Saturday, April 28, 2007
Their adjacent clearance center, Lights Out, is closing down, and all remaining items must go this weekend, with an extra 20% off to help it all move. While hit or miss on the selection on clearance, the store's full inventory is without compare.
The DFW Dragon Boat Festival is tomorrow at Lake Carolyn in Irving. Team dragon boat races, kite flying, and performances by Asian dance groups will be complimented with music and food.
An art opening on Sunday for: THREE - new works by Dallas photographers Emily Loving, Kristin Bazan, and Holly Gray - 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Van Ditthavong Gallery 830 Exposition Ave. Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75226
Monday, April 23, 2007
A global retail firm based in Denmark, BoConcept's first store opened in Paris in 1993. The company is currently in the midst of expanding the number of Brand Stores and Concept Studios in 43 countries from Denmark to Dubai. According to their company site and some press, the company's goal is to open 5-6 new studios and 2-3 new stores per month. In the past year, grand openings have been held in Boston, Philly, and 5 stores in NYC, most recently in Dumbo, and the growth of the brand this year is focused on the US, Spain, Germany, and Japan.
All of which brings me to this advertisement (apologies for the photo quality) from Metropolitan Home's most recent issue. Sure it's a nice modern chair. But the intriguing thing is the text at the bottom. "Dallas (coming Spring 2007)". An internet search couldn't get me any more details, but I'd love to find out where to be for the opening. North Park? Victory? Design District? Alpha Road? Anyone have an idea?
The catalog has some nice samplings, but it's all pretty until you give it a trial sitting. It seems that soon we'll get ours.
Friday, April 20, 2007
"Spend an evening at DWR with burgers and beer and the best in modern outdoor furniture. Mary Ellen Cowan and Tres Fromme from Mesa Design Group will be on hand to discuss their recent and upcoming projects, such as the 30,000 square foot open air plaza at One Arts Plaza in the Arts District. Check out DWR's recently expanded assortment of outdoor furniture and receive tips on the best way to design your outdoor space. The Hamburger Man will be grilling burgers onsite and beer will be served."
Thursday, April 19, 2007
If you're not looking to get any loam wedged under your nails, consider delegating a local landscaping firm with the design. Redenta's has a few great example designs, and for more inspiration, check out UK site mylandscapes.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Today is the last day of the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The weekend event features a street-festival environment including three stages of free music, exhibiting artists and plenty of snacks. Saturday's events included a Pooch Parade, a 5K run, and an art-glass blowing demonstration at the Firehaus gallery. See a full rundown on the Saturday scene at Pegasus. The festival concludes at 7pm tonight.
If the overcast skies and cool temps don't have you in the festive mood yet, there are more events in upcoming weekends:
Main Street Arts Festival (Fort Worth): April 19-22nd. 22nd annual presentation of live concerts, performance art, a juried art show and plenty of food.
Denton Arts and Jazz Fest (Denton): April 27-29th. 2,200 performers, 6 stages for professional and community performances, arts and crafts, food and games. Emphasis on jazz, bluegrass and other American music, although the 2006 festival also featured a belly dance recital.
CottonWood Arts Festival (Richardson): May 6-7th. A semi-annual gathering of artists and musicians amid the trees in the CottonWood Park.
The 4th Annual Dallas CityArts Celebration (Dallas): June 8-10th. Outdoor stages of music and dance performance, arts exhibitions, and opportunities to participate. Complimentary admission to the Nasher, the Crow Collection, and the DMA.
An additional compendium of festival events is at the Art News site. Admission to these festivals is free, but the art selection is so tempting, that it's hard to leave your wallet in your pocket. Most events kick off around 10am, but check with the festival's site for exact hours through each weekend.
Monday, April 02, 2007
According to the Jury commendation,
“We were impressed by the vast scale of this proposal…They’ve taken a significant physical and environmental barrier and transformed it into a regionally scaled public domain that stitches together the surrounding urban areas and unifies the city…The design concept returns the river to its innately sinuous state and draws on the natural features of the terrain…Its emphasis on natural systems and sustainability addresses basic human needs.”
Other locales praised included Boston, Napa Valley, Milwaukee, New York City, Pittsburgh, and Vail. Let's hope that the project continues to head towards a reality.
The 97-year-old structure that was originally the McKinney Avenue Baptist Church underwent so many structural changes in its evolution into that famous temple of Rock-n-Roll, the 4th Hard Rock Cafe in the USA, that it no longer represented the historic edifice, and therefore would not be considered for a landmark designation. Unfair Park has the full details on the 7-4 vote at the Landmark Commission meeting today against initiating the landmark designation process. Councilwoman Angela Hunt had led neighborhood efforts in favor of the historic designation.
What is to become of the parcel at a key corner of lower Uptown Dallas remains to be seen. Some rumors include a retail pharmacy, a bank, a condo/hotel development, or a small strip shopping center. Developer Bret Landes, who owns the property, said to a neighborhood meeting, "I just want to let you all know we will follow the same theme," Landes said. "The Hard Rock is a failed concept, but I assure you that whatever we put in its place will be something that you, as residents, will be proud of." Speculation on entertainment, restaurant, and retail uses abound, but it seems certain that whatever the property becomes, it will rise out of dust and rubble first.
In the mean time, we can hold our breaths waiting for Hard Rock to move down towards Victory in a new $150 million hotel-and-cafe configuration, and within a stone's throw of the House of Blues.