Yesterday, news came that the restaurant at the George W. Bush Presidential Center would be named Cafe 43, in honor of Bush’s presidential lineage. The restaurant will open May 1, and will be open to the public, not just ticket-holding center-goers.
“That’s what Mrs. Bush wants,” George W. Bush Foundation president Mark Langdale told the Morning News. “She’s looking forward to being there with her friends and family and going there after church. It’s going to be a great place for people in … the greater community to come to campus, come to SMU, and experience being here.”
The cafe will serve lunch daily, and will be available for some special dinner events. Langdale added that it will likely become available to rent for community activities. One thing the Morning News piece left out was the menu. I don’t know if that’s because they chose to leave it out, or just don’t have the same connections at food-operator Culinaire that we here at D Magazine do. After the jump, a sneak peek at some of the menu items:
Had to decamp our tent at the Dubliner for Saturday’s Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. So, we’re heading north toward Lovers Lane to find a spot to call home for the next 18 hours. The front-row parking spots on the west side of Greenville between Lovers Lane and Yale are pretty much a done deal.
There’s a sizable RV in one parking lot that someone called The Recovery Center. May have to see if we can bunk underneath it.
The Ticket’s own Gordon Keith has an op-ed today in the Morning News (paywall) about the annual “What People Earn” issue of Parade and about our desire to know what our friends and neighbors and favorite quarterbacks make. Gordon leads his story with an anecdote involving me, Eric Celeste, and Adam McGill. Careful readers will recognize those last two names; they belong to guys who used to work at D Magazine. Here’s how Gordon spins it:
We were on the patio of a pub and the sun was sinking when my buddy brought up the matter of money.
“Let’s go around the table and every guy give his salary.”
I laughed in my beer at this gathering cloud of beautiful tension. Alcohol is an idiot’s truth serum and a daredevil’s fuel. So Eric went first, then Adam. Tim paused, pregnant with info guaranteed a complicated delivery. He and Adam had the same job at the same place. Tim announced a number several thousand richer than Adam’s.
Through our braying, Adam “figured as much” and assured us that it was “no big deal.” After the flurry, our excitement curdled and the table fell into a glassy regret. It was like the morning after for new swingers. Our version of “Wouldn’t it be great if we knew how much everyone made?” somehow didn’t feel great.
Gordon was kind enough to ask me ahead of time whether I minded if he used that anecdote. This scene went down more than a decade ago (I think at the time Eric was working at the Observer). I have only the faintest memory of it. And, anyway, Gordon had already checked with Adam, who said it was fine with him to have the story told. Adam, by the way, got out of the journalism game a few years ago and now has a respectable job that pays him a real wage. If we went around the table again, pretty sure he’d scoreboard me, which is why, when I go eat pizza at his house tonight, I’m not offering him a dime.
Since last season, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has allowed Rangers Ballpark at Arlington sell wine, but only in specific parts of the park. Your seat’s in the upper deck? Kick rocks, wino, and drink at home. Now Rangers officials are trying to change all that. From the “Needlessly Complicated” file:
“You can buy beer at pretty much any concession area in the ballpark. There are very few locations you can buy wine,” said Rick George, the Rangers business operations president. “We want to make it more convenient for the fan so they can buy it wherever their seat location is.”
Besides making red and white wines more accessible, the team is working with state lawmakers to change the rules so that fans will be able to carry their drinks — whether beer, wine or mixed alcohol beverages — from one level to another.
The ballpark’s liquor permits currently restrict where certain beverages can be purchased and consumed, meaning a fan can’t buy a beer on the concourse level and then take the escalator to the upper level with it.
“It’s a portability issue. We want to be able to allow our fans to bring the beverage of their choice on different concourses,” said George, adding that other stadiums don’t face those restrictions. “People get to an escalator and then the usher says you can’t bring that up here so they will try to chug it.”
The club needs to collect 22,000 signatures by early May before the Arlington City Council will approve holding a local option election on whether to allow wine across the park. CBS-DFW caught up with a seemingly random fan to ask him his thoughts.
“It doesn’t degenerate into a situation where people are getting beer spilled on them and stuff like that that sometimes happens at Cowboys games,” said Skip French who’s attended games at the ballpark and Cowboys Stadium. “I’m not opposed if they give them extra access to liquor as long as they control people.”
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.
You may know the name of British artist Richard Patterson for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you were enthralled with his defense of the opening ceremonies of last summer’s London Games. Perhaps you’ve read his musings on FrontRow. Maybe you caught his exhibition at the Goss-Michael Foundation in 2009. More than likely, though, you know him because Patterson is an accomplished and renowned painter who has been residing in Dallas now for some time, a member of that pivotal generation of British artists that is known by the clumsy moniker “YBA.”
I said painter, but as you all know, Dallas does funny things to people who move here and stick around for a while. In Patterson’s case, he has been dabbling in video of late. The result is a series of video pieces Patterson is calling “Six Short Stories.” They are screening tonight at 8 p.m. at the Texas Theater for one night only. Admission is completely free.
Why can’t you miss this screening? Well, for one, because the work is hilarious, fascinating, moving, deeply intelligent, and beautiful. It is also likely the only chance you’ll ever get to see Patterson’s videos (in part because of all sorts of confusing copyright stuff that tends to give gallery dealers headaches).
So what to expect? Pushed to describe his work, Patterson calls the videos “dream-like vignettes” and feigns British self-deprecation:
[It is] A film with scant originality and little authenticity featuring fast cars, bare breasts, inflatable furniture, the music of Allegri and Michel Legrand, death, the Jaguar Mk2 and much, much more… Don’t bring your children.
Also, following the screening, I’ll be participating in an onstage conversation with Patterson, and after we gab, a DJ set by Wild in the Streets will take us all into the night. See you there.
There’s some (barely) foul language in this 911 tape, but it’s worth it. The conclusion — “I think I’ve dialed the wrong number.” — takes the cake.
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.Â This year it included parts ofÂ Oklahoma, Texas, and Montana. Some of those lucky viewers live in the northiest part of North Texas, around Sherman and Denison. Anyone else catch it?
As you can see from the photo to the right, Randy Travis is looking a whole hell of a lot better than the last time a lot of us saw him. He pled guilty to his Grayson County DWI and, consequently, had a felony retaliation charge dropped. He was given a suspended sentence of 180 days in jail, placed on probation for 2 years, and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine. He’s also got 30 days of rehab and 100 hours of community service coming his way, and when released his vehicle will now include an ignition interlock device.
The statement from Grayson County DA Joe Brown:
“We feel it is appropriate in these circumstances. His punishment is considerably more than is typically received on a DWI case. First time DWI defendants are rarely forced into in-patient treatment. He will be unable to leave the facility for 30 days. His fine and community service requirements are more than double what is usually received, and his probation term is the maximum available, and longer than the usual 18 months. All of that is appropriate in light of his behavior with the officers. I spoke at length with the officers involved, and they were in agreement with the outcome. We are all hopeful that Mr. Travis is on the road to recovery.”
(Photo via, hmm, let’s call this person “an informed friend.”)
If you’re one of WFAA meteorologist Pete Delkus’ nearly 20,000 Facebook fans, this will be old news. But last night, Delkus put on a show. For the uninitiated: Macklemore. Feel free to insert your own “I’d prefer Mackle-less” joke here.
Unless you’re wealthy enough to have snagged a rare ticket or you’re important enough to have been invited in the first place, you’re likely not heading to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. No worries. These six watch parties are almost as good. (Almost.)
Where: Granada Theater
When: 6 pm
Why:Granada’s always one of our first go-tos for sporting events. On top of massive projection screens showing the game, there’s concert-quality sound, brisket tacos (which are seriously delicious) and four dollar domestics and buckets of beer. Where better to watch Beyonce “Work It Out” during halftime than at a concert venue?
When:Â 3 pm
Why:Â You can pretty much always count on Frankie’s to concoct the perfect game day experience. Ticket prices ring up at $50 a pop, which might sound expensive, but they include a guaranteed spot (done), unlimited food, six drinks of choice (that’s plenty), and a “swag bag.” (We don’t know what’s in it, so don’t ask us.)
A Denton County man was arrested over the weekend for posing as a fire marshal to avoid a bar cover charge and receive free drinks, the Star-Telegram reports.Â According to the paper, Charles Brandon, 33,Â faces a charge of public intoxication and impersonating a public servant after pretending to be a fire marshal on New Year’s Eve atÂ Glass Cactus, a nightclub at the Gaylord Texan.
“Grapevine’s fire marshal was there that night when someone said that there was another Grapevine fire marshal already there,” Grapevine police officer Sam Shemwell told the paper. “The city’s fire marshal found him, contacted him, and asked him about it. He said at the time that they just misunderstood him and that he never said he was from Grapevine. He said he was from Dallas County and showed a badge. The real fire marshal was so busy that once he saw the badge, he just went on with his work that night.”
This past Sunday, another fire marshal was at the club when “Glass Cactus employees told the fire official that the ‘other’ fire marshal was also at the bar.” Brandon was subsequently arrested and charged. A few things:
1. 33? 33 years old?
2. If you were a bartender, wouldn’t you be concerned that a fire marshal was asking for free drinks?
3. Bud Heavy, right? He looks like a Bud Heavy guy, or maybe rail whiskey.
Rich People in Dallas Today Are Boring: This piece by Alan Peppard points out that today’s Dallas wealthy are much wealthier than the money-flinging showboats that built Dallas’ reputation as a strut-and-spit capital for the callously nouveau riche. But they are also less interesting. Gone are the days of the pumpkin-colored “Fat Albert” 747 waiting at Lovefield ready to whisk people better than you off to Acapulco.
Kennedy Is a Conspiracy Theorist: Speaking at the Winspear Opera House Friday, RFK Jr. told Charlie Rose that the Warren Commission was a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship,” and he doesn’t buy the lone gunman theory.
Bush Not Beating Around the Bush About Political Ambition: “‘We for sure are running, the question is the office,’ [George P.] Bush told The Associated Press during the first interview about his political future since filing paperwork in November to seek elected office in Texas.”
TCU Quarterback Kicks Rehab Habit, Back on Team: Casey Pachall disenrolled from TCU after being arrested for a DUI in October (which was after 15 TCU students, including Pachall’s roommate, were arrested in last summer’s drug sting). But now he’s back, because top-recruited college quarterbacks get more chances in life than you do.
Get up. Stretch a bit. Close your laptop.
We’ll be posting some year-end roundups on our various blogs through the end of the year, but the robots inside our servers will be doing the posting. Us? We’ll likely be sleeping off a hangover somewhere. Mazel on another year.
Dallas Morning News: ‘Affirm The Right of Gay Couples to Marry:’ As the Dallas Voice points out, as recently as last year, the Dallas Morning NewsÂ refused to publish paid same-sex wedding announcements in their Weddings section. On Sunday, the newspaper came out in support of same-sex marriage in this editorial.
Is It Time For Sobriety Checkpoints? Every legislative session since 1994 has dealt with the controversial proposal to introduce police checkpoints as a way to address drunk driving. Looks like it will do so again.
Can We At Least Agree That Guns Are Scary? Of course we can’t. This is Texas. But listen. They’re scary when someone threatens to shoot-up a local high school. They are scary when a burglary turns into a Wild West shoot out and no one knows what the hell happened. They are scary because when a mentally disturbed man can only get his hand on a knife, no one dies, but when he can grab a gun, local TV news channels scramble to find the local connection. There’s always a local connection.
Should Josh Brent be on Cowboys’ Sideline? I know, I know. Phil Simms says the ‘boys are “special.” Tony Romo has now thrown for 25,000 career yards. The team is somehow tied for first place. And Jerry Jones is even trying to look good by donating $5 million to the Perot Museum of Nature and Fracking. But here’s the real Monday morning question coming out of the Cowboy’s weekend: should Josh Brent have been on the sideline during the Cowboys’ win over the Steelers Sunday? Former quarterback and CBS analyst Boomer EsiasonÂ doesn’tÂ think so. He tweeted:
“Am I the only one that is wondering what in the world the Cowboys are thinking with Josh Brent on the sideline?”
My guess as to the Cowboys’ thinking: suicide, and ways to avoid it.