Lorde @ Gilley’s South Side Ballroom

Posted by    |    March 3rd, 2014 at 4:59 pm

 

Photo Credit – @lordemusic on Twitter

At the age of sixteen, Lorde blessed us with her debut EP, The Love Club. That was 2012, and since then, she’s released her debut album, Pure HeroinLorde’s music is dance-inducing, a little dark, and definitely fresh. I’ve never seen her live, but judging by the live recordings I’ve watched repeatedly on YouTube, she puts on a pretty great show. If you’re one of the lucky people who snatched up tickets to tonight’s sold out show at Gilley’s South Side Ballroom, I deeply envy you. I would ask you to post as many photos, videos, and updates to Twitter and Instagram as possible during the performance, but the jealousy may overwhelm me, and I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the magic on stage. Check in to Gilley’s on Facebook, let all your friends post their jealous comments, take one photo to capture the memory, and then just put your phone away and take it all in.

The Pixies @ Gilley’s South Side Ballroom

Posted by    |    March 3rd, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Photo Credit – Iris Hughey, Dallas Observer

Last Friday, Pixies performed at Gilley’s South Side Ballroom. If you  missed it like I did, check out this playlist of the full Pixies set list from Friday (with the exception of Silver Snail, which is not on Spotify but was played between Nimrod’s Son and Ed Is Dead). I’m sad to have missed the show, but at least this playlist includes co-founder Kim Deal, who left the band in June of last year. “No Kim, No Deal” is a new motto for die-hard fans of the band’s former bassist and backing vocalist. On the bright side, she’s still the sole continual member of The Breeders, formed in 1990, whose song Off You was just featured in Spike Jonze’s spectacular Oscar-winning movie Her.  I’m hoping The Breeders come to South Dallas soon!

Open Mic Night @ Poor David’s Pub

Posted by    |    February 20th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Last night was Open Mic Night at Poor David’s Pub in South Dallas – a weekly Wednesday occasion hosted by Mr. Troll of Dallas Area Open Mic Nights. I knew it was going to be a good night when I walked in and heard Weezer’s Blue Album was playing in its entirety while the crowd waited. It got even better when Mr. Troll personally welcomed and introduced himself to me. He kicked off the show with three of his own original songs, then introduced the rest of the performers, one of which was Poor David himself!

 

Play guitar? Like to sing? Wanna perform? Just show up next Wednesday and drop your name in the bucket. Judging by last night’s performances, you’ll be in good company. Plus, they have cameras set up so you can purchase a YouTube-ready video of your performance afterward. And if you don’t fancy performing, but want something fun and cheap to do on a Wednesday night, I’d highly recommend stopping in for some good drinks and free entertainment.

South Dallas In The Snow

Posted by    |    February 12th, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Nylo in the Snow (1)

South Side in the Snow (2)

Actual snow is an unusual thing here in Texas. When it comes to “arctic blasts,” harsh ice and sleet are about all we get, and it’s never fun. Have you seen Frozen yet? That “eternal winter” the kingdom gets trapped in? That’s an enviable situation, in my opinion, compared to intense Texas winter weather. You can’t make cute snow angels with your little sister in half-solid, half-marshy, dirt-sprinkled ice clumps. You can’t build Frosty The Snowman with golf ball-sized hail. You just can’t. Very painful “snowball” fights which often result in injuries are about as Disney-montage-worthy as it gets. Last Friday, though, something magical happened. It snowed. Like… actual, real, genuine snow. The kind that falls softly and slowly from the sky, sugar-coating men’s beards and settling on window panes oh-so picturesquely. Some friends and I were in South Dallas for lunch and decided to stop by the NYLO and South Side at Lamar to capture this rare occasion.

Nylo in the Snow (1)

That soft, silent snowfall was certainly peaceful, but after a few minutes of shooting, we were too pathetically cold to really take it all in. We warmed  up at the Baby Back Shak on South Akard with some of the best ribs, beans, and coleslaw I’ve ever had in my life (more details on that heavenly lunch to come soon!).

South Side in the Snow (1)
Nylo in the Snow (3)
Nylo in the Snow (2)

Abi Ferrin Designs for 80% Off! Shhh…It’s a Secret Sale!

Posted by    |    January 30th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

This Friday and Saturday, 1/31 and 2/1, Dallas’ fave fashion designer, Abi Ferrin, is offering up to 80% off on select merchandise and unique samples at her Freedom Friday Secret Sale!  Don’t miss this opportunity to supplement your wardrobe with some of Ferrin’s beautifully unique and always comfortable fashion statements for pennies on the dollar!!  At such an amazing price, just think of how many wonderful pieces you can pick up for the cost of just one outfit.   This is a sale not to be missed so come early to take advantage of the best selection!  And, oh yeah, mums the word….

When:  Friday & Saturday, 1/31 & 2/1

Time:  12 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Where:  The Revolving Door, South Side on Lamar

1409 Lamar Street, Suite 103

 

Have Two Left Feet?? Check out Gilley’s Dance Seminar, Saturday, Jan. 11th!

Posted by    |    January 9th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

For those that will hover over a drink at the bar or will strike up a contrived conversation just to avoid having to self-consciously set foot on the dance floor, Gilley’s has just the ticket!  This Saturday, January 11th, Gilley’s is hosting a Dance Seminar in the South Side Music Hall that is open to all ages and dance ability!  What a great opportunity for the dance-challenged to overcome their fear or for the more confident to brush up on their dance moves.  So, dust off those boots and dancing shoes and join the fun!

Here is an example of the seminar’s many offerings:

12:30-1:00 Mixer Dance (Waltz & Swing)

1:00-2:00 Swing, Cha Cha, 3 Step

2:00-3:00 Spin Class, Progressive Double 2 Step, Salsa

3:00-4:00 Pot Luck Party! Every person brings something to share. There are outlets to plug in your crock pot.

4:00-5:30 Progressive Double Two Step, Waltz, Two Step

5:30-6:00 Practice and Dancing

6:00-6:30 Line Dance

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes offered during all sessions

Don’t forget to bring something yummy in your crock pot for the afternoon Pot Luck Party!!

When:  Sat. Jan. 11th,   Doors open @ 12 noon

 Where:  Gilley’s South Side Music Hall

1135 S. Lamar St.

Tickets: $17 Advanced / $19 Day of Seminar

ALL AGES EVENT

$FREE PARKING (WITH SEMINAR PURCHASE)

Rolando Diaz Unveils First Mixed Media Sculpture Exhibition at South Side’s Janette Kennedy Gallery-Saturday, Dec. 7th

Posted by    |    December 3rd, 2013 at 8:00 am

Dallas’ own internationally-acclaimed Cuban American artist, Rolando Diaz, presents his first mixed media sculpture exhibition entitled Melancholy Nostalgia on Saturday, December 7th, at South Side on Lamar’s Janette Kennedy Gallery.  The inspiration for the show dates back to Diaz’s melancholy past experiences with people, places, and feelings including sculpture based upon his Forbidden Fruit series of paintings.  Forbidden Fruit is Diaz’s interpretation of the Cuban Embargo that forbids him from visiting his beautiful and beloved homeland.

Exhibit Opening:  Dec. 7th

Artist Reception:  7 – 11 pm

Artist Discussion:  Begins at 9 pm

Exhibit Runs:  Dec. 7-29.  Gallery is open 10 am-6 pm, M-F.

Where:  Janette Kennedy Gallery, South Side on Lamar, 1409 South Lamar.