Last summer, fresh out of college, Dentonites Mark Searcy and Brian Gibb decided to quit their jobs and follow their dream to make their own magazine. They wanted to create a forum that focused on up-and-coming young artists, similar to the way that corporate design magazines spotlight corporate art. Through word of mouth, the editors sought out artists who were making money through art. Hence the name of the magazine: Art Prostitute. As unique as the magazine's subject matter is the packaging of the publication. The editors initially wanted an 8.5-inch-by-8.5-inch magazine with three 17-inch-by-17-inch prints of works by the featured artists stapled to the magazine, but they were laughed at by the print houses they went to. Undaunted, they decided to stick with the square layout and instead enclose it and the three prints in a paper sleeve, giving it an appearance not unlike a 45 (that's a vinyl record, kids). The first issue has a variety of types of art, from graphic art to photography to Web design. Although they are currently looking for distribution of the magazine, Searcy and Gibb hope that it will be a way to bring national attention to artists like Evan Hecox and artists involved in other art circles. A way to connect the circles, so to speak. The editors recently boxed up their first issue and are currently driving across the country shopping the magazine in person to get people interested and bag that elusive distributing deal. They've planned release parties in Colorado and will arrive back in Texas in time to show off to a home crowd at the Empire Gallery in Deep Ellum. Look for no cover at this event and some sweet deals on a T-shirt and magazine combo, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at the Empire Gallery, 129 Peak. Call 214-370-0060. --David Wilson
If a picture really is worth a thousand words, then photographer Andy Hanson must be responsible for volumes. His career has spanned 43 years, and his subjects have included everyone from politicians and business leaders to sports figures and television stars. Andy Hanson: Another Side, his new exhibit at Photographic Archives, will showcase Hanson's work from the 1960s, when he was a staffer at the Dallas Times Herald. The opening reception for the show is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 5117 W. Lovers Lane. Call 214-352-3167. Concurrently, the Dallas Public Library also is hosting Andy Hanson: "Star" Photographer, a collection of Hanson's celebrity portraits, at the J. Eric Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. Call 214-670-1435. --Rhonda Reinhart
Norah to the Max
Norah Jones isn't yours anymore. More succinctly, your local secret has become the toast of the music world, and the mainstream coronation continues for the Grammy magnet as the "Painter Laureate" Peter Max comes to the Florence Art Gallery this weekend for a grand unveiling and exhibition. More than 100 pieces from the artist's vast portfolio will be displayed (and available), along with the premiere of Max's visual homage to Norah. When coupled with the proceeds going to Booker T. Washington High School's Arts Magnet Building campaign, this is a perfect opportunity to make a difference with your consumption. The gallery is located at 2500 Cedar Springs Road. Call 214-754-7070. --Matt Hursh
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Go Van Gogh
We've had some experience with vodka. Some really good, some really bad, but never in between. There's apparently a fine line between heaven and hell when it comes to the clear stuff. So we're hoping to stay away from the dark side at Divan's tasting of the Van Gogh vodka line, featuring flavors ranging from Dutch chocolate to pineapple. The sampling is set for Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the downtown bar. And it seems appropriate that the vodka tasting happens at a club named after a couch. So whether your vodka experience is really good or really bad, you should be all right. 2026 Commerce St. Call 214-744-DIVAN. --Rhonda Reinhart