t want to miss the 5th annual Blues, Bandits, & BBQ festival. Enjoy some of the finest barbecue in Texas from teams who are  all competing for your vote in the People’s Choice category! Just smelling all that brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausage, and chicken will have your mouth watering!

Sample barbecue from as many teams as you can handle and give your coveted token to the one you love the most! Get your barbecue tasting wristband online by clicking here.  The tasting is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. only, so don’t be late!

Think you’ve got what it takes to compete?  Barbecue team registration is now open. Click here to access the form!

And Because You Should Exercise Before You Eat That Much Meat, We Bring You a 5K.

You won’t want to miss Go Oak Cliff’s first 5k, the Stache Dash! The Stache Dash benefits the Movember Project, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and finding cures for men’s health. The 5k will start and end in Kidd Springs Park and is a chipped race. Entry is only $20 before October 31, so act now! Registration is online here!

We’re shaking things up this year and combining Cliff Fest with Blues, Bandits, & BBQ!

Make a day of it! After The Stache Dash, stick around for one of Oak Cliff’s first loved festivals- Cliff Fest: More Than Just a Taste! Enjoy shopping at and visiting with our local businesses, artists, non-profits, and more, all while you enjoy live  entertainment from the finest local performers!

Cliff Fest will kick off at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. A schedule of events will be kept current on the event page, located here! Check back often so you won’t miss out!

If you are a restaurant, business owner, artist, non-profit, school, or craftsman who lives in or works in Oak Cliff, we invite you to participate in Cliff Fest: More Than Just a Taste! To register your booth, click here.


How to Preserve History and Remain Relevant as Lake Cliff Park Turns 100 – Oak Cliff Advocate

Posted by    |    September 10th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

A panorama taken from Lake Cliff Tower shows a family walking together on a weekday evening: Photo by Danny Fulgencio 

Article by Rachel Stone

About 2,000 Dallas residents amassed at Lake Cliff Park when it opened to the public on July 4, 1906.

The privately owned amusement park boasted, at 18,000 square feet, “the largest skating rink in the world,” as well as amusement rides, a Ferris wheel, a casino and a three-story theater and opera house.


Tier II Grants announced

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

At Monday night’s reveal meeting, the 2014 Tier II Grants were announced.
Tier II grants are Nonprofit Supplemental Grants, which are funded by moneys left over from the Neighborhood Grants.  These projects help enrich our community making Oak Cliff an even better place to live.

Congratulations to:

 *** Dallas Mexican American Historical League toward obtaining a Landmark Designation for the Eagle Ford School.

 *** Hampton-Illinois Library Friends toward the purchase of Legos at the Library.

 *** Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts toward their Turner House North Roof Restoration project.

 *** Dallas Homeowners League, to help toward their expense in putting on their DHL Boot Camp in August 2015.

 *** Twelve Hills Nature Center, Inc for improvements to their Parking Area, an eco-friendly endeaver.

 *** Texas Garden Clubs, Inc & Friends of Oak Cliff Parks in their joint Monarch Butterfly Way Station Project.

 *** Fort Worth Avenue Development Group toward maintenance of the Western Heights Cemetery.

The Ultimate Parking Guide To Bishop Art’s District

Posted by    |    September 4th, 2014 at 3:09 pm


Exellent strategy for avoiding the difficulty to park a vehicle in the Bishop Arts District. Or you can just use your bicycle like many of our members do!

Originally posted on cravedfw:

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The Bishop Arts restaurant district is now entrenched as a “go to” spot for Dallas-ites and tourists looking for a unique dining and shopping experience.  The area offers a blend of locally owned restaurants and shops in a charming walkable environment. Additional restaurants and shops are opening every month as industrial and existing retail buildings are repurposed.  The Bishop Arts district now encompasses an almost 30 square block area south of Davis Street between Zang and Tyler.

So to get this out of the way – there is no parking problem in Bishop Arts.  

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