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Fine Line: September, 2009

Eye on the Sparrow Designs: My Day with Abbie & Chelsea

Posted by Cindy on 30th September 2009

Adorable spitfire Abbie Chesney has been putting together an amazing little business. She’s accepting guitar/bass string donations from local/regional musicians and turning them into divine jewelry. For one, it’s a green thing, and for two part of the proceeds go towards the Carter Albrecht Foundation. I bought a bracelet made from Eric Neal’s strings. I looooooove it.

So all you talented ones getcher strings to Abbie so they can become a fabulous fashion statement!

Up top is a video The Fine Line featuring Chelsea Callahan chatting with Abbie about this splendid project. (We had a gal-gathering at the Old Monk)

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Nice Shot…

Posted by Cindy on 30th September 2009

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The good folks at Art&Seek are having a sweet li’l contest for all you photographer-types…

Before we get to the this week’s winner, we have a special request to contributors to our Flickr site. With the AT&T Performing Arts Center set to open soon, we’re looking for some great pictures of the Dallas Arts District to use for some projects we’re working on for Art&Seek. So in addition to the Wyly Theatre and Winspear Opera House, we’re looking for photos of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center, Annette Strauss Artist Square and Booker T. Washington. We’ll be compiling these photos in a special section of Art&Seek, and they will also be strongly considered in the weekly Flickr Contest. Speaking of which…Check out more details and see who won this week’s contest!

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Pre-bowl’n'Post bowl….

Posted by Cindy on 29th September 2009

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Tonight on Sonic Assembly Power Hour…..

Posted by Cindy on 29th September 2009

Click below, fool. The video knows all…

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Camille Cortinas “Big Yellow Bowl”

Posted by Cindy on 28th September 2009

I was truly honored to have been a part of this project. The day we shot it was so ridiculously fun, I didn’t want it to end.

Please enjoy…and stick around for the credits so you can see all the brilliant folks who made this possible…

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A Day at the Fair

Posted by Cindy on 28th September 2009

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my night in deep ellum…aka…my night at the 2009 DEEP art walk…aka my night with tiffany and paul and randee and dave and james and robin and frank and….

Posted by Cindy on 27th September 2009

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Wonderful Webb

Posted by Cindy on 25th September 2009

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Above is part of the Art of the Secret Society and paintings by Michel Nedjar
August 23 – November 8

Art & Seek’s Jerome Weeks is running a lovely story about the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie. I’ve been a longtime, long-distance fan of that joint and Jerome’s piece makes me wanna suck-it-up and make the drive to see this place in person….

The Webb Gallery specializes in this kind of thing, the funky and the visionary: folk art, outsider art, backwoods Americana, art from self-taught painters and prophets. As collectors, Bruce Webb says that he and his wife Julie are “flea-market trained.” The two native Texans enjoy driving cross-country to scout for things like hand-painted carnival banners from the 1940s, banners hawking freakshow acts like the man with “Two Noses” or “Creation: The World’s Most Amazing Attraction (Children Under 16 Not Admitted).” The Webbs have been doing this for 25 years…Read it all

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Gettin’ All Stringity

Posted by Cindy on 25th September 2009

Adorable spitfire Abbie Chesney has been putting together an amazing little business. She’s accepting guitar/bass string donations from local/regional musicians and turning them into divine jewelry. For one, it’s a green thing, and for two part of the proceeds go towards the Carter Albrecht Foundation. I bought a bracelet made from Eric Neal’s strings. I looooooove it.

So all you talented ones getcher strings to Abbie so they can become a fabulous fashion statement!

There’s a video forthcoming here on The Fine Line featuring Chelsea Callahan chatting with Abbie about this splendid project. (We had a gal-gathering at the Old Monk on Wednesday) It’ll be up in the next 24-hours, 134-hours or so check back here later

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Deep Ellum Art Walk’n'other stuff…

Posted by Cindy on 23rd September 2009

…lots of crap going on in the FineLineLive.com personal world…I hate crap. I have GREAT video. I have GREAT re-hash. I have GREAT news. I have…I have…I have to sleep now….sleep off a lotta crap and plan to awake with less crap than the last few days have heaped here…come back later…I’ve got a huge broom to rid this joint of all this crap…

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Da’Weekend

Posted by Cindy on 18th September 2009



I’ve already listed a couple of notable thangs to attend in the posts below. Today, today I’m feeling a tad under the weather. So I’m going to point your adorable eyes towards all the creamy goodness that Art & Seek has to offer….LOTS of stuff goin’ on this weekend.

Looking over the A&S calendar, I took note of a few things that made my weary, feeble, sleep deprived, aging brain perk-up…

Friday, September 28th

Check out the Goldfish Girls at Absinthe. They might be young, but they know how to spin you right ’round, baby, right ’round.

It’ll cost ya nuthin’ to meet and greet with our young, talented up-and-coming interior designers – it’s at that fabby Art Institute.

Some’o'meown picks:

…speaking of Dave Little…Ozona Grill – the comedic stylings of Dave Little and Mike Mayberry. You’ll laugh your ass off. Literally, wear something tight or else your ass will fall off.

AllGood Cafe – Nicholas Altobelli / Becky Middleton / Mike Hameier – 9 PM – $5 – Go early and eat. AllGood food does a body good.
The Double-Wide – RTB2 / Dem / Southernfolkz / Slider Pines – yup, it’s just that good.
Bryan Street Tavern – Trey Johnson and his backing Shibboleth band. ’tis going to be suuuuweeeet.
City Tavern – Homespun Remedies / Johnny Lloyd Rollins / Daniel Folmer – es muy bueno
Opening Bell – Matthew Gray and Spooky Folk – um…YEAH!
Obzeet – Drop Top Rockets – Rockabilly at its finest!
Dan’s Silverleaf – The Derailers
Hailey’s – Pentagrass / The Monahans / My Wooden Leg – This is a show that might drag my tired ass to Denton tonight. You gotcher Bluegrass, you gotcher Roots, you gotcher taste of Americana, you gotcher Monahans in from Austin…this, my dear friends, is a great line-up! – 9 PM – $6-$8 depending on your day of birth.
Lola’s – Horse Opera / The Heelers – more delectable tuneage
White Elephant – Jordan Mycoskie – what can I say? I’m a longtime fan.
Woody’s – Jason Boland / Buddy Huffman – Hello? Buddy Huffman! Macon Greyson! The Fine Line…sheesh…

Don’t ferget Art Star Party and the Dovetail EP Release, too.

Saturday, September 19th

Art & Seek Says…

Dallas Heritage Village Chili Cook-Off – can you ever really go wrong at a chili cook-off? No. No, you cannot.

Party Like a Pirate – Island Party in the West End – Pirates are very hip and trendy this season.

Ray Wylie Hubard / Brandon Rhyder / Walt Wilkins / Radney Foster at the Municipal Auditorium – 4 good reasons to drive to Greenville

Butch Hancock & Camille Cortinas at the Jefferson Freedom Cafe – This. Is. A. Good’un’.

Some’o'meown picks:

AllGood Cafe – …speaking of Dave Little…Dave Little Meltdown – I make absolutely no bones ’bout it. Dave Little is, hands-down, my favorite human on earth. EARTH, I say! Add some other amazing local talent and meltdowns suddenly seem to be the thing to have…
The Double-Wide – Heart Eyes Open / The Monahans / Rain Horses
Trees – Vanilla Ice / Mad Mexicans / Forever Sunday – considering that my daughter’s very first words were, LITERALLY, “ice ice baby”…well, you get the gist.

Most important event of all, though, is the D.E.E.P. Deep Ellum Art Walk. I’ll be there, will you?

Also, don’t ferget…(click on the links to find out)

Texas Freedom Parade
Malcolm’s Swap Meet
Grapevine’s Grapefest
OktoberFest in Addison

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Murray Street Coffee in Deep Ellum. Go there. Fall in love.

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P & K & J & M

Posted by Cindy on 17th September 2009

Sarah Crisman ran a nice li’l story over on Pegasus News about Jeff Liles and the ressurection of the Kessler Theatre in Oak Cliff.

Click here to read it, baby!

Below is another (of the ongoing) videos in the “Resurrecting the Kessler” videos shot by Jeff Liles. Being former band-geek and drummer, I particularly love this video. It’s a bunch of the kids from Kessler co-owner Lisa Cabaniss’ dance studio drumming with the great Mitch Marine (think Smashmouth, Tripping Daisy, Andy Timmons, Dwight Yoakam)…wicked-awesomeness cubed…

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Art Star Party #1

Posted by Cindy on 16th September 2009

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Photopol.us is throwin’ their first shindig, and it’s a’gonna be a good’un’…

photopol.us presents our 1st ArtStarParty & benefit.

we hope you’ll come hang out with the photopol.us camera nerds & our super fly flickr group

All Stars who will be exhibiting photo art for sale to help us raise funds to create some artsy DIY merch to offer our fabulous readers.

some of our really talented friends have graciously agreed to come and play music and we’ll have some refreshing & tasty beverages for you to enjoy.

it’s gonna be awesome so mark your calendars & join us for some great photo art, music & fun @ Rorschach Studios/Gallery (across the street from Gloria’s Restaurant) near the B.A.D. in the O.C.

see you there!

*sponsored in part by the good people at Ben E. Keith.
Thank you Taylor!
http://www.benekeith.com/

It’s gonna be a paaaaartaaaaay…

Friday, September 18th
ArtStarParty Show and Benefit
Rorschach Studios/Gallery
Lots or really cool people and really talented artists and really great music
$5.00 – 7 PM

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Bland on Liles circa 1980-1990 – this had to be done…

Posted by Cindy on 16th September 2009

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Photos by the great James Bland of the great Jeff Liles…Diet Coke literally spewed forth from my breathin’ holes…

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Tee-hee…tee hee hee hee hee…

Posted by Cindy on 16th September 2009

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Tired of what you hear on commercial radio? Ready for some locally programmed music? Then mark 7 a.m. Nov. 9 on your calendar.

That’s the day KXT 91.7 launches – a station devoted entirely to music.

In addition to the new station’s name, launch date and call letters (KKXT), KERA is also announcing some details today about what you’ll hear. Here’s what we know:

There will be nine to 11 hours of local programming each weekday, starting at 7 a.m. KXT Morning show airs 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mon, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to noon on Tuesday and Wednesday. KXT Afternoon show airs 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays and KXT Evening follows from 6 to 8.

KXT Texas Mix features musicians with ties to our state from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.
On Saturday and Sunday, you’ll hear KXT Weekend. And The Paul Slavens Show will move from KERA to KXT on Sunday night.

KXT will have its own Web site, kxt.org, with all the goodies you’d expect – podcasts, video, live streaming…

…Still to come is news about the local hosts for these shows, the program features and the special performances that will be set up to kick off the new station.

A variety of national public radio programming will complement the local productions. Below are names and descriptions of the programs. And you can check out a program grid

Go here for all the juicy, exciting details!

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…what the hell is goin’ on here?….

Posted by Cindy on 15th September 2009

I gotsta be a part of a really amazing project and snuck in a little-bitty camera to capture some of the behind the scenes stuff….more on this exciting news later…

So’s ya know, the above footage is pure-dee, raw, non-edited, non-mic’d, non-produced, non-directed, non-thoughful, non-cross disolved, non-credited, non-drunken, lots-o-fun-fer-us video…

…the good one’s a’comin’ soon…

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D.E.E.P. Art Walk This Weekend!

Posted by Cindy on 15th September 2009

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The 7th Annual DEEP Artwalk is Saturday, Sept. 19 from 6-11 p.m. in Deep Ellum and Exposition Park.

Each spring and fall the Deep Ellum Enrichment Project (DEEP) sponsors this vibrant event to introduce the community to the vast array of talent and creativity in Deep Ellum.

Over 10 galleries are participating and will open their doors to the public for art viewing, shopping, live music, food and drink. The event is free and most people can easily walk from gallery to gallery. The DART Green Line is available to take patrons from the Deep Ellum station to Fair Park. The galleries feature paintings, photography, sculpture, pottery and performance art in styles ranging from classic to modern.

Join us at this exciting and vibrant event. For more information, please contact Kevin Spurgin at 214.686.0227 or join us on FaceBook at www.FaceBook.com/DeepEllum.

The galleries participating (at press time) include:

Kettle Art – 2714 Elm
Hal Samples Gallery – 2814 Main
The Public Trust – 2919 Commerce
ArtLoveMagic – 2630 Commerce
Avenue Arts – 823 Exposition
Alcantara Arts – 3011 Canton
The Ravach Arts Company – 2816 Elm
Mokah Art Gallery – 2803 Taylor
Nomad Arts – 2616 Commerce
Chi Studios – 807 Fletcher
Calais Winery – 3000 Commerce
Excuses Extreme Cafe – 3025 Main
Art Park – Canton & Good Latimer
Mural Project – Swiss & Good Latimer

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Capping off the evening of art and fun is the official afterparty organized by Nomad Arts and held at 2616 Commerce Street with over 50 artists, 5 bands and 2 DJ’s spinning until 2 a.m.

For the Dallas Nomads After Party visit: Dallas Nomads
For the Art Love Magic Art Walk Home Base info: ArtLoveMagic.com

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DFW Painting Names Dovetail it’s “Band of the Week!”

Posted by Cindy on 15th September 2009

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This week’s DFW Painting Band of the Week goes to fabby Dovetail! Perfect timing too cuz they are having one heck of a EP Release party at Trees this coming Friday night…

Michelle Parsons of Envy Magazine writes…

…Their record, produced by Dallas’ own Salim Nourallah (Pleasantry Lane Studio) and Rip Rowan, could best be described as an amalgamation of greats like Roy Orbison, Jeff Buckley and Queen—good, solid songwriting that will transcend any fad or decade. Their influences are, not surprisingly, more about quality classics. “We like timeless music. Whether it’s Jeff Buckley, Johnny Cash; whether it’s Timbaland making beats, it doesn’t matter. If it’s good music, it’s good songwriting, then there is a place for it in our influences,” says drummer Aaron Haynes.

The artists that comprise Dovetail are not part-time hobbyist musicians, but rather devotees to their creation. All of their time and money is put into their musical endeavors. When asked if there was anything else they would have done besides music, a resounding scoff and headshakes abound. “For me, and I know for everybody in this band, if we weren’t playing music, there is no Plan B. This is what we have to do,” says Haynes.

Frontman Philip Creamer agrees, “It’s not just the thing we’re choosing to do … this is what we have to do. There’s not another option.” And herein lies the difference between Dovetail and, quite frankly, most every other local band just playing for fun on the weekends. For Dovetail, this is their day job. Creamer’s younger brother Daniel explained he opted out of going to college, and bassist Scott Lee says it’s not for the prospect of rolling in dough. “I think if all I wanted was to make money, there are a lot easier ways to do it than to be a musician…”

Dovetail_01-1This Friday Dovetail celebrates the release of their new EP, “Love is War“. This event will take place at the most legendary venue in Deep Ellum, Trees.

Even though this band has only been around for a few months, it has started a major buzz in the Dallas Music scene, while attracting the attention of numerous fans. We feel that this CD Release party will have the same effect!

Dovetail is made up of writing duo, brothers Daniel and Philip Creamer, and choice rhythm section Aaron Haynes (drums) and Scott Lee (bass). The band formed in July of ’08 and immediately locked down at Pleasantry Lane studio to record its first album, “Love is War.” With Salim Nourallah at the controls, a truly rare chemistry was discovered between producer and artist. The band began playing shows in April ’09, and is making an impression on new listeners with each live performance. Front man, Philip Creamer, draws from varying influences, most notably Jeff Buckley, and Bono, while the band creates a truly timeless sound, drawing from 60’s rock influence, while delivering modern, ear catching performance.

Durn fine line-up, too…

8:00 – DJ Hoyotoho (also in between band sets)
9:00 – They Were Stars
10:00 – The Orbans
11:00 – Dovetail
12:00 – Hendrick
Doors: 7:00 PM
18 and up
$10 – $15
Pre-sale tickets are available through Frontgate Tickets

Let me offer you another little piece of advice. If you see Method Entertainment or John Solis’ name attached to a show. Just go. It’s always going to be great.

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Deep Ellum Goes Green…

Posted by Cindy on 14th September 2009

Even though it was pouring, and I mean pouring down rain throughout the entire event, I still say it was a raging success.

DART Green Line riders came out in droves to sample food, music, artwork and everything else fabulous Deep Ellum has to offer.

Big thanks to Randee Prez (our stop’s organizer extraordinaire), Tiffany Kieran and Frank Campagna for their splendid work coordinating the Mural Project and all the good folks who came out in the storm to show their Deep Ellum luvin’! Also a big thanks to the Barry Annino and the Deep Ellum Foundation for their help and support.

Getting decent video was very much a challenge. I had the camera wrapped in plastic, but it didn’t really help much. I had one rock-star sightng, the divine Don Cento was boarding the train at some point during the day. Therefore, Shibboleth is featured in the video, as is Sorta’s “Water Music.” Seemed fitting.

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Black Dog Day

Posted by Cindy on 12th September 2009

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The Stash reports some really super crappy news…

very sad tonight to report that tad gaither, proprietor of the old black dog tavern, was found dead in his home. details are sketchy, but the cantankerous old yank apparently shuffled off this mortal coil two weeks to a month ago, after suffering a seizure at lola’sread the rest.

Sucks.

Stash also reports on one (of probably many) gatherings to remember Tad here.

Mariani wrote a really nice piece for the FW Weekly.

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