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Peter Simek is the arts editor for D Magazine, where he manages, edits, and serves as the primary movie critic and reporter for FrontRow. Before coming to D Magazine, Simek launched the well-loved, if short-lived, Renegade Bus, an online journal that brought out-of-the-box perspectives to Dallas life and culture. He also wrote for D Magazine and D CEO on topics ranging from soccer hooligans and insurance detectives to the pedestrian friendliness of the Dallas Arts District. Simek covered Dallas City Hall; helped launch Oak Cliff People; and wrote about movies, classical music, and opera while on the staff at People Newspapers.

Would You Pay $324 For a Selfie with Alex From Target?

Alex From Target is the newest type of celebrity, part of a growing cohort of young teen stars whose claim to fame is that they have no claim to fame. They have looks, or more precisely, a look: stretched almond eyes, incandescent irises, dark eyebrows, puffy lips, Bieber-esque baby cheeks, and disconcertingly shiny, white teeth. They exist mostly on social media sites such as YouTube, Vine, and Instagram, where they became famous and where legions of devoted tween and teen followers obsess over their every move. This month, some of them will appear in the flesh at DigiTour, a concert-like event built around people like Alex Lee.

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5 Films to Catch at This Weekend’s Asian Film Festival of Dallas

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas may be the most under-appreciated festival in a region that has become crowded with film fests over the past decade or so. Perhaps it is because it happens every year in the heat of the summer, offering the perfect excuse to spend a weekend huddled away in the cool confines of a movie theater, but also at a moment in which this city’s cultural activity all but grinds to a halt.

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