This is going to make me sound like a pretentious shoegazing ass, but one of my favorite art pieces in my home is a Mazzy Star poster ripped off the wall of the Bomb Factory circa 1993. That thing has traveled with me to every crappy apartment and house I've lived in since, and though it's worn and a little beaten up, that poster makes me think of the crowded streets on Main and Elm and Canton every time I look at it. I know at this point everyone is over whining about Deep Ellum and how it used to be cool, but I can't help but feel really nostalgic about those days in the early 1990s when shows at Trees and Deep Ellum Live were the best reason to skip class the next day. I miss that, and I know I'm not the only one. But we all know things change, venues close and neighborhoods wane. That's why I love my crappy Mazzy Star poster and other assorted ticket stubs and T-shirts from the era. Kettle Art, 2714 Elm St., recognizes our collective nostalgia for all things Deep Ellum in its exhibit Deep Ellum Good Buy, which features framed art and posters from so many of those bands from the music scene heyday. Pieces from Tripping Daisy, Jack Ingram, Course of Empire, Doosu, Buck Jones and many more will be featured. The exhibit is open until August 23 (7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays), and more information can be found at kettleart.com.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Starts: Aug. 8. Continues through Aug. 23, 2008