The moon came the closest it has in 18 years to our planet in what is technically termed “perigee-syzygy”. The rest of the world just called it a Super Moon and went with enjoying the lunar event.
There was plenty of revelry to be had since March Madness was in full effect along with a lot of surprising events in Downtown Dallas this weekend. Friday night saw the arrival of both DJ Jazzy Jeff and Stacy Kidd (at PM Lounge and Plush respectively) and both legends drew a number of heads to and through the already busy taverns and nightclubs of our fair city. Didn’t get a chance to make Stacy Kidd, but did capture the following from PM Lounge:
Lots of smiling faces and a slew of sounds led up to Jazzy Jeff stepping up and commanding the decks for near to the next two-and-a-half hours. He went from jazzy to soul, to classic hip hop into blues, rap into rock (and then into radio anthems), and even took the time to drop a track with the intro from Fresh Prince of Bel Air running in the background.
The event was already at fever pitch at that point and that set them right over the top. Got to love when people get into it. 🙂
The end of the night came and I got a chance to offer him my thanks for his invention of the Transformer scratch and bringing the song “T Plays It Cool” to the fore on one of the albums him and Will Smith did back in the 80s. He said “You remember that? If I’d known someone was going to appreciate that, I would’ve brought it out.” Got respect given and then ultimately got another gift in the form of music from him that made my day. To be blessed with music from and given respect from one of your idols is an amazing feeling.
He was even cool about taking a picture after all was said and done.
PM Lounge itself and its layout was the best place to hold a more intimate session of this nature. Jazzy Jeff was within arm’s length of the crowd and nobody acted a fool. Just a solid room full of faces and folks willing to hear what the man had to play. I can’t think of a single track that disappointed. Alongside of the great music was great decor to set the mood. Very dim lights and the trappings of a hidden bachelor pad really do sell the environment.
Check out the geodes you see as you walk into the underground location:
And what would a club be without a disco ball?
Friday night (barring a few shenanigans at the door) will go on record as being the celebration of the end of winter. Made it through the cold and into the season when the shows come barging through the city just like the yearly blustery, fall wind that starts the cycle on the other end of the calendar here in Texas. We stepped into 65 – 72 degree weather most of the weekend and nights without the need for a jacket are in full effect.
Stepped out on Saturday night to capture the “perigee-syzygy” (Super Moon), but couldn’t get a decent location for it. Passed on trying to chase the moon down and ended up capturing the home of the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) within the harsh, hardy streets in Dallas.
After giving up on trying to capture the moon Saturday night/Sunday morning, I took the time to go take pictures of the cranes that overlook 75 near SMU that have stood out as I’ve come home late nights from downtown.
Got about 15 minutes into the session before blinding floodlights hit me. As you can guess, it was campus police, but when you hear WHY they were curious it becomes understandable.
Turns out that the cranes are not just for construction of just any regular building but actually reside on the future site of the Bush Library here in Dallas.
Being of civil mind and demeanor, I stopped what I was doing and faced toward the light with both hands on my camera till the first officer reached me (back up showed 3 minutes later). By this time I’d explained about my photoblog, my understanding of my rights as a photographer, and convinced him of my willingness to show him the pictures I’d taken. By the time the second officer was there we’d gotten into the future building plans for more of the grounds within the area, LOL.
As much as some would NOT have you believe, cops are not ALWAYS the bad guys. How you approach a situation and what your purpose is should serve as more than enough if your cause is just and true. Don’t lie and don’t act a fool and things will mostly be okay. I found from the officers that I was like the 4th party to stop and take pictures but that two of the others had actually CROSSED the fenced barrier and made for climbing the crane.
As much as I love the chase and feel of presenting something different, there is a certain level of common sense that must not be breached. A camera and some confidence will net you critical acclaim or disdain, depending on how you wield it.
The pen is indeed mightier than the sword, so imagine how much more dangerous a camera can be than a pen and a pad. The final shot of this entry is of my friends Kyle and Kern as we work on our new podcast covering music, comedy, and culture (called M C Squared) and all being well-versed in our own media respects (Kyle for video, Kern for music, and myself for photography) we understand the power that expression holds.
Expression is always at the heart of this photoblog and I hope that you continue to read and see what else this lens will capture. Check back for the Thursday update and more views from around this city!
The remainder of this weekend’s (along with some of this year’s as well) photos can be found here: