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Fine Line: June, 2009

2009 Deep Ellum Mural Project Kick-off Party!

Posted by Cindy on 29th June 2009

Whadda a great night! If this is any indication as to what’s in store for us, I’m probably not going to sleep at all anymore!

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Stonewall March to Lee Park…

Posted by Cindy on 29th June 2009

…probably one of the most inspirational days of my life.

Above is just a peek at totally unedited footage…more to come…

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Seen Sippin’…in da’house!

Posted by Cindy on 26th June 2009

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Those fabulous Bates Brothers graced our little shop today…I’m sort of in awe of them…well, not really sort of…I’m in awe of them.

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Seen Sippin…

Posted by Cindy on 25th June 2009

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…the always fabulous and divine artist, Frankie Garcia III invited our Arts District guru Veletta Forsythe Lill to It’s a Grind this morning…I love it when it gets all arty up in here.

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Mural, Mural, On the Wall…

Posted by Cindy on 25th June 2009

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DALLAS, TX- The Deep Ellum Community Association renews the rich landscape of independent art that is the life blood of Deep Ellum with Phase I of the 2009 Deep Ellum Mural Project.

Kettle Art Gallery opens for an evening of works by the artists scheduled to Mural the Project’s Good Latimer Corridor – Saturday, June 27 at 7p.m.

Phase I of the 2009 Mural Project will feature murals along the Good Latimer/DART rail line in the very area that the Good Latimer Tunnel Murals are buried. Dart line passengers will exit the Deep Ellum rails and be welcomed with murals from Phase I artists: Luke Harnden, Cathey Miller, Sergio Garcia, Mark Nelson, Brian Crawford, Amber Campagna, Issac Brown, Issac Davies, Tyson Summers, Judith Lea Perkins and Frank Campagna.
Murals will begin along the corridor in July and August.

For more information please contact Tiffany Kieran or Sean Fitzgerald: DeepEllumTexas@gmail.com

(The murals will be across the street from the Reel FX Deep Ellum Gateway Traveling Man.)

Thanks to support from the Phase I Sponsors for funding and making the murals possible:

*Allied Printing
*The Demeter Project (and venture project It’s a Grind)
*The Deep Ellum Enrichment Project
*The Deep Ellum Foundation
*George Reeves Co.
*Kettle Art (and Artistic Director Frank Campagna)

See the Full Deep Ellum Mural Project PDF linked here.

(The murals will also be across the street from the Reel FX Deep Ellum Gateway Traveling Man.)

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Please keep watching for additional phases to the Mural Project. This will be an ongoing project.

Below are a few recaps from past year Mural Projects:

2008 Re*Cov*er Mural Project – Re*Cov*Er II video by Cindy Chaffin:

2007 Mural Project – Re*Cov*Er I Video by Frank Campagna:

To get involved please contact Tiffany Kieran or Sean Fitzgerald at DeepEllumTexas@gmail.com.

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Mural This!

Posted by Cindy on 24th June 2009

Ed. Note: This post was crafted by my precious Tiffany Kieran. I just stole it from her…heh…heh…heh…

The Deep Ellum Community Association (DECA) has launched the 2009 Deep Ellum Mural Project.

Check out the full Deep Ellum Mural Project and contacts here:
Deep Ellum Mural Project 2009

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To renew the rich landscape of authentic, independent art that has been the life blood of Deep Ellum for years, this year’s mural projects will follow in the footsteps of previous mural art projects in this beloved historic neighborhood.

Phase I of the 2009 Mural Project will be the Good Latimer Corridor Murals. This phase will introduce murals along the Good Latimer/DART rail line in the very area that the Good Latimer Tunnel Murals have been buried. Dart line passengers will exit the Deep Ellum rails and be welcomed with murals from the following Phase I artists: Luke Harnden, Cathey Miller, Sergio Garcia, Mark Nelson, Brian Crawford, Amber Campagna, Issac Brown, Issac Davies, Tyson Summers, Judith Lea Perkins and Frank Campagna.

(We are also very excited that the murals will also be across the street facing the Reel FX Deep Ellum Gateway Traveling Man.)

Thanks to support and sponsorship from:
*Allied Printing
*The Demeter Project (and venture project It’s a Grind)
*The Deep Ellum Foundation
*George Reeves Co.
*Kettle Art

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Please keep watching for additional phases to the Mural Project. This will be an ongoing project. Please contact the Deep Ellum Community Association Mural Project team if you are interested in donating to expand the mural project in additional areas.

Check out the full Deep Ellum Mural Project and contacts (Frank Campagna, Sean Fitzgerald and Tiffany Kieran) here.

Deep Ellum Mural Project 2009

Below are a few recaps from past year Mural Projects:

2008 Re*Cov*er Mural Project – Re*Cov*Er II video by Cindy Chaffin:

2007 Mural Project – Re*Cov*Er I Video by Frank Campagna:

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A Vote for Kettle Art is a Vote for…um…Kettle Art!

Posted by Cindy on 24th June 2009

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Vote for Kettle Art! Why? Cuz it’s the best!

Kettle Art opened in November of 2005 with the formation of a business partnership with Kirk Hopper and myself. Our landlord liked the idea of a gallery and with the assistance of several really good artists, it’s come together fairly easy. We are an artists run venture, driven by people that simply want to shake things up….

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Mmmmmmmm…chiliiiii…

Posted by Cindy on 23rd June 2009

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I feel quite confident that this website will become my sounding-board for whatever the hell comes to mind. Really…don’t we have enough music blogs?

So today I’m going to tell you about a place you MUST try. It’s on the corner of Worth and Carroll in east Dallas, just a stone’s throw from Deep Ellum. This little joint has caught my eye several times cuz it had chiles and jalapenos on the sign. I could eat ‘em like candy.

Thing is, though, I’ve been on this “diet” in which I can eat nothing whatsoever processed and I’m limited to one “serving” of carbs per day. So I’ve been very picky about my choices. However, the menu looked pretty promising, so I opted for the stuffed jalapenos and a bowl of original chili. Oh. My. GAWD! Unfreakinbelievable. I literally almost turned the car around and drove back for another jalapeno.

Both dishes were spicy, fresh, flavorful, delicious, addicting, divine, splendid…I want more. I figured that they both had to be full of something bad, otherwise why so tasty?

So I Googled and found their website. The clouds parted and the birds started a’chirpin’…

Stuffed Jalapenos
This isn’t the usual greasy fried wad of dough with a tiny sliver of pickled jalapeno.

We start with a fresh whole jalapeno and stuff it with three kinds of cheese, onion, lime and cilantro. A light coating of panko bread crumbs, the same stuff which provides the crunch in tempura, is applied and then the pepper is baked until golden brown.

…the very light coating of panko bread crumbs hardly counted as a serving of carbs, and allowed for the flavors of the cheese and the spicy pepper to come through….my Gawd, it was a thing of beauty.

Honestly? I’ve never really been into chili. It’s oooookaaay, but I wouldn’t drive 3 miles to get a bowl..until now…

Chili
We toast and grind whole dried chiles and spices and never use pre-made chile powder. Plenty of lean bison, fresh jalapeno, habanero, onion, garlic and tomato round out the perfectly spicy bowl of chili. If spicy isn’t your thing we also have a mild version. For those somewhere in between we will custom mix the spicy and mild chili until you get enough practice to handle the spicy chili straight up.

…I got the spicy and it was perfect. Absolutely. Perfect.

The menu is limited, which is fine cuz what they got, they got good. There’s an outdoor table, but it’s more of a take-out kinda place…for now. The owner said they will be expanding in the coming months. I’m going back tomorrow for lunch…you should too.

PS – they serve wings and burgers too…so much eatin’ ahead of me…

Chapman Chili Kitchen
515 North Carroll (near the corner of Worth Street)
214.887.8872

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I Love my Dad….

Posted by Cindy on 21st June 2009

…must I really expand on that? Okay, I LOVE MY DAD!!!!

Happy Father’s Day!

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Deep Ellum Booting – if you give a crap, PLEASE READ AND DO!

Posted by Cindy on 20th June 2009

Click and do something about it.

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Wah…

Posted by Cindy on 14th June 2009

Saturday Night in Deep Ellum – Kettle Art Gallery – Hal Samples Gallery from Cindy Chaffin on Vimeo.

…I’m missing the girl-child most especially right now…above was a video we shot together at our 2 favorite places to hang…it was months ago, but feels like a gazillion years ago….I need that child to come home dammit!

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Posted by Cindy on 12th June 2009

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Things that make me happy…

Posted by Cindy on 12th June 2009

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…I’m so there….

Friday, June 12th
Mokah Lounge
2803 Taylor St
Dallas, TX 75226
9pm-12mid
$6.00 USD

w/Ryan Thomas Becker
Matthew Gray (from Matthew and the Arrogant Sea)
History at Our Disposal

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Gotta Lotta Life Left in the Ol’ Gal…

Posted by Cindy on 12th June 2009

Working a full-time job makes music blogging quite difficult. So I’m sorta super behind on a lotta stuff…wicked-awesome stuff…that’s going on out there in the world. One thing I’m going to pay much much much more attention to is the Kessler Theatre resurrection going on in my darling Jeff Liles’ life and work.

Watch the above video, then go here and here, for lots more….speaking of more, more on this project to be blogged here soon…

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You’ve been Tree’d

Posted by Cindy on 11th June 2009

Looks like Trees is gonna rise again!

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Hm…

Posted by Cindy on 11th June 2009

I’ve seen 3 different trucks on 3 different days driving around Lakewood with that old Speedtrucker sticker on ‘em.

…just sayin’…

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This just in…

Posted by Cindy on 10th June 2009


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Toadies will wind up the summer by hosting the second Dia De Los Toadies, their annual concert hosted by the band at a remote location of their choosing. It’s sort of a big ol’ Texas picnic with The Toadies and five thousand of their closest friends. This year, the roving event takes place on Saturday, Aug 29th near Rough Creek Ranch in Glen Rose, an hour outside of the band’s hometown of Fort Worth, Texas. It’s a beautiful spot in the country on a private lake situated on an 11,000 acre ranch.

More information right here. Tickets on sale this Friday 6/12 from FrontGateTickets.com
Saturday, Aug 29, 2009
13945 State Highway 220
Hico, TX 76457 (Near Rough Creek Lodge) 800.864.4705

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Chris Mueller for President…er Dallas Observer’s 2009 Music Advocate!

Posted by Cindy on 9th June 2009


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I’m sure I won’t be popular among my other fellow local “Music Advocate” nominees, but I just gotsta say it.

PLEASE cast your vote for Chris Mueller (Ghost of Blind Lemon). He truly deserves it, and to me, is the epitome of a local music advocate.

I’ve known Chris for a number of years now, and I can safely say that he’s, hands-down, probably the biggest lover and supporter of the local music community I’ve met. He goes to shows, shells-out his own money for door charges, CD’s and other merch., he writes his blog and promotes shows out of the goodness of his heart, with no expectations or monetary return. He’s the kind of fan I wish we could clone a gazillion times over.

Let’s return the favor and vote for Chris. I simply insist.

It’s widely known that I have nothing but the utmost love and respect for Chelsea, Liles and the Gutterth boys, but I feel really strongly that this is a category that needs to go to Chris this year.

…so there. I said it…

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This just in…

Posted by Cindy on 9th June 2009

This just hit my inbox…and I’m positively giddy…

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. (KERA) announced today that it has purchased the non-commercial radio license

“This acquisition allows KERA to significantly advance its mission and strategic direction by increasing public media services for the people of North Texas,” says Mary Anne Alhadeff, KERA’s President & CEO. “The new station will be a public radio music format programmed with the North Texas audience in mind. It will be a terrific complement to KERA’s news and information station 90.1 FM and a substantial addition to KERA’s overall multimedia services for the public.” The new station will begin broadcasting its full schedule in the fall of 2009.

KERA has yet to select a name for the new station. The programming on 91.7 FM will be within the public radio “Triple A” (Adult Album Alternative) music format with diverse, adult-oriented playlists covering a broad spectrum of music such as folk, acoustic, world music, alternative and indie rock and country. Among the programs under consideration for the new station are World Café (distributed by NPR), Echoes (from Public Radio International), Undercurrents (from Native Voice One), American Routes (from American Public Media), plus music specials. NPR news headlines will be broadcast at the top of the hour. KERA’s own local programs will include interviews, studio performances and arts-related news and commentary.

For years, KERA’s public radio station 90.1 FM carried a mix of news and music. In 1996, the weekday format was changed to news and information in order to provide the strongest possible public-affairs programming. “I arrived at the station in late 2005,” recalls Alhadeff, “and right away I heard from long-time listeners who said that they appreciated the expanded public radio news schedule but missed the music programs.” During two radio audience focus groups in 2008, the loss of the music programs was still remembered. Nothing similar has taken its place on free, non-commercial radio in the North Texas broadcast area.

KERA spent 18 months working to address all purchase and programming considerations, complete a thorough business review and secure financing. Dan Routman, Chairman of KERA’s Board of Directors, said, “The decision to purchase 91.7 FM was made by KERA’s Board of Directors. KERA sought competitive financing and was able to negotiate favorable terms even in today’s economic environment.” Financing was secured from nonprofit-focused lenders. KERA purchased 91.7 FM from Covenant Educational Media, Inc.

The opportunity to purchase the station was presented to KERA in 2007 by PRC (Public Radio Capital), a national nonprofit organization that works to strengthen public radio. “Rarely do non-commercial radio licenses become available,” according to Erik Langner, Director of Acquisitions at PRC. “The greater Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton area has only three full-market FM non-commercial FCC licenses: KERA 90.1 FM, 91.7 FM, and one other. The availability of 91.7 FM was an extremely rare opportunity and we immediately thought of KERA. There exists a very strong relationship between KERA and the communities it serves over the air and online. Also of significant consideration were KERA’s strong financial position and experienced senior management.”

About KERA

KERA is a not-for-profit public media organization that serves the people of North Texas. The station broadcasts to the fourth-largest population area in the United States. KERA produces original multimedia content, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at kera.org. The station’s extensive coverage of the arts can be found at artandseek.org. KERA-TV broadcasts on channel 13. KERA-FM broadcasts on 90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 88.3 in Wichita Falls, 100.1 in Tyler and 99.3 in Sherman. In fall of 2009, KERA’s new music station at 91.7 FM will join the airwaves.

KERA’s Mission

The mission of KERA is to serve the citizens of North Texas by excelling in production, presentation and distribution of public television and radio programming, and other multimedia resources and activities that educate, inspire, enrich, inform and entertain.

History

KERA was founded by local leaders in 1957 based on core public service and education principles much like those subsequently reflected in the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 that founded a national public broadcasting service:

Public broadcasting is fundamentally a local institution, rooted in the social, educational and cultural fabric of hundreds of communities across the country.

The programs and services of public broadcasting must be available to all Americans, regardless of their location or ability to pay.

Lifelong education is the founding goal of public broadcasting and must be preserved.

The noncommercial character of public broadcasting, as well as its editorial integrity and independence, are critical to its public service mission.

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2009 Quick’s Big Thing Wrap

Posted by Cindy on 9th June 2009

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