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Happy Thanksgiving—and go Cowboys!
I’ll make it quick—you’ve got football to watch. Today, I give you a little pre-game snack that is embarrassingly easy to make (no chopping of any kind) and that has served me well over the years. This 4-ingredient dip is a fan favorite and hails from my hometown, published in the Junior League of Beaumont’s Dining Without Reservations cookbook. I hope you like it!Full Story
Despite the electricity generated by the mad scientist chemistry between its two leads, the latest adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 man-and-his-monster story never really comes alive.Full Story
Oh you like sales, do you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This week, we’re rounding up some of the best Dallas design sales and events to help you plan for the busiest shopping weekend of the year.Full Story
Here are 171 musical acts we’d rather see than Luke Bryan during the Dallas Cowboys halftime show. Happy Thanksgiving.Full Story
If you’re in the mood for some holiday cheer then stop by one of these Dallas establishments and get your fill of thanks, and maybe even a little giving.Full Story
Dallas’ newest food truck, The Virgin Olive, will be at Sigel’s on Greenville Avenue on December 3.Full Story
Parkland Workers Can’t Be Held Liable in Patient’s Death. In 2011, George Cornell died in restraints at the psych emergency room. It’s one of the incidents that brought about some of the recent changes at the hospital. A lower court initially ruled that the hospital executives and workers couldn’t claim immunity from a civil-rights lawsuit brought by his family. Now a federal appeals court decided otherwise, because it is almost impossible to hold government employees accountable when they screw up.
Attorney Owes Accident Victim $700,000. Diana Bernal was in a car accident in 2009 and won a settlement, but was never told about it. When she tried to contact her attorney, Richard Jaramillo, he didn’t respond. A judge recently ruled that Jaramillo owes Bernal $776,000. Bernal, still recovering from her injuries, says she doubts she’ll ever see the money.
North Texas Spends More on Christmas. We go out more, we shop more, we spend more on gifts. We also, according to this Deloitte survey, spend more on ourselves. Nearly half of the North Texans surveyed said they planned on buying themselves something.
Heavy Rain Expected on Thanksgiving. The weather psychics say we should expect a lot of bad weather over the holiday weekend. Please be safe.Full Story
You don’t need to go back to prehistoric times to find some of the familiar narrative devices in The Good Dinosaur, an animated coming-of-age adventure that theorizes a friendly coexistence between dinos and humans. It’s the latest from the Pixar juggernaut, a heartfelt story of friendship and courage aimed primarily at children whose more discerning […]Full Story
Some homes just make you happy. 4517 South Versailles Avenue certainly has that effect. Originally built in 1929, the attractive cottage can be found on a cozy block of Highland Park, less than a mile from the neighborhood’s namesake shopping center. The home’s architectural significance has been exceptionally preserved, but the updated interior is equally lovely. Each room charms with unique decorative lighting, handsome hardwoods, seagrass floors, or beautiful bay windows, and is flooded with natural light.Full Story
However smart, no one said tearing down highways was easy. And so while the city of Toronto had been mulling a demolition of Gardiner Expressway, an elevated highway that separates a stretch of the city from its Lake Ontario waterfront, in the end the city opted not to kill the road. Too bad.
So, time for plan B: a proposed park the city hopes to develop under the elevated freeway. I point you to this idea for three reasons.Full Story
This year’s best new restaurants run the gamut from elaborately plated fine dining to joints peddling singularly satisfying hotdogs or soulful bowls of ramen. When it comes to flavor—to sheer gustatory pleasure—it can come from the high-brow or the no-frills, and from every corner of Dallas.Full Story
Thanksgiving is the greatest holiday. No gifts. Sound message: Be thankful for what you have. Good food.An adequate amount of family time that — if you keep conversation limited while focusing on the kitchen table and a television screen for the duration of a football game — won’t end in tears and the airing of ancient grievances. To top it off, it’s just the start of an extended holiday weekend with all kinds of things to do. Happy Thanksgiving.Full Story
It’s thanksgiving day 2015. And I’m off to run the Turkey Trot. Mostly for the free food they give you at the end of the race. And then I will continue to eat various foods such as turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie off-and-on until around 9p.m. I suggest you do the same. Happy Thanksgiving!Full Story
I just read the Observer’s cover story this week. It’s a profile of Linda Septien, who is a voice coach and star maker responsible for a long list of pop performers you’ve heard on Radio Disney. Three things about that story jumped out at me:
1. Septien is 62 years old? Holy cow. She looks great for even 42.
2. Did the Observer not see Skip Hollandsworth’s 2006 profile of Septien in Texas Monthly?
3. Even if the Observer didn’t see that 2006 profile, did the paper not realize that Septien’s former husband, Rafael, a former placekicker for the Cowboys, was indicted on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and pleaded to a 10-year probated sentence? Because the Observer’s story mentions that she was married to him but doesn’t include that important detail. I bring this up because I know the person who was the child in that abuse case. And I don’t think Rafael Septien’s name should ever be printed without mentioning that he was indicted on a charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.Full Story
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, your kitchen is a mess, and the leftovers from your blowout meal are taking up all of the space in your already crammed refrigerator. Don’t panic. These easy recipes will help make your dry, day-old stuffing and stale bread taste new again while clearing some space in the icebox. As for the messy kitchen? Sorry, you’re on your own with that.Full Story
Happy Thanksgiving Eve. It’s a tricky night. You could join your family early, but then you’ll be sick of each other by the time Grandpa Frank cuts the turkey tomorrow. We’ve got better ideas. Go see Mac Miller at the Bomb Factory, be regaled at Dallas’ premier storytelling series, or dance the night away at Beauty Bar’s fifth anniversary bash.Full Story
Each year, Thanksgiving seems to sneak up on us. To help you make your home a haven for out-of-town guests, we’ve rounded up some easy, locally sourced tabletop touches that will earn you serious points for presentation. No cornucopias allowed.
*Bonus: Almost all these festive goods are marked down.Full Story
Musicians have families too, and with most Americans taking Thursday off to break bread with their relatives, we’re looking at pretty slim pickings for live music on Thursday night. But after that, it’s a holiday weekend, and all the freedom that implies. Big K.R.I.T., Willie Nelson, and Jeezy are all the reasons you need to give thanks this weekend.Full Story
The premise behind Creed is certain to elicit some eye-rolls, but this spin-off from the Rocky film canon is a confident crowd-pleaser that packs a punch both inside and outside the boxing ring. It’s sharply written and acted, with filmmaker Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) re-teaming with star Michael B. Jordan for a worthwhile offshoot that […]Full Story
How to get out of the house on Thanksgiving.Full Story
I had no intentions of ordering a burger during my visit to Barley & Board in Denton. I’d eaten enough burgers this year to last a lifetime, and I was interested in indulging in the brewpub’s more playful offerings such as the bacon-wrapped medjool dates with piquillo sauce, and farro risotto with vegetables and spinach purée.Full Story
There is a so-called “Wookie Calling Contest” tonight at the Libertine Bar on Lowest Greenville, and we should briefly discuss how to win it. (At the risk of being that guy, I feel the need to first publicly point out that that it’s actually spelled “Wookiee”). Practice some common phrases in Shyriiwook, the trade language made most famous by Chewbacca in the Star Wars films. Go-tos like “Ruh gwyaaaag” (“I am a friend”) and “Huwaa muaa mumwa” (“Can I buy you a drink?”) will serve you well at a watering hole, but more elaborate sentences like “Arrrrrwrrrrrronnkkk raarrh” (“Is the air-conditioning actually on in this building?”) should really impress. Next, watch this “Chewbacca Sound Tutorial” video (YouTube views: more than 1.8 million) and rehearse at home. Take those steps and you might as well park the Millenium Falcon outside and strut in with Han Solo before entering the contest.
If you’re more of a Star Trek person, or maybe you’ve been on a second date in the past year, there are plenty of other things to do tonight as well.Full Story
Art watcher Greg Allen noticed an interesting sale at a recent Christie’s auction of postwar and contemporary art. Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Untitled (L.A.), 1991 sold for a record-setting $7.7 million. If you have been to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth at any point in the last few years, you probably know the work. It consists of 50 pounds of candies laid out on the floor. Part of the fun of the piece is that visitors are invited to take pieces of candy. It’s art you can touch and eat, and as a result the piece itself is static and ephemeral. The record price was, in part, an acknowledgement that it is an important work by an important artist, whose career was cut short by AIDS in 1996.
Even though Untitled (L.A.) was on view in Fort Worth for so many years, it was on loan from the Rachofsky collection. It’s that provenance that Allen finds curious.Full Story