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Art Smart: DJ Lucy Wrubel’s Mix Of The Month

Posted in Art Smart by SMUstyle on July 21, 2011

She has deejayed for Cavalli and the Ferragamos. She has played at Cowboys Stadium. She has appeared everywhere from France to Waco. She was named one of the Top 10 deejays in Dallas by D Magazine and has been featured in PaperCity Magazine and on DailyCandy. She is DJ Lucy Wrubel. If you haven’t heard of her Mix of The Month you better keep reading! 

Each month, Wrubel hand picks an 80-minute playlist of songs ranging from party tracks to Sunday afternoon tunes and they can all be added to your iTunes with a simple click… and a check of course. We’re talking everything from euro dance to folk music (because let’s be serious, there is a little song ADD in all of us).

In order to get involved, visit . Although the 2011 subscription started February 1st and goes through January 31st, we found out that it’s not too late and you will get access to all of the previous playlists, not to mention you will be set for the beginning of the school year!

So, if you’re tired of overplaying the same songs on your iTunes or just don’t have the time to look for new songs and make playlists then we suggest you buy into this amazing Mix of the Month deal. Check out for more information.


Art Smart: Juegen Teller + Ezra Petronio at Dallas Contemporary

Posted in Art Smart by SMUstyle on May 9, 2011

I finally made the time to checkout Juergen Teller’s “Man with Banana” and Ezra Petronio’s “Bold & Beautiful and Le Pavillon” exhibits at Dallas Contemporary. If you aren’t familiar with who Juergen Teller is, then I recommend picking up any issue of Vogue, W or Harpers from the past decade and flipping to a Marc Jacobs ad. Yes, Teller is the artistic mastermind behind the iconic sepia-toned Marc Jacobs ads that feature inimitable images such as a stark-faced Dakota Fanning, the infamous Vivienne Westwood posing with a banana and Victoria Beckham stuffed in a shopping bag, to name a few. Ezra Petronio is the editor-chief and creative director at Self Service magazine, a bi-annual, fashion and lifestyle magazine based out of Paris.

The famed fashion photographer’s work will be on exhibit at Dallas Contemporary until August 21st. Admission is always FREE.

Art Smart: DMA presents Coco Chanel lecture

Posted in Art Smart by SMUstyle on April 26, 2011

The Dallas Museum of Art hosts weekly Thursday night lectures, but this week’s topic of discussion particularly caught our eye — Coco Chanel.

Rhonda Garelick, Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and a well-known scholar and writer on performance, literature, fashion, and cultural politics, will explore Coco Chanel’s influence on fashion as well as in literary and artistic circles in Paris.

Why Coco you may ask? Well, five rooms of Chanel’s Mediterranean Villa La Pausa were re-created at the Dallas Museum of Art to house the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European art.

The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free for DMA members.

Art Smart: SMU graduate students spins as DJ Zoo

Posted in Art Smart by SMUstyle on April 12, 2011

Photo cred// Richard Braxton

A rather dapper DJ spinned at this past weekend’s SMU Retail Club Fashion Show at Meadows Museum, who is this well-dressed Dallas music-maker? SMUstyle’s Darby Radcliff caught up with Justin Smith aka DJ Zoo and gives us the deets behind this SMU grad student’s beats.

SMUstyle: Tell us about yourself?

DJ Zoo: I was born in Australia, and then lived in different places in Europe, then I moved to Austin, Texas when I was six years old. I went to UT Austin for undergrad and studied corporate communications and business.

SMUstyle: You’re at SMU now for grad school, what are you studying?

DJ Zoo: I am getting my MBA in Finance.

SMUstyle: So, how did you get into deejaying?

DJ Zoo: I got into deejaying when I was at UT Austin working as a barback at a bar on 6th street. Everynight I worked at the bar, I would help set up the dj equipment and began to play around on the equipment and found a true passion for it.

SMUstyle: Your Dj name is DJ Zoo, how did you come up with this?

DJ Zoo: In college I modeled and my friends called me Zoolander, so I got the name from that movie.

SMUstyle: What inspires you to deejay and what are your musical inspirations?

DJ Zoo: I get inspired to dj because I enjoy giving my audience a cultural experiences at my venues when I play eso-teric music, which is non-mainstream music. I also like to play Indie, nu disco, and Euro house music to give Texas music that they normally don’t hear.

SMUstyle: Who is your favorite artist(s)?

DJ Zoo: My favorite artist is Cut-Copy and my favorite dj is a dj duo called The Twelves, who are producers of off the wall type music.

SMUstyle: What has been your favorite DJ gig in your career?

DJ Zoo: My favorite dj gig was at The Drake in Houston, TX in 2007 when I played for 1500 people in a ballroom. It was the biggest crowd I have ever played for and it was a special moment in my career.

DJ Zoo’s Weekly Spin Sched

Thursday: Teddy’s Room

Friday: Hotel ZaZa

Saturday: Sfuzzi

Sunday: ZaZa brunch/pool

Sunday: Sfuzzi

Art Smart: Thursday Nights at the DMA

Posted in Art Smart by SMUstyle on January 5, 2011

Dallas is full of cultural opportunities, but often times as students we tend to neglect these out-of-classroom learning opportunities our fabulously chic city has to offer. This year why not make a resolution to explore and experience art! The Dallas Museum of Art hosts events every Thursday night from 5 to 9 pm free for students with an SMU I.D.
Sip a glass of wine and listen to live jazz in the atrium or wander about the museum and marvel at its masterpieces. The options are endless and let us mention it AGAIN it’s FREE … for us at least!

This Thursday come by and see the 3rd annual Tenor Madness Concert honoring Marchel Ivery.

Art Smart: Dallas Art Fair

Posted in Art Smart by SMUstyle on February 8, 2010

I had the pleasure of attending the Dallas Art Fair this weekend and snapped some pics of my favorite artwork. I’m not an art expert by any means, but can appreciate beauty and creativity.
The Andy Warhol had a piece at the fair in the PanAmerican Gallery. You could purchase “Perrier Bottles” for a cool $250,000 (aka 6 years at SMU).
This image “Empire” shot by Matthew Porter in 2010 caught by eye in Dallas’ Marty Walker Gallery. The photographer teaches at the American Center for Photography in NYC and that image was shot in Brooklyn.

William Campbell Contemporary Art out of Fort Worth had this fascinating piece by John Holt Smith called “Sequence #3.” The artist retrieved this image first by taking a picture of a field of poppies. Then he stretched and zoomed the image time after time until he was enraptured with this particular color sequence, which he then replicated with acrylic enamel on an aluminum canvas.
This acrylic on canvas painting from Dallas gallery Dunn & Brown Contemporary was a mesmerizing optical illusion with a 3-D effect on the eyes. “Spectrum #12” by Susie Rosmarin.
Former Texan, now New Yorker Rachel Hovnanian captured the stereotypes and conceptions of beauty with a sense of humor and seriousness. Her exhibit “The Power and Burden of Beauty” made the trip down to Texas to be viewed by her toughest critics.
This foam pink thing as I referred to it all weekend is a sculpture by Tony Feher from the D’Amelio Terras Gallery. Its proper name is “Blossom” and it is made out of extruded polyestyrene you can find at a hardware store like Home Depot for building materials. Its simple, unexpected and just makes you smile. Can you imagine having it just chilling in your living room?

Weekend To-Do: Dallas Art Fair

Posted in Art Smart, Weekend To-Do by SMUstyle on February 3, 2010

Art fans are flocking to Dallas for the second annual Dallas Art fair this weekend. More than 50 exhibitors from across the United States and Great Britain will be showcasing their modern and contemporary art collections at the Fashion Industry Gallery in downtown Dallas. The venue, located in the Arts District directly across from the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museam of Art, will be transformed into a mall of individual galleries featuring post war paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs.

The most anticipated display was created by native Texan and now New York based artist Rachel Hovnanian. Her installation, titled the “Power and Burden of Beauty,” explores the stereotypes of beauty in society, with a heavy focus on Texas culture, through sculpture, paintings and multi-media platforms.

The inaugural Dallas Art Fair drew over 5,500 guests in February 2009, and the two-year-old event is already being compared to a miniature version of the chic and hip Miami Art Basel.

Galleries that will be joining the 2010 Dallas Art Fair for the first time include Babcock Galleries, New York; D’Amelio Terras, New York; Hedge, San Francisco; Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London; and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London.

Among the returning galleries are Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco; Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas; James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe; Jason McCoy, Inc., New York; John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco; Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin; and William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis.

The fair will be held this Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. providing an ideal weekend outing for any art collector, enthusiast, or student. Student one-day passes are $15. For more information visit

Fête Set: YAAD at Vino 100

Posted in Art Smart, Fête Set by SMUstyle on September 23, 2009
SMUStyle Fête Set: YAAD at Vino 100

SMUStyle Fête Set: YAAD at Vino 100

Who: Young Artist Association of Dallas
What: Paintings by Edgar Cardoze, Page Goss and photography by Christina Kearney, Stuart Palley, Jordan Chlapecka and Brittany Connors
Where: Vino 100, 2909 McKinney Ave.
When: Thursday, September 24, 6 pm to 8 pm
Why: 80 percent of the proceeds benefit the art program at The Stewpot, a health and human service provider that offers free art classes to the homeless community in Dallas. Not to mention free hors d’oeuvres and half-priced wine during the first hour.

A chic wine stop? A display of fabulous art from your fellow SMU-ers? Doesn’t get much better than that!

Christina Geyer

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