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Live music this Saturday from 5pm to 12am on the University of Dallas Mall, come hear great live music provided by UD students.  Tshirts are on sale in Haggar Student Center through Saturday.

See below for when your favorite band is playing.


4:30-5pm The Fouge
5:15-5:45pm The Aristocracy
6-6:30pm The Senior Projects
6:30-6:45pm Sacagawea and the Peace Pipes
6:45-7:15pm Edam Cheese
7:30-8pm Only Penguins Mate for Life
8:15-8:45pm Bait and Switch
8:45-9pm DJ Rumpelstiltzkin
9:15-9:45pm Funcenter Inferno
10pm-10:30pm The Evolutionists
10:45-11:15pm Speakeasy
11:30pm-12am Despairagus

David Fuentes’ exhibit, Come Right In, and Lauren Kirchner’s CONTEXTUS are on display in the University of Dallas Art Village Upper Gallery through Friday, November 12.  That night there will be a reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm

David Fuentes has struggled with Cerebral Palsy and his collection is his experimentation with his limitations, using both his right (the side affected by the disease) and left hands to create.

Lauren Kirchner’s art literally envelopes you with it’s three-dimensional geometric aspects and bright color.


Read a review of Lauren Kirchner’s CONTEXTUS from Dallas Art News.

Also, with the University of Dallas Fall Main Stage Machinal coming to a close, read what the local critics thought.

Google the artists or Machinal for more local opinions on University of Dallas fine and performing arts.

Stay Tuned for pictures of my favorite pieces.  See it for yourself and let me know, what are your favorites?

Update 11/13/10 These were my favorite works by each artist.  Especially with Kirchner’s work, nothing replaces seeing (or experiencing) it in person.


David Fuentes



Laura Kirchner

Love Rockabilly music?  Wondering what the heck Rockabilly music is?  Either way it’s time to shut the books and head over to this week’s Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT).  November 11th from 9pm to 12am, see the North Texas band, Drop Top Rockets, put on a live show in Haggar Student Center’s Rathskellar (a.k.a the basement, for you non-UD-ers).

I know, I know…’Tis the season for COMPS (comprehensive exams).  As a University of Dallas senior, I am well aware it’s that time of the year–theses, projects, presentations, research, oral exams, written exams…the list goes on.  The season begins late October/early November and lasts through Spring Break, practically.  Even for those students who aren’t seniors, the papers are piling up and the semester is snowballing until the small relief granted by Thanksgiving break.

However, for your own health, I suggest taking a break–even for an hour or two–to let loose, show off those dancing skills, and grab a beer (or soda/pop) this Thursday in the Rat with some of your friends.  You deserve it.  (Plus, then you can find out what’s up with that Rockabilly genre that’s WAAAY under represented on your iTunes play list).

Thursday from 9pm-12am in the University of Dallas Rathskellar, come to this week’s TGIT is featuring Kazyak and Brian Laidlaw.  The Minnesota trio Kazyak will be playing their original music.  The fantastic acoustic singer songwriter Brian Laidlaw will open for the band.  Listen to Kazyak before their University of Dallas debut.

Just a reminder…

TWO Shows Premiere Tonight at University of Dallas

Runs Wednesday, Nov. 3-Nov. 13

The University of Dallas Fall Mainstage, Machinal opens tonight at 7pm.  If you didn’t make reservations for this evening, but you still want to attend, arrive at the Margaret Jonsson Theatre Box Office around 6:30pm.  If students do not claim their reservations by 6:45pm, all open seats will be up for grabs.  To make a reservation for another evening call the Drama Department or do so online.

At UD Wednesday, Nov. 3

University of Dallas Campus Ministry and the Church of the Incarnation present Vianney, a live production by a UD dad who is a professional actor, director, and owner of St. Luke Productions.  The performance begins at 7pm and should last until about 8:30pm.  Vianney is asking for an at-will offering, instead of an admission price.  If you can’t make tonight, don’t forget to check out alternate performance dates for the Dallas area.

University of Dallas presents director/actor, Leonardo Defilippis of St. Luke’s Productions in Vianney, a play about the life of St. John Vianney at the Church of the Incarnation, Wednesday evening at 7.

Defilippis is the father of University of Dallas senior, Mary, and freshman, Johnny. Here is an invite from Mary, herself:

My dad will be performing VIANNEY at UD on November 3rd at 7pm in the Church of the Incarnation. It is a one-man performance on the life of St. John Vianney. It is the beautiful story about the very simple and humble priest who transformed an entire village and whose life inspired the world!

St. Luke's Productions presents Vianney

St. Luke's Productions presents Vianney

Please come!!! Admission is free!

Can’t make Wednesday’s showing? Here is a list of all the shows in the Dallas area:

Diocese of Dallas

Wednesday, November 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation at University of Dallas
1845 East Northgate Dr.
Irving, TX 75062
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Denise Phillips, 972-721-5168 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Thursday, November 4
Private Morning Performance for John Paul II High School, Plano
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Monday, November 8 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Ann Church
180 Samuel Blvd.
Coppell, TX 75019
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Julie Wehlage – (972) 393-5544 ext 1111 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Tuesday, November 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Rita Church
12521 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Deacon Denis Corbin (972) 934-8388 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Wednesday, November 10
Private Morning Performance for Bishop Lynch High School
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Wednesday, November 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Pius X Church
3030 Gus Thomasson Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Alicia Mendoza (972) 279-6155 x119 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Come see University of Dallas senior Art and Art History students show their work tonight in Art History Loggia from 6pm to 8pm.  The reception is this Friday, October 29th, but the show runs until tomorrow, October 30th. 

The Senior Synopsis is a great opportunity to support art on campus and fellow students in one of their senior capstone projects.  The featured seniors are Rafael Barrientos, Mary Eich, Ashley Parkes, Maddie Rekerdres, Jessica Swanner, Reiner Zurcher, Anton Martynenko, and Athena Torretti.

Also, take a moment to look at the Masters’ theses exhibitions when you stop by the reception tonight.  Stay tuned for more details on Senior Art majors seniors’ invidual exhibitions!

Think you’re better than the network commentators?

Show your skills, tune in for the LIVE CHAT: University of Dallas watches Game 1 of the World Series.

The Social Media & Journalism class will host a live chat during the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants game Tuesday night. Join students Gabbi Chee, Laura Victor, Quanisha Lewis, Molly O’Connor, Michelle Bauman and Rachel Healey to get reaction from around campus.

Send us your comments during the game.

6:30 p.m Wednesday

I don’t know about you, but I’m right in the thick of midterms, quizzes, papers, presentations…you name it. And from an informal poll of my friends in all grades, that seems to be the general sentiment on campus.

In addition to this normal academic stress, those students involved in the University of Dallas fall Main Stage production, Machinal is in the midst of tech week. This controversial play opens Wednesday, November 3rd and cast members, as well as Drama Department employees, are in Haggar University Center outside the cafeteria every day this week selling tickets.

For those students who have never been involved with such a production, this week means hours of rehearsal every night. The director sees to it that his artistic vision comes together, as the sounds blend with the lighting, sets, props, costumes, and over all desired mood.

What that translates to is the actors standing in freeze frame of a given scene while they try to get the lights just right or the sound effect at just the right moment. The one thing I know about any production, especially ones of UD quality, it requires a village to put on.

Support the arts at UD…and mainly your friends, reserve a FREE ticket today by visiting the table in Haggar, calling the Drama Department at 972-721-5314, or fill out the online reservation form.

As a part of the Stark Creative Writing Series, University of Dallas hosts guest poet for a poetry reading this Monday night at 7pm in Lynch Auditorium, lectures in open junior poet (Lyric Study I) classes, and public lecture on Poetry and Pilgrimage Tuesday, October 26-also in Lynch Auditorium at 7pm.

An excerpt from the University of Dallas Website:

Poetry and Pilgrimage

Peter Campion is the author of two poetry collections, Other People (2005) and The Lions (2009), both from the University of Chicago Press. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship at Stanford University, a Pushcart Prize, a Theodore Morrison Fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is an Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University and editor of the journal Literary Imagination, published by Oxford University Press.

Both events, made possible by the Stark Fund for Creative Writing at the University of Dallas, are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit or contact Andrew Osborn at or (972) 721-4087.