Archive for January, 2009

Facts Machine for the weekend of Jan. 16, 2009

Spazmatics are playing tonight at The Loft…
1135 S. Lamar St. // Dallas, TX //

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 //
image: Kathleen Wilke, from her Lady of the Lake series

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

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.

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

HCG Gallery: New Year, New Art
Opening Reception Fri. Jan. 16 (5-8PM)
1130 Dragon Street, Dallas, TX
214.906.8474 //

Friday, January 16; 5 – 8 pm

Art openings of note this week…

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. This is also a good opportunity to shake the aforementioned money makers.

Philip Vanderhyden
Light and Sie: Philip Vanderhyden and Joe Pflieger
Opening Reception Thurs. Jan. 08 (5-8PM)
129 Leslie Street Dallas, TX 75207
214.745.2255 //
image: Philip Vanderhyden

Jules Buck Jones
Conduit Gallery: Susan Barnett, Matt Clark and Jules Buck Jones
Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 10 (5-8PM)
1626-C Hi Line Dr, Dallas, TX
214.939.0064 //
image: Jules Buck Jones

John Adelman
Holly Johnson Gallery: John Adelman
Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 10 (5-8PM)
1411 Dragon Street, Dallas, Texas 75207
214.369.0169 //
image: John Adelman

Rusty Scruby
PanAmerican ArtProjects: Rusty Scruby
Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 10 (5-8PM)
1615 Dragon St, Dallas, TX 75207
214.522.3303 //
image: Rusty Scruby

Ted Kincaid
Marty Walker Gallery: Ted Kincaid, Barry Anderson, Lisa Grossman and Casey Rae
Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 10 (5-8PM)
2135 Farrington St, Dallas, TX 75207
214.749.0066 //
image: Ted Kincaid

Paul Abbott
Craighead-Green Gallery: Paul Abbott, Connie Connally and Philip Shore
Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 10 (5-8PM)
1011 Dragon St, Dallas, Texas 75207
214.855.0779 //
image: Paul Abbott

Tony Foster
Gerald Peters Gallery: Tony Foster
Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 10 (5-8PM)
1019 Dragon St, Dallas, Texas 75207
214.969.9410 //
image: Tony Foster

Kana Harada
Mighty Fine Arts: Kana Harada
Opening Reception Sat. Jan. 10 (6-9PM)
419 N.Tyler between 8th and Davis St, Dallas, TX
214.942.5241 //
image: Kana Harada, Forest (detail), cut foam sheet

sunday afternoon
PDNB: Bill Owens: New Suburbia
This show has been extended through January
1202 Dragon Street, Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75207
214.969.1852 //
image: Sunday afternoon we get it together. I cook the steaks and my wife makes the salad. 1971

If you have it, spend it.

We have been in a recession for a long time, but now the psychology of it all is getting everyone down, and there seems to no longer be a bummer-free zone. There are many people here in Dallas that still have their really great, secure, well paying jobs. I have heard more people with these jobs talk about how concerned they are with the economy, than those on the other side of things. Sure you may have taken a huge hit in the stock market, or other investments, but you still have your job. I am by no means advocating that these people should go out and spend twice as much as they normally would, but not spending at all is not going to turn this around any faster.

A friend of mine told me a story yesterday. His sister teaches art in San Francisco and on the side gives private lessons. Since the recession was made official, the decline in private lessons has been with her most affluent clientele, rather than those most affected by the decline.

NPR’s Ira Glass mentioned something along these lines the other day. He was in a store debating on 2 gifts for a friend, one was more expensive than the other and also happened to be the one that the friend would undoubtedly prefer. However, he initially decided to purchase the less expensive one, because times were tough. The salesperson (who I can’t recall whether or not they knew him personally) suggested that if price was no object, which to Glass it wasn’t, then he should get the one that would be the better gift. He ended up getting the more expensive gift, and in turn will have given a great gift and a small boost to the economy.

If you are fortunate enough to have reached a level of financial independence, then you should enjoy it. Being unaffected, in the grand scheme of things, during times like this is the best part about where you are in your life, so get out there and shake your money maker.

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

Checkpoint Dreamyourtopia

The first time I was exposed to this was when Centraltrak, the UTD artist residency in Dallas, first opened. At the time it was nothing more than a scale model, some drawings and some really great printed currency. This past year at Burning Man artist Daniel Rozenberg realized his vision, and Checkpoint Dreamyourtopia began processing its first visitors.

As put by Centraltrak, Checkpoint is, “a borderland project based on an ersatz state of collective dreaming.”

Check out this link to a trailer posted on You Tube to get a better feel for the project. There is some great footage of the process in this video.

You can can also visit the site for the project at

More importantly, the artist will be giving a talk at the Dallas Museum of Art Thursday, January 8
at 7:30. You can experience the installation and performance at the museum next Saturday, January 10 from 5-10PM. Don’t forget to download your immigration forms.

The DMA is located at 1717 N. Harwood St. in Dallas. Visit them online

While your there be sure to check out the Olafur Eliasson exhibition, it is really amazing.

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