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.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Local Metal Artists F. is for frank Introduces 2011 Jewelry Collection

March 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Hand-made jewelry doesn’t get much cooler than F. is for frank, a Dallas-based design studio that specializes in metalworks. Sculptors Shannah Frank and Casey Melton combined their friendship – and love for metal works – five years ago building custom metal designs and architecture. Jewelry had always been a personal, fun project on the side.

Shortly after beginning their journey into custom metal designs, the market, like most, hit a recession as people and designers were cutting back on custom pieces. This ended up being a type of creative blessing explains the duo. Instead of designing trinkets and charms on the side for friends and family, they made it a regular part of business. Now the two play around with jewelry molds on a regular basis, finally editing down to hand-crafted pieces they’d wear themselves.

This week F. is for frank proudly announces their third collection of jewelry since launching the line three years ago. Though they mostly work with pewter, this line branches out to include yellow and rose gold plated pieces. Melton says they are also playing with mixed metals and encourages customers to do the same as they introduce a new collection of mix-and-match charms and chains. Rabbits, Day of the Dead skulls, or fishing weights anyone?

Just three years in, F. is for frank already sells in boutiques around the greater Dallas area and on the West Coast in shops around L.A. They look to expand their reach after the launch of this third – and possibly most eclectic – collection.

F. is for frank launches its new collection at a trunk show this Thursday evening at We Are 1976 from 6-8 p.m.

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Plot Against Hunger

December 8, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Elizabeth Lowe

The Plot Against Hunger at the Our Savior Community Garden is part of Gardeners in Community Development, a Heifer International-sponsored organization in Dallas, TX.

At the garden, community members learn to grown their own organic vegetables. Other community members volunteer at the garden to help harvest crops.

A portion of the garden’s harvest goes to the Pleasant Grove Food Pantry, a volunteer-run pantry in conjunction with The North Texas Food Bank, across the street. In this way, GICD has found a way to bring people together for the betterment of the community – learning new trades and feeding those in need.

Tech Blog: Marie Claire’s Fall Fashion App Falls Flat

December 6, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Elizabeth Lowe

iPad Review: Marie Claire‘s “Fall Fashion A-Z”

  • Immediacy/Urgency:
  • Non-linear news presentation:
  • Multimedia:
  • Interactivity:
    Already an iPad cynic to begin with, I decided to try an app produced by one of my magazine mainstays.

    The Powerhouse Publication: Marie Claire (a Hearst publication)
    The App: “Fall Fashion A-Z”
    The Result: Unimpressive to say the least.

    Could an iPad app really change the way I experience one of my favorite publications? Would I really get more enjoyment from the digital version than my tangible coffee table staple?

    Marie Claire’s fashion app definitely provides a new experience for their fashionista readers. But it isn’t anything to jump up and down in your Louboutins about.

    With “Fall Fashion A-Z” readers can get a more graphically enhanced look at the latest fall trends. This type of editorial feature is usually in the front-of-book for Marie Claire in a clean, easy-flowing layout. The trends unfold page by page with one runway look and an array of similar pieces available for purchase.

    The app, however, comes off a little jumbled. I could see that Marie Claire was going for a fun, creative collage approach to display the content – but all that scrolling back, forth, up and down! It drives a classic page-turner like myself crazy.

    Let’s discuss the actual content and digital experience. All pieces in the editorial collage are “clickable,” linking the user to a letter in the alphabet and a set of clothing, shoes or accessories. Just like the usual front-of-book fashion layouts, these sets are accompanied by a runway look. Except on the iPad, it’s a video.

    The downside? The runway video is a continuous loop of one look in a collection. I would be impressed if I could watch the entire Marc Jacobs or Celine runway show to experience fall’s minimalist movement, for example. However, I get the same fulfillment looking at a photo of the runway look as I do watching it play repeatedly on my screen.

    This is just one example of room for improvement as Marie Claire makes the transition from print to iPad. Many aspects of the app gave me the exact same content as the magazine – editor’s favorites, pricing and store info, runway-to-street – just in a “clickable,” digital layout. There was no “new” content. It was barely multimedia-forward, with only the runway show video loops.

    To ditch my tangible and page-turner-friendly print version, Marie Claire will have to step up their game in the iPad app. The legacy publication is packed with fresh, in-the-know content on not only fashion, but also other aspects of culture and society. Its pages are full every month with the best shoes, society commentary, and inspiring features. With so much content, its organized page design still make the magazine highly engaging and easy to read.

    However, the iPad app fell short of what I usually enjoy about Marie Claire. This digital version (though only a piece of the Marie Claire sphere of content) is actually less content-packed and harder to read.

    Though I look forward to more digital publications by the Hearst legacy, I’ll stick to my paper version of Marie Claire for now.

    Mustang Weekend Guide

    November 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

    By Elizabeth Lowe

    The holidays are in full-swing the weekend before Thanksgiving. Here’s all the gingerbread-latte-appropriate activities plus your usual cinema and sports diversions.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1
    It’s Official: Although fans waited in line for the midnight showing, this weekend marks the official opening of the first part of the final installment of the Harry Potter story.
    What We Think: Can’t wait to see those box office scores.

    Diane von Furstenberg Arrives
    Where: DVF makes her Dallas debut with a boutique store in Highland Park Village. After a few delays, the store is finally opening its doors for the best wrap frocks around this weekend.
    We ask: How has Highland Park Village survived this long without it?

    Etsy Dallas presents Jingle Bash
    What: The first team in Texas for sellers on, the online store for all things handmade and indie, hosts the largest indie holiday market of the season.
    Shop: Handcrafted goods, accessories and clothing while supporting local artists.
    When & Where: Lone Star Room at Palladium, 2-8 p.m.

    Dallas’ Annual City Lights Celebration
    A Dallas Tradition: Downtown Dallas and Neiman Marcus host the lighting ceremony of the year as the city decks its streets for the holiday season.
    What: It’s like Dallas’ version of the NYC Macy’s holiday window reveal.
    Events: The holiday tree is lit at 6:30 p.m. at 1902 Main Street followed by a “moonwalk” to Neiman Marcus downtown for the lighting of the historical flagship store at 7 p.m.

    SMU vs. Marshall
    Boulevard: Pre-game festivities begin at noon in true SMU tradition as fans flock to the SMU Mall and the lawn of Dallas Hall.
    Game Time: Kickoff is at 3 p.m. as the Mustangs make their drive to bowl eligibility.

    2010 Snider Plaza Tree Lighting festivities
    What: The Bubble hub will be buzzing throughout the afternoon with activities such as pictures with Santa, bounce houses, and of course store specials.
    Lead up: Before the official lighting at 6 p.m., there will be performances from the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and HPHS choirs. Come early to catch the spirit before Mayor Dick Davis flips the switch to light the Snider Plaza Tree.

    Bush Blog: Manhattan Construction Executives Talk About the G.W.B Center and SMU’s Campus

    November 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

    Post by Elizabeth Lowe

    Manhattan Construction: GWB Center and The SMU Campus from on Vimeo.

    Daily Mustang Editor Elizabeth Lowe spoke with Executive Vice President Bob Bowen and Project Executive Mark Penny of Manhattan Construction at the groundbreaking ceremony this week.

    Their team headed the conceptual and contracting stage of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and began groundbreaking Nov. 16.
    Manhattan Construction also contracted the new Cowboys stadium and Bush Senior’s library.

    Follow construction of the Presidential Center via Manhattan Construction’s online webcam of the grounds.

    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.

    Burst the Bubble Blog: DFW Halloween Attractions

    October 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

    Post By Elizabeth Lowe

    Home to the likes of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” Texas houses several tip-top and nationally recognized Halloween attractions. A few of which can be found right here in Dallas-Fort Worth.

    If you’re looking for something more thrilling than trick-or-treating in the Highland Park this weekend, step outside the Bubble for Halloween scares.

    These attractions should top your Halloween must-see list while living in the DFW:

    Cutting Edge Halloween House

    Everything is bigger in Texas – even our haunted houses. This is the grandaddy of them all, located about 40 minutes down I-30 in Fort Worth.
    Cutting Edge holds the Guiness World Record for “World’s Largest Walk Through Haunted House.”
    What does that mean for thrill seekers? Well, there’s no escaping these thrills once you’ve entered. After you pay the $29.50 admission pass (or the $49.50 “speed pass” to skip the wait), you’ve committed to a long walk through ghostly and gruesome scares.

    Hell House

    This is not your ordinary Halloween attraction, nor one that you’ll hear advertised in the daily paper.
    Located at the Trinity Assembly of God, right outside of downtown Dallas, this Halloween attraction brings a moral frame to the all-candy-and-costume holiday.
    Many people may have heard of this attraction through the 2001 documentary titled “Hell House.” Not ringing a bell? Add this to your Netflix queue immediately.
    The documentary follows the Trinity Assembly of God’s preparation process and eventual execution of their annual Halloween walk-through attraction. Scenes in the Hell House include a death from AIDS, tragedies from drunk driving, and a 9/11 terrorist horror. One of the most controversial moral scenes involves the performance of a late abortion including buckets of fake blood and dramatic portrayls of guilt.
    For those not a part of the Hell House tradition, this Halloween attraction is out of control and highly controversial. But for members of the congregation, it’s an annual “come-to-Jesus” event.
    The New York Times has described this Texas attraction as “carnivalesque.”

    SCREAMS Halloween Theme Park

    Yes, you read that correctly – a Halloween theme park.
    Located in Waxahachie, TX this park features 5 walk-through attractions like the “Death Trap Maze” and the “3D Pirates of Peril.”
    For $24.99, general admission gets you into the park and access to all the attractions – plus multiple concession stands if you can stomach food after the scares.
    Other than the original five attractions, there is a “special attraction” called “The Realm of the Beast.” SCREAMS describes visitors as the “prey” in this attraction – clearly this is only for the true thrill seekers.

    So step out of the Bubble and experience the best scares the DFW has to offer if you dare. However there’s no shame in dressing up in costume to stay home, snack on candy, and watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” either.
    Happy Hauntings!

    Bush Center Exhibit Opens in Meadows Museum, Builds Momentum For Library

    October 22, 2010 by · Comments Off 

    Article and Photos By Elizabeth Lowe

    With 43,00 artifacts, 4 million photographs, and 70 million pages in documents, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is sure to be a historical landmark to rival in Dallas.
    However, the center will not be up and running until 2013.

    So why is the George W. Bush Foundation opening an exhibit on the library’s artifacts in the Meadows Museum this weekend?

    Director of the George W. Bush Center Alan Lowe explained: “we really hope visitors will come to the exhibit to learn more about what we’re doing, to get a sneak peek at the artifacts, and to understand that our goal is to be a great resource for this community.”

    Lowe also said that throughout the development process, the Bush Center has been identifying ways to better engage the SMU students and faculty.

    At the “Breaking New Ground: Presenting the George W. Bush Presidential Center” exhibit, locals and visitors in the Dallas area can get a preview of what the Presidential Library will look like and what pieces it will house. Representatives from the Bush Foundation say it’s a way for them to raise interest and excitement for the future Center.

    The exhibit in Meadows showcases pieces in an intimate space. Featured artifacts include a letter from Bono to President Bush, the pistol retrieved from Saddam Hussein during his capture, the bullhorn used by the President when he visited Ground Zero, an ensemble designed by Oscar de la Renta worn by Mrs. Bush at a White House dinner with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, plus many more.

    “At the core we are about preserving and making accessible these materials and then using them to educate. We certainly hope this exhibit is part of that process,” said Lowe.

    The exhibit, titled “Breaking New Ground,” also acts as a precursor to the scheduled Nov. 16 groundbreaking. This event has already stirred speculations of a large protest and many media outlets are on-call to cover whatever events may occur.

    Taylor Adams of The Daily Campus asked Director Lowe his thoughts on the reaction to the November groundbreaking and possible protests.

    “Our focus that day is on the groundbreaking and showing to the community what we are and what we plan on doing,” said Lowe. “We think we have a very positive story to tell here and a very important resource to provide – that’s what the day will be about for us.”

    “Breaking New Ground” exhibit will be free and open to the public in the Meadows Museum from October 23, 2010 through February 6, 2011.

    Burst the Bubble Blog: Row Your Boat at White Rock Lake

    October 13, 2010 by · Comments Off 

    Post by Elizabeth Lowe

    Fall is here but the weather is still a Dallas-perfect 75 degrees – perfect for a jaunt outside The Bubble.

    This week, consider exploring all there is to do around White Rock Lake.
    The area is reminiscent of the bike, river and nature trails in Austin minus the drive and weekend crowds.

    My personal favorite activity to do in Austin is kayaking on one of the city’s several rivers. Imagine my excitement when I heard White Rock Lake here in Dallas is offering kayak rentals this fall! Not only is the drive shorter, but it’s also a nice, quick break from the often mundane SMU weekend lifestyle of Greenville, Boulevarding, and Uptown.

    White Rock Paddle Company is now renting kayaks and canoes through the end of October for various rates. For a mere $19.99 an hour, you can rent a tandem kayak or canoe to explore the lake with a friend. You can even stay out until sundown to catch a Texas sunset on White Rock.

    The White Rock Paddle Co. also conducts lake trips for Thursday Nights at the Arboretum. Paddle or no paddle, this regular Thursday night live music event is another not-to-miss at White Rock.

    Starting around 6 p.m., locals fill the open-air amphitheater with quilts, picnic baskets, and bottles of wine to watch an evening of live music on the lake. Beatlegras delighted concert-goers last month with their bluegrass-Beatles fusion and played past sunset making for a beautiful fall night.

    Petty Theft, a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute band, hits this amphitheater stage this week. Tickets are $16.00 for non-members, but you can pack your own picnic and drinks to make a night of it. My words of advice: get there early, bring a blanket, and pack bug spray. Gates open at 6 p.m. with music from 7-9 p.m.

    Take advantage of this great weather and burst The Bubble outside on White Rock Lake. Whether you bike, kayak, or catch some tunes you’re sure to find a nice getaway just down the road.

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