The Morning News pay wall is hardly up and look who else is putting one in place for aÂ March 28 launch.
Big Bob over at UnfairPark is right on two points:
Today kicks off the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, and it is — traditionally — a day when office workers take really, really long lunches so as to cram in as much men’s college basketball tournament fun as possible (read: drink). So, anyway. A list. Because people love two things: AMERICA. And lists.
Today, I’m wearing the only green shirt I own. It’s hunter, not kelly. But considering how rarely I wear actual colors outside the #000000-#FFFFFF range, I’m going to consider phase one of Operation Faking Ridiculous Holiday Spirit a rousing success.
Something else that might help with phase two: hundreds of watermelon Jell-O shots. Yikes. Raya, purveyor of all things nightlife, has kindly put together a list of bars and pubs hosting St. Patrick’s day festivities. A few places are going all out with bagpipes and traditional Irish dancing – efforts for which I happily give my seal of approval despite unfortunate college memories of men in kilts. Just be careful. I’ve heard tell of at least one person who managed to break a limb after an unfortunate altercation with a porta-potty during last Saturday’s parade. Apparently those things are extra dangerous now that they’re on wheels.
Also on my radar tonight is a screening of the always-excellent To Kill a Mockingbird, hosted by former WFAA film critic Gary Gogill as part of the Horton Foote Festival. Foote won an Oscar in 1962 for the screenplay he adapted from Harper Lee’s novel. And if this whole thing wasn’t taking place at the Studio Movie Grill, I’d be in film nerd heaven.
For a musical option that (hopefully) doesn’t involve bagpipes, Liz Phair is performing at the Granada. I have an obnoxious habit of not liking the occasional artist until their music is used really well in a movie. Such was the case with Phair. Her song “Why Can’t I” works so perfectly in Thirteen Going on 30 that I couldn’t help jumping on her fan bus. Here’s a secret. That movie is actually one of my all-time favorites. Anyway, there are still quite a few general admission tickets left, but most of the seated sections are sold out save a few areas of the balcony.
For more ways to spend your St. Patty’s Day, click here. May the luck of the Irish be with you.
With the U.S. struggling to achieve annual GDP growth in the 2/2.5 percent range, the folks at Dallas’ George W. Bush Institute think we should be setting our sights a little higher over the next decade. So, in April, they’re planning to bring in four Nobel Laureates in economics, as well as the likes of Meg Whitman, Arthur Laffer, Lawrence Lindsey and Karl Rove, for a two-day conference kicking off an initiative called the 4% Project. The confab will focus on the sorts of policy changes that could bring about 4 percent real GDP growth in the U.S. on a sustainable basis.
According to James K. Glassman, executive director of the Bush Institute, the April 12-13 conference at SMU will examine why the U.S. historically has outperformed the world in economic growth, why the country’s in jeopardy of losing its leadership now, and whether it can recover to attain steady 4 percent growth by the middle of this decade. Former President George W. Bush will open the conference with remarks before a series of panel discussions and two featured addresses–one by Whitman, the former eBay CEO, and the other by Laffer, the Reagan Administration adviser and supply-side-economics guru.
Festivities: Enjoy $2.50 green Miller Lite pints, $3.50 Smithwick’s, Guinnes, and Harp, and $3 Irish Car Bombs. $2 Jell-O shots will be on hand, too.
Festivities: Live music (including bagpipers from 5 pm to 7 pm) plays and Irish foods (including Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef & cabbed) are added to the menu.
Festivities: Corned beef & cabbage is available today only.
Jump for more festive happenings around town.
Southwest Asks Muslim Women to Get Off Plane. Irum Abassi was talking on the phone before she boarded a Southwest Airlines plane when she said, “Hurry up. I have to go.” An attendant nearby heard, “Hurry up. It’s a go.” Therefore Abassi was pulled off the plane, missed her flight and a meeting, and was embarrassed. Southwest has apologized and is reviewing its policies. Fairly certain that before I boarded a plane last week, I was talking about eating a seagull. There was a lot of detail about how he would have been prepared. I wonder what the attendants thought of me.
Man on Bike Hates Cars. A man attacked customers in the Mockingbird/Abrams shopping center yesterday. He threw rocks and tore up cars and hit a woman during his rant. One victim said he kept saying something about him being on a bike, and mentioning she was in a car. So while your car may be stolen on West Commerce Street, it may be destroyed at Mockingbird/Abrams. I think we should all just go hide in the tunnels.
The Dallas Pilot Will Be Shot in Dallas. That’s really all you need to know. Well, that, and the filming will begin in April. Here’s hoping for more success than some other shows that were recently shot in Dallas.