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Today is Juneteenth, the third since being recognized as a federal holiday.

President Joe Biden in 2021 made the Juneteenth Day of Observance the first new federal holiday since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Juneteenth marks the day when enslaved people in Galveston finally learned of their freedom. News reached them in 1865, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Much of the credit for the federal recognition of the day goes to Fort Worth native Opal Lee, who spent years walking to Washington, D.C., to call for the day’s enshrinement. Her annual 2.5-mile walk will happen this year in Dallas, taking off at 9 a.m. from the African American Museum in Fair Park. More details are here. Many of the annual Juneteenth parties and festivals happened last weekend. One of the oldest ceremonies took place in the Elm Thicket/Northpark neighborhood. This year, folks there celebrated a new Texas historical marker. Read more on that here. The D Magazine offices are closed today, so things will be a bit slow on FrontBurner. We’ll see you tomorrow.

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Mapping the Lost History of the Tenth Street Historic District

Much of Tenth Street's history has been lost to demolition and city policy. A new effort aims to help people visualize what once was, with the goal of appreciating and saving what remains.
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Tuesday, June 18
News

The Elm Thicket/Northpark Neighborhood Makes a Statement with New Historical Marker

The historically Black neighborhood has been a part of Dallas for more than a century. On Saturday, its residents celebrated the community's first state historical marker.
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What is a Netflix House?

(Wrong answers only.)

But seriously, it is a “permanent entertainment venue,” according to the press release I assume every working member of the media got this morning, and it will be, so far, one of only two in the country, and it is coming to the Galleria in Fall 2025. “Permanent” makes me laugh in this context for some reason, even though I know it is only being used to delineate this from various pop-up concerns.

Here is some marketing jargon to explain further: Netflix House “will be an unforgettable experience featuring your favorite Netflix stories and characters beyond the screen year-round. At Netflix House, you can enjoy regularly updated immersive experiences with your friends and family, indulge in retail therapy and taste your favorite Netflix series and films through unique food and drink offerings.”

I don’t know. Let me know if I can immerse myself in the Hit Man universe, I guess.

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New photography book focuses on 40 years of Oak Cliff.

One morning, Richard Doherty’s wife took a wrong turn on her way to work, leading her to drive through part of Oak Cliff. She immediately fell in love with the community, and that day the couple signed a contract for a home in the area.

Doherty has lived in Oak Cliff since 1983 and has captured its essence through film photography for 40 years. The photos, along with essays by Bill Minutaglio, John Rohbach, and Doherty’s former student Christopher Blay, will be published in Doherty’s new book, Framing Oak Cliff: A Visual Diary of the Dallas Neighborhood. The book was released on June 15 but will be available for in-store purchase and signing this Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m., at Whose Books in Oak Cliff. 

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Movies

New Podcast: Barak Epstein Introduces the 2024 Oak Cliff Film Festival

The head of Aviation Cinemas—which owns the Texas Theatre—will prove that movies are all around us at this year's Oak Cliff Film Festival.
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Severed arm found in passenger seat of drunken driver.

A man with two DWI convictions hit and killed a pedestrian in Northwest Dallas. When cops caught up with the driver, they saw that his BMW had a “hole in the front passenger windshield” and “an entire arm on the front passenger seat.” The driver told police he’d been to a Grand Prairie Hooters and had had just one shot of Patron, but a breathalyzer revealed his BAC was twice the legal limit.

Source: Fox 4

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Alley trash pickup might end in Dallas.

The city could save about $10 million annually if it stopped picking up people’s trash in alleys (because curbside pickup reduces labor costs). Today councilmembers will get a briefing on a proposal to phase out alley pickup over the next two years. I’m thinking of my 80-year-old neighbors with no front driveway and access to the street only via a stone staircase. Nearly every house in my neighborhood lacks a front driveway. If we make this transition, there had best be some exceptions.

Source: Dallas Morning News

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Mavs’ great season comes to an end.

From the Boston Herald: “The Celtics completed their quest for basketball immortality Monday night by mauling the Mavericks 106-88 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals; the final stroke of their season-long masterpiece. It was a show of growth and strength for a young team that grew up before our eyes. Boston outclassed the Mavericks, behind Jayson Tatum’s all-around, 31-point showcase and countless tough plays made across the roster that in years past marked the gap between themselves and a title.” We’ll have more on StrongSide shortly.

Source: Boston Herald

Monday, June 17
Restaurant News

Dallas Can Learn from Trinity Groves. Trinity Groves Can Learn from Its Neighbors.

Ten years after its founding, the former food park is a culinary ghost town. Even its head honcho says it was built “ass-backwards.” This summer, the revival begins with new talent and a new attitude.
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Better take the stairs at Hall Arts Garage.

The City Council will be briefed Wednesday on the situation at the garage in the Arts District, where people are getting trapped in elevators “on a frequent basis.”

The city owns the garage. The city memo indicated that Hall Arts Group has operated it since 1986. After we published this yesterday, a representative from Hall Group said that the symphony elevators referred to in a city memo are not operated or managed by any Hall Group affiliate, and that a 2009 agreement requires the city to maintain the elevators. The 450-space facility serves the Meyerson Symphony Center and other Arts District venues and businesses. A memo dated June 12 says attempts to repair the 37-year-old elevators (all four of them) have “failed to prove beneficial.” Three don’t work at all, a memo to Council contends, and the fourth “began experiencing mechanical issues in December of last year.” 

The Council will vote on the expenditure on June 26. Restoring all four elevators is expected to take 28 weeks, which puts the project’s completion around New Year’s Eve. Until then, opt for the workout.

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Let’s help some Deep Ellum nightclubs with their branding exercise.

Those of you who cherish our negative restaurant reviews—which, let’s face it, is all of you—will remember our not-so-epic meals at The Epic, and our deep dive into what the development portends for Deep Ellum as a whole. Today, Eater’s Courtney Smith has an interview with an Epic restaurateur and context about how the businesses there are trying new menus, new staffing, even a whole new concept to salvage their reputations.

One leader also wants to rebrand the ultra-clubby blocks just northwest of Deep Ellum as the Good-Latimer Entertainment District. But we can think of a better name for it!

I’ll start: Good-Latimer Evening Entertainment & Clubby Lounge Usage Borough (GLEECLUB). Drink Overnight Near Good-Latimer Expressway (DONGLE). Good-Latimer Alcohol District Including Late Evening Fun Times (GLADILEFT). Use the comments to chime in.

Source: The Epic’s Fine Dining Dilemma

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Dallas Trinity FC gets to training.

The USL Super League season for your Dallas Trinity FC doesn’t get going till August 18 (with the first home game at the Cotton Bowl on September 7), but some of the team has already begun training. They’ll be bouncing around a bit from pitch to pitch. Today they were using the facilities at St. Mark’s. Keep your head on a swivel, and stay on your front foot. It’s a game of two halves, people.

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Local man makes nice catch in Turtle Creek.

Once upon a time, David Hale Smith served as D Magazine’s burger editor. His day job, though, has always been as a literary agent. He was behind the the short-story collection Dallas Noir, and if you’re enjoying Dark Matter on Apple+, you can thank him (and Blake Crouch) for that. None of which really matters for this post, which is about fishing. David this weekend landed the largemouth bass you see here on the banks of Turtle Creek. He asked me not to get too specific about where, exactly, he caught it. Not far from downtown? I think I can say that. The lunkers are out there, folks.

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Highland Village fire chief resigns after being caught in prostitution sting.

Jason Collier was arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution in Lewisville on Thursday, one of 14 caught in the operation. Collier was also charged with resisting arrest. He was placed on administrative leave, then resigned over the weekend. This is probably enough news for Lewisville and its environs for the rest of the calendar year.

Source: CBS Texas

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SMU’s own Bryson DeChambeau wins second U.S. Open.

He had to scramble to do it, punching out of the native grass on 18, then knocking a shot from a fairway bunker 55 yards out to just over three feet away. And he got a little luck from Rory McIlroy melting down. Pinehurst is a lucky course for Dallas: there is a statue of the late Payne Stewart, immortalizing his win there in 1999.

Source: espn.com

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Friday, June 14
Transportation

Elevated High-Speed Rail Through Downtown Dallas Appears Dead

As Dallas "pauses" its support for high-speed rail to Fort Worth, the regional transportation authority considers rerouting the train away from downtown.
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Gay people can be boring, too.

From a DMN story about the Turtle Creek Chorale’s gala: “They showed me pictures of their two girls, 8 and 11 (both adorable). Gay life, after all, is not one note—the social scene, clubbing, fashion—but a harmony of them, bachelorhood and fatherhood, wild times and domesticity, one of the beautiful stories about gay life in the 21th [sic] century.” It’s Pride Month, so I wanted to make sure y’all knew that. Poppers? Yes! But also just doing the dishes and going to bed early.

Source: Dallas Morning News

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The Dallas Zoo welcomes Huckleberry and Juniper.

The Zoo says the two chicks hatched last month and live at the Whooping Crane Center of Texas, which is located at Samuell Farm in Mesquite. The eggs came from the International Crane Foundation. Zoo officials say that the hatchlings will be monitored to make sure they don’t get used to being around humans, and once physical and social cues present themselves, they’ll be introduced into the wild.

The two hatchlings are the second and third chicks the zoo has raised. Last June, Leviathan hatched and was later released into the Louisiana wetlands. In January, he was found dead of a gunshot wound.

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Source: Dallas Morning News

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Opal Lee gets her home back.

The “Grandmother of Juneteenth” was 12 years old when a mob stormed up to their home at 940 East Annie Street in Fort Worth. The racists forced the family out while police watched, then trashed the house and burned their belongings. It happened on June 19, 1939. Trinity Habitat for Humanity wound up buying the lot many decades later and gave it back to Lee. The organization then built a new house on the property, and Lee—who was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work to make Juneteenth a federal holiday—got the keys yesterday.

Source: WFAA

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Dallas woman tells her story to Congress.

Yesterday, Lauren Miller told lawmakers that she and her husband learned that her pregnancy was not viable and she had to travel to another state to have an abortion. Democrats called her to provide testimony during a hearing to protect the right of individuals to travel to receive the procedure. Miller had to go to Colorado to terminate her pregnancy after learning through an ultrasound that one of her twins had serious abnormalities and would likely not survive.

Source: Dallas Morning News

Thursday, June 13
Galleries

Gallery: The NBA Finals Return to Dallas

It wasn't the outcome we hoped for, but the MFFL faithful packed the plaza ahead of the Finals returning to the American Airlines Center for the first time since 2011.
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Silver Skylarks will put grooves in your ears Sunday night.

The other day, I played golf with my 25-year-old son. “I want you to check out this new Dallas band,” I told him and then played some tunes as we knocked it around the course. My son dug it. I share this anecdote because my son is cooler than I am, so you should take his word, not mine. He thinks The Number One Set and Sound, by the Silver Skylarks, is good stuff. In February, Zac described it as “funk-inflected, Afrobeat-indebted, live hip-hop soul that should appeal to fans of Khruangbin and Black Pumas.”

That is your setup. Skin Wade writes in to tell us: “Installment 3 of our Silver Skylarks listening series is this Sunday evening in Oak Cliff at LadyLove. I’ll be there with Danny and Luke Sardello from the label and Josey Records. Starts at 6. We go through the record track by track and imbibe and have a good time. Luke spins afterwards till 9. And the dudes from The Formula will be giving away a pair of tickets to Raekwon and BranooFunck on June 29 as well.”

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Johnny Canales, the Dick Clark of the Hispanic community, has passed away.

His wife, Nora, posted this morning on the El Show de Johnny y Nora Canales Facebook page that the 77-year-old had died. Our managing editor, Aileen Jimenez, interviewed him back in 2022 for our first ever music issue. She had wanted to find out why Tejano music had disappeared from Dallas airwaves, and her father suggested that she call the godfather of the genre, who is credited with introducing numerous emerging stars to the world, including Selena Quintanilla, himself. To Aileen’s surprise, Canales was more than happy to get on the phone and reminisce. Read the article and catch Aileen on Telemundo 39 later today.

Where Did Tejano Music Go?

I was convinced the soundtrack to my childhood had all but disappeared. Turns out, I just had to tune in.
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The Dallas Police and Fire Pension Just Isn’t Making Its Money Go Far Enough

Underperforming investments have forced Dallas to look at paying more than $11 billion over the next 30 years to keep the fund solvent.
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The only heartwarming moment of Game 3.

Lest you ever doubt Dirk Nowitzki’s commitment to the Mavs, he elbowed his buddy Steve Nash in the chest for not cheering loud enough during that attempted comeback. Just best friends doing best friend stuff.

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Dallas shells out almost three-quarters of a million bucks on car accidents.

Yesterday, the Dallas City Council approved about $740,000 in settlements related to car accidents in which city employees were involved. The six items were on the consent agenda, which is a list of agenda items that are bundled together for one vote and generally have little discussion.

The price tags for those six accidents range from $36,000 to $270,000. Incidents include a Dallas Sanitation Service truck that made a U-turn and hit a car ($270,000) and a Dallas Fire-Rescue fire truck driven by a firefighter that failed to yield to traffic ($248,500). 

District 14 Councilmember Paul Ridley—who represents Downtown, Uptown, and East Dallas—said that the expenditures were getting “out of control” and asked interim City Manager Kimberly Bizor Tolbert to review the city’s policies regarding driver training and the consequences for causing traffic accidents.

Source: KERA

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Texas may need to double its power generation in the next six years.

Officials with ERCOT and the Public Utility Commission told state lawmakers Wednesday that they predict that Texas will need to double its power generation within the next six to 10 years. The two agencies said that August is when it gets the most dicey—around 9 p.m. the energy from solar power goes offline. ERCOT predicts that August will bring a 16 percent chance that the grid will need to take measures to encourage people to conserve energy, and a 12 percent chance rolling blackouts might occur in parts of the state.

A report from the two entities says that the biggest drivers are new artificial intelligence data centers, cryptocurrency mining, Permian basin oil facilities switching to electric power, and the general growth in the state.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick indicated on social media that Wednesday’s report contained brand-new information.

Source: NBC DFW

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Wednesday, June 12
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City Council elects new leadership, kerfuffle follows.

The Dallas City Council is meeting today, and of the many things on the agenda one was the task of electing mayor pro tem and deputy mayor pro tem. That task doesn’t generally create much excitement. The Council chose to re-elect Tennell Atkins as mayor pro tem, which means that when Mayor Eric Johnson is out (which rarely ever happens, right?), Atkins runs the meetings. The same body also picked Adam Bazaldua as its deputy mayor pro tem, which is like being the understudy to the understudy (or the middle child).

The Bazaldua choice is definitely interesting. He’s more liberal than Johnson, who has a newfound zeal for conservatism. What is also interesting is how the vote played out. Both Atkins and Bazaldua were nominated for mayor pro tem. Atkins got eight votes to Bazaldua’s seven, with Omar Narvaez, Chad West, Gay Donnell Willis, Paula Blackmon, Jaynie Schultz, Bazaldua himself, and Jaime Resendez voting for Bazaldua. He was the sole nominee for deputy, with 14 of his colleagues voting for him. (Councilmember Cara Mendelsohn cast her ballot for “none,” the only other option.)

Having become deputy mayor pro tem (technically it’s official on June 17), Bazaldua motioned to move up an agenda item that, if passed, would condemn Senate Bill 4, which allows state and local police to arrest people they believe are in the country illegally. A gallery full of people was on hand to provide comment on the issue; he didn’t want to make them wait. Instead, the apparently angered mayor moved to go into a quick recess and then was seen walking toward Bazaldua. One councilmember told me, “It was a little wild.” Bazaldua said, “The mayor wasn’t so good at hiding his true colors when the cameras were still on.”

This is going to be fun, right?

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The NBA Finals resume tonight.

And with Dallas trailing 0-2, Game 3 in the American Airlines Center will likely spell the difference between the Mavs making this a series or biding their time until elimination. Your pregame reading comes from Iztok Franko, our resident Slovenian, who flew to Dallas to watch Luka in person these next two games. He wrote this on the plane, because he loves us all that much. And if you want pregame listening, too, then I suggest yours truly gabbing with The Athletic’s Tim Cato and StrongSide contributor Austin Ngaruiya. Just six and a half hours until tipoff.

It’s Now Or Never For the Mavericks. Here’s How Dallas Wins Game 3.

Win tonight, and we may have a series on our hands. Lose, and it’s all but over. These are the adjustments Dallas must make.
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