Not exactly an ace in the kitchen? Don’t worry, these restaurants will do the wining and dining for you this Valentine’s Day.Full Story
We’ve been out and about “shopping” (yes, our job doesn’t stink) the stores as we gear up to produce the March/April issue and we’ve come across some cool new finds, as well as stores that we’re highly anticipating. If you have store scoop and news, always feel free to share!Full Story
“Whimsical” is not a word that people generally use to describe me, and I’m okay with that. But I really do love Cole & Son’s new Whimsical collection. It’s pretty and romantic and fun. Take this Paddy & Louis border that features two super cute cats hiding in the molding. How fun is that? And you don’t even have to invest in a litter box.Full Story
The British composer talks about writing his first opera and the importance of telling big stories with big emotions.Full Story
Get a head start on your weekend tonight. Life is too short to spend another evening watching Netflix. One minute you’re settling in to watch an episode of The Gilmore Girls, and the next thing you know your kids are graduating from college, there’s a new president in office, and you’re lamenting the fact that you never took up pottery. More importantly, you’re missing these things to do in Dallas.Full Story
The February cover story of D Magazine features “89 secret things to eat, drink, see, and explore in your city.” The package is called “Hidden Dallas,” and I hope by now you’ve had a chance to peruse our staff’s findings.
On Monday we also told you about a little contest we’re holding in conjunction with the issue. We want to hear about the hidden corners of the city that you treasure most. Share them on social media with the hashtag #HiddenDallas before February 28. We’ll pick our favorite, most insightful tip and give a $200 gift card to Marie Gabrielle Restaurant & Gardens in return.
Meanwhile, here’s a sampling of what we’ve received so far:Full Story
Since 1980 regional transit planners have confused building a new public transit system with relieving congestion on area freeways. It is time to clear this confusion. They need to think urban! Think big! Think Love Field in the 1920’s, then DFW in the 1970’s. Fast forward 50 years – we need a transit system to stimulate and support, to shape the built form of the core of a new world class city. DART should be in the city-building business.Full Story
As is usually the case, there’s a bunch of great acts rolling through town and just as many local bands staying in town. There’s also something called a Ragonk-a-thon. Here’s our recommendations for concerts to see this week.Full Story
I popped into Komali late last week and pulled up a stool at their sleek and sprawling bar. It had been a long day, and I desperately needed sustenance, preferably in the form of fully-loaded queso fundido: melted Oaxaca and Chihuahua cheese with chorizo, poblano rajas, and roasted nopales. Oh, yes.Full Story
Question: As the oldest known resident of our little village, and witness to over a century and a half of history, can you offer any explanation for the earthquakes at what we know as the old Texas Stadium plot? Can you clarify the rumor that an old Indian burial ground has been disturbed? What the hell happened there? And why now are the spirits angry? Or is there another explanation for the earth rattling that we might understand with your ancient wisdom? — John B.Full Story
Incoming Morning News editor Mike Wilson should hire the former city councilwoman to replace, oh, let’s say Steve Blow. No reason that Hunt should only get to drop bombs like this in the Advocate. A taste:
First of all, you’ve got to let go of this world-class nonsense. You spend way too much time talking about being a world class “this” and having a world class “that.” Then you petulantly threaten that if you don’t get a gazillion dollars to spend on some shiny new bauble, your friends won’t think you’re world class. You must stop trying to out-fancy the more popular cities and focus on being the best Dallas you can be. And stop worrying about what your friends think.
Speaking of your “friends,” I’m worried you’re being overly influenced by this crowd you’re hanging around with, these rich kids. When they say “jump,” you say “how many horse parks do you want?”
If you like bold patterns inspired by nature and feminine flair then Kelly Wynne’s designs are for you. Her leather handbags mimic exotic materials like snakeskin and stingray (without the hefty price tag) and come in flashy colors such as rose gold and ruby. All of her bags are topped off with her signature KW emblem in gold, sterling, or rhinestone.Full Story
You may have heard of this thing we do called Big D Reads. We try to create a citywide book club. This year, we’re asking everyone to read True Grit in April. We’ve got a whole slew of (free) events for you to attend, and we’re passing out 17,000 copies of the book (12,000 of which will go to ninth graders at Dallas ISD). Even Brad Oldham has gotten in on the program and created these coins for us to pass out.
This program would be impossible without the support of our city’s librarians. Whether with the Dallas Public Library, DISD’s media services, or at hospitals, the librarians are the backbone of our efforts. That’s why we started the Librarian of the Year award. We wanted to honor the unsung heroes of the library systems. If you, like us, believe in the power of a wonderful book and want to thank those who help so many find those books, help people find jobs, offer counsel, and complete a million other tasks, please nominate them now. But, hurry, nominations close tomorrow!
And if you need some inspiration for what to write, check out these nominations (you can read more nominations here):Full Story
Dallas Home Rule Commissioner Kevin Malonson stops by to discuss the pros and cons of Home Rule: Why he voted against writing a charter, why he isn’t against reform, and what critics on both sides of the debate can learn from parents and educators. He also declines my offer to take a swing at me. Malonson is a longtime education advocate who currently works as a DISD vendor with his nonprofit Education is Freedom. I think this conversation will help wrap a bow on the HRC discussion. […]Full Story
Today Steve Blow has a column about Casey Monahan, who has been the director of the Texas Music Office for 25 years. Blow writes:
With a new governor making new hires, next week will be Monahan’s last as director of the Texas Music Office.
But no sour grapes. “Oh, gosh no,” he said. “I mean that sincerely. I don’t feel entitled to this job. If the governor wants to go in a different direction, that’s what he was elected to do.”
Blow could have used the help of a good copy editor.Full Story
America’s chief “Sunday Funday” is right around the corner. Where will you watch the Seahawks defend their reigning Super Bowl title against the New England Patriots? No matter which team you’re rooting for, we’ve rounded up where you can catch the game and some serious specials too:Full Story
Maybe you’ve gotten tired of commenting on our other fluoride-related posts. Here’s a new one, occasioned by the news that fluorides IS HERE TO STAY (at least for three more years). Only Sheffie Kadane and Adam Medrano voted to get rid of it.
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It’s just about that time to prune your fruit trees, while they’re still dormant. Fruit trees are treated a bit differently than shade trees when it comes to pruning. While we never want to over-prune or over-thin our large shade trees, smaller fruit trees are often heavily pruned each year in order to produce the […]Full Story
Unlike the world’s most talkative football player, you’re not just here so you don’t get fined. You’re here because it’s Wednesday, and you need something to do tonight to barrel over that weekly hump in style. We’ve got a couple of gloomy, lovebird folk musicians, the author of the best book published this (admittedly young) year, and some choreographers who are pretty darn sure they can dance all in town tonight. Here’s our picks for things to do.Full Story
Listen, I’m the first to fess up that I don’t really care much about the Super Bowl. I usually use those blissful four hours to hit the mall (and if I’m being totally honest by “mall” I mean that I make a mad run on all the leftover cheese samples at Central Market). What I won’t deny is my L-O-V-E for Animal Planet’s pre-game puppy bowl.Full Story
Houstonia, the city magazine of Houston, is reporting that according to a “source who requested anonymity,” Houston-based CultureMap has been sold (or is in the process of being sold) to a Dallas company called ViewMarket (formerly the Haul Company), which was co-founded by Alexander Muse, Bob Bennett, and Molly Cain. I can confirm this. My source is Alexander Muse. I should also note that Bennett was the publisher of a magazine I edited long, long ago called Spirits & Cocktails. Has ViewMarket bitten off more than it can chew? The coming months ought to provide an answer to that question.
UPDATE (10:21) The Dallas Business Journal reports that the deal hasn’t closed yet. Like I said, though, Muse indicated in an email to me weeks ago that they were buying CultureMap. Too, Bennett and Muse have been talking to candidates about jobs at CultureMap.Full Story
Belo Foundation Buys Land For Farmers Market Park The non-profit purchased 1.57 acres straddling Wood Street in hopes that it helps fulfill the city’s plan for the 3.8-acre park outlined in the 2013 Downtown Parks Master Plan. There is a catch: the city has no money available to snatch up the rest of the two-plus acres.
NTTA Customers Receiving Phantom Bills Maybe this is all a backdoor way to pay for the Trinity Tollroad.
Mavericks Lose Third in a Row It’s the first three-game skid of the season for the Mavs, at a time when the team can ill afford it. Both the Clippers and Rockets have passed the Mavs in the Western Conference, and the suddenly surging Spurs sit only one game back. Dallas heads to Houston tonight, then gets a relatively easy Miami-Orlando-Minnesota stretch before heading to Golden State. Pretty much need to take three of four before that game to keep from falling into seventh in the West.
Feral Hogs Tear Up Cedar Hill There are so many wonderful turns of phrase in this story, but I do have one minor quibble with this one: “He was walking his two dogs when a cage filled with a whole lot of hog came into view.” If you ever get the opportunity to use the expression “whole lotta” you have to take it. Now, for something completely different.Full Story
The headline from the Biz Beats Blog: “Behind Just Houston and Austin, America’s Third Fastest-Growing City Is Dallas.” Simply put, that headline is a lie. Or it’s a mistake. The Forbes ranking that the DMN is referring to doesn’t peg our city as the third-fastest-growing. Our region is growing that quickly. As Wylie H. Dallas recently pointed out, our city is nowhere near the top of the list. Wylie wrote: “Over the most recent year for which data is available (July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013), the city of Dallas grew by 1.29 percent, placing us No. 27 out of 77, just barely ahead of Omaha.” Too often, city leaders seize on these sorts of reports to paint a rosy picture of how the city is faring. It needs to stop.
UPDATE (4:45): They changed the headline. Now it refers to the region. Thanks, guys.Full Story
What do we make of what happened over the weekend? Artist Loris Greaud viciously attacked the Dallas Observer’s Lauren Smart over her review of his exhibition, issuing a series of gross, insulting, and sexist comments and insinuations.Full Story
The Super Bowl has arrived. We play Christmas music to get in the mood for the holidays. Why not play some jock jams to get in the mood for the Super Bowl? This playlist should answer that timeless question of whether you are indeed ready for some football.Full Story