Also the Readers’ Choice winner, Pecan Lodge knows what it’s doing. We can’t resist. The long line is inconsequential.Full Story
Want to know what else makes me happy other than the fact that today is Friday? As I was about to step into the shower this morning, Max informed me that I was going to have an even better Saturday. What constitutes a good Saturday? For me, it would be not having to track a shipment every day for a month for a package I’m never going to receive. That is a good Saturday. But I will be totally and completely happy with a facial, shopping for fall, and dining out with friends. And since he suggested the shopping part, I definitely think that means that he’s buying, don’t you?Full Story
This week our Distinguished Drinker is Russell Hayward. The owner of Ascension Coffee knows a lot about coffee. Maybe more than anybody in town.Full Story
I really thought someone was trying to exploit my ability to share things with the public when I was told repeatedly that Yogurt Fusion (I know) in Denton actually hosts shows, some of which are pretty experimental and wild.Full Story
The American Family Association is not known for its sense of humor, to say the least (Google tries to autofill a search for the organization with “american family association hate group”). So it is with a complete lack of surprise that we report that the AFA is not altogether thrilled with RadioShack’s latest, somewhat sexually charged ad campaign.
“The RadioShack ads are immature, juvenile, and downright distasteful,” the AFA said in a release. Which, honestly, is the best part and how I assume — or hope, I guess — the agency pitched the campaign.Full Story
The third location for the brand’s latest concept will take the old La Duni spot.Full Story
The Fort Worth location is changing its name to Thirteen Pies. The remaining Fireside Pie restaurants will not get new names. I hear the small chain is for sale. Perhaps even already sold.Full Story
I wanted to call my mother immediately after seeing this documentary — a grand jury prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — to thank her for the stable home life she provided for me and my sisters. I couldn’t help but feel blessed for the good fortune of my own life after seeing the film’s heartbreaking portraits of three teenage boys growing up in rural small-town Missouri.
With moments that aspire to the visual richness of a Terrence Malick work, Rich Hill is a moving experience, shining a light on a corner of America rarely depicted on-screen.Full Story
Matthew Weiner should stick to writing taciturn characters like those he’s created on the beloved AMC series Mad Men. Judging by his feature film directorial debut, he’s got little ear for how emotionally expressive human beings communicate.
On his TV show about a 1960s ad agency, Weiner can get in and out of a scene just by having Jon Hamm down another cocktail, and the worshipful critics will read rapturous layers of meaning into the way Don Draper says a curt “goodbye” to Peggy.
But with Are You Here Weiner attempts to tackle an entirely different class of men — the talkative sort who openly share their desires and anxieties. Their character names are Steve Dallas and Ben Baker, but it’s really just actors Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis in the same parts they’ve played in pretty much all of their previous movies. Steve is a laid-back womanizer — a local TV weatherman with nice clothes, a nice car, and the outward appearance of having his shit together. Ben is his childhood friend — an eccentric man-child who lives like a recluse and spends his days scribbling in notebooks. They share a love of getting high.Full Story
One of the great things about working for Genome, a Plano-based national medical science magazine, was getting to know science writers around the country. Because said writers know I live in Dallas, I got several WTF emails after the Dallas Morning News last week published this gee-whiz profile of the Institute for Creation Research, which tries to marry biblical tales with science. (As Dallas Observer writer Amy Silverstein notes, the institute is trying to gild the lily, because the Internet is already full of awesome papers that claim to prove biblical factuals.) The questions these science writers asked can be summarized thusly: Why would a reputable paper suggest that the institute’s members, who are essentially writing King James fan fiction, are in any way practicing science?Full Story
There’s been a lot of debate about home rule for Dallas ISD since the idea was launched in February. Much of it has been silly — I don’t like THOSE people, so I don’t like home rule, consarn it — rather than substantive discussion of policy. But one of the more interesting arguments that I’ve heard on occasion is this: home rule can lead to taxation without representation.Full Story
Congratulations to Frank Horak! He is our SideDish Server of the Week.Full Story
By now, you’re aware that District Attorney Craig Watkins hit someone on the Tollway and then paid that someone to keep quiet about the accident. Read this Tod Robberson post from yesterday. The FBI is now looking into the matter. As Robberson points out, Watkins apparently did the old “Do you know who I am?” bit at the accident scene. Let’s go back to another accident involving Watkins, this one from 2007.Full Story
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A website is like a shark — it has to constantly move forward or it dies. DMagazine.com seeks a managing editor not only adept at keeping our shark in motion, but also capable of helping to steer the beast in new directions. Our average site traffic has nearly doubled just in the past year, and with that great success comes the great responsibility of keeping fed the insatiable appetite of our readers for a continuous rotation of ever-changing content. The responsibilities of this position involve management of two of our most important annual contests: the Best of Big D and the 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas. Regular tasks also include planning, editing, and publishing articles and galleries to the travel, fashion, nightlife, legal, and health channels of our website. The perfect candidate will boast top-notch organizational skills, have an eye for what makes a great online story, know how to craft great headlines, obsess over minor details without losing sight of the forest for the trees, hit every deadline, possess a great sense of visual style, and love reading and writing about life in Dallas. Previous experience working for a magazine, newspaper, or online publication preferred. Send cover letter and resume to [email protected].Full Story
Chef Tre Wilcox may have disappeared from a high-profile restaurant kitchen, but he’s still cooking. Wilcox has just announced his fall line-up of cooking classes.Full Story
Another Shooting by a Dallas Cop. It’s the fourth involving the city’s police force in the last two weeks. Dallas officers have shot 10 people so far this year, and seven have died — one of those was unarmed. (Compare that number to 12 in all of 2013.) Thursday night’s incident took place near the Dallas VA Medical Center. The man who was shot reportedly had himself shot a woman in the jaw.
State Allows Waste Control Specialists to Bury More Radioactive Waste. Dallas’ most evil genius may no longer be in charge of the company, but his vision for bringing byproducts of nuclear power plants to a site in West Texas lives on. The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality has approved changes that will allow WCS to accept triple the amount they could previously.
TCEQ Cites XTO For Stealing Water. The state agency says the company, which is owned by Exxon Mobil, took almost 1.4 million gallons of water to which it was not entitled, which it used for fracking.
Cowboys Linebacker Suffers Career-Ending Injury. DeVonte Holloman left Saturday’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens with a spinal injury, and doctors are advising that he never again play football.
Cowboys to Break Ground on Frisco HQ. Construction will kick off Friday, and the team expects to officially move from Valley Ranch to its new home for the 2016 season.Full Story
Take your pick of things to do this weekend. There’s a beer dinner, a sausage festival, ice buckets, a bake sale, and beer ice cream.Full Story
D Magazine was first published in 1974, which makes 2014 our 40th anniversary. This is a fact that you can expect to hear a good bit more about in the coming weeks. For now, we’d love you to help us celebrate.
A Photomadic booth will be set up tonight between 6 and 9 p.m. at Saint Ann restaurant. We’ll also have one at the Texas Rangers game tomorrow at Globe Life Park and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Klyde Warren Park. Swing by, get your picture taken, and wish us a happy birthday. We’ll be running the images in the near future here on DMagazine.com.Full Story
A week ago, Rodger Jones at the Dallas Morning News put up a blog post that suggested three things:
1. The teacher excellence initiative (TEI) that DISD is implementing is being rushed in comparison to the state, which is taking its time evaluating a teacher evaluation system.
2. Dallas is rushing it because Mike Miles, hired to be a change agent, needs to implement said changes quickly. In other words, it’s a political consideration.
3. This is unfortunate, because the analysis of “value-added models” (in essence, looking at how a student’s test scores compare to previous years, and to his classmates’ scores) suggests teacher evaluations shouldn’t be based on VAMs.
Jones summarizes: [...]Full Story
Hard cider was once immensely popular and widely produced throughout the U.S., but it almost disappeared before Prohibition. It’s one of the few alcoholic beverages that never returned to its former heyday post-repeal. It’s exciting to see classics come full circle with modern producers.Full Story
It’s difficult to talk about the new film The One I Love without revealing more than I’d like to spoil about its bizarre, Twilight Zone-esque plot. So I’m not even going to try. Instead I’ll tell you an entirely different story.Full Story
Like the man said, there are eight million stories in the naked city, so it’s too bad that co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller couldn’t come up with a few better than these.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a relatively lifeless rehashing of the same visual tricks and hardboiled-to-the-point-of-self-parody storylines and dialogue of 2005’s original Sin City. Both are based on Miller’s neo-noir comics series, and every frame employs the same black-and-white-with-occasional-bursts-of-color stylization of those books. It’s pleasurable to look at, and that’s even setting aside the fact that actress Eva Green spends much of the film displaying her physical assets.Full Story
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight site took the recent troubles in Ferguson, Mo., as a reason to look at how often police officers don’t live in the very community they’ve been hired to serve and protect.
Among the nation’s 75 cities with the largest police forces, on average 60 percent of cops live where they work. Laredo, Texas, has the highest percentage, with 94 percent of its officers Laredoans. On the other end of the spectrum, in Miami the number is only 7 percent.
Dallas is down near the bottom of the list, with 19 percent calling the big city home. In some cities there is a disparity between the numbers of white and non-white officers who are also residents, but that doesn’t seem to be a large gap in Dallas, which claims only 21 percent of black officers and 26 percent of Hispanic officers.
By contrast, Fort Worth can boast a higher percentage than Dallas of officers living within its limits, 43 percent, but it comes with a big difference among the races: 64 percent of black officers and 56 percent of Hispanic officers with only 31 percent of white officers.
I wonder what the breakdown would look like among all city employees.Full Story