Last Friday, the Dallas Morning News ran a brief profile on Kenny Goss, Dallas arts patron and longtime partner of pop star George Micheal, entitled “Kenny Goss Stands By His Man.” As it turns out, the two have only really been standing by their story that they were still a couple. According to news reports, MichaelÂ announcedÂ at a concert earlier todayÂ in the Czech Republic that he and Goss have beenÂ separatedÂ for two and a half years.
As Glenn Hunter noted on FrontBurner earlier this year, the secret almost broke last March, when a newspaper reported the break-up. That prompted Michael to call a TV station and deny the report.
The split hasn’t had any visible effect on the Goss-Michael Foundation, which relocated toÂ spaciousÂ new digs in the Design District this past year.
This week our man Bill Holston stayed close to home with a walk through one of the prettiest parts of East Dallas.
As you’re watering your lawn tonight, I want you to think about this video and hear “In the Hall of the Mountain King” thundering in your head. The fun part happens right at the end.
Remember Fed Up!? It was Rick Perry’s manifesto against all things federal in nature. Well, now that he wants to be well, the head of the federal government, his campaign is apparently distancing him from his own book.
Think Progress reports (see also here and here)Â that Perry’s communications director, Ray Sullivan, said that “Fed Up! is not meant to reflect the governor’s current views” on how to fix Social Security. He went on to say that the book was “written ‘as a review and critique of 50 years of federal excesses, not in any way as a 2012 campaign blueprint or manifesto.”
But, if I recall, the book was what began in earnest a push to have Perry run for president. It was while doing press appearances for this book that Perry began getting questions about a possible run, which he pish-poshed at the time. Â At the time, people sure thought it was a blueprint for Perry’s ideal federal government.
So if it’s not, what is Perry’s platform?
The missus and I picked up our kindergartener at noon today. She seemed to enjoy her first day at school.
Daughter: “Mommy, I can’t wait to go back to my classroom tomorrow.”
Wife: “Oh, that’s wonderful to hear, baby! Why can’t you wait?”
Daughter: “Because they keep it so cooold in there. I just love it. I am sorry to tell you this, but our house is not that cold.”
Please welcome our next batch of beauties: Tara Harper (yes, that Tara Harper with all the rescue dogs from Most Eligible Dallas), Hollie Huggins (an ESPN Radio personality with a serious need for speed), Purvi Patel (an attorney who enjoys, no, love, love, loves Madonna), Susan Frierott (a silky-haired attorney who keeps up with the boys), and Morgana Wilborn (part-time teacher, part-time photographer). They needs your clicks, so go get to voting. They’ll be available for your viewing pleasure all week.
Congrats to these three ladies. They’ve made the finals round of the 10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas 2011 contest.
To see Shusmita, Samantha, and Katarina again (and we know you want to), come back September 12, when the final round of voting begins. You’ll find the top three women from each week here (a total of 12), ready to compete for your votes to make the top 10.
A friend who took a peek in my refrigerator this weekend actually asked me if I’d ever been to Central Market. Um, yes. They have an entire section devoted to bread, to which I would exclusively devoted if not for the lamentable lack of pumpernickel bagels.
I’m even familiar with their Hatch Chile Fest, which started earlier this month. The grocery store has served up Hatch cookies, Hatch burgers, Hatch hotdogs (served on Hatch buns, of course), and many more things guaranteed to make my eyes water and potentially wreak havoc on my waistline. Tonight, though, is a little bit different. The Dallas location is hosting Ann Gentry, author of Vegan Family Meals: Real Food For Everyone, for a “Healthy Hatch” cooking class. There are 24 seats left, and you’ll learn how to make vegan soups, cornbread, a Southwestern salad, and a dessert. And for those you who don’t need cooking school, today’s the last day to submit your best Hatch recipe–you could win 75 pounds of the chile and $100 gift card.
Should you find yourself out in Plano, Whiskey Cake has a couple of goings-on. There’s the Franconia beer dinner (which brews locally in McKinney), offering up four courses (I’m sold on course number one: a bacon, asparagus, and radish salad with “drunken” goat cheese) with appropriate beer pairings. Concurrently, the pub Modern Luxury is throwing a “summer soirÃ©e” at the restaurant that of course can’t possibly rival ShopTalk and StyleSheet’s party at Neiman Marcus last week, but will feature free Grey Goose cocktails all the same. If you’re dining there anyway, why not take advantage?
For more to do this evening, including the Monday night musical staples like Shelley Carroll at Amsterdam, go here.
There is some great footage, making the internet rounds, featuring the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith questioning Rick Perry about his strong support of “abstinence only” education, despite the fact that Texas has an extremely high teen-pregnancy rate. Perry insists he can’t provide any statistics or evidence that his decision is the right one, but he knows. His words: “From my own personal life, abstinence works.”
In this Q&A with LeBron James, star of the second place Miami Heat, the King tells the blog HoopHype about how it felt to lose to Dallas in the NBA Finals.
HoopHype: How was the week following the defeat at the Finals?
LJ: It was the worst week I ever had. I hate losing.
HoopHype: What did you do?
Remember Cameron Mitchell? He’s the North Texas singer who walked away from a chance to star on Glee in episode seven of The Glee Project, a reality show that airs on Oxygen. As it turns out, doing so may have helped his career more than hurt it. Not only did it generate a lot of media interest, his fan base has exploded as well. Mitchell’s YouTube channel has attracted more than 2.3 million views, his five-song “Love Can Wait” LP cracked the top 25 on iTunes–and last night he was named winner of The Glee Project’s “fan favorite” competition, which netted him a $10,000 prize.
In a video announcing the results, Mitchell thanked the “nerds” who voted for him then showed why he has so much star potential, performing Michael Buble’s “Just Haven’t Met You Yet.” He was joined by Damian McGinty–a Glee Project castmate who had been picked by the judges to go home in episode seven, but saved by Mitchell’s decision to walk.
Lucky for McGinty. Then 18-year-old singer, who hails from Ireland, ended up as one of the co-winners in last night’s series finale. He and indie rocker Samuel Larsen will each get a seven-episode storyline on Season 3 of Glee. Lindsay Pearce and Alex Newell, who rounded out the top four, will appear in two episodes of the show, which returns Sept. 20.
All 12 original contenders were on hand for the finale, including Mitchell. “Coming back for the final episode, I had some hesitance to get involved again, but when I got here I realized this show has made me into a performer, and I owe everything to it,” he said.
Wilmer-Hutchens Reopens School District, Keller Charges for Buses: Most area public schools begin the year today, and if you live in Keller, then that means you will now have to pay for bus service. If you live in the Wilmer-Hutchins area, then you will have school district again for the first time since 2005.
More Woes for Parkland: A new federal report on Parkland Hospital discovered numerous instances of unsanitary and neglectful conditions, which may put the hospital at risk for losing hundreds of millions of federal health care dollars. The threat of cutting funding, health experts say, is extremely rare, highlighting just how bad investigators believe the situation is at the hospital. Meanwhile, Parkland chief, Dr. Ron Anderson, just happens to be in negotiations for a new contract, and after three decades on the job, it is hard to imagine he will continue to lead the hospital for much longer.
Man Beaten To Death By Homeless Man He Let Live in Backyard: Gilbert Spira began letting a group of homeless people he was friendly with camp in his backyard as a way of deterring burglars. But then one of those men beat him to death. After the crime, the other homeless people restrained Spira’s assailant until police arrived There is no word on a motive.