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New Lease on Life For Two Historic Buildings Downtown

Two buildings downtown that have sat vacant for decades are set for major redevelopments. Yesterday, the Dallas Business Journal broke news that the historic Dallas High School has finally found a developer, and what’s encouraging is that it’s South Side on Lamar developer Jack Mathews. Mathews has a strong track record with regards to turning around historic properties. Dallas High School has sat on preservation lists for years, and with its odd lot – adjacent to I-345 and Dart – it was clear it would take a creative developer (plus a rebounding downtown residential market) to make the property work. Mathews hasn’t said what he’ll do with the building, but it’s reasonable to expect some mix of residential and commercial.

The other historic property long considered in-danger is the 508 Park, the four story art deco (or, “Zig Zag Moderne,” if you want to nit-pick architectural styles) that was famously the place where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson made half of his recordings.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Oct. 24—26

The aptly-named Encore Park is celebrating a grand opening today, with activities scheduled throughout the day. The location is most well-known for being the site of the historic Robert Johnson recordings, which are considered an indisputable contribution to the foundation of what eventually became rock and roll.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Oct. 20

Speaking of war, the renowned curator of the Musuem of Fine Arts Houston’s pioneering curator, Anne Wilkes Tucker will be at Collin College this evening. Tucker has been recognized for her four decades of important contributions to the museum’s previously underserved photography wing, and the work of female photographers in particular.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Oct. 14

Vasquez compiled nine hours of footage on a trip to Washington DC over two days in early July, on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The filmmaker was provided with unfettered access to the freedom riders, and he’s edited down that extensive footage to 25 minutes. The film, 50 Years, will play tonight at the South Dallas Cultural Center.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Oct. 10—12

There are a couple of musicals opening on Dallas stages this weekend, although they couldn’t be more different. Little Women begins a run at the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, while Bonnie and Clyde imagines the legendary crime duo as great singers aside from being magnificently violent robbers.

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