— Ellen Goldberg (@nbcdfwellen) November 30, 2012
@bigdnyebooker Nobody hurt…just really weirded out!
— Chris Sommer (@ChrisSommerTX) November 30, 2012
Still not entirely sure what happened here, but it seems things are under control. The building is off the North Central Expressway service road, south of Fitzhugh Avenue.
As many of you know, tomorrow is TEDxSMU. As you probably already know, tomorrow will be executive director Sharon Lyle’s last TEDxSMU. (Don’t worry–it will be in good hands under the guidance of Heather Hankamer.) But what you may not know is how the conference got to Dallas. You can thank Carole and Jim Young for that. In our December issue (on newsstands now), I write a little about how they accomplished getting the conference here. The story isn’t online, so take the jump to read about the Youngs.
Â Venues likeÂ Tuckers’ BluesÂ andÂ The Free Man Cajun Cafe and LoungeÂ have created a dynamic jazz scene in the neighborhood to re-create the jazz culture from the early 1900s.
In this Pegasus News storyÂ – pulled from SMU’s Daily Campus newspaper – the author contends that jazz is returning to Deep Ellum, through the aforementioned two clubs. Other quibbles aside – all of the “jazz” musicians at the beginning of the piece are actually blues musicians; I don’t think Ray Garland is a real person, so she probably means Red Garland, or smushedÂ togetherÂ the album name of the Garland/Ray Bryant collaboration – the inclusion of Tuckers Blues is curious, since it closed in September.
And here’s where the muddied Pegasus News/ Dallas Morning News situationÂ comes in. The DMN wrote in September that the club was closing; shouldn’t its properties know that, too?
After the Oregon Supreme Court forced the Boy Scouts of America to turn over decades’ worth of “perversion files” earlier this fall, theÂ 4th Texas Court of Appeals yesterday allowed the group to keep recent files private.
The Oregon ruling forced the Irving-based BSA to release files kept from 1959 to 1985. A San Antonio judge recently ordered the group to release records from 1985 to 2011, but the appeals court stayed that decision, the Associated Press reports.Â The reports were being sought by a former scout.
A BSA spokesman told the AP it keeps the files private “to encourage reporting of abuse,” which is BS.
Published with permission from Scott Carlson, who emailed us the poem.
Back when I was still just a glisten in my parents’ overflowing wine glasses, the dearly departed Adam McGill used to host Friday Fun, a weekly distraction for bored workers on Friday afternoons.
Disclaimer: I am terrible at video games. Never had them as a kid, so my growth was stunted, only allowed to flourish for brief spurts at friends’ houses. So there will likely be more trivia and less pew-pew shoot goblins games. Today’s game comes from Sporcle, and it’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees quiz. You have 15 minutes to name as many of the Rock and Roll Hall members as you can.
I got 75 out of 186, good enough for the pitiful 58th percentile. The biggest name I missed was Elton John (there’s a freebie for you), but I also remembered the least-popular response. Cold comfort.
And while you’re wracking your brain, listen to the greatest American band not in the Hall (actually, just the greatest American rock band).
From the body of the petition, which currently sits on signon.org:
While we recognize that Texas is a great state, characterized by its independent citizens, there are many citizens that do not support secession from the United States. A petition has been filed with the White House for Texas secession that has reached the 25,000 signature goal it needed to be looked at by the White House. Although it is extremely doubtful that Texas would be granted the approval to secede by such a petition, we would still like to recognize that there are many people in Texas that feel differently, whether we agree with the current administration or not.
Rick Perry as the President of the Republic of Texas does not sound good to many of us. Plus, we recognize that things like NASA and federal defense contracts contribute quite a bit to the economy we like to brag so much about. Please sign so other voices in this debate are heard.
The group has reached 13,860 of its 15,000 signature goal.
AT&T will take over the sponsorship of the Byron Nelson Championship in 2015 when Hewlett-Packard’s current agreement expires, PGA Executive Director Tim Finchem announced during a press conference today.
The announcement came during Mayor Mike Rawlings’ presser about the proposed Trinity Forest golf course. This would be the third PGA event sponsored by the Dallas-based telecommunications company; it already sponsors theÂ the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the AT&T National.
When Rawlings announced the proposed course, speculation ran that the Byron Nelson could move from Irving’sÂ Four Seasons Club when the contract expires in 2018; AT&T’s involvement in both the event and the course seem to support that prospect.
UPDATE: Finchem added, during a Q&A session, that “the odds are quite high” that the tournament could move to Trinity Forest.
By now you’ve likely heard about the proposed Dallas-SMU-AT&T-funded 400-acre golf course, situated on an old landfill of Loop 12. The city funding for the project will head to Council Dec. 12. Until then, we’ll all be left to speculate whether people will use it, whether it’s the best use of city funds, and whether or not I should leave the PuttPutt course and start running with the big dogs.
To Twitter we go for the instant reaction, starting with Observer editor Joe Tone:
There has been talk of branding Dallas as the Reading Capital of Texas. (And by talk, I mean that a few civic-minded people were sitting in a room discussing what they wanted Dallas to be and someone threw it out as a joke, and then someone else really hooked onto the idea, and now we mention it every chance we get.) I think we’re on our way. There’s The Big Read Dallas in April, the month-long reading celebration D is heading up. The Dallas Public Library is the largest non-university library in the state. We’ve got a nice little reading spot in our new park. And, now, there’s the Wheelborrow.
The Wheelborrow was designed by Downtown Dallas Inc., an organization that I love because of what it does for downtown and because of its great employees. Dustin Bullard, DDI’s cityscape and urban design manager (and owner of adorable dog, Bella), told me about the cart a couple months ago. He said DDI wanted to create something that could roam around and allow people access to books.
It took a bit to get finished, but it’s finally here and will debut in a week at the Pegasus Plaza Holiday Market. The cart is made of recycled wood. It has a planter, cushioned seats, and chalkboard doors. It’s simple in premise and design, and it’s absolutely perfect. The point is to let people take books and games from the cart. However, DDI needs a little help to get it rolling. If you have any old games or books that you would like to donate to the cause, please take them to DDI’s office at 2200 Ross Avenue or go to Two AT&T Plaza.
With The Big Read Dallas, the Wheelborrow, and so many other great reading and literacy programs, I think we’re on our way to becoming the Reading Capital of Texas. Spread the word.
Having trouble sorting out which Mike is Mike? Zac made a handy Venn diagram earlier this year.
There are a lot of nice things about Klyde Warren Park. Its proximity to D Magazine Worldwide Headquarters, for one. The incredibly generous people who work there, for another, who find lost keys and go to enormous trouble to return said keys to their owner.
And then there’s thisÂ Walk To The Park idea that celebrates both perambulation during the working hours and our nice little green space. We who work (and live, in certain cases) around here are not lazy, per say. But consider this your call to action, courtesy of CrowdSource (the Dallas Morning News’ event marketing deal), Klyde Warren Park, and Downtown Dallas, Inc. Flee your office at 10:30 a.m. and surge en masse toward Woodall Rodgers.
Squabble with your coworkers over who gets the lime green chair, and who gets the chairs that are the color that grass is supposed to be. Enjoy a concert with the King Bucks and Larry g(EE), some sort of parade, and all of Klyde Warren’s regularly scheduled activities, such as ping pong and um, knitting. Look, I don’t knit. Or crochet. I’ve tried. I took a craft class when I was kid called “The Lost Arts” and I made half of a scarf for one of my troll dolls. But I do like music and being outside, like a normal person. I don’t love playing hooky from work. Not at all. But you guys enjoy yourselves.
As for tonight, stick around the Arts District for Holiday at the Center. Outside the Winspear Opera House in Sammons Park, you’ll find a life-size snow globe, ice-skating rink, craft booths, food trucks, and live music. Plus, don’t forget the official tree lighting, photos with Santa, and a special performance from Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a holiday circus show coming to Winspear later in December. All this stuff is free and open to the public.
D-FW One of the First Metro Areas to Fully Recover From the Recession: North Texas is one of only three metropolitan areas to have fully recovered from the Great Recession, joining Pittsburgh and Knoxville, Tenn., the Brookings Institute reported.Â D-FW rode financial services and energy production, Pittsburgh’s help came from the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale, and Knoxville’s bounce-back was due to wayward Jackass fans.
Dallas 7-Eleven Sells $1 Million Powerball Ticket:Â “Damn, I should’ve bought a ticket,” says literally everyone interviewed in this story.
Hurst Police Release Video of Teen’s Arrest:Â Following the violent arrest of a teenager,Â the suspension of theÂ arresting officer, and the filing of a formal complaint against the officer, Hurst Police released the dashboard camera of the incident.Â Clearly, the police thought this would help their case by showing the teenager was equally at fault. Then Officer Disraeli Arnold said, “You politely sit in this car so I can f^$% you up,” and everyone immediately forgot whatever the kid said.
The Perot Museum Opens Tomorrow: You should go. If you do, say hello to my friends Leonard Foxytail and J-BONE.