Mavdog suggested I needed to look beyond the center’s declining revenues and increasingly staggering losses and analyze hotel trends throughout the entire city of Dallas, under the theory that the Kay Bailey could be driving significant economic growth in the city’s overall hospitality industry that would more than offset its massive taxpayer subsidies. Amy S. also suggested a comparative analysis with other markets. Both comments were on point. What we needed to do was compare the growth of the hotel market in Dallas with the growth of the hotel market in the nation as a whole. Then, we could charitably attribute some or all of Dallas’ out-performance to a Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau strategy of using the convention center as an “economic engine,” following its DCVB-advocated $130 million expansion in 2003, which then triggered the need to construct a DCVB-advocated $500-million convention center hotel shortly thereafter.Read More
If you joined us last night at the Bomb Factory for the Best of Big D party, you’re probably moving a little slowly this morning. Get some coffee. Have a Dirty Dusty at lunch. You’ll be okay.
If you didn’t join us, you’re probably wondering how it went. To satisfy your curiosity, I offer you the above picture of Brendan Higgins, former CBS Channel 11 morning anchor. As everyone knows, the severity of a thunderstorm can be judged by ABC Channel 8 weatherman Pete Delkus’ shirtsleeves. The higher up his arms he rolls them, the worse the weather will get. A similar phenomenon occurs with Higgins’ clothes. The lower he unbuttons his shirt, the better the party. Last night, as you can see, was a three-button party.
Thanks to everyone at D Magazine and the Bomb Factory who made it happen. And thanks to our sponsors, too: Ben E. Keith, See’s Candies, Pinstack Bowl, and Topo Chico. Congrats to all the Best of Big D winners. Let’s do it again next year.Read More
Check out our guide to planning your own trip to Fair Park.Read More
A good time was had by all, I believe, at last night’s Best of Big D party at the Rustic. DJ Sober and Sam Lao were great. The drinks flowed freely. Much food went into many mouths. And so on and so forth. But I will tell you this: before the front moved through, it was a little steamy. The meteorological conditions occasioned my favorite moment of the night:Read More
Conan O’Brien is bring his TBS talk show to Dallas to tape a week’s worth of shows at the Majestic Theater in the days leading up to the NCAA Final Four being played at Jerry’s AT&T Death Star at Arlington, April 5 and 7. Show dates are March 31-April 3, and free tickets are supposed to be made available today. Sign up for those here.
Team Coco (O’Brien’s production company) is also seeking submissions of fan art with a Texas or basketball or (presumably) Texas basketball theme. Select entries will be used within the Majestic or possible broadcast.Read More
The cops, you see, were there to usher the Chanel VIPers through the lights. Not only were they at Main and Ervay, but they were also at Main and Akard, ensuring that no one with the iconic logo would have to wait long to go through a light.Read More
I’m still not sure why today’s program observing the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy had to be held outdoors, at the scene of the crime no less, as opposed to a quiet reflective space, like the Meyerson Symphony Center. Probably it had something to do with the dramatic sweeping camera angles […]Read More
The home of the State Fair of Texas will also play host to Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel fashion show come December. Details on ShopTalk.Read More
Okay, they got me. After absorbing a year-long series of stories about the Kennedy assassination by the Dallas Morning News (Commemorative Box Set Available!) and sitting through five hours of a symposium on the same topic Saturday, I finally gave up. Before, I realized, I’d simply been confused. Then I came to see that, contrary […]Read More
Today’s the last day for fun at the State Fair. Here are our recommendations.Read More
Show your Texas pride at the State Fair. Here’s our guide to the fun.Read More
In case you weren’t already excited about Aurora, the lighting-up of the Dallas Arts District tonight by an array of public art installations that Liz recommended earlier, watch the video above that offers a look at what’s being done to the Wyly Theatre. Makes Dallas seem 5 or 10 percent cooler, all by itself. (H/T […]Read More
Make use of our guide to the last weekend of fun at the State Fair.Read More
See our picks of the best of the State Fair, in our guide.Read More
There’s plenty to smile about at the State Fair. See our day-by-day guide to check out our picks of the best.Read More