I’m disappointed. The Daily Beast concoctsÂ a collection of the nation’s Â 75 worst commutes, and Dallas doesn’t make the list. True, #15 says Dallas-Fort Worth, but Loop 820Â in Fort Worth doesn’t come close to Dallas. Austin made the list. Houston made the list. Fort Worth made the list. But no Dallas. Is DART that good or did they measure the traffic during the broadcast of a Cowboys game?
“The victory in Massachusetts was a victory for the country and for all freedom-loving citizens of Frisco,” Johnson said.
Johnson wasn’t alone in expressing his joy. City Councilman Pat Fallon said the Brown win demonstrated “voter disgruntlement.”
But, more importantly, Enterprise staff writer Jan Bellamy now has a great clip to show when applying for a job with Fox News.
Southlake’s favorite disgraced former Detroit mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was back in court today. The judge called him a liar, and said his behavior had been reprehensible. He transferred Kilpatrick’s probation from Texas back to Michigan. Looks like he can keep living in North Texas though, since he can report for probation by phone.
Because Kilpatrick has “not been responsible” in taking care of the $1 million in restitution he owes the city of Detroit, the judge gave him one less year in which to pay. He now has three years to turn over about $900,000, or he could go back to jail.
Earlier Kilpatrick told the court that his living expenses left him with only $6 each month with which to make restitution. This despite the fact that he rents a $1.1 million home in Southlake.
This local Detroit television report from September shows his luxurious lifestyle. They make a pretty good case, but still — does TV news have to be this over-the-top? My favorite part comes when the voice-over for Mrs. Kilpatrick’s trip to “world-renowned Southlake Town Square” touts its “high-end shopping and fabulous food,” while she’s shown ordering a sandwich at Which ‘Wich.
The CEO of oil giant Exxon MobilÂ told a House subcommittee today that fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is necessary to help America capture as much natural gas as we can from the ground. Rex Tillerson cares about the issue because of his company’s merger with XTO Energy.
Opponents have some concerns about the practice, which involves pumping chemicals into the ground to aid the extraction of natural gas.
By this weekend, the February print edition will be hitting newsstands, and you can read all about the University of Texas at Dallas’ artist residency program, Centraltrak. You will learn in the piece that Kate Sheerin has stepped in to replace former director Charissa Terranova, who left the organization just before Joan Arbery’s piece shipped (whew!). Today Centraltrak sends the official word about Sheerin, an NYU grad who has worked at SMU’s Meadows Museum and curated about town, including a show at David Quadrini’s now-shut-down Angstrom Gallery. A full release is after the jump.
This gem was passed along by a former employee who says: “This happened daily at Bill’s.” Not sure if it still does at the new location, but I can vouch for its regular occurrence at the old spot on Spring Valley.
For all the hoopla surrounding the AT&T PAC opening, there are a few things the Arts District doesn’t do well yet: fostering organic use, serving as a common urban space/park, interacting with the surrounding neighbourhoods (or lack thereof). But the district’s opening did prove that it is very good at playing the role of gathering place — a festival ground.
A month or so ago, TITAS executive director Charles Santos spoke to an audience at the DMA about his hope that the Dallas Arts District would foster more coordination and cooperation among Dallas’ arts groups and institutions, such as organizing multi-disciplinary festivals. Now, indirect encouragement comes from Down Under, where The Australian reports that that country’s love of arts festivals has helped foster the kind of innovation and risk taking that would distinguishÂ Dallas as a cultural center.
The big-city arts festivals are invitations for local patrons to try new and different tastes, and audiences take up the offer with enthusiasm. People attend shows they might never otherwise think of seeing, and strike up lively debates with strangers afterwards.
Festivals are where local and international companies get to flaunt their ambitions. Large-scale events or pushing-the-boundaries art are often called “festival shows,” because with the legitimising stamp of a festival they can attract audiences eager for the new, the controversial and the different.
Arts District boosters should take note and begin work on a potential niche for Dallas in the international arts scene.
Loyal readers of the “print product” will remember Brandon Day as the cover boy for our December 2006 issue. He and his then girlfriend, Gina Allen, after dating for only about a month, took a trip together to Palm Springs. Then they rode a tram to the top of Mount San Jacinto to get some drinks at a bar — and wound up lost, spending three nights in the wilderness without shelter. Read their story. It’s truly amazing. And when they told it in the pages of D, I figured it would only be a matter of time before it became the subject of a made-for-TV movie. (Do they still make made-for-TV movies?) Well, that hasn’t happened yet. But this Friday, the story will be told from Day’s perspective on the Discovery Channel show I Shouldn’t Be Alive. The episode is titled “Date From Hell” and will air at 8 p.m. Set your TIVOs now. (Seriously. This cable TV thing is here to stay?)
Unfair Park put the question to Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau head Phillip Jones: why didn’t they show Fair Park to the Professional Convention Management Association meeting that was in town last week? Jones answers that they highlighted Fair Park in promotional materials, but that he was more concerned with emphasizing downtown.
Since the DCVB’s brochure featured “an entire section” about the State Fair, were the convention planners given the impression that nothing happens out at Fair Park, other than when the Fair is running?Â Wick said in the January “print product” that Fair Park is too valuable to continue to let the State Fair occupy it.
A few weeks ago I spoke with Michael Morris, the transportation guru for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, about Dallas’ effort to make a bid for the 2012 Olympics, for which he developed a transportation plan. When I asked what lessons had been learned from that failure, his response centered on Fair Park.
The Olympic people were very clear on this: “You’re so close to your amenities, you underestimate their value. Fair Park–there’s nothing else in America like Fair Park. You should have talked about it more in your Olympic bid … the historic nature of it, the size of Fair Park.”
I don’t like reading We Shot JR because it offers good, honest coverage of our Denton-centric music scene. I like reading We Shot JR because it offers good, honest coverage of our Denton-centric music scene in a snotty, knavish tone that quips and bitches at anything and anyone. You can’t out-cool We Shot JR because nothing is cool — including We Shot JR — so get it out of your heads you pretentious hipsters. That’s why I find the Twitter feed “Why Denton Sucks” so hilarious — they undercut We Shot JR by simply taking one additional ironic step back from the scene so that We Shot JR is lumped-in with it, declaring the grand suckiness of it all. As I see it, this game could go on forever. So who’s going to start the “Why ‘Why Denton Sucks’ Sucks” Twitter? Because then I’ll start the “Why ‘Why “Why Denton Sucks” Sucks’ Sucks” Twitter. Ah, music scenes.
Both actually happened yesterday, Scott Goldstein reports. Hmmm. Tough to call. I’m leaning toward the former, only because the crime had already been committed, and that’s obviously just really sloppy crime committing right there. But the latter carries a terroristic threat charge, and that surely will not make things easier for the defense attorney. I don’t know — call it a tie?
FFL Laura Bush + media + Secret Service (pictured)+ Kids Vision Fest +Â Jonsson Public Library daytimers = Robert Altman-type scenario.
SweetCharity has a play-by-play.
So. Based on what the DMN had to report:
It looks like the issue isn’t settled. Councilman Ron Natinsky, who was as enthusiastic as any member of the council in authorizing these districts, promised to take his concerns to the full council:
“We’re exempting our appointees to the MMD boards from all [city] ethics responsibilities … I think it sends a somewhat bad message that we’re approving the appointments of people to a board and then we just totally said you don’t have to — in any way, shape or form — abide by the city’s ethics codes.”
1. Taylor Pugh, the long-haired Mesquite 4-year-old whose parents refused to cut his hair so that he could go to school, himself came up with a solution: braids. His mom says the do he wore yesterday made him look a little like Princess Leia. See for yourself. Me, I think PadmÃ© Amidala is hotter. But to each his own.
2. Only 15 times has someone bowled a perfect 900 series. A Plano kegler by the name of Bill Fong took a perfect series into the final frame on Monday. His quote after that final ball: “How could one of the best things happen to me, and all of the sudden I am in the bathroom thinking I am going to die?” Congrats to Fong for bowling an 899.
3. On a serious note, if you haven’t donated yet to the Haiti relief effort, read this story about Jean Arnwine, a Highland Park woman who died while on a volunteer medical mission. Then consider donating $10 to the Red Cross by texting the word “Haiti” to 90999. The charge will be added to your phone bill.