At Full STEAM

Kelly Berry does the locomotives

8/12

Kelly Berry’s “Beaten and Rusted”
Kelly Berry’s “Beaten and Rusted”
Chef David Holben, chair of Taste of 
the Nation
Chef David Holben, chair of Taste of the Nation

It's all about trains. Trains and their parts. And if I had been more like my brother, totally interested in anything mechanical and anything with motion, then I might be a ton more psyched about Kelly Berry's upcoming exhibit at the Magnolia Bar Gallery upstairs at the Magnolia Theater in West Village. But I am interested in photography, so I might have to make my way over to the show, which is sponsored by the Pigeon-Stone Project, a group whose goal is to build Dallas' art scene by highlighting local talent (Berry currently lives in Murphy). STEAM takes a look at trains by focusing on the smaller aspects of the machines. Some photographs from the series, accessible at www.kellyberry.com, zoom in on the many fulcrums and joints that make the train operate. All of these photos were taken at the Age of Steam Museum in Dallas and at the Fort Smith Trolley in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A reception will be held at the gallery, located at 3699 McKinney Ave., on August 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the reception is free, and the photographs are available for viewing during regular theater hours through September 21. Call 469-951-7323 or visit www.pigeonstoneproject.com. --Kelsey Guy

Winers & Diners

8/14

"Grazing" does not sound gourmet or classy or professional. But since Les Dames d'Escoffier, an organization of gourmet, classy, professional women in the food, wine and hospitality industry, calls its annual fundraiser the Raiser Grazer, we'll let the bovine image-producing adjective pass. It's a little fitting, though, since you might feel heifer-like after grazing on the event's spread of food and drink. For a good cause, of course. The pasture, er, venue is the Tower Club, 1601 Elm St., and it takes place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $50 to $55. Call 972-313-2138. --Shannon Sutlief

In Good Taste

8/14
When I moved from Austin to Dallas six years ago, I discovered three things right out of the gate. First, baseball caps and running shoes are unacceptable attire for a night out on the town. Second, Freebirds meant nothing without Fabulous in front of it. (Thank goodness the word now has new meaning.) Third, Dallas chefs are celebrities--know their names, where they currently cook (and at least two previous kitchens) and their area of culinary expertise. And that is why Taste of the Nation 2005 does well to enlist the help of more than 20 of Dallas' finest from the city's award-winning restaurants to raise money for the largest nationwide benefit to fight hunger. This year's event even adds a stylish element with chic, cool fashions from West Village, modeled by high-profile locals. The event will be held Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Apparel Mart, 2300 Stemmons Freeway. VIP tickets are $125, advance purchase regular admission tickets are $50, and tickets purchased at the door are $55. Visit www.tasteofthenation.org or call 1-877-26-TASTE. --Stephanie Morris

 
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