Fingers of Fury is now the assistant managing deputy staff writer of the Morning News, but he still has his fingers in other pies. Like American Way. An alert FBvian points us to Wilonsky’s profile of Samberg in the current issue. It’s a solid effort that would have been improved by more references to Herschel.
Among the things you may not know about me: I’m kind of friends with Vanilla Ice (Rob Van Winkle). My family has known his since the ’80s, and when I worked in Florida I wrote a feature about him. Now we text message every so often andÂ occasionallyÂ talk about books. (Not kidding.) I mention this because he is out pimping his new movie, That’s My Boy, starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, and decided to give me a call — Rob plays Sandler’s brother, a character named Uncle Vanny. Jump if you care to see what we discussed.
Today is a day that starts the weekend. I probably just blew your mind. Enjoy it.
Craft Cocktails Texas, the four-day cocktail extravaganza full of celebration and, if you wish, education, continues tonight with classes on everything from molecular gastronomy to a lesson in bitters (entitled, appropriately, “Oooh! What’s In That Bottle?!?) from Rocco Milano. You might recognize Milano from his tenure behind the bar at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, but he now hangs his vest at Private Social. Busy man about town Jason Kosmas will give a seminar called “The Seminar on Concentrated Evil,” where he’ll launch his new private label booze and talk taste.
There are many more options for drinking and learning, including a party hosting how-to with the erstwhile but still awesome Eddie Campbell, so check out the full schedule. Step one: Never say die. Step two: If it feels right, go ahead and get up on that bar. Don’t have a bar? Table time. (I kid. I’d follow The Chesterfield’s pickled gin mule anywhere.)
Also tonight, all the Arts District museums unite their late night activities for a summer block party, which I have re-imagined as Sweat! The Musical, starring the DMA, the Nasher, and the Crow. Anyway, Flora St. will be roped off to allow for Bollywood dance performances (If this really was Sweat! The Musical, I’d probably ask Beloved Dev to make a guest appearance), a found art exhibition, and more. The Nasher will show (500) Days of Summer, so you can get all hot and sweaty with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It doesn’t matter if it’s a one-sided thing. Don’t miss progressive museum tours and a main stage performance by Salim Nourallah and the Travoltas. The food trucks will stay out ’til midnight.
CultureMap has outposts in Houston and Austin. The Dallas version will launch this fall (helmed by a former D Magazine publisher and a former D Magazine managing editor). Here’s how it describes itself:
CultureMap will keep you plugged in, enlightened and entertained about culturally relevant news and information. We deliver real-time coverage, breaking news and opinions on music, film, food, drink, arts, design, style, life, innovation, scene, outdoors, fitness and sports. CultureMap combines a highly regarded editorial team with a cutting-edge Web and mobile publishing platform to offer unique intelligence and insight. We do not simply report on the communities we cover, we foster real-time conversation.Â CultureMap’s newsroom of experienced editors, photographers and writers are complemented by a stable of passionate contributors — all of whom bring insider expertise in each market CultureMap serves.
But wait. There’s more. If you’re a lady over the age of 30, you’ll soon have something called PureWow. From the job listing for the Dallas editor:
The ideal candidate will be an experienced writer and editor who has his/her finger on the pulse of the ideas, trends and topics that will interest our target demographic in the areas of fashion, culture, style, wellness, home, entertaining and other lifestyle subjects. Our publication covers not only brand-new establishments and businesses; we also seek out tried-and-true establishments that may be operating under the radar. We never write from press releases or paid pitches. We research online and offline to find original concepts and do real reporting before we cover.
If you can pay your bills writing for a dime a word, it’s a good time to be a freelancer in Dallas.
DISD Board Shaking Couch Cushions to Offset $23 Million Shortfall. The Dallas ISD board of trustees is now examining a budget for the next year that includes increased kindergarten sizes and increased Pre-K offerings, as well as no raises but also no tax increases. The budget is $23 million less than previous years, and also meant that several schools were shuttered altogether. Not to beat a dead horse, but …
Three More Arrested in Burning of Puppy. Richard Valentine, Adrian Ayers and Darius Carey were all charged with animal cruelty in connection with the burning of Justice, a stray pit bull puppy who later died of infection. Darius Ewing was arrested in April.
Tornado > Hail. So remember that hail that hit everywhere but my neighborhood this week? Well, in Fannin County it was called a tornado instead, and it ate houses and trees and tossed little old ladies around.
DMV Promises Shorter Waits With MegaCenters. One in Fort Worth, one in Garland. They’ll be all technologied up, and the goal is to get people in and out in 30 minutes. I know two places to go that already get you out speedily without the new stuff, but I’m not telling any of you unless it’s for $500. Hint: It ain’t Plano.
Loya Insurance Fined by State. Loya Insurance Co. was fined $300,000 for deceptive business practices, a consent order from state Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman revealed. Loya apparently is one of the leading auto insurers in Texas, but also has one of the state’s highest complaint rates.