Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pecha Kucha in Dallas

The first Pecha Kucha night in Dallas will be this Sunday at Smoke (next to the Belmont Hotel) from 7:20-9:20pm.

So what is Pecha Kucha you say? From the website:

"PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace."

The presenters at the inaugural meeting will be Allison V. Smith, Catherine Horsey, Brian Gibb, Cherie Boettcher, David Goltl, and Bang Dang (the best name ever!). This should be an interesting and diverse set of presentations.

Directions and additional information here.

Weekend Plans

This weekend brings us cheese, bananas, and the mumbled ramblings of a goth/heavy metal superstar.

1. Friday night is fondue night at Scardello Artisan Cheese on Oak Lawn. 35 bucks gets you fondue, salad, dessert and a glass of sparkling wine. Cheese, dessert and wine - three of my favorite things.

2. No it is not a sign of the apocalypse if you see a bunch of people dressed up in banana costumes roving around Uptown. Apparently, Saturday is World Banana Day. Whisky Tango Foxtrot. I know it is supposed to raise money to fight world hunger (proceeds go to N. Texas Food Bank), but couldn't they have picked a better colored and better tasting fruit? Like an orange or a mango or a strawberry. Since this is Uptown, this World Banana Day festivity is also a pub crawl.

3. Maybe Ozzy Osbourne will bite the head off a bat and use the blood to sign his name for you at his book signing at the Barnes & Noble by Northpark. He will be signing copies of his autobiography "I am Ozzy" at 1pm on Saturday.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Weekend Plans

1. On Friday night celebrate the Year of the Tiger at the Crow Collection of Asian Art's Chinese New Year celebration. It's a shame this won't be playing at celebration.

2. On Saturday Uptown is having yet another pub crawl - no snuggies required this time. This pub crawl benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

3. Before doing your grocery shopping at Central Market, pop on over to the Modern Ruin art exhibition at the never opened WaMu next to Krispy Kreme.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Upcoming Events

Some noteworthy art architecture events to put on your calendar:

1. February 20-21, 2010 - Modern Ruin: a two-day exhibition organized by Christina Rees and Thomas Feulmer--will open in the unused and never opened Washington Mutual bank on the corner of Greenville Ave. and Lovers Ln. The two-day exhibition will be the only use for the million-dollar building before the demolition process begins the following week. Opening reception is Saturday February 20 at 8pm.

2. April 3, 2010 - Museum Express Tour by Dallas Art News: 8 museums in one day via the T, TRE, and DART. Cost is $50 per person and includes lunch.

3. April 23, 2010 - Panel discussion and exhibit on JuNel homes: Come listen to a discussion about these gems of MCM design and see an exhibit including artifacts and drawings of homes. This panel discussion kicks off the White Rock Home Tour.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

What color are you?

Take the True Value Color Quiz to find out what color matches your personality. Personally, I think the quiz is a bit off because the quiz said yellow was the color of my personality. I loathe the color yellow. I get violent about the color yellow and many things in nature that are yellow - like bananas. Seriously, there probably is a psychological condition that explains my intense loathing of the color yellow, oh and for bananas too.

Anyways, find out if the color you hate is the color of your personality here.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

IKEA Name Generator

Ever wanted to know what your name would be if you were a piece of IKEA furniture? Go here to find out.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Weekend Plans

1. Lots of art happenings going on this weekend: Grand re-opening of the Dallas Contemporary, the Dallas Art Fair, and Art in the District.

2. If art isn't your thing there is the Snuggie Pub Crawl on Saturday in Uptown. $30,000.00 millionaires in snuggies should make for some awesome people watching.

3. If you want less clothes this weekend, head on over to the Dallas Burlesque Festival at the Texas Theater.

4. Or just stay home and watch that football game instead.