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Underground 2012 Press Release

Posted in Artists, Community, General Wierdness, Love, Magic, PR, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2012 by artlovemagic

Contact: David Rodriguez
Tel. 972-743-3105

“Underground 2011”
“Dallas’ Largest Live Art Event”
February 11, 2012
Janette Kennedy Gallery within
South Side On Lamar
1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215
8pm – 12am (7pm open to VIP’s)
$15 door
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facebook event page:, a Texas NFP organization proudly announces Underground.
Underground has a tradition of being the biggest, loudest, freshest show ArtLoveMagic does every year at South Side On Lamar (1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215). In 2012 you can expect no less than 50 live artists, dozens of art forms, and absolutely incredible live performance acts. The show will be for one night only, Saturday, February 11, from 8pm to 12am. A two week long exhibit containing works from artists performing in Underground will be on display prior to the event within the Janette Kennedy Gallery (1/27 – 2/11). Like all ArtLoveMagic events, this experience will be live and interactive. Each artist whose work is in the two week long exhibit will be creating live on February 11th, 2012. Audience members will watch artwork come to life, while musicians, dancers and poets entertain on the stage. Live performances by Spoonded Tribe, Katsük, Keisha Hunter, Ashley Falgout and more. In addition, Underground will also feature the Blue Room once again, a 21+ room where you can see bodies painted, various sensual art, and unique presentations.Entry is $15 at the door.  But you can buy discounted tickets right now at or at (discounted tickets available only through midnight 2/9/12).
   ArtLoveMagic was founded in January of 2007 with the belief that a staggering amount of artistic talent in Dallas was going unrecognized and/or underdeveloped.  We have created more than 100 live experiences, involving over 1000 artists and performers. What generally is missing from gallery shows is so obvious that we usually take that lacking for granted – the creators responsible for the artwork. Thankfully, our artists are always present and creating live, which offers a unique opportunity for audiences to learn, co-create, and for perspective clients to inquire about the creative process.For more information on Underground and the artists/musicians involved, please visit or http://undergrounddallas.comWe hope to receive your support at this, our most anticipated event of the 2012.Visit our amazing sponsors:

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Maya: Emerge By Michael Lagocki

Posted in Artists, Love, poetry with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2009 by artlovemagic
Rin Tin TinOver the past year or so I, Erin Little, have been very blessed to meet some of the most creative and talented people I know through a non-profit organization called ArtLoveMagic. The band I play bass in (Rin Tin Tin) was approached at a Zounds Sounds show by Justin Nygren (a founder of ArtLoveMagic). He gave us his card and told us that he was interested in booking us to play shows. We had no idea at the time that we would become very close with the people of ArtLoveMagic.

Rin Tin Tin has played a zillion of ArtLoveMagic’s Art and Coffee shows. These open mic nights are held at Saxbys Coffee in Farmer’s Branch and serve as a showcase for poets, musicians, painters, and damn near every kind of art you can think of. At one of our first Art and Coffees, we watched another founder, Michael Lagocki, recite an incredibly moving poem that spoke to us in an astonishing way. His poem is titled Maya: Emerge and describes man’s desire to do good combating the compulsion to be selfish. His poem illustrates the aspect of our very human nature to put ourselves first when others should be the most important.

I truly admire Michael Lagocki, here is
Maya: Emerge

Michael Lagocki
This world is a Maya.
It’s a metaphor for self.
True connection feels like heaven- isolation feels like hell.
We’ve always known it was illusion, yet still it hid the truth.
So we’ve been waiting and debating, we’ve been organizing proof. We’ve been analyzing roots cause we’ve been strategizing moves. We’ve been gathering and cataloging hints and lies and clues.
See it’s easy to get lost when you’re trying to put a puzzle together, even when you know it’s a game.
Because how do you do a puzzle when the pieces keep changing? …when the size and the shapes and the colors and the names and even the picture on the BOX are all in constant shift, and they’re breathing in and out and they’re moving around like this, and you thought you made progress but you find yourself back where you thought you had started, still craving what you lacked, and you scream
“I’ve been trying, I’ve been doing right. I’ve been reading holy books, sayin‘ prayers every night. I’ve been walking the faith. I’ve been giving to the poor. I have been begging God to open the door.”
But you know the truth is you’ve been both. You’ve been the sacred and the profane. Yeah, you were honoring the Name when you weren’t taking it in vain. And you were giving to the poor when it didn’t occur to you to hoard. And you were lifting up your gifts when you weren’t demanding more.
But hey, that’s what life is, it’s a paradox of sorts.
You are a vibration in the body of God, moving back and moving forth.
So why don’t you ease up a bit? Stop providing so much stress.
You didn’t come forth here to judge yourself, you came here to express, to think and feel and bless, to open up your chest, to use the language of your soul to birth magnificence. The wise ones will rejoice. We are at a time of choice.
We need to feel your voice.
Step forward and be heard. Reclaim the gift of word.
Creativity, vitality, through poetry: emerge.”

-Michael Lagocki

If you would like to hear Michael recite his poem, go to the music section of

– Original article posted on A lot from a Little, by Erin Little