Dallas Film Commission director Janis Burklund probably wouldn’t have used the exact words that Mayor Mike Rawlings did last night, when he talked about states that compete with Texas for film projects. But she liked his point about staying competitive in the battle for movie business.
Addressing the opening-night crowd at the Dallas International Film Festival, the Dallas mayor (pictured with his wife Micki) drew a rousing ovation when he said, “I’m a businessman by heart, and we can make money in film in Texas.” A little later he added: “We must lobby to make sure we’re competitive with second-rate states around us.”
If you were to see the vote totals so far for some of your favorite Dallas nightspots, you would undoubtedly be ashamed of yourself. You haven’t been voting each and every day, as we told you that you could, and now some place that you hate is going to make off with the Best of Big D Readers’ Choice prize.
But now is not the time to look to the past. Those days are gone. You can no more correct this failure of yours than you could alter the outcome of the Peloponnesian War. Don’t linger on what could have been. Think instead of what can be.
You can vote today, and tomorrow, and the next day. You can make a difference, before the polls close late Sunday night.
Have you ever wanted to see People Newspapers’ Bradford Pearson work his interview magic live? You can. Tonight. On a stage right outside the Magnolia. 6:30 pm. Be there, or be sorely uninformed about the movies at the Dallas International Film Festival. There will be chairs set up, but you could also commandeer one of Union Bear’s outdoor tables and have beer while you listen. If it’s not pouring, that is. And if it is, this whole thing will be moved inside Union Bear anyway.
The Internet is having a field day over the fact that some kids apparently didn’t know that the sinking of the Titanic was a real event and not just a plot point in a soppy James Cameron movie (or, more importantly, the reason Matthew Crawley becomes Lord Grantham’s heir). Resist the urge to lament the state of American education and head to the Hotel St. Germain for their commemorative Titanic At Sea “happy hour”. Choose either cocktails and hors d’oeuvres or dessert and champagne, then peruse the exhibit of photos, memorabilia, restored films, and documentaries.
Something else that may or may not get rained out is the Deep Ellum Food Truck Rally. Main Street between Malcolm X and Crowdus will be closed for the event, so plan to drive and park accordingly. Carpooling! It is so much fun. There will be live music from My Wooden Leg and Hares On a Mountain (as opposed to Hares In A Quesadilla or Hares In A Stew), plus a wide variety of stuff you might like to eat.
IfÂ one meter is not enough to satisfy your electricity demands, then you may have bit off more than you can chew.
A-Rod May Become a Real Drag. Former Texas Ranger Alex Rodriguez is, according to the producers of a movie about Salvador Dali entitled “The Surrealist,” perfect to play a drag queen. And not just any drag queen.”Producers think A-Rod would be ideal in the role as Dali’s ‘factotum social secretary’ Potassa (a stunning, leggy drag queen),” the New York Post reports.
Man Gets Naked, Steals Goodwill Dress. Yes. This. James Mabrey apparently ran down a Sherman street buck-butt naked and then broke into a Goodwill store and broke a lot of glass. Naked. That takes you know, brass ones. Or titanium. It’s like frying bacon naked, right? He might have allegedly done something else, too, because this story mentions having to replace all the carpets.
Puppy Hurt More Than Previously Thought. Listen. I’m not a violent person (lies, I will cut you), so I don’t wish physical harm on the little punks that set a puppy on fire in Pleasant Grove last month. But if someone could sentence them to do the foulest job possible (I don’t know, maybe cleaning up the animal pens at the pound in the summer – with their own toothbrushes? Just workshopping here), to work off the money that’s been spent to help Justice heal, that would be really nice.
George W. Was a Little Scamp. In the middle of the kerfuffle over stay-at-home moms this week in relation to Ann Romney, former first lady Barbara Bush weighed in, saying, “Raising George Walker was not easy.” Â And there you go. I gave you an opening to spend the rest of the day arguing about types of mothers, liberals, feminists, society, and anything George W. Bush related instead of doing whatever you’re paid or not paid to do. You’re welcome, Internets.
Own an Infamous Baseball That Made Red Sox Fans Sad. Hey, remember that time Bill Buckner didn’t get his glove down and the ball rolled plumb underneath it and the Mets won the World Series? Yeah. Me neither (I kid). Anywho, that ball is now up for auction by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. But both I and the Dallas Morning News buried the lede here. The ball once belonged to Charlie Sheen. WINNING.