Pillar Point. It’s the new project of Scott Reitherman, former frontman of the now-defunct Throw Me the Statue. The new venture is much different than his previous act, this being an invitation to dance with the requisite slew of synthesizers and bass. It should serve to be a good warm-up for the headlining band (Of Montreal), tonight at Trees.Full Story
We like to beat up on Dallas from time to time in this space, complaining about how it doesn’t do this right, or doesn’t do that right. Well one thing it definitely got right is Klyde Warren Park (even though we can still quibble about over programming). The Urban Land Institute has taken notice. Yesterday it awarded Klyde Warren its 2014 Urban Open Space Award, the “Oscar” of park awards. The Klyde beat out parks in other not-as-world-class cities like Columbus, Tulsa, Santa Fe, and Cincinnati.
“Klyde Warren is not only successful in fixing an urban fracture that isolated development and challenged the existing potential for the area; it also demonstrates that a long-term vision and commitment are critical to foster a sense of place and community, with lasting positive rippling effects,” said M. Leanne Lachman, Chair of the ULI Global Awards for Excellence Jury and President of Lachman Associates.
That’s right. And the park is celebrating two years of rippling this week. Here’s the full release.Full Story
The Fair Park holiday-poolza is right around the corner—less than a month away, to be exact. Advanced tickets, i.e. for the preview party, first call shopping, or general admission, are available now online. If buying in person is more you style, stop by DFW Area Tom Thumb stores starting Saturday, October 25 to get your tickets.Full Story
[Editor's note: Having been honored with a Marshall Memorial Fellowship, our Brad Pearson is off wandering around Europe, ostensibly to develop his leadership skills. Periodically he will check in, as he is doing today with the following post.]
The Cowboys wouldn’t play for another three hours, but there was Joey, fully decked in his Tony Romo jersey. We were at Fat Boy’s Bar and Grill, a most American-sounding bar, except we were in Brussels, so it was likely rather a statement about Americans, via tavern title.
“Where you from?” I asked.
So Joey and I stood there, watching a grainy stream of a Dolphins game pulled from an old laptop, pretending that he wasn’t just a front-running jerk who grew up when the Giants sucked.Full Story
Stephan Pyles is collaborating with the Lincoln Motor Company to offer an unexpected culinary experience.Full Story
Was the ball dropped? Yes. Were mistakes made? Certainly. We can assess blame blame later. Now is not the time. Now is the time, while seated in the waiting room of my son’s dentist, to hurriedly put up today’s Leading Off.
Nina Pham Is Kicking Ebola’s Butt. The nurse’s condition has improved. She has been upgraded from “fair” to “good.”
Shooting by a Police Officer. Few details at this point, but a cop shot someone this morning in Northeast Dallas.
Highland Park ISD Looks To Expand. The district is in talks with Northway Christian Church to buy 4.6 acres off Northwest Highway, where the district would build its fifth elementary school.
Nelson Bunker Hunt, R.I.P. The man lived one hell of a life.Full Story
Originating from the solo project of frontman, Joseph Mount, the band has curiously returned from previous albums with a different style for each.Full Story
Over on the site Jalopnik, former Texas Rangers (and current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) pitcher C.J. Wilson has authored a post in which he discusses his recent trip to Dallas to pick up some sort of high-performance automobile from Park Place McLaren. He described the vehicle as a “Hyperblurprle McLaren P1.” I assume that will mean something to some of you. He ordered it a few years ago, which seems like an awful long time to wait for a car. He opted to drive it from Dallas to California rather than have it shipped:
I drove over to DFW to pick up my wife, who just started laughing and walking circles around the car with her iPhone. We squeezed into the carbon fiber and alcantara seats and headed towards Albuquerque. Each fuel stop was full of questions, photos and smiles.
Sure, you can take photos. Yep, it’s a McLaren. No, the F1 has the seat in the middle. 903. Yep.Yes it is fast. No I haven’t gone 200 yet. She is a car nut like me and loves the noise and was blown away by the accelerating despite going for rides in fast cars and her prior Porsche Driving School seat time.
Reminder: Wilson bombed badly in this year’s American League playoffs against the Kansas City Royals.Full Story
I recall seeing Gardens & Villa at a 35 Denton showcase at the Labb a few years ago. I went to the show only knowing a couple of their songs. While most of what they played was catchy synth-heavy pop songs, one particular song made me ears perk.Full Story
Midnight Rambler opened in the basement of the Joule Hotel at the beginning of the month, and has been shaking up craft cocktails every night since. The cocktail den was designed by the team behind trendy boutique — also located in the Joule Hotel — TenOverSix. The aesthetics are as curated as the drinks. The vibe is ’60s chic and the space is filled with brass bar stools, plush leather couches, vintage-looking (and actual vintage) tables, books, records, art and plants.Full Story
Since this is my first entry for D Magazine’s StreetSmart blog, I think it is best to start where things are best: close to home. My first topic revolves around what happens when older suburbs have to deal with their ever growing urban nature and how those stakeholders react. It is much easier to see how older central cities with good bones can revive their urban cores into a human centered environment compared to their neighboring automobile suburbs. How do suburbs accomplish this transformation and what happens when an urban amenity tries to creep itself into old suburb? In Richardson, where I live, we have had to recently tackle exactly the kind of small step that helps move things forward: pop-up and temporary farmer’s markets. It turns out that things did not go quite as expected.Full Story
On October 24th, 25th and 26th, you are cordially invited to the most exclusive sale of Steinway, Boston and Essex pianos ever to be held. As a recipient of this invitation, you will have the opportunity to choose from an extensive selection of grand and upright pianos in a variety of sizes and finishes at […]Full Story
On Saturday, November 1 artisanal cheese shop, Scardello turns six-years-old. Owners Karen and Rich Rogers are throwing a party in honor of the milestone. Rich is putting together some of his favorite bites for “cheesemonger’s choice” cheese plates, and is pouring $5 glasses of wine all night.Full Story
Last week, I attended a breakfast panel on the importance of early childhood education. It showed one segment of a fantastic six-part documentary called The Raising of America, Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation. We watched the episode, “Are We Crazy About Our Kids?” (It’s the video at the top of this post.) It was an enlightening event; I thought I knew quite a bit about the advantages of early education (birth to 5), especially in poor urban areas, but the economics of investing in quality early childcare are even more pronounced than I realized. (The takeaway stat for armchair economists: For every $1 invested in quality early childhood care/education, society gets back anywhere from $7-$16. A huge economic benefit.)
Afterward, panelist/Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates noted that the city doesn’t spend a lot of money on education directly, so Dallas chips in where it can — by (under)funding libraries, making public space available for edu-events, etc. I asked her if she favored cities having more skin in the game, as it were, by looking at mayoral oversight — or at least partial appointment power — of Dallas ISD’s school board. She smiled and sort of said she kinda favored it, if it was proven to be the right thing to do and everyone else favored it. She wasn’t forgainst it, in other words.
Now, let me be clear: [...]Full Story
The musical enjoyed a fleeting run on Broadway but is currently playing in Addison, with Kayla Carlyle and John Campione in the lead roles. Wilson says they “sizzle” and gave the production a noticeably high mark. That plays at 7:30 pm this evening.Full Story
As the notorious couple, Kayla Carlyle and John Campione sizzle. Frank Wildhorn and Don Black have written plenty of sultry, slinky tunes for the duo to croon at each other.Full Story
My favorite part about this morning’s press release from the city of Dallas is that they didn’t feel any need to explain who Bentley is on first reference. He’s become a one-name celebrity, like Madonna or Beyonce:
On Monday, October 21, samples from Bentley were sent to a lab to be tested for Ebola. The test results show that Bentley has tested negative for the virus. Specimen collection will be conducted again before the end of the 21-day quarantine period. Bentley will be monitored for a full 21-day period, similar to people exposed to the Ebola virus.
The City of Dallas Animal Services is overseeing Bentley’s care in partnership with the Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas A&M University and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Nina Pham, Bentley’s owner, continues to be cared for at the National Institutes of Health, NIH, in Maryland. The City of Dallas and DAS are communicating daily updates to Nina on the testing throughout the process.
Stampede 66 and Lakewood Brewing Company are celebrating Halloween, and the launch of North Texas Beer Week, with a beer-infused costume party. Guests will munch on (and sip) five beer and food pairings and at midnight there will be a cask tapping of Lakewood’s special edition, Temptress Mole. Costumes are highly encouraged, and there are prizes for “best costume,” “most seductive” and “least effort.”Full Story
As I’m sure many of you know, the drive along Interstate 35 between Dallas and Austin isn’t particularly scenic. It suffers from a serious dearth of character, which is why many a motorist in now long-past days looked forward to passing the small town of Carl’s Corner, with its truck stop unmistakably adorned by 10-foot-tall frogs.
The man behind the truck stop and the town was Carl Cornelius, who was memorably profiled by Mike Shropshire in the November 2006 issue of D Magazine. It’s one of the 40 greatest stories we’ve ever published.Full Story
Last night, inspiration for our holiday table décor struck thanks to local designers, florists, and store owners at Kappa Tablescapes. More than 50 perfectly accessorized tables filled the Dallas Country Club, where KKGs and avid shoppers alike browsed (with wine in hand). While all of the tables were beautifully designed, there were a few trends that really stuck in our minds. See the round up, plus some of the amazing tables, below.Full Story
I can’t imagine anything less surprising than hearing a soprano sing Gershwin’s “Summertime.”Full Story
Gail Thomas, director of the Trinity Trust, presented the City Council with an unfunded list of possible amenities in a briefing yesterday: spray parks, fire rings, a climbing wall, kayaks, a zip line, a disc golf course. Jugglers! It all adds up to $76 million, none of which has actually been raised. And it will have to be raised, because the city doesn’t have the cash to pay for any of it. But whatever!
“So many things in the corridor are possible once we allow our imagination to go there,” Thomas said.
EXACTLY. With that in mind, here is a list of some possible improvements to our city. They are also unfunded. Why worry about that? Just dream with me, people.Full Story
Comes word today that the North Texas filmmaker, whose career included co-writing the Wim Wenders movie Paris, Texas and co-founding Dallas’ own USA Film Festival, has died.
In 2011, D Magazine ran an article penned by Carson that was ostensibly about his work making a series of short documentaries about Africa on his cellphone, but it really reads more like a fever dream than a magazine story. Tim called it “uneditable,” yet “quite charming.” You should too.Full Story
The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is throwing one over-the-top party. Five nationally-recognized chefs are gathering at the Mansion Restaurant on November 1, for a multi-course dinner benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Chefs participating in the event include:Full Story
Though Rod Davis doesn’t currently live in Dallas, we can still call him a Dallas dude. He did two stints with D Magazine. He’s got a lifetime membership. Harry Hunsicker is definitely a Dallas dude. Harry has written for the magazine, and his most recent novel is The Contractors. Rod’s newest is South, America. Both books are set in the South, and this Saturday at 1:45, the gents will together discuss how geography plays role in their gritty fiction. If you are headed down to the festival, I definitely recommend that you catch these two guys let Rod know in the Q&A portion of their talk that you think Harry has better hair than he does. The full schedule is here.Full Story