Pardon us a minute while we congratulate ourselves for scoring eight just-announced nominations for this year’s City and Regional Magazine Awards, which will be handed out in May at the CRMA conference in beautiful Dallas, Texas. These are the categories our staff is up for:
Arts & Culture Writing
Writer of the Year
Michael J. Mooney
“The Dallas 40” (Elizabeth Lavin)
“The Next Dallas Boom” (Wick Allison)
FrontBurner (Peter Simek)
“The Dallas 40”
If you’re wondering why Peter gets to claim authorship of FrontBurner, it’s because the CRMA rules require the three submissions for that category to all come under the same byline. I decided Peter had the most award-worthy material on this blog during the eligibility year and so he earned the nod.
John Neely Bryan was in high dudgeon after learning this. It was difficult to settle him down, even after I explained that his lack of physical embodiment rendered him ineligible.Full Story
Daffodils are just about to throw down in Dallas. You may have seen a handful pop open just before this last ice event. While it might be tough for some of those blooms to recover, there are plenty on the way that have yet to open. If you want to add daffodils to your garden this fall, now is the time to start paying attention to what’s blooming so you can pick your favorites.Full Story
Considering the amount of cocaine the members of Fleetwood Mac reportedly hoovered up when the group was recording in the 1970s, it’s striking that the above photo doesn’t look more like the before-and-after mugshots you see in those anti-drug pamphlets cops hand out at elementary schools. The Mac seems to have aged fairly well, although the hairdos have gotten a little less adventurous. The music certainly holds up, and if you missed the classic rock band when it played a sold-out show at the AAC just last year, tonight is your second chance. A charity concert at the Meyerson will benefit research to fight cancer, and an experimental photo exhibition in Oak Cliff will recognize modern black history-makers. Here are our picks for things to do tonight.Full Story
On the first crackling track of the Be Here to Love Me album, the late, great Townes Van Zandt shares words that, aside from his distinct Texan drawl, could come from any other artist. “I don’t envision a very long life for myself,” he starts. “Like I think my life will run out before my work does. I’ve designed it that way.”
As it turns out, the Fort Worth native—who turned away from his family’s oil money to pursue life as a traveling musician—was right. (His relatives were the namesakes for East Texas’ Van Zandt County). He died of a heart attack in 1997 at age 52, after years of struggling with addiction. But he left the world with brilliant, shadowy songs that, despite their undertones of longing and leaving, still light up whatever is darkest in us at the time.Full Story
Deadline is reporting that one of my personal heroes — seriously, if you’ve not read his memoir, Born Standing Up, you’re missing out — actor/comedian/banjo player/novelist Steve Martin has been cast in director Ang Lee’s film adaptation of Dallas author Ben Fountain’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (one of the greatest novels of the 21st century.)
Unknown Joe Alwyn has already been cast as Iraq War soldier Billy Lynn. Thinking over the potential suitable parts for him in the book, Martin has got to be playing the owner of the Dallas Cowboys — the fictionalized Jerry Jones — right? I suppose he could be the agent who’s trying to sell Lynn’s Army squad’s story to Hollywood, but I like that first possibility way more.
Deadline also says Garrett Hedlund is also in line for a role. Shooting is to begin in April. In Atlanta, Since Texas Stadium, where 90 percent or more of the story takes place, doesn’t exist here anymore, I guess that’s understandable. Even if Billy Lynn is maybe the best Dallas novel ever.Full Story
It can be easy to get in the habit of eating at the same place, it’s a comfort to know how your order will taste time and time again. Yet, there’s something to be said about trying something new every now and then. Broaden your gastronomic horizons this week with the following events.Full Story
Eddie Ray Routh Asking for a New Trial. Attorneys for the man convicted of killing Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield have also filed a motion to overturn the recent verdict. This is surprising to nobody who has been paying attention.
Protesters Swarm Grapevine City Hall. This is in response to a Grapevine officer killing a 31-year-old unarmed Mexican citizen last month. This Star-Telegram story says that Domingo Garcia, who is representing the family of the dead man, “asked that a videotape of the shooting be released and that the officer be terminated.”
Teacher Recorded Saying Not Great Things in Class. A DISD student secretly recorded her middle school teacher cussing a lot, and at one point, talking about the size of his junk. Perhaps the most disturbing part of this story though, is where the principal’s first response was apparently to ask the parent to destroy the evidence. Not a good look.Full Story
It’s never too early to get excited for St. Patrick’s Day. Even if your most recent encounter with Irish culture was scrubbing that U2 album off your iPhone, let’s keep in mind all the good things Ireland gave the world before Bono ascended to never-before-scaled heights of pretentious absurdity. There are plenty of ways to […]Full Story
As often as we let our favorite television characters into our homes, they too give us a glimpse into theirs. Our apartment envy got us wondering where our television besties or boyfriends would get design inspiration in the Big D. Here, we share our thoughts.Full Story
If the St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Greenville Ave. is a bowl of Lucky Charms, then the North Texas Irish Festival is a steaming pot of colcannon, a heartier, more fulfilling dish of St. Patrick’s Day entertainment. If you want to genuinely learn something about Irish culture this year, this massive (we’re looking at more than 600 volunteers and 14 stages to pull this thing off, according to organizers) fest is probably your best bet. It also looks like it should be a blast. Here are five reasons to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Fair Park this weekend.Full Story
They’re back. From canvas to straw and with the occasional pom-pom, totes are all around us. But not all totes are created equal, so before you head to the beach with the same old bag from last year, be sure to check out these shops around town to pick up your new favorite spring break accessory.Full Story
This is the first in a regular series in which I attempt (operative word) D.I.Y. projects and bring you, dear reader, the results. The good. The bad. And the hideous. I’ll offer step-by-step instructions so that you can D.I.Y. along with me.
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s completely disgusting outside. And cue the sad trombone: It’s going to get worse. Like, in a matter of hours. Maybe you optimistically left the house this morning sans your I-live-in-a-frozen-tundra gear, because the temperature was a balmy 50 degrees. But now you’re checking the forecast and realizing that by the time you leave work, it’s going to be considerably more miserable. Well, if you happen to have two skeins of yarn at your desk, because who doesn’t, boy are you in luck! You’ve got just enough time to churn out a “30-minute arm scarf,” like I did yesterday. Or, in my case, an “hour-and-a-half arm scarf,” which has considerably less of a ring to it.
First, a public service announcement: In its final death throes, CD Source is selling stock at the kind of recklessly reduced prices you only get when great things come to an end. Most of the Grade A stuff has probably been scooped already, but it’s worth stopping by to say your farewells and pick up some actual, tangible music for cheap. Goodbye, CD Source. You will be missed.
Now, onward, to the shows you should see this week.Full Story
Forbes released its annual Billionaires List this week, with 536 of the world’s 1,826 billionaires residing in the United States. Among those American billionaires, nearly 50 are from Texas.Full Story
Today at 1 o’clock, you can find Nancy at 90.1 on your FM dial or streaming on KERA.org. She’ll be on the Think program with host Krys Boyd to talk about why, after 18 years at D Magazine’s dining critic, she is stepping down from that role (though not, rest assured, leaving the magazine). Krys, as always, is awesome. And Nancy has been in a good mood lately. Yesterday in the office, for reasons that remain unclear to me, she was reciting from memory “The Song of Hiawatha.” Should be a good show. Listen up.Full Story
Boom 94.5, Dallas’ classic hip hop station, should by now should be a preset on your radio dial. The station has now made a bid for even more of our affection, announcing today that it’s hosting a music festival in Fair Park on May 2. The festival didn’t have to go far to find some big names fitting the bill for “classic hip hop,” getting two rap heavyweights from down the road to headline. Houston’s unofficial mayor, Bun B, and Scarface, of The Geto Boys, are set to perform.Full Story
When it comes to energy-industry reaction to the steep decline in oil prices since last year, don’t believe everything you read, says Dennis Grindinger. He is Hunt Oil’s executive vice president for South America, but at a March 3 panel discussion on oil and gas prices and North Texas real estate, he stressed that he […]Full Story
D Magazine and Celebrity Cruise Line have teamed up with Dallas chefs Matt McCallister and John Tesar along with TJ’s Fish Market expert Jon Alexis to a culinary adventure through one of the most majestic areas of Alaska. Join us for a reception on Monday, March 9, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and meet our chefs and listen to the Celebrity’s naturalist Brent Nixon.Full Story
We’ve written quite a bit lately on this blog about how the paper covers DISD. We’ve pointed you to stories that Jim Schutze has written about the matter. But there’s one more you should read. I warn you: it’s long. But after you read this LearningCurve post by Eric Celeste, you will understand once and for all how the paper is doing real, demonstrable harm to the district and, by extension, the city as a whole. The newspaper has a new editor, Mike Wilson, who started last month. His top priority should be figuring out why his paper is failing on this front and fixing it. The status quo-ers on the school board want Miles fired before the May elections. There’s no time to waste. (Oh, also, I lied. Eric’s post isn’t the last thing you’ll need to read about the district and how the paper covers it. Sorry.)Full Story