We sent intern Michelle Saunders out to cover the groundbreaking celebration of Moss Haven Elementary’s new farm. See her report below.
Last spring, while eating a salad for lunch, Kim Aman, a Moss Haven Elementary veteran of 17 years and the “Lead Weed Teacher” as her peers fondly refer to her, was surprised to find that her students had no idea what the radishes in her bowl were.Â She instantly identified a need for nutrition education and the idea of creating a garden was born. “My grandfather was a farmer and he was always teaching me about vegetables,” she says. “So it’s in my blood.” Living in an urban setting, however, most of these kids don’t get that experience.” So, along with Tiffany Walker, a first-grade parent currently serving as the Outdoor Learning Environments committee chair, they brainstormed a garden, drafted a business plan in the summer, and presented it to the school board and the American Heart Association. Less than a year later, the garden is a reality. “We had a combination of right connections, passion, and community support to create the perfect recipe for growing,” Walker says.
Dan Koller, over at Oak Cliff People, has some news about Scott Griggs’ endorsement for the 33rd Congressional District seat. Griggs is a member of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and one of the owners of Oddfellows. Jason Roberts is a member of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and one of the owners of Oddfellows.Â Griggs announced his endorsement of Domingo Garcia a few days ago. Roberts seems to think Griggs is endorsing both him and Garcia. Check out Koller’s work for more detail.
During the weekend of April 13-15, the fourth annual Dallas Art Fair will feature over 70 prominent national and international art dealers displaying works by modern and contemporary artists in various mediums. Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the fair is within walking distance of world-renowned cultural institutions including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and many more.
Purchasers of the fair’s Patron Passes will have the opportunity to attend a variety of events leading up to the fair, such as the Dallas Art Fair Kick-Off Party hosted by Neiman Marcus Downtown, exhibition openings at The Power Station, Nasher Sculpture Center, the Goss-Michael Foundation, and the Dallas Contemporary, panel discussions throughout the fair weekend, and the exclusive Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala on Thursday, April 12th. The Preview Gala will offer patrons an opportunity to preview and purchase the exhibited art prior to the public opening of the fair. The Preview Gala will benefit the Dallas Contemporary, a non-collecting art museum located in the Dallas Design District, and for the first time, the Preview Gala will also benefit the Nasher Sculpture Center, home to one of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture.
The Dallas Art Fair was co-founded by John Sughrue and Chris Byrne in 2009, drawing established and aspiring art collectors and enthusiasts from all over the nation. For more information about the fair and to purchase tickets, visit www.dallasartfair.com.
Have you been doing your best to support all your favorite restaurants in our annual Readers’ Choice: Food and Drink voting? Have you been visiting the site every day to cast your ballots? You haven’t? Â Well, I’m not here to judge you. Â I’m here to implore you to vote today, tomorrow, and Sunday. Â For those are your last three opportunities.
So go tell us where to find, among other things, the best Indian food, the best French food, the best bakery, the best wine bar, the best burger, and the best pizza in town.
In case you needed a clearer picture of exactly the sort of nerd I am, I spent New Year’s Day this year all cozy in a cabin in Vermont watching a rerun ofÂ the 2008 Royal Albert Hall concert performance of Chess. If you’re unfamiliar, Chess is this strange, labyrinth-like musical about a love triangle that occurs during an international chess tournament at the height of the Cold War. It strikes me as sort of high-concept pop opera (BjÃ¶rn Ulvaeus of ABBA was involved). Anyway, if you ever listen to one song from it, listen to “Someone Else’s Story.”
I mention all this because tonight, the American Airlines Center plays host to a musical theater concert all of our own. It’s obviously comprised of songs from much more popular musicals, like Les MisÃ©rables (the concert is called “Do You Hear the People Sing”) and Miss Saigon, since convincing the masses to watch a three hour ode to the strained relations between the USSR and the United States seems like a fool’s errand. The show features the Dallas Pops orchestra, a chorus led by members of the Turtle Creek Chorale, and headliners that include Broadway vets Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lea Salonga (who, if you actually clicked on that song from Chess, is the one singing it), and Stephanie J. Block.
Block is an especially exciting addition to the line up, since the last time I saw her was back in 2005 in the Dallas Summer Musical’s production of Wicked. She brought the house down as Elphaba, and she’s been standing in for Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony-winning production of Anything Goes. Go see this for the chance to hear her sing, if nothing else.
Before I woke up this morning, ShopTalk’s Raya Ramsey appeared on WFAA’s Daybreak program with anchor Ron Corning and Greg Johnson, a member of the Dallas board of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. (There’s also a cameo by Tara Harper of Most Eligible Dallas.) You can watch the video above. They were there to plug the DIFFA’s big annual fundraiser, which will take place March 31.
At the event, “smoking jackets” donated by various designers will be auctioned off to help fund North Texas HIV/AIDS charities. Corning mentions an alarming fact during the segment: that Dallas County leads the nation in new HIV infections.
Raya was there to talk a little bit about the fashions. She did a fine job representing D Magazine during the wee hours of the morningÂ and is, at this moment, enjoying a well-deserved nap at home.
The former Dallas mayor (and Allison college roommate) was the lead banking lobbyist in Washington for more than 12 years.
Sex Offender Caught Offending Near Arlington Mall. Listen, I don’t know if he picked the location for his alleged sexual gratification on purpose, but really, Richard Shirley Rawlinson. The Boneyard?
Aikman < Romo = Aikman Schnockered? So apparently Troy Aikman said thatÂ beleaguered Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo “already is a better quarterback than I was,” along with some more insistence that Romo is better than the guy with all the Super Bowl rings. Understandably, this caused former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson to wonder aloud, “Was he drinking?” This of course, makes me wonder how much more fun the already awesome game of football would be to watch if Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were drunk. Or if Troy Aikman was drunk, and Joe Buck was tied up in someone’s trunk.
Rain Causes a Stink in Plano. All this wonderful rain has to go somewhere. And in most cities, it goes down storm drains. And when that happens in Plano, and the drains are old and overwhelmed, raw sewage spews out of manholes. And I giggle when I type, “raw sewage spews out of manholes,” because basically I’m a third grade boy in the brain.
Don’t Shoot, But Also Don’t Text and Drive. I’m not big on victim blaming, and I’m definitely not for just shooting people that irritate you on the road. However, let this story about a woman who was grazed by a bullet in a road rage incidentÂ be a lesson to everyone: If you drop your cell phone on the floorboard of your car whilst propelling it down the road, do not lean over to get it. Seriously. But also, don’t shoot people that do that.
Keller City Manager Falls on Sword. Metaphorically. When Keller was looking at a budget shortfall, City Manager Dan O’Leary looked at his staff and his salary and decided the city didn’t need him. So he laid himself off, for the good of the city.