Part the first of several reviews from the Out of the Loop Fringe FestivalFull Story
Part the first of several reviews from the Out of the Loop Fringe FestivalFull Story
The premise of Trick Boxing might sound familiar—unscrupulous manager transforms a naive immigrant into a boxing sensation—but Sossy Mechanics presents the tale in a way that is anything but expected. Husband-and-wife team Megan McClellan and Brian Sostek have been tinkering with this piece for over a decade, contracting and expanding it at fringe festivals across […]Full Story
Billed as an “absurdist fairy tale on growing up,” Brooklyn-based Carolyn Raship’s quick and quick-witted play concerns two teenage insta-besties who go on what can only be a magic mushroom-induced vision quest to Antarctica.Full Story
It’s a quieter, yet still substantial weekend here in Dallas. It’s the calm before the South By Southwest storm.Full Story
The paper is coming around. On Wednesday, James Ragland wrote a column that clearly took aim at the home-rule movement, saying its backers wanted to “blow up the district.” An accompanying news story about the signature-gathering efforts painted a picture of confusion. Now this.
The DMN just put up an editorial endorsing the home-rule movement, saying, “It’s clear to this newspaper, as it has been for some time, that this is the conversation we must have to reform and improve public education. If it takes signing this petition, you should. It beats running to the suburbs.” Tod Robberson, too, posted an item a few minutes ago that supports the movement. You know who made that happen? Rawlings. As Robberson writes, “It’s wonderful when a politician throws caution to the wind, abandons political niceties and tells it like it is.”
It’s too early to say for certain, but we might be watching the defining moment of Rawlings’ tenure.Full Story
The first lady of real estate is celebrating her 103rd name day on Sunday. Ebby started her career at the age of 8, selling Cloverine salve door to door — a strong work ethic that eventually led to her founding Ebby Halliday Relators, one of America’s largest independent real estate firms. Our very own Jessica Jones […]Full Story
The team unveiled its new jersey last night and, from a distance, it looks as though the red-and-white stripes that gave the team its nickname — Hoops — are gone. They’re still there, just now in a very subtle red-on-red pattern. Why all the red? Apparently, the team is hoping fans adopt its new, suggested rally cry: “Red for 90.” (As in, 90 minutes. Of course, soccer matches almost always include stoppage time, so playing hard for only 90 minutes could be slightly problematic as an actual game plan. But “Red for 90-ish” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way. Anyway.) I like ‘em — especially the “Dallas ‘Til I Die” running on the inside of the neck, which I wouldn’t mind as a larger element. FC Dallas kicks off its season tomorrow night at Toyota Stadium against the Montreal Impact.Full Story
We already know that Texas has outpaced the rest of the nation when it comes to adding jobs since 2000 and especially since the Great Recession of 2007-09. The knock on our state, however, has been that supposedly the bulk of that job growth has come on the low-pay end of the spectrum.
The fact that Texas is second only to Idaho in the percentage of hourly workers getting minimum wage (7.5 percent, compared to 4.9 percent nationally), that it rates near the top among states for income inequality, and has the highest share of residents without health insurance would suggest that this perspective of most Texans slaving away for little money is right.
However, a study this week out of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas says that Texas’ job growth across all wage levels has been much more proportionally distributed than in the rest of the nation.Full Story
Our dining critic, Nancy Nichols, is going to be a guest chef for a Cafe Momentum pop-up dinner. Check out Uncle Nancy’s Tongue in Cheek Cafe dinner.Full Story
From a night of bohemian madness to a beer and music festival, you are bound to find something to occupy this (hopefully) gorgeous weekend.Full Story
Backed by a jammin’ band (occasionally glimpsed rocking out above the stage), the cast lets loose on 23 of Queen’s beloved songs, supervised by original Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. There are times when the jukebox musical may as well just toss out its dramatic intentions and bill itself as a cover concert.Full Story
Dallas to Launch Bike Sharing Experiment. The city’s Park and Recreation Board approved the idea of contributing $125,000 to start a program with 15-20 rental bicycles at two locations in Fair Park this summer. The measure still needs the approval of the Landmark Commission and the City Council. Proponents hope that, if successful, it’ll serve as a model to gain support for a citywide effort. The program will be shut down during the State Fair — you know, the one time of year most people actually visit Fair Park.
Police Lieutenant Caught Sleeping, Impaired on Duty. A fellow officer snapped a picture of Lt. Mike Magiera asleep while at work, and WFAA has video of him failing a sobriety test. Magiera says he was just napping during an unpaid break, and that he was on pain pills due to severe pain following an accident. Investigators are determining what discipline Magiera should face.
Dallas Stars to Retire Mike Modano’s Number Saturday. The highest-scoring American player in NHL history will be honored at the American Airlines Center before tomorrow night’s game against the Minnesota Wild. I’m sure I speak for all extremely casual bandwagon hockey fans when I say thanks, Mike, for icing all those memorable power plays. No one hat-tricked across the blue line better, or did a more professional job of keeping his nose out of the crease.Full Story
Describing his weekly spot at the Beauty Bar as a haunt for “the darker side of dance music,” Colin Theall, AKA Colly T, spins a mix of house, disco, and drum’n’ bass.Full Story
Last night I spent a little over an hour sitting next to a possible dead body. Aztec Economy, an arts collective out of Brooklyn, is inventively staging its eerie short play in near-darkness inside the Stone Cottage. Since the premise concerns a group of coal miners trapped underground after a suspicious explosion, this immersive environment—in […]Full Story
Hi guys. Sorry I’m late. I spent the day outside of Athens, Texas, at a superstar lake house that you will be seeing very soon in the pages of the magazine. But here are some wise words from my friend and yours, Jim Williamson. They say spring is almost here, but try telling that to my ivy, which really took a beating with this last freeze.Full Story
With Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Rob Minkoff is another in a line of animated filmmakers to make the jump from traditional hand-drawn animation to CGI.Full Story
I read the front-page DMN story today about the home-rule movement for DISD, and I thought, “Oh, man, they still don’t have their messaging together.” Here’s how the story in the paper wraps up:
Rawlings and the group said they did not have a grand vision for a DISD charter. When asked why the community would support a plan that hasn’t been outlined, some group members said the effort would give the public a blank page and lets them write the future of Dallas ISD.
“The power is the blank page,” Rawlings said. “The citizens for the first time get to decide what they want to do.”
What? They have no vision? The power is the blank page? No, no, NO. People are going to hate that. But then I watched this video.Full Story
Dallas’ Economic Development Committee met this morning at Dallas City Hall, and Trinity Groves was on the agenda, specifically TIF (tax increment financing) reimbursements related to Phase II of the Trinity Groves project.
“They’ll be widening sidewalks and redeveloping two of the vacant buildings,” explained Karl Zavitkovsky, Director of Office of Economic Development for the City of Dallas.Full Story
The bad news: Antiques Roadshow won’t return your emails. The good news: There’s another option for appraising your antique finds and hand-me-downs. This weekend, the Dallas Woman’s Forum will host their third-annual Antiques at the Alexander event at the Alexander mansion on Ross Avenue.Full Story
The bedroom should be a place strictly for relaxation, rest, and romance, yet so often it becomes a disastrous, messy, and stressful “drop zone,” as The Couture Closet owner and pro organizer Kathleen Jacobson calls it. We walk in after a long day of running around and throw our purses, keys, phones, shoes, jackets, and the rest of our daily necessities into piles on the nearest surface.
Because we start and end the day in this space, we want to create as stress-free of an environment as possible. Jacobson curated some must-have ideas for eliminating the chaos and clutter:Full Story
From the movie that took Richard Linklater 12 years to make, to a documentary about scientists in search of the fountain of youth, here are our picks for SXSW Film.Full Story
EG Hamilton is to receive the AIA Dallas Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight’s Celebrate Architecture event at Klyde Warren Park. His friend and colleague Bill Booziotis has some nice things to say about Hamilton. So without further ado, here he is. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing EG Hamilton for more than 50 years. He started Harrell + Hamilton (which is now OMNIPLAN) 57 years ago, I joined the firm several years thereafter, and we have been friends since.Full Story
Rejoice: Spring break is (thankfully) upon us. If you’re one of the many brave souls making the trek to Austin this weekend for this year’s South by Southwest Festival, we wish you godspeed and warm weather. The rest of us will be starting our weekend off right with these Thursday shows.Full Story