Road Rave

I read Kerouac's On the Road a few months back, and, yes, after turning the last page, I desperately wanted to do what everybody who reads the book wants to do: set out on a magical journey of self-exploration that takes you back and forth in a drunken zig-zag across this great nation of ours. And I would have done it, too, if I hadn't already made plans to do some very unhip things like earning a living and staying out of jail. As consolation, however, us wannabe Dean Moriartys can take a gander at the newest exhibition at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery: American Roads is an impressive collection of photographs that captures the Kerouac road-trip vibe, with works from more than 20 artists. There are a few modern photos, but most are neat old shots from the '70s and '80s, including an awesome picture of Amarillo's Cadillac Ranch from 1979, when you could actually still see the half-buried Caddys' original paint jobs (before the graffiti of thousands of visitors took its toll). American Roads will be on display at PDNB Gallery, 1202 Dragon St., Friday through May 5. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call 214-969-1852 or visit
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 30. Continues through May 5
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Kaitlin Ingram