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.

The Daily Update: Friday, Aug. 27

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The Daily Update: Friday, August 27 from on Vimeo.

Watch Friday’s Daily Update to hear about the SMU journalism students reporting on the five year anniversary ¬†of Hurricane Katrina. Also, learn about the naming ceremony of the two new SMU mascots and find out about the signal light changes on Hillcrest and Daniel.

The Daily Update: Wednesday, February 24

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Arts Beat: Sights to Behold at Snider Plaza

April 27, 2009 by · Comments Off 

This just in: You don’t have to go to Deep Ellum or the Arts District to get your art fix; you barely even have to leave campus! Nest, a home decor and unique gifts store in Snider Plaza, has a Loft Gallery for those looking to find the perfect piece for their home or – for people like me who cringe at the sticker prices – just want to spend an afternoon absorbing some eye candy without watching sand volleyball at Dedman …

Nest’s Loft Gallery offers a collection of mosaics, paintings and sculptures by local and international artists. Dallas native Greg Piazza, a tax accountant by day and photographer by night, uses a blur effect to create pretty plaid and water color-esque pieces that are aesthetically pleasing. And Natalie Erwin, whose canvases are actually handmade birch wood panels, uses natural elements like wax pencils and milk paints to create intricate patterns that are reminiscent of 1960s home interiors. Think tapestries and duvet cover patterns at Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie.

The tiniest pieces – and most impressive in the gallery – are the framed mosaics and tiles by Pietra Dure master Mauro Tacconi. The artist, who cuts precious stones in a style that’s been passed down since the Renaissance in Italy, creates elegant tiles and frame pictures of animals and Italian landscapes. As one of only a handful of Pietra Dure masters left, Tacconi was even commissioned by Oprah. His pieces are pricey (one gold-framed mosaic of a white horse is $25,000), but it’s fascinating to see artwork that has a rich history.

Who knew? As SMU students, we take Snider Plaza for granted. If you’re already there lunching or shopping, stop by Nest and get cultured.

–Posted by Jaimie Siegle