Those who care might be interested to know that erstwhile FDLuxer and sometime D Home and D Magazine contributor Jason Sheeler has — I am led to believe by a source very close to the situation — accepted a position as articles editor at Glamour. He starts his new gig in the big city sometime in mid-March.
The whole thing just reads like a failed (successful?) Tim and Eric sketch, which means it’s pretty brilliant. Like the YouTube descriptions says: “Don’t ask why. Just be.”
Headline pretty much sums this one up. Tomorrow, 11 a.m., at the Dallas Museum of Art. Rawlings, police chief David Brown, Aikman, Smith, “as well as various local religious, business, nonprofit and political leaders.” This announcement is the product of another press conference the mayor had last month. Seems like we’ll finally get a date for that rally against domestic violence Rawlings alluded to.
BET will honor T.D. Jakes for his work in education during a broadcast of “BET Honors,” tonight at 8 p.m. Other honorees include Chaka Khan, Lisa Leslie, Halle Berry, and Clarence Avant. Each year, BET recognizes excellence among African-Americans in the fields of service, education, musical arts, athletics and entrepreneurship.
Plano native Lance Armstrong is currently a 10,000-1 underdog to become the next pope, trailing literally every single person OddsChecker.com cares to list. In slightly less offensive news, the cardinal of the Galveston-Houston diocese, Daniel DiNardo, is going off at 50-to-1 to 100-to-1, depending on the house. It’s also worth noting that he’ll be one of 11 United States cardinals choosing Pope Benedict XVI’s replacement; the United States has the second-highest number of cardinals (19) behind Italy (29). Only 11 will make the trip to the Vatican, since cardinals need to be younger than 80 to vote.
— David Schechter (@DavidSchechter) February 11, 2013
Hello, Monday. I’d be lying if I said I was pleased to see you. But there is at least one fun thing happening tonight that should make up for the hardship of dragging yourself out the door this morning, and no, it’s not staying home and reading all the articles about Pope Benedict abdicating his divine appointment. Or crying about how you couldn’t get tickets to Beyonce.
It’s the Dallas Museum of Art’s first Texas Bound of the new Arts & Letters Live season. For the uninitiated, these evenings basically consist of fine folks gathered around a campfire reading good stories, except minus the fire. Tonight’s reading was supposed to feature the Texas-born Matt Bomer, but sadly, he had other commitments. Fine. We don’t really need a dark-haired, blue-eyed hotness monster tromping around this city, anyway, not when we have actors Reis Myers McCormick, Rob McCollum, Allison Pistorius, and Stephen Tobolowsky. McCormick and Tobolowsky will read stories they penned themselves, while McCollum will read Ron Carlson’s Milk and Pistorius reads Siobhan Fallon’s Gold Star. After the event, Tobolowsky, whose name you may not know but whose face you definitely recognize, will do a Q&A session and sign copies of his new collection of essays, The Dangerous Animals Club.
Now, here’s your dilemma. Most of the Arts District restaurants aren’t open on Mondays, because the theaters don’t have shows and the museums aren’t open, either. It’s not like anyone lives or works around here and would just like to eat something, or, even more ridiculous, have a beer. However, Jorge’s is open, and I like their bar before a show anyway because it’s nice and big. But this evening I think I’d rather go for Samar. It’s closer to the DMA, and I haven’t been in ages. I’m not really sure why, since I’ve had some excellent meals there.
Each year, the Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program receives $32 million in state funding, which it in turn uses to lure productions to the Lone Star State. There are some requirements, not the least of which is that 70 percent of each production’s cast, crew, and extras are Texas residents. It’t still a good deal for the state: it provides jobs for its residents, it showcases the state to worldwide audiences, and it brings in money. According to the Austin Business Journal, the program has doled out $94 million so far, money that’s been turned into $744 million in direct spending in the state.
TMIIIP is asking for an increase in its budget, from $32 to $35 million. Not happening, at least according to the latest state budget projections. The latest projection calls for just $4.2 million, and that fund will be split between the Texas Film Commission and the Texas Music Office. State reps claim they can’t ascertain whether or not the money is the driving force, or other factors.
“A show like Dallas would not have come without our incentives,” Texas Film Commission head Heather Page told the ABJ.
And that’s hard to argue. The show qualified for a $2.1 million state grant, and received another $200,000 a year from the city of Dallas, renewable for six years. For that, the show has contributed $20 million to the local economy, and reenergized the Dallas (and Dallas) brand. If the state grants dry up, though, what’s to keep the show around? It’s shot all of its b-roll, and could quickly find a soundstage anywhere in California. Or – in the state’s worst nightmare – it could move production to Louisiana or New Mexico, states that value their film commissions.
If you’re like me, you spent a half-hour this morning clicking, re-clicking, and entering a mishmash of letters in search of tickets for Beyonce’s July 6 show at the American Airlines Center. The starting gun fired at 10 a.m., and within 10 minutes the “cheap” seats — $64 — were gone. Ticketmaster showed that other levels were gone as well, but then some tickets reappeared. I have a call in to LiveNation to see just how quickly the tickets sold out.
I wasn’t about to drop $150 each on Mrs. Carter, though. Sorry, B. Now, some engineering souls have taken those tickets to StubHub. Starting tickets are $120 (not too bad), and the cap is $9,999. So, if you have a sizable chunk of a down payment for a house sitting around, and would love to have a floor seat for Beyonce, StubHub’s the place.
From her Facebook page this morning:
I find it sad to see that flags aren’t flying at half staff for this American hero. We’re surrounded today by American patriots here in Texas – by Chris’ fellow veterans and active duty warriors. In honor of them, I hope our commander in chief pays his respects in some gesture of condolence for their comrade in arms who sacrificed so much to keep him and all of us safe.
We may never know to what extent Chris kept us free or how many lives he saved by his brave actions in the line of fire. But his fellow warriors know how important he was. My son Track couldn’t meet Chris when Todd and I first met him because Track was deployed to Iraq. Then when we got to know Chris even better, our son was deployed in Afghanistan. We’ve met a lot of people in recent years, and Track has been privileged to meet them as well. But he said about Chris, “Mom, he’s the ONE person in the entire world I would be star-struck to meet. He’s it.”
The service starts at 1 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium; it could end up being the largest memorial service for a military member in state history.
Last weekend’s episode of NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! was recorded Thursday at the Winspear Opera House. Host Peter Sagal said visiting Texas was not just a pleasure for the crew of the news quiz show; it was a repayment for all the material our state has provided to his program. “Bizarre crimes, crazy politicians, lunacy as a lifestyle — you guys are like the Florida of the United States,” Sagal said.
Perry Goes to California to Poach Businesses: Rick Perry is on tour of California, where he hopes to swoop-in and woo businesses to Texas. It’s a trip that puts the epic state showdown in context:
In that corner, Athens. In this one, Sparta. Each serves as the other’s foil, the Ali to its Frazier, the Moriarty to its Holmes, the red to its blue. Each sees itself as the economic, cultural and political engine of the future.
Services to be Held Today for Chris Kyle at Cowboys Stadium: After today’s memorial at Cowboys Stadium, there will be a 200-mile funeral procession Tuesday as the former Navy Seal’s remains travel from Midlothian to Austin.
Kelly Clarkson Meets Miguel: Burleson’s Kelly Clarkson took home a Grammy last night for best pop vocal album, but during her acceptance speech, the singer was a little distracted by an earlier performance by the singer Miguel:
“Miguel, I don’t know who the hell you are, but we need to sing together. I mean, good God. That was the sexiest dancing I’ve ever seen.”
Here’s what she was talking about.