What Not to Wear to V I S U A L U Z

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I had a brief run-in with a sorority initiation process back in 2003 that left me scarred. As you can imagine, being one of about five non-greek, scholarship students at SMU, navigating the turbulent social waters of Highland Park was quite the challenge for a young woman straight off the farm and still a bit confused as to who this "LV" guy was and why he made such

ugly book bags

. With little desire to rush, but a real yen to figure out the only side of Dallas I'd ever seen, I went with a friend to one of the plush houses on sorority row for an "information session." Apparently, the sorority in question had experienced a bit of a dip in interest that year and was willing to offer a bid to late comers - even the shifty-eyed sophomore still wearing Dr. Martens and Lucky jeans (this guy).

Suddenly, from nowhere, roughly ten young ladies descended the august staircase dressed, from head to toe, in all white and chanting. Look, no hatin,' but that was "informative" enough for me.

However, this Saturday night, folks are bringing back the all-white look, and I can really get behind it this time. Green Bandana Group presents V I S U A L U Z, which is a lot of oddly-spaced all caps that spells "open bar" and "cutting edge art." Falling somewhere between a gallery opening and a rave (you know, sans the obligatory E), the idea is that party-goers will dress in all white, and lights projected on them will create a "human canvas."

So, what separates this from rote glow sticks and tube tops? Well, for one, the fact that theSpace is being transformed into a 6,200 sq ft art installation, which, according to the press release, will deal with the ideas of "light" and "cosmic futurism." Projects include:

Jason Presley Marsh -light sculpture & projection mapping

Evita Cortez and Darius Goodson - light painting

Eric Trich - augmented reality installation

Gina Cervantes - light body painting

Jordan Scott Castilleja - sound sculpture installation

And, we hear there's a "face off" between DJ crews Track Meet and Hot Flash. We don't know exactly what a DJ-off entails, but please, please let it inspire some of this on the dance floor:

So, you might be thinking, "What the hell should I wear?" How about this:

Or this,

But not this:


Yes to this.


Tickets are $15, and you can purchase here, but did we mention that includes an open bar? So, 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. at 2516 Florence St. for (nearly) free booze, innovative art, stimulating conversation and achromatic fashion. You know the drill.

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