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The Convention Center That Ate Dallas

A couple of weeks ago, after reading that the taxpayer-funded Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau apparently wanted to lend us the letter “D” from their “DALLAS” logo to replace the City of Dallas’ existing letter “D” logo, I got to thinking once again about the outsized influence the DCVB wields over municipal affairs.

Late last year, after Philip Jones, the DCVB’s president, tossed out a plan to have taxpayers pay for a $300 million addition to the convention center, I took a look into the finances and found that it lost $37 million per year before debt service and $54 million after interest expense — amounts that were virtually identical to its losses prior to the opening of the half-billion-dollar city-owned Omni Convention Center Hotel in 2010 (one of the primary justifications for building the hotel was that it would drive more business to the convention center and stop its losses). Some of the most interesting observations, however, came from reader comments to my post. Former city council member and the executive director of the Dallas Arts District, Veletta Lill, made the following observations:

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Audition Announcement: Seeking Freelance Theater Writer

Are you a writer willing to contribute 4-5 theater reviews/miscellaneous stories a month for minimal glory and even less money? Are you knowledgeable about the performing arts in North Texas? Can you string together coherent sentences and communicate critical thought in an engaging fashion? Do the articles found here look like something you can do?

Then this is the freelance gig for you.

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Dallas Theater Center’s Steven Walters Talks Football, the Aqua Buddha, and Air Sex

There was a technical mishap in the midst of yesterday’s recording of D Magazine‘s EarBurner podcast. I think we’re all far too mature to resort to placing blame in this matter, but suffice it to say that you may notice a hiccup during the proceedings if you’re not just half-listening to the show while jogging or changing your oil. A prestigious No-Prize to the first listener to correctly identify the spot.

Our guest was actor/playwright/perpetually disappointed sports fan Steven Walters, a member of Dallas Theater Center’s resident company who is appearing in the production of Colossal that runs through May 3. Our critic, Lindsey Wilson, loved it. I have no idea what any other local writers thought of the show, nor what scenes said writers may have written about that aren’t actually in the play, nor does it matter. You should go.

Listen below.

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FrontBurner Freebie: Two Tickets to Kitchen Dog Theater’s Hooch & Pooch Party

Imagine you are Kate, and I am Leo, and I am asking you from atop a gilded staircase if you want to go to a real party. This one does not include doomed third class passengers hooting along to an Irish polka, but it does feature fine company (theater people are fun), drinks (beer from Deschutes, vodka from Dripping Springs), and decidedly Titanic-era jams (the theme is a “’90s-style rave”).

But seriously, Kitchen Dog’s yearly fundraiser, Hooch & Pooch, is great. Which is why we here at D sponsor it. I went last year and had a blast. This year, I have a pair of tickets to give away. It’s this Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8 pm at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Go here to enter. The item you’re registering to win is Hooch & Pooch tickets.

I’ll pick and email the winner on Thursday at 5 pm, near, far, wherever you are. Except you should probably be near.

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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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Things to Do in Dallas Tonight: Jan. 14

Don’t let that incessant Bangles’ song get stuck in your head today (even though I secretly kind of like it). Instead, you can focus your positive energy on these manic Monday night offerings. Tonight is the last chance for Shakespeare Dallas’ The Winter’s Tale in the cozy atmosphere of the Winspear’s Hamon Hall. This staged […]

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Mellon Foundation Wants to Stem Theater ‘Brain Drain,’ So Dallas Gets Playwright Resident

The Boston Globe reports this morning on a new $3.7 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that is intended to shore-up the flight of talented writers from the stage to screen. Turns out it is hard to make a living as a theater writer, and most talented writers head to Hollywood when they finally realize […]

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Val Kilmer Eyeing Wyly, Perot for “Twain” Play

Actor Val Kilmer, in town this week for a Dallas Film Society appearance, is intrigued by Mark Twain as the quintessential American, as a “maverick” writer who reminded us that “we’re all silly, and who found a way to call us … on our folly.” So Kilmer’s put together a one-man play, “Citizen Twain,” which […]

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Is It Too Soon For Jokes About Selling JFK Bobbleheads For Next Year’s 50th Anniversary?

That’s the question that surrounds the opening of The Second City Does Dallas, the first show of the Dallas Theater Center’s new season. A number of DTC audience members have objected to a sketch that discusses tongue-in-cheek ways Dallas could commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assasintation. Some of the characters seem […]

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This Thursday: FrontRow Live Presents STRFKR, Onra, Ben Aqua, Free Drinks, Art, Theater, And More

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 group STRFKR, French electronic musician Onra, and Austin DJ Ben Aqua. The beer will be free thanks to Bud Light Platinum. There will also be food trucks and live theater by Upstart Productions. Plus, sound […]

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Best of Big D Readers’ Choice: Culture Voting Starts Monday, April 23

We’ve got a new addition to our annual Readers’ Choice poll. This year, we’re going to ask you to vote for your favorite notable locals from the realms of sports, the arts, and the media. As with our previous rounds, you’ll be able to participate once a day on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. […]

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