A Daily Conversation About Dallas


Katherine Owens, Co-Founder of Undermain Theatre, Has Died

| 14 mins ago
photo by Elizabeth Lavin

Owens, 61, died Saturday from lymphoma. Here is an obituary from Jerome Weeks at Art + Seek, and here is one from her husband and partner Bruce DuBose. Owens was in our 40th anniversary issue five years ago, where she said this:

“The greatest thing you can do is love things deeply, admire fiercely, and stay in touch with what that is,” Owens says. “I suppose that’s a life’s work.”

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Sports & Leisure

Which Dirk D Magazine Cover Is the Dirkiest?

| 26 mins ago

Fröhlichen Dienstag! That means “happy Tuesday” in German.

What you see here are the two — yes zwei — August covers for our annual Best of Big D issue. The big German you see on the left is Dirk Nowitzki. The big German on the right is also Dirk Nowitzki. Both photos were taken by Sean Berry. Both covers were designed by our own Kevin Goodbar.

As we were producing the August issue, we tested the two covers with our reader advisory panel. They liked the blue cover. But we as a staff couldn’t let the white cover just sit on a hard drive. So, for the first time in D Magazine’s 45 years of publishing, we have printed a split cover. Subscribers will get the white one, and the blue one will roll out on newsstand. I’ve already heard on Twitter from out-of-town folks who want one or the other. If you order a subscription online (12 issues for $18), your first issue will be the white cover. Or you can call our front desk and ask Molly to sell you a single copy (214-939-3636). Sagen Sie uns, welches Magazin das beste ist.

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Local News

CBP and ICE Need to Send Francisco Galicia Back To Where He Comes From, Which Is Dallas

| 34 mins ago

This morning, I went to look for Obed Manuel’s story about Francisco Galicia, 18 years old, born in Dallas at Parkland, a U.S. citizen, who was detained by Customs and Border Protection and has been in custody for since June 27. I saw it last night. But, curiously, it did not occupy one of the 45 slots for stories on the Morning News site. Dan Crenshaw’s editorial about “the outrage incentive dooming our politics” has been there for 24 hours, or very close to it.

ANYWAY, go read Obed’s story. Galicia wasn’t even able to use the phone until he was transferred to ICE custody this weekend.

[His attorney Claudia] Galan said she met with CBP officers last week and presented them with Galicia’s birth certificate and some other documents but was unsuccessful in getting him released. She plans on presenting the same documents to ICE officers later this week.

“I presented then with his original birth certificate and other documents and they ignored them. So now I’ve faxed over all the documents to the ICE agent handling the case,” Galan said. “He’s going on a full month of being wrongfully detained. He’s a U.S. citizen and he needs to be released now.”

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Local News

Leading Off (7/23/19)

| 4 hours ago

Another Alleged Victim of Serial Killer. A lawsuit filed yesterday brings the number of deaths to 19 that are linked to Billy Chemirmir, the guy who is accused of smothering seniors for years in North Texas.

6-Acre Plot in Downtown Dallas Trades Hands. Remember that spot across the highway from the Perot where Vinay Jain was going to build South Asian museum? Not anymore. Kaizen Development Partners and Woods Capital bought the land and plan to build a huge mixed-use project.

Tim Byres Leaves Stephan Pyles Flora Street Cafe. His stint as managing director lasted just seven months.

Watch a Dude Ride a Scooter in Rush Hour on I-35E. The DMN caught up with the driver who made the video.

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Come Party Hardy With Us at Our Annual Best of Big D Bash

| 19 hours ago

D Magazine throws a party every year in honor of the best things Dallas has to offer. It’s fun. There’s a lot to eat and a lot to drink. You can read more about it here.

The party is taking place this Thursday, July 25 (7 p.m. for GA and 6 p.m. for VIP) and tickets start at $65.

I’m here today to tell you about the food portion of the event. Which, in my opinion, is the best part of the event. But I’m biased. Your ticket grants you access to unlimited food. (Until it runs out, of course.) And drinks. (These will not run out.)

Here’s a list of some of the things that you can munch on this Thursday.

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Politics & Government

Royce West Will Run for John Cornyn’s U.S. Senate Seat

| 23 hours ago

Royce West made it official this morning. The state senator from Dallas will run for Congress against U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in 2020.

His work is cut out for him. A win would make West the first Democrat from Texas to win a seat in the U.S. Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988. His opening comes after Beto O’Rourke’s campaign against Ted Cruz fell just a couple of percentage points short, vastly closing the gap in a state that hadn’t really seen a close race—the chart here shows it well—for decades.

West, 66, has been a member of the Texas Senate for 16 years. He announced on Monday morning, flanked by his family, former mayor Ron Kirk, and U.S. Representative from Dallas Eddie Bernice Johnson. Via his press announcement:

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Good Reads

Your Summer Reading List: The Time My Grandfather Met Bob Hope

| 1 day ago

The story goes like this: my grandfather met Bob Hope sometime in the early 1960s, outside the big hotel on Central and Mockingbird. Back then, that hotel was called the Hilton Inn, but it looks pretty much the same now as it did in the past. Both my grandfather and Bob Hope were waiting for their cars to be pulled around, and Bob Hope was dressed for golf.

This is a major event in my family’s history, but what I just told you is the entire story as I know it. I don’t know why my grandfather was at the Hilton Inn, waiting for his car, and I don’t know why Bob Hope was in town that day, other than to play golf.

I like stories like this, though. I know the building, so I can picture it. I know my grandfather and Bob Hope, so I can picture them. The rest of the details don’t matter much—just two men, saying hello.

Samantha Mabry is a native of Dallas. She teaches English at El Centro College, and her most recent novel, All the Wind in the World, was nominated for a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2017.

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Local News

Leading Off (07/22/19)

| 1 day ago

Wrong-Way Driver Killed Near White Rock Lake. The driver crossed over the median into northbound traffic on Garland Road Sunday night and was hit by another car. He was taken to Baylor but did not survive.

Man Shoots Into Crowd, Hits Two. One was grazed, the other was shot in the eye; condition unknown. Unfathomable.

TRE Train Strikes, Kills Pedestrian. It happened Saturday morning and is being investigated by DART police.


Wilma Perry Turns 90, Goes Skydiving. This young lady is alright.

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Local News

A Good Snapshot of Literary Dallas in the Morning News

| 4 days ago
From last week’s LitNight at Chocolate Secrets. (photo by Stefania Morandi)

If it feels like more things are happening in Dallas’ literary scene lately, you are right. And this piece in the Morning News (I’m told it’ll be on the front page of the arts section on Sunday) by former D intern Dan Singer pulls it together, who is doing what and where and why. Am I posting it because our microfiction series is prominently mentioned? Well, not only because of that. I will also add that it was very nice to come out of a root canal and see this story being shared in my various feeds.

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