D Magazine food photographer Kevin Marple went to LA to shoot pictures of an In-N-Out burger. His life will never be the same.
Shocker: The Oscars were a total dud. And yes, I am testy about the best picture winner. I don’t want to talk about it. But our 2011 Best of Big D Readers’ Choice poll rises like a margarita-flavored phoenix (on second thought, ew) from the ashes of what might have been a truly unsalvageable Monday.Â Go forth and defend your holy grail hamburger, because unlike the Academy, we care what you think.
Forging ahead.Â If you haven’t had enough of silly love songs, sweetheart crooner Josh Ritter is playing this eveningÂ at the Granada. I’d let this guy serenade me any day. According to the concert organizers, there are fewer than 150 tickets left, so if you’re interested, hop to it.
For those feeling a wee bit adventurous, tonight also happens to be the pay-what-you-can performance of Matthew Posey’s Memphos! at the Ochre House Theater in Fair Park. I’ve been interested in checking out this so-called “metaphysical vaudeville show” since it opened a little more than a week ago,Â but I can be a little stingy when it comes to shelling out for tickets. Perfect opportunity. Expect knife-throwing, bickering, and a horrendous disappearing act.
And finally, celebrate the last day of Black History MonthÂ with Three Tales of Black History.Â Hosted by “Smash” Williams’ mom (AKAÂ Liz Mikel),Â the trio of short one-person plays include a selection fromÂ Obituary, a humorous piece about funerals written and performed by local talent Akin Babatunde.
For more things to do tonight, clickÂ here. And don’t forget to vote. Once an hour, if you’d like.
Seems I’ve been working pretty blue here lately. Oh, well. You’ll want to watch this video of sometime D Magazine contributor and CBS golf analyst David Feherty. I love his dramatic slo-mo collapse.
I explained the importance on Friday. Now get to it.
Click here to tell us where to get the best Italian, the best dessert, the best sandwich, and the best breakfast in town (along with a host of other queries.) Voting in our food and drink poll continues through March 13. Â You can vote once an hour until then.
And if you visit our website on your smartphone (go ahead: type dmagazine.com into your phone’s browser) you’ll see that we have a fantastic new mobile version of our website that will allow you to vote while you’re on the go.
Having a drink at the bar while waiting for a table at Neighborhood Services? Vote for them for best French fries, best dessert, or best chef.Â Just had the most fantastic meal of your life at Nonna? Say thank you by supporting them as best Italian restaurant before you even walk out the door.
Then, while you’re voting on your phone, check out how easy it is to find nearby restaurants, bars, shops, and events through our newly mobile-friendly guides. They’ll help you better explore all that Dallas has to offer, and make you a more informed voter in the process.
And you better get educated. We’ll have voting on the best shops, nightlife, and services in town as well during the coming weeks. We need you at your best.
Last week, I noted that Dallas-area personal income had declined 5 percent during the 2000′s. Rice University’s Steve Murdoch says it is only the beginning of a long downward trend. The surge in Hispanic population (only 6 percent of which is undocumented or illegal, choose your term) will result in 15 percent decline in Anglo children in the public school system and a 213 percent increaseÂ in Hispanic children.
Unless the trend line changes, 30 percent of the state’s labor force will not have even a high school diploma by 2040, he said. And the average household income will be about $6,500 lower than it was in 2000. That figure is not inflation adjusted so it will be worse than what it sounds.
Compounding the problem, in my view, is a political system that rewards short-term thinking and posturing rather than preparing for the future. If voters judged mainly on performance and results, for example, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — constitutionally, the most powerful state official — would not even be able to show his face in public. Instead, he is regarded as the frontrunner in next year’s U. S. Senate race.
And both of them get it wrong. In yesterday’s News, local radio talker Mark Davis recounted his interview [reg. req.] with The Donald. AlthoughÂ the Nation’sÂ Number One Publicity SeekerÂ doesn’t have a prayer of winning the GOP nomination, Davis wanted to hammer a nail in his coffin. After asking him several times about the Iraq invasion, Davis triumphantly jumped on his answer:
Hundreds of Dallas ISD Teachers Take $10K Buyout: About 500 teachers submitted their resignations Saturday, some sleeping overnight at the Dallas ISD administration building for the chance to get the district’s $10,000 buyout payment. That’s a nice chunk of change if, like some of the people interviewed in the DMN story, you were already planning on leaving teaching.
Cost of Building Roads Mortgages Texas’ Future: Debt service takes up an increasinglyÂ greater portion of the Texas Department of Transportation’s budget as the state agency struggles to pay for road projects despite the availability of funding. With the state of state finances being what they are, don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
Bill Lively Says He Won’t Be Part of Next Super Bowl Bid Committee: Although the new symphony CEO says he won’t be a part of any future effort to bring the Super Bowl to North Texas (can you blame him?) Bill Lively does have some advice for future efforts, including keeping a cap on costs.