Win two tickets to the Fifth Annual Dallas Margarita Meltdown this Sunday in the Bishop Arts District.Full Story
The singer-songwriter’s music falls somewhere in between 1985 and the fourth dimension. Rios only started playing shows in January, although she has already built a small fan base on the web and within the ’80s throwback community, collaborating with labels like Retro Promenade that feature outrun artists from all over the globe. Rios says she’s now trying to claim her territory somewhere in between the local DIY and club scene in Dallas.Full Story
I have never stopped trying to make fetch happen, and I won’t apologize for it. Fetch is a lifestyle. It’s a state of mind. It’s a word you can say and giggle about while you quote every other line from Mean Girls during a screening at the Granada tonight, although you should probably keep “fetch” to yourself if you instead wind up at the Meyerson for a massive performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, or at a new production from the African American Repertory Theater. Either way, you go, Glen Coco.Full Story
Technological advances might have kept the war on terror at a physical distance, but in Good Kill, human emotions still take their toll. The latest drama from director Andrew Niccol (The Host) probes how a new generation of pilots still manages to experience burnout, remorse, and even post-traumatic stress disorder while flying missions from a […]Full Story
Honor Bar, a relatively new concept from the brains at Hillstone/Houston’s, will go into the former Patrizio space across from Cafe Pacific in Highland Park Village. Honor Bar is scheduled to open early next year. Meanwhile, two new restaurants are opening, like, now.Full Story
Heath Harris Announces Candidacy For 2018 District Attorney Race. “I’ve got to build a base,” says the former top assistant to Craig Watkins. And he’s got to stake his claim: people in the Dallas County Democratic Party are already approaching criminal court judges about running against Susan Hawk, who has been on the job less than six months. But seriously — the election is almost three and a half years away, my dude. That’s enough time to build a base and have it turn on you at least twice.
Number of Chronically Homeless In Dallas and Collin Counties Up 26 Percent. Cathy Crain, the new president and CEO of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and presumably no relation, said the increase was expected and mirrors the rise happening around the country.
Mike Holloway From North Richland Hills Wins Survivor. Which is still on, apparently. Huh.Full Story
Dr. Richard Toussaint, an anesthesiologist, was very busy in 2009 — except he wasn’t. The DOJ has accused him of “falsely claiming that he was present for and personally participating in the procedures.” In the process, he racked up $5 million in bogus charges. For more, check out Matt Goodman’s story just posted on D Healthcare Daily.Full Story
This started a few weeks ago. I’m just now catching on. But the Fort Worth Weekly has a newish bar column titled A Girl Walks Into a Bar. Faithful D Magazine readers will recall that we published a column with the same title, from 2010 to 2013. It was written by Moira Muldoon, my cousin. Prior to that, Moira wrote a bar column for the Austin American-Statesman using that title. When she moved to Dallas, she asked her AAS editor if she could bring the title with her. Moira is now back in Austin and working on a book with that title. (When she left, we renamed our bar column Keeping Tabs, which is ably written by Tara Nieuwesteeg.)
All of which is to say: come on, FWeekly. You’re better than that.Full Story
There are no noteworthy music festivals in Dallas this week, and for that, we are grateful. We have hit peak festival, or festival fatigue, whatever you want to call it. We loved Homegrown Fest a couple weeks ago. The family-friendly Wildflower Festival in Richardson remains a pretty surefire good time. The Dallas Music District Festival, however, was an unqualified disaster, and it felt like a message from above: “Y’all need to cool it on this music festival thing.”
So how about fewer music festivals, and more concerts featuring St. Vincent and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As we head into Memorial Day weekend, the last thing we need is another music festival to help us celebrate the start of summer.
What we do have in Dallas this week are a bunch of great, good old-fashioned, regular concerts, with shows from Purity Ring, Earl Sweatshirt, Built To Spill, and a host of other awesome acts. Here are some of the best.Full Story
Proof + Pantry is a restaurant that accentuates the balance of American food and drink. Harmony is achieved by breaking down complicated culinary concepts into simpler techniques, and executing them perfectly to achieve dishes that are not only full of flavor, but also extremely easy on the eye. The menu, which is categorized as “Soil,” “By Sea,” “By Land,” “Bulk,” and “Sweets & Cheeses”, highlights the fact that Proof + Pantry places a premium on sourcing the best ingredients to create each dish.Full Story
Zac Crain, a local magazine editor, told D Magazine that revelations surrounding district attorney Susan Hawk’s 2013 treatment for prescription drug use and other issues had prompted Heath Harris to announce his campaign, even though the election is more than three and a half years away, and since Crain knows how these things go, that prompted him to announce his own campaign, even though we’re now talking, what, almost eight years from now?
“I’ve got to build a base as early as possible,” Crain said to himself as he typed that sentence just now. He didn’t really say it. He kind of mouthed it. He does that occasionally when he is typing. He also softly curses to himself, but that is endearing probably.
When informed that he could probably just run against Harris in the Democratic primary, Crain said that he is a big believer in shotgun rules, and that Harris clearly called it. “I’m not doing much,” he added, also mentioning that he’s “cool waiting, thanks.”Full Story
Is Francisco Moreno’s hot rod-and-painting project merely an idea that is so enticing, seductive, and outlandishly banal he couldn’t help but follow it through to its logical conclusion? Whatever the case, Moreno’s white whale finally sails – or spins – Saturday.Full Story
This science-fiction adventure has a futuristic vision that is stylishly rendered, but without much substance beneath the spectacle.Full Story
On screen, Blythe Danner’s latest role is that of a widow in her 70s struggling to break free from her grief and rejoin the dating scene. In real life, Danner admits she’s gone through periods of isolation since her husband, Bruce Paltrow, died of cancer 13 years ago. So naturally Danner’s life story helped to […]Full Story
Do you like to home ogle? Do you like driving by houses and thinking to yourself, “I’ve been in there. Their indoor hot tub was quite appealing”? Do you actually need to find a new home to live in? Every other week, we scout out three open houses in three different neighborhoods that look well worth the trip.Full Story
Someone who knows a thing or two about producing new work told me last year that it’s a dangerous thing to put on a play for the first time. The development process of readings, notes, and rewrites can eventually become a crutch. You never have to worry about actually getting it right, because you’re always worrying about trying to get it right.
Kitchen Dog Theater has confronted—if not courted—that danger for the better part of two decades. It produced its first New Work Festival in 1999, a year after it helped found the National New Play Network with a group of like-minded theaters interested in confronting the necessary problem of giving life to the work of unknown authors. The risk is, of course, enormous: words on paper, still untouched and perfect, might not be able to support the weight of actors, lights, a set.
But every year, Kitchen Dog commits about 20 percent of its budget to a five-week festival that Tina Parker, co-artistic director, jokingly calls “death by art.” Here’s how it comes together.Full Story
This is part of 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.
Based on the frequency with which the Sharpie mug DIY appears in my Pinterest feed, it seems as though people really feel the need to express themselves on their drinking instruments and there’s a dearth of mugs on the market that can adequately get their sentiments across. A Sharpie mug, for the uninitiated, is a mug. That you draw on. With Sharpie. And then drink drinks from. End of DIY!
Well, it’s almost that simple.Full Story
Any trip to Dwell with Dignity’s Thrift Studio is a guaranteed feast for the eyes. With detailed vignettes created by so many talented designers and artists, you know something is truly special when it stands out amongst all the greatness. Such was the case with a particular painting in the Ellie Visconti + Pettigrew vignette. The mixed media piece was wonderfully complex, with expressive layers and rich textures that completely captivated me. I loved it. Everyone I was with loved it. But we were all mystified as to how someone could create such a piece. Luckily, the artist, LaToya Jones, was standing right behind me, and she was lovely enough to tell me more about her pieces, the unique process she uses to make them (there’s fire involved), and what inspired her to begin creating.Full Story
With the biker shootings in Waco, Skip Hollandsworth’s 2007 Texas Monthly story about the Bandidos is getting its second wind. But that magazine actually published a meatier Bandidos story nearly 30 years earlier. It was written by a fellow named Dick Reavis. Dick was a longtime Texas writer before he took a job as a professor at NC State. He’s back in Dallas now, and he has a story in our June issue that you can look forward to. For his 1979 TexMo story about the Bandidos, Dick rode with the gang for a few weeks. That tale, having been told before the digital age, wasn’t online — until today. It’s titled “Never Love a Bandido.” Recommended reading.Full Story
If you’re looking to create a tropical feel in your landscape, now’s the time. The bit of sunshine we’re finally getting combined with the high humidity is certainly making Dallas feel pretty tropical right now. May through early June is prime time for you snap up your favorite tropical plants at your local garden center. Tropical hibiscus, mandevilla, allamanda and bouganvilla are just a few of the most popular tropicals you’ll find. But there are so many more to choose from.Full Story
We should probably start rounding up the pairs of animals and figuring out how exactly to measure a cubit. Every time it looks like the rain in Dallas is going to let up, there’s a new forecast with the latest precipitation smackdown. I’m not fooled by this morning’s sunshowers, and assume something nastier is on the way. Hopefully the Ark will be done by then. Regardless, we’re pros at this by now. Grab an umbrella on your way out the door tonight to see Built To Spill, the latest edition of the Nasher’s Soundings series, or an author talk at Wild Detectives.Full Story
Growing up in the South, Memorial Day weekend meant one thing: the pool was open. I was a proud pool rat. I spent my days consuming fried chicken and slushies on my parents’ bill. I was an adequate member of the swim team. I got chummy with the lifeguards (special perks, y’all!) until I could become one myself. Yes, summers were all about the life aquatic, and Memorial Day was the gateway.
So what better way to welcome the upcoming holiday weekend than with photos of some gorgeous pools lifted right from the pages of past D Home issues. These lucky people don’t even have to wait for Memorial Day to take a dip. I bet they don’t have slushies though.Full Story