This is not that elephant. This is a picture of a 150 million year old dinosaur wearing a Mavs hat. But if that wasn’t enough, the living, breathing animals of the Dallas Zoo want in on this Finals action, too. The zoo is throwing a pep rally that starts really bright and early (er, 9:30 am) with my favorite part of this whole thing: lions attacking meat-filled melons painted up to look like the Miami Heat. Bloodthirsty. I like it. Stumpy, the zoo’s big German-speaking elephant, will be live-Tweeting the proceedings.
Anyway, if you show up in Mavericks gear, you get $3 off zoo admission and 10 percent off food and drink. The deal, which started yesterday, lasts until we win the big honkin’ trophy.
D Magazine intern James Bright went out to Love Field to see the crowd greeting the Dallas Mavericks when they arrived home from a Game 2 victory this afternoon. Below is his story. (Even if you don’t like to read, there’s a bonus video after the jump.)
Fans chanting “beat the Heat” and “it’s our time” were hoping to greet the Mavericks as they arrived from Miami this afternoon at Love Field, but a misunderstanding left the Dallas faithful with only each other to talk to.
Temperatures rose into the mid-90s, and more than 150 people braved the heat and circled a driveway leading to the tarmac as several jets landed and took off from the Mavs’ expected arrival area, but Jason Terry was not among them.
Maybe you’ve already seen this elsewhere. Now see it here.
Here is an audio montage prepared by Grubes for The Ticket’s BaD Radio program. Listen to it now.
Gives me chills.
An e-mail from a FrontBurnervian reminded me that I’d forgotten to emphasize a significant point in yesterday’s post. While Southwest Airline’s fares certainly remain competitive on nearly all its routes, what the Wall Street Journal piece was really remarking on was that the days are over in which Southwest can be called a cheaper-than-a-bus-ticket, lower-priced-by-two-touchdowns discount carrier. (“Downright frumpy, flying middle managers to Kansas City on bargain fares,” as a new Economist article puts it.) It’s the way that many of us still think of Southwest, though the numbers show that’s no longer what it is.
It’s been many moons since I spent enough time in Europe to take advantage of easyJet or RyanAir, with their truly dirt-cheap flights. I’d forgotten that no airlines in the U.S. really offer services like that. Not that I’m eager to book a flight on which I might well end up having to pay to use the toilet. It’s just nice to have options.
However, we’re forgetting an even earlier phase in Southwest’s history. Check out this ad from about 1971, which brags about the airline’s “executive class service,” “first-class leg room,” and “free cocktails for everyone.” Those were the days, right?
Oh hey, weekend. I won’t keep you waiting with an amusing* story about my life/ten minute walk from the parking garage this time. Only because the one I want to tell would set off a firestorm of Google alerts. So I’ll just be obnoxiously mysterious about it instead.
The beginning of the month is always the best time to hit the various museums, with or without kiddos. Admission is free or cheap, and there are all sorts of special activities. And since today is the first Friday of June, that means a trek to Fort Worth is in order. Tonight’s First Fridays at the Modern program brings back the jazz musicians of St. Frinatra and offers a chance to view the family drama/thriller/tragedy Incendies, which Jason told you to go see last week. Do what the man says. Also, the Teresita Fernandez exhibit closes on June 19, so you should check that out too.
Liz will surely be around to give you the full weekend rundown, but here’s an update on what has been going on on FrontRow this week:
There’s some good theater out there, including WaterTower’s Shooting Star and Ochre House’s macabre comedy The Butcher. The Fort Worth Opera Festival is still in full swing. Verdi’s Il Trovatore closes tonight. Handel’s Julius Caesar does Baroque opera justice. AndÂ don’t miss Philip Glass’s Hydrogen Jukebox.
We also have your gallery openings covered, but of what’s already open, check out the offerings at Conduit (more on their current shows next week), as well as Marty Walker, The Mac, and The Reading Room (by the way, Joyce-lovers keep your eyes open for The Reading Room’s Bloomsday celebration June 16). Oh, and Vicente at the Meadows is rather nice as well.
That is all.
A guy from Colleyville has this helicopter, and decides to sell it to a company in Pennsylvania. He hires a guy named “Shane” to drive it to Pennsylvania, but Shane disappears with the helicopter. The helicopter is later found at a hotel in the 2100 block of Northwest Highway, near Loop 12, in Dallas, and is towed to an impound lot.
Maybe I’m missing something, but don’t helicopters go up in the air and fly? I’m no aviation expert, but wouldn’t one (albeit with a few fuel stops) fly to Pennsylvania? And wouldn’t it be faster?
It’s time for another walk in the woods with our friend Bill Holston. Lace ‘em up and jump. In today’s installment, we learn that Dallas used to look much different than it does today.
Between 2000 and 2009, says here, 47,700 pedestrians were killed by cars. The Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth metro area was the 10th-most dangerous place to walk. Let’s be careful out there.
I’ll start you off. Not sure where it originated from, other than the center of my heart. More more more in the comments, please.
A North Carolina grand jury has indicted former Senator John Edwards, who ran twice for the presidency, on campaign finance violations. Prosecutors say that money Edwards allegedly took from contributors, including the late Fred Baron from Dallas, was used to pay off his mistress, Rielle Hunter. And they claim that money should be considered campaign contributions because its purpose was to further Edwards’ political career.
It just so happens that we have an interview with Baron’s widow, Lisa Blue Baron, in our June issue. She spoke about her and her husband’s relationship with Edwards:
“The John Edwards controversy is a blessing in disguise. My husband was all about one word: loyalty. Fred taught me that the definition of a friend is when everyone else walks out and that one person walks in. Fred was the most loyal friend anyone could have. I always tell the story of how I keep the bill for the valet parking at Fred’s funeral close to me. It was very expensive. That’s because of all the lives Fred touched. I hope I double that valet bill when I die. Fred’s greatest attribute was that whenever there was a tragedy or crisis, he could always find something positive to come out of it. So the positive that came out of the Edwards situation for me was just how loyal Fred was, and that’s what people remember about him.”
She said she’s disappointed, but not angry, with Edwards. She sees no point in piling on his misery:
“I think he suffered the consequences, and it’s a great life lesson about how high you can be, where you have 100,000 people cheering you because they think you’re great, to the other extreme, where you’re possibly facing criminal charges.”
There’s more in the whole article.
That’s right. It’s back. Nominations start on Monday. Start thinking of your most dazzling friends. (Feel free to use this as an excuseÂ to scout for pretty ladies over the weekend, too.)