The big al fresco party for the opening of the Large Marge is next Friday. I am most definitely looking forward to getting Champagne drunk and dancing with Jim Schutze to the musical stylings of Lyle Lovett. Hang on, though. The 10-day forecast calls for rain. That right there, that could be a problem. I asked the PR rep for the organizers what the contingency plan was. The response: “Should it rain, we have a plan.”
I’m reading between the lines here, but here’s what I think that means: in the eventuality of inclement weather, the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge party will be moved under the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Should the river rise too high, everyone will be issued a personal floatation device and a canoe decorated by Todd Fiscus. Gonna be a night to remember.
Continuing my series of excuses for using the preferred nickname for the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in blog post headlines, I’d like to point you to the series of photographs of the city’s great white hope snapped by Scot Miller and featured in our March issue.
For fans of the moving pictures, check out the short film above, also made by Miller.
UPDATE: Uh-oh. Â Despite the big party on March 2-4, looks like Marge won’t be ready for prime time for another month or so.
Loyal readers will remember Daniel Vaughn from our February 2010 cover BBQ cover story. Dude kinda knows a thing or two about meat and the smoking thereof. I had the pleasure of getting my fingers sticky with Daniel one afternoon not long ago in Oak Cliff. It was like a master’s class in meat. There are times still when I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about brisket and Daniel.
So it is with great pleasure that I point you to the news that Daniel has signed a book contract with Anthony Bourdain’s new line of books for Ecco (a HarperCollins joint). Huzzah to Daniel. Couldn’t happen to a nicer (or more meat knowledgeable) man.
Update (3:15) – An alert FrontBurnervian asked me why I didn’t mention that local boy David Hale Smith did this book deal. As I’ve written before in this space, Smith was once a friend of mine. But then our families went on vacation together one time in Vail, and Smith, after over-serving himself at dinner at Grouse Mountain Grill, went on a 15-minute diatribe about how spineless the French are, how they were all “surrender monkeys” during World War II. My wife’s grandfather, a cheesemonger in the Loire Valley before the war, fought bravely and died in the Battle of Vercors. We spent the rest of the meal in silence, and I have not talked to Smith since. That is why I intentionally did not mention that he sold Daniel Vaughn’s book.
Over the years, we have had some amazing interns. We’ve also had some pretty amazingly bad intern applications. It’s truly astounding what applicants reveal in answering questions such as “what makes you stand out?,” “give three words that describe you,” and “what are your strengths and weaknesses?” Someone on staff had a great idea to pull some of the most amusing answers and print them in the magazine. (Zac will try to steal the credit for it, even though it wasn’t really his idea. He just tried to enhance the idea, but that didn’t really work out, so it’s actually the original idea, which wasn’t Zac’s. But, again, he’ll tell you it was.)
Read some of the responsesÂ below. For historical accuracy and out of respect to the applicants, all creative grammar and spelling were left untouched. Â And know this: we didn’t make any of these up.
To whom it may concern: My major integrated marketing, advertising and public relations and I am very interested in obtaining a marketing internship at D Magazine. I have attached my rÃ©sumÃ© and cover letter for your consideration and I have filled out and submitted the online questionairre. Additionally, I believe on the survey question 5, I wrote in Texas Monthly at the end of the paragraph instead of D Magazine. I truly apologize for this error and it does not in any way effect my commitment to obtaining in internship at D Magazine. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!
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The Oscars are beating down on us. Go vote in FrontRow’s poll, and remember, it’s who should win, not who will actually win. But if Christopher Plummer does not win best supporting actor for Beginners, I will eat the one hat I own and never wear.
Last night sort of felt like the weekend, because I did my patriotic duty and went out for a margarita. Today marks the true beginning, however, because this weather is unbelievable. Most of you will probably find a patio and stay there. But for those looking for a little something more, there are options.
The Dallas Black Dance Theatre kicks off their Cultural Awareness series tonight with a performance at the Wyly. The company will present a wide range of pieces celebrating European and African influence on the world of modern dance. The evening includes Pacing, a rhythmic work by choreographer Milton Myers, Angelitos Negros, performed by principal Nycole Ray, and The Nina Simone Project, back by popular demand. But if you’re in Fort Worth, I’d head to the Modern Art Museum for a screening of the National Theatre‘s production of Travelling Light, which is a new play about how an old-timey Hollywood director became interested in cinema. This is also known as Liz catnip.
Otherwise, you can indulge your inner fashion critic at the Pin Show in the Fairmont Hotel ballroom. Thirty-five mostly-local, independent designers will showcase their wares, competing for grants and a three-month artist residency program. You’ve only got a little over an hour left to buy general admission tickets online, so move quickly.
For more to do tonight, go here.
Don’t have lunch plans today? You might consider swinging by the Billy Reid warehouse sale. Long-time, loyal readers know about the fabled Billy Reid warehouse sale. Once upon a time, it seemed every Dallas media superstar shopped the ever-living snot out of that sale. (Now that Robert Wilonsky has himself a real job, he probably won’t need to shop sales.) Then Billy Reid moved its “sales” to the NorthPark store, and there was much protest, because come on, Billy Reid. Those weren’t really sales. I mean, stuff was marked down, sure. But it wasn’t, like, oh-my-gosh-that’s-too-good-to-pass-up. You know?
Well, the warehouse sale is back. 3720 Canton Street, right by Double Wide. And I can attest: it’s a real sale. Grabbed a $900 camel hair sport coat this morning for $185. Men’s button-down dress shirts were $49 (normally something like, I don’t know, $200). K-Swiss sneaks for $39 (don’t know why K-Swiss is in cahoots with Billy Reid). Dress shoes $129. Men’s and women’s stuff. The sale goes through Saturday, but I wouldn’t dally. It was crowded this morning.
Council Approves Charter School In Deep Ellum. The new school, operated by Uplift Education, should open in August, now that they’ve squared away a few concerns. Councilwoman Carolyn Davis is still mad about all this, because Vonciel Jones Hill told her it was going to be like Hogwarts, and it is so obviously just a normal school without ANY MAGIC AT ALL.
Antique Mall Arsonist Still At Large. Story is cray. Maybe it’s because I just watched the last two episodes of Sherlock, series 2, back to back before writing this, but I’d have to assume Jim Moriarty is somehow involved.
Tyler Woman Wanted For Performing Illegal Breast Augmentation. It’s left a woman in the hospital. Apparently this happened, and possibly/probably more than once, in the back room of Queen Divas Hair Salon. Because that doesn’t sound sketchy at all. Then again there was a Groupon for laser eye surgery yesterday, and doesn’t that sound a little odd? Anyway, who knows what is legit anymore? Besides for my roadside dental school, obviously.
Mavs Head Into All-Star Break With Loss To Lakers. Whatevs. Did you know that Kobe Bryant was the one who started “I see you, big German”? It’s true.