You can't always wait until conditions are perfect before commencing an endeavor -- sometimes you just have to sail straight into a twice-a-century storm that only kills most of your crew. Plunging ahead with their opening, 2826 Arnetic.
A 15-months-in-the-making project from a Love & War in Texas (and Fridays!) bar manager, plus some pals and members of his band (A Week of Tuesdays), Arnetic's a transformation of the cavernous Club Envy into a trippily colorful performance hall and bar; however, they're having to wait 'till fall to implement their raison d'open, streaming live gigs online. The overall vibe harks back to 90s Deep Ellum: a dimly lit booze warehouse whose red & black walls're covered with edgy local art (to be sold not-for-profit) and a downtown-skyline mural patrolled by Bob Marley, Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan, and the Yellow Submarine -- a song the Beatles must have written on acid to imagine "Mr. Barkley" could go "full speed ahead". Wed-Sat, the sizeable corner stage will see rock/punk/jam/pop acts, plus fixtures including Wednesday's mostly acoustic new-music showcase, and Thursday gigs by local ensemble Sandaga Jazz; the only things the eclectic booking policy excludes are electronica, too-explicit hip hop, and hip hop not backed by a band -- effectively preventing the "Pants on the Ground" guy from coming in and ranting against explicit hip hop.
The bar slings @15 sub-$4 bottles (Shiner to Widmer Hefeweizen) and cocktails heavy on the whiskey & bourbon. In about a month, they'll launch a Sunday night indie film showcase curated by the aspiring-videographer manager, whose day job is crafting glass pipes -- for those hoping to ensure that, no matter the conditions, everything will be perfect.
Published: July 1, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
2826 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226
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