Making Dallas Even Better
How do you make a convincing post-apocalyptic drama on a shoestring budget? In the case of Z for Zachariah, you write a character-driven script that takes place in the wilderness. Plus, this emotionally grounded adaptation of the science-fiction novel by Robert O’Brien showcases complex performances by three established stars that help to compensate for some […]Full Story
Before Kelly Clarkson shuts it down with “Since U Been Gone,” you’ve got a lot of live music to look forward to: Mos Def (at last) makes it to the the Bomb Factory, Belle and Sebastian headline KXT’s annual Summer Cut bash, and Vice Palace closes out its summer of live recordings with a show featuring a reunited Vulgar Fashion.Full Story
More than a year before the city of Dallas approved Kirby Warnock’s proposal for a public artwork in Oak Cliff honoring Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Warnock sought the blessing of the elder Vaughan brother. Jimmie gave the project his OK on one condition, Warnock says: “Don’t make me look weird.”
Whatever the piece winds up looking like — the city will put out a call for artists once funding is met — a tribute to the two blues guitarists is closer than ever to becoming a reality at Kiest Park, not far from where the Vaughan brothers grew up.Full Story
Alex From Target is the newest type of celebrity, part of a growing cohort of young teen stars whose claim to fame is that they have no claim to fame. They have looks, or more precisely, a look: stretched almond eyes, incandescent irises, dark eyebrows, puffy lips, Bieber-esque baby cheeks, and disconcertingly shiny, white teeth. They exist mostly on social media sites such as YouTube, Vine, and Instagram, where they became famous and where legions of devoted tween and teen followers obsess over their every move. This month, some of them will appear in the flesh at DigiTour, a concert-like event built around people like Alex Lee.Full Story
Ahead of Trees’ sixth anniversary (since its 2009 return), we look back at some of the legendary Deep Ellum music venue’s most memorable concerts.Full Story
KNON 89.3 FM, which is being forced to vacate its digs at 5353 Maple Ave., has found a new home. One of Dallas’ best radio stations will start the move into the new building at 11311 North Central Expressway next week, and will begin broadcasting from the North Dallas location by the end of September, according to a post on the station’s Facebook page.Full Story
Up to 85,000 people are expected to attend MegaFest this weekend in downtown Dallas. The festival, which began today and runs through Saturday, is described as a “faith and family” extravaganza created by local Christian megachurch leader T.D. Jakes. It brings in a huge number of speakers and celebrities — Oprah Winfrey kicked off the 2013 installment, and Tyler Perry is on hand this year to present a play featuring his popular Madea character.
Those 85,000 people will have a lot to keep them busy this weekend, with a staggering amount of panels, speeches, classes, and performances scheduled at venues throughout town. The festival hub is at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, but events are also scheduled at the American Airlines Center, the Omni, and Klyde Warren Park. To make things a little easier for some of the many people attending the convention, we’ve highlighted some of the events featured on the mega-schedule.Full Story
The screenplay might not pre-date the age of the target audience for She’s Funny That Way, but it feels close. It’s a screwball comedy that seems like it’s been dusted from a bygone era of Preston Sturges and Ernst Lubitsch. Aside from a sprinkling of salty language and few shots of people on cell phones, […]Full Story
Consider this a public service announcement: Summer is winding down. Labor Day (Sept. 7) is right around the corner, and the official end of the season (Sept. 23) is lurking after that.
This leaves you only a few weeks to enjoy summer activities in their natural habitat. So enjoy every remaining minute on these 11 great Dallas patios. Keep cool with every drop of these eight frosty adult beverages. Go for one more splash at North Texas’ waterparks and spraygrounds.
With many of Dallas’ best summertime staples preparing to depart into the increasingly early sunset, it’s time to mark your calendar for some of these upcoming events to end the season in style.Full Story
The North Texas Fair and Rodeo is in some ways overshadowed by that other Texas fair beginning next month. The Denton fair, which kicks off Friday and runs through Aug. 29, can’t match the State Fair of Texas’ size — it’s hard to out-big an event that boasts a 55-foot tall talking cowboy statue — but it doesn’t need to. The North Texas Fair and Rodeo is an institution in its own right, bringing crowds from Denton, Dallas, and beyond out to the fairgrounds at 2217 N. Carroll Blvd.Full Story
Four regional premieres highlight Uptown Players’ 15th season, which kicks off Jan. 15 with Aida, the Tony Award-winning show with music by Elton John. Aida, presented with the Turtle Creek Chorale, will show at the Dallas City Performance Hall. The rest of the company’s season, including the annual Broadway Our Way fundraiser, will take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.Full Story
About midway through We Are Your Friends, a mentor explains to his deejay protégé that he needs to stop sampling so many other artists and create a unique sound of his own. That also would have been sound advice for this directorial debut from Max Joseph (who stars in the television show “Catfish”) that chronicles […]Full Story
As a follow-up to her Best New Artist Grammy nomination last year, country singer-songwriter Brandy Clark moves from music to musical theater. It’s not as surprising as it once might have been, but her source material might be: Hee Haw. Clark and her frequent collaborator Shane McAnally both watched the down-home variety show growing up.Full Story
Growing up, Frances Gonzalez knew her grandfather as just her grandfather—a strong man fiercely dedicated to his family and capable of fixing just about anything. But the old pictures tucked away in her mother’s dresser drawer showed another part of his life, one that he would never talk about with his granddaughter. Now his story is finally being told, thanks to a new exhibition honoring Dallas County’s Mexican-American veterans. It was put together by the Dallas Mexican American Historical League; Gonzalez serves on its board.Full Story
When the actress Linda Gray, a native Californian, was cast as Sue Ellen Ewing in the late ’70s, her character was a bit part on what was supposed to be a five-episode miniseries. But Dallas exploded, becoming one of the most popular and iconic shows in the world. Gray became famous, Sue Ellen—the well-coifed, long-suffering, and perpetually drunk wife of Larry Hagman’s devilish J.R.—became notorious, and the Ewings and their home on Southfork Ranch became synonymous with the city. Gray’s memoir, The Road to Happiness, released this month to coincide with her 75th birthday, reveals details about her first and only marriage, her sister’s death from cancer at age 43, and the sexism she faced on the Dallas set. We chatted with Gray about her lasting friendship with her co-stars, the joy of returning to Dallas in 2012, and when it’s time to put a beloved character away.Full Story
The massive electronic dance music festival returns.Full Story
The pending departure of the state’s only full-time classical music critic raises a number of questions.Full Story
A comedy can be violent and bloody, but the gags have got to land. A movie’s plot can be two hours of unrealistic nonsense, but it’s at least got to obey its own internal logic. Otherwise you have a mess like American Ultra, which never lives up to the promise of its premise about a stoner who discovers that he’s a Jason Bourne-like sleeper agent.Full Story
Raise your hand if you thought Hitman: Agent 47 was a sequel to the 2007 film of (almost) the same name. Nope, this is actually a remake of the video-game adaptation about a cyborg assassin, which in this case is a trivial distinction. In following its predecessor, it’s a slick high-tech thriller that essentially trades […]Full Story
Marielle Heller grew up in San Francisco during the 1980s. Bel Powley was raised in England almost two decades later. Yet both women felt a deep emotional connection to Minnie, the sexually charged protagonist in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Powley stars in Heller’s directorial debut as an aspiring artist during the early 1970s […]Full Story
Delta Maze is the latest project from Dallas artist Andrew Meals, of Big Red Rooster and Weekend Hustler fame. Delta Maze will release the debut EP, Forever Mañana, this Friday with a performance at the House of Blues. Before that, we’re premiering this song, which kicks off the EP. “Oh No Don’t Go” is an unabashed summertime pop song, a splashy track that smoothly incorporates elements of hip-hop and electronic music into its big, colorful sound.
Catch Delta Maze live Friday with LEV and Jonas Martin at the House of Blues’ Cambridge Room. Blue, the Misfit will DJ.
Listen to “Oh No Don’t Go” below.Full Story
We combed through social media feeds to find some of our favorite shots from this weekend’s best concerts in Dallas. The shows that commanded a lot of attention on Instagram included the Spector 45 reunion/tribute at Three Links, Jill Scott at the Verizon Theatre, and Summerfest with Chief Keef and Travis Scott at Gas Monkey Live.Full Story
It’s hard to tell from the thermometer, but summer is almost at an end. Schools throughout North Texas are revving back up, which means the next couple weeks are your last chance to squeeze in some summer-quality family time. Before the kids start hitting the books, here are five family-friendly ways to make the most of the waning days of summer.Full Story
The British filmmaker uses the 1960s television espionage drama as a jumping-off point for his own interpretation, which keeps the period setting but jettisons much of the show’s international intrigue in favor of shootouts and car chases.Full Story