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In order to give you the best of Dallas, Whitewaller spoke with Brandon Kennedy, Dallas Art Fair Director of Exhibitor Relations, who shared his favorite spots in the city.
FAVORITE SPOT TO FIND INSPIRATION
Depends on the type of inspiration sought… For writing and piece of mind: I usually beat a fast retreat to hike in the woods surrounding White Rock Lake and walk around a portion of it as well. If I have more time at my disposal, I’ll head to either Oak Cliff Nature Preserve or Cedar Ridge Preserve for a few hours. If I need stimulation, I’ll typically head to a bookstore or record shop to lose myself in the flow of new information as I read spines and flip through LPs.
BEST OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH PLACE TO SEE ART
To be completely honest, I love to get a glimpse into people’s homes whether through an outreach event, magazine spread or a collector showing me photos on their phone. The same goes for local designers, design shops and auctions. The more I can experience how someone lives with art and design, the better sense I have of the person, myself included. Being an estate/garage sale junkie, I will scout for side tables, collectible books and misattributed art on any given weekend. Lately, I've also been loving on Ex Ovo, Sweet Pass Sculpture Park in Trinity Groves for their keep-you-guessing programming energy and enthusiasm.
BEST KEPT SECRET IN DALLAS
I'm always a little behind in keeping up here, but as of late I've been relishing Salaryman in Bishop Arts, Khao Noodle Shop or Petra and the Beast in East Dallas. For drinks, Las Almas Rotas in Fair Park is my go-to mezcaleria for Dallas visitors, The Balcony Club in Lakewood for the rare walk to a jazz dive from my home and Atwater Alley for a dirty martini in a dark, moody speakeasy set for intimate conversation.