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dallasobserver.com year’s fest looked at the No Wave cinema style of the 1970s and ’80s.) Like a never-ending party, the OCFF rolls into locations scattered around Oak Cliff, and after a few screenings, audience members get friendly and chatty. For cineastes, it’s a gas. 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., filmoakcliff.com Readers’ Pick: Deep Ellum Arts Festival Best Place to Buy Your First Piece of Art Best Theater Company UNDERMAIN THEATRE Undermain Archive Kettle Art Best Performance Artist Erica Felicella Oak Cliff’s Erica Felicella describes her art as “endurance performance.” She’s stayed awake for a week straight to explore the depths of de-pression. She’s sat in a confessional booth lis-tening to visitors share their darkest thoughts and feelings. She’s locked herself in a box for two days, writing the same sentence over and over. Her work as a self-taught photographer, new media and installation/performance art-ist is thoughtful, personal and meaningful — and always challenging to expectations of what art should and can be. ericafelicella.com FOOD/DRINK Best Not-Music Festival No art gallery in Dallas is more welcoming to artists and art lovers than Kettle Art in Deep Ellum. Owners Paula Harris and Frank Campagna keep a strong rotation of local artists’ work on their walls. For first-time buyers, it’s where you get that painting you’ll be glad you acquired when the paint-er’s work was still affordable. Go ahead and invest early and often. After showing at Ket-tle Art, a painter’s career has been known to pick up steam. 2650-B Main St., 972-834-6964, kettleart.com most recent piece, WCD (Washington Cross-ing the Delaware) , was a re-interpretation of the famous Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze paint-ing of George Washington. Moreno ab-stracted the image using a technique known as “dazzle camouflage.” He then painted a 1975 Datsun Z in corresponding shapes and had his auto mechanic brother install a mo-tor and drive it in circles as part of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Soluna Festival. Moreno, winner of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Anne Kimbrough Artist Award, de-scribed the project as a “camouflage inter-pretation of a symbolic American story executed by a German painter to inspire Eu-ropean revolutionaries that includes a Japa-nese car … swapped with an American engine that was completely rebuilt by three Mexicans.” franciscomoreno.net CULTURE/PEOPLE | SHOPPING/SERVICES Best Local Podcast Street View Rashad Dickerson hosts the Street View pod-cast, an occasional program recorded in the basement of the downtown Dallas Public Li-brary. When Dickerson started the podcast with Jasmine Africawala, DPL’s community engagement administrator, he was homeless. He says he wanted to speak directly to his community through storytelling, conversa-tion and discussion of services and companies that help the homeless. There’s a lot of public good happening in these episodes, but there’s also honest insight into the ups and downs of life on the streets. streetviewpodcast.com | Oak Cliff Film Festival The Dallas arts landscape is crowded with festivals each year, but the Oak Cliff Film Fes-tival has emerged as a do-not-miss event. Founded by the partners behind The Texas Theatre, who are filmmakers themselves, this fest picks a theme each year, exploring a par-ticular era of filmmaking, for example. (This The WCD (Washington Crossing the Delaware) Project by Francisco Moreno Dallas-based painter Francisco Moreno’s Best Use of a Car in an Art Exhibit NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | SPORTS/RECREACTION Oct. 4, 2015 1 pm at Lee Park | DALLAS OBSERVER LifeWalk www.lifewalk.org Laura Miller 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd. Registration 11 am Walk 1 pm Dog Friendly 5K Walk/Run & Festival Dr.Elba Garcia Dallas County Commissioner S EPTEMBER 24-30, 2015 Former Dallas Mayor tr ucks F ood DJ Live s vendor Local for kids Crafts house s Bounce painter Face Beer Games Free, confidential HIV testing! Balloon ar tists Dog adoptions sponsored by Presenting Media Sponsor Premier Sponsor Diamond Sponsors 54 Register at www.lifewalk.org

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