Good news from the DonorBridge folks. The deadline for giving has been extended:
As of 3 p.m. today, more than 5,400 donations totaling more than $4 million have been donated to DonorBridge nonprofits. The donation deadline is being extended to 12 a.m. midnight tonight to ensure more donations can qualify for matching funds and to handle the large volume of donations. Check www.facebook.com/donorbridge or www.twitter.com/donorbridge for up-to-the-minute updates. Donors may donate online or via phone at 214-346-5500.
Our friend Bill Holston volunteered to work at the opening of the new Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, where his faith in humanity was restored. No kidding.
George Spielvogel, aka MC Whack, is a Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts graduate who spent a couple of years playing the Gary Busey role in a stage adaptation of Point Break. I dare you to watch this video and then go the rest of the day without singing his version of “Pease Porridge Hot” at least once.
The latest project from The Onion is a weekly video series that spoofs ESPN talking-head shows like Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption. Here is the first. And now I’ll completely spoil the Romo part. Riffing on the idea that Cowboys receivers are begging Romo to throw the ball harder:
“His handoffs are even worse! It’s like watching a water nymph place a sugar tea cake in the tiny, trembling hand of a meadow fairy.”
As a short-lived, ill-advised experiment, I tried to stop drinking coffee. My resolve lasted 24 hours, until this morning when the dull withdrawal headache gave way to some sort of hallucinatory cloud that melted my brain and made my eyeballs feel like cotton balls. I am sitting here clutching a doppio. Still fuzzy. But alive to regret the worst idea I’ve had in quite awhile.
But there’s an antidote for my pain (because everything is about me, obviously). Grapefest kicks off today, and continues all weekend long. Of course, the event is in direct competition with Addison Oktoberfest, which I will probably type about tomorrow. Since I’d rather leave the Big Gulp-sized beer steins to the weekend proper, Thursday evening just strikes me as the perfect time to check out the vino fest. The weather is finally cool enough for me to order Malbec and not sound like a total ignoramus.
You could just hang out in the international wine pavilion dreaming of a visit to the place where your bottle originated, but those feeling especially judgmental may want to snag a ticket to the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic. Grapefest is also, as I mentioned in the SideDish edition of this blog post on Monday, the only acceptable reason to get a little sloshed in Grapevine that doesn’t involve someone’s house or a boat.
And if there was ever a day to give to a charitable or not-for-profit institution of your choice, this is it. DonorBridge has organized a North Texas “Get Up and Give Day” in which donations over $25 will be matched from a fund of $1 million. Tim Rogers tells you everything I was going to say about this, and more, right here. You can donate to the Dallas Opera (Glenn Hunter reiterated on Tuesday how much they could really use the help), KERA, the Dallas Center for Architecture, the Salvation Army, and a ton of other worthy groups.
For more to do tonight, go here.
I’ve always said that my biggest regret about having gone to public school in Texas, is never having Deion Sanders educate me. Well, if his two charter schools (one in Oak Cliff, one if Fort Worth) get approved by the state, future generations may not be so unfortunate. The Sanders education model? A blend of athletics and academics, of course.
Note: Earlier this morning the DMN story was not behind the paywall. That seems to have changed.
Neighborhoods are whatever we – the hive mind, the wisdom of crowds, the Borg Collective, Wikipedia’s editors, etc. – want them to be. But we don’t always agree. Ask 10 random people on the street what neighborhood of Dallas Victory Park sits in, and you’re bound to get 11-15 different answers.
We here at D Magazine confront this reality every day as we add new restaurants to our online restaurant guide, new shops to our online shopping guide, and new bars to our online bars and clubs guide. We assign each listing to a neighborhood, and we’ve not been consistent in how we classify areas of the city of Dallas, as the many different staff members who work on those online guides have differing opinions of what sits where in the city, and we haven’t been working from the same map. We need to reach a consensus.
In addition, some neighborhoods have grown strong enough that it’s time for them to walk on their own, and to be added to our official list. They’ve earned their own classification. For instance, we firmly believe it’s time for an amicable divorce between Knox and Henderson. They’ve been growing apart for years.
And so we’ve drawn the new map you see below. Take the jump to help us make it even better.
View D Magazine’s Dallas Neighborhoods in a larger map
Today is the third-annual North Texas Giving Day. What that means is, an outfit called DonorBridge has a $1 million pool that it uses to partially match every donation larger than $25 made to some 700 North Texas nonprofits. Donations have to be made before 7 tonight. And they have to be made through the DonorBridge site, www.donorbridgetx.org. Go there to see if your favorite nonprofit is included (I bet it is). But here’s the thing: you need to be patient. The DonorBridge website is having trouble keeping up with traffic this morning.
Update (1:15): From DonorBridge: “Due to overwhelmingly positive response to DonorBridge’s North Texas Giving Day, donor are experiencing longer-than-anticipated wait times on the website. The website is working, but volunteers and staff are also standing by and ready to process donations via phone. Please call 214-346-5500. Be advised wait times for phone donations fluctuate as well.”
Remember Purvi Patel? Our artistic attorney and Madonna’s biggest fan? Â She needs your vote.
Remember Hollie Huggins? The gun totin’, need-for-speed, Nascar expert? You know the drill.
Feel like you know Tara Harper, doggie philanthropist from Most Eligible Dallas? Vote for her.
Recall Pat Smith? Emmitt Smith’s wife with a heart of gold? Vote for her this curly-haired girl.
Remember Dawn Tongish,Â heavy hitting news reporter with great guns. (Arms, I mean.) Vote!