Mustang Weekend Guide

November 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Post by Elizabeth Lowe
elowe@smu.edu

All there is to see and do around the Hilltop.

Holiday Hay Day
Market Center Sample Sale
To Do: Shop venders from around Dallas and Houston for unique goods on the cheap.
Beware: There’s a lot of bling. Forego the sequin covered purses and sweaters for the rhinestone belts and boots.
Enjoy: Holiday cheer for all! And be sure to stop by the Salvation Army Angel Tree to spread a little cheer to Dallas kids.
When: Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Intense Cinema
127 Hours
What: The latest film from the director of “Slum Dog” opens this weekend at the Angelika Theatre in Mockingbird Station.
Who: James Franco stars as hiker and real life survival man Aron Ralston. There’s Oscar talk already for Franco and director Boyle.
Warning: This is not a relaxing matinee movie. Boyle and Franco explore the harrowing details of the hiker’s experience after being trapped in the wilderness, pinned under a boulder. Be prepared to winch.
When: Fri. – Sun. and throughout the month

Pumpkin Madness
Great Pumpkin Festival at the Dallas Arboretum
To See: “The Only Pumpkin Village in the World,” as claimed by the Dallas Arboretum.
Why: This is the last weekend to catch all the pumpkin madness. Have you ever been inside a house made completely out of pumpkins? It’s a harvest season celebration at its best.
We wonder: How many pumpkin pies could one make out of one house?
When: Fri. – Sun. Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

A Dose of Culture
31st Annual Diwali Show
What: Diwali is a celebration of lights for Indian cultures, across all religious sects. SMU’s Indian Student Association puts on the show and holiday celebration every year in collaboration with community organizations.
To See: It’s a night full of color, beautiful clothes and dancing.
Stay Late: After the show, they will be serving a traditional buffet and dancing late into the night.
When: Sat. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (or later)
Where: Hughes-Trigg Theatre

Art Inaugural
ARTOPIA presented by the Dallas Observer
Art Smart: Not a regular on the Dallas art scene? Well this is the perfect opportunity to get a taste. Victory Park will be packed on Saturday night in celebration of all things local art.
Not Buying?: No need. Most students are not in the market for pieces of artwork, but Artopia is more like a giant party. Come for the art, stay for the mingling and people-watching.
Why: This is Artopia’s inaugural event, one that may become an annual tradition to bring awareness to the artsy, and impressive, side of Dallas life.
When & Where: Sat., 8-11 p.m. at Victory Park

Burst the Bubble Blog: Market Center Sample Sale Preview

November 12, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Post by Elizabeth Lowe

Burst the Bubble presents a sneak peek at the annual Dallas Market Center Sample Sale, happening Nov. 12-14. Once ‘Stangs get through some of the more over-the-top, gaudy, and a little too bling-y booths, there are plenty of gems to be found.

Step outside the Bubble this weekend and do a little holiday shopping on the cheap. Of course, you can always go to find a little something funky for yourself. Shopping agenda or no shopping agenda, it’s a Dallas holiday classic that’s worth experiencing.

Definitely worth checking out are the shoe sample sales and pre-owned furs. Some are a little ridiculous, like shawls with the fox’s head still attached and taxidermied, but others seem to be on-trend with this year’s fur look. Think Chanel Fall-Winter 2010 – head to toe fur anyone?

If you’re the crafty type, there are several booths for beading and jewelry material. The prices are so low that I considered taking up a new hobby and creating my own necklaces. Not to mention some of the beading and stones are out of sight.

Outside of the fashion realm, shoppers can peruse booth after booth of home goods and holiday decorations. There’s also a booth in the center of the market solely dedicated to toys. Which one you decide to shop at may be very telling of your current college mindset: revisiting childhood or prepping your independent space?

After looking at all the material goods I’m assuming we don’t “need,” it’s nice to pay a visit to the Salvation Army Angel Tree in the center of Market Hall.
Each angel on the tree is a different child in the Dallas area that could use a little extra spirit this holiday season, be it a new coat or an electronic game. Pick up an angel and you could even shop for the child on-site. Giving back to the greater Dallas community -now that’s bursting the Bubble.