Sep 2, 2012

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Sunday (fashion) Funday

If you’re looking for a little pre-Fashion’s Night Out fun, this event is right up your alley. Aussie hairstylist Richard Kavanagh is revealing six hot runway looks at the Zaza’s Art House Social Gallery that he’ll unleash at New York Fashion Week, which kicks off Friday. As an International Brand Ambassador for Redken, he’s sure to show off some stunning styles in this Look and Learn event that should be a fantastic learning opportunity for local stylists. Tickets are still available here, and the show goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. What a way to kick off Fashion’s Night Out week!

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Jul 28, 2012

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Spectacular Saturday

Hear me out when I say this, and disregard the triple-digit heat: Today’s a grrrreat day to be out and about in Dallas. There are three fabulous events percolating right now and into the evening. Shall we explore?

Today is Design District Gallery Day, where 12 art venues are opening their doors free until 9 this evening. Brooklyn Brewery is providing free suds, and there’ll be swag bags for the earliest visitors. Get your art on!

Rolling into the weekend after last night’s kickoff VIP party is The Weekender Dallas, a luxe shopping and pampering event at the W Dallas. You can still buy day passes online here, and the madness continues through Sunday.

Last but certainly not least for this foodie is the Cedars Food Park (above) grand opening party at Heritage Village, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 10. Bring a picnic blanket and lawn chairs, ’cause there’re going to be food trucks galore, including Nammi, Rockstar Bakery, Jack’s Chowhound, and Crazy Fish. Take your pick, then settle down and enjoy the music of The Sickles. I’ll be there, chillin’ (really, broiling) and stuffing my face, after a whirl through Gallery Day. What a way to spend a Saturday …

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Jul 17, 2012

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AFFD: ‘I Am a Ghost’

Title, country: “I AM A GHOST,” United States

Stars: Anna Ishida, Jeannie Barroga

Director: H.P. Mendoza

Synopsis (paraphrased from AFFD’s site): Something is amiss in the old house a young woman inhabits, where strange sounds, eerie voices and an overriding sense of dread permeate her every moment.

My thoughts: With a forward momentum that can only be described as undulating, ‘Ghost’ kept the Magnolia Theater audience spellbound with unforeseen twists, a noxious undertone of stomach-turning tension, and pieces that added up to a hugely satisfying culmination … if you’re a horror fiend like me.

When our protagonist Emily — I don’t think it’s giving away much to say she’s the ghost of the title — finds the tedious routine she replays in a sprawling historical home abruptly interrupted, all hell eventually, literally breaks loose and she’s challenged with finding a way to escape its clutches. But much of the first half of the film is spent watching that aforementioned tedium unfold in waves of repetition; so much repetition I thought folks were walking out. But the payoff of knowing so intimately how the repeated scenes unfolded was exquisite, as was watching the quiet early moments unfurl into a deafening crescendo.

This largely one-person movie couldn’t possibly stay afloat nor would its crackling intensity come alive were it not for the spare yet dynamic performance of Anna Ishida, who plays Emily. Watching blind complacency then childlike fear then sheer terror inhabit her features was a wonder. And kudos, too, to young writer-director H.P. Mendoza — a less patient director would spoil the pace of the film or front-load it with every cliched horror-movie bell and whistle. But he managed to let the movie flow in an economical way that respected its delicate underlying stories of history, memory and heartache. Mendoza seems like a talent to keep an eye on.

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Jul 16, 2012

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DTC’s ‘Joseph’ brightens up Wyly

Photo by Karen Almond

I was invited to check out Dallas Theater Center‘s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on opening night — what a lavish, whimsical and exhilarating time.

As even casual musical theater followers know, “Joseph” is the (very loosely told and highly musicalized) Biblical story of Jacob and his 12 sons, including his favorite, Joseph, to whom he bestows a precious multicolored robe. The gesture doesn’t sit too well with Jacob’s other sons who then capture and sell Joseph as a slave, teling their parents that he did in an animal attack. Hijinks ensue as Joseph rises from the depths of despair to a leader of men — including, eventually, his own brothers.

What I enjoyed about the production were all the modern touches — characters wield all the latest electronic devices, including MP3 players, cell phones and digital cameras. Too, many of the prominent people that waft into Joseph’s life are clearly based on popular and historical figures from centuries later. Fun touch …

But of course, in addition to the fanfare and story, we’re here for the music, and the tunes in “Joseph” didn’t disappoint, even including a singalong at one point. The cast — particularly lead Sydney James Harcourt — showed off stage-honed chops and dynamic magnetism and comedic chops. A slew of kids make up a big part of the production, and my hats off to them — they were spot-on in singing and movement, and seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves, to boot. Bravo!

“Joseph” is showing at the Wyly through August 5 August 12, which gives you plenty of time to check it out. Prepare to be transported …

ETA: DTC just announced it is extending “Joseph’s” run by a week – a first for any show at the Wyly!

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Jun 29, 2012

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Did you Dream With Me? I did!

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Last night, I swung by the party to kick off photo artist Alberto Mena’s exhibit at Waas Gallery – what a fun crowd! Folks milled in and out of the rooms of the converted house perusing the NYC-based artist’s works, then congregated outside for conversation, eats from Rock and Roll Tacos and drinks and lively drink-making from Lucky Campbell.

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I didn’t stay for long, but I did get to briefly meet Alberto, who will lead a Q&A back at the gallery (2722 Logan St.) today at 11 a.m. Check him out!

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