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
On one hand, Friday night’s concert at Bass Performance Hall by the Fort Worth Symphony and music director Miguel Harth-Bedoya’s represented a disappointing retreat from the orchestra’s characteristically adventurous programming policies. On the other hand, for the second time this month, Harth-Bedoya and the orchestra presented a moving and memorable performance of a great romantic symphony—in this case, Schumann’s Second.Full Story
Fun for adults and fun for kids are not mutually exclusive ideas. With that in mind, there’s plenty to do this month that should keep the tykes entertained and the grown-ups amused, or at least reasonably comfortable. Some of these are even recommended strictly for the young-at-heart.Full Story
An interesting loop is nearing completion. I’ve profiled Barrett Brown and Ladar Levison. Barrett has written about me. Now Ladar is writing about Barrett. We only need Barrett to write about Ladar and Ladar to write about me. Come on, guys! We can do it.
Okay, Ladar has a piece in the Guardian today that you should read. As of 9:49 a.m. Central Standard, the piece appears to link to the same cache of hacked Stratfor information that Barrett got busted for linking to. (!) But that’s not really the most interesting part of Ladar’s story.Full Story
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
Declois Garrett Beacham, better known by his professional name Tre Garrett, was charged with two counts of compelling prostitution with a child under 18.Full Story
It’s January and almost 60 degrees outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the comforts of warm, winter days. This weekend, there’s a forecast of sunshine, wine, and chocolate, with a chance of excitement. Here’s your roundup.Full Story
Odds are good you’re ready for some football. We hope you’re also ready for opera, music, and skateboarding cats, because there’s a lot to do this weekend. But first, football, or at least the giant spectacle surrounding Super Bowl XLIX.Full Story
This Sunday, the Trammell Crow Company, on behalf of its clients Sam’s Club and the Metropolitan Life Corporation, the primary investor in the project, will blow up old Xerox building just off Central Expressway in order to make way for a big box store right in the heart of the fastest growing, highest tax base, densest area of Dallas.
It is utter madness.
And while I know you have heard the story in some form or fashion, on the eve of destruction, I believe it is worth recounting. There are many lessons in the sorry tale of Uptown Sam’s, and the story should enrage you—not provoking the kind of idle anger where you throw up your hands and go, “Ah, there’s Dallas, yet again,” but rather provoking the kind of rage that makes you want to run down to city hall with pitchforks in your hands. Let’s get to it.Full Story
Orin Kerr is a professor at The George Washington University Law School. He’s an expert on criminal procedure and computer crime law. Today in the Washington Post, he has a 3,100-word piece that breaks down the Barrett Brown sentencing like a fraction. Honestly, if you’re not a lawyer who works in this field, you probably don’t want to read it. Kerr himself makes a joke toward the end of his story about how only three people will read the entire thing. So here’s a taste if you don’t have the time and inclination to tackle the entire plate:Full Story
Vocal music of Franz Liszt—yes, you read that correctly—provided the highest of several high points in the recital by tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist Kevin Murphy at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Rienzo Piano Pavilion Thursday night.Full Story
Fort Worth Officer Involved in Shooting. The officer is in stable condition after surgery on his abdomen. The suspect, a 40-year-old man with a reported history of mental illness, is dead.
Arlington Swingers Club Shutdown for Zoning Violations. Neighbors say it’s a sexual-oriented business. The city stresses that nobody found any criminal activity, though some of the parties had upwards of 200 guests. The “host” says he isn’t running a business because he only asks for donations ($80 for couples, $20 for single ladies), and he vows to keep “Eutopia” open.
Dallas Woman Convicted of Kidnapping Son. Erica Lonzetta Dominque abducted her son during a fight with the boy’s father, then drove the boy to an embankment and reportedly told him: “This is it for us. … You’re going to have to get killed.” (Side note: Sarah Mervosh is one of the best reporters at the DMN and her coverage of this story is proof. I dare you to read her description of the 6-year-old boy testifying against his mother and not get emotional.)
“Everest” Opera Opens Tonight. It tells the story of the men trapped on the mountain in the famous 1996 climbing disaster, including Beck Weathers, the Dallas man who at one point was left for dead in the blizzard.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