City Slickers

"Proven Lust" by Nicole Moan

Tour rooms with a view


Are you still waiting for your invitation to a party in one of those high-rises along Turtle Creek just because you're dying to check out "the most incredible view of downtown"? Stop waiting by your mailbox, because the Dallas Luxury Urban Living Tour will get you past the security guards and up the elevators of some of Dallas' newest and priciest addresses. The tour stops at the W and the Terrace near the American Airlines Center, Loft 588 and Urban Innovations' Sundance Row in the State-Thomas neighborhood and the Carreras on Cedar Springs Road. They're not all high-rises, but the modern design innovations should make up for any lack of altitude. Most of the plebeians taking the tour won't actually be able to afford the showcase properties but will still enjoy scuffing up the new floors a little before the eventual owners move in. Plus there will be munchies provided at each stop. If you're serious about living in the W, then start saving your pennies, because residences start at $400,000 and pass the $1 million mark. Just keep in mind that after you shovel out a million bucks for your apartment with "the most incredible view of downtown," the next luxury high-rise will be developed a few blocks away, leaving you with an incredible view of a high-rise that has "the most incredible view of downtown." Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Junior Women's Association. Tours run every 30 minutes on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at American Airlines Center Lot C, Field Street and Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Admission is $20. Visit or --Jay Webb

Of Corset's Art

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They squeeze, they constrain, they cut off air passages. A garment once a staple of women's fashion and conformity, the corset is now seen as something medieval or, at the very least, a prop in a music video. In 4 Frames of Mind, Oklahoma artist Nicole Moan presents a performance piece in which models wear ceramic corsets she has created. The piece is part of a larger exhibit, including paintings by Albert Riddle and Christa Diepenbrock, that focuses on women's sexuality and its place in society. The opening reception is June 10 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Art Bar, 2803 Main St. Admission is free, and the show is for those 17 and up. Call 214-939-0077. --Rhonda Reinhart

What a Pair


Pairing food and alcohol takes careful culinary consideration. Certain combinations, like Natty Light and pizza, are easy. But get more complicated and you may need professional help. "Wine tutor" and vintner Mike Benziger might just be that man. He'll be at Central Market on Tuesday to guide both the uninitiated and the oenophiles through Benziger wines and tasty hors d'oeuvres. Then it's time for a tasting of other Benziger wines such as Sonoma Pinot Noir. So even if you'd pair Syrah with sushi, a wine tutor can help. It's 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Central Market, 5750 E. Lovers Lane. Admission is $40 per person. Call 214-696-2493. --Leah Shafer

Front and Center


For every star and every diva, there are 10 people working behind the scenes, who sew vintage fabric, find an era-appropriate lamp, build the castle wall--making sure that there's a perfect setup for the people onstage. This year, The Dallas Theater Center's Centerstage gala isn't just about stars (though Broadway big names Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley perform and DJ Lady Bunny spins). It features--along with cocktails, dinner, a live auction and dessert--the evolution of DTC, showing models of the new Wyly Theatre and giving attendees one last look at the Arts District Theater before it's destroyed in the fall. It starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2401 Flora St. Tickets are $500. Call 214-252-3915. --Shannon Sutlief

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