Making Dallas Even Better
Oh you like sales, do you? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Each week, we round up some of the best Dallas design sales (including the recently kicked off Friends & Family events) happening now to help you plan your weekend.Full Story
As you may know, a certain football game will take place at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Kickoff is at 11 am, which seems like an absurd and reckless bit of scheduling considering how many Longhorns and Sooners fans are going to treat this as an excuse to start drinking at dawn. In other “sports scheduling I don’t understand” news, Texas and Toronto play some postseason baseball in about five minutes. The Rangers return home to the “strip-mall wormhole” on Sunday, and play at a reasonable time. What I suspect will be a bloodbath at Jerry World — with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick hacking away at a depleted Weeden-era Cowboys squad — is scheduled for 3:30 pm Sunday.
For you nerds who don’t want anything to do with this sports business — if you have time in between your regularly scheduled swirlies — there’s a lot of music, theater, and art to look forward to this weekend.Full Story
The “Willy Wonka of Dallas music,” singer/songwriter/pop-folk-alt-rock-hip-hop-confectioner Sarah Jaffe stopped by the Old Monk (her first visit ever to that establishment) to chat with Zac Crain and “T-Bar” Rogers about how a hook she wrote in her driveway ended up on an Eminem record, what she and her touring band listen to on the bus (Radiolab), and how much she looks up to her farmer sister.
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Donald Fowler’s new musical is a different take on the legend of Jack the Ripper, weaving together a convoluted, Sherlockian murder mystery with more modern commentary on class warfare, sexuality, and the price of secrets.Full Story
On Tuesday, October 6, design-minded Dallasites gathered at Nest as the McKinney Avenue shop became one of two locations worldwide to host the Danish-inspired design brand SKAGEN’s “Quality Time” installation. Party goers were able to preview the exclusive exhibit before it opened to the public and meet SKAGEN‘s Chief Creative Director Mariza Scotch.Full Story
Suit to Seek Susan Hawk’s Removal. Fired Dallas County District Attorney’s Office employee Cindy Stormer is pursuing a removal petition against Hawk, alleging mismanagement and misuse of public money.
Rangers Aim to Go Up 2-0 in Playoffs. After defeating Blue Jays’ ace David Price, 5-3, yesterday afternoon, Texas will have its own best available pitcher starting at the Rogers Centre this morning (the game starts at 11:30 Central.) You’ve got to like their chances of putting Toronto on the brink of elimination with Cole Hamels on the mound. Unfortunately, third baseman Adrian Beltre suffered a back strain on Thursday and may not be in the lineup today.
Police Chief’s BFF Accused of Having Sex On-Duty Senior Corporal Greg Lowe is under investigation after an internal affairs complaint was filed against him and Senior Corporal Vikki Hodge Lawson for allegedly having sex in an office at police headquarters. The complaining officer was reportedly reluctant to come forward because Lowe is one of DPD Chief David Brown’s best friends.
NBC Developing Wendy Davis Dramedy. The network is working on a TV series based on the political career of the filibustering state senator. According to Deadline, “the untitled project centers on a female Democratic senator who, after losing the Texas governor’s race, gets her world turned upside down. In the vein ofThe Good Wife, while she pieces her pride back together, she goes to work in the law firm of her best friend — a black male Republican — and discovers that with no political future to protect, she can unshackle her inner badass.”Full Story
It seems like every new bar these days is painstakingly planned by seasoned food-and-drink folks. This creates a certain expectation: that the décor and vibe will be just-so; that the cocktails and bar bites will be tasty and creative. On Premise, brought to you by restaurateurs Chris Beardon and Adam Salazar (of The Mitchell) and Chef Brian Zenner (formerly of Oak), does not disappoint. In fact, it’s almost too perfect.Full Story
I worry that Billy Idol, 59, has sneered so much his face is now stuck like that. I wonder if Idol’s mother warned him about this. Does Idol wake up in the morning with his teeth bared, his face registering revulsion at a plate of delicious eggs and bacon? Does Idol sneer that way when he’s rehearsing for a show? When he’s watching television? When he’s sitting at a computer, writing a memoir? Does he look in the mirror at night, brush his snarling chompers, and wish he’d spent more time smiling, or frowning, or puckering?
Life’s too short to sneer at. Among the reasons to smile today: the Dallas Symphony performs, Billy Idol raises a ruckus, and we learn more about an outfit of notorious Austin gangsters.Full Story
It’s common knowledge that the economic slowdown in 2008 had a crippling effect on the real-estate market, but 99 Homes vividly captures that desperation for realtors and homeowners alike in a way that’s both harrowing and heartbreaking. However, the latest indictment of contemporary socioeconomic class division from director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo) finds just enough […]Full Story
Introducing Twenty-First Century Cool, a provocative series of original new mixed media and oil on canvas works by Martin Lawrence Galleries artist, François Fressinier.Full Story
This week, Greg Hardy returns to the field after missing almost all of the 2014 season (when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers) and the first four games of this season. Finally, Cowboys fans will have to confront their feelings about the team signing a man accused of beating his then-girlfriend, dragging her around his apartment by her hair, throwing her onto a futon covered in assault rifles, and threatening to kill her. Nicole Holder testified to that at Hardy’s first trial, which resulted in his conviction by Judge Becky Thorne Tin. By North Carolina law, Hardy was allowed to have a jury trial, but the case was dismissed when Holder wouldn’t participate, likely because she and Hardy came to a settlement.
Even if his conviction had stood, Hardy would already be out of jail, and he probably would already be allowed to play again, and the Cowboys very well may have signed him then, too. This season was an all-in year for the team, and I’m not saying they’re getting punched by karma, but I’m not not saying it either.
Either way, given the nature of what he was charged with, you’d assume that Hardy would 1) keep his mouth shut about everything except playing defensive end for the Cowboys and 2) even then, watch very carefully what he said. Of course, Hardy did neither, wolf-whistling at the wives of various NFL quarterbacks and saying he was going to come back “guns blazing.”
Katie Nolan, host of FS1’s Garbage Time, nails everything that is wrong with this in three minutes right here.Full Story
The Red River Showdown is coming to Dallas this weekend and bringing the parties with it. Here’s where to celebrate.Full Story
Let’s talk about the food you have consumed at the fair.Full Story
This Saturday, October 10, marks the return of the annual Red River Showdown. That’s about all I can tell you without Googling facts or interesting details that I could pretend to know. For me, TX-OU simply signifies a Saturday when all my male friends ignore my texts, but here’s something I can share with you that may be of some worth: a collection of cool places to Airbnb if you or your friends are coming in town. (No scary futons allowed.)Full Story
The issues facing Laurel Hester during her tragic battle with cancer were topical and relevant, yet Freeheld somehow feels dated and melodramatic, and not just because of the decade that has passed between her true-life struggles and the release of the film inspired by her story. This chronicle of her fight for equal rights for […]Full Story
The Texas Rangers’ improbable season continues this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Canada. (Do they even play baseball up there in that frozen wasteland?) They’re considered the underdogs in their best-of-five series against the Toronto Blue Jays for the right to advance to the American League Championship Series.
But the Rangers weren’t even supposed to make it this far, so what do you think will happen?Full Story
Easy access to the Dallas North Tollway and a location that straddles the Dallas County-Collin County border have helped make Bent Tree one of the most appealing communities in North Dallas. If you’re looking for a home in the family friendly neighborhood whose sidewalks come alive after 5pm, we’ve collected a few options where we’d be happy to settle.Full Story
Texas-OU Weekend leads into the fair’s biggest week yet.
The Red River Rivalry reignites and thousands of Texas and OU fans fill the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Whether you’re looking to party for the Red River Showdown or just plan to fill up on fried food at Fair Park, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a guide to Texas-OU Weekend and Week No. 3 of the State Fair of Texas.Full Story
The Intercept brings us another dispatch from Barrett Brown, who is still in the hole. This time, he reviews Jonathan Franzen’s book Purity. I say this without hyperbole: it is a brilliant piece of writing. It’s 2,500 words, so don’t click over now unless you’ve got 15 minutes or so of uninterrupted reading time. It deserves to be read carefully, savored.Full Story