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D Magazine’s 40 Greatest Stories: Happy Birthday, Charley Pride

Today is Charley Pride’s 76th birthday. The legendary singer is still touring regularly. He’ll be making swing through Canada soon. He’s still working out each spring in Arizona with the Texas Rangers, a team he became a part owner of when the Nolan Ryan-led group purchased the club in 2010. And he still hasn’t gotten the same level of recognition as some of his country music contemporaries, nor as much love as he maybe deserves. He’s seen the film adaptation of his life story, originally announced in 2006 with Oscar-nominated actor Terence Howard attached, get stuck in years of “development,” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking over the role (if it ever gets made).

When Pride’s 70th birthday came and went without a reissue of one of his classic albums or a handsomely packaged anthology of his greatest hits, our own Zac Crain was incensed enough by the music industry’s lack of an observance of the milestone in Pride’s life that he decided to write what became the lovingly observed profile published in the June 2008 issue of D Magazine. It’s one of the 40 greatest stories we’ve ever published. You really need to read the whole thing.

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Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend: Dec. 6-8
(The Ice-pocalypse Edition)

First off, we’ve got a slew of weather-related cancellations. The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Holiday Festival, “Reliant Lights Your Holidays,” has been moved to next week. The Children’s Medical Center annual holiday parade on Saturday isn’t happening. The Dallas Museum of Art is closed today. And, really, if you have tickets to any show at any theater or venue in town, it’s probably best to call ahead to find out whether the show will go on.

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Joe Jonas Opens Up About Life As Joe Jonas

If you ever want to know what it’s like being Joe Jonas, aka one-third of the Jonas Brothers, New York magazine has published a pretty fascinating as-told-to piece. In it, the erstwhile Westlake resident (he has a home there I think he still lives in, or maybe at least one of his bandmate brothers still does, or his parents and youngest brother do) talks about being part of the Disney machine, losing his virginity, and smoking pot with Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus.

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Radney Foster on Record Sales, Merle Haggard, and Why Tom Petty Is Wrong About Country Music

Appearing at a backyard fundraiser Friday at the Preston Hollow estate of Anne and Steve Stodghill, Del Rio-born singer/songwriter Radney Foster hit the final licks on an acoustic version of his 1993 song, “Easier Said Than Done,” then leaned into the microphone and told the rapt crowd: “That’s country music, y’all.” You could forgive him […]

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Complimentary Lounge For Parents at American Airlines Center’s Justin Bieber Show

This is a really smart idea. Parents bringing their kids (but without a ticket themselves) to the Justin Bieber show tomorrow night at the American Airlines Center can get into the Old No. 7 Club for free. The release: .One parent bringing a child to the Justin Bieber concert Wednesday evening may take advantage of AAC’s complimentary […]

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Dallas Rappers: Slim Thug Is Trying To Get Dwight Howard To Houston. What Are You Doing?

As you can see by these tweets collected by Deadspin, Slim Thug is running a full-court press on free agent center Dwight Howard, putting together a pretty solid cost-benefit analysis, with respect to bottles of rosé, strippers, “big-ass cribs,” and baby mamas. So where you at, Tum Tum, Big Tuck, ADd.+, Dorrough, etc.? Time’s a […]

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Looking for a Horse to Root For in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition?

Tomorrow The 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition kicks-off in Fort Worth. Basically, the event, which takes place every four years, is something like the classical music version of the NCAA basketball tournament  There are 30 competitors from around the world who face off in rounds of recitals. And the winner doesn’t just get prestige and a $50,000 check; they will […]

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