Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Vorvadoss

One thing that has really disappointed me in a lot of local live shows lately is their lack of theatrics. I don't include jumping around, tossing water on the crowd, or flipping people off as theatrics. I mean, yeah, that's tough, but I think it's tougher to wear outrageous costumes, paint your face, and transform yourself into something completely un-human.

By these standards of elaborate theatrics, Vorvadoss is the must-see act in Dallas this year. The first time I witnessed these guys, I nearly got sparks down my shirt, and the second time my legs and feet were caked in some fake blood type substance.

It's messy, but I promise you their act is formed and laden with intentional references to various occult mythology and antipop culture. The music is as intelligent as it is dark, beautiful as it is violent. Interviewing Vorvadoss is kind of like communicating with Aleister Crowley, terrifying, yet entrancing in that I-thought-this-guy-was-dead-way...



SR: How was Vorvadoss born?

V: On several planes of existence, a unique colony of microform beings arise around the creation of every cosmologically conceived solar system. In these microcolonies various demi-gods and avatars are enmeshed within the conscious systems of reality(maya). They sometimes disguise themselves as symbols, language, people or even music.

As a whole the entity known as "Vorvadoss" was conceived long before we were even aware of it. "It" merely sent out an amplitory signal(or homing beacon) and we in turn received this beacon and followed it to the source.

SR: Can you please delve into the unique mythology that seems to surround your music and stage performance?

V: While we can't go into too much detail here (certain contracts/pacts made with alien/eldritch beings wouldn't be too happy about that), we can tell you that our modus operandi belies a certain macroscopic permutation along a static line of bilateral consciousness.

In fact you could say that while we act locally in the third dimension, we are in fact counter-reacting along several different axial points in-time with pre-calibrated nucleic membranes that correspond to the various sephiroth and anima mundi pivots in time-space.

Our purpose is too bring these into a cognitive sphere through live audio/visual/spiritual mutation metamorphosis and bring the viewer into an experience of the "Mysterium Tremendum" spoken of by the German theologian Rudolph Otto in his book "The Idea of the Holy". Numinous.


SR: Who are some of your influences (musically, visually, philosophically, locally)?

V: A lot of our influence comes from various occult tomes, surrealist manifestos, candy wrappers, false teeth, old homes, insects, moss, wendigo respirators, weird swords and the like.

If we had to name a few names: H.P. Lovecraft, Terrence Mckenna, Hieronymus Bosch, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Henry Miller, The Residents, Neurosis, Wolves in the Throne Room, The Church of the Subgenius, etc.

SR: Where do you get the elaborate props you use for your performances?

V: All the sacraments used in our ceremonies are blessed by the appropriate deities first and made by us under the guidance of our stellar microbial friends from Yuggoth.

SR: The past couple times I've seen you, each performance grows in creativity and grandeur. What can we expect from future shows?

V: We've recently added a 6th member to the musical aspect of our performance who will be playing synths, so this will greatly enhance the overall ambience of the project in conjuring various ephemera and sacrosanctual environments.

SR: What would happen if Vorvadoss conquered consumer America? The world?

V: In silence we steal across the blanketed streams of anterior space and fall into place where listless souls gasp and sputter vague and restless calls from some blasted out machine from outside from outside outside this plane we are calling we are calling, they are calling, answer the call...

On May 2, Vorvaodoss will invade the Bar of Soap with Warcola, End Times, and Youth In Arms.



- Art by Jason Barnett, photos from Vorvadoss's page except the final photo (I took that one on April 19th @ Red Blood Club)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Coming...

I would like to thank The Quick for hosting the Next Big Thing last week. It was a lot of fun with good people. I'd also like to congratulate everyone involved in Ultraviolet that was at Dada on Saturday. It was a beautiful night all around for a good 'cause!


TOMORROW:

An interview with these guys:


Friday, April 25, 2008

Dorkbot In DFW

At the And/Or Gallery this Sunday Dorkbot will have their first DFW Chapter meeting.




[[Sunday, April 27th]]
The first Dorkbot DFW meeting at the gallery 1pm-2pm. Presentations by Paul Slocum, Lars Larson, and Jermy Johnson. More information here. Please bring a folding chair if you have one since we have limited seating.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hell Yes.

Ultraviolet



Lots of locals comin' together for a good cause this weekend over at Club Dada. I can't decide if I'm going for the cause, the art, the music, the silk screening, or Dada's beautiful outdoor patio...

I suppose I'll figure it out on Saturday.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


DEEP is meeting tonight @ Sol's Taco Lounge @ 9pm. Here's the agenda:

  1. Last Week
    M2S2/ DADA/ DART Meeting/ Earth Day/ Night Of
    the White Pants
  2. Deep Ellum Sellum 5/10 4pm till ???
    a. Ruth and Dena to oversee
    b. Chad to Get Contacts to Ruth
    c. Marc to get DJ and Frank to OK Space
  3. Charity Event
    a. Kelly and Tiff to head up? freetheslaves.net
  4. Crime Watch and DPD meeting
    a. Emails sent to the Police & New Contact
    b. Chad Armstrong and Marc to follow up
  5. Coupon Campaign
    a. email sent out to Tanner and DERC
    b. Randee to follow up
    c. Kelly to sent out link to DE coupon cite
    bigfatcoupon.com
    d. Doug at Murray Street is on board
  1. Become a Member of the DEA
    a. If you are not signed up please do it!
    b. Discount Cards
  1. Future Projects and Events
    a. Emails out to galleries for email listing
    b. Town Hall event with Mayor Tom Leppert and Alan Govenar (DEA)
    d. Are you receiving emails?

Cool Things! (because that guy Justin at the Observer doesn't seem to know where Deep Ellum is)

April 23 Converge at the Profit Bar
April 24 The Shackletons at Double Wide
Apr 25 Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-phonics
at All Good Cafe
April 25 & 26 Continental Gin Open Studios
April 26 Ultra Violet Rock Show For CF @ Dada
May 1 DEA mixer @ Daddy Jacks
May 2 Mural Competition drop off deadline contact Alison for more info
May 3 Last day to see Neil Young's Greedndale at Undermain

May 3 Hal Samples Film and Art "The City Of God"
May 8 Expo Art Walk
May 10 Sankofa grand opening celebration (already open though)

May 10 Black Joe Lewis at the Double Wide
May 11 Voodoo Glow Skulls at The Door
May 13 UNKNOWN HINSON / Boys Named Sue / Spector 45 / Fish Fry Bingo at Dada
May 15 Northern State at the Profit Bar
May 24 Re*Cov*Er Mural Competition
May 30 – June 1 CADD Art Fair
May 31Lollipop Shop @ Dada
May 31 Avenue Arts Venue surreal art & experimental
music

New & Coming Soon: Mouth; Sankofa; Adlibs, Cowboy Chow See Tiffany's write-ups for a more thorough descript on all these new faces... then go to yelp.com and say something good about all of them
Next Meeting Locations
4/29 Omega’s (? To Confirm)
5/6 First Tuesday @ Kettle Art guest speaker Cindy Chaffin and Jeff Liles
5/13 Dada (Frank to confirm)
5/20 Amsterdam (Angelica to Confirm)
5/27 ???

I would like to note that the Avenue Arts Venue show is the next event sponsored by The Sub-Rosa. I'll have more details in the next couple weeks, but I can tell you that it will feature some mind bending artwork from some of the Dallas's outstanding artists, and a set by the wonderful gentlemen of Yells At Eels.

Continental Opens The Doors

Continental Gin Studios annoys the hell out of me, but in that I-wish-you-were-freaking-open more-than-twice-a-year-way.

I guess it's one of those cake scenarios: if you ate cake every day it would start to get dull like cardboard... or maybe it wouldn't and you'd get real fat.

Either way, I always love touring the Continental Gin Studios here in Deep Ellum. It's like a big art present that we get to unwrap every six months.

The details:

The twice a year Continental Gin Open Studios return - April 25th and 26th, this Friday and Saturday. The artists of the 120 year old building and Historic District, open up their studios bi-annually for a celebration with art, food, drinks and music. Check out the view of the city skyline from the upstairs skyway patio - linked to the Continental Lofts.

2008 SPRING OPEN STUDIOS

Friday, April 25, 6–9pm &
Saturday April 26, 2–8pm

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The Continental Gin is located at 3309 Elm Street, down the street from Sons of Hermann Hall.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Wow.

This was amazing:


Unfortunately these are the best images I could get with my crappy camera phone and a belly full of beer. I saw a lot of people with cameras, so I know there's better images out there.

Vorvadoss's set on Saturday blew me away and got a lot of gooey blood on my pants and feet.

Suffice to say, I was a happy woman.

I'd like to thank Vorvadoss, Akkolyte, Warcola, Molotov Compromise, and Electric Brown , Cadaver Cabaret, Cathey Miller, Dawn The Butcher, Frank Campagna, Janelle Tohill, Monique Janette, and Turner Scott VanBlarcum for all they contributed to our benefit for Red Blood Club.


More about the arts for this week tomorrow.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Mark Shane Nelson

So, tomorrow is HCG Gallery's big opening on Dragon Street! Why am I so excited? Well, you see HCG is the second gallery by those crafty fells over at Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum, and my goodness they are off to quite a nice start. This three person show showcases some highly talented Dallas locals: Hal Samples, Luke Harnden, and Mark Nelson.

I was just in the gallery a few hours watching one of the owners, Kirk Hopper, put up some finishing touches, and it is big and beautiful!

Mark Nelson, a Kettle veteran and part of this grand opening, was kind enough to answer a few quick questions for the Sub-Rosa in lieu of tomorrows festivities. (Oh, and I'm allowed to pick fun at his wife Havi, she's my home girl.)


SR:
How did you get started as an artist?

MN: Probably first started making art in grade school art class, it’s always kind of come natural to me and I enjoy it almost more than anything.


SR:
Who are some of your influences?

MN: The list is much much to long and always changing. Some of my most recent painter influences would be Henry Rousseau, Edward Hicks, Hieronymus Bosch.

Other influence would be my friends, family, my lovely wife and all the ups and downs of life.


SR:
What was your most memorable art show?

MN: Doing the Affordable Art Fair in NYC was an amazing experience, but I think it was mainly the being in New York part that really blew my mind.

So much history in that city and so much talent, I think that trip changed my life a little and definitely influenced my art.


SR:
Can you tell me about the process you use to create your works?

MN: We got to have our secrets now don’t we haha. I’ve written a computer program that does it all for me.


SR:
What is it like being married to another creative (and slightly insane) individual like Havi?

MN: Havi is amazing and she is a great influence on my work – she’s like my own personal art critic that is not afraid to tell me what she really thinks.

Pisses me off sometimes but I need a good kick in the ass every now and then.


SR:
Who are some of your favorite artists here in the
Dallas area?

MN: The Kettle Crew!


SR
: What would you call your artistic style?

MN: I wouldn’t really call it anything in particular. Hopefully the critics don’t have a name for it yet, I would hate to have to live up those kinds of expectations.


SR: How do you feel about the current state of art in the North Texas area? Are you excited about the energy in the current artistic community?

MN: I’m a little detached from the North Texas Art scene as a whole – so I don’t really know.

All my artist friends are just kicking ass through – good to see so many people progress so fast, I’m loving it.


SR
: What do you have planned for the future?

MN: I’m going to take all my art apart and then put it back together again. Deconstruct, Reconstruct and Repeat.



Weekend Ender Bender

Lots of things for the weekend folks!

I'm just going to touch on a few:

I just wanted to point out the sponsorship on this one...

It's the first time I've sponsored anything. No, I'm not suddenly rich. I am sponsoring with time and effort, and it's going to be a good time for a good cause:

This one focuses on the darker side of art. A side that really became prevalent when plagues overran Western Europe, and art of beauty switched to art of death and disease. Dismissed as scary and grotesque, many forget that these artists are just as classically skilled as any store-bought Michelangelo reproduction.

Though the popularity of such extreme pop and noir culture is widespread, it’s something that a lot of current galleries are afraid to tackle. Parents are afraid to show their children, and these works only get notice in horror movies and band flyers.

How perfect is it to give this craft it’s due at Red Blood Club with music of the same tempo?

Vorvadoss, Akkolyte, Warcola, Molotov Compromise, and Electric Brown will play sets and the Cadaver Cabaret will join us for a very special performance. Artists include Cathey Miller, Dawn The Butcher, Frank Campagna, Janelle Tohill, Monique Janette, and Turner Scott VanBlarcum.

We will also have BBQ and some tasty vegan dishes.The show is April 19th from 4pm-10pm. All proceeds from this event will go towards helping Red Blood Club (2617 Commerce St.) continue to bring great bands to Deep Ellum.

-photo in flyer from Janelle Tohill

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Since I can't clone myself (wouldn't that be cool? or scary), you'll have to go to this opening for me and tell me how much it kicks ass, 'cause it will:

Hal Samples. Luke Harnden. Mark Nelson.
HCG Gallery

Artist Reception: April 19, 2-8pm

HCG Gallery is a bold new gallery on Dragon Street from the same creativeminds that brought Kettle Art Gallery to Deep Ellum.

*Come and Visit the DADA Gallery Walk on Saturday, April 19th.

A full day of the Arts!

-Panel Discussions from 10:30- 2 pm at The MAC.
-Art walk from 2- 8 pm at participating DADA galleries.
-Party from 8- 10 pm at The Gables Villa Rosa.
-Support the Edith Baker Scholarship!

*Next Gallery Walk is Saturday, September 13th, 2-8 pm

Hal says:

Join me for the Grand Opening of The HCG Gallery this Saturday from 2-8 P.M.

I will be showing 10 never released works that form a narrative titled “From a Secret Vantage Point” along side two extremely talented artist (who’s work are out of this world). I’m way excited and proud to be a part of their grand opening and what is happening with art in Dallas. This space they have for the gallery is.. is beautiful… and so are those that run it.

Please, come see us. Cash will be there too.

Peace to you.

Hal and Cash

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From Good Records:

Please join us in celebrating our journey that is Good Records…what a long strange trip it’s been.

FREE LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY—Saturday April 19, 2008

Emcee will be John Freeman aka The Dutch Treats.
The Party: Sober, Select, Nature will be on hand spinning tunes throughout
the day.

The Theater Fire 11am
Bridges & Blinking Lights 11:30am
Mom Noon
Matthew And The Arrogant Sea 12:30pm
Doug Burr 1pm
Sarah Jaffe 1:30pm
Fishboy 2pm
Mount Righteous 2:30Pm
John Congleton 3pm
Astronautalis 3:30pm
The Baptist Generals 4pm
LIONS 5pm
Robert Gomez 6pm
Red Monroe 6:30pm
Fight Bite 7:30pm
Frogboy 8pm
The Great Tyrant 8:30pm
Jetscreamer 9pm
Record Hop 10pm
PPT 11pm
The Black Angels Midnite

Good Records
1808 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
214-752-4663

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I actually put a hilarious piece of the Flintstones in this show:



artists at the soda gallery
Boob Tube Saturday

Remember those Saturday mornings when the parents were still in bed and you'd sneak into the living room, bowl of cereal in hand, and flip on your favorite Saturday morning cartoons? You knew it was only a matter of time before your mother would be down, yelling at you to "turn that TV off and go outside and play"?

Beginning April 19th, take a trip down memory lane when fifteen of the coolest pop culture artists join together to pay tribute to the classic Saturday morning cartoon.

And don't forget, much of the art is also available at our online store - so start shopping!

Featured Artists Websites
Jonathon Kimbrell

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Date: Sunday, April 20, 2008

LIVE WEBCAST HERE, BEGINNING AT 2 PM

Where: Life in Deep Ellum, 2803 Taylor Street, Dallas, TX, 75226; featuring Live At Mokah venue, Mokah Art Gallery and the Mokah Coffee Bar

Time: 2:00pm-9:00pm

Tickets: $7 regular admission (available online at www.liveatmokah.com, at the M2S2 booth at Good Records on April 19 or at the door; if bringing alcohol per beverage policy, an additional fee of $3 will be charged at the door with proper ID)

$10 if bringing limited alcohol — beer or wine, see beverage policy at www.liveatmokah.com in the Blog section (available at Good Records on April 19 or at the door)

In the venue:
Dave Little, MC
Flat People, 3:00-3:30
Airline, 3:45-4:15
Jayson Bales Band, 4:30-5:00
Miles From Nowhere, 5:15-5:45
Salim Nourallah & The Noise, 6:00-6:30
The Slack, 6:45-7:15
Smile Smile, 7:30-8:00
Bridges and Blinking Lights, 8:15-8:45

“Life in a Split Second” by Salim Nourallah

In the lounge:
“Club Dada Afternoon Open Mic” with Jenn Nabb - Times TBD and more artists to be added to the following: Something at the Wheel (brand new duo), Taylor Davis, Blue Petal, Camille Cortinas (from Fishing For Comets), Rahim Quazi

Additional Notes:

o During 15-minute venue set breaks, Cindy Chaffin of The Fine Line will be moderating discussions of the Dallas music scene with industry leaders in the venue.

o We’ve invited Club Dada, which hosts an Open Mic with Jenn Nabb on Sundays, to host an afternoon Open Mic to include staggered sets in the Mokah Coffee Bar lounge beginning the last five minutes of each venue set and extend through the 15-minute break when the summit discussions are taking place in the venue. Everyone is encouraged to head over to Club Dada at the end of M2S2 for the continuation of Open Mic with Jenn Nabb and 10% of all bar sales at Club Dada that evening will be donated to the Carter Albrecht Music Foundation/Life in Deep Ellum organizations.

o We have a few surprises in store that followers of the Dallas music scene don’t want to miss!

o A limited preview of pieces for the May 1 “MUSIC in the LIFE of carter” art exhibit and fundraiser to be held in the Mokah Art Gallery will be on display.

o By end of day tomorrow, www.m2s2community.com should be back up with latest info and continuing updates thru Saturday. Due to date change logistics and other priority items, the revised site has been delayed.

* I totally copied this last one from Cindy

Thursday, April 17, 2008

R Day

I have just emerged for the pits of dhoom that some call illness in time to give you R Day.
These three are artists participating in Macabre tales for Eyes and Ears (The Red Blood Club Benefit).
Keep Punk and Metal in Deep Ellum!




by Janelle Tohill


by Monique Janette


I'll have a full post tomorrow on the whole awesomeness that will be this weekend.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Rollin With My (Art) Homies...

DEEP's put together a pretty awesome art walk for this Saturday. A lot of my favorite galleries are participating:



You can see everything that opened last night in Expo Park (click here for that info.)


Kettle's got 3 Of A Kind up their sleeve:



For the comic lovers The Public Trust is hosting a signing of Jeremy Smith's Ropeburn. Each comis will be $5, and many of the works for view are strips used in Ropeburn's creation.



Pawn Gallery (which is where I'm writing from right now) will be showing the works of The Cronic Artist Kenny Hensley.



The walk is from 6-10pm tomorrow night:


Thursday, April 10, 2008

R Day

There is an exciting three person show, 3 Of A Kind Spring, opening at Kettle Art this weekend, and I thought I'd feature these three lovely ladies today:




A Thursday For Theatre, A Thursday For Art

Tonight my honey and I are going to this:


I haven't been to the theatre in YEARS, and I'm super excited to see a show that features Neil Young's famous rock opera Greendale. I love Neil Young. It will be my first time at Undermain, and I think we picked a neat performance to start with!




Tonight is also Expo Art Night, and there are several openings you should check out, including the new Jacket Gallery at 827 Exposition and Avenue Arts Venue at 823 Exposition Avenue.

There's a little B&W going on over at Canvas Gallery's (824 Exposition #3) latest opening:




Van Ditthavong (824 Exposition, Ste. 7) is holding a neat series of art talks, and tonight is the first one:



My favorite vintage clothing store, The Salvage Garden(819 Exposition Avenue), will be open during the art fun tonight too:

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Mark It.

Your calendar that is...

For April 19th.

This is the first in a series of themed art/music events I'm sponsoring (with time, food, and effort) in Deep Ellum and Fair Park.



This one focuses on the darker side of art. A side that really became prevalent when plagues overran Western Europe, and art of beauty switched to art of death and disease. Dismissed as scary and grotesque, many forget that these artists are just as classically skilled as any store-bought Michelangelo reproduction.

Though the popularity of such extreme pop and noir culture is widespread, it’s something that a lot of current galleries are afraid to tackle. Parents are afraid to show their children, and these works only get notice in horror movies and band flyers.

How perfect is it to give this craft it’s due at Red Blood Club with music of the same tempo?

Vorvadoss, Akkolyte, Warcola, Molotov Compromise, and Electric Brown will play sets and the Cadaver Cabaret will join us for a very special performance. Artists include Cathey Miller, Dawn The Butcher, Frank Campagna, Janelle Tohill, Monique Janette, and Turner Scott VanBlarcum.

We will also have BBQ and some tasty vegan dishes.The show is April 19th from 4pm-10pm. All proceeds from this event will go towards helping Red Blood Club (2617 Commerce St.) continue to bring great bands to Deep Ellum.

-photo in flyer from Janelle Tohill

Thursday, April 3, 2008

R Day

All three of these ladies will be showing with me tonight and all weekend at Nancy George, and Bess, and you'd better be there damnit!



by Cathey Miller






by Erica Felicella


The Blue Building,
2824 Main St.
Artist Reception 4/3 7-9pm
Festival Hours:
4/4: 5-10pm
4/5:10am-10pm
4/6: 11am-5pm
Festival After Party Featuring Lovie: 10pm-1:30am


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

How This Weekend is Going to Kick My Ass

What a freaking weekend. Let's check it out day by day:


Thursday:

Nancy, Beorge, And Bess
Artist Reception
7-9pm
The Blue Building
2824 Main St.

Click here for all the info. about the artists, which includes yours truly (I've got three pieces in this show!)


Paws & Prints @ Gallery 2910
6-8pm


Click here for all the furry details!



Friday:

The Deep Ellum Arts Festival Kicks Off!

Pretty Much All Of Main St. In Deep Ellum

Friday, April 4, 2008 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, April 5, 2008 11:00am to 10:00pm

Sunday, April 6, 2008 11:00am to 7:00pm



You can look at art, listen to music, and drink in the streets legally! Hooray for legal public intoxication!
Click here for festival details and here for the music line up.

You know you can't wait to see these guys tear it up:



It's Time: New Works by Hal Samples Hal Samples Gallery Grand Opening, 6-10pm
Featuring Music by MOM
2814 Main St. #101



Yea! Hal's gallery is finally opening! It's going to be in the space under Space. (Hee, hee.) MOM's playing too! AND they're going to have a live stream going all weekend on The Fine Line. Why all weekend? Well, you'll just have to keep reading (or looking at pictures).



Saturday:


Studio Fling's New Pad!
2924 Main St. Suite 102, 7pm-11pm



I'm so happy for the Flingers and their new, bigger space. The new local is perfect for this blossoming little gallery. If you've never been around this crowd, you are really missing out out on some out sweet folks and great times. Oh, and the art's good too. It will definetaly be a good time to swing by Studio Fling.


Go Deaf In Space.
Space, 6-10pm

2814 Main St. #201





Festival After Party @ Nancy, George, and Bess
The Blue Building, 10pm-1:30am

Featuring Lovie & Heather Knox
$5



Everyone loves Lovie. Photo by Erica Felicella, who was one of the co-curators of Nancy, George, and Bess along with the lovely Sarah Jane Semrad.


Sunday:
The Black Angels In Space!
Space, 7-11pm (maybe later)

2814 Main St. #201

$20 Donation




This is not a joke. The Black Angels are flying from Toronto to play an intimate show at Space here in Deep Ellum and then flying to Paris, France. How effin cool is that? There are only three times they are playing Texas during this tour, and Space is one of them. Come check out Aton and Mike Graff too. This is the highlight of my weekend for sure.

You know what's even awesomer? All this stuff is going down on the same street! Hooray!