Exploring the optical unconscious
There's something undeniably haunting about Kimberly Gremillion's photographs. Her shadowy depictions of circus performers, ballroom dancers, boxers and actors are exhilarating bursts of energy caught in a kind of disturbing freeze-frame. And it's in these fanciful still-life photos that we're forced to re-examine the world from Gremillion's perspective. "Frida Kahlo said people thought she was a surrealist, but she said she never painted her dreams; she painted her reality, and that is what I do. My reality is maybe a little different from most people's," Gremillion says. Gerald Peters Gallery welcomes Gremillion in her Dallas debut with the aptly titled Thresholds. The show features the artist's newest works, which for the first time explore the use of color photography. The result is that many of her distinctive images now seem to almost writhe with life as you view them. The exhibit also features selections from Gremillion's previous series of works. The contrast between the old and new photographs creates an engrossing glimpse into the progression of the artist's perspective on themes both eerie and fantastic. Kimberly Gremillion's Thresholds opens Friday with a book signing and lecture from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through June 11 at Gerald Peters Gallery, 2913 Fairmount St. Call 214-969-9410 or visit www.gpgallerydallas.com. --Christopher Wynn
Put down your waving arms, because Spree is having an event and it has nothing to do with light, day or soldier girls. This Spree isn't of the Polyphonic species, but it, too, is hip and creative and features a nice sum of people. Thursday brings the second Spree designer showcase, and with more than 30 designers showing off original handbags, jewelry, clothing and pretty much everything else, this event will make the clotheshorse's heart beat madly with desire and her wallet run dry. Fashionistas can also chill to the tunes from DJ Mr. Rid, check out the goodie bags, enjoy free body treatments in the beauty room and wonder, as we do, "Why the hell did they pick the vapid Wendy Pepper for Project Runway and let these folks get away?" Admission is $5 at the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, 2801 Swiss Ave., and the show runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Most designers accept cash, checks and credit cards. Check out www.spreedallas.com for participating designers. --Merritt Martin
We love it when B-list celebrities use their names for good instead of evil. For example, rather than appearing on a reality show for shallow applause, former MTV maven and model Daisy Fuentes chooses to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Fuentes will serve as the celebrity chair for the St. Jude Night of Hope/Noche de Esperanza, a gala with dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wyndham Anatole. Tickets are $150. Call 972-594-8080. --Merritt Martin
Given Johnny Depp's ability to turn every cinematic performance into some kind of pop-culture trend, we're lucky he wasn't tapped to star in The Woodsman. Why else, outside of his turn as the flouncing Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, would Betwixt & Between host a "Treasure Island" pirate theme for its Beltaine Bash 2005 at the Twilite Lounge on Saturday evening? Beltaine is a Celtic fire festival that's sassier than its Samhain counterpart...both herald a lapse in seasons, but Beltaine is motivation as opposed to hibernation. Totemic band Canvas and dancing troupe Tribal Feat will perform. So grab a hook and a parrot. Why not? The Twilite Lounge is at 2816 Elm St. Call Betwixt & Between at 214-821-3340 for prepaid tickets. --Matt Hursh
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