We’ve talked about Scot before. The photographer and co-owner of Sun to Moon hosted an opening reception over the weekend for his latest show, titled “Nature in Our Backyard.” I swung by on Saturday and enjoyed seeing some of the prints that we reproduced in our July issue. They look okay online. They look better in the magazine. But the best way to enjoy them is hanging on a wall, in a gallery. If you’re in the Design District in the coming weeks, you might want to stop in. Meantime, Scot has produced another video. Take a deep breath and press play:Full Story
The Fourth of July is rearing its big patriotic head just around the corner, but there is a whole week standing between us and the holiday. It’s important to stay busy until then. That boozy Bard tribute act, Shakespeare in the Bar, has a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (the one with the fairies) lined up at Wild Detectives. As is usually the case, there are plenty of other things to do in Dallas tonight.Full Story
Two Small Earthquakes In Irving This Weekend. They were tiny (a 2.3 early Saturday morning, a 2.1 early Sunday morning), so you will be forgiven if you did not feel them. In case you were wondering, I could not be more thrilled that my hometown has been officially dubbed “earthquake country.”
Texas AG Ken Paxton Says State County Clerks Who Have “Religious Objections” Can Refuse To Issue Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples. S-i-g-h.
Lewisville’s Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Racks Up Second DWI. Greg Tierney was arrested after driving eastbound on I-35.
Jogger Finds Body in Oak Cliff Alley. The body appears to be of a teenage boy, dead of an apparent gunshot wound. A jogger found him on West Brooklyn Avenue around 7:30 am. He has not yet been identified.
Cowboys May Have Used Drones Illegally. Whoops. Apparently, the team might not have gotten the correct FAA waiver to film practices via drone. It’s cool, though. The Cowboys probably won’t have to pay a fine.Full Story
After days of negotiation, a majority of Dallas ISD trustees plan to vote tonight to name Mike Miles’ predecessor, Michael Hinojosa, as the interim superintendent, according to multiple administration and board sources.
Hinojosa left the district in 2011, went to Georgia to run a suburban Atlanta district, then quit in 2014 to return to his family in Texas and work for an education company. The reason trustees see him as the best possible interim superintendent: he won’t want the job full-time, he has credibility with many disparate stakeholders in the DISD community (Bill Betzen loves him!), and yet he will gladly sign on to promote the district’s (likely) bond package (he sold the last bond package) and protect Miles’ key reform initiatives. That’s because Hinojosa was seen as sort of a “pre-reformer” — laying the groundwork for teacher evaluation, bringing in TFA, etc.
The key quality trustees feel that he brings: stability. He’s likely to keep the cabinet in place, and gives hope that the full-time successor will do so as well.Full Story
There are a lot of events clamoring for your attention this weekend, but here’s the No. 1 thing you should make time for: Peruse our fancy new neighborhood guide, which launched this morning. It’s the ultimate, definitive, unassailable guide to Dallas neighborhoods, from Far North Dallas to Pleasant Grove. It will bring you hours of browsing joy, and will help you better understand and love the place you live. If you have questions about a Dallas neighborhood, the neighborhood guide has answers.
Once you’re done doing that, you can head out to a taco festival, or see LL Cool J in concert, or watch Dirk Nowitzki throw a baseball.Full Story
If you recall, we wrote about Jack Evans and George Harris, a wonderful couple in their 80s who have been fighting for marriage equality in Dallas and beyond since the early ’60s, in our 40th anniversary issue. They founded what would become the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, and started The Dallas Way, a project aimed at presenting the history of the GLBT community in Dallas. They were married in March of last year, but the marriage wasn’t recognized here. Evans and Harris have been together for some 55 years.
Minutes ago, to my utter delight, I saw their photo come across Twitter as they joined a growing line for marriage licenses at the Dallas Records Building, hours after the SCOTUS decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states.
— Stella M. Chávez (@stellamchavez) June 26, 2015
Congratulations to Jack and George, congratulations to all.Full Story
With apologies to the other wonderful guests that EarBurner has hosted during its first few months of delivering auditory goodness to your favorite podcatcher on a weekly (sorry about last week) basis, now-former Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway shot to the top of the power rankings when he stopped by the Old Monk yesterday.
You may come to listen to him talk about his run for the Dallas County Commissioners Court, but it’s his plans to host a televised fishing show called Come Go Fishin’ With Dwaine that will have you insisting to all of your friends that they need to subscribe to the D Magazine podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or through their favorite podcatcher.
I’ve got to bypass the show notes today, I’m afraid. If you don’t already know anything (or even if you know a lot) about Dwaine Caraway, you should read Zac’s great profile from last year. Then, seriously, just get listening:Full Story
Let’s talk a moment about the elasticity of “neighborhood.” Sometimes the word is used to refer to an entire quadrant of a city, while some people wouldn’t dare call someone from three streets over a “neighbor.” It means pretty much whatever we want it to mean. That’s either useful or frustrating, depending on your outlook, or whether you’re off your meds.
I was talking about this with a fellow from North Texas Real Estate Information Systems — the company that keeps track of regional home sales data — a few months back. NTREIS relies heavily on the self-reporting of individual agents. He noted how inconsistent Dallas-area agents are in their use of the “subdivision” field when logging information about a property. One agent might dutifully type “Bent Tree North #3” while another reports a house on the same block is simply in “Bent Tree.”
This results in it being exceedingly difficult to track trends at a level as specific as a “neighborhood,” whatever that word means.
Anyway, read on to find out about our new neighborhood guides.Full Story
A handful of area lakes closed for the rest of the summer due to water damage. Just what you’ve been waiting for: a list of what is opened and closed this summer thanks to the rain.
Dallas ISD auctions off overbought school supplies. Spring cleaning has come and gone but if you’re in the market for cleaning supplies, then you’re in luck. The Dallas ISD is auctioning off 89 cases of soap, 264 cases of glass cleaner, and 700-plus cases of toilet tissue. The toilet tissue, for instance, will be sold for $1 a case, but were actually purchased for $34.87 two years ago. Why’s all this happening? If supplies sit for more than a year they’re either a) tossed out or b) auctioned off.
Fake dentist allegedly pulls five teeth from woman. Erika Martinez turned to a procedure in her living room after a clinic said they’d charge her $9,000 to fix her teeth. Mario Alberto Sabillon-Mejia posed as a dentist and quoted her $1500 for the procedure. She paid him $500 up front. He and his assistant were arrested on Wednesday and he posted $3500 bail yesterday.
Sex offenders attend a conference at the Magnolia. Cameras were, for the first time, allowed at a conference where around 100 sex offenders from around the country met up to talk about reforming sex offender laws and “advocate for change.”
Mavs take Justin Anderson in the first round. Yesterday in the first round of the NBA draft, the team took the junior from University of Virginia. “Justin is a unique kid,” Carlisle said. “He’s a three-year guy. He’s gotten better each year. He’s gotten stronger and we feel he can play either the two or the three. He has an NBA body, one of the strongest kids in the draft, positionally. And he’s in a good position coming here. We have to fill roster spots. We need to get younger. He makes a lot of sense for us.”Full Story
Yesterday I passed along a story from the Houston Press about a high-profile couple who’d decamped the Bayou City, leaving in their wake a bunch of questions about their personal finances and those of a cancer-fighting nonprofit they ran. The wife, Beth Sanders Moore, landed a gig as director of development for cancer programs at UT Southwestern. Well, our Matt Goodman breaks the news on D Healthcare Daily that Moore has resigned.Full Story
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Trash talk is an art, and Kathy Griffin is a master of the form. Watching Griffin tear into celebrities minor and major is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, only meaner. If that sounds a little too vicious for a Thursday evening, the Avett Brothers are too polite and folksy to give a fly the evil eye, and I don’t foresee a lot of negative chatter at the Ballet Concerto’s Summer Concert in Fort Worth. Here are some things you may or may not be interested in doing tonight.Full Story
Just before summer, the Dallas City Plan Commission discussed a new affordable housing policy. The idea was relatively simple. When a developer comes to the city and asks it to change the zoning on a piece of property, he or she is essentially asking the city to make the land more valuable. In exchange for that value, the city would ask a developer to ensure that the property will include units accessible for people with a variety of incomes.
The assumption is that it is a good thing to have neighborhoods and buildings with mixed incomes, but the proposal was, understandably, very unpopular with real estate community. The plan commission voted overwhelmingly against it.
Why would it be in the city’s best interest to want more mixed-income neighborhoods?Full Story
As I told Barrett’s mom when I heard the news that Barrett had been put in solitary again, if you are going to poke the bear, as Barrett does as a columnist for this blog, you’ve got to keep your nose clean. Barrett recently failed on that front. Barrett’s side of the story: some inmates were making hooch. Those inmates, along with Barrett, were given breathalyzers; everyone passed. Subsequently, only Barrett’s locker was searched. Authorities found hooch in it. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Last week, he was taken from his cell and thrown in the hole (or SHU), where he has been unable to get his meds or even a pencil. He now only gets two phone calls per month. Sometimes his mom reads him things like this blog post. So I’ll offer this:
Barrett, it’s easier to pillory the Bureau of Prisons and its Kafkaesque operation when you are standing on firm and steady moral high ground, when you are doing your level best to follow the rules, especially the ones that make sense, like not drinking jailhouse hooch. It’s also easier to do that when you have a pencil. We want to read what you have to say. We can’t do that unless you behave yourself.Full Story
As the Lakewood Advocate reports, a woman named Krista Tartoni has launched a petition to change the names of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson elementary schools. So far, 72 people have signed on. Presumably Glenn is not one of them.Full Story