Mustang Weekend Guide: Fun In “The Bubble”

April 8, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By A&E Editors

Sure you could go exploring around Dallas this weekend, but there’s more than enough fun to be had right here in the SMU “Bubble.” Here’s our weekend line-up for fun right here in the Park Cities:

Kappa Alpha Crawfish Boil
What: all the crawfish and beer – if you’re of age – your little heart desires. Did we mention there’s a Jimmy Buffett cover band? Sounds like our kind of afternoon.
When: Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Across the Street Bar
Tickets are $20 at the door. Arrive with an empty belly and your Parrot Head party pants on.

Sam Edelman Spring Collection Debut
Where: Neiman Marcus at Northpark Center
What: Scope out the latest collection of the fan-favorite shoe line Sam Edelman. Gush a little; buy a little – it will be a good time. Also, Sam Edelman’s son will be in-house for a personal appearance and some shoe Q&A.
When: Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

SMU Retail Club Fashion Show
What: It’s the SMU fashion event of the season, and after a busy day of crawfish and shoe oogling, what’s better than sitting back and taking in some of the latest trends? The show begins with a panel of SMU student and alumni designers as well as several Dallas designers.
Where: The Meadows Museum (What a neat venue right? We thought so too.)
When: Saturday, 5-7 p.m.

Eat, Gather and Mingle At The Katy Trail Ice House
When: anytime! It’s the grand opening weekend
What: Enjoy the great weather, grab an ice cold drink, and sit down to enjoy a burger.
Why: It’s a new and cool Austin-style beer garden brought to you by the creators of Bandito’s Tex-Mex Cantina, Barley House & Mi Cocina. Like all of our favorite things about Dallas patio life wrapped into one.

DALLAS International Film Festival Closing Weekend
Where: Angelika, Highland Park Village, Magnolia & many others
What: The closing weekend of these film festivals are sometimes the best part – all the winners, all day, all over town. Scope out their schedule online for tickets, trailers and showtimes.
Why: You can say you’re cool and underground because you’re not seeing Hollywood’s latest blockbuster and who knows—you might run into a celebrity.

A Few Not-To-Miss Flicks at The 2011 DALLAS International Film Festival

April 1, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Caroline Foster

The fifth annual Dallas International Film Festival kicked off last night with an opening night celebration downtown in the Arts District. The festival will feature movies from around the world and comes to theaters throughout Dallas April 1 – April 10. Here are our top picks that you don’t want to miss.

1) “Beautiful Boy” directed by Shawn Ku is a drama about the difficulties a couple faces after their son kills himself and others during a school shooting spree. The Dallas Film Festival is the US premiere for the emotional piece that won the Prize of the International Film Critics at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. The jury at the Toronto Film Festival remarked, “This film shows its audience that in a world of chaos and insanity, humanity is the only key to life.” The film will be screened on Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center, and Saturday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center in Plano.

2) “Africa Diary” is the personal journal of L.M. Kit Carson, a Fort Worth native and celebrated producer and journalist known for his work in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” and “Paris, Texas” as he travels through Africa with producer Cynthia Hargrave. The duo used their cell phone cameras to shoot 3-5 minute diaries of people and images from Zambia, Mozambique, and South Africa. The short clips were added together to create a docu-work the New York Times describes as “semi-legendary.” The film’s free screening is Sunday, April 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Highland Park Village.

3) Cannes Film Festival award winner “Armadillo” follows Danish soldiers as they serve in Afghanistan. The documentary provides a real life look into battle as well as the soldier’s emotional reactions to their violent experiences. Director Janus Metz became close to the soldiers during filming the controversial piece that is sure to cause a stir in the US as well. The screening dates for this movie are Friday, April 1 at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m. both at the Angelika Dallas.

4) “Elevate” directed by Anne Buford is a documentary that follows four Senegalese boys who come to America to attend the SEEDS academy, a boarding school for basketball players founded by former Dallas Mavericks Scout, Amadou Gallo Fall. The boys hope to play in the NBA but they must first handle the struggles of high school and adapting to the culture of America. The film follows the athletes for three years as they work towards achieving their dreams. “Elevate” is showing Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre and Wednesday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre.

5) “Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times” premiered at Sundance and will make its next major showing at the 2011 DIFF. Director Andrew Rossi brings us the Times like we have never seen before. The film brings to light the financial and professional struggles of the evolving media landscape – and what better way than to investigate the biggest name in print? Show times are Friday, April 1 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 2 at 1:15 p.m., both at the Angelika in Mockingbird Station.

6) “Wild Horse, Wild Ride” is a documentary about six men and women who train wild mustangs, co-directed by Alex Dawson and Greg Grucius. The trainers are given 100 days to transform these wild animals before the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge that occurs in Fort Worth. The story of the animals and humans bonding is a heart-warming one. This film will be screened on Sunday, April 3 at 5:00 p.m. at the Angelika in Mockingbird Station as well as Monday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center.

Visit the Dallas Film Society’s website for the complete film schedule and other events.