Make a reference to the coast in Texas and it's assumed said coast is lapped by "waves" from the Gulf of Mexico. Texans can be slightly too "We have everything you'd wanna see here in the Lone Star State!" But Barry Whistler and his gallery are reminding us of the two primary coasts (the ones on either side of our country) with a group exhibition titled Coast to Coast. L.A. is in da house with Emi Winter (paint on shaped canvas) and Bob Wilhite (sculpture). And NYC is represen'in' with Adam Raymont (drawing and collage) and Mark Williams (painting). Dallasites get a taste of fresh works from artists new to this scene and a reminder that Texas ain't the end-all, be-all. There's virtually a guarantee, too, that if you asked any of these artists about their favorite beach spots, those patches of sand, unlike our Gulf shore, are probably sans the mucky globs of tar. How proud they must be. The Barry Whistler Gallery is located at 2909-B Canton St. and is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Visit www.barrywhistlergallery.com or call 214-939-0242.
Friday, February 18
Don't be embarrassed. At some point in most everyone's life, discretion falls by the wayside and you go for it. Maybe you'd had some liquid courage or maybe you just wanted to see what all the fuss was about, but our 10 bucks says that the one-night stand looked a little less fetching the next morning. But don't harbor resentment. Just let it go. Nothing lost, nothing gained. Keep those pants on and head to a one-night stand much less regrettable: H2O, the first exhibition in a series of local artists' One Night Stands. The series is geared toward getting art out of galleries for a night and into venues frequented by those who may not typically attend gallery showings--specifically, office environments. The first show features works with a common theme as well as artists who all reside in Big D. Artists include Sibylle Bauer (photography), Robert Boland (installation), Alex Duplan (video), Jennifer Morgan (painting) and others. The reception is free and open to the public. If you don't have one under your belt yet, now's the time. Be a total art slut from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Mad River Post/Dallas, Studio 26, 3900 Willow St., and take in that art with all the passion available. How to feel even better about that one-nighter? The raffle of the evening benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as The McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Now that gets us really excited. Call 972-216-4910.
Saturday, February 19
Seriously, this year, we just don't have the time. Someone else is going to have to pick up the responsibility of running the pageant pools. It's very simple; just set up three categories: how many times the phrase "world peace" is used, how many budding "inspirations to young people" there are and (this applies to televised events only) how many inappropriate and smarmy comments are made by judges and/or older male hosts. Luckily, the 2005 Miss Teen Dallas County Scholarship Pageant is a local gig and, with only two pool categories to manage, our replacement can get his feet wet relatively painlessly--although we do caution against errant glitter in live settings. The pageant will name a young, talented woman who will then compete for Miss Teen Texas 2005 in July and is hosted by Miss Dallas County 2005, Brooke Webster. This smaller pageant will help audiences hone their wit and beef up the insults for more competitive events. In that respect, this pageant will be educational as well as entertaining. And, yeah, we admit that it's cool that some hardworking girl gets money for school. Just don't tell anyone we said that; it'll ruin our rep as judgmental hardasses. The pleasantries start at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Theatre, 521 W. State St., on the square in downtown Garland. Admission is $12. Call 214-476-0619.
Sunday, Februaruy 20
Seven years ago, we rode in an RV from Dallas to Chicago with six other people, and aside from a head bump from the top bunk, a frog inexplicably splattered on our windshield and an unfortunate (and as yet unclaimed) incident in the loo, the trip was quite comfortable, and we were totally surprised. We were sure that the journey would be bumpy, cramped and most likely result in an I'm-never-speaking-to-you-again situation. So, proven wrong, we gotta give the modern RV props (yeah, yeah, we said "props") for being way cooler than the on-truck camper we spent time in while Dad was deer hunting in earlier years. Having said that, we get why so many people agree with the voice of Tom Selleck when he says "Go RVing" and why so many folks will head down to Dallas Market Hall for the final day of 2005 Dallas RV SuperSale on Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The sale features educational seminars, new 2005 models, filming of the RV Lifestyle Reality Show and even a "Pint for a Pint" blood drive with the American Red Cross and Blue Bell Ice Cream. The show will also be open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $8 ($3 on Thursday). Check out www.trva.org and www.GoRVing.com. Call 1-800-880-7303.