Find a back issue

Making Dallas Even Better

Ask John Neely Bryan: A Post-Modern Logo For the City of Dallas

Question: How do you feel about this new logo for your city? Sure, it looks a lot like Plano’s starry P, and Arlington has a star shoved up their A too. But, looking at some of the others, what do they say to people? Irving has horses, Desoto’s eagle is proof of their All-American-ness. Richardson, well, people all over Richardson are trying to figure theirs out. The winner in my book is Addison, which with its jaunty logo, really spells “Party!” What is your opinion on this move? Are we turning into a regional star like Plano and Arlington? Should we keep the branch of nature in our D? Do we need more marketing? And if you have a recipe of two from the 1800’s, I’d love to discuss. — Amy S.

If only the current municipal governance of Dallas had the same wisdom and fortitude of character that you have demonstrated with your query, dear reader, I might could have spared them the wasted time involved in consulting those ne’er-do-wells who prattle on around the old horseshoe each week as to the possibility and probability of replacing the current city logo (the one which comes garnished by a side of parsley) with the star-emblazoned iconography devised by the Convention & Visitors Politburo.

Read More

Booker T. Grad Stars in Beats by Dre Parody

Zach Eisenberg graduated from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 1992, the same year I did. (What a coincidence!) These days, he lives in Seattle with his wife and three kids. With the Seahawks playing in the Super Bowl this weekend, Zach and a few of his rain-soaked, coffee-fueled homies decided to create a parody of those Beats by Dre commercials featuring Kevin Garnett and Colin Kaepernick. Their version can be seen on Funny or Die — at least until Dr. Dre’s people send a cease-and-desist letter.

Read More

Could a Company Have a More Awesome Mascot Than a Monkey With a Jetpack?

I’d never heard of Fort Worth-based WDS Logistics until yesterday afternoon, when I saw one of its trucks rolling through Carrollton. The truck caught my eye because of the company’s distinctive mascot, a monkey with a jetpack. (The truck also triggered a debate with my 5-year-old son, who was equally intrigued but insisted that we […]

Read More

What’s Going on With the Alamo Plaza Sign?

From our friends at Oak Cliff People: Michael Amonnet, past president of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, is none too pleased about Sylvan Thirty developers’ new call for public input on the historic Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts sign. He was under the impression it would stay put, Amonnet tells me, adding that such signage “reflects […]

Read More

Leading Off (2/11/13)

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 […]

Read More

Sherman Viewers Got an Eyeful of Will Ferrell During Last Night’s Super Bowl

For the second year in a row, Will Ferrell has produced a Super Bowl ad for Old Milwaukee beer. And for the second year in a row, only a sliver of worldwide viewers saw the ad. Last year, it was only folks in the North Platte, Neb. TV market. This year it included parts of Oklahoma, Texas, […]

Read More

On Monday, the Dallas Museum of Art Will be Free. Here’s What to Expect, and What it Means for Museums

At a press event this morning, Dallas Museum of Art staff offered a sneak peek of the museum’s new DMA Friends program which launches Monday, January 21, at which point the museum will be free. That’s right, completely free (well, except for special exhibitions). But what makes the DMA’s new program unique is not free […]

Read More