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.

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



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.

CVRCHES Brings Synthopop to Gilley’s South Side Ballroom, Saturday, Nov. 23rd. BASECAMP is Opening Act!

Posted by    |    November 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am

c5db3e3f1914182f5d4a5b5741b5a4d3One of this year’s biggest buzz bands will be lighting up the South Side Ballroom stage this Saturday!  CHVRCHES (pronounced “churches”), is a Scottish synthopop trio whose unique electronic sound has been described as “a hurricane of kinetic pop energy”.  The band’s first studio album, The Bones of What You Believe, debuted in September and was immediately heralded by many as one of 2013’s best albums. The band won Best Developing Non-U.S. Act at SXSW earlier this year and made their U.S. TV debut in July on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed two songs from their album last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mother We Share and Lies, their soon to be released new single.  Not only does CVRCHES master the bass-heavy electronic dance music, but infuses strong, meaningful lyrics, sung hypnotically by lead vocalist, Lauren Mayberry.  CVRCHES’ light show is equally enticing described as “pure eye candy.  A swirling, pulsating mix of colors that is perfectly in time with the constantly shifting tempos.”

As if CVRCHES isn’t enough, BASECAMP is the opening act!  This Nashville-based trio’s recently released EP, Emmanuel, is reaping critical acclaim for its unique artistry of marrying haunting R&B vocals with meaningful lyrics and electronic stage production.  With this as BASECAMP’s Dallas debut, be one of the first to see what many are saying is the next groundbreaking style in music!

Gilley’s South Side Ballroom, Saturday, November 23rd

Doors open:  7 pm

Show:  8 pm

Tickets:  $23.50 in advance, $26.50 day of show

Standing Room Only, Show for all Ages.

Don’t Miss Abi Ferrin’s Freedom Friday Sale, Nov. 22nd!

Posted by    |    November 20th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

1005387_631607136895975_2083132519_nLocal fashion designer extraordinaire and YouPlus Dallas fave, Abi Ferrin, is holding her annual Freedom Friday Sale, this Friday, November 22nd, 10 am – 4 pm in her South Side on Lamar studio, The Revolving Door.  Buy one of Ferrin’s current 2013 fall designs and get the second item for half-off!  Freedom Friday is a fabulous opportunity to save on Ferrin’s unique and luxurious designs that are perfect for upcoming holiday parties.

Where:  1409 S. Lamar St., Suite 103

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.




2013 Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS

Posted by    |    September 25th, 2013 at 7:34 pm


2013-lsr-logo-smallCalling all bike riders! This Saturday, September 28th, the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS (LSRFA) will be getting cyclists together and hitting the back roads of Dallas/Ft.Worth and the North Texas country side. For thirteen years LSRFA has been riding to raise money for organizations such as AIDS Services of Dallas, AIDS Outreach of Tarrant County and Resource Center of Dallas. These organizations offer services such as housing, hot meals, food pantries, HIV testing, counseling, and other basic needs for more than 20,000 clients with HIV/AIDS in North Texas.

LSRFA rides are known to be high energy good times with pit stops that offer refreshments, bike tech support, high-quality meals donated by area restaurants and even massages. Plus the LSFRA crew will be there to cheer you on and make sure you’re smiling. If you’re a little new to biking don’t worry whether or not the ride will kick your butt because at LSRFA you can choose how far you want to go, whether it be 10 miles or 100 miles as long as you’re having fun.


The “Mo” Show featuring Liz Mikel

Posted by    |    August 7th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Liz Mikel According to her website “The one word that best describes Liz is…..POWERHOUSE!” and that’s not just empty promotional hype, this lady has earned that description. A Dallas native, Liz Mikel has been sharing her acting and singing talent on the stage for more than 20 years and has established herself as a prominent fixture in the local theater scene, but her performance accomplishments aren’t confined to just Dallas. She has appeared on Broadway and in numerous movies and television shows, one of her most notable roles being Corrina Williams in the hit TV show Friday Night Lights. Her talent for entertaining, whether she is acting or singing, has earned her numerous awards as well as the love and respect of both local and international theater communities.

Monday, August 12th you’ll have a chance to experience live why Liz has earned the title of Powerhouse as she pays tribute to the music of Motown at South Side on Lamar’s Underground. Liz will belt out Motown classics with a voice that has been described as “an immense, joyful force” (via) giving you even more reason to love the music of Motown and its influence on American culture.

The show starts at 7:30 and is FREE which means seating is on first come first served basis

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Sublime with Rome 7/26/13

Posted by    |    July 25th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

sublime-with-rome-yours-truly-300x300It’s been more than ten years since Bradley Nowell died of a drug overdose in 1996, causing a halt in Sublimes musical career. Fast-forward to 2009 in which Rome Ramirez is recruited to be the new lead singer thus creating Sublime with Rome. Rome has got the voice; it’s enough like Bradley’s that it fits the music but at the same time there’s enough difference to where he doesn’t sound like a rip-off.

Some people might be upset that Sublime with Rome doesn’t sound like original Sublime, but they shouldn’t let that keep them from checking out the band’s new incarnation because they’re good and definitely worth listening to. This Friday you’ll get a chance to see and hear what I’m talking about at South Side Ballroom as they play the album Sublime in its entirety, and an opportunity to hear that album live is one that no Sublime fan should miss.

When: Friday, July 26th

Doors @ 7 p.m. 

Show @ 8 p.m.

Tickets: $39.50

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