Rock the Walls
From the stage to the frame
Just as rock and roll evolved into a powerful genre of music, rock-and-roll photography has proven to be an equally passionate subset of the visual art world. When a number of local musicians started intersecting Dallas photographer Blake Askew's social circle, he wasted no time capturing the faces and energetic personalities for his latest exhibit These Are the Musicians in My Neighborhood (the Sesame Street-style sing-a-long is intentional). "It's pretty personal work, kind of like time spent with my friends as I see them," Askew says. "They're all performing, but sometimes just for me." The black-and-white photographs feature musicians such as the Tah-Dahs, She's Not Yoko and Budapest One in candid performances. "They're not rock star poses. One of the guys tried to take over and plan out his shot. I said, 'Just come over to my house, sit on my couch and play.'" The exhibit opens with a reception Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Magnolia Bar inside the Magnolia Theatre, 3699 McKinney Ave., and is on display through August 10. Call 214-764-9106. --Jay Webb
Get in Step
Do you find yourself inspired by the art of dance after watching Joey McIntyre smooth his way across a floor on ABC's Dancing With the Stars? Come out to Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club on July 1 for Salsa En Fuego, featuring TuPlante's Orquesta Tabaco y Ron, and feel the energy of hip-shaking rhythms for yourself. This 12-piece band's sound could get even stiff old Trista to warm up. Happy hour is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and there will also be free dance lessons. Admission is $10 before 7 p.m., $15 after. The club is located at the southwest corner of the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. Visit www.tuplante.com. --Jenice Johnson
Love and honesty? Commitment and fidelity? Forget that hogwash, cowboy. The essential ingredients of a saucy Texas love story are just two: meat and fire. Texans' affair with barbecue is prodded and grilled from every beefy angle in Barbecue: A Texas Love Story, narrated by ex-Governor Ann Richards. The filmmakers cross the state, exploring what they consider an essential trait in Texans: kneeling before the altar of barbecue. And while it's not yet made the sociology textbooks, their theory of "barbecue as culture" gets backing as they come across town after town with deeply ingrained traditions. Meet the vegetarians with a barbecue exception; the Elgin, Texas, Sowpremes; and a Stetson-wearing Texan who proclaims, "Jesus loved barbecue; that's pretty well-known." Welcome to Texas, y'all. It screens July 1 through July 3 during the Magnolia at the Modern film series. Tickets are $5.50 to $7.50. First Fridays at the Modern salutes the film with a barbecue dinner and longneck drink specials on July 1. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Call 817-738-9215. --Leah Shafer
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