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This Weekend in the Dallas Design District

This Saturday, Fashion Art Network is hosting a soirée celebrating the grand opening of their Design District gallery. Make sure to stop by for a chance to tour the gallery and studio, as well as network with creative professionals in the fashion and art industries. For more information on the event, click here. RSVP here.

Fashion Art Network
3001 Quebec St, Ste 102
7 to 10:30 PM

Also this Saturday, the galleries on Dragon Street and the surrounding area will be open   after hours to give art lovers the chance to sip on a glass of wine and join them in their celebration of new art, artists, and exhibits. Here’s our list of galleries for you to stop by and check out some of the newest art in the Design District.


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Indulging for a Good Cause

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Caroline Wright, author of Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute Meals (who’s credentials include being a trained cook and influential food writer, as well as studying in Paris and working as a food editor for Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine) presents a bake sale at CityCraft: Modern Fabric to benefit Café Momentum (check it out, here) this Saturday, May 10 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The Dallas-based restaurant and training facility provides an opportunity for the community’s most at-risk youth to receive intensive culinary, job, and life-skill training, as well as mentoring and support. Not that we need an excuse to treat ourselves to something sweet, but there’s nothing like indulging for a good cause. Whether you’re scrambling to get a gift, starting the festivities early, or just find yourself with a sweet tooth, stop by CityCraft: Modern Fabric and satisfy your craving for some sweet confections all while supporting a worthy cause. Plus, now you have a reason to eat that second piece of cake.

CityCraft: Modern Fabric
2104 Irving Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

Nick Badovinus to Open Town Hearth At Irving & Market Center

According to D Magazine, Nick Badovinus, the popular restauranteur behind Off Site Kitchen and Neighborhood Services, recently announced his plans to open a new restaurant at 1617 Irving Blvd., Town Hearth.

The restaurant will center around seafood and steaks cooked on open, wood-fire grills, and will also feature a raw bar and whole-roasted Dungeness crab and shellfish. As far as drinks go, Town Hearth will have a full bar stocked with domestic brown liquors and an extensive wine list with old and new-world burgundies as well as wines from the Northwest.

The new restaurant is scheduled to open in March 2015.

In addition to Badovinus’ new concept, the entire “triangle” area at Oak Lawn, Riverfront, and Market Center that currently houses Jack’s Grocery is getting a full makeover. Hear more about the redevelopment at next Tuesday’s meeting at 101 Turtle Creek Blvd., from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.

All Out Trinity Festival Takes Over The River Basin This Saturday

With all the unused green space available within the Trinity River levees, it’s exciting to see an event like All Out Trinity, organized by the Trinity Commons Foundation and City of Dallas, taking place this Saturday, March 1st, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on and below the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. There are ton of things going on, but here are some highlights:

8 a.m. – Trinity River Levee Run

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Plein Air outdoor painting

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – RAFT’s Outdoor Market & Beer Garden, and ElmWoof Pop-Up Dog Park under the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Krav Maga & Disc Golf in the Trinity River Basin

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – RISE Adaptive Sports (everything will be handicap-accessible)

12:30 to 3 p.m. – Lacrosse

1 p.m. –  Yoga on the Bridge (kid’s yoga class is also available!)

1 p.m. – Canoe & kayak trips on the Trinity

5 p.m. – Trinity River area photo walk-about tour with Justin Terveen

6  to 8 p.m. – RAFT Riverlight campfires with ArtCon and Boys Scouts of Dallas.

6:30 p.m. – Cocktail tour of Trinity Groves with Phil Romano

From sports to culture to drinking to shopping, there’s something for everyone! The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so feel free to ride your bike, rollerblade, or skate to the event area. Access points will be clearly visible the day-of, and parking is available along Beckley and Canada Drive, as well as at Trinity Groves. You can see the full list of activities on All Out Trinity’s website. The event benefits the Trinity Commons Foundation.



Trinity Skyline Trail Moves Forward

With all the buzz surrounding the Trinity Strand Trail, we’ve forgotten to notice the Trinity Skyline Trail going in along the Trinity River levee! The new trail, which follows the river for 4.6 miles, is nearing completion. The Trinity Trust posted a picture of it this afternoon, and it looks like it’s going to be a great way to enjoy the Trinity River area that’s right next to us here in the Design District.

The opening celebration for the Trinity Skyline Trail, along with the Continental Avenue Bridge, will be on June 15th as part of the Trinity River Revel.

Photo from The Trinity Trust’s Facebook page.

Trinity River Updates: The Balanced Vision Plan

As many Dallasites know, the Trinity River area has been under (often exciting) development for a long while. Fewer people know it by its legal name – the Balanced Vision Plan. Here’s everything you need to know to catch you up to speed, and for those of you who are familiar, we have exciting new updates to share!

The Balanced Vision Plan (BVP) for the Trinity River was approved in 2003 and privately funded by Chan Krieger & Associates. It is centered on flood protection, recreation, transportation, environmental restoration and economic development in the Trinity River area, with the inherent focus to create a better Dallas. Pulling everything together and finding realistic means of accomplishing their main goals has been a tedious, ongoing process, but the current state of the project is truly inspiring.

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Current Status

Flood Control: The Pavaho Pump Station has been created, and 100-year flood protection improvements have been established. The lower chain of wetlands has been completed, and phase one of the upper chain of wetlands is underway.

Recreation: Currently, all of the following amenities have been established: Audubon, Moore Park Expansion, Santa Fe Trestle Trail, Great Trinity Forest Gateway & horse trails, Trinity Forest Trails Phase I and II (pathways from Audubon to Eco Park), William Blair Jr. Park Gateway Trailhead, and Texas Buckey Trail & Soft Surface Trails. If you would like more details concerning these recreational areas, feel free to pore over Trinity River Corridor’s official documents.

Transportation: Perhaps the most famous aspect of the Balanced Vision Plan is the beautiful and iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Opening 2014:

January: CA Crossing Canoe Launch

April: Elm Fork Athletic Complex

Spring: AT&T Trail, Trinity Strand Phase I

June: Continental Bridge & West Dallas Gateway Park; Dallas Skyline Trail; Pavaho Wetlands; Sylvan Avenue Bridge

October: Baker Pump Station, Texas Horse Park

November: MLK Jr. – Cedar Crest Bridge


Opening 2015: the upper chain of wetlands, Cadiz (from Riverfront to Lamar), Beckley/Commerce, and South Central/Joppa Getaway Park.

We look forward to celebrating these fantastic new openings with all of you!



JR’s ‘Inside Out’ Project Comes to Dallas via the Dallas Contemporary

French street artist and photographer JR will be roaming West Dallas, Deep Ellum and the Design District next week taking black and white photos with his mobile photo booth. The photos, which will be taken of anyone who shows up and wants to participate, will be printed as large-scale posters to be pasted in public places throughout Dallas.

The project, called Inside Out, won the 2011 TED Award for a “global participatory art project with the potential to change the world.” With over 120,000 people in 108 countries participating, JR allows anyone to send in a group of portraits to the Inside Out team, who will then blow them up into posters and send them back to be pasted in “the most publicly visible location possible” in the participants’ home city.

To have your portrait taken, show up at the following places next week:

Tues., Jan. 7th, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. : Trinity Groves, Pink Building at Gulden & Singleton

Wed., Jan. 8th, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. : Deep Ellum/Fair Park, 417 Second Ave.

Thurs., Jan. 9th, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. : Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass St.

Fri., Jan. 10th, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. : Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass St.

The project will culminate on Sat., Jan. 11th at the Contemporary with a free opening celebration at 9 p.m. featuring the work of JR, Le Miserables, Lavish, Paula Crown and Arthur Pena.

The Design District Market Returns on Small Business Saturday with Craft Beer, Texas Vendors & Local Bands

Post-Thanksgiving, the shopping scene can get a little crazy — midnight brawls in dressing rooms, lines that circle the block and anxiety from trying to reach the last PS4 on the shelf before the rest of the crowd. Luckily, the Design District Market has the perfect cure for your Black Friday hangover: a peaceful, locally-focused shopping experience fueled by craft beer, live music and good vibes on Small Business Saturday.

Taking place at Community Beer Company from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., shoppers will have the opportunity to pick up their Design-District-brewed craft beers for $4 a pop, or 3 for $10. Then, they can peruse the 70+ vendors located both inside (which will be heated) and outside the brewery, stopping to play some giant Jenga, corn hole or pool along the way. Of course, there will be plenty of food trucks lined up for when the munchies hit, and local bands The Roomsounds, The Venetian Sailors and Recycled Photographs will be on stage throughout the day to provide the soundtrack.

For some original gift ideas, make sure you hit up Haus of Growlers for the beer-lovers, Texas Hill Country Olive and In a Pickle for the foodies, Artigianale and Cantoinette Studios for the fashionistas, and Dixie Goods Company for the pets. Speaking of pets, feel free to bring them along! Children are welcome as well, so bring the whole family.

Parking is available along Slocum St. and Inspiration Dr., as well as in the front parking lot of Community Beer Company off of Stemmons Freeway. We encourage everyone to take alternative transportation to the event! Community is a short walk or bike ride from the Victory DART station, the Katy Trail, and the American Airlines D-Link stop.

Community Beer Co. is located at 1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas, TX 75207.

You can see more details about the event, as well as a full list of vendors, on the event’s Facebook page.



Carlyn Ray Celebrates The Opening Of Her New Design District Glass Blowing Studio This Weekend

Fascinated by the art of glass blowing since she was a child, artist Carlyn Ray has studied with masters in Murano, Italy as well as under legendary glass artist Dale Chihuly. Ray is finally opening her own studio at 1820 Irving Blvd. in the Design District, starting with a party on Friday and Saturday evening that includes gifts, raffles and a live hot glass show.

In addition to debuting her studio, Ray will also be launching her Kickstarter campaign to fund her nonprofit project, Art Reaching Out. ARO is a multi-disciplinary approach to art that includes science, math, engineering, technology and creativity, and is aimed at young men and women and at-risk youth.  She is currently working on ARO projects with student groups at the Hockaday School and the Episcopal School of Dallas.

The studio party will be going from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday evening and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Stop by to see her in action and to help out a great cause!

1820 Irving Blvd. Dallas, TX 75207

You can RSVP on Ray’s Facebook page.