FrontRow Live, presented by Chevy, kicks off this Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at the Dallas Contemporary, and it will bring together performances by pop-dance groupÂ STRFKR, French electronic musicianÂ Onra, and Austin DJÂ Ben Aqua. The beer will be free thanks to Bud Light Platinum. There will also be food trucks and live theater byÂ Upstart Productions. Plus, sound installations byÂ Oliver Francis Gallery, and all of the wonderful exhibitions currently at theÂ Dallas Contemporary.
It all takes place this Thursday, May 31, and if you still haven’t secured tickets, you shouldÂ go purchase them now. Because when will you get a chance to see this level of musical talent coupled with free drinks and art and theater for just fifteen bucks? Exactly. See you there.
A co-working FrontBurnervian points out that New York Magazine has a story about Dallas-based 7-Eleven’s hopes of making greater inroads in Manhattan. Not having been to New York in many years myself, I was surprised to learn the convenience store chain isn’t already there in a big way. They’re currently making deals with mom-and-pop corner bodegas to get them to convert into 7-Eleven franchisees.
The company’s big advantage in this effort may be its proprietary Retail Information System:
The RIS, as it’s lovingly called, is operated via a device that looks like a massive PalmPilot, a large tablet computer with a stylus. If you have five Buffalo-style pasta salads on Monday night and aren’t sure whether to reorder, it’ll tell you, for example, how many Buffalo pasta salads typically sell in your area on warm Tuesdays.
We sent intern Michelle Saunders out to cover the groundbreaking celebration of Moss Haven Elementary’s new farm. See her report below.
Last spring, while eating a salad for lunch, Kim Aman, a Moss Haven Elementary veteran of 17 years and the “Lead Weed Teacher” as her peers fondly refer to her, was surprised to find that her students had no idea what the radishes in her bowl were.Â She instantly identified a need for nutrition education and the idea of creating a garden was born. “My grandfather was a farmer and he was always teaching me about vegetables,” she says. “So it’s in my blood.” Living in an urban setting, however, most of these kids don’t get that experience.” So, along with Tiffany Walker, a first-grade parent currently serving as the Outdoor Learning Environments committee chair, they brainstormed a garden, drafted a business plan in the summer, and presented it to the school board and the American Heart Association. Less than a year later, the garden is a reality. “We had a combination of right connections, passion, and community support to create the perfect recipe for growing,” Walker says.
Have you been doing your best to support all your favorite restaurants in our annual Readers’ Choice: Food and Drink voting? Have you been visiting the site every day to cast your ballots? You haven’t? Â Well, I’m not here to judge you. Â I’m here to implore you to vote today, tomorrow, and Sunday. Â For those are your last three opportunities.
So go tell us where to find, among other things, the best Indian food, the best French food, the best bakery, the best wine bar, the best burger, and the best pizza in town.
The first lady is in town to further her campaign against childhood obesity. This morning she visited DISD’s Moseley Elementary, which was chosen because the district has made big strides in improving the fare it serves to students. DISD has more schools than any district in the country that have met the highest standards set by the USDA. I can attest to the district’s progress. The food that comes out of my daughter’s lunchroom is much improved over the stuff they were serving just a few years ago. So kudos all around. Let’s keep working to make those kids healthy.
But we should be looking at the teachers, too. Because — and you’ll forgive my bluntness — I think we’ve got a lot of fat teachers setting a bad example for those kids. The first time I started thinking about this was a couple years ago, after one of those district-wide meetings at the AAC. Afterward, I listened to a handful of teachers talk about how disturbing it was to see so many of their colleagues seriously overweight.
Bravo’sÂ Top Chef, you may have heard, has set its current season in Texas – namely rotating between the cities of San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin. Â This is a departure from previous seasons which were each centered on a single city: San Francisco, Las Vegas, and New York among them.
The excuse for the change of pace is that Texas is just “too big” to have its season confined to one spot, but in reality the state tourism office paid Top Chef‘s production company $600,000 to feature San Antonio plus two other Texas cities.Â That money, however, didn’t teach Bravo how to differentiate between these locations.
WFAA Daybreak host Ron Corning got too caught up in his personal anecdote about the blue cheese chocolate at Dude, Sweet Chocolate and ran out of time to ask Raya about where she got the lingerie that she’s seated next to during the segment (much to Uncle Barky’s delight).
Don’t worry: Raya will explain more about the “sassy” undergarments a little later on ShopTalk.
You can find all our Dallas Valentine’s recommendations here.
Apparently there are now (or always have been, I don’t know) feral hogs roaming White Rock Lake. One was actually sighted near Lawther and Northwest Highway recently.
Fact: Feral hogs are hairy. Another fact: I once copy edited a story where the writer kept referring to Farrell Hogs. It took me most of the article to figure out it wasn’t a person. Context is your friend.
And another fact, just because I adore linking to this because of the last paragraph: If a feral hog and a coyote faced off, don’t necessarily put your money on the coyote.
The internet is abuzz with news that Dallas Mavericks player Shawn Marion will host a “Welcome Reception to Dallas” on Jan. 26 for Khloe Kardashian and his new teammates Lamar Odom,Â Vince Carter, and Delonte West.
I’m sure Tim’s invite is in the mail, as evidenced by the photo above that proves that he is a close, personal friend of Shawn Marion. Here’s what he’ll be eating, according to the just-received press release:
Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse Executive Chef/Partner Samir Dhurandhar is designing the reception’s menu. According to Dhurandhar, “my reception menu will be inspired from the menu of Khloe and Lamar Odom’s wedding. I have contacted my friend, Todd Hatoff from Allen Brothers, who is personally sending us the Wagyu Kobe Beef for the Wagyu sliders. In addition to the sliders, a few ‘for sures’ include my version of chilled heirloom tomato soup with burrata, jumbo shrimp cocktails, our signature fried lobster, lamb chops and other surprises.”
Our list of the most popular features on DMagazine.com in 2011 can’t help but make you hungry, as our dining coverage continued to be the best in the city.
Selecting the most memorable images from D Magazine this year was tough. At first it was going to be a list of the 10 best, but that proved impossible. Then it was going to be the best 12 or 13, but that still left too many out. So I included even more.
See for yourself. Click here for my review of the best pictures of the year.
An alert FrontBurnervian points us to this essay by Old 97′s frontman Rhett Miller about what it’s like to be a rockstar and a father. Stop what you’re doing and take four minutes to read it. Good stuff. Sample:
Every freaking day they wake up demanding to be fed again. And then, more likely than not, refusing to eat the meal you’ve prepared. Every day. There is no cycle, much less a break from the cycle. There is only the grind. I feel like I’m tour managing an endless tour with a band comprised of subliterate narcissists.
Often, while in the middle of a deep sleep, I start dreaming about food–sandwiches, doughnuts, steak, peanut butter cups, gnocchi. It doesn’t matter what it is, I dream about it all. Slowly, I start to wake up. And that’s when I realize my blood sugar is low. I stumble into the kitchen, and in a half-conscious state, dig through the pantry and eat. The next morning, I go back to the kitchen and am ashamed of what happened during my “midnight feeding.” It’s amazing what combinations of food seem like a good idea when I’m half-awake. (Apparently, peanut butter goes with everything.)
This is just what life’s like for me, a type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed when I was 3. Two-year-old Faith Wilson was diagnosed when she was 9-months-old. She doesn’t dream about food when she’s low. She doesn’t wake up. Life for her, her siblings, and her parents has been a nightmare. But things got just a bit easier a year ago when the Wilsons got Ruby, a British Lab.
I hope you’ve already secured your FREE tickets to FrontRow Live, which will take place at the Dallas Contemporary on November 3, from 8 p.m. until midnight. If you haven’t, you can get them right here. If your response to that sentence was, “what the what?” then allow me:
FrontRow Live is something we’re calling the “one night high brow, low brow blowout,” and all that means is that we have created an event at the Dallas Contemporary that will bring together an eclectic mix of all sorts of cultural exploits.
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On a positive note, Fair Park itself was given a nice distinction today, called one of the country’s great public spaces.
But what matters most, in enjoying that gem of a place – as the photo above reminds us – is being able to wander around on a gorgeous, sunny day, corn dog in hand.
See our daily State Fair guide and get going.