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  • Girl Drink Drunk: Matt's, Lakewood and David Cross

    published Oct 22, 2009

    ​I met with girl drinkers Marla, Melissa and my sis Tracy for a night of comedy and cheesy appetizers. And drinks. Of course there were drinks. We were all geared up to see the partly-cloudy comic w... More >>

  • Dallas! [Bum-Bum] Stars!

    published October 22, 2009

    Every hockey season, my best friend and I have a method of rooting for our respective teams. If I attend the game in person, I'm allowed to wear... More >>

  • Windy, 100% Chance of Art

    published October 22, 2009

    It doesn't take a meteorologist to understand just how powerful weather is. Especially given the recent seasonal shift, we all know how moods can... More >>

  • Trick or Milk?

    published October 15, 2009

    If I had to bet on what the official drink of Halloween is, I'd probably go with pumpkin juice. But, then again, I'll admit to having seen most of... More >>

  • Project Recap: Halloween Comes Early

    published Oct 16, 2009

    ​Bob Mackie -- or the "Sultan of Sequins," as Tim Gunn so flamboyantly introduced him -- was the designer judge and the inspiration for this week's challenge on Project Runway. Master of Madonna's s... More >>

  • Project Recap: Cher-iously, Not Another Bridal Gown Challenge?

    published Oct 09, 2009

    ​This week on Project Runway, which we're one local contestant auffing away from turning off forever, Heidi Klum flounced out on the runway and announced that the designers would have to pick new mo... More >>

  • Top 10 Uses Of Food On Album Covers

    Top 10 Uses Of Food On Album Covers

    published Oct 05, 2009

    As a rule, high-end food photography is supposed to make you hungry. Give the food some soft light, frame it carefully and from just the right distance and it'll look even better on film than it does ... More >>

  • True Body Art

    published October 1, 2009

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  • Lee Versus Evil

    published September 24, 2009

    Dallas native Lawrence Lee has more to worry about than creating captivating works of art from graphite, ink and tea stains. He's got the... More >>

  • Sharing The Fun...And The Road

    published September 24, 2009

    Runners and cyclists often argue about who truly belongs on the park and lake pathways. Many runners say that cyclists out to enjoy both casual... More >>

  • Project Recap: Let's All Go to the Movies and Find Ourselves a Hack

    published Sep 25, 2009

    ​Normally, I watch Project Runway two, maybe even three times while recapping it. This week, after my initial viewing, I was so flabbergasted, I watched a few other shows, made a mix CD for a friend... More >>

  • Things That Are Seen In The Night

    published September 24, 2009

    Looking at the smallish paintings of Sarah Williams from a distance, they look so much like photographs it's hard to believe they're paintings.... More >>

  • Queen of Kiddie Green

    published September 24, 2009

    With the rising trend of community gardens and locavore food movements, DyAnne DiSalvo was really onto something when she wrote children's book... More >>

  • Girl Drink Drunk: Trees, Best of Dallas Edition

    Girl Drink Drunk: Trees, Best of Dallas Edition

    published Sep 24, 2009

    ​So this week our Best of Dallas issue hits the stand. Last night the staff of your Dallas Observer got together at Trees for a little celebratory shindig, wherein we imbibed, ate, listened to live ... More >>

  • Project Recap: What's Black and White and Woeful All Over? This Week's Episode.

    Project Recap: What's Black and White and Woeful All Over? This Week's Episode.

    published Sep 18, 2009

    ​I would like to state, for the record, that I called this week's Project Runway challenge last week based solely on the previews. Boo. Yah. They teased it with Heidi Klum saying that the challenge'... More >>

  • An Impressive Craft

    published September 17, 2009

    If you've ever read a classic fantasy book by the likes of Stephen King, Isaac Asimov or C.S. Lewis, you may have held on tight to the art of... More >>

  • Drawing The Line

    published September 17, 2009

    I don't want to feed you a line or anything, but simply speaking, much of art is rooted in that little straight (or curvy) path from one point to... More >>

  • The Best of Times

    published September 17, 2009

    Sure, sure, the theme of this year's Best of Dallas issue is "We Can Do It" and it features hundreds of winning shops, services, restaurants,... More >>

  • Project Recap: How to Age a Model in One Day (This Week, With Local Girls' Videos)

    published Sep 11, 2009

    ​The Project Runway designers were worried: Heidi Klum was being all kinds of shady as she gave this week's challenge. With her spritely German accent she mumbled something about 13 women, waiting i... More >>

  • Girl Drink Drunk: Mad Men Edition

    published Sep 10, 2009

    ​What? You sick of all the Mad Men talk? About what a great show it is? Chances are that's only because you haven't watched it. Get on the scene, hoss, and catch the eff up! A few weeks ago (I took ... More >>

  • Stop, Look And Cycle

    published September 10, 2009

    There's a slew of community-driven biking events lately. Groups are popping up here and there. Riding through Oak Cliff. Following historic... More >>

  • Keeping Vigil

    published September 10, 2009

    How do you cope with loss? Do you wear black and cover the mirrors? Do you sit shivah? Do you trap your husband's soul in a box after he dies... More >>

  • Looking Kind

    published September 10, 2009

    So you love great design? We do too. A well-appointed home with personal style is ideal, for sure. The perfect couch is a challenge (I can attest... More >>

  • Project Recap: Surf's Whack on the Sandy Beaches of Runway. Alt Head: Water Bored.

    published Sep 04, 2009

    ​I'm putting it all out there: I had to eat some cobbler and listen to the two-disc The Greatest Hits 1966-1992 by Neil Diamond (excluding "Heartlight," and repeating "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," n... More >>

  • Wax On...

    published September 3, 2009

    The process for encaustic is a fairly ancient, time-consuming labor of love. But oh, what wonderful pieces can be made using the encaustic... More >>

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