This is old news made new again, seeing as it’s based on a survey from last year in which visitors to, and residents of, Dallas-Fort Worth rated the area on all manner of qualities. Â We didn’t do well.
Now Travel + Leisure has trotted out some of the collected information in a new pageview-magnet slideshow of the Worst-Dressed Cities in America. Anchorage, Alaska, finished at the bottom, according to visitors. Â We rankedÂ 30th out of the 35 cities on stylishness (making us the sixth-worst-dressed.) Here’s what the magazine wrote:
Bigger seems to always be better in the Dallas/Fort Worth area; just take one look at the infamously over-the-top JumboTron at the Cowboys Stadium. And when it comes to getting dressed, big hair, conspicuous designer labels, and slick snakeskin boots are the norm. “Less is more” is not a phrase heard round these parts.
So the editors dusted off a bit of copy written in, oh, maybe 1983, swapped out “Ewings of Southfork” with a jab about JerryWorld, and then called it a day. Probably stopped off at the co-op for some organic hummus and fresh kale juice before retiring to their Park Slope brownstones.
Anyway, we need not be hurt by the criticisms of a bunch of snobs in New York City, no sir. We have our self-confidence to protect us. In the same Travel + Leisure survey, we rated ourselves the ninth-best-dressed city.
You might think that when I saw this enormous typo on the current cover of PaperCity, I cackle-laughed and unleashed a torrent of ridicule. Well, you’d be wrong. What I did was, I cackle-laughed and unleashed a torrent of ridicule — and then I got a stomachache. Because I’ve been there. I’ve done that. (Though never on the cover.) And, chances are, because I’ve put up this post, I will do it again. (This time on the cover.) There really are few things worse than getting a publication back from the printer and being confronted with irrefutable proof that you can sometimes fail to do the most basic part of your job. I wrote a 2,000-word profile of a pizzaiolo not long ago in our pages. In the very first sentence, I wrote that he was covered with flower. My stomach hurts just thinking about it.
It is ultra gloomy out, but it’s a happy day at D headquarters what with an influx of fantastic summer interns. You’ll be seeing them on the blogs soon, but personally, I’d like to extend a special welcome to Kevin Donnellan, our web/FrontRow intern.
Part of your stay-dry plan this evening should include mid-week cocktails, which you, admittedly, could get just about anywhere, but might try doing at La Grange in Deep Ellum instead. Against the Grain Productions, a local film production company dedicated to promoting Asian American culture and artists, hosts their annual “Cocktails for a Cause” event complete with live music (Xwansongs, Twisted Optiks, and Duette) and Asian tapas included in the ticket price. Your first drink is complimentary, as well, but make a beeline for the alcoholic snow cones. Cherry or piÃ±a colada. They might not taste boozy, but the booze will find you.
And if you’re in the mood for a good old fashioned theatrical free-for-all, Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage continues its run at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Roman Polanski adapted this Tony-winning play last year for his film Carnage, and the plot centers around two couples who meet up to rationally discuss the physical altercation their respective children got into at a park. This rational discussion quickly becomes an all-out melee. There’s just something incredibly satisfying about watching supposedly sophisticated adults devolve into plate-throwing Neanderthals. Lindsey Wilson has the review for FrontRow, so read it before you go.
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FrontRow Live, presented by Chevy, kicks off this Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at the Dallas Contemporary, and it will bring together performances by pop-dance groupÂ STRFKR, French electronic musicianÂ Onra, and Austin DJÂ Ben Aqua. The beer will be free thanks to Bud Light Platinum. There will also be food trucks and live theater byÂ Upstart Productions. Plus, sound installations byÂ Oliver Francis Gallery, and all of the wonderful exhibitions currently at theÂ Dallas Contemporary.
It all takes place this Thursday, May 31, and if you still haven’t secured tickets, you shouldÂ go purchase them now. Because when will you get a chance to see this level of musical talent coupled with free drinks and art and theater for just fifteen bucks? Exactly. See you there.
These ladies and gentlemen call themselves the Billionaires for Big Energy. They seem to be angling for starring roles in the annual protest against the annual meeting held by Irving-based Exxon Mobil Corp. at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The 2012 meeting happened today, and a small throng gathered as usual across from the Meyerson to rail against greed, Big Oil in general, Exxon Mobil in particular, and so on.
One faction held up a huge sign for Occupy Dallas, and you could hear a variety of chants led by someone with a hand-held microphone. Among the messages: “The workers united, will never be defeated! The workers united, will never be defeated!” And: “What do we want? Equity! When do we want it? Now!” The Billionaires for Big Energy chimed in as well: “Let freedom ring. Ka-ching! Ka-ching!” You have to admit it was sort of catchy.
The Daily Beast did a bunch of fancy calculations to find out which are the lousiest stretches of highway in the country. Good news! We’ve got a stretch of road that landed at No. 5 on the list! Here’s the most interesting part of the report, though: “Somewhat surprisingly, the INRIX report shows a 30 percent drop in traffic across the country over the past year. The reasons, according to INRIX’s Jim Bak, include rising fuel prices, relatively few jobs created in urban areas, and the completion of stimulus projects resulting in less road construction.”
Neiman Marcus Being Sued by Shopper. I’m a bit sleepy, so I’m not sure I’m understanding this story. Let me see if I have this straight: Patricia Walker’s husband bought her a lot of gifts. He bought these gifts with guidance from Walker’s personal shopper. He was allegedly having an affair with the personal shopper. So now Walker wants to return her gifts, but Neiman Marcus won’t let her. So she’s suing, because she can’t return the items and because the personal shopper wasn’t disciplined and still works at the store. I’m sorry, I just don’t get how this is the store’s fault.
Parents Charged With Furnishing Alcohol to Minors at After-Prom Party. Patricia Linn and her husband hosted a party on their Milsap ranch after their son’s prom on April 28. They hired three security guards to watch over the kids. Alcohol was there. Deputies were called, kids ran into the woods, and after a three-week investigation, the parents were charged.
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