As you may have heard, NFL owners formally locked out the players recently, as the two sides attempt to come up with a new collective bargaining agreement. It’s still early, but let’s take a quick look at the winners and losers so far.
The DMN‘s Tom Benning links to a fascinating encounter a former Star-Telegram reporter had recently with Gov. Rick Perry–on an Austin physical therapy table. Among other revelations the guv made to Kevin Lyons: Perry wishes “anonymous comments” weren’t allowed at the end of online newspaper stories. Anonymous commenters, start your engines …
Being a big fan of both movies and maps, I enjoyed taking a gander at this. It’s a map devised by Mother Jones staff reporter (and former St. Mark’s School of Texas student) Josh Harkinson.
It attempts to show how the films of Tommy Lee Jones could lead to support for the taciturn actor if he decides to heed the call of the push to draft him into the race for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. I took issue with two of the picks: Men in Black and Coal Miners’ Daughter.
Over in the Twitterverse, Harkinson stood firm on MIB, but he all-but-admitted he’d blown the assignment by giving Fort Worth CMD. Â I suggested he move Lonesome Dove over to Fort Worth, since they like to play at cattle-driving, and West Texas remains well-served by No Country For Old Men.
And, yes, Dallas gets JFK. Which would be irritating to some, I suppose, if it didn’t remain a remarkable piece of filmmaking. Yes, it’s loony. But what magnificent lunacy.
You like music, you say? Oh, you like beer, too? You’ll like at least two of tonight’s suggestions.
Fans of the 2006 sleeper hit Little Miss Sunshine will recognize these guys immediately. Indie rock group Devotchka, featured heavily on the film’s soundtrack, is playing alongside local band Telegraph Canyon tonight at the Granada. Telegraph Canyon, of course, has the FrontBurner stamp of approval for rocking so hard at our live event in January. Devotchka may make you want to hop in an old Volkswagon and drive yourself cross-country.
I don’t think I’ve ever met a real tequila connoisseur. Usually, I just meet people with a weakness for the stuff, which leads to hangovers and little knowledge of how it tasted going down. But the folks over at Sevy’s Grill teamed up with Patron to present a unique twist on all the wine and beer dinners I’ve been seeing lately. Chef Buzzy has matched a fairly affordable four-course menu to the different varieties of tequila so you can drink and still remember everything in the morning.
And just in case your Tuesday is already shaping up to be even more brutal than your Monday (and you’re not feeling tequila), may I suggest a post-work pint at the Common Table? Every Tuesday evening the restaurant will tap a special beer and knock a few bucks off the price of drinks.
As always, find more things to do tonight right here.
Uncle Barky is reporting that a Detroit judge has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of WFAA-ABC reporter/anchor Shon Gables. She evidently was scheduled to “testify under oath regarding her assets” in connection with a successful $35,000 slander judgment against her. But something must have come up a couple of times because Shon failed to appear in court twice.
We don’t do this for just anyone or anything, but Bill Holston has been a friend of the show for a long time, plus he’s just generally a great guy, plus what he (and everyone else at the Human Rights Initiative) is doing is amazing. So. Go to this link and sign up for the Run for Human Rights 5K. It’s at Bachman Lake Park on April 16.
Kids Are Annoying. What with their laughing, breathing, talking, and playing, kids can really be quite obnoxious. And if you’re planning on having a kid, such as Abbey and Peter Ure did, then you really shouldn’t buy a condo on the second floor because that annoying kid may just cause noise that your downstairs neighbor doesn’t like. I mean, really. (Please realize I’m being facetious. Mostly. Sometimes kids really can be annoying.)
Businesses in Tunnels May Be Asked To Move Up. A proposed plan asks that businesses currently located in the downtown tunnel system move up to street level in three to five years. I’m not a fan of the tunnel system. In the six months we’ve lived downtown, my husband has only been in the tunnels once. He doesn’t work downtown, and the system shuts down by the time downtown residents get home. They hide people away, and some say they’ve contributed to downtown’s lack of street-level retail. So I’m for this plan. And, if you don’t agree, watch this video.
Kanakuk Kamp Lawsuit Filed. As Merritt Patterson over on our sister blog, Park Cities People, mentioned on Friday, a lawsuit has been filed by the victims of former Kanakuk Kamp staffer Pete Newman. Newman is currently serving two consecutive life sentence plus 30 years. The suit says camp officials should have “had every reason” to known that Newman was a sexual predator.
Live Cockroaches Star in Billboard. I hate cockroaches. And I’m pretty sure Texas has some of the biggest cockroaches around. (I don’t know that for certain. I’m just guessing.) But when I heard about the cockroaches who were going to be in a billboard at Mockingbird Station, I was almost tempted to go check it out. Then I realized that would be an awful idea because I can barely stand the sight of one, let alone 5,000. If you did go see the billboard, good for you. And if you’re concerned about the safety of the cockroaches, don’t be. They got shade breaks.