A decade has been shot
It's strange when people give you small tokens and later you realize what a huge impact that item had on you. Years ago, a date gave us a Joel-Peter Witkin postcard with a love note on the back. If you're familiar with Witkin, you know his work is rather unusual and sometimes downright grotesque. Our roommate thought the guy was a nut job. We, however, put the postcard on the wall and took up residence in the darkroom. Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery provides that same inspiration. With exhibitions ranging from William Eggleston's landscapes to the fish-eyed dreams of Keith Carter, PDNB has provided eye- and mind-opening photography that incites anger, reflection and any other emotion there's a word for. The gallery celebrates 10 years with Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition featuring photographs from George Krause, Chema Madoz, Jock Sturges and others exhibited that first decade. And in the process, PDNB once again draws us in only to kick us back out...and into the darkroom. The show opens Friday with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through July 30. The gallery is located at 3115 Routh St. Call 214-969-1852. --Merritt Martin
Thump-thump-thump goes the music. Click-click-click go the heels. Add in the greedy swigging and gulping of cocktails, and you have the makings of either one hot bachelor party or this year's Fashionably Loud Fashion Show for Dallas Fashion Industry Insiders. (Whew! Now say that 10 times backward.) This year's event goes down at Zubar on Greenville Avenue and benefits the Lupus Foundation of America. Expect fashions in bright popping colors from local up-and-coming designers, including Antonio Wingfield, who has been featured in Ebony and Essence magazines and says he is in talks to bring his clothing line to Neiman Marcus. Other names include Malaika Designs, d.e.m.o. and Mezmerized, the new line by DFII founder Krystal Ellis. Alert: In addition to the duds and booze, we hear there will be gift bags, friends, gift bags. The 2005 Fashionably Loud Fashion Show is 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Zubar, 2012 Greenville Ave. Cover is $20. Call 972-898-6178 or visit www.dfii.org. --Christopher Wynn
All Hallowed Other Eve
True story: I wear a Halloween T-shirt to work all the time. On the shirt, two well-dressed crows sit on a cartoon scarecrow's shoulders. How pimp is that? Those suit-wearing suckers aren't scared at all. Unfortunately, nobody else at the office understands my whacked-out fashion sense. (Editor's note: It's the T-shirt, not the holiday, we object to.) Folks who celebrate Halloween year-round must be more common than my co-workers think because on Saturday the Boneyard Haunted House, 2700 E. Pioneer Parkway in Arlington, gets its scare on by hosting the Texas Haunters' Dinner. Though the event leans toward the professional side of the scare biz, all Halloween freaks are welcome to take an all-access look at the Boneyard. Costumes aren't required, but if you own a killer Halloween T-shirt... Dinner is $15. Call 817-819-6773. --Sam Machkovech
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