Where To Spend Fat Tuesday In The Big D

March 8, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Christine Jonas
cjonas@smu.edu

With Mardi Gras celebrations coming to an end on Fat Tuesday, one last horrah is in order. Can’t make it down to New Orleans for the day? Don’t worry, we have all the best parties and events for you right here in Dallas.

For a fun party with jello shots, bead throwing, costumes and a live band, head over to Fish City Grill anywhere from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

College students from around the country flocked to New Orleans this year for its famous annual celebration of Mardi Gras. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Open a bit later, Humperdink’s Restaurant & Brewery is where you want to be. Opened from 11 a.m.-2 a.m., the party will be going all day-even the staff will be dressed up. During their two Happy Hours, from 4-7 p.m. or 10-11 p.m., shots are only $2.99 and Blasters are only $4.99. Other specials include $5 Hurricanes, $3 Big Mugs of beer, $2 Pints of Beer and N’Awlins Sliders for $6.00 – for those of age of course.

For a night out on the town, head to Wish Ultra Lounge. The theme is Back 2 Basics: Mardi Grad Edition, so dress in your best Mardi Grad attire and dance the night away. Music will be spun all night by guest DJ Robert Pennington.

New Orleans Saints player Remi Ayodele is bringing a little New Orleans flavor to Zouk Nightclub as he hosts the Phenomenal Phat Tuesday party. At this party you will get a night full of debauchery, daiquiris and dancing–with free cajun cuisine, party favors and four different DJ’s taking turns soundtracking the night.

Not 21? Don’t worry, M Street Bar is hosting a Get Beaded party. Drink specials all night, beads will be provided and DJ Yosh will have Hip-Hop, Top 40 and Electro for your dancing desires.

If you are going to be in Fort Worth for the night, head to Fat Daddy’s. There is no cover and drink specials all night! Dress for the Mardi Gras costume contest and you could go home with $100, $300 or even $600.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you have one great night to end this year’s Mardi Gras season.

The Daily Update: Monday, Feb. 28

February 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

On today’s Daily Update you’ll see what kind of bomb was dropped in L.A. last night. Also, the tension in Libya continues to develop and the Space Shuttle Discovery makes its last flight. All this and more on your Daily Update.

The Daily Mustang: Monday, Feb. 28 from SMUDailyMustang.com on Vimeo.

Arts Beat: D&B – The Place Where Fun Begins

April 6, 2009 by · Comments Off 

As I walked through the sliding doors I saw a bar to my right and pool tables to my left. The lights were dimmed by this humongous gazebo. The bar stood on this two-stair plateau filled with the finest alcohol bottles. The dining area was right in the center with an enormous amount of space to serve the customers.
There was this long hallway with trees on the side that lead us to another section. There to my front stood another bar, and my left was this gigantic game room. We took a seat in their red bubbled seats and ordered a nice size of cheese fries. Every time I ran out of their delicious strawberry lemonade our waitress was right there to sit me down another one.
After ordering this blackened chicken fettuccini alfredo pasta, added with four medium size shrimps, I took a trip to the game room. It had my favorite game from childhood, Mrs. Pac-man. Before I recognize my friends were calling me over to eat.
My food looked incredible. The chicken was cut up like strips, while the shrimp sat right on top smothered in the white creamy alfredo sauce. My friend’s diner plate looked fantastic too. It was a big bucket of their double dip fried shrimp, with a side of crispy golden brown potato fries.
Dave and Busters is the perfect hangout spot. It’s filled with games, bars, and great quality food. The menu has a lot of different variety of food and alcohol beverages. If you ever want to let your guard down and have a spontaneous date or family outing, Dave and Busters is the place to be.

–Posted by Brittany Gilliam

Global News Blog: Cinema: A Valuable Public Diplomacy Tool

February 18, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Ashley Warmack

According to “Colombia Reports”, Colombia is having a hard time getting people to support entertainment. Many people believe that Cinema life, things such as T.V., music, and film are trash and nonsense. However, according to the reports, they disagree, stating, “Cinema has become a tool for nation-building, but also for the mass communication of a nation’s idea of itself, and as such, one of the most successful tools of public diplomacy. ”

Colombia must support outlets of visual expression that respond to this purpose. Being able to send out a message through entertainment media has a huge influence on all nations and is a powerful communication tool to get through to the public.

However, I think countries should be aware of how other countries are portrayed though entertainment. “Hollywood not only has contributed to the branding of the American identity, but it also has contributed to branding, often misleadingly, other national identities.” In order for Colombia to not be “branded” by other country’s cinema art, other countries need to be promoted as a whole.

Many countries have been successful in the film and entertainment industry; and clearly Colombia needs a break through. Colombians are just now realizing how big of an impact entertainment media effects ones culture. Colombia needs to be finding people that can promote and support Colombian Cinema.

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Meadows Museum Opens “Manet to Miro”

September 14, 2008 by · Comments Off 

By Nadia Dabbakeh
ndabbake@smu.edu

The Meadows Museum is hosting an exclusive showing of one of Spain’s
most prestigious and noted private art collections.

The exhibit, which opened Sunday and runs through Dec. 2, is called
“From Manet to Miró: Modern Drawings from the Abelló Collection.”

The collection consists of 64 modern and contemporary master drawings
spanning over 200 years. The drawings belong to Juan Abelló and his
wife, Anna Gamazo, of Madrid, and are being shown together for the
first time in the United States.

“Seeing them in this breadth, and in this large of an assembly, has
never happened before,” said Mark Roglán, director of the Meadows
Museum.

The drawings are grouped according to artistic movements, including
Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism,
Surrealism, Pop and Contemporary Art.

The exhibit is organized in a way that Roglán calls “intimate” — everything
is hung at eye level, and no drawings are hung on inside walls, so you may
step back and look at the art with ease.

Guillermo Solana, chief curator of the Thyssen-Bornesmisza Museum in
Madrid and curator of “From Manet to Miró,” traveled to Dallas to open
the exhibit.

“Here, we have a wonderful, magnificent space,” Solana told a crowd of
30 at the preview. “In our museum, the drawings were too close to each
other.”

“Now they’re expanded, and pieces have been added that were absent
before, because of lack of space,” he said. “It has made the exhibit
even better.”

The collection is varied and eclectic, Solana said. It includes
everything from abstracts to figures and works from different moments
and movements in art.

It is also universal, he said, because in spite of the large presence
of Spanish art, it also includes prominent masters from France,
Germany, the U.S., and many other countries.

The collection is diverse in terms of style and techniques
represented. It includes drawings in many different mediums such as
graphite, pastels, gouache, ink and more.

Solana said that while many private collections have a singular focus,
this is not that kind. Rather, it is the collection of an open-minded
person who loves every kind of art.

Janis Bergman-Carton, associate professor and chair of the Art History
Department at SMU, said the collection is a must-see for anyone
interested in art.

“It is always valuable for students to have the opportunity to see the
actual works of art in person, because most of the time we only see
them in representation,” Bergman-Carton said. “Especially such a large
collection of drawings, which are much more personal.”

“To stand directly in front of it and get to see all of the
decision-making processes, like what kind of paper was used, or how
expressive the artists brush strokes are … it’s just a wonderful
opportunity.”