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Artopia Brings Fashion, Lowriders, Music and Art to Your Saturday Night

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This Saturday (January 26) is Artopia, one of our biggest of the year -- imagine a complete saturation in aesthetic creativity including fashion, street art, performance, music, food and booze, delicious booze.

Running from 8 to 11 p.m. (with an afterparty at that chic new club LeVu), we're bringing you four runway shows by local designers Lucy Dang, Shemara Couture, Tre' LaVoux and La'Daska Mechelle; live painting by JMR, who'll be knocking out the final touches of an onsite mural; decadent food sampling with Gordon Biersch, Pure Delite Cupcakes, East Hampton Sandwich Co., the Seafood Shack, Company Cafe, Red Mango Frozen Yogurt & Smoothies, Primebar and Elizabeth's Cakes; DJs Wanz Dover and Redeye; live music by ISHI -- and my favorite part of the night, a special gallery showcase by our 2013 Mastermind Winners.

Now, take all of that, wrap it in a velvet cape and drop it smack into the middle of the Dallas Contemporary's latest exhibition -- Victory, a swank detailing of lowrider culture created by Chicago artist DZINE. This show is insane: There are actual tricked-out lowriders flipped up and dropped down throughout the gallery; a giant fuck-off gold necklace hangs mounted on the back wall; and oversized chandeliers with redwood-grade circumferences are lowered to illuminate collections of customized trophies. Even the Contemporary's interior walls have been handpainted and meticulously etched, giving the entire installation a feeling of plush grandeur.

Yeah, it's going to be that kind of party.

Get excited, and snag a ticket. Then pop back by Mixmaster throughout the week; we'll release more details about the event, like the names of our 2013 Mastermind winners, and more a deeper look at our local muralist and fashion designers.

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