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  • Doug Burr releases The Shawl plays at Sons of Hermann Hall January 17th

    If you are not yet a Doug Burr fan, listen. If you have not seen him live, check him out at historic Sons of Hermann Hall on January 17th. He has a new album to promote – The Shawl.

    Doug has previously caught the eye of notable Paste magazine who declared him among 2008’s “four to watch“.

    Doug Burr also made the Dallas Observer Awards for Best Song

    Wim Wenders Film Fest at UTD Central Trak February

    You may not immediately recognize his name or know how to pronounce it (the Germans like to go for the V sound when you see a W) but the gorgeous work of director Wim Wenders will be on showcase in February at UTD Central Trak Gallery. And you might become a fan.

    Wenders has a vast list of films he has brought to life including the multi-award winning documentary Buena Vista Social Club, Paris, TX (Sam Shephard screenplay and Cannes Film Fest Palme D’Or winner) and Martin Scorcese produced The Soul of a Man (blues documentary starring T Bone Burnett, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed and many more).

    See some of Wenders films all through February at the UTD Artists Residency in Deep Ellum.

    From the CENTRAL TRAK site:

    Film: Wim Wenders’ Kings of the Road, part 1
    Come see the first movie in the famed film road trilogy by the renowned German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

    Film: Wim Wenders’ Kings of the Road, part 2
    Come see the first movie in the famed road movie trilogy by the renowned German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

    Film: Wim Wenders’ Wrong Move
    Come see the second movie in the famed road movie trilogy by the renowned German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

    Film: Wim Wenders’ Alice in the Cities
    Come see the third movie the famed road movie trilogy by the renowned German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

    Film: Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas

    Film: Wim Wenders’ The American Friend

    Passing of Deep Ellum Pioneer Don Blanton

    Deep Ellum mourns the passing of one of its pioneer developers and property owners, Don Blanton. Please join the Deep Ellum Association in honoring this legendary figure in Deep Ellum’s colorful history and keep the Blanton family in your thoughts.

    Don Blanton was born on December 31, 1940 in Weatherford, Texas to Bob and Peggy Blanton, and passed away on December 20, 2008. Don graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock in 1959 where he lived with his parents until his enlistment into the Navy in 1961. He moved to Dallas in 1965 and went to work at Maher Brothers Ford where he became the General Manager. In the early 80s, Don was instrumental in founding the current Deep Ellum where he became a major property owner. At the age of 57, Don met his only wife, Jeanne, in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico on a Rotary Club trip. They married soon after and she is the true love of his life. Don is survived by his brother, Bobby Blanton of Lubbock, his wife, Jeanne Blanton of Dallas, his stepson Deric Bartels of Lubbock, his mother-in-law Peggy Crook of Rowlett, numerous cousins, his many friends and a very special 4 year old second cousin in law, Trace Maus, who calls him “Pappy”.

    Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, January 5, 2009 at Sparkman Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel. Burial will follow services at DFW National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children, Inc., 19051 FM Road 2484, Killeen, Texas 76542-5068 or go to www.peaceablekingdomretreat.com

    A Canvas for a Cause at Reel FX Gallery January 15th


    Charity Art Event –A Canvas For A Cause- Will Benefit Children’s Medical Center-
    Reel FX Press Release:

    DALLAS, TX/ December 17th, 2008 – This holiday season, Reel FX Creative Studios proudly announces the dates and details of their first-ever charity art initiative, A CANVAS FOR A CAUSE. The gallery opening will be held Thursday, January 15th, from 7pm – 10 pm at The Gallery at Reel FX; all proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Children’s Medical Center (CMC). The studio’s Santa Monica location will also host a West Coast CFAC event on January 22nd. Proceeds from that show will also benefit CMC.

    Where: The Gallery at Reel FX
    301 N. Crowdus St .
    Dallas , Texas 75226

    When: Thursday, January 15th, 2009
    7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

    Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

    Reel FX is known around the world for its talented artists and animators who have recently worked on movies such as Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar 2, Open Season 2, Enchanted and more. Participants will include Reel FX’s award-winning studio artists, and staff as well as 10 special guest artists consisting of local and national artists and Reel FX celebrity friends: Rob Harrell, Brad Oldham, David Levy , Artman, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Kevin Peterson, Neko, Monica Kelly, Brent Hale, Frank Campagna and Brian Gibb.

    Each participant was given a blank 10” x 10” canvas, donated and provided by Reel FX to transform in any style or medium. The studio encouraged participants to think “outside the canvas” and branch out from traditional mediums.

    “As a creative studio, we know that art is the foundation of all of our work, whether the final product is a movie, a commercial or a theme park ride.” states gallery director Limbert Fabian . “Although we are not all artists, we wanted to encourage everyone to support the amazing kids whose lives are made better by Children’s Medical Center .”

    The event is simple. Everyone will pay a donation of $10 for admission to the show. All art will be priced at an affordable $50. Reel FX thanks its staff and guest artists, who often sell works for thousands of dollars, for agreeing to sell their work at such an amazing price. If the attendee chooses to buy a piece of art, they will only have to pay the $40 difference between the entry fee and the price of the piece. All pieces will be available for sale on a first come first serve basis, so Reel FX encourages everyone to get there early! Also, to add to the fun, all the pieces will be unmarked until they are purchased. To keep the focus on the art, rather than the participants, staff will reveal to the buyer who created his or her piece at the time of purchase. Payments will be accepted in the form of cash or check.

    “We have been on a mission to find the perfect way to merge our cause-related endeavors with the art that is a part of our daily lives. A CANVAS FOR A CAUSE is the first event to fall under this ‘charity art initiative’ banner, and we hope to make it an annual affair at The Gallery at Reel FX,” comments Katherine Harper, Marketing Director of Reel FX Creative Studios. “We can’t think of a better cause and we look forward to a successful event that will benefit the amazing work they do at Children’s.”

    For more info on our guest artists visit:
    David Levy: www.vyle-art.com
    Rob Harrell : www.robharrell.com
    Artman (Arthur James): http://www.those3reps.com/illustrator/artman/workshop/artmanindex.html
    Ray-Mel Cornelius: http://www.raymelcornelius.com/home.html
    Kevin Peterson: www.kevinpetersonart.com
    Brad Oldham: http://www.bradoldham.com/
    Brent Hale: http://brenthale.com/
    Monica Kelly: http://monicatorrejonkelly.com/
    Brian Gibb: http://www.trustthepublic.com/
    Frank Campagna: http://www.franksart.net/
    Neko: NekoBurkeart.com

    About The Gallery at Reel FX:

    The Gallery at Reel FX is a creative space dedicated to the promotion and support of the artistic talent within Reel FX, the surrounding community of Deep Ellum, and the city of Dallas . Through quarterly Gallery exhibitions, local artists can showcase their work and interface with other artists, studios, media, buyers, galleries and key members of the Dallas art scene. With these events, the Gallery hopes to rebuild and revitalize the image of Deep Ellum as the epicenter for Dallas art and raise awareness for creative expression throughout the city.

    About Reel FX Creative Studios:

    Reel FX Creative Studios is an integrated group of award-winning design and production studios that produce extraordinary animation, visual effects, entertainment content, commercials, and conceptual designs. With digital studios in Dallas , Santa Monica , and San Francisco , Reel FX’s seasoned artists and producers collaborate with clients at every stage of the process, from original concept to visual development through production to final frame. The Company’s collaborative environment and proprietary technologies are key tenets to our creative and production philosophies. See our entertainment work at www.reelfx.com and award winning design and commercial work from our design studio Radium at www.radium.com.

    About Children’s Medical Center:

    In its mission to make life better for children, the Children’s Medical Center pediatric healthcare system devotes itself solely to caring for the complex medical needs of children. Children’s is private, not-for-profit, and is the ninth largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country, licensed for 483 beds and operating 10 ambulatory care sites. More than 800 medical staff members help fulfill the needs of patients and their families during more than 350,000 patient visits each year. Through its academic affiliation with UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s hosts research conducted by its medical staff members that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies, and greater understanding of pediatric diseases. Many of the 50 specialty programs of the Children’s system have received national and international recognition, confirming a stellar reputation for Children’s as one of the finest pediatric healthcare providers in the U.S. Children’s Dallas is the only designated Level I trauma center for pediatrics in Texas and one of only 14 in the U.S. To learn more about Children’s, visit www.childrens.com.

    Wendy Teague
    Associate Marketing Manager
    Reel FX Creative Studios
    Dallas. Santa Monica . San Francisco
    MAIN: 214.979.0961
    DIR: 214.247.2473

    Deep Ellum Film Night at Kettle Art Gallery January 10th

    Deep Ellum Enrichment Project presents:
    The 2nd Annual Deep Ellum Film Night at Kettle Art Gallery
    Hopelessly Devoted to You II

    January 10th – Doors at 7, Films at 8pm
    Kettle Art Gallery – next to Club Dada
    Deep Ellum Beer and Wine provided by HakenBrew and Calais Winery
    Deep Ellum and Central Track books on sale, courtesy of Alan Govenar and Documentary Arts

    Film, art, photos and graphics from: Cindy Chaffin, Hal Samples, Reel FX, Frank Campagna, Kevin Nash, Course of Empire, Mike Graff, Amber Campagna, Frankie 45, Jeff Liles, Paul Adams, Cash, Tiffany Kieran, PPT, Scott Mankoff, Polyphonic Spree, Art Conspiracy and more….