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1st Ever Reader Appreciation Party this Thursday to Benefit ArtLoveMagic

After four years of publishing, nearly 600,000 visitors in the last twelve months, 1000s of Facebook shares and Twitter tweets, more than 450 articles by over 30 contributors, and winning some cool local awards, it's time to say "Thank you" in a big way.

You are cordially invited to’s 1st Ever Dallas Culture Buffs, Critics & Fanatics Bash, Thursday, Nov.1st, at Park Tavern, benefiting non-profit ArtLoveMagic and their 2013 Interactive Kids Art Workshop.

This is a unique event celebrating Dallas arts, entertainment, and more. Come celebrate the arts and all things Dallas with us at the new and contemporary, yet casual, Park Tavern gastropub from 6:30- 9pm. TangoTab will help host the event.

LIVE Dallas Fine Artists

On top of great networking with taste-makers, trendsetters, and independent Dallas Media Moguls, this event will have four LIVE Dallas fine artists that will be creating original art in real time on location throughout the evening. All four artists were provided curiosity of the coordination by Deep Ellum-based non-profit ArtLoveMagic. The artists include: Jerod Davies, Carolyn Collins, Riley RP Holloway and Alexandria Quinn. Their works will be auctioned off the night of the event along with other donated items from local businesses. Proceeds will benefit the ArtLoveMagic kids workshop.

RSVP on Facebook and RSVP on Eventbrite. Inquire here about sponsorship and/or silent auction item donations.

Featured Artist: Jerod Alexander Davies's Bio

Jerod Davies is a multifaceted self-taught artist raised in Dallas, Texas, by way of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Coming from a long line of visual artists in his immediate family, he is heavily influenced by his encounters in the streets and his vivid imagination. His style is impossible to categorize, yet easy to describe: bold, direct, and an intimate grasp of the lost and forgotten. He has produced work for Dreamworks Jean Paul Gaultier, The Dallas Museum of Art, Children's Medical Center, American Airlines, the City of Dallas, and other notable clients.

I Live in Dallas coincidentally interviewed Jerod back in August on our second I Live In Dallas Radio show, Culinary Anarchy & Live Mural Painting at Bryan Street Tavern. Jerod is the leader of the Just-Us League, which is an art collective that has created over a dozen murals in Dallas. Find out more about Jerod on his website: (yes, that's .co).

Featured Artist: Carolyn Collins

Carolyn Collins is best known for her intimate style and her contagious smile. Her voyeuristic glimpses, timeless documentaries, and pure abstracts stir the imagination, touch the soul, and instill a zest for life. "I'm horrible with names and facts, but I can recall the slightest smells, sounds, and sensory nuances of almost every person, place and moment that I have experienced." Perhaps it is this abstract thought process that directs her focus to slightly different views of the world. "Music is my drug. Photography is my passion. Building bridges between people is my mission."

A 'closet photographer' since 2001, Carolyn finally made the leap in 2010 from a career in marketing & management to that of a full time freelance photographer. However, she began applying her passion to her mission in 2005. Through her blogs, she gained an audience for this interactive sharing of perspectives. Now known as the Photo-Ink Challenge™, this photographic interactive 'bridge-building' has further broadened to include several live appearances at music festivals, art events and community celebrations. You can find out more about Carolyn by visiting her website, her blog, and her Facebook fan page.

Featured Artist: Alexandria Quinn

Alexandria Quinn was fresh on the scene with ArtLoveMagic in 2009 and she’s been building momentum ever since. After participating in a few events over the past years her big break came at UNDERGROUND 4 this past February. With a passion for God and his Word Alexandria debuted her newest body of work called the Illuminated Series. Canvas backlit with images and words glowing Alexandria sought to bring scripture to life in this newest work. Find out more about Alexandria by visiting her her blog, and her Facebook fan page.

Featured Dallas Musical Artist: Joel Pipkin

Joel plays in many Dallas bands, vocal and instrumental, including: Vino Tinto Music (Gypsy Kings andSpanish Pop), Tres Uvas y Una Rosa (Son Montuno and Jazz), Bossa Duende (Brazilian Jazz and American Standards), The Boss LeVeL (Reggae and Rock), The Russ Hewitt Band (Nuevo Flamenco), Marcelo Berestovoy Group (Argentinian Tangos and Spanish Rumbas), Gypsy Project (French Gypsy Manouche String Quartet), Blue Flamingo (Flamenco/Blues fusion), Jazz Gatos (Latin Jazz), The Front Porch Band (Rag Time). Needless to say, his style is quite eclectic. Find out more about Joel on his website and Facebook fan page.

Even before announcing it here, there has already been an overwhelming response. We have to cap the attendance at 250 and there are already more than 170 people RSVPed on the Facebook Event and EventBrite page, so make sure you RSVP now.

To attend this bash, you must please RSVP on the Facebook event page, and RSVP on Eventbrite to make sure you get on the list.


AT&T Performing Arts Center
Nasher Sculpture Center
Uber Dallas
Lakewood Brewing Company
Four Corners Brewing Co.
Lockhart BBQ
Common Desk
The Pearl Cup
ArtCon 8
Granada Theater
Sundown at Granada
Joel Pipkin Music
David Harman

Transportation Service To and From #ILiveInDallasBash

Uber Dallas, a Dallas on-demand car service, is offering new riders who use code “ILID” 20% off trips to & from the ILiveInDallas bash. That means, if you do not want to drive you can get picked up and dropped off in-style by your own private driver. Find out more about Uber on their website or sign up now.

Networking Opportunity with Top Dallas Culture Bloggers

If you are a business owner, and would like to talk and network face-to-face with the top 20% of Dallas food and culture bloggers, as well as social media influencers, that drive traffic, buzz, and buying decisions in Dallas there is still time to participate by contacting us here. There will be a silent auction and many of the businesses above have donated. All proceeds will go to non-profit ArtLoveMagic to host their 2013 Interactive Kids Art Workshop.

VIP Lounge Hosted by TangoTab & Park Tavern

TangoTab, offers the best deals on Dallas restaurants and dining experiences, will be hosting the special invite-only VIP Lounge for donating businesses and contributors. A special thank you goes out to Deborah Newton of TangoTab, who has been instrumental in creating this upcoming event and its certain success. We could not have done it without her.

Park Tavern has also been very gracious about providing space for this event. They will be hosting theVIP Lounge along with TangoTab and allowing our VIPs to try some of their tasty, yet elegant, bar food. They have come up with a special signature cocktail for this event and we can't wait to try it. Their fun decor makes for a casual atmosphere, but the best part is their food. Their menu is amazing. If the weather is nice, we will be out on their wraparound patio.

Come Experience:

  • Live up-and-coming Dallas artists provided by ArtLoveMagic painting new pieces while we watch and enjoy
  • Specially created Park Tavern appetizers, finger foods, and signature drink concoctions
  • The smooth styling’s of a live local band with a rich Dallas history, provided by the talented Joel Pipkin
  • Community and camaraderie with fellow Dallas culture fans, critics, and writers
  • Silent auction with all proceeds going toward to adopt an ArtLoveMagic Art Kids Workshop in 2013

The Twitter hashtag for the event: #ILiveInDallasBash

This year was fortunate to win D Magazine's 2012 Readers' Choice for "Best Dallas Blog." In 2011, won CBS Local's 2011 "Most Valuable Blogger." This celebration is a thank you to all those who helped make it possible (you).

RSVP on Facebook and RSVP on Eventbrite. Inquire here about sponsorship and/or silent auction item donations.