local developer spotted at starck club
BY TIM ROGERS PUBLISHED IN FRONTBURNER MARCH 26, 2013 9:18 AM
For our April issue, Peter Simek wrote about filmmaker Michael Cain’s Starck Club
documentary. The Starck Project will have its unofficial world premiere in Dallas this
month. Here’s how Peter describes the infamous club:
There were certainly plenty of factors exterior to the nightclub that fueled
the city’s character change in the 1980s, but the Starck Club represents a
moment when music, dancing, and drugs found a common denominator
among this city’s segregated sub-communities — where the rich and
non rich, white and black, gay and straight blended in a sleek, Bauhaus inspired
room designed by a Frenchman to facilitate the blending.
Opening in late 1984, just 20 years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Starck helped knock off Dallas’ Stetson.
Which brings me to the photo you see above. It is the lead art for Peter’s story. Cain
let us borrow the picture of two anonymous club goers in their ’80s finest. Except
one of them is no longer anonymous. I have it on very good authority that the
smiling guy on the left is Braden Power, best known as one half of Power
Properties, the outfit that renovated and now operates some 40 residential
buildings near downtown.
To Power we say, “Like, totally gnarly, man! High five!”