It’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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
It’s Halloween weekend! Many people are planning their outfits to attend house parties, but if you want a change of college scenery, you should check out Aurora. Aurora is in its second year of taking over the infamous Dallas Arts District. This particular exhibit gets you outside and looking at emerging and established artists that have created site-specific installations of light, sound, performance and projection art. This mind-blowing event starts at 7:30PM on Friday, October 28 and ends at midnight. Come experience this free event that will challenge your notion of art in unexpected spaces. Take the DART red line down to the downtown, and while down in the Arts District, don’t forget to check out the food trucks. This event will be a fun and thought -provoking experience for students on a tight, college budget during this Halloween weekend.
If you haven’t seen the cult classic Fight Club then you most likely do not have an obsession with Chuck Palahniuk like the other Y Generation cronies. Chuck Palahniuk has been writing since 1990 and among his works are Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Snuff, Haunted, Tell All, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Pygmy, Stranger Than Fiction, Fugitives & Refugees, and his newest Damned. Palahniuk does a wonderful job of being dark and satirically honest; most of his novels are categorized as media res. We can get up close and personal with the cult god at the Dallas Museum of Art on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30pm. Although this event is currently sold out there is overflow seating available. The DMA is hosting additional events in this Arts & Letters Live Series with Dava Sobel and Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith. Students get access to these events for a whopping $10 which is a steal considering the normal price is $25. The DMA is also close to the DART red line, so don’t forget to use your UTD DART pass and ride downtown for free. The DMA does a wonderful job of creating interesting and intellectual events that fit perfectly into a college student’s tight budget.
If you are looking for something new and exciting to do this weekend, come out on October 1st and 2nd to Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas for the bi-annual event, the Cottonwood Art Festival! This event has FREE admission, so invite all of your friends and family.
The art being displayed was created by over 240 artists, falling under the categories of 2D Mixed Media, Metal, Acrylic and Oil Paintings, Ceramics, 3D Mixed Media, Watercolor Paintings, Digital Photography, and more!
Not only do adults get to view different art, but the festival is designed for the kids too! There is an ArtStop Children’s Area where children can participate in hands-on activities such as painting with life size paint brushes and making pottery! There will be many contests going around such as the Chair Art Contest. When you need a break from walking around, there will be local and regional musicians in “the Courtyard” performing; this will be perfect opportunity to just relax and eat while listening to blues, jazz, country, and rock and roll. Speaking of food, there are many delicious vendors open to serve you! In the Courtyard, there will be beer, wine, and frozen margaritas offered. Island Noodles will be having Hawaiian style wok-fried soba noodles and Kona Ice has shaved ice and ice cream novelties. Mario’s Cuisine has gyros and Sonny Bryans will be having their famous BBQ. There will be more than just the vendors listed, so come out to enjoy a meal while viewing creative and unique art!