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A Slew of Art Events This Weekend

by Danielle Georgiou 22 Sep 2011 10:07 AM

Guest blogger Danielle Georgiou walks you through some of your many weekend options.


Guest blogger Danielle Marie Georgiou is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of DGDG: Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the UT Arlington’s Dance Ensemble.

It’s another art-filled weekend for North Texas! Not only is the Dallas VideoFest back, but the Deep Ellum Art Walk is this Saturday from 6-10 p.m., and CentralTrak is just one stop on that walk.

Michael Guinn

On Friday at 7 p.m., CentralTrak is hosting a showcase of spoken-word performances, curated by Dallas poet Michael Guinn. Guinn, a native Texan who holds a masters degree in social work, uses his experience as a caseworker for Child Protective Services as inspiration for his poetry and spoken-work performances. Guinn is the founder and “Slam Master” for the historic Fort Worth Poetry Slam Team, and his workshop for creative writing and performance poetry have received national acclaim.

For Friday’s event, Guinn has assembled a group of dynamic writers whose work relates to the social and political themes in the visual artwork of El Franco Lee II. “LIQUID ANALOG,” painting and drawings by Lee, continues at CentralTrak through Oct. 8.

The 11th Semi-Annual Deep Ellum Art Walk is Saturday, from 6-11 p.m. in both Deep Ellum and Exposition Park. The galleries of Deep Ellum and Expo Park will open their doors to the public for art viewing, shopping, music, food and drink. The galleries will feature paintings, photography, sculpture, experiential and performance art ranging from the classical to the contemporary.

Participants include: Kettle Art, Tony Horton, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, 29 Pieces, CentralTrak, Factory Girl, Latino Cultural Center, The Mitchell Lofts, Mokah Art Gallery, Chi Gallery, 500X, 3025 Main, MG Painting and Design, 2826 Arnetic, Steve Paul Productions, Calais Winery, In Accord, Demeter Project and The Ravach Arts Company.

The event is free, and each gallery is in easy walking distance from one another. The DART Green Line is available to you from Deep Ellum to Expo Park. The official starting point is Kettle Art.

Since Wednesday, the Dallas VideoFest has taken over the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird  Station and the Texas Theatre. DVF is one of the oldest video-based festivals in the country and has a legacy that is both memorable and innovative, and this year is no different. The festival started with a screening of Film Socialisme, the new feature from legendary director and French New Wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard. For the mixed martial arts lovers, the documentary Once I Was A Champion, about the life and struggles of former UFC Champion Evan Tanner, will be screened later in the week. Two works from director Spike Jonze, a short titled Mourir Auprès de Toi and a vintage skating video of his creation, also will be featured at the festival this year.

The schedule of films gives you an idea of a little something to do every day and night until Sunday. And if you’re into short experimental films, be sure to check out the block of videos being screened on Sunday at noon at the Angelika, featuring a little piece by me!