Unlike Blues Control and Panda Bear who scheduled this stop on their tour together, Sophie and DOSS flew out exclusively for this fest appearance.Full Story
Tonight presents a unique opportunity to catch an Owen Pallett performance, but it’s not the first of its kind. When I first saw Owen Pallett nearly ten years ago, still under the stage name Final Fantasy, he was opening for Arcade Fire at Trees.Full Story
Often—no, let’s change that—every day on holiday, Max will ask, “What was your favorite thing about the day?” Recently, I had to reply, “Not dying.” This was after taking the advanced trail through the Muir Woods. But we will cover more on that topic later. Let’s get started with our vacation recap of San Francisco, or as I like to call it, “Please baby Jesus, don’t let this be like the last time I was here when Shortbread blew her makeup off.”Full Story
If you were sitting around today wondering what was up with the film adaptation of author and pool basketball enthusiast Ben Fountain’s fantastic novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, you are some sort of wizard, because today there is news: celebrated director Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, The Ice Storm) has decided on it for his next project. The script is by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).
In other words: just about as good a situation as anyone could have hoped for.Full Story
Sixteen months after plunging into the North Texas market with 10 drive-through Seattle’s Best Coffee locations, Starbucks Corp. has decided to shutter most of the stores. Eight of the drive-throughs should be closed by next month, the company says, while two locations—in Rockwall and Fort Worth—were converted this summer to Starbucks outlets.Full Story
The American Institute of Architects tour is coming up the first weekend of November. We’ve been patiently waiting all summer to find out what homes are on the docket, and AIA has been kind enough to let us reveal them to you right here on D Home. So stop by every morning until 9/29 to find […]Full Story
This is an excellent lineup of acts includes Blue, the Misfit, Vulgar Fashion, Sam Lao, and Simon Phoenix. Sam Lao was great at our “Best of Big D” party back in July.Full Story
In a press conference this afternoon, Ron Washington finally explained why, on September 5, he stepped down as manager of the Rangers. “I’m embarrassed,” he said, “more than I’ve ever been in my life.” And then he gave us the reason: “I was not true to my wife, after 42 years.”
I guess I really don’t understand this. He resigned because he cheated on his wife? Aside from him, his wife, and the lady he slept with — who cares?
The only thing I can imagine is that his wife told him: “It’s me or baseball. Pick.”Full Story
It all started with 7 dining room chair styles and half a dozen different dining tables. Twenty-five years later, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams have expanded their eponymous furniture and accessories company to include pieces for every room of your home. In those 25 years, a lot has changed in the design world, but the principles that the company was founded on have not: comfort, beautiful design, and purpose still reign supreme.
To celebrate their anniversary, the duo is hosting 25 parties in 25 cities, and Dallas is on their agenda for tonight. Stop by the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store from 6 – 9 p.m. for a meet-and-greet plus a lot of fun. But before you do, check out our Q&A below, where we chat about how they got started in the furniture design business, their favorite part of the design world, and what’s coming in 2015.Full Story
Tim has mentioned it. Chris has mentioned it. Now I’m going to mention it: North Texas Giving Day is happening right now. So far, 40,944 gifts have been made for more than $10 million. (Yes, I’m addicted to the leaderboard as well.) There are many wonderful and deserving organizations that you should put your dollars toward. I’m going to reiterate what Chris said and mention one of them, because it’s near and dear to D‘s heart: it’s Big D Reads.
The goal is simple: we want to make Dallas a city of readers. Therefore, we’re going to purchase 20,000 copies of Charles Portis’ True Grit and hand them out in April. We’ve got big plans this year: we’re developing curriculum for teachers to use to teach the book, we’re expanding to new neighborhoods, and we’re bringing in Matt Damon. (Actually, we’d like to bring in Matt Damon. His people haven’t called me back yet. If you have a connection to him—or Jeff Bridges or the Coen Brothers—let me know.) All we’re asking for is $5. That buys one book. Go here to give.
K. Pitch over. And, in the time it took me to write that, 285 more gifts were given. Way to give, Dallas.Full Story
Benson’s screenplay is deliberately paced and dialogue-heavy, even in its combined state, alternating between moments that are playful and contemplative. Visually he shows some inventiveness, including a beautifully composed final shot that hints at what the rest of the film might have been.Full Story
Okay, that headline is going to take a little more to answer than what I have here to back it up. But let’s just put it this way. Last year the New York City Opera went bankrupt. Earlier this year, the head of the Metropolitan Opera in New York said the seminal institution could be facing a “bankruptcy situation in two to three years.” Here in Dallas, after the Dallas Opera flirted with young dynamo George Steele, the kind of up-and-coming hot shot you’d expect Dallas to hire (and the man who eventually marched the New York City Opera out of existence), they opted for a more conservative approach, bringing in the San Francisco Opera’s COO/CFO Keith Cerny. Cerny cuts the profile of corporate accountant. As Willard Spiegelman has written:Full Story
In the lobby of the Super 8 off South Hampton Road, a corporate securities lawyer that no one recognizes steps up to a lectern. He surveys the crowd, which includes an elderly couple from Shreveport checking in for the night.
I’d like to thank everyone for coming. Yesterday Ron Washington held a press conference to explain his decision to step down as manager of the Texas Rangers baseball team. This press conference is to answer all the questions left unanswered at the previous press conference, plus some new questions that the aforementioned press conference raised.Full Story
I remember first noticing Lee Nguyen a few years ago, when ESPN Magazine ran an infographic listing the highest-paid athletes in every country. Nguyen was the highest-paid athlete in Vietnam, and the note next to his name mentioned he was from here. Through a mutual friend, we ended up talking on the phone, and I had planned on doing a story expanding on what it was like for him to be a star in Vietnam. But shortly after that, he came back to the United States. Which is where this story picks up.Full Story
I don’t know about y’all, but my bed is my sanctuary…as it should be. After all, the average human spends approximately 25 years of his or her life sleeping. Many think the mattress is the superstar of your good night’s sleep, but I am all about the bedding—seriously, fluffy duvets and high thread counts are what my dreams are made of. So what should you look for when dressing your bed? Let’s start with sheets. We asked Laura Busby, E-Commerce Manager at Peacock Alley, to give us some tips on creating the perfect place to sleep (and binge watch Netflix).Full Story
Police-Fire Pension Fund Losses Total Almost $200M. The board that oversees the retirement money of Dallas cops and firefighters got details of the bad news in a report on Thursday. In venturing into speculative real estate investment, the fund lost $196 million in recent years. That figure includes $90 million on tracts in Arizona and Idaho, $46 million on Napa Valley resorts, and $60 million on luxury homes in Hawaii and elsewhere. Even as real estate values plummeted and the losses mounted, in 2012, fund administrator Richard Tettamant received $78,300 in incentive pay and a $25,000 bonus on top of his $270,000 salary. One consulting company on the failed Napa projects has also been paid $3.6 million. Tettamant, you might remember, was removed from his gig earlier this year.
Man Trapped Beneath DART Train. He fell onto the tracks just as the train was pulling into the station. Fortunately emergency workers were able to free him from where he was pinned, and he’d suffered only a broken arm and some cuts. It could’ve been much worse.
Report Places Blame For Firefighter’s Death. The widow of Stanley Wilson, the firefighter who perished in a six-alarm blaze last year, released the findings of the investigation into the incident. The state report faulted commanders’ assessment of the fire before sending several men, including Wilson, back into the collapsing condominium building.
Madison High Basketball Coach Officially Fired. Roderick Johnson was one of 15 coaches and administrators dismissed in June by Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles following a recruiting scandal that caused the school to be stripped of its state championship. On Thursday, a hearing confirmed the termination. Meanwhile some of the others who lost their jobs have instead been given the option of resigning.
The Governors Rick Dine at Mi Cocina. Texas Gov. Perry and Gov. Rick Scott of Florida on Thursday both attended a fundraiser at the Highland Park Village offices of Republican Party national finance chairman Ray Washburne and then sauntered across the parking lot for some Tex-Mex.
Commie Logo Removed From Vietnamese Restaurant. Not sure how nobody at Yum! Brands wondered whether a big red star was the ideal symbol to feature on their new Banh Shop concept.Full Story
Easy Slider first started rolling in December 2011, put #2 in [D]rive in 2012, and now is rolling #3. In our 2013 D Magazine “Best of”, Easy Slider was both fan favorite and editor’s favorite. Easy Slider is owned and operated by red-bandana’d Caroline Perini and the ever effervescent Miley Holmes. According to Holmes, […]Full Story
In a blog post last week, I addressed what is perhaps the biggest philosophical issue in the home rule debate: school districts are not like other local government institutions in our democracy. They don’t exist because we’ve decided to come together and govern ourselves democratically. They exist to educate all children, period.
(Side note: This also came up during a 45-minute discussion yesterday after I’d moderated a home rule debate for the Dallas Assembly. A few vocal home rule opponents wanted to [...]Full Story
Eighty five percent of Dallas/Fort Worth-area chief financial officers plan to hire full-time professional employees to expand or fill vacant positions in the next six months, according to a study by staffing firm Robert Half.Full Story
This is not a surprise. When current editor Bob Mong announced his retirement (effective sometime in 2015) and Rodrigue was not immediately named his replacement, the newsroom suspected its longtime ME would move on. He joins WFAA in one week. Below are the two emails sent this morning to DMN staffers from Mong. [...]Full Story