DFW airport has reached 88 degrees!This ties the record high for March 4th previously set in 1955. #txwx
— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) March 4, 2013
I’d like to thank fossil fuel consumption and Glenn Beck’s move to Westlake for making today’s victory possible.
Two weeks ago, after the news hit that Twin Peaks will open a restaurant at Mockingbird Station, I put up a joke post wherein I pretended to have emails that were hacked from Twins Peaks’ corporate HQ. The emails revealed other potentially controversial new locations (Highland Park Village, the lobby of First Baptist, etc.) and the thinking that went into choosing those spots. The next day, a lawyer who works for Twin Peaks sent me an email saying he wanted to discuss the post. On the phone, he told me that the post wasn’t funny, that it was more suited to the Observer than to D Magazine, and, in any case, that it was inaccurate. I hadn’t gotten much sleep the night before and probably could have handled his feedback better. But, after telling the lawyer that I wasn’t going to insult him by lecturing him about how satire works, I lectured him about how satire works. As for what material belongs in the Observer and what belongs in D, I told him I’d leave the burgers and boobs to him if he’d leave the editing to me.
Then I said words to the effect of: “You know what surprises me? That we’re having this conversation. You work for a company that is all about having fun and making double entendre jokes about breasts. Rather than bitching at me, if you think someone is actually going to mistakenly believe that Twin Peaks is opening a store in the lobby of First Baptist, why don’t you write a funny letter setting the record straight?” I got that letter on Thursday. We’ve been on deadline, so it has taken me until now to share it. Enjoy:
Texas Motor Speedway officials announced today that the Texas 500 will be renamed the NRA 500, further engraining every stereotype non-NASCAR fans have about NASCAR fans. It is the second time the National Rifle Association has sponsored a NASCAR race, following September’s American Warriors 300 in Atlanta. The announcement came during the track’s annual media day.
“The NRA has been involved in the sport for several years and a partner of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. for many years in various aspects, and this race entitlement is just another extension of that business relationship,” track president Eddie Gossage said in a statement. “We look forward to another successful partnership with the NRA for our April race week of activities.”
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre echoed Gossage’s remarks in a video: “The NRA 500 is the latest announcement in the long history of a growing partnership between the NRA, Speedway Motorsports and the NASCAR community. NRA members and NASCAR fans love their country and everything that is good and right about America. We salute our flag … volunteer in our churches and communities … cherish our families … and WE LOVE RACING!”
So much America in just one paragraph. I wonder if this is what Gossage was talking about back in January when he vowed to make the speedway more fan-friendly. Less smoking, more guns!
Race is April 13.
The 18-year-old senior at Bishop Lynch is one of four candidates in District 13, which covers most of Preston Hollow as well as Bluffview, Devonshire, and Greenway Parks. A lifelong Preston Hollow resident, King is realistic about his chances of being elected.
“You’re going to ask yourself, ‘Doesn’t he realize that he doesn’t have a shot in hell?’ ” he said. “Well, sometimes, lost causes are the only things worth fighting for.”
King lives with his grandmother, on the same block as George W. Bush. Hats off, young man.
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I’ll let the folks at the “Remembering J.R.” Facebook page take over:
March 11 is officially declared as “Larry Hagman Day.” The Mayor of Dallas will declare it and issue a Proclamation declaring it official. The Dallas episode airing that evening is called “J.R.’s Masterpeice” and will be the funeral of J.R. Ewing. It is a very special show where you the fans get to say “goodbye to J.R. and to Larry Hagman”. You will get to go to the “funeral and the wake” and mourn and grieve this incredible man, but most importantly to say your own personal goodbye. Watching this episode is your opportunity to not only remember him, but also to thank Larry for sharing not only his talents with all of us, but his incredible outlook on life. So on March 11 go ahead, get out your Stetson hats and cowboy boots, wear them all day long, and remember, if Larry were here today, his parting words to all of us would be “Don’t Worry, Be Happy, Feel Good.”
In honor of that, fan Scott Carlson wrote the above poem. You may remember Carlson from “A Year With Perot!,” a poem in honor of the Perot Museum opening.
Forbes released its annual “Let’s All Weep Into Our Empty Wallets” list today, known to many with less-empty wallets as the World’s Billionaires List. As usual, Dallas-Fort Worth did fairly well, with 26 folks landing on the list, up from 23 last year. If charts aren’t your thing:
I have just been informed that Joss Whedon and the Much Ado About Nothing cast is going to be in Austin this weekend for SXSW. If you see reports of a deranged fan camped out at the Austin Convention Center, don’t worry. It’s only me.
Tonight, that veritable battering ram of culture, otherwise known as the Fort Worth Opera, comes knocking down our door. I’ve always liked the FWO, since they’ve struck me as a little kooky in a way that I can really get behind. They’re participating in the WaterTower Theatre’s upcoming Out of the Loop Fringe Fest and regularly host an event called “Opera Shots,” in which their talented performers take over the mic at a Cowtown bar during happy hour and presumably encourage you to get blasted while listening to someone sing soprano. Anyway, at long last, they are finally bringing this tradition our way.
The Fort Worth Opera will be at The Foundry this evening, where you can have some fried chicken at Chicken Scratch, a local beer, and enjoy, among other selections, a performance of Patrick Soluri’s short comic opera, Figaro’s Last Hangover. (Soluri is one of the composers who has been chosen to participate in the Fort Worth Opera Festival’s new works division in a couple months.) If you stay long enough, I suppose that could be you tomorrow. Regardless, bless these guys for keeping the spirit of the weekend alive just a little longer. It’s free to drop by, and starts around 6:30 p.m. If you’re the polite sort, you can RSVP.
Even though Mondays are traditionally a dark dining day, Sakhuu Thai is open for a good cause. A hat tip to our Carol Shih over on SideDish for this one. If you have a hankering for those stuffed chicken wings tonight (or any Monday night in March), 100% of the proceeds from your meal will go to Kidd’s Kids, radio personality Kidd Kraddick’s foundation for kids with special medical needs. Sakhuu is also BYOB.
For more to do tonight, go here.
The Atlantic Cities project is currently exploring the divides of class and wealth in American cities, and today’s take was on Dallas-Fort Worth. It was aided by research from UT-Arlington doctoral candidate (and Shiny Around The Edges frontman) Michael Seman. They found:
The class divide in the city of Dallas largely follows a north-south axis demarcated by Interstate 30 and the impressive steel and glass skyline of Dallas’s downtown core. The map shows the band of purple radiating out of downtown and spreading out in the north of the city, while the south is a sea of red (service class districts) with spots of blue (working class locations). There is also a lesser east/west divide runs along the Trinity River just south of downtown, separating the working and service class neighborhoods to the west of the river from the creative class to the east.
There are significant developments afoot in the city, according to Michael Seman, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Urban and Public Affairs and occasional Cities contributor, to spur redevelopment and address these class divides. Seaman, who reviewed early versions of these maps, points out that Dallas’s Oak Cliff is a transitioning neighborhood that only shows up as a sliver of purple, but is gaining residents from members of the region’s budding creative core of artists, writers, and musicians. Adjacent to Oak Cliff, just south of downtown and straddling service class (red) and working class (blue) neighborhoods, the “massive culinary-based Trinity Groves redevelopment project” is moving from planning stage to reality, notes Seman, who consulted on the project. A mixed-use redevelopment project encompassing roughly 80 acres, it features a restaurant incubator, microbreweries, specialty epicurean shops, culinary education programs, and a plethora of restaurants, which are designed to “appeal to members of the creative class residing both in the city and the region,” Seman says.
One of the best functions of Reddit is the Ask Me Anything. A celebrity, politician, or regular schmo will hop on, and fellow users are encourage to literally ask the person anything. They’re usually funny, and can be informative. Except, apparently, if you work at the Perot Museum.
A user by the name of ACaudill317 posted the above query yesterday, and the questions came rolling in:
When I leave will I have all my fingers intact?
How did that patron really lose his/her finger?
Where do you keep Ross Perot’s sperm collection?
The employee, who, according to some Facebook sleuthing, is a guest services representative, did not answer those questions. He did answer some basic questions about crowds and exhibits, FWIW.
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Dallas Police Chief Fires Officers Who Allegedly Planted Drugs During Investigation: Chief David Brown had a busy Friday, firing two officers who are now charged with fabricated and/or tampering with physical evidence and aggravated perjury related to a 2011 drug investigation. The chief also suspended or fired additional officers for drinking and driving, getting into fights with off duty officers, the misuse of city equipment, whipping their children with computer power cords, and, lest we forget, waving around guns in rap videos.
Are Nolan Ryan’s Days With the Rangers Numbered? Late Friday Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels became the team’s president of baseball operations, and Rick George, the Rangers’ COO, became president of business operations. That quiet administrative switcheroo had more than a few commentators wondering if Nolan Ryan will soon leave the team.
Dignitaries On Hand to Lay Van Cliburn to Rest: George W. Bush and Rick Perry were among those who eulogized the late musical legend, and Russian president Vladimir Putin sent a statement that was read during the memorial service at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth.