Guy walks into the DFW airport. Like this.
Warning: NSFW, slightly.
Looks like Dallas is no longer living in the real estate bubbleÂ — July 2010 home sales here were just as bad as the nationals.
That plus an historic Dallas castle hits the market over on DallasDirt. In other words, House Porn, Tudor-style.
I have good news for all of you who neglected to RSVP right away for the second installment of FrontRow’s film series. We’ve expanded capacity, and you will now have the opportunity to come out this Thursday — if you fill out this form before we fill up again.
What’s FrontRow’s Film Series, you ask? Well, we asked six people in the local art world what movie they believe people living in Dallas need to see. When we asked the Dallas Video Festival’s Bart Weiss, his mind immediately went to those two cultural factors that, in part, define this city: race and football. So this Thursday we’ll be showing “Dallas at the Crossroads,” an informational documentary made in the early 1960s in response to the growing civic tension over public school desegregation, and North Dallas Forty, called by some the greatest movie about football every made.
The films will be shown beginning at 8:30 p.m. in a vacant retail storefront graciously loaned to us for the night by Good Space’s David Spence (634 W. Davis St. in Oak Cliff). Here’s the bonus: the screening is free and there will be free beer, wine, and popcorn for all. To RSVP, go here and fill out the form.
Normally, when a broadcast outlet asks if a staffer is available to discuss something we’ve just published, the task falls to a word person — with Zac being the notable exception, on account of his mumbling and his Just-For-Men-before-picture beard. So tomorrow will be a break from the norm when our creative director, Todd Johnson (aka one of our team of what I like to call art monkeys because their jobs are so easy that a monkey could do it), does Fox Channel 4 at 8:20 a.m. He’ll be talking about “The Best Breakfasts in Dallas.” Expect magic. (PS: If you couldn’t tell, I was kidding about the “art monkey” thing. I’m just jealous because they won’t let me have InDesign on my computer.)
I know the city is in a budget crunch, and there are some great deals in commercial office space available, but who knew they would move police HQ (and repaint the squad cars) overnight?
Thanks to the alert FrontBurnervian who was on the case. I think it might have something to do with this.
Meet Kris Kobach. He’s running for Kansas Secretary of State. He likes rowing, missionary work, and belongs, ironically, to the Open Door Baptist Church.
He’s also made a whole lot of money helping municipalities craft ordinances regarding illegal immigration, and then defending those laws. Â Among those who are now defending a Kobach-penned ordinance is Farmers Branch, who paid Kobach $100,000. Hazelton, Penn., has spent at least $2 million, with Kobach getting $55,000 of it, at least.
And now Fremont, Neb., is looking at raising taxes to pay the $750,000 it projects it will need to defend its Kobach. No word on how much of that will go to the guy who penned their ordinance.
(H/T: The Pitch)
Fans of the electric car or the West Wing, get yourselves down to Pegasus Plaza in Downtown Dallas right now. Ed Begley Jr. and Josh Lyman Bradley Whitford are there, outside of Iron Cactus, this very minute filming an episode of The Good Guys for the Fox television network.
This was my second run-in with the crew. I’m pleased to tell you that your intrepid reporter once again would not be cowed. This time they used a, shall we say, “colorful metaphor,” to encourage me to move out of the way.
Jump for an exciting close-up of the stars in action. Brought to you by the OS 4 update for my iPhone 3G.
Want to see the Rangers’ financials? Deadspin can make that happen.
There’s this ESPN radio guy, Colin Cowherd (a name that is either made up or patently British, in which case, we can ignore everything he says because the British know jack about baseball), who claims Cliff Lee said he hates Texas, and phoned it in against the Orioles because he’s only showcasing his talent when the Rangers play elite teams, so he can get the heck out of here and just go play for a real team like the Yankees next season. He also said Lee hates the heat. Like there’s a pitcher out there somewhere that actually likes playing in 150 degree temperatures.
Well, Lee had some choice words for the possible limey, saying Cowherd is a lying liar who lies, and that if he has a source, he needs to produce it, because, well, he never said such a thing.
It does sound a little cockamamie. I mean, would it really be in Lee’s best interest – if he is interested in getting the heck out of here at the end of the season – to lose to lackluster teams?
On Good Morning America tomorrow, you’ll be able to see Vincent Hunter discuss how he captured footage of two thugs breaking into his Royal Park Estates home using iCam. (Hunter then posted the footage on YouTube.)Â Preston Hollow People‘s Claire St. Amant got Hunter’s wife, Janet, on the horn today for a preview.
Elder statesman Jim Schutze breaks down the history behind Dallas property taxes, which led to the walkout by the six city council members yesterday. Interesting stuff.
It’s Tuesday, and those of us who are old and/or boring enough to care about such things have cause to celebrate, for a cold front is on its way to North Texas. That said, we in Dallas have another reason to rejoice:
Remember awhile back when Craig Watkins dropped a “money bomb” with “justice explosives“? It seemed like he was doing a sort of fundraising satire that I couldn’t grasp. Well, now Jonathan Neerman and the Dallas County Republicans have dropped their own “moneybomb,” which has been designed to tell Nancy Pelosi that “we have had enough.” This latest effort got me wondering whether the Republicans had plundered Watkins’ special cache of munitions, because I’d never heard of a moneybomb before, either written as one word or two. According to this Wikipedia entry, the term was first applied to a 2007 fundraising effort of Ron Paul’s. And now you know (if you didn’t already).
Here at D Magazine, we’re thinking about launching a similar effort targeted to our advertisers. We know cash is tight, though. So we’re going to fire a trade scud. (Still needs workshopping?)
Yesterday, six Dallas city council members walked out of a meeting when they felt that Mayor Tom Leppert might be bucking for an early vote to set the tax rate. Some of them were definitely wanting the rate raised. Some were undecided and wanted an opportunity to study the issue more.
Mayor Tom says he has no idea where they got that idea.