Aurora: A Spectacle of LIGHTS

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.

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Conquering the land of Fried Food!

On Saturday October 8, I went to the State Fair with an association I’m currently in called FSA. As a group, we all met at UTD and carpooled to the Dart Rail station. There are two special trains that run for specifically to the State Fair so no stops are needed. Around 5, we arrived and turned in our empty Dr. Pepper cans so we only had to pay $5 for admission. There was a TX vs OU game going on this weekend, so I expected the fair to be super crowded, however, by late afternoon, many people had left the fair. Even better, we met up with the FSA from UT. It was smart to go late since it was cool and windy for a change; however it ended up raining when I left.

Walking through one side of the fair

Awaiting me all around the fair was fried food! Since I was with a group, we all shared what we got so everyone got to try out a lot of different fried food. I bought fried vanilla cake balls and fried Snickers. Other things my group had were fried watermelon, funnel cake, Belgium waffles, sausage on a stick, and more.  Overall, I would say everything was delicious – however, quite expensive. Sharing is always a good option when it comes to trying out a lot of food.

Fried and other Delicious Food!

There were also many fun rides to go on; if you’ve never been on the ferris wheel, it’s a memorable experience and a pretty view from above. Other than rides, there were a lot of carnival games across from the food stands. There are huge stuffed animal prizes that everyone wants to have! Although it was a lot of money gone to waste, getting a huge prize would make up for it. My friends won a huge wolf-like puppy and the red angry bird along with the minion from Despicable Me. We also went to the car show when it was sprinkling outside. There were new, shiny cars, but I do not remember the names of them.

Large prizes and the car show

Overall, I would say the State Fair of Texas was a success. It was an enjoyable event even though I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to. It’s good to go with a group or a couple of people, so you can all enjoy the experience together and share food rather than spend a bunch of extra money. Even so, many people who haven’t gone still have a bit over two weeks to still go. I will actually be going again either this weekend or the next for sure.

Money isn’t EVERYTHING, Jett!

Wake up kids, it’s October and that means the Dallas Art District is celebrating Art in October, which is the biggest art event in Dallas. This week you can catch three monster stars of their own time unite in one movie for an epic screening at the Annette Strauss Square for a viewing of the 1956 classic Giant.

Giant movie poster

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If you love classic films or have a need for a little Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Rock Hudson, this is the movie for you. Giant was one of the last three films that James Dean would film as a leading actor, and he died before Giant was released. See him in this epic Western drama romance about a Texas Rancher on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:30pm outside the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Annette Strauss Square. This event is free and seating is on the grass so be sure to bring blankets and chairs! Also, don’t forget you can take the DART rail down to the Arts District and ride for free with your UTD DART pass. While you are down in the Arts District, be sure to enjoy the creative eats at the food trucks that are scattered throughout the area.

State Fair of Texas!

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Craving fried food? The State Fair of Texas is back! The fair will be open from now until October 23; don’t miss your chance to enjoy a good time with friends and family, win prizes, and eat your heart out with the latest fried food craze.

Children under 48” tall or who are 2 years old or younger have free admission, and children in elementary to high school may use their free ticket given by their schools. Adults will have to pay for admission ($16), however there are discounts offered. McDonald’s offers $4 off admission with their coupon located on their trays. If you decide to go after 5pm, admission will be $5 with a Dr Pepper can. As for transportation, take it as a warning that the Dart will be packed all day!

There will be an auto show for anyone who has an interest in new and upcoming vehicles. Livestock shows are held here, and you’ll also find that there is a Children’s Barnyard where children can come pet animals. As you walk around, there are rides and carnival booth games where you can win enormous stuffed animal prizes. On certain days, there will be famous singers and bands performing. Remember to stop by Big Tex and take pictures!

One huge attraction – and the reason why many people come to the State Fair – is for fried food! This year’s options include fried bubblegum, deep fried Texas Salsa, fried autumn pie, fried pineapple upside-down cake, and much more! Also check out the buffalo chicken in a flapjack, el bananarito, and many more delicious treats!

Cottonwood Arts Festival

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!


					

A Scavenger Hunt of Deep Ellum Art Galleries

The wait for the red line DART train was almost more anticipation than a girl could take while on the road to attend an Art Walk in perhaps my favorite cubby hole of the city. On Saturday, September 24 I had the great pleasure of exploring the possibilities that were the Deep Ellum Art Walk.

Deep Ellum Texas welcome sign

A Welcome to Deep Ellum Texas

Being a thrifty college student, I decided not to drive but to let the city’s public transportation take me to my final destination; it didn’t hurt that UTD was so kind to give it’s attending students a free DART pass for all forms of DART transportation. My roommate and I hopped on the red line train, which only took about 20 minutes to get from Arapaho Station to Pearl Station, before we were launched off of the red line train and ran across the pathway to the green line train. We almost missed the green train towards Buckner which would drop us off right at the Deep Ellum stop so that we only had to walk a block to Elm St.

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Come one, come all, and see the creativity!

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Mark your calendars! Saturday September 24, from 6:00PM-10:00PM, is the legendary 10th Semi-Annual Deep Ellum Art Walk in Dallas, which will feature local artists in the Deep Ellum and Expo Park galleries.

The event is open to the public and will encompass art, shopping, music, and food. It is a free event and is easily accessible for UT Dallas students. You can hop on the Red Line at the Campbell DART rail station in Richardson and get off at the Deep Ellum stop in Dallas. All students are entitled to a free DART pass through UT Dallas, which makes this event free for all students to attend.

Be prepared to enjoy food trucks and hole-in-the-wall restaurants that are hidden gems in our city. Make sure to keep an eye out for CentralTrak, which is the gallery that provides space for UT Dallas artists. Come out and discover some great local artists and get to know fellow local art lovers. We’ll see you there!
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DART Trip Plan: http://tripplan.dart.org/hiwire
Deep Ellum Website: http://deepellumtexas.com/art/art-walk