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
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
Last Tuesday, I was at the unveiling of new Dallas County community achievement scorecard, which gives a county-wide snapshot of education data for the 2013-2014 school year. It tells us the current makeup of our county’s students, the county’s poverty rate, costs and opportunity costs, asks if funds are being spent equitably, looks at poverty rate, analyzes achievement gaps at 11 spots throughout the pre-K to postsecondary student cycle, and so forth. It’s an important event, one anyone who cares about education in this area attends — in this case, that means Mayor Mike, Paul Quinn president Michael Sorrell, DISD board president Miguel Solis, DISD superintendent Mike Miles, business leaders, education nonprofit leaders, and so on.
Before the event, I talked with several DISD administrators about the efforts of DMN news reporters to re-fire the former head of the HR department. To say they were mocking of it would be a disservice to the word. To mock, there must be some measure of respect. They were dismissive of the story in the way one is dismissive of a drunk uncle you must put up with because he’s family.
“Look, if this city wants to have a real conversation about what it wants out of its school leadership and Superintendent Miles, that’s always fair to ask of us,” one said. “But […]Full Story
Wrapping up a guest appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor” program last night, Fox News host/political commentator Megyn Kelly joked that he had become a real “sweetheart” during the last week, and she wryly wondered why. Kelly was right: the usually combative, right-leaning cable news host has appeared more subdued than usual lately, chastened even. The reason, I believe, is the still-unresolved, ticking time bomb over a story O’Reilly seems to have made up involving his work as a reporter in the 1970s at Dallas’ WFAA Channel 8, about the suicide of a figure in the JFK assassination probe. It’s a tale he needs to come clean about publicly—or else relinquish his top-rated news commentary show.Full Story
Judge Denies Second Trial for Kaufman DA Killer. Eric Williams’ lawyers had asked for a second trial because, they claimed, Williams’ brain was “broken.” There’s an interesting conversation we could have about free will here, but instead I’ll just say: nice try.
Frisco Folks Fight Affordable Housing Complex. First the Cowboys move to Frisco now this. One sentence in the DMN story caught my eye: “The site is in Frisco’s extraterritorial jurisdiction and surrounded by single-family homes.” I was all like, “Frisco has property on another planet?” But then I was like, “Oh.”
Mavs Over Pelicans 102-93. After the contest, Rick Carlisle said this of how his team played the third quarter: “We came out of the locker room with a lot of fire, a lot of attitude and some real disposition.” I encourage everyone to approach their Tuesday in the same fashion, with some real disposition.Full Story
When history happens, it also happens to the people living next to it. That’s the concept of Jonathan Norton’s most recent play, Mississippi Goddamn, which retells the events leading up to the 1963 assassination of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers from the perspective of their neighbors.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
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
Today is allegedly National Pancake Day, which is fine. I’ve come to terms with food-based holidays since having a minor existential crisis about National Bacon Day last week. We’re moving on. More importantly, I neglected to note that Monday was Texas Independence Day. Happy belated, Texas. If you, like me, also forgot to get Texas a gift or even a card, let’s rectify that mistake and honor this state by doing these things tonight. We’ve got one of the noisier bands I’ve ever encountered, a short showcase for local filmmakers, and a gathering of folks trying to shape the future of public art in Dallas. Here are our recommendations.Full Story
Erin Mathews, executive VP of Allie Beth Allman & Associates and founding partner of Mathews Nichols Group, knows luxury real estate. We caught up with one of Dallas real estate’s Power Brokers and a member of D Magazine’s 10 most stylish people of 2015 to find out what D Home readers need to know about the current market.Full Story
Please understand that I am not commenting here on the merits of Ebola survivor Nina Pham’s lawsuit against Texas Health Resources. She says she has nightmares and her hair is falling out. She says Presby used a video of her without her consent. Maybe she’s entitled to some money. And maybe, as she has said, she really does want to “make hospitals and big corporations realize that nurses and health care workers, especially frontline people, are important.”
No, what I want to talk about is Charla Aldous, the lawyer representing Pham. Because Aldous has pretty much posterized Texas Health, and right now she’s hanging on the rim, looking down at Texas Health, enjoying the afterglow of her monster dunk. If I’m reading her playbook correctly — and I’d like to think I am — here’s how she did it:Full Story
Let’s talk about streets baby, Let’s talk about den-si-ty, Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things with ci-ties, Let’s talk about streets. If you didn’t get the hint, we’re going to talk about streets and density, which are both very important for cities. Density is the reason we choose to […]Full Story
Another weekend of snow and slush in Dallas kept us glued to our Instagram feeds in search of a little design inspiration. These were some of our favorite shots.Full Story