I’ve never met Justin Terveen, of Urban Fabric Photography, but I really like looking at the pictures he takes. (Judging only by his photos, I feel like we’d probably get along, though I have no idea why I think that. Maybe it’s a beard thing.) Krista has posted a few of Terveen’s shotsÂ here, here, and most recently here. Well, Pete Freedman over at Central Track (who I have met) is apparently also a fan of Terveen’s work. So much so that he has written him a side-scrolling open love letter.
So, once again, Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted and Science and Engineering Magnet are ranked among the top high schools in the country by the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings. Â Other North Texas schools that cracked the top 100 on the list, which was released today, were Westlake Academy in Westlake, Peak Preparatory School in Dallas, and Highland Park High School.
You can read their whole methodology, but basically they looked how each school’s students performed relative to state averages on standardized tests, then how well the school’s “least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income)” performed relative to their peers. Finally they considered “college readiness,” as defined by Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate participation and scores.
But are we to believe in the magazine’s rankings at all, when it turns out they don’t even know how to count the number of schools in a district? As Claire St. Amant of People Newspapers points out:
According to the report, “Highland Park High School is 1 of 2 high schools in the Highland Park School District.” Boy, is our face going to be red at Park Cities People, if we’ve been neglecting an entire campus for 30 years.
A 16-year-old girl took the stand today to testify against the man accused of holding her family hostage and murdering her uncles three years ago. Yahaira Gallardo thought she was going to die. Bullets flew by her head. The girl was forced to translate for the murderer as he demanded money, jewelry, and drugs from her family. DMN reporter Jennifer Emily was in the courtroom. Reading through the details, I can’t help but think back to this horrific (but superbly done) story, which not long ago won the Pulitzer for feature writing.
If you haven’t yet, read what Jim Schutze wrote this morning about Winfrey Point. It’s a masterful bit of writing that I hope everyone involved in this fiasco will read — both the sane people trying to save the parkland and the misguided souls who wish to pave it.
I’m resisting the urge to type many, many sad faces, a sentiment I know is shared by all those who grew up with Maurice Sendak’s imagination as a guide. The last graph of the Times obituary is just one example of how profoundly he touched so many lives.
If you are in the mood for something resembling a wild rumpus, American Idiot is playing at the Winspear Opera House, part of the Lexus Broadway series. The band Green Day has a pretty good handle on youthful disillusionment. And yet, when Billie Joe Armstrong decided to turn his band’s American Idiot concept album into a punk-infused Broadway musical, I (and a few of my other theater going friends) had doubts as to how it would turn out. We all ended up loving it.Â Three disaffected teens, Johnny, Will, and Tunny, struggle to express the widely swinging spectrum of their emotions–through song, of course. You can get seats to tonight’s performance way up high for a reasonable $30-$40.
Also this evening, our talented StyleSheet photographers, Kristi and Scot, will be out with their cameras at Bread Winners for House of Plates‘ weeknight dinner party, awarding care packages (courtesy of American Apparel, Knockaround Sunglasses, and Whole Foods) to the most dapper diners. Plus, there will be a performance by Daniel Hart (who has performed with Broken Social Scene, St. Vincent, and John Vanderslice) and a DJ set from The Dram’s Elizabeth Farrell. Ten percent of each dinner benefits the Stewpot, a nonprofit that provides meals to the homeless. Reservations are technically all booked up, but I’ve been told that people are still encouraged to stop by, drink at the bar, and pose for pics. A table will open up before you know it. As a bonus, tonight’s Big Movie at the Magnolia is Midnight Cowboy, so you could take a jaunt over there after dinner for the 10 pm screening.
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Deion Sanders Gets Protective Order. Yesterday a judge ruled that Pilar Sanders must remain at least 500 yards away from the Sanderses’ Prosper mansion. And both Sanderses were cleared of family violence charges. Larry Friedman, Pilar’s lawyer, said, “We have one winner, and that’s Pilar Sanders, and she had a good day in court, and she was vindicated against the false claims made against her.” I think he’s unclear on what the term “winner” means.
Rockwall Kid Gets Hit by a Bus, Survives. If you haven’t yet seen the video of 18-year-old Cyril Yannick Engmann get creamed by a city bus, check it out. He attends UT, and he was in Austin when it happened. He walked away from the incident with only minor injuries. But it’s like I tell my kids all too often: you gotta look both ways.
Lancaster Triplets Scoreboard Their Classmates. Check out these Thomas triplets: Valedictorian Brandon, salutatorian Jeremy, and sister Lauren, who only ranks eighth in her class. That’s just excessive, isn’t it?