Whether for a birthday, new job or graduation, here are some of our favorite spots to have a party.Full Story
Powerless to resist a man in uniform? What if he’s also singing? We get it, and we’ve got you covered. WaterTower Theatre’s production of the musical Dogfight, based on the 1991 River Phoenix/Lili Taylor film about a group of Marines out to stir things up the night before they ship out to Vietnam, begins performances […]Full Story
Grilling season is winding down for some folks across the nation, but living in a state where the heat index stays well above 90 for most the year gives us the great opportunity to keep our steaks charred and our “World’s Greatest Chef” aprons locked and loaded. But, with Dallas restaurants stepping up their marinating […]Full Story
First things first: I would like to thank everyone who came out to our “Best of Big” D event last night. I probably enjoyed the elaborate buffet concocted by See’s Candies a bit more than a grown man should, and I was really in awe of the effort put forth by my fellow staffers and interns for making it all happenFull Story
In our latest issue, we take readers inside pro golfer Hunter Mahan’s tricked-out Preston Hollow home. If the gorgeous photos and long list of amenities left you drooling, you’re in luck! The house is on the market. And for those of you who get up in arms about our seven-figure Real Estate Reports, steel yourself: The property is listed at $9.5 million.
It’s not exactly chump change, but when you consider what you’re getting for the price—a state-of-the-art basement man cave featuring a gym, golf-simulator room, basketball half-court, and 12-car garage; a kitchen decked out with a Wolf range and Dornbracht faucet with foot-pedal controls; stunning outdoor living areas and an outdoor kitchen; and beautiful designer light fixtures in every room of the house—it’s practically a steal. And while we can’t promise your golf game will get better just because you bought real estate from a tour pro, it certainly couldn’t hurt it, could it?Full Story
Luc Besson’s summer action blockbuster, Lucy, makes a number of swiping and surprising philosophically claims, but none are as confidently stated as this: Christian Louboutin shoes and handguns are a turn on.Full Story
The event is called “A City Under the Influence,” which is a nod to a certain movie director’s independent spirit as well as the influential people that will be acknowledged—artists of some local notoriety who could use the occasional buck or two more than another hat tip on a blog or panel.Full Story
A good time was had by all, I believe, at last night’s Best of Big D party at the Rustic. DJ Sober and Sam Lao were great. The drinks flowed freely. Much food went into many mouths. And so on and so forth. But I will tell you this: before the front moved through, it was a little steamy. The meteorological conditions occasioned my favorite moment of the night:Full Story
As Michael mentioned this morning, during what I can only imagine was some sort of fugue state, Dallas Cowboys great Robert Newhouse lost a long battle with heart disease yesterday. I went looking for Robert Newhouse highlights on YouTube, but then found this: Newhouse running an obstacle course as part of the Superteams series, a Battle of the Network Stars-style, made-for-TV contest that pitted that year’s Super Bowl champs against the winner of the World Series. Except, in 1978, George Steinbrenner refused to let the New York Yankees participate, so the Cowboys faced the Kansas City Royals. (An aside: I would 100-percent watch the pants off this if it still existed, because I love stupid, made-up contests.)
The clip is almost 10 minutes long, but you only have to watch the first two, which includes Keith Jackson referring to Newhouse as “a stocky, block-busting, hard-running fellow from Houston,” which he absolutely was, but he was very clearly also — and Jackson could have at least mentioned it — the owner of a glorious head of hair.Full Story
Tequila pairings and specialty margaritas will be served up all over town tomorrow.Full Story
If you, like me, enjoy it when the Morning News lets Alan Peppard write something more than recaps of society events and such, you will like this long piece about how the rest of Kidd Kraddick’s morning show crew has carried on since his death last year. (Note: while a lot of design has gone into the layout of the story online, and it looks nice, it can be a bit of a pain to read if your internet connection is slow. But also note I have, like, 40 tabs open, so who knows? Could be on my end. It’s usually on my end.)Full Story
Jay Z and Beyoncé never really asked to be the new ideal of marriage in America; a Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio for the post-rap generation. They barely even acknowledged their relationship on record until well after they were wed.Full Story
Back in May, I wondered how much longer Andrews Kurth could continue to employ Spencer Barash, a lawyer that we had to remove from our Best Lawyers list because of some Allen Stanford-related shenanigans he was involved in (you’ll have to follow some links; it’s complicated). Well, an alert FrontBurnervian points us to a story (paywall) in The American Lawyer that says Barasch is on his way out. Explaining why Barasch’s profile page had vanished from the Andrews Kurth website, a managing partner told the magazine: “Spence Barasch is still a highly valued member of Andrews Kurth. However, he is in the process of transitioning his legal practice. Under those circumstances, we have agreed that it’s best not to continue to publish his website biography during the transition period. The firm continues to fully support Spence in all of his endeavors.”Full Story
After the 25th of December has passed, we have to wait almost 11 months until we can get back into the holiday spirit. Not anymore! Break out your Santa hats and come celebrate Christmas In July with The Bishop Arts District!Full Story
If it seems like we are constantly taking Morning News Metro columnist Steve Blow to task over this or that, that’s not an unfair assessment. In our defense, he needs to be taken to task quite a bit more than we actually have the time or energy for. I almost let his latest column — he believes our immigration courts aren’t equipped to handle the current situation — slip by with just a bit of gentle needling in Leading Off this morning. But then I read Bill Holston’s note in the comments, and then I read what Dallas Observer editor Joe Tone said a few more comments down, and then I read Blow’s piece again.
It is the worst kind of bad: dangerous. Someone might actually believe it.Full Story
Mayor Mike Rawlings is crowing about how Dallas fared in a report issued by Resonance Consultancy. Resonance’s “Top 50 U.S. Destinations 2014” puts Dallas-Fort Worth at No. 3, behind Los Angeles and New York City. Cleveland, which stole the Republican National Convention from us, came in at No. 27. Resonance broke down the list into some top-10 subcategories, too. In the Top 10 Places for Culture and Performing Arts, we came in at No. 3. In the Top 10 Places to Shop, we came in at No. 2.
I’m not sure what to make of this. Is Dallas-Fort Worth really a better destination than Chicago (No. 4) and San Francisco (No. 5) — not mention everywhere else in the country except LA and NYC? I love where I live, but, um. I did a Nexis database search for Resonance Consultancy to try to figure out what sort of chops these folks have. The name pops up in 33 sources, with seven of those being newspaper articles and seven being newswires and press releases. So yeah.
We’re No. 3!!Full Story
In Mike Cahill’s new movie, the filmmaker’s heroes use microscopes instead of superpowers, and he doesn’t push science to the backburner.Full Story
When John Tesar attacked Leslie Brenner in a public forum, he started a fire that still burns. For many of us who work in the restaurant business — I include food journalists, critics, and bloggers in this lot — the last week has been tumultuous. I’m going to try and make some sense out of it.Full Story
A.C. Gonzalez Explains Why City Repaid More Than $810,000 To HUD, Kind Of. I don’t know, does this make any sense? “He stressed that the funds are not lost, but rather put back into the city’s line of credit for other HUD projects. Though general fund dollars were used to pay back the Project Reconnect money, the groups that ultimately use the funds are typically on the hook for the expenses, he said.”
Chandler Parsons to Bro Out Like Crazy Once He Gets To Dallas. According to this.
Steve Blow Has a Strong Take On Border Situation. Maybe? I mean, I really can’t tell. He’s sort of all over the road. But I can relay the following: there are a lot of paragraphs.
Rangers Trade Joakim Soria. Haven’t really been paying attention, but I gather Soria was the team’s closer. Anyway, since there’s no hope for the team this year, I think they should start having fun with it. Give Evan Grant a few at-bats. Bring back some legends and let them play a little. Raffle off an appearance in the pitching rotation. Whatever.Full Story
It’s just you and me talking now, Hawk to Hawk. Class of ’06 to class of ’04. Sourin Hall to McShane Hall. Jesuit-educated journalist to Jesuit-educated NBA point guard. And I’m just going to lay it out: come to Dallas. Following 10 years in that Mickey Moused hellscape of Orlando, you deserve better. You deserve Dallas.Full Story
The restaurant is set to open in the first quarter of 2015.Full Story
I just happen to be strolling Central Park, NYC this morning. The first thing I notice is that it’s July and my clothes aren’t sticking to my body— it’s heaven. The next thing I notice are the beautiful green lawns that are sprinkled through the park accentuating different features; huge stands of American elms, garden beds, baseball fields and so on. But upon close inspection, I see that all of these lawns, with the exception of the baseball field, are not monoculture lawns. Rather, they are a mixture of different grasses and other native plants; or what most people would call “weeds”. My first thought? Hooray! I applaud the park’s management for not trying to create over-manicured and treated monoculture “lawns” within the park, but rather allow nature to do its thing. Guess what: It’s just as pretty.Full Story