Making Dallas Even Better
Mike Hashimoto has been around at the Dallas Morning News forever. Something like 30 years, I think. He’s been a member of the paper’s editorial board for a while. And a few days ago, DMN editor Mike Wilson introduced him as a new Metro columnist. You might not have known, but should if you give his first column a cursory glance, that Hash is married to Jacqueline Floyd, who is also a DMN Metro columnist.
Tim and I got to talking about this the other day, and we decided it raised an interesting conundrum for Wilson.Full Story
Dallas’ alternative rock radio station has announced the lineup for its annual Edgefest blowout, set this year on April 30 at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium.
Cage the Elephant and The 1975 get top billing, but some of the relatively smaller-print names are just as impressive. Chvrches and Foals, in particular, are great bands that we’re always happy to see performing in North Texas in any capacity. The lineup may even include a few surprises for some fans. Are we the only ones shocked to learn that Good Charlotte is still around in 2016?Full Story
Question: I was driving up Interstate 35 over the weekend, and I spotted some strange statue. It looked like it was made of traffic barrels. This was when was I was headed north and just south of the lake in Lewisville. Any idea what that was? — Melissa H.Full Story
Barrett Brown, as you might know, won a National Magazine Award earlier this week for a jailhouse column that began right here on FrontBurner and then migrated to Glenn Greenwald’s Intercept. Well, he won for three installments published by The Intercept. We’re happy to have been part of the process and aren’t looking for any credit (we totally deserve all the credit).
And, as you might also know, I won a National Magazine Award for a profile I wrote of Barrett. Which has led me this past week to remark to several people that Barrett must be the only subject of an NMA-winning story to have won an NMA himself. Right? I mean, because how could that have happened twice? So I asked the kind folks at the American Society of Magazine Editors, which bestows the awards, to confirm that it had never happened before.
Well, it has.Full Story
Have you ever thought of Dallas as a literary city? I hadn’t either, until recently. Growing up, the closest bookstores to my suburban home were Borders and Barnes & Noble. A Half Price Books popped up down the road, and despite its more inviting atmosphere with used and new books, it doesn’t quite have the artistry of a true indie shop, and it definitely doesn’t invite the perspective and creativity of a live reading. I was left wanting more.
But Dallas does indeed have a strengthening literary pulse that has suddenly become audible. It looks like this literary revival is happening right now, right here. So if you’re itching for some bookish places and gatherings, look no further. Here are some of our favorite picks:Full Story
Johnny Manziel Allegedly Assaulted Ex-Girlfriend. WFAA broke the news late Thursday afternoon that Fort Worth Police are investigating a complaint that the former Texas A&M and soon-to-be-former Cleveland Browns quarterback beat up Colleen Crowley on Jan. 30 after arguing with her at his Hotel ZaZa room in Uptown. According to the report, he forced her into a car and drove her to her apartment in Fort Worth. Once there, Crowley says she became fearful for her life and banged on a neighbor’s door asking for help. However, after police arrived, Crowley was uncooperative and refused to make a report. Manziel has told TMZ the incident didn’t happen. Manziel is expected to be released by the Browns in March, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has expressed interest in acquiring him as a backup for Tony Romo. It’s unknown whether this alleged incident will have an effect on that, or prompt disciplinary action by the NFL. However, as Dale Hansen noted when he went “unplugged” on the 10 p.m. newscast last night, the signing of Greg Hardy last year demonstrated the Cowboys are a team “that doesn’t care if you beat up women. It is a team that believes in as many chances as you need, as long as they think there’s a chance you can play.”
Students to Vote on Dropping Confederate Name. Dallas ISD’s John B. Hood Middle School in Pleasant Grove is named for a Southern general of the Civil War. Recently students raised concerns about honoring someone who fought to protect the institution of slavery, especially considering that Hood’s student body is majority Latino and African-American. So the principal is allowing the kids to cast ballots during lunch today. (It’s a non-binding referendum, since the school district’s board of trustees will have the ultimate say.)
Driver Pulls Gun on Biker. It happened outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, but a viral video of the road rage incident was all over North Texas newscasts because the fellow who was packing is from — you guessed it — Irving.Full Story
Boudreaux the bear at the Fort Worth Zoo agrees with Vegas: the Panthers are slight favorites to win Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
Today the zoo suspended two papier mâché footballs stuffed with fruit, nuts, popcorn, and cheerios in his enclosure. After nosing around them for a bit, as you can see in the video, Boudreaux settled on Carolina. He was too busy going to town on his favorite treats to comment on whether he expects quarterback Cam Newton to walk away with the MVP award.
Meanwhile, over at the Dallas Zoo, two tortoises raced for cakes decorated in the colors of the NFC and AFC champs. The outcome of that contest suggests the Broncos will emerge victorious. But whoever heard of a tortoise who knew anything about football?
My money’s with Boudreaux.Full Story
Last week, I was invited as a guest to CiboDivino’s inaugural wine dinner which consisted of ten courses influenced from Sicily and an equal number of wines produced on the island. Originally anticipated to seat twenty-four, excess demand caused attendance to exceed sixty people.Full Story
There’s a certain glee in seeing the Bennet sisters as warriors in Victorian ball gowns, wielding swords and guns while trying to eradicate a zombie outbreak.
Yet while Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an ambitious genre mash-up — adapted from the Jane Austen send-up by novelist Seth Grahame-Smith — the concept ultimately is more amusing than the execution, and not as cool as it sounds.Full Story
For the legions of Nicholas Sparks fans, The Choice will probably be clear when deciding whether to see the latest film adaptation of the prolific romance novelist’s work.Full Story
Some of the leaders featured in The Dallas 500 have rather interesting career backgrounds. One was manager of the Belgian national basketball team, another was Pontius Pilate in the first American production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and another flipped burger’s at McDonald’s.
Think you can figure out who did what? Take our third Dallas 500 quiz below.Full Story
Do you like to home ogle? Do you like driving by houses and thinking to yourself, “I’ve been in there before; the indoor pool was quite appealing.” Do you actually need to find a new home? Each week, we scout out three open houses in three different neighborhoods that look well worth the trip.Full Story
If you have a time machine, like sandwiches, and want to win some Modest Mouse tickets, cruise into that wormhole and rewind to about 3:30 pm yesterday. You’re going to want to tune in to the live video edition of “Things To Do In Dallas,” which is a thing we did over on the D Magazine Facebook page with mostly minimal embarrassment. Listen closely for a trivia question. The answer is Blade Runner. Congratulations. You’re going to see Modest Mouse and eat $50 worth of sandwiches.
Spoiler Alert: The three best things to do in Dallas this weekend are the Mardi Gras parade in Oak Cliff, Teatro Dallas’ International Festival, and Super Bowl watch parties at the Granada Theater and the Bomb Factory. But that’s really just the tip of the Dallas events iceberg, and I’m about to steer this ocean liner of a blog directly at that sucker.Full Story
Oh you like shopping, do you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This week, we’re rounding up some of the best Dallas design sales, pop-ups, and events to help you plan your weekend.Full Story
Disregard whatever y’all have been hearing. Yeezy season is, in fact, approaching, and — like a powerful cold front sweeping south across the Great Plains — it’s coming right for Dallas.
Kanye West’s new album, which was called So Help Me God before it was called Swish before it was called Waves (before it was left untitled?) will be released Feb. 11. Because this is Kanye West we’re talking about and one of the greatest albums of all time deserves a little fanfare, West will premiere his seventh record during a show at Madison Square Garden at roughly 3 pm Central Standard. The show will be broadcast in theaters around the world, including a handful in North Texas:Full Story
I just happened to spend my morning hanging out at a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board (always a good time, let me tell you), and got to sit in on the first public briefing on the Dallas Wave since the January 20 city council meeting. If your short term memory needs refreshing, the January 20 meeting was when the city council found out that they had 5 hours to respond to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers request to finally figure out how to fix the whitewater feature on the Trinity, which has been closed since it opened in 2011.
There wasn’t much new revealed in the meeting that hasn’t been batted around to death. One of the most eyebrow-raising revelations was that most of the people on the parks board have never been briefed on the Dallas Wave, despite the fact that a power point presentation seemed to suggest that city staff spent much of 2015 trying to figure out what on earth to do with the thing. According to city staff, the city is looking at two options for fixing the wave problem. The first is to lengthen the bypass channel in order to decrease the grade, making it possible to navigate upstream. The second is to simply take the white water feature out altogether.Full Story
With passionate panels lead by Haylie Duff, Annie Lawless, Tina Craig, and the founders of WhoWhatWear, The Coveteur, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Hello Giggles, and so many more, it was a girl power kind of weekend, and photographer Jessica Bordner was there to capture it all.
Click to relive Create + Cultivate’s biggest event so far.
[Ron King, executive director of the convention center] said he took the issue back to city attorneys when they started hitting “speedbumps” thrown in front of them by “people who said, ‘You shouldn’t have that in this facility.” He wasn’t more specific than that, but said that given the interest from the mayor’s office in the past, he thought it best to make sure Rawlings and the council knew what was coming.
“I suspect there will be some action this coming Wednesday,” said King. “I am awaiting what that action may be so we can move forward.”
[Exxxotica director J. Handy] said he doesn’t know what that would be. When asked if Exxxotica would sue Dallas if it’s not allowed in 2016 or simply move to another city, Handy said both options were, at this point, unfathomable.
Your guide for where to snack this Sunday.Full Story
It’s difficult to want to criticize a movie as in love with the sometimes dirty business of movie-making as is Hail, Caesar!
But criticize I must, though perhaps a bit unfairly because this is a Coen brothers production. Their own spectacular filmography burdens each of their new releases with excessively high expectations. When you’ve made Fargo, No Country For Old Men, Barton Fink, and The Big Lebowski (among many others), it’s harder to skate by on a less-than-A+ entertainment without disappointing your audience, however slightly.Full Story
Undermain Theatre is giving away two tickets to Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill.Full Story
Full disclosure: I am no dating expert. My own dating history has been long and complex. (And, at times, not very complex.) But one thing I have learned is if you like something, like it loudly. You never know whom you’ll attract. If you’re a supporter–and lover–of the arts, Dallas is the ideal city to boldly state your preferences. Take in some culture at one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s many museums and galleries.Full Story