Trinity Groves

Welcome to 2015, the Sloth is officially back to inform you about all the fun things to do in the area! 

Trinity Groves is a great place to go for a meal and enjoy the sights of Downtown Dallas. It’s a small plaza just outside of Oak Cliff with breathtaking views of the Dallas skyline. It has several restaurants of all sorts including Amberjax, Di Di’s Tamale Diner, Chino Chinatown, and Hofmann Hot’s, to name a few. You can stop into any of these fine establishments and find a new foodie spot or go out for a fancy dinner and drink date. 

After dinner, you can go for a brisk walk through the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to walk off your dinner while enjoying the fabulous view. The bridge is just over a year old and is the site of fireworks displays through celebrations like the Fourth of July! 

Here’s a map from TrinityGroves.com showing a listing of their restaurants and what to expect when you get there! Let the Sloth know what you think of Trinity Groves in the comments section below!

Happy Holidays!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the sloth’s beautiful followers! May all your dreams come true and hope you all enjoy your time with your family and loved ones! Sorry for the delay in postings, he will be back after the new year!! He loves all of you!

Trolley Through Uptown Dallas

One of the best things in Dallas is the fact that they have the M-Line Trolley! Best of all, it’s FREE to ride! You can ride it all around Uptown Dallas with 38 stops all throughout and it even runs on Sundays and Holidays! There are restaurants and bars all along McKinney Avenue and other parts of Uptown that you can enjoy.

M-Line Trolley in Uptown Dallas

M-Line Trolley in Uptown Dallas. Photo by: Manny Garcia.

One place the sloth went to in Uptown was called Three Sheets. It’s a two-story restaurant and bar usually open for dinner. It has a balcony upstairs to enjoy your drink or food in and it also has a huge patio with a large TV showing sports or anything major going on. The sloth went on a Sunday morning to enjoy a classic chicken and waffles brunch and here it is!

Yummy chicken and waffles at Three Sheets Uptown. Photo by: Manny Garcia.

Yummy chicken and waffles at Three Sheets Uptown. Photo by: Manny Garcia.

You can finish off with a tasty desert drink at Sip Stir Cafe. It’s a cute little cafe where you can go study or hang out with friends; the possibilities are endless. You can have a cappuccino, cinnamon roll, cookies, a smoothie, cake, muffins, so many options! The best thing is that you can ride the trolley all around to get to these fabulous places. See you in Uptown!

Sip Stir Cafe in Uptown Dallas. Photo by: Manny Garcia

Sip Stir Cafe in Uptown Dallas. Photo by: Manny Garcia.

Sparkle! At the Hilton Anatole

The Hilton Anatole in Downtown Dallas is having its annual Christmas celebration called Sparkle! It includes an indoor skating rink, over 1.2 million lights, light shows, slides, velcro jump walls, storytime, marionette shows, bounce houses, food trucks, arts and crafts, live entertainment, origami, and so many other things to do!

The sloth is very excited about Sparkle! because it looks very colorful, festive, and fun with so many events in one. There are different things to do on certain days including karaoke, dog costume contests, yoga, bingo. Also, appearances from the Dallas Zoo, the Turtle Creek Chorale, and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Check the calendar of events to decide what you want to see most and get your tickets! Sparkle! is in business from now until January 4th.

Tickets can be purchased here for $19.95 plus tax for the Sparkle! event or you can purchase discount packages including the event, parking, and room accommodations on their website

Public Art Walk Dallas

Dallas is home to a large district appropriately called the Dallas Arts District. It is made up of about 3.3 miles of different establishments, approximately 32 that participate in the Art Walk. Many of the participants allow free public access so as long as the place is open, you can go in and explore. That helps so much, especially since we are so close to the holidays! You can enjoy the Art Walk on a random afternoon when you can’t think of anything else to do. You can take a tourist friend out there to enjoy what the Dallas Arts District has to offer or even go on a lovely date there. 

The Dallas Museum of Art is located in the center of the district and has FREE general admission! The museum is home to two stories of art from around the world and different time periods. You can also go to a certain section where you can test out your own art skills and create your own masterpieces (also free). 

Another establishment is the Nasher Sculpture Center where you can go enjoy some more art, but expect to see some interesting yet almost otherworldly sculptures here. The admission is FREE every first Saturday of the month; other than that, entry is $10 (or $5 with student ID). You can also enjoy or freak out with the headless statues in the large outdoor section of the museum. 

These are just a couple of things you can (and should) check out in the Dallas Arts District, whether you are a local, visiting, or just want to explore the city. This is one of the sloth’s favorite places to enjoy and when he has visitors, it is usually the first place he takes them. The best thing about the Art Walk is that it is self-guided and most things are free. So enjoy this big great city and prepare to be amazed! Have fun!

Cosmic Cafe

The Cosmic Café is quite the extraordinary place because as you’re walking in, you feel like if you are in another country. The decor in the room is all Indian themed with Vishnu and Ganesh statues along with other deities to greet you throughout the establishment. The building is two stories and you’re free to walk around the upstairs where they have poetry readings, meditation rooms, and scheduled yoga sessions. 

There is only one word to describe the food: divine. Okay, so there are a ton of words you could use to describe the delicious fusions of vegetarian goodness. Yes, it is a vegetarian restaurant, but they have a plethora of delicacies. You can start with hummus and freshly baked nan bread or a warm tomato soup. Then enjoy a scrumptious Indian pizza, vegetable medley, or even spinach enchiladas. Finish off with a fresh smoothie or nan bread with an exciting mixture of sweet deliciousness. 

This sloth is not a vegetarian, but the Cosmic Café sure would make it easy to be one. What makes this place so great? The food? Yes. The atmosphere? Yes. The meditation, the yoga, and poetry? Yes! It is definitely a place you should check out and enjoy. See you there!

Photo by Shelly Kneupper Tucker of www.thiseclecticlife.com

Photo by Shelly Kneupper Tucker of http://www.thiseclecticlife.com

A Little Help From Bro

Hi everyone! My name is Evan and I am actually TheInformativeSloth’s brother (adopted obviously) and he let me borrow his blog for this week. I was researching on comparing TheInformativeSloth’s blog to other blogs and Twitter handles that may relate to each other. I used Twiangulate to compare TheInformativeSloth’s Twitter to a local Dallasite by the Twitter handle New Gal In The City. Using Twiangulate, I discovered some supernodes that TheInformativeSloth could network with. (You’re welcome, bro.)

A supernode I discovered was Dallas Foodie on Twitter. She posts about local eateries everyday and has over 12,000 followers. She also has a blog where she writes extensive reviews on the restaurants she goes to with what to eat and what not to eat. That supernode led me to another one; Joseph C Wylie who is the writer for one of the blogs that TheInformativeSloth is following called ILiveInDallas. He posts on Twitter about concerts that come to the area so he is very centered on the music entertainment industry. Of course, the blog posts about festivals, restaurants, and bars in the area so it is very useful to the sloth. 

All in all, the supernodes will help the sloth come up with ideas to write about so that his readers will have great places to check out in the area. I’m very excited to see what else TheInformativeSloth has to say and hope you all enjoy his suggestions! TheInformativeSloth will be back next week.

ICE! At the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel

This week, the sloth had something different in mind. He decided to use Wikipedia, which has never been regarded as accurate information because anybody can edit posts, unless the posts are locked. It was a new experience for him because he never used it before, much less edited it, but it is sort of empowering because you can update a page with your own thoughts and opinions. The sloth had trouble finding specific topics to talk about, but there are general pages like there is a Wikipedia for the City of Grapevine, TX and of course the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel and Convention Center, which is the page that the sloth edited and where he will take you to today. The strange thing is that the ICE! exhibit had not been mentioned on Wikipedia before so it is definitely something that should be edited on an annual basis or by creating a chronological list of exhibits as the years go on.

Photo by: Dan Ham at Guide Live Powered by The Dallas Morning News

The annual ICE! and Lone Star Christmas exhibit will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel from November 13th – January 3rd. You can go through the 9 degree (yes Fahrenheit) weather with a cup of hot cocoa, an oversized coat, and of course you can take as many photos as you like! You can also eat cookies with Mrs. Claus, build and decorate a gingerbread house, and even go snow tubing! All ages are welcome! So be sure to purchase tickets and enjoy the beautiful sculptures and have a blast!

The Collaborative Experience

This week, the sloth had the pleasure of collaborating with Leah and Cristian! Please check out their blogs, they were incredible to work with.

It’s important to explore different mediums of music and performance. Even if such performers are a different genre than usual, inspiration can still be drawn. Singer Beyoncé and rapper/husband Jay-Z went on tour together recently, which redefined what it meant to throw a breathtaking concert. The opening of the show was nothing short of what can be expected of the two great performers, starting with a video backdrop that showed them as a couple of criminals who are running away from the law and both of them very much in love. The video ends and the crowd goes insane when the giant screen in front of them splits in half and they come out. The opening song of the show is “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” the first song they recorded together more than 10 years ago and it is one of the highlights of the show, setting the tone of what is to come.

Leila Cobo from billboard.com agrees that the songs seem to bleed into another, creating a seamless connection of music that works out perfectly for the duo, uniting their unique sound in a way that does not seem forced or overworked, the music just flows for itself. Joshua Alston from avclub.com mentions that the couple’s music seemed to work so well because they had been put in a stage together that allowed them to complement each other and bring out their own musical styles in a very enjoyable way.

After “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” the hits keep coming, “Upgrade U,” “Crazy in Love” and “Tom Ford” took the audience to a completely different energy level, getting them prepared for the next two and a half hours of non-stop mind blowing performances.

One of the most exciting moments of the concert was “Partition,” with a pole dancing routine, very small leotards, cheetah print projected onto Beyonce and her dancers, only to culminate with a chair dancing routine that defined gravity and set the venue on fire.

Jay-Z was never behind on surprising the audience either, with “Clique,” “N***as in Paris” and “Big Pimpin” he reminded the audience that he is one of the most successful rappers in music history and that he could deliver a great performance with just a mic and his words.

By the end of the show, The Carters had been seen dancing, singing and portraying their lives as two fugitives, running away from everyone and everything and taking whatever they wanted along the road, but instead of finishing the show with a song that could keep carrying that feeling, they decided to show their real side.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z moved to the middle stage to sing “Young Forever/Halo” and to show videos of them when they first started dating, when they got married and when Blue Ivy was born. It was no longer about the music and the costumes, it was about love, intimacy and letting the fans into their lives, their real lives.

Performers of such magnitude  have to have the best possible aesthetics to set the mood of the show.  Electronic music festivals have started amping up their values of production, but none have had the sense of fantastical showmanship as the On The Run tour. Coordinating lighting schemes to match the dance choreography of a concert of this scale is essential. Event Designer Leroy Bennett who has an impressive resumé of famous clients was called in to plan the lighting and stage setup. Pyrotechnics were also thrown in the mix for dramatic flair at choice moments throughout the 2 and a half hour concert. Intimate pictures of the personal life of the two performers were dispersed within the background, which gave fans a better sense of involvement. So were adorable videos of their baby, Blue Ivy. Personally this is a great approach at making them seem more accessible, and I think electronic music artists could take a page from their book and add a little personal heart into shows.

Beyoncé’s outfits on this tour are nothing short of spectacular. Clothing designer Versace made most of the sparkling and skintight bodysuits she sports throughout the show.  One outfit, sporting a 16.4 foot long American flag trailing train, took over 500 hours to hand craft. Beyoncé changes costumes in accordance to the themes of the particular song she’s singing. She looks great for having recently had a baby, but the often skimpy outfits caused controversy. So did rumors of divorce prior to the concert, which only increased ticket sales when the tour was announced. No publicity is bad publicity, as they say. It certainly sold out when it came to Dallas!

Once in a while, huge megastars come to the DFW metroplex to put on a great show. The On The Run Tour literally went worldwide. There are very few co-headlining tours that ever happen with such big stars like Beyoncé and Jay-Z, so the fact that they came to this area is an incredible feat for Dallas. Their final concert was in Paris, France and was televised on HBO. They stopped in Arlington, TX at the AT&T Stadium with two large screens and sold out all seats up to 80,000 screaming fans.

The AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys (America’s Team), so there is always something happening. For example, the Arizona Cardinals are playing against the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. Tickets can be bought here and you can also look at the events calendar for another game or concert you may be interested in attending.

Livenation and Ticketmaster promote thousands of other concerts all over the country including the On the Run Tour and other very rare collaborations. Another collaboration that Jay-Z had taken part in was with Justin Timberlake in the Legends of the Summer Tour last year. Currently, Justin Timberlake is on The 20/20 Experience World Tour and he is coming to Dallas on December 3rd at the American Airlines Center, another huge venue in Dallas. Even though the concert is not until December, the sloth is posting about this now so you can hurry up and get your tickets! This tour is over 2 hours long with over 30 songs including “Suit and Tie”, “Holy Grail”, “What Goes Around… Comes Around”, “SexyBack”, and “Mirrors”, to name a few. It is rumored that he even sneaks in N*Sync songs that brought him the fame to begin with. It is definitely going to be an epic concert and an unforgettable way to spend your night. Click here to purchase tickets!

Bishop Arts District

The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on November 2nd to honor their deceased loved ones. The Bishop Arts District is having its First Annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration filled with live music, poetry readings called Calaveras, Mexican street food, and art on display by local artists. The Bishop Arts District is a new up-and-coming neighborhood filled with restaurants and shops to go to. It is one of the trendiest parts of town with art all over the place where people can just walk around and take it all in or stop in to have a drink. The sloth is very intrigued by this event because there have been many Day of the Dead celebrations all over the country (and Mexico of course). Since the district is so new, it makes the event that much more exciting! The event takes place on November 2nd from 6 – 10 pm; it is FREE and all ages are welcome! See you there!