Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Gallery @ Reel FX: The Lost Park

If the name doesn't do it for you, maybe the subtitle will: An Electrophonic Cinematheque Arcade.

The concept for this show really appeals to my geek side. The artwork form Brandon Oldenburg (paintings, kinetic sculptures, and puppetry) is all inspired by Stephen Spielberg films. Flims from 1972-1987 to be exact... can you say Indiana Jones?

6-9pm tonight@ 301 N. Crowdus.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Moment With The Grassfight

Last year in August, Obscenely Unseen was born. It's a collection of underground artists and musicians in the Dallas and Denton areas. It was my first art show. It was also the first time I saw the Denton based group The Grassfight.

They played in the early afternoon before things really got hoppin, but it was a real treat for those of us lucky enough to be in the room. They captured our undivided attention. Their songs are sort of hypnotizing, and Nathan's vocals eerily remind me of Ian Curtis.

Recently they released their first album The French Scheme, which I highly recommend you listen to by clicking here. (I find it rather conductive to creative adventures like writing or inking a million little spheres.)

The Grassfight is returning to play the 2nd Obscenely Unseen show this Saturday at Space Studio, and vocalist/guitarist Nathan Forester recently took the time to answer a few questions:

SR: When did each of you start your musical careers?

NF: Well this is Tamsi and [my] first formal band. Her dad played bass in a blues/country band and she just taught herself with his guitar. I've been playing since I was 8, but it doesn't show. I just don't have the mental capacity to do Guitar Center show-off riffs. Reed has played drums for about ten years and was in a couple of bands prior to Grassfight which shall all go unnamed.

SR: When did you start Grassfight?

NF: I had posted an add for a drummer on myspace in March of 2006 and Reed responded within an hour. A couple weeks later, we were all practicing in a barn at Reed's parent's house. That was absolutely awful, especially with that hot, Texas summer heat. We changed the scenery in the fall and played our first show on January 26, 2007, at Hailey's with The Angelus. So, we're nearing our 2 year anniversary.

SR:Who are some of your influences?

NF: All three of us clash with our favorite bands but there's a few we agree on. Those include Radiohead, Johnny Cash, and Fleetwood Mac, among others. I know Fleetwood Mac doesn't exactly fit, but you'll see, their influence will start to show its pretty face as we progress.

SR: What are some of your favorite local places to play shows?

NF: We love playing Andy's. The atmosphere is great, they're always really nice, and they actually use motion lights...motion lights! Everyone at Hailey's is normally great too. Club Dada as well. SHQ RIP.

SR: Who are some of your favorite locals?

NF: Well, you of course, Miss Alison and your wonderful artwork. Our good friends The Demigs with their playful, taunting, wittingly vibed music. David Trust = the most underrated musician around. Robert Jones is my favorite local band to see live and just might be my favorite local band. I'm especially looking forward to seeing them on Saturday. Deep Snapper is fantastic. Cody from the No Fold blog. Pat Ferguson from Deep Snapper - a true class act. And of course, Chris Wilder, the French Schemes producer is a walking lended hand and an all around great guy.

SR: You just finished your new album The French Schemes, what's the significance of the title? (I happen to love French film noir, so that's why I'm curious.)

NF: What I would give for a cool story behind the name. It actually came up without any real substance attached. We purposefully don't put too much critical thought into anything on the creative side of what we do because desperation ideas start to pop out and your subconscious usually has better ideas anyway, and generally, has a lot more to say - you just have to wait for it to jump out of you.

We had recently watched Amelie', a great French film that has the main character scheming these different scenarios throughout the movie. With the movie probably fresh on our mind, "French Schemes" just came out, a couple days before the release, on the way to Kroger.

SR:I like to listen to your cd while I'm working on pieces of my artwork, what do you envision people doing while they listen to this album?

NF: I envision them immediately picking up the phone and calling everyone they know to tell them about this amazing, semi-new band called Grassfight that they're listening to.

Actually, I've never thought about it. We haven't gotten that far yet. We're still trying to get people to actually listen and develop some sort of opinion of us. I'd really like to know how that piece turned out, by the way.

SR: What do you have planned for 2008?

NF: To become the most admired band in the metroplex.

You can catch The Grassfight along with these other great local acts at Space Studio on Saturday Feb. 2nd:

The Tah Dahs, Record Hop, Laura Palmer, Blackheart Society, Bridges and Blinking Lights, Holy Diver, and Atharva.

Artists include: C. Kirk Smith, Alison Welsh (me), Studio Fling, Ashmore Photography, and more.

The Grassfight will be playing early (4pm) so make sure to stop by and check 'em out!

- all photos are from The Grassfight's myspace page (although I did have to lighten a couple).

New Art Gallery

Tomorrow, go check out the opening of Galery 2910. It's a beautiful new art gallery in Deep Ellum, and it couldn't belong to nicer folks.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

DEEP @ Fallout Lounge

DEEP is meeting at the Fallout Lounge tonight at 9pm. Hopefully my broken down new car will be working by then...

Monday, January 28, 2008

How I Love Everybody...

... at Studio Fling. Rob Jr., Paul, Minji, and Tom are quite possibly the kindest people to ever run an art gallery. Ever.

The clocks were stunning, the outdoor heaters were warm, the coffee was tasty (courtesy Murray St. Coffee), the poets were slammin, and the music was hypnotizing (courtesy Electric Brown).

The people and love at Studio Fling always touch my heart.

Here's a couple pictures Paul took before the show:

and here's a few pictures Scotty took of the multitude that enjoyed Fling's timepieces:

(I'm that serious looking chick up front with black hair)

(Holly's so damned photogenic)

(Richard Ross's clocks are A-OK!)

The show runs through Feb. 9th, so you still have time to check out the art clocks at Studio Fling. They'll be open Thurs. - Fri. 6pm-11pm, and Sat. 12pm-11pm.

Over It.

There are a few times in your life when you realize how silly things are. Those things that were super cool, fly, hip, wicked, whatever the term. Things like the way people pose for pictures.

Take the devil/metal/rocker sign for example. I'm not sure if it's just me, but doesn't it seem like everyone poses for the camera with their "one of a kind" Deo imitation these days?

It's very disheartening when you see guys wearing pink polos sticking out their tongue waving the old index and pinkey at you like they're super evil.

Dude, my newborn niece could kick that guy's ass.

Maybe they should regulate it to people who are truly evil.


-People over six feet tall in Norwegian death metal bands
-People who can fight with swords or own crossbows
-Serial killers
-Punk rock bands before 1989

Just sayin...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Just In:

I just got this from Lary Carey, and I thought I'd do a little "shameless self promotion" as Richard Ross always puts it:


Saturday Night Saturday Night

So, last night I dropped off my two clocks, and holy moly, Studio Fling's gonna kick everybody's booty up and down the street on Saturday night.


The artwork is fresh, imaginative, and, well, useful. Every original artistic timepiece goes for $120.00 each. So if you (like Flava Flav) want to know what time it is, BE AT FLING ON SATURDAY!

Flametrick Subs are rockin out over at Darkside Lounge

Avenue Arts is going futuristic on your can with this show:

and Hot Flash is turning one at the Fallout Lounge (look at all the cute hipsters):

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oh and the afterparty:

Bar Of Soap Friday

I like these bands, but really I put this up here 'cause I think the flyer's nifty...

Help Keep These Girls On Wheels

Dallas loves Dirby Girls! Right? Right!!!!

Show the ladies some lovin and go to the fundraiser Friday(1.25) night.

"R" Day

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New Mix Tape

Wanz Dover just sent me a message about this new mix tape he's got goin on over at Stereo On Strike. Click here to check out Never mind the Cliques, here come the Bangers, and make sure to head over to Sloppyworld Saturday night (1.26), well Sunday morning if you want to get technical, to check out these fools' sweet, sweet, jams.

Kiss and Make It Better

So the recorder is gone. My interviews gone forever. Taken by teen aged kids that we bring into our office as part of a rehabilitation program once they get out of jail. It hurts that we're trying to help them, and then they take advantage of us. Sadly, it's not the first time they've stolen from us...

It looks like I might be able to reinterview a few folks, and pull a lot of the information from other people's interviews, so all is not lost.

The greatest thing in the universe: my sweetheart went out and bought me a new recorder last night that comes with transcribing software! I think I'm in love... wait I already was!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


The worst thing in the world is the stream of emotions you feel when someone steals something precious to you.

Shock. Rage. Woe. Frustration. Denial. Pain. Guilt. Emptiness.

What if that precious thing was something that could not be replaced? Your dead grandmother's necklace. Your favorite pet. The untranscribed interviews that you've been collecting for a book...

I can't even go into any more detail.

This fucking sucks.

Monday, January 21, 2008

What a Week

This past weekend was awesome. I especially dug the art and freezing in my space mobile with Kirk and Frank. Major thank yous to Frank, Kirk, Beard, Janelle, Jeff, Jacqui, and of course Mitch. How would I ever survive without you? Smooch.

Now on to this week.

So, if you've ever met me, you know about the clock show at Studio Fling that I just can't shut the crap up about. Well, that's not all that's going on this week, so check it out:


@ The Amsterdam Bar it's Bad Ass Jazz Night, always fun. Go say "Hi" to Mike and Sheldon for me.

@ The Red Blood Club there's a great show: Man The Conveyors, Bring Down the Hammer (ex brother inferior), Akkolyte. (Mostly I'm just plugging Akkolyte because those brothers make me smile.)


The Deep Ellum Enrichment Project is meeting at The Elbow Room... mmm, pizza...

@ The Double Wide Dj Burlap drops some country on yer tanned hide while the bartender can mix up some of these tasty trailer trash concoctions:


@ Red Blood Club... again another great show. April always has something neat booked. This time it's the U.S. Bombs, Orange (hellcat), The Johns, and The Wayward Boys.

Thursday (2.24):

It's time to make friendly with your neighbors. If you want to know what's up with Deep Ellum, we're having a mixer (fancy for party) @ Monica's Aca Y Alla, and gosh darn, you're invited. What other community in Dallas throws a party for the neighbors every single month?


Aton preforms at Space Studio

I used to live across the street from these guys when I was over in the White Rock Lake area, and I can tell you it was a pleasure chillin' outside listening to them jam out. They'll be releasing their new album Reunify, and events at Space are always a must!

I'll have details about this weekend in a few days time.


Saturday, January 19, 2008

What I'm Doing Tonight:

Barry Whistler Gallery

Road Agent

New Art From Chicago
Scott Anderson, Aaron Baker,
John Parot, Steve Reber

"Road Agent is proud to announce the opening of New Art from Chicago, featuring work by Scott Anderson, Aaron Baker, John Parot, and Steve Reber.

Despite its title, this show is based on a social rather than a geographic locus; that is, that specific social networks and affinities draw certain artists together, pooling sympathetic aesthetics. The artists currently live and work in Chicago, and indeed, these four are friends, but more importantly they share an aesthetic “blood-type”, leading to a kind of innate curation.

The result is a show of new works in various media—including sculpture, painting, and works on paper—presenting an ease in each other’s company. Collectively, the works straddle the natural and the synthetic: see Steve Reber’s wood-grain laminate, Aaron Baker’s biomorphic abstractions in plastic paint, John Parot’s neo-primitive neon masks painted on magazine cut outs, and Scott Anderson’s hyper-saturated futurescapes.

In the work you find a nostalgia for the future as imagined in the 1970s and ‘80s along with a desire to smash together as many cool ideas as possible. Both are elements of what it was like to be a guy growing up on steady diet of science fiction and fantasy, with an aptitude for working with one’s hands and the raw need to just make something."

by Aaron Barker

by Steve Reber

2919-C Commerce St. // Dallas, TX 75226
214.760.7170 //

"Choice Cuts: A group show featuring works by: Steven Hopwood Lewis (Above image), Evah Fan, Evan Hecox, Gary Taxali, Gary Baseman, Cody Hudson, Dalek and more..."

(Okay. This is a side note. I know Brian made a comment in the past week that, as far as I can tell, was taken a bit out of context, and then a very irresponsible writer titled the piece "Gentrification Welcomed By Deep Ellum Artists", which pissed off a whole ton of Deep Ellum artists. I've already made my comment, but I'd like to say this regarding The Public Trust as a neighbor (my office is about three blocks or so away): no one wants Brian to leave town. We want The Public Trust here.

I appreciate the national attention Brian's brought to our hood. His shows are recognized all over the country, and every opening that I've been to over there is packed. I mean for crips sakes Ian MacKaye played there. How bad ass is that?

Brian's a member of the Deep Ellum Association and last year he helped make some Deep Ellum t-shirts. Every time I've spoken to the guy, he's been friendly and helpful. I think people should be more pissed at the horrible, sensational title the author chose for the piece, rather than one comment. I also would like to offer my hand out the The Public Trust and invite him to come to DEEP meetings and stop by the DEA office sometime. Alright I'm hoppin off the soap box now.)

Later tonight I'm headin over to the Ol' Sloppyworld

And I'm going to the Bar of Soap to see The Backsliders too:

Friday, January 18, 2008

Hey Kiddos

Mama's been busy. Really effin busy. In fact, I'm still at work even though I should have left an hour ago. Though, I must admit it's REALLY freaking weird that I haven't received much email today. Usually it's somewhere in the realm ofabout 100 messages. Only like 10. Kinda weirding me out...

I can tell you that I've been speaking with some AMAZING men and women this week about so much that even my big ol' brain hasn't digested the info yet. There is so much that's happened, going on, and upcoming, that I need to chill out and get my art the heck ready for a big three shows. (Clockwork Fling, Obscenely Unseen, and an Ink Show @ Meridian).

I wanted to pop in and let you know that I'm not dead, simply busting with a belly full o factoids.
Make sure to stop by your favorite gallery (I believe Public Trust) has an opening tomorrow (1.19), and buy some local art, or make a new friend.

So, here's a piece of poetry that I wrote a while back to think about, or not think about, this weekend. Peace.

No Season for Passion

Wither in the winter
A snail can't mate in this weather
And beauty lapses to disease
Even unseen
He senses the condition
Such an ackward position
The freak-o-nature-glance
Why can't he give a girl a chance?

Head so heavy
So many
Hear the symptoms of love
And strap on a thick glove
'Cause something so pretty
Somthing somebody's had
Can't be too rokcy
Can't be that bad.

Hot like a ember
Straight out of slumber
Twisting and tumbling
Fingers all fumbling
O-the-danger there
Wrapped-up all neat
Within a soiled summer sheet.

Oh, snakey skin shawl
Unsheath this child-o-fall
Let her bathe in crisp air
Unscathed, raw, and bare
And dance in the glory
Finding vereve in the most holy
Harvest-sister's spoon

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dude, Cindy is Kicking My Ass!

Up and down the street, and damn it hurts. Click here and check out all the shit Cindy's talking 'bout. I mean damn, girl's on top of the hood.

On the bright side, I got to interview Frank Campagna last week. I'm interviewing Jeff Liles today, and Russell Hobbs on Friday. It's for an outline for a book that I can't talk too much about right now. Let's just say if the outline I'm putting together this month gets accepted someone's getting PUBLISHED...

I love you dearly so I'll stop bragging and show you this pretty picture:

Janelle kicks ass.

AND I almost forgot! DEEP meeting tonight at Double Wide. Props.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Saturday January 12th
7pm - 10pm


Show runs until Febuary 9th, 2008


Guy Reynolds:
Photojournalist for 25 years
Photo editor and photographer for The Dallas Morning News
Reynolds bought his first 35mm camera, a Minolta SRT-101, with money
earned throwing The Dallas Morning News in Richardson, where he grew
up. He shot photos for his high school newspaper and yearbook after a summer photography workshop. “I will never forget the thrill of watching a photograph magically appear in a tray of developer,” he said.

About a year ago, he started using a technique called through-the-viewfinder, in which he shoots with a digital camera through an old twin-lens. “It’s quite a trick using two cameras simultaneously,” he said. “I shoot lots of things with a minimalist approach and some things just to see what they look like as photographs. But I do some street photography and it’s a real challenge. I have six different twin-lens cameras and each yields a different result.”

A more recent approach has been shooting pinhole photos from a car with a digital camera. “Sometimes I’m driving and sometimes I’m a passenger.” Pinhole photography is a throwback to the first years of photography. Images are made without a lens. Doing it digitally combines the most basic with the most modern.

“All my photos are made in-camera; they’re not the result of manipulation with software tricks. I basically just do with software what I could do in the darkroom. For me, it’s much more of a challenge this way.”

Milton Adams:

Photo Editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and photojournalist for over 35 years. I am selftaught and decided to become a photographer in high school. Well, because you could work in a dark room with girls, how romantic that could be.

At Texas Tech University as head photographer of Student Publications I won awards in University photography competitions including best of show in several. Wow! Recognition and girls too how sweet. Milton Adams went from Texas Tech to a full time shooting job at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. After thirteen years and several major awards for AP, UPI, NPPA, and Headliners he moved to Dallas and joined the staff of the Dallas Times Herald. After four years at the Herald the Fort Worth Star-Telegram started a weekly fashion section and needed a full time photographer. It was the greatest job he ever had. With the economic turndown in the late 80’s, Milton went to the regular photography staff and worked there till the digital revolution called upon his experience and computer skills and he moved into a management position.

After studying the masters of the profession and working hard, I spent decades as a journalist, bringing the news to the masses and gathering a few awards along the way. Seeing Presidents and champions, being the envy of many on the front row of history. Its a job and lifestyle I still love.


Van Ditthavong:

After many failed attempts on the open-mic circuits in D.C. and New York - I somehow stumbled upon photography as an alternative to strumming the guitar. I guess someone was right by saying “when one door closes another opens.” Fortunately (for me and coffee house patrons in the northeast), I realized that the camera was not just another medium of expression but a wonderful way for me to examine myself and the world and people around me. I was hooked - photography took over and the guitar went into the closet. I am greatly inspired by the works of Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, David Lynch, Egon Schiele, and Francesco Clemente just to name a few.

I was born in Vientiane, Laos and left for the United States when I was four years old. I grew up outside Washington D.C. - and lived most of my adult life in Boston and New York. I received my undergraduate degree in Business Management from Boston University, but studied photography at F.I.T and I.C.P.. I now reside in Dallas, Texas.

*bios compiled by Kettle Art Gallery