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Facts Machine for the weekend of Jan. 16, 2009

Spazmatics are playing tonight at The Loft…
1135 S. Lamar St. // Dallas, TX // theloftdallas.com
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MK and Hugo are friends of mine, and they have a great spot in the O.C. called Decorazon Gallery. I highly recommend this opening, Kathleen Wilke’s photos are quite incredible, and if memory serves me correctly, they are priced at a fraction of what you think they would or should be, gotta love those emerging artists.

Decorazon: Kathleen Wilke, Wendy Kveck & Jane Fulton Alt
Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 17 (6-9PM)
417 North Bishop Avenue, Dallas TX 75208
214.946.1003 // decorazongallery.com
image: Kathleen Wilke, from her Lady of the Lake series
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Having spent nearly a decade living in Denton, there are 2 things I know for certain. One, the best music in Dallas isn’t in Dallas, it is in Denton. Two, people in Dallas never drive to Denton for anything. Which is why everyone should go to the Sons of Hermann Hall this Saturday for their Salute to Little D.

Here is the Line Up…
Doug Burr, Dust Congress, Robert Gomez and The Baptist Generals.
Tickets are $10 and you can get them in advance at frontgatetickets.com

The show is listed as a Doug Burr show, on the 17th at Sons of Hermann Hall. There aren’t too many live music acts (local or touring) that I am looking forward to in the coming months, so don’t miss out.
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This one is long overdue…DJ Sober of The Party has finally released his first official mixtape. Well it actually isn’t a tape, it’s a cd, but you get the idea. This one is a freebie, and guaranteed to be free of horn and gunshot samples, so pick one up at the next Zubar gig. You can find info on that and all of their other shows at centralbooking.blogspot.com
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HCG Gallery: New Year, New Art
Opening Reception Fri. Jan. 16 (5-8PM)
1130 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX
214.906.8474 // hcggallery.com
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Friday, January 16; 5 – 8 pm

The Porch…

So I am on the super late train with this one. I went to The Porch last night over off Henderson, and it was amazing. I sampled a few appetizers with my fiancée, and they were slammin’. Mac and cheese ham casserole was the highlight and I am sure you can get it sans pig, for those of the vegetarian persuasion. I also had the chili (which was good but not amazing) and the brisket sliders, which are served on Hawaiian rolls, the right mix of savory and sweet. I washed it all down with a couple of pints of some dark beer microbrewed in Fort Worth.

Highlight of the evening was learning that they do NOT serve white zinfandel in the establishment. So shocking to me the number of really great restaurants that push that nonsense to people, instead of giving their patrons a hand up in the world, by weening them off that garbage. Nothing better than when a blinged out Dallas girl shows her class, orders up some white zin and gets shut down. All in all a good time.

Word to the wise, this place jumps off early, so get there by 6 if you don’t want to wait.

The Porch
2916 N Henderson Ave // Dallas, TX 75206
214.828.2916

Art Openings of note this Saturday, Nov. 22

It’s that time again, time for another round of art openings. For more info about the galleries and the exhibitions visit their respective websites.

sunday afternoon
PDNB: Bill Owens: New Suburbia
Artist Reception and Book Signing (5-8PM)
1202 Dragon Street, Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75207
214.969.1852 // pdnbgallery.com
image: Sunday afternoon we get it together. I cook the steaks and my wife makes the salad. 1971
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Kenneth Holder
Conduit Gallery: Kenneth Holder, Mary Emma Hawthorne and Small Works Group Show
Opening Reception (5-8PM)
1626-C Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX
214.939.0064 // conduitgallery.com
image: Kenneth Holder
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David Alysworth
Holly Johnson Gallery: David Aylsworth: Is It the Real Turtle Soup?
Opening Reception (5-8PM)
1411 Dragon Street, Dallas, Texas 75207
214.369.0169 // hollyjohnsongallery.com
image: David Aylsworth, See the Sail as it Swiftly Swells, 2008
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Elisa D'Arrigo
PanAmerican ArtProjects: Elisa D’Arrigo and McKay Otto
Opening Reception (5-8PM)
1615 Dragon St, Dallas, TX 75207
214.522.3303 // panamericanart.com
image: Elisa D’Arrigo, Blue Glimpse, 2007
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Pard Morrison
Marty Walker Gallery: Pard Morrison and Douglas Leon Cartmel
Opening Reception (5-8PM)
2135 Farrington St, Dallas, TX 75207
214.749.0066 // martywalkergallery.com
image: Pard Morrison, The Center of My Heart, 2008
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Susan Sales
Craighead-Green Gallery: Susan Sales and Raymond Saa
Opening Reception (5-8PM)
1011 Dragon St, Dallas, Texas 75207
214.855.0779 // craigheadgreen.com
image: Susan Sales, Lipstick and High Heels, 2008
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Brent Ozaeta Artist Talk at The Public Trust

Brent Ozaeta will give an artist talk this Saturday at The Public Trust at 4PM.

Brent Ozaeta is a Dallas-based artist who is currently featured in New American Paintings no. 78. He is a very promising young artist, so don’t miss the opportunity to meet him and hear him talk about his first major solo exhibition.

The Public Trust is located at 2919-C Commerce St in Dallas, TX.

James Cope of The Goss-Michael Foundation at The MAC Wed. Nov. 19

My good friend James Cope of The Goss-Michael Foundation will be giving a talk about at The MAC about the YBA (Young British Artist) movement of the late 80’s and early 90’s, and the impact those artists have had on the up and coming artists of today, as well as the art world at large.

The MAC // Wed. Nov. 19th at 6:30
The MAC is located at 3120 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75204 // 214.953.1212

Image: Damien Hirst with his sculpture “For the Love of God.” For more on this artist and the making of this piece visit Supertouch.

Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Nov. 22

RheaCycled
Infant Sleepers by RheaCycled

Ok, for those of you who are not familiar with ETSY, it is a massive online community where you can buy handmade goods directly from artists, designers and crafty people all over the world. There are far too many things that are sold on that site for me to list, so you’ll just have to check it.

As for this event, ETSY Dallas crew is posting up for one day at The Sons of Hermann Hall for their Jingle Bash. As the name indicates this will be a fantastic place for you to do some serious holiday shopping. The best part of hitting this up is that you are assured that 5,000 other people won’t be giving that same gift to their BFF as well.

But wait there’s more…
In addition to shopping for handmade goodness, there will also be live music, a full bar (which is well priced, thus leaving you more room for spending) and everyone’s favorite…KARAOKE!

It is all going down Saturday, November 22 from 3-10PM at The Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226
214.747.4422

So let’s boycott the mall that day and hit switches on the indie tip.

Hatch! Thursday Nov. 13 (7-10PM)

I will be exhibiting new prints at this event, so please come out and support Dallas talent, its a good chance to get some holiday shopping done early.

TEXAS’ NEXT TOP DESIGNER AND LA REUNION TX COLLABORATE TO PRESENT “HATCH”
Hatch is a pop-up retail experience featuring approximately 20 Texas designers and artists who for one night will present and sell their work at the new La Reunion gallery located in Dallas’ Design District. There will be music, drinks and a silent auction as well.

Thursday, November 13, 2008 (7-10PM) :: $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
2129 Farrington St. :: Dallas, TX

About the Organizers
Texas’ Next Top Designer, Inc, a non-profit organization committed to nurturing diverse entrepreneurs by supporting business development for the fashion and aligned industries. La Reunion TX, is a non-profit established to create an artist residency program in Dallas.

For more information visit…
texasnexttopdesigner.org
lareuniontx.org

Cowboy Chow

Cowboy Chow opened up during my metblogs hiatus, and since I have recommended it to so many people that haven’t heard of it, it’s time to give it a proper review

First thing to mention is the restaurant’s pedigree. Cowboy Chow is the kid brother of the much lauded Twisted Root, which has the best burgers in Dallas, bar none. However, you won’t find any burgers at Cowboy Chow. What you will find is a really diverse menu for your open range dining experience.

The first thing that I tried was the Dr. Pepper braised short ribs. They were completely amazing, but are no longer on the menu; I only mention them to give you a feel for the creativity of the menu. The focus of their menu is the tacos. They have 4 different types of brisket tacos, my favorite being their standard brisket taco with sharp cheddar, pico and an avocado-lime cream, all of which is served over a bed of rice. The rest of the taco menu is given over to several chicken tacos and their veggie “cowgirl” taco.

The rest of the menu is filled out with brisket sloppy joes, a cast iron chicken pot pie and other range inspired eats. The appetizers are limited to 3 items. I recommend the Cowboy Nachos, homemade potato chips with queso fresco, pico and a southwestern ranch drizzle over the top. The fried green tomato lollipops are fun and the sloppy joe sliders can be a meal in themselves.

For as rich as the food sounds, you don’t leave the place feeling overstuffed or light in the wallet. The portions are perfect and the price is right, with the entrées priced between 7-9 bucks. The service is ridiculously fast, I have never waited more than 5 minutes for anything there, so you can really get in and out if you have to do a short lunch. The staff is really friendly and attentive, keeping your carafes of sweet watermelon tea filled to the brim or the pure cane sugar mexican cokes comin’.

So next time your out in Deep Ellum saddle up at Cowboy Chow.

Cowboy Chow
2801 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 7522
214.742.2469
Hours Mon-Sat 11-2:30 PM

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The Weekend To Do List…

Friday, June 13, 2008

Barry Whistler Gallery: Robert Wilhite: The Bomb and Kirsten Macy: New Paintings, Opening Reception: 6-8PM
2909-B Canton St. Dallas TX 75226 // 214.939.0242 //

Meehan
Road Agent: Party at the Moontower, Opening Reception: 6-8PM
2909-A Canton St. Dallas TX 75226 // 214.749.4049 //

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Kettle Flyer
Kettle Art: Prepared Americans: New Paintings by Cathey Miller: Opening Reception: 7-10PM
2714 Elm Street Dallas, Texas 75226 // 214 573-7622 //

Tron is also playing at the Inwood Theater this Friday and Saturday. More on that and a few other things later tonight.

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