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Rapper Shaquan Bivens’ Philosophy of Collaboration Over Competition Pays Off

11 days ago by Ryann Gordon
Artists promote themselves in a variety of ways; some hire managers, others use YouTube and social media, and some rely on a favorable word of mouth while booking shows themselves. There are also those who approach their artistic careers with a shrewdly open business mindset — building bridges by networking everywhere...
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The 20 Best Things to Do in Dallas, Oct. 21-27

28 days ago by Dallas Observer Staff
Monday, October 21 Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind The Perot Museum deserves major props for presenting educational material in ways more entertaining than Sesame Street ever could, but their newest exhibition doesn’t require any added song and dance. Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind offers the recently...
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Hip-Hop Wars: A Fort Worth Rapper and a Producer Fight over Album Rights

1 month ago by Christian McPhate
Clay Perry had never heard of Oscar Wilde’s comment, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” An aspiring hip-hop artist from Fort Worth, Perry found his poetry in the words and rhythms of street poets like Dr. Dre from N.W.A., Snoop Dog and local street legends D.O.C. and...
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Bewitching Singer Banks Dances the Night Terrors Away as Tour Heads to Dallas

2 months ago by Michael Bialas
Getting to know more about Banks (the performance artist formerly known as Jillian Rose Banks) might not seem too easy on the surface, especially during a 15-minute phone interview.  Maybe the 31-year-old, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, whose brand of electronic dance music has been arbitrarily labeled Goth-pop, wants her keep-you-guessing image...
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The 21 Best Things to Do in Dallas, Aug. 26-Sept. 1

3 months ago by Dallas Observer Staff
Monday, August 26 KIFARUEarthxFilm, the environmentally focused film festival, is one of the many efforts by the Trammell Crow-founded EarthX, an organization that unifies environmental activists around the globe. Monday’s screening of KIFARU shows the full-length documentary directorial debut from Emmy-nominated cinematographer David Hambridge. The film follows the first four...
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Female Drag Queens Sashay into an Increasingly Fluid Dallas Drag Scene

3 months ago by Christin Taylor
The art of drag is no longer exclusive to men. Drag is for everyone, including biological women. The tradition defining a drag queen as a man who dresses up in women's clothes, typically for the purposes of entertainment, is changing rapidly in Dallas. And this change is perhaps unsurprising. After...
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She’s Like a Rainbow: A Texas Artist Dresses Like a Rainbow to Ward Off Depression

4 months ago by Brittany Nunn
Saying that Kristina Elle loves rainbows is an understatement. This Texas artist and social media fashion icon loves rainbows so much that she's practically become one. “Rainbows have helped me a lot during my transition from being an angsty teen to who I am today,” Elle explains. “I love rainbows...
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21 Things To Do in Dallas This Week

5 months ago by The Mixmaster
Thursday Don’t be alarmed by earth-shaking incidents in the Fair Park area. It’s Ochre House and Dallas Flamenco Festival’s presentation of La Muerte de Don Quixote, written and directed by the theater’s founder and creative dynamo Matthew Posey. The performance at 825 Exposition Ave., runs through June 29 and features...
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Major Music Conference May Be the Missing Link in Vibrant Local Hip-Hop Scene

6 months ago by Roderick Pullum
The hip-hop scene in North Texas is as vibrant as ever. In terms of skill and diversity, local artists can hold their own against any major market. Rappers are signing with major labels, producers are winning Grammys and are sought after by A-list figures in rap and R&B. It's no...
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21 Things To Do in Dallas This Week

6 months ago by The Mixmaster
Thursday Ian Fleming was obsessed with the colorful life of the late playboy and race car driver Porfirio Rubirosa, native of the Dominican Republic, and some believe Fleming based his James Bond character on Rubirosa, who was also rumored to be a political assassin. The same theme is reflected in...

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