You are approached by a man — for expediency and clarity, I shall hereafter refer to this man as LaMetrius — who says that he can promise you that the temperature outside will never be greater than 75 degrees and will never be lower than 42. LaMetrius further stipulates that there will only be a few scattered (but mostly unobtrusive) clouds, and the humidity will similarly be negligible. Plus, LaMetrius says, there will always be a light breeze.
Of course, LaMetrius smiles, there are some conditions. Three conditions.
Told you earlier that the eatery much-loved by UNT alumni, and originally forced to close to make way for a CVS, was headed to Sanger rather than Denton. Now I hear an address and a date: May 13 at 303 Bolivar St.
Why isn’t this posted on SideDish? Because, like I said, it’s really about nostalgia rather than food.
This is the best news ever. I love everything about Trader Joe’s, minus the inescapably long lines at their cramped Union Square location and the slightly creepy/ultra friendly employees who only seem to hit on me when I’ve just come from the gym. The line issue will surely be remedied by whatever gigantic space they find here. Still, be warned. Two-Buck Chuck is actually more like Three-Buck-Chuck, and it’s not very tasty. You can do better with their other selections for under $4.
Also, the Tony Award nominees were announced this morning. It’s been a great season for theatergoers so far, both here in Dallas and in New York (you can see a recording of Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest, which got nods for Best Revival, Best Actor, and Best Costume Design, next month at the Angelika).
And speaking of revivals, the Broken Gears Project Theater has pulled off a big one: Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Considered the model for tragedy, this play was required reading in many of my college classes, but I’d never seen it performed. BGPT’s version is called Oedipus the King, nicely updated but still appropriately hefty, and tonight’s the night to go because not only is it Ten Buck Tuesday, but the show closes for good on Sunday. Read M. Lance Lusk’s FrontRow review here. And despite Lance’s lament that the second act went on a tad too long, the whole play is a rather brisk 90 minutes with no intermission. I like that in a production. Go for a burger at Maple and Motor pre-theater, or if you’re eating after, the Meddlesome Moth is open ’til midnight.
Ever seen ABC’s television show What Would You Do, hosted by John Quinones? It’s the one where actors play out some scene that poses a moral dilemma while the reaction of innocent bystanders is secretly recorded.Â Just when some unsuspecting citizen leaps in to save the day- or minds his own business and walks away- Quinones pops out for an interview.
Last month Quinones and his crew set up some patrons at Short Stop in University Park’s Snider Plaza.Â Throughout the day guests were exposed to an easily overheard conversation in which a teen couple discussed an unplanned pregnancy, the boy urging his girlfriend to have an abortion. At least two area women felt led to intervene.
A Short Stop employee confirmed that some were upset about unknowingly being put to the test, others took the opportunity to share their motives for getting involved.
The episode is expected to air on May 20.
With the news that Trader Joe’s has decided to bring its peculiar brand of grocery stores to Texas, I expect that the company will be hearing from Half Price Books about a possible spot to set up a first shop in these parts.
A few weeks back, I had occasion to be chatting with Sharon Anderson Wright, the CEO of the Dallas-based bookseller. We got to talking about all the land around its Northwest Highway corporate headquarters (and flagship store) that her company has come to control. They’ve owned the bookstore building, and a few adjacent acres, since moving there in 1999. When construction began on the massive Park Lane development several years ago, Wright decided that Half Price needed to buy more of the adjacent property if it wanted to have a say in how the neighborhood would develop around it.
They immediately moved to purchase their former store location, right across Shady Brook Lane, which has sat vacant since they left it more than a decade ago. Then last year they bought the spot that’s currently home to a Starbucks. All told, they’ve assembled 12 acres, about six on either side of Shady Brook at Northwest Highway.
And when I asked her what she plans to do with all that property?
The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown’s talk at the Willis Tate Lecture Series for tonight has been canceled, according to SMU Daily Mustang. Actually, it’s been postponed to a date TBA. Tonight’s tickets will be honored at the new date.
Reason: The bin Laden firestorm.
Translation: You can watch Dancing With the Stars results instead.
Dallas Mavericks 96, Los Angeles Lakers 94. The Mavs came back from a 16-point second-half deficit and thoroughly outplayed the Lakers in the last minute of the game. Dirk Nowitzki had 28 points, 14 rebounds, and my promise of eternal affection.
Trader Joe’s is Coming to Texas. It’s true.
Southwest, Air Tran Officially Merge. And this happened: “With confetti cannons, high-fives and a band playing Bob Marley’sÂ One Love, Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways officially closed their $1 billion deal Monday.”
Also: Dallas Mavericks 96, Los Angeles Lakers 94. It’s still awesome.