Like so many elements of Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park, that ice-skating rink they’re talking about putting up in October or November was inspired by a visit Sheila and Jody Grant made to Bryant Park in New York City. Former Dallas Stars owner Norman Green recalls the idea came about after Jody Grant, chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, said to him, “They’ve got an ice rink in Bryant Park. Do you think we could do that here?” “Jody,” Green said, “I don’t think you can put ice outdoors in Texas.”
Then, though, they learned about a Florida company called Global Synthetic Ice, which makes an artificial ice-like surface called Super-Glide, and Green changed his mind. He and his wife, Kelly, will be bankrolling the 50-by-100-foot rink on the Great Lawn, Green said last week during a charity event at his home, and the Stars may make a few players available at the park for promotional purposes. Figure skating will be the main attraction at the artificial rink, he added, although some junior-hockey-type games could be played there as well.
Yeah, it’s a little windy today, but it didn’t really bother me.
Share your own Ghosts of Dallas.
Megan Lucas, you’ll recall, is the lady who has gotten herself caught up in the lawsuit filed by Phil Romano and about 20 other plaintiffs against Frank Zaccanelli. The plaintiffs claim that Lucas was Zaccanelli’s mistress, which is why he was using Hofmann Hots money to pay her rent, something she denies. If you need to catch up, we can help. Anyway, when I asked Lucas about her arrest early this year, she told me it was no big deal. She had thrown a cigarette butt out her car window and had been pulled over for littering. Then the cop found an outstanding warrant for a previous moving violation she had not taken care of. This much is true. But it’s not the full story. Lucas’ traffic stop for littering went far more pear shaped than she let on. From a Syracuse, New York, TV station (the suit was filed in Syracuse, where Hofmann’s operations are based): “Upon pulling her over, police discovered that she had outstanding traffic warrants in Dallas County, Dallas City, and Arlington, Texas. After she was arrested, police discovered the marijuana.”
Hey, marijuana isn’t crack. So I don’t want to case aspersions. I just want to watch the video above, starring Megan Lucas (probably NSFW).
Happy President’s Day, all. Downtown is positively ghostly.
Tonight I invite you to rewind your sensibilities to 2007, when Gene Weingarten wrote the story that would earn him his first Pulitzer Prize. It’s called “Pearls Before Breakfast,” and it is about the time he asked Joshua Bell, a world-famous violinist with a $3.5 million Stradivarius, to play anonymously in the L’Enfant Plaza metro stop in Washington, D.C. to see if anyone would stop and listen during rush hour. It’s good, and you should read it. Especially since Bell made in 43 minutes about the equivalent of what you’ll pay for the second cheapest seat at his performance tonight at Bass Hall. You can still get orchestra seats, too, in case you want a better view of him and his floppy mop. Not too far away, you can counterbalance your classical culture with high-end Texas grub at Lonesome Dove.
Also this evening, we have a staged reading of Henry VI, Part I, the first Shakespeare Dallas-AT&T Performing Arts Center love child in the Bard’s War of the Roses play cycle. They’re got them lined up like bowling pins for the next four months, and it’s pretty exciting as long as you can keep all the squabbling royals straight for that long. King Henry is not yet embroiled in all -out war, but it is certainly looming as he deals with the bitter fact that England has lost its grip on the French territories and his noblemen are too busy with their personal vendettas to do something so trivial as run a country. This will all go down in the Winspear Opera House’s Hamon Hall. And since it’s Monday, be careful with your Arts District restaurants. It’s so nice outside that I’d do an early dinner at Wild Salsa downtown and just walk back.
For more to do tonight, go here.
I can’t be trusted. That much is clear. If I say something nice about the first episode of D: The Broadcast, it will come across as whorish promotion of another D Empire brand extension. So I won’t say that I thought the ladies did a swell job this morning and that Suzie Humphreys is my favorite part of the show (Suzie to Courtney Kerr: “Listen, I’m your mother for one hour every day.”) and that the sets looked great, especially the kitchen. No, instead, I will borrow a page from the U.S. military. In the military, they do something called an AAR, which is an initialism that stands for “after-action review.” Say you get ambushed by the enemy and an intense three-hour firefight ensues. After everything has calmed down a bit, back at base, you get some juice boxes and you talk about what happened and how you can handle that sort of situation better if it should arise again. Here, then, is the AAR on the first episode of The Broadcast:
– Here’s a fun game for the Table Talk segment: every time Courtney Kerr picks up her sheaf of papers and taps them on the desk to straighten them out, take a shot of Grand Marnier. This is her go-to move on the anchor desk. The show starts at 9 a.m. You’ll be drunk by 9:07.
– If they’re going to leave the ladies’ mics up as we go to commercial so that we can hear their private conversations, then have them say something interesting. Suggestion: Pat Smith mutters under her breath, “Emmitt told me yesterday that he hates Troy. Never could stand him when they played together.”
– In the kitchen, when Dean Fearing was cooking halibut, it would have been nice to see the ingredients. If a remote-controlled camera on a boom isn’t in the budget, just ask Courtney Kerr to stand on the cook top and use a handheld.
Looking forward to tomorrow. Again: for U-Verse, DirecTV, and Dish customers, it’s on Channel 47. On Time Warner, it’s Channel 24. Verizon is Channel 18. Charter is 22.
Our new TV show on KTXD starts at 9 a.m. How can you watch it? Glad you asked. For U-Verse, DirecTV, and Dish customers, it’s Channel 47. On Time Warner, it’s Channel 24. Verizon is Channel 18. Charter is 22. What’s that you say? You’re at work and you can’t watch television? No problem, dear FrontBurnervian! Just point your thirsty web browser to www.dthebroadcast.tv.
To tide you over, here’s a little lagniappe starring Pat Smith, Courtney Kerr, Lisa Pineiro, and Suzie Humphreys.
Is the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System Overinvested in Real Estate? There are so many questions raised by this lengthy report on how the pension fund that owns Museum Tower ended up managing the luxury proprieties it propped-up with large cash infusions after the real estate bubble burst. For example: What are the properties really worth now? Should the pension fund be managing Hawaiian estates and Napa Valley resorts? Is fund administrator Richard Tettamant having too much fun hobnobbing on the taxpayer’s dime? If speculative land plays don’t pan out, is it really accurate to report them as investments in “natural resources?” Is Tettamant cutting sweetheart deals for developer buddies? Are his efforts to beat market returns putting the future of the our city’s finest – not to mention the pocketbooks of Dallas taxpayers – at considerable risk? Lots of questions. But here’s the one I want to ask: did the fund really need to pay to move a piano from Hawaii to the lobby of Museum Tower? I mean, they sell pianos in Dallas, right? Really nice ones, I bet.
As American Swallows U.S. Airways, Airline Field Thins: There was a time when airports were packed with brands like Pan Am, TWA, Eastern, Braniff — all of which have gone the way of the Concorde. Now the “extraordinarily complex” merger between American and U.S. Air leaves just four major carriers: American, United, Delta and Southwest.
Tim Tebow to Speak at First Baptist: The announcement that the incredibly meh quarterback will speak at Robert Jeffress’ First Baptist Church raises all the expected questions about whether or not Tebow endorses statements Jeffress has made in the past about homosexuality, Mormonism, Islam, and on and on. And I suppose those are pertinent questions to ask, even if I wish the only question surrounding anything regarding Tim Tebow was “who cares?”