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Underground 2013 Update!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2013 by artlovemagic

ImageWe have great news! We are announcing a big change, but one that’s a game changer. ArtLoveMagic’s annual Underground show has a new set of significant allies to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever! As a result, and being that it will be the 5th anniversary of the event, we are rescheduling the show to take advantage of what’s now possible. Please join us at South Side on Lamar for Underground 2013 on Saturday, May 18th at 8pm for the biggest, baddest Underground yet. Stay tuned in, tickets will soon be available.

Posted in Uncategorized on October 8, 2012 by artlovemagic


Yasmen Lari is the Sudoku(TM) champion of the Pakistani architectural world. And not just one of the ones who can fly through the easy-level problems. No, she’s a conqueror of the back-page-evil-level puzzles that only have three squares filled in and make the New York Times Sunday crosswords look like child’s play. The three squares? Being a female architect focusing on creating sustainable solutions for rural communities continuously struggling with losing their homes due to natural disasters. Her solution? “… To undertake different kinds of tasks as an architect—designing state of the art buildings for the corporate sector; working in informal settlements and low-income housing with focus on women’s needs; advocacy, research, and conservation for heritage projects along with writing monographs and training manuals; working in post-disaster communities with a concentration on sustainable shelter and women’s economic empowerment. The latest work is in zero-carbon-footprint construction (using lime, bamboo and adobe/mud)…

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girlShow: Rewind tickets are available for purchase

Posted in Uncategorized on October 1, 2012 by artlovemagic


This marks the 5th year that ArtLoveMagic has produced girlShow. I can’t believe that we are only 20 days away from this amazing event. We are rewinding back in time and taking the show to the first place that girlShow existed, South Side on Lamar. This venue is absolutely amazing. NEW to girlShow this year is The Blue Room. This is a 21+ room that will blow your mind. Dollskin Designs, Vertical Fitness, The Burlesque Experience are just a few of the participants that will be located in The Blue Room. This room requires a special pass of just $25.00 dollars. Not only will you have access to this exclusive room along with the rest of girlShow. In addition,  Deep Eddy Vodka will be providing 2 free drinks to each Blue Room attendee, LUSH will be giving away goodies, and all Blue Room attendees will be given early entrance at 7 p.m. to girlShow. The main floor of girlShow will feature over 30 visual artists each creating live in the hall of South Side. Musicians such as Keisha Hunter, Cassie Holt, and Jurni Rayne plus a few more brilliant ladies will get your body movin’ with their melodies. This is a one in a life time show that is not to be missed. To purchase your tickets to girlShow 2012:Rewind follow the link below.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 16, 2012 by artlovemagic


In preparation for girlShow on October 20th, 2012, our annual show dedicated to showcasing female artists, ArtLoveMagic is hosting a model casting call on August 25th at 2630 East Commerce Street, Dallas, Texas, 75226 from 2:00 to 5:00pm. Most models will be featured in one of two fashion shows within the Blue Room, the artistic sensuality experience. The clothing lines will include Dollskin Designs (, Madame Fiery and Mom’s Closet sold at Dallas Pinup (

Because of the clothing we have available, we are primary looking for sizes 2-6 (size 4 with a size C cup is optimal), but we do not discriminate based on height, weight or any other factor. We are looking for dynamic personalities that will make a strong impact on the audience. We also prefer the models to be comfortable working within different parts of the production so we…

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2012 by artlovemagic


Come out and join us this Thursday evening, August 9th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at F.O.E.,  8500 Arturo Dr. for a sneak peek of girlShow 2012:Rewind, happening October 20, 2012 at South Side on Lamar. This is a first ever for ArtLoveMagic as this will be a fundraiser for girlShow. This is a free event, however there is a suggested donation at the door of $10.00 to enter the event. This donation will provide you with 3 tickets to be spent at the Deep Eddy Bar, a fabulous photo booth created by Jen Shu,  among some other little goodies. If you have come to cool off and enjoy the pool the cost will be $7.00 additional fee, which goes directly to F.O.E to continue their efforts in the Dallas area.

Some of the awesome attractions at this event will include: Tracy Popken of Salvage House Boutique

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Getting Unstuck | Fight the fear

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 14, 2011 by artlovemagic
Image by Cathy Hutchison

The thing about art is that it is bi-directional.  Musicians need an audience, writers need readers, and visual artists need eyes to see what they’ve created and hearts to be moved by it. This bi-directional nature of art is terrifying for the artist.  Your art is deeply personal, and rejection of it is by extension a rejection of you.

Our friends celebrate our art. They see the beauty of our lyrics, our paintings, and our poetry because they love us.  But reaching across to connect with those who don’t know us is a different thing entirely.  What do we do when the recipient isn’t safe? The odds of rejection are high.  And that scares us.
For those of us designed to create, we have to fight a daily war on fear.  I love what Steven Pressfield writes in his book The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.

 Do it or don’t do it.

 It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution.

Give us what you’ve got.

The battle against fear is worth it because at our core this desire to create isn’t just a hobby it is a calling.  And there is purpose to that calling.  Will people reject you?  Of course. Because it is always easier to criticize than to look at a blank sheet of paper and pour yourself onto it. Critique without contribution should be measured as it is: a bid for power by those who refuse to create.  Critique by those who love us has value, because they know our capacity and want us to reach that. Don’t fear the critique.  Assess where it is coming from.

More importantly remember that you have a gift to offer that is uniquely you.  If you don’t create, something important goes missing.  And that is something we should all fear.

:::Read more of Cathy Hutchison’s posts in the Getting Unstuck series.:::

The Key of Me

Posted in Uncategorized on December 8, 2011 by artlovemagic

ArtLoveMagic’s Music Director Deb Driscoll and one of our favorite local musicians Matt Barron are proud to announce the release of their new song “The Key of Me”, a collaboration between the two with drums by Chris Ahmed.  The song is well written, well played and well produced.  Dallas, you should be proud.

Matt Barron, photo by Breonny Lee

You can listen to and purchase the track for only $0.99 as of today on Matt Barron’s Reverb Nation site, and very soon on iTunes, Amazon and other online markets.

Deb Driscoll, photo by Dee Hill

The duo will be performing this song and more at the Chevy Sonic Sounds show at The Loft in Dallas on December 13.  Deb is one of the 5 finalists of the Chevy Sonic Sounds contest and after Tuesday’s show they will announce the winner!  (We hope it’s Deb!)

The show kicks off at 7pm with the first performer taking stage at 8:30pm and is free to the public.  You can listen to Deb’s song, “Freedom” on the Chevy Sonic Sounds website as well as songs by the other 4 finalists.

We Love when good things are going on for our locals.  Congrats Deb & Matt!

Getting Unstuck | Show up

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 10, 2011 by artlovemagic

It’s embarassing really.  Sometimes our “stuckness” is our own fault. For as much as we talk about our dreams and aspirations, if we were really, truly honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that most of the time we don’t even show up. We get trapped in our heads with all of the the reasons we can’t do our art.  So we fail to create.

I was reminded of this recently while reading a review of Jon Acuff’s book, Quitter: Closing the Gap between your Day Job and Dream Job.  I WISH someone had given me this book in my 20’s. The advice is all the stuff I learned to be true the hard way instead of having it gift wrapped and handed to me between two covers.  Here is what the reviewer had to say:

I feel like a jerk telling you to read this book. I loved reading it but hated the implications. Jon Acuff cuts right through all the crappy excuses that we put between us and our dreams. This book haunts me a month after I finished it. I can’t fritter away time on the internet anymore with a clear conscience. I wake up earlier so I can take time to write and focus my thoughts for the day. I find myself trying harder and doing more work at work. It sucks. I miss my life as a slacker.

Acuff writes from his own experiences not in a show off way but in a clever way that gives him credibility. I laughed and cried a little, but in a cool way, not an overly emotional wreck kind of way. Acuff is ridiculously likable which is probably best for him because if I didn’t like him, I might try to kick him in the shins for suggesting that a work ethic in your current job will help you prepare for your future dream job.

If you’re taking time to read this review, you obviously have time to read something more substantial like a book. Go ahead and buy Quitter. Read it yourself. Give it to your whiny friends who can’t figure out why they’re not living their dreams. Call your brother or sister and read it to them over the phone. Give it to your kid in the basement who thinks it’s normal to live with parents 10 years after graduating from college. You could also do what I did and give this book away with a break up note to your boyfriend, gently implying the relationship is doomed because he won’t put away the X Box and become a grownup. So yeah, buy Quitter once, buy it twice, buy an entire case of books. I know you know people who should read it. My guess is you might be one of them, too.

I agree with the review.  If you find there is a gap between your day job and your dream job…or if you find you aren’t creating simply because you are failing to show up, this book is a healthy dose of laughing at ourselves and a great interjection of advice to be able to move forward.

:::Read more of Cathy Hutchison’s posts in the Getting Unstuck series.:::

Our first video experiment: Playdough, Ron, and Valenti jam

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 8, 2011 by artlovemagic

post by Michael Lagocki

So a few months back, we told you about the video experiment we were shooting with Blue Pill Entertainment, and some local musicians. Blue Pill is headed by Teddy Cool, a local director who is tearing up the Dallas music scene this year. The musicians we enlisted were local rapper Playdough, and local drummers Valenti and Captain Ron Davison.

I wanted us to try and capture something with some spontaneous energy, and I definitely wanted to pair artists that otherwise might not cross paths and work together. Making videos of pre-existing tracks is cool, but there’s a lot of people who are already good at that. Since ArtLoveMagic is known for live creation, I wanted to find a way to make something on the spot, and then shoot it documentary-style.

For it to work spontaneously, and be caught well on film, I figured we needed to make it as simple as possible. The people involved, from the film and sound crews, to the musicians, all had to be really good at what they did.

A hip hopper and a few live percussionists seemed like a safe bet to try this for the first time. Playdough’s a seasoned freestyler, so I knew he wouldn’t feel pressure making music on the fly. I first met Ron Davison at Open Mics where he was backing up poet after poet, creating live beats and ambiance to whatever they performed. And Valenti works with Ron in the band Melody Memory, so they’re real comfortable playing together. Seemed like a winning team.

I asked Playdough to bring in some lyrics and told him he would meet two drummers who were talented enough to just jump in and collaborate live. I told Ron and Valenti that they would work with a rapper who wrote positive, intelligent lyrics and had a clean delivery. In retrospect, everyone trusted me a lot. Heh. (thanks, guys)

Sunlight makes everything look good. Setting up lighting rigs often only works for one camera angle. The Blue Pill crew is brilliant with lighting, but a rig is expensive to rent and means moving around a lot of big clumsy equipment. The sun however is free and always looks awesome. So we needed to find a sunbathed, INDOOR location. Remember, we were shooting live sound too, so the outdoors was a no go. My friend Tanner found us a yoga studio – Super Yoga Palace – that worked perfectly.

Live sound would’ve been a nightmare, but we immediately went to someone who knows great sound, Colin Roy (who runs audio at The Green Elephant). Colin and I have spoken a lot about what shows should sound like, and how to balance performers vs. instruments, being able to hear lyrics from live singers with bands, etc. I thought he was our safest bet to get this right.

So how’d it go? The whole shot took about an hour from beginning to end. Before starting, and just after meeting them, Playdough gave the Valenti and Ron a quick idea of what the beat should move like. Not more than a minute or two conversation.

And then the musicians went for it. There was no practice run. We actually did two songs, and two takes of each, but all the audio in the vid is from song one take one.

This was a project I dreamed about for quite a bit before executing it, and even sat on for several weeks after it was completely edited. We released it this week specifically because Playdough has a huge show Wednesday night opening for BLACK STAR at the House of Blues, and another big show Friday Night, headlining at The Bone.

But I’m really proud we did this, and I’d love for a lot of people to check it out. If you have anywhere good to post it, a group of friends to share it with, a hip-hop site you know of, whatever… please do. I’d like to get more than just the ArtLoveMagic crowd to see it. The direct link is here:

Crazy thanks to everyone involved from Teddy and to Danny (our second camera man), Colin, Deb, David, Kzach, and Tanner who all supported this experiment in one way or another. To the musicians, thanks for trusting me and sharing your talents.

We hope in the future to do more projects like this, and have already begun discussions with directors and other musicians for upcoming collaborationss. I see no reason why there aren’t dozens of musicians we know who’d be great at something like this. Even visual artists or poets can get in the game. Who knows? It can be like a playground.


Community – A twist on the Art & Coffee model

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2011 by artlovemagic

Each month, on the first Friday, ArtLoveMagic hosts Art & Coffee. It’s a great event to get to know us at. Live art, live music, and an open mic that allows the songwriters and poets in our audience to perform.

This month, on August 5th, we’re presenting a new take on the model. Instead of inviting out individual artists to create live, we’ve invited local ART GROUPS. Each group will set up and create live art, and share information about what they do to help make Dallas successful.

The groups involved are-

The Sunshine Store – handmade jewelery in Deep Ellum for nearly 20 years. The store’s owner, Ruth, will create live custom jewelry on site.

The Artistic Push – a Dallas arts group dedicated to bringing local art into homes, schools, and galleries. They will bring both a gallery of painting and artists who will create live.

The Just.Us.League – a massive art collaboration experiment. The JUL will be bringing painters who will team up to create a large painting…together…live​.

Audio Warfare – AW is a music collective dedicated to creating and promoting local music. Lead DJ Dean Dillenger will head a group of musicians who will entertain us on the outdoor porch. – a small crew of local folks who have pledged two years of their life to go to the Philippines to open a coffee shop centered around creating a thriving art and music community. They”ll be leaving Dallas for the Philippines in just a few months.

Rec Shop – an amazing community of skaters and graffiti artists. Their artists will be on hand to do some amazing live painting.

The Circus Freaks– a local crew of live circus performers. They will roam our event juggling, spinning, and hooping and will have a few surprises in store.

In addition to those groups, we also have a feature musician – Carlos Young, and a feature poet – Jay Bookworm of Mystical Misfits.

And local artist Cori Berg will bring supplies and set up a “community-themed” interactive table that every attendee can roll up their sleeves and create art at.

We’re expecting an amazing event filled with good people who do good things. This is a great opportunity to understand your local art community in a BIG way in a single night. Hope to see you there!

Art & Coffee
Friday August 5th
7:30-10:30pm – free to attend
(open mic signup at 7pm)
at It’s A Grind Deep Ellum
2901 Indiana Blvd Ste 2d, Dallas, TX, 75226

Here’s the facebook page for this event in case you want to see more, or share the good news.


community flyer design by Jerod Alexander