Getting in the spirit with the arts

Vim Studio imageIt’s the end of the semester, and not to mention the end of the year. We are all looking for a little rest and relaxation after this very long, tedious semester. The Dallas Arts District is getting in the spirit by celebrating the Holidays in the district with many amazing, festive activities for the whole family. After a long week of finals we suggest that you enjoy the holiday festivities at The Dallas Museum of Art during their late night on December 16th. For only $5 you can attend the up-coming Late Night at The Dallas Museum of Art and enjoy all of the wonderful warmth of our local museums until midnight! Don’t forget to check out the Jean Paul Gaultier event and the Mark Bradford exhibit. If all of the exhibits inside the DMA aren’t enough for your wandering eyes, then you can take a stroll through the Arts District and see the beautiful Christmas tree. Don’t forget that you can take the DART train down to the Arts District for free with your UTD DART pass. For under $10 you can travel down to the Arts District and start getting in the holiday spirit to prepare to see your folks during the holiday break!

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Rhinestones and Talking Mannequins-A Walk Inside Gaultier

Hello sensory overload! Last night, I braved the crowds of the monthly Dallas Arts District Art Crawl and DMA late night, to wander through the halls of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Walking into the museum, you immediately know something incredible is going on. Everyone at the front desk is donning the Gaultier, white and blue sailor stripe shirts, and behind them the entire wall is fashioned to match their shirts.

Looking in on the exhibit from the outside, gave me goosebumps. As I began to walk into the blue lit entrance of an exhibit, it proved to take the visitors breath away. Absolutely no cameras were allowed in this exhibit, and there was a disclaimer on the wall stating that the content was not appropriate for young audiences. As I walked into the main room, the eager viewers were greeted by a dozen or more mannequins that all assumed a Mona Lisa effect. The exhibit designers had a rigged system of projectors that showed images of different models talking by moving faces onto the blank mannequins face. There was audio playing in the sea-themed room, where Mr. Jean Paul Gaultier greeted you as you walked in. His mannequin was made to interact with the audience and give a background story as to what was happening in this room, and what we would see as we made our journey through his archive of pieces from his collections. The front room set the tone for the rest of the rooms. Each mannequin in this room had a projected face that would move and interact with other mannequins that gave an added intrigue to the perfected, over-detailed garments that they were wearing. The walls were covered with large framed photographs that accompanied the theme the models were wearing. Continue reading

Sunset Screening of “Walk the Line”

Walk the Line

Having one of those days where you feel like doing something new and different for a change? You can have a good time with friends and save your dollars! This Saturday, November 19th at 7pm, there will be a screening of Walk the Line at Strauss Square in downtown Dallas. Walk the Line is a film about the musical and love life of Johnny Cash. So, come out to this sunset screening to enjoy a new experience and different atmosphere!

These film screenings happen every third Saturday of the month, and they are provided free by the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Dallas Film Society. All they ask is that you RSVP, so they can get a headcount for chairs and space! Since the event is in downtown, you can always plan a day trip to go shopping, eating, or exploring the unique sites of Dallas all around you! And don’t forget that you can use your free DART pass as a UTD student!

For more information on this and other events, check out AT&T Performing Arts Center and The Flash List.

“Enfant Terrible” of fashion

If you’re a lover of fashion perhaps you have heard of the little design house of Jean Paul Gaultier. Jean Paul Gaultier is living proof that fashion can be walking art work, and the Dallas Museum of Art is bringing some of his most influential pieces to an exhibit. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, you can be up close and personal with avant-garde couture fashion that has left its everlasting mark on our society.  This is the first exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art that will explore the world of fashion. The exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art will open to the public on Sunday, November 13, 2011. The cost of admission is $12.00 for students, but please don’t forget that you must pay $5 student admission to the museum first. At this exhibit you will see 30 animated mannequins, including one of Jean Paul Gaultier himself, and will feature approximately 120 ensembles. This is an event that no college fashionista will want to miss; fashion from the sidewalk to the catwalk event will run until February 12, 2012.

All of the LIGHTS

View of blue to white light pathway

It was a chilly night on Friday, October 28, not to mention the Rangers were playing their last game in the World Series, but there was something exceptional happening in the quiet streets of downtown. For those of us that braved the chilly temperatures for Dallas sites, we were washed over with the beautiful colors, sounds, and lights that cluttered Flora Street.  Aurora was one of the last events in the Dallas Arts District, Art In October exhibition. This was Aurora’s second year taking over Flora Street during their now annual event in Dallas.

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Blowing Your Brains Out….

Chuck Palahniuk took the stage at the Dallas Museum of Art with such authority Tuesday night. He stood in front of loyal fans and aspiring writers to, in his words, “blow your brains out.” He came into the auditorium wearing saddle colored leather pants and a blue button down. He guided us on a tour and we were willing and ready to go on his journey. I, of course, was ready for this journey with blackberry in hand to live tweet through the entire event for the Undergrad Society Twitter followers.

His theme for the night was to “blow our brains out” and he wasn’t kidding. He had interactive games for the audience as he threw inflatable brains with his signature and date on one side. The idea was that the first two people to inflate their blow up brain would receive a copy of a book by an author he liked. Luckily, we caught a brain and began to blow…sadly, we did not win.

3 photos from Chuck Palahniuk DMA reading

Thank you Lauren Von Eper for the photo

After he had fun running around the auditorium throwing out brains, Chuck sat down to read the short story he wrote especially for this tour. The story was called, Romance. Oh, it was a Romance, and did it ever live up to the Chuck Palahniuk style of writing. There were twists, turns, profanity, and a level of disgust you can only receive from Palahniuk. We laughed, we identified, we may have been embarrassed at moments but the story touched each of us in different ways.

Chuck finished with a question & answer section. The majority of people asking questions were aspiring writers themselves and wanted to tell Chuck how much his work meant to them. We learned about the release of Choke, the movie, and how his mother was dying of cancer at the same time, and how he handled the situation. We learned that it prompted his newest book, Damned. At the end of the Q&A, he had another game for us. Chuck threw out blow up skeletons and again had books to give away. He made it interactive and fun for everyone in the audience. We left the DMA feeling a little bit more connected to our favorite author and had a better understanding of how and why he is as dark and witty as he is.

The total event cost me a whopping $10. I had to buy a signed copy of Damned, which was $27, but was worth every penny!

A Haunted Night on the Edge

Halloween is just around the corner, and many of us are still trying to figure out how to spend it. As college students, we have been too old for trick-or-treating for far too long, tired of the costume parties we have to spend so much money to dress up for, and bored of having scary movies marathons with our best friends.  This year try something new and exciting and make your way to a haunted house.

There are countless haunted houses and corn mazes in the DFW area, ranging usually from $15- $30.  The most convenient place  for students here at UTD is the Slaughter House in Deep Ellum. VIP tickets are $30, and you do not have to wait in line. However if that’s too pricey, you can get tickets for $18 at the door. There’s also a free shuttle that takes you to Slaughter House as well as two other haunted houses located in downtown Dallas.

This past weekend, I went to Cutting Edge Haunted House in Forth Worth. It is rated one of the best haunted houses in America and holds the Guinness World Record for longest haunted house. Although the price is $30 per ticket and $10 for parking, most would say it is definitely worth it. Loud sounds, mazes in the dark, people following you, and of course chainsaws are just a few of the exciting things in store for you. Be prepared to get wet because there is a nice surprise waiting for you at the end.

My advice before going to a haunted house this Halloween is to look for coupons online, arrive early to avoid long lines, and be ready to scream!