Fall in Step

Great art is just a hop, skip and a jump away


"What lives in art and is eternally living is first of all the painter and then the painting." Van Gogh's words offer an explanation for that awkward moment when your dear friend shows you that painting she just finished, and--caught somewhere between terror and confusion--you think to yourself, "This is the person I trusted with the spare key to my apartment." We'll let the Expressionists paint their innermost feelings for the world to see, and the rest of us can continue to pay $100 an hour for therapy. Insane artists, and plenty of sane ones, will exhibit their work during the Dallas Art Dealers Association's Annual Fall Gallery Walk. Talent from around the world will offer an array of artwork during the free event from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. September 17 (some galleries' hours vary). More than 20 galleries throughout Dallas will participate in the Gallery Walk, which was created to raise awareness for the visual arts. There will be an after-party at 1400 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets will be available at the door for $20. Proceeds from this event will go toward the Edith Baker Art Scholarship benefiting a graduating senior from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. For a complete list of participating galleries, call 214-969-1852 or visit www.dallasartdealers.org. --Stephanie Morris



The gallery will display paper as art but only if the paper-as-art is in the form of fashion accessories--which, it should be noted, cannot be worn because, duh, they're made of paper and, double duh, they're smaller than any man or woman could wear. No, you're not the only one confused. We also don't know why someone would want to see small paper shoes or a cowboy hat that used to be a Dallas Observer, but Paper Arts is betting there's a market for it. The gallery is behind this fashion-accessory-as-paper-as-art movement, and its grand opening is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. September 17 at 118 N. Peak St. On display will be the works of Allen Shaffer, a paper fashionista, if such a term can be used here. Shaffer's stuff will remain on display through October 15. Paper Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 214-828-9494. --Paul Kix

Kick Out the Jams


Man, forget black tie dinners. Black belt dinners would be way cooler. Imagine: Tae kwon do masters hand-chop your salad. Evil henchmen battle while you dine on filet mignon. Ninjas hide all around with jugs of water in hand, and if they don't refill your glass every 10 minutes, they're required by ancient rites to commit seppuku. This is not what Chuck Norris offers when he and his wife Gena host the Black Belt Dinner at Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., at 6:30 p.m. Saturday so we can only hope he might bust out a high kick and performer Randy Travis might wield his guitar samurai-style during his concert. Admission starts at $350, which benefits Norris' Kickstart, a martial arts program for kids. Call 972-566-4218. --Sam Machkovech

Three Times the Charm


Joe Mancuso's lucky. He sees industrial debris and doesn't think--like the rest of us--"Ugh, that's ugly. " He instead thinks, "That's art!" He's one of three artists whose works will be on display at the Conduit Gallery, 1626-C Hi Line Drive, beginning Saturday with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and running through October 21. The other artists are Billy Hassell, a man inspired by nature, and Yen-Hua Lee, a student whose drawings could be seen as diary posts. Call 214-939-0064. --Paul Kix

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