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A Discussion About Barbecue Covers

| 9 hours ago

As I pointed out earlier, Texas Monthly has a new barbecue list that strikes me as controversial for the sake of being controversial (a point proven by this post?). But let us focus on the cover itself. Here’s a comparison of TxMo’s last barbecue cover, from 2013 (far left), with the current cover and D Magazine’s cover from last year. Who wore it best? (I’ll tip my hand by saying that the cover in the middle is a crime against meat and that its author should be ground up, mixed with peppery seasoning, and stuffed into lamb intestines).

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Local News

What Do Downtown Dallas’ Sidewalks Mean?

| 11 hours ago

A few weeks back, a co-worker — who, like me, favors perambulating around the downtown area during her lunch break — posted a photo on Instagram of one of the many geometric murals embedded into the sidewalks around here. She asked if anyone could give her more information about them. As someone who has walked every block in that particular area, I’ve often wondered the same thing and previous googling has only led me — who is really pretty outstanding at googling things — to this Huffington Post piece which actually maybe made me dumber about the subject.

Not knowing has only made me want to know more. I’m frustrated. More so than usual. But no more: today, I’ve decided to open the floor, crowd-source this thing like a modern industry disruptor.

Who designed them? What’s the unifying theory? How long have they been there? Let’s hear some chatter.

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Arts & Entertainment

Jake Heggie Wants to Get the Arts Back into Public Schools

| 12 hours ago

I was in Rochester, New York, yesterday to see my sister graduate from the Eastman School of Music with a master of music degree in vocal performance. I was already plenty excited to be at the ceremony—to see her walk across the stage, accept her diploma, enter the world of opera hopefuls. But when I was scanning the printed program before it began, I saw that the commencement speaker was a name I recognized: Jake Heggie.

One of the American composer’s operas, Moby-Dick, had premiered at The Dallas Opera a few years back. Another, Great Scott, debuted at the Winspear in the fall of 2015. He’s sort of an anomaly in the modern opera scene, in that he is successful as a classical composer in 2017. That’s pretty much unheard of. Peter Simek wrote about his rise to fame for the magazine two years ago.

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Food and Drink

Texas Monthly Barbecue List Snubs Pecan Lodge, Ranks Cattleack Higher

| 13 hours ago

Texas Monthly just released its list of the 50 best barbecue joints in the state. The top 10 are ranked, with the other 40 merely listed by city, even though each place gets a numerical score on a 5-point scale. It’s confusing. Maybe in print it makes more sense. Anyway, Cattleack Barbeque, Lockhart Smokehouse, and Pecan Lodge are the three Dallas places on the list. Cattleack comes in at No. 3 overall and scores 4.75. Pecan gets 4.25. Lockhart gets 4. Is it time to fight?

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Tech & Startups

British Tech-Recruiting Firm Picks Downtown Dallas for New Office

| 14 hours ago
Nigel Frank International will operate a new U.S. office out of Ross Tower.

A global technology-recruitment firm is expanding into downtown Dallas with plans to employ more than 300 people, which would make it the company’s largest U.S. office.

U.K.-based Frank Recruitment Group has signed a lease to operate its Nigel Frank International brand in 12,000 square feet of space on the 24th floor of Ross Tower in downtown Dallas. It’s currently in temporary space at Ross Tower, and plans to move into the new office on June 5.

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Local News

Leading Off (5/22/17)

| 18 hours ago

Texas House Passes “Bathroom Bill.” Voted on late Sunday, it comes as an amendment to another bill — one requiring schools to come up with natural disaster and emergency preparedness plans — and bars transgender kids from using multi-occupancy bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. It’s not as limiting as what Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick wanted, but still. The fact that it goes after kids is probably worse.

“Lost Boy” Sees His Mother For the First Time in 30 Years. Abraham But was one of 20,000 “Lost Boys of Sudan” who fled the country during the Second Sudanese Civil War between 1985 and 2005. He resettled in North Dallas. Yesterday, he was at DFW Airport in his dark suit, with a bouquet of flowers, when an immigration officer escorted his mother, Nyak Marol Kur, out of the gate and face to face with him for the first time in three decades. “Thank God,” she said in Dinka, holding her hands to her face. Beautiful story.

Police Say Man Accidentally Shot and Killed Girlfriend At Far East Dallas Strip Club. According to witnesses, Aldo Saucedo, 19, had been fighting with another man inside Tiger Cabaret Club near I-30 and Buckner. Saucedo left, got in his truck, and his girlfriend, Natalie Tavares, was standing outside talking to him, when a man walked up and punched him. Saucedo grabbed his gun and fired, hitting Tavares and another woman. Tavares, who was 18, died at Baylor. Saucedo’s bail is $1 million.

FC Dallas Loses Its First Game of the Season. It took 10 games but FCD finally fell to San Jose — and at home, no less, where they’ve been virtually unbeatable for a season and change. Had to happen sooner or later, and the squad is only three points out of first with three games in hand, so no need to sweat it too much.

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Stupid Things

Will Clarke’s New Book Is on Sale for $9,999.99

| 3 days ago

A coworker just forwarded me a blind email from someone who, if he’s the same guy I found on LinkedIn, is a Chief Marketing Officer for a variety of Dallas businesses. If so, I’m hoping the misspelled and poorly capitalized missive (“Will Clark (dallasite) third book is on pre-sale in electronic format for $9999.99 on Amazon because it has been transported from the future where reading is a billionaire’s luxury. It will be available in August in Hardcover for the rest of us with 2017 pricing.”) was a purposeful ruse to not seem like a press release. If so, he did in fact succeed in making me look. But the reason I am posting anything at all is that my search led me to this timeless Tim Rogers nugget of a rant about the aforementioned Will Clarke (with an “e”). Happy Friday.

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Visual Arts

A Fine New Reason to Look Behind the Beer Waterfall Billboard Off I-35E

| 3 days ago

Kyle Steed’s exceptional work can be found all over Dallas and all over Instagram. The artist is known in part for his big, bold murals, including the Dallas City Mural along the Trinity Strand Trail. Its JFK-esque challenge is both very large and very aesthetically aligned with the kinds of images that rack up a lot of hits on Instagram and Pinterest while drawing selfie-seekers from across the city.

His latest mural should also prove popular. It’s big, for one thing, and it’s located on the backside of the Coors Light waterfall billboard off I-35, as much a Dallas landmark as Dealey Plaza or Reunion Tower.

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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Trivia

| 3 days ago
I don’t know who these people are, but they do trivia at Community too. Photo courtesy of Geeks Who Drink.

I participate in the Geeks Who Drink trivia night at Community Beer Co. with the same group of friends almost every Wednesday. I drink one or two Mosaic IPAs, bring my dinner (usually pizza or tacos), obnoxiously pet everyone’s dogs, and attempt to answer obscure questions like, “Chuck D of Public Enemy ‘got a letter from the government the other day. He opened and read it, it said they were’ WHAT?”

My friends and I usually end up somewhere in the middle of the 20-or-so-group pack by the end of eight rounds of questions. We’re never the worst team in the brewery, but never the best. That is, until two days ago. Somehow, we managed to win first place on a jam-packed night. I’m not sure if everyone who showed up for trivia on Wednesday was just dumber than usual, or if we were getting smarter. Probably the former. But that didn’t take away from our victory—and the free beer we can look forward to the next time.

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New Podcast: Rodney Blu, a Son of South Dallas

| 4 days ago

As Dallas descends into chaos all around us, Rodney Blu—journalist, podcaster, radio personality, advocate—fought through the dystopian future that is now our present to meet with Zac and Tim at their beloved neighborhood haunt, The Old Monk.

Blu, a Pleasant Grove native, is an occasional D Magazine contributor, one who basically wrote out a resignation letter to his former employer at one of the city’s rap stations on the digital pages of FrontRow. More than anything, the piece reads like a personal statement of purpose:

Pushing the culture forward through thoughtful programming, online innovation, and integration of the local market aren’t concerns for Dallas radio.

Call me naive, call me a dreamer, but when I accepted my $11.50 an hour offer, I envisioned ushering in a new era of North Texas hip-hop, one that utilized my passions and abilities like I was told my position would. Even my most selfish ambitions, being on-air myself, were thwarted by fear and tradition. Fear from a programming director and his league of immediate subordinates that their 30-plus years of on-air experience would be erased overnight by some geek off the streets with no experience. Tradition that is corrupt and economically driven, doling out air time and rotation to the highest bidder, and the extortionists known fondly as record labels.

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