Posts Tagged ‘South Dallas’

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 (chrisjonesfoto.com)

Photo by Chris Jones (chrisjonesfoto.com)

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.

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.

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)

Visionary Developer Jack Matthews Talks South Side and his New Project, The Rivers

Posted by    |    February 15th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Dallas-based developer Jack Matthews, CEO of Matthews Southwest, is redefining the Cedars neighborhood adjacent to Downtown Dallas. Jack sat down with YouPlus last week at the Enroute event, to discuss his role in South Side, his next big project for the area, and what he envisions for the future of South Dallas.

The Rivers (or possibly River City if Jack gets his way) is a 60 acre development along the Trinity River, just south of the Dallas Convention Center. Located amidst the Downtown, South Side, and so close to nature, The Rivers will be a unique mix of retail, restaurant and entertainment venues, and will place a heavy emphasis on residential living.

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The Bridge: A Green Model in Dallas for Shelters Across the U.S.

Posted by    |    March 19th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Driving around after a visit to the farmer’s market last week, I stumbled upon a building that caught my interest. I asked a man on the street what the attractive brick-and-pane-glass complex was, and he told me it was a shelter, called The Bridge. He lived there, and said it was a nice place.

I was caught off-guard for three reasons, the first being that this sleek collection of buildings looked more like a corporate headquarters or a private high school than a shelter. Secondly, this man seemed to be proud of his homeless shelter. That struck me as odd.

Then came my third surprise — the ‘Aha!’ moment. Over Christmas, visiting family in Charleston, SC, my cousin roped me into volunteering with her at a local food shelter there. The buzz around that place, Crisis Ministries, was the upcoming groundbreaking of a new LEED certified center, at a cost of $6 million.

It seemed questionable that a city, especially one in the not-so-rich deep south, would be spending so much money on its homeless population. Any questions I had about the merits of dropping that kind of dime on the needy were alleviated after my discovery of The Bridge in Dallas. (more…)

Cedars Open Studios and American Beauty Mill Gallery Open Their Doors Nov. 19th.

Posted by    |    November 15th, 2011 at 1:05 am

Cedars Open Studios and the American Beauty Mill has their 9th annual tour Nov. 19th 12pm-6

This year’s Cedar Open Studios tour tops out with the work from over 80 local artists including 3 large group shows; from South Side Lamar to Hardwood St., C.O.S. banners will hang form the gates of art studios that our open to visitors.

Best way to experience this journey through Dallas’ hidden art scene, is to join the Cedars Bike Tour. Bike Tour starts at 1pm and 3pm at Cedars Space Park (1521 Hickory Street), this guided tour will lead you past the Cedars’ art hotspots like.

RE-gallery, organized by UTA professor Wanda Dye, will show off the work of  40 artists gifted in the media of recycled art, fashion, and architecture. RE Gallery just so happens to be located next to Lee Harvey’s, the Cedar’s best watering hole. (more…)

Exploring South Side on Lamar

Posted by    |    July 11th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Photo Courtesy of: Helios Coverage

Exploring South Side on Lamar gave me a completely new perspective Dallas hasn’t given me before. As a Dallas native, I usually keep to the Park Cities and Uptown neighborhoods, and rarely venture south of Woodall Rogers. South Side is almost like its own little neighborhood with a mini market, coffee shop, cocktail lounge and restaurant.

The most unique aspect of South Side is the eclectic collaboration of businesses and residences. Many residents utilize their loft as a studio for their work, whether they are an artist, designer or musician, the South Side on Lamar lofts allow residents to have a private area where they can use their creative outlet.

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An Off the Bone Experience

Posted by    |    July 7th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

In the Cedars the catchy-named little nook, Off the Bone, provides customers with some authentic finger lickin’ good barbeque.  Despite its deliciousness – there’s not a ton of variety, just your standard pork ribs, beef brisket, sausage and smoked chicken – all which can be converted into a messy, yet scrumptious, sandwich. The menu also provides several hearty sides including baked beans, cole slaw and potato salad.

Space is limited, so Off the Bone prides themselves on convenience and timeliness, which makes it an ideal spot to grab a quick bite or take out. (more…)