ACRD to host the "Keep Dallas Deviant" Art Show & Auction at Club Dada | Calypso

ACRD to host the "Keep Dallas Deviant" Art Show & Auction at Club Dada

    Dallas has always been a hotbed of eclectic and edgy artists, photographers, musicians and restaurants, and for one night only, the ladies of Assassination City Roller Derby will bring them all together to showcase new and original Kennedy Conspiracy and roller derby inspired art for the very first “Keep Dallas Deviant” Art Show and Auction at Club Dada on the evening of Friday, Feb. 27.

    With celebrity artists like John Gonzales (aka Diablo Texas) and Anna Gonzales, web producer from, and familiar faces like, Scotty Mankoff (, and Khurk Maeder, your favorite Monday night bartender at the Doublewide, you’re sure to get an eyeful of art with a fresh perspective on Dallas’ seedy underbelly and mysterious past ala Kennedy. Given the theme, it is only apropos that the savvy ladies of Assassination City Roller Derby and the artists of the evening are donating proceeds of the art auction to the Oak Cliff Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to renovating the historic Texas Theatre (where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested) to its original 1963 appearance.

    Plans are on deck to have a “live art” section in the main room at Club Dada, with eccentric artist Isaac Brown painting roller girls’ bodies for a large interactive piece and derby girls skating across canvas to create roller derby art custom for the lucky buyer. Ask Trigger Mortis about Assassination City’s vision for the gallery show, and she is more than willing to share it. “When you walk into the Keep Dallas Deviant gallery show, you will feel that you are in the creative epicenter of Dallas. We wanted to showcase all of the hardworking artists and musicians that make Dallas’ underground heart beat.”

    And the beat you will hear with bands on stage like Escort Service, Charles Mancini and Children of the Grave (a children’s Black Sabbath tribute band). Don’t be surprised if you fall in love with the lovely Velvet Kittens Burlesque performing at intermissions throughout the night. Snag a handful of hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants as the trays pass through the room, sip on a cocktail and chat with the artists about their work.

    Club Dada is located at 2720 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226 and on Friday, Feb. 27, its gallery opens for the “Keep Dallas Deviant” art show at 7:30pm. While you’re there, grab an auction program, make sure your wallet is full, and eye your favorite piece of art, as the cash-only bidding starts at 9pm. $10 cover charge goes to benefit the Assassination City Roller Derby travel team and to cover their travel expenses as they represent Dallas in roller derby bouts across the country.

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