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2008 Stories by S. Anne Durham

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  • Board-Game Casino

    published December 25, 2008

    You know you're a grown-up when your idea of great bar games includes Monopoly and not Beer Pong. The Belmont Hotel understands. They've recently... More >>

  • Caution: Graphic Images

    published December 25, 2008

    "New media art" is sometimes used as a catch-all phrase for anything from computer-aided graphic design to robotics that blip, beep and animate.... More >>

  • Non-Vegan

    published December 11, 2008

    Even with its floods, fires and earthquakes, the world is beautiful. As are artist David Kirkland's drawings, interpreted as natural disasters on... More >>

  • Like a Virgen

    published December 4, 2008

    For 17 years, Dallas artists have been honoring the the Virgen de Guadalupe, also known as the patron saint of Mexico, with drawings, paintings,... More >>

  • Peppermint Pasties

    published November 27, 2008

    Baptists and burlesque don't often mix. The same goes for religious holidays and burlesque. But ballet and burlesque isn't too far of a leap, and... More >>

  • Seriously, That's It

    published November 6, 2008

    In our roller-coaster economy, we're getting pretty good at distinguishing between wants and needs. We want something new and pretty, but we need... More >>

  • Deadheads

    published October 30, 2008

    Although the Day of the Dead may seem macabre to some, it's actually meant to celebrate the lives of the deceased. Similarly, artist Jose Vargas... More >>

  • Ben Here

    published October 16, 2008

    Ben Folds is quite the prankster. In a live broadcast via, he set up "audience members" to enact a drunken fall and a faux... More >>

  • Beauty Marks

    published October 9, 2008

    Although the plethora of products, beauty magazines and very confident reality show princesses might cause one to assume otherwise, only 2 percent... More >>

  • Go Psycho

    published September 25, 2008

    Don't call them a Neil Young cover band. Or a tribute band. Psycho Pony is a "revue." And, for those who don't know the difference, a revue... More >>

  • Pop Poppins

    published September 18, 2008

    Balloons can be fun or scary, depending on how close they are to someone with a pin. But rarely have balloons been labeled "macabre." Apparently,... More >>

  • One Man's Trash...

    published September 11, 2008

    It's very important that we shred our documents. Credit card statements, bills and even personal correspondence is indelibly stamped with part of... More >>

  • Joe Fashion

    published September 4, 2008

    As any fan of Project Runway knows, much has been said over the blending of fabric and art in the name of fashion. But what about blending... More >>

  • School Of Hard Giggles

    published August 21, 2008

    Kids say the darnedest things. They're funny without even trying, even if what's funny is also what gets them grounded from time to time. But that... More >>

  • Mighty Morph-In'

    published August 21, 2008

    For those who prefer to eat, sleep and breathe their craft, there's nothing like the full-on immersion of an artist's residency. And as far as... More >>

  • Leaving Tracks

    published August 14, 2008

    Lots of high school students draw, but too often, those great works of art never go beyond doodles on notebooks, scribblings in worksheet margins... More >>

  • Bound By Goth

    published July 31, 2008

    Midnight is the magic hour for all manner of dark creatures. But did you ever think you'd find them at a Barnes & Noble? As Stephenie Meyer's... More >>

  • Farce Off

    published July 24, 2008

    Accountants and civil servants seem to be unlikely action stars. But everyone has a hot button, and in the play Unnecessary Farce,... More >>

  • Boys Will Be Boys

    published July 17, 2008

    Once upon a time, chart-topping pop acts assembled themselves. No studio execs, no choreography lessons and no extreme makeovers. Likewise, in the... More >>

  • Woof Woof Wino

    published July 10, 2008

    They're fast, sleek and beautiful. And for one night at least, they pair perfectly with a good merlot. We coul be talking about the latest tabloid... More >>

  • Reeled In

    published July 10, 2008

    Reel FX Creative Studios is technically a creative production studio, offering services like visual effects, animation and design work on projects... More >>

  • Pizza Party

    published June 26, 2008

    There's no designated Little Italy neighborhood, but Dallas' Italian food options seem to be at an all-time high. Among the newest is Grimaldi's,... More >>

  • Sustainable Art

    published June 12, 2008

    All of this talk about leaving lighter footprints just makes us want to buy flip-flops (recycled, of course.) But artists at Studio Fling are... More >>

  • It's Cobblin' Time

    published June 12, 2008

    How do you teach a lesson about giving in today's society? Include shoes. Perpetuating good shoe karma beats no good karma at all. The Elves... More >>

  • Get Big in Plano

    published June 5, 2008

    Business travelers have it rough, being in strange lands, sleeping in strange places for days or weeks at a time. But, NYLO Hotel in Plano eases... More >>

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