Real Magic

By Drew Davis

Overwhelming, visually overwhelming is the best way to describe ARTLOVEMAGIC’s girlShow:Rewind on October 20.  The local, female artists will be on-site displaying both their work and their creative processes as the event combines both gallery and art studio.   As co-organizer David Rodriguez puts it, “In a gallery you can see the aftermath of the magic, here you can see the magic as it happens.”


The Fifth annual girlShow celebrates local female artists, designers, poets, musicians and performers.  This year’s theme “rewind,” “comments on women who have had artistic achievements throughout history.”  It is also a chance to honor the past participants of this annual event.


Although girlShow:Rewind features the female perspective it doesn’t create a narrow alt.fem, Lillith Fair style.  According to Rodriguez, the centerpiece of this show is in fact its diversity.  The extensive preview on the girlShow:Rewind blog features more variety than my browser could keep up with.


The show is divided into three areas.  At the heart is the bustling main area, a bazaar of visual artists; there is also a music stage and the (over 21) Blue Room.  The Blue Room (a new addition this year) will feature burlesque, latex and vintage fashion.  In contrast to the mingling, churning of the main area – the Blue Room is a place to lounge and to try to take your eyes off of the edgy on-stage entertainment.  While the entire event is estimated to attract close to 1,000 people, the capacity of the blue room is limited to just 200.


If combing a gallery event, and a studio event wasn’t enough, audience participation is also a staple of these events. “Don’t be surprised if an artist hands you a brush,” advises David Rodriguez.  This is an environment that encouraging spur of the moment collaboration among artists and audience participation.


ArtLoveMagic is committed to bringing live art events to the community, having delivered over 100 events in their five years.  Their experience gives them a deep Rolodex of up and coming local artists and the expertise to deliver on their vision.  They are especially well known for their Kid’s Workshops – free events that allow kids to experiment and collaborate with different artistic mediums.


Art is subjective and with so much and so many different kinds of art at girlShow:Rewind, everyone is bound to find something that touches them.  Beyond being captured by those personal treasures, are events — moments when people are swept up into a collective energy. girlShow:Rewind promises to deliver on both counts.


GirlShow:Rewind will take place on Saturday, October 20, from 8pm to midnight at South Side on Lamar, 1409 South Lamar Street, Dallas 75215.  General Admission Tickets are $10 and Gen + Blue Room access are $25 and going fast.  For more information