Charles Smith II Fashion Show @ Guapo Skate Park

Posted by    |    March 31st, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Last Friday at Guapo Skills Center in The Cedars, Designer Charles Smith II debuted his SMITH II Autumn/Winter 2014 collection. My friend Heather Lettieri of DFW Style Daily had one of the best seats in the house, next to Dallas fashion experts Lisa Petty, Cynthia Smoot, and Jeanette Chivvis. “Last year, Charles piqued my interest with his obvious talent,” Heather told me. “But with this collection he solidified his place as someone-to-watch. This collection seems inspired by the likes of Rick Owens with an obvious nod to Chanel tailoring. The clothing was daring as usual and nearly flawlessly executed. In just one year Charles has expertly refined his skill and grown into his designer status.” I’ve heard only good things about Charles Smith and I can’t wait to see what’s next for him.

Photo by Chris Jones (

Photo by Chris Jones (

Guapo Skills Center, a skate park which served perfectly as a backdrop for Charles’ cutting-edge collection, is located at 1300 Corinth St, Dallas, TX.

Baby Back Shak’s New Look

Posted by    |    March 28th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

It was lunch time and I needed to go to Baby Back Shak. As I pulled into their parking lot and realized they weren’t open, I almost had a nervous breakdown. I’m glad I didn’t do anything rash in my desperation, because later, I would learn that they were only temporarily closed for remodeling. I finally got my fix today.









I remember noting, during my first visit to Baby Back Shak, that the place was quite dark on the inside and very modestly decorated. I didn’t mind, though, because it reminded me of Freddy’s BBQ Joint on House Of Cards –  no windows, no fluff, just ridiculously good ribs. I wish I had taken photos then, because the before/after comparison is amazing.


Baby Back Shak is now even more wonderful with its new front door, wall of windows, and bright red exterior featuring a caricature of the King Of Barbecue himself, owner Clarence Cohens. All the new details on the inside, including a lit up “BBQ” sign and sturdy aluminum chairs, will make your heavenly lunch that much more delightful. The place still has that same good old hometown feeling – the new changes simply add a little more flavor to the atmosphere.


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I had a rib plate with potato salad and beans. The ribs fell right off the bone in all their uniquely flavorful glory, the potato salad was fresh and delicious, and the beans were awesome. I thought those were my favorite items on the menu until I tasted (and then ate most of) my friend’s spicy green beans.


Baby Back Shak is located at 1800 S Akard St in South Dallas. You’ll probably see me there a lot this Summer. I apologize in advance for the sauce all over my face.

2 Chainz @ South Side Ballroom

Posted by    |    March 13th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Last week at South By Southwest, Def Jam Records celebrated its 30th anniversary at Stubbs BBQ. 2 Chainz was among the performers there, which also included Pusha T and YG. Tonight, 2 Chainz is performing again for everyone in Dallas who missed out on the SXSW action. He’ll be at South Side Ballroom with August Alsina opening for him at 8:00. Don’t miss it!


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

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.

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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!).

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Nylo in the Snow (3)
Nylo in the Snow (2)

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



Jessie Ware at South Side Music Hall 10.17.13

Posted by    |    October 7th, 2013 at 7:51 pm


Jessie Ware started her career in music in a really good place, collaborating with music producer SBTRKT on his song Nervous which led to an opportunity to work with singer Sampha. Together they wrote and recorded Valentine, a song lovely in its sweetness and simplicity. With these two songs and a number of other vocal collaborations with artists like Joker, Jessie generated a wave of hype that landed her a record deal with PMR Records. Soon after Jessie put out her debut album Devotion.

Devotion is worth listening to several hundred times. On it Jessie blends R&B style vocals with synth infused beats to create songs about love and its trials. The songs are at times soulful and dramatic and other times bright and playful, but always mesmerizing. Now on tour, Jessie Ware will be making a stop at South Side Music Hall next Thursday, so don’t miss this chance to see her live and be captivated by her unique sound.



Dawes at South Side Music Hall 10.5.13

Posted by    |    October 2nd, 2013 at 8:13 pm

DDawesDawes will be coming through Dallas this weekend in support of their latest album Stories Don’t EndDawes has an easy going, acoustic-based roots rock sound that is often compared to artists like Neil Young and the Eagles, influences that  you can hear in their newest single Most People.

So if you’re in the mood for a laid back Saturday night with some good down to earth music, come out to South Side Music Hall this Saturday and enjoy new music from Dawes with songs such as From a Window Seat and Just Beneath the Surface.