BoConcept: Take 15% off on through November 30. Cantoni: Starting November 1, and lasting through the end of the month, help Cantoni celebrate its 30th anniversary with 20% off select items and the option of winning a $3,000 shopping spree. I.O. Metro: Save up to 25% on furniture and rugs and 30% on home accessories. Jonathan Adler: Everything […]Full Story
That’s the claim that Mike Shropshire makes about America’s Team’s annual Turkey Day match, in a piece published today on Slate:
The football aspect has warped Thanksgiving in this region to the point that the success of the family interchange relies mostly on the outcome of the game. I assume that family counselors, emergency rooms, and divorce lawyers see business skyrocket when the Cowboys lose on Thanksgiving.
Sometimes even the most innocent remark can spoil the whole weekend. From past years, I hear the voice of a 7-year-old child. “Mom,” the voice says. “After the Cowboys lost, Dad was in the kitchen and he said the f-word and Grandma heard him.” Mom issues Dad a look of, to be charitable, profound dismay. Unkind remarks ensue, and by the conclusion of the evening, Dad could show Tiger Woods a thing or two about a hard luck Thanksgiving … all because Dallas chose to lose.
I ventured over to Trinity Groves this past weekend to photograph newly-opened DiDi’s Tamale Diner. Somewhere between inquiring about their mezcal selection and photographing the most tantalizing torta I’ve ever seen, an insatiable craving for a dark, frothy stout kicked in. Once finished working, I walked over to LUCK, pulled up a stool at the bar and ordered a Community Legion Russian Imperial Stout. It’s a seriously delicious beer. Halfway through my glass I realized that it was 1 p.m. and I hadn’t eaten breakfast, so I ordered the most breakfast-y thing on their menu, the North Texas Hot Brown.Full Story
The city of Dallas encompasses an ever-growing culture of food, nightlife, entertainment, and ideas. Yet, it’s become an inescapable bubble as we become locked in weekend routines, new restaurant openings, and favorite dining destinations. Venture a mere 30 minutes outside your metropolis comfort zone and you will arrive in a historic land that brings to life old traditions alongside novel festivities. Through the center of Downtown Grapevine runs Main Street, a walkable, preserved area home to winery tasting rooms, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the Palace Arts Center, the Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower, one-of-a-kind shops, live entertainment venues, restaurants and art galleries. Escape for a day to enjoy the holiday offerings or make it a staycation at the Gaylord after drinking your way through the headquarters of Texas’ wine industry.Full Story
When Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas lived in Dallas it was a simpler time and place. It was the days of chastity rings, Disney television shows, and friendships with a much more wholesome Miley Cyrus. These days the brothers have parted ways (if you must know—Kevin is a father living in New Jersey, Joe spends his days tweeting, and Nick just released a sultry new single), which means their family home in Westlake is now up for grabs.Full Story
LiveNation sold Plano the same dream that Lebron James sold the Miami Heat.Full Story
Violinist Chloé Trevor, a native of Dallas and graduate of the Cleveland Institute and Rice University, managed the extraordinary demands for musicality and subtle virtuosity in the solo portion.Full Story
The Texas Theatre will premiere the documentary, Pulp: A Film about Life, Death, and Supermarkets. That covers the life and times of the British bad Pulp, who were absolutely huge overseas, but quite a big deal here as well. You may have heard the oft-played “Common People” piping out of your favorite drinking establishment a time or two in Dallas.Full Story
Tacos and Tequila quietly opened yesterday at The Quadrangle in Uptown. The sister restaurant to Blue Mesa Grill got its start in Austin more than four years ago, and has since opened a location in San Antonio and now Dallas.Full Story
News: The influential 70s British band the Pop Group had an impact long after they broke up; bands like the Rapture owed more than a little bit to their rhythmic and vocal approach. The band has reunited for a string of shows and will play South By Southwest next year. Here’s hoping they play Dallas when they […]Full Story
Before the holidays, here are my thoughts on the DISD news stories (and stories that for some reason didn’t make the news) from the past week. Just some nuggets to chew on before you dive into your roast bird:
• The latest revelation in the Nutall-Miles junk-swinging contest is nothing new. Rudy Bush of […]Full Story
This year, the twisted minds of Bren Rapp and Jeff Swearingen bring us Yes Virginia Woolf, There is a Santa Claus, and we’ve got four pairs of tickets to give away. And that includes concessions.Full Story
Abi Ferrin: Stop by the shop for 50% off a single item of your choice, plus 30% off everything online. Adeline: The entire store, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., is discounted 40%. Angela Scott: The entire shop is 35 to 55% off both in store and online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. (Friday they are open by […]Full Story
I’m not one to do a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving or Christmas—I usually expend most of my decorating energies on Halloween (us child-free people have an obligation to give your kids a good scare they’ll remember for years to come). However, I’m big on nature so I like to bring a bit of it indoors for the holidays. When it comes to Christmas trees, or solstice trees, or festivus trees, or whatever you prefer to call them, fresh is always best in my book. A fresh cut tree and some live garland around my entryway typically get me set for the season. I have my tree delivered by North Haven Gardens the day after Thanksgiving, or “Green Friday” as I prefer to designate it. Rather than fight shopping traffic, I stay in and decorate the tree.Full Story
The Texas Theatre’s Safe Room has been transformed so many times we may as well consider it a tiny black box theater, though none have taken as theatrical an approach to the space as artist Ricardo Paniagua,Full Story
I am of two minds about the forthcoming holiday. On the one hand, it was that lousy crook Abe Lincoln — father of the federal income tax, a progressive income tax — who instituted the Day of Thanks Giving as a late November national mandate instead of letting each state handle its own business like the Good Lord and the Founders intended. Maybe Texans don’t like being limited to a single Thanksgiving each year. Maybe we’d rather not do it in the fall. Maybe we’d prefer it on some Sunday morning in May when we might celebrate with a light brunch. The federal jackboots force turkey and gravy and stuffing and cranberry sauce down our gullets and call it freedom? No sir. Not on my watch. Not until I’ve at least been given the option of a mimosa with a small plate of cantaloupe on the side.
On the other hand: pumpkin pie. It’s what the Creator himself eats for dessert.
Now to the business at hand.Full Story
Dallas ISD Administrator “Fear[ed] Coming in Close Contact” With Bernadette Nutall: That’s the gist of a complaint filed by the HR administrator Tonya Sadler Grayson, which the DMN got its hands on. Nutall denied the “unpleasant” interactions with Grayson; DISD has hired former U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins to look into the complaints. I don’t know, guys, this just doesn’t sound like the Bernadette I know.
Fort Worth Policer Officer Helps Deliver Baby on Highway: First of all, this happened on November 15. Someone sat on this bundle of news joy for 10 days. Fort Worth Officer Robert Scott was helping with traffic control when a man ran to his patrol car seeking help. Scott ran to the car, saw the man’s daughter in labor, and promptly helped deliver the baby. In a past life, Scott was an EMT.
“Dallas Man Who Made Fake Government IDs and Had Illegal Steroids and Child Porn Admits Guilt”: I cribbed that headline right from the story, because it was just too good, perfectly capturing the ludicrous nature of this case. Nicholas Freed was originally under investigation for receiving steroids by mail. When he went to go pick up that package, he was dressed as a federal officer, complete with a U.S. Marshal badge. Note: Freed is not a U.S. Marshal. When police raided his house, they found a “sophisticated government identification counterfeiting operation.” And child porn. Can’t forget the child porn.Full Story
At issue Monday night by a Highland Park schools “reconsideration committee” was whether the book The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein, should still be taught in English classes. Park Cities People reports that committee members voted to allow the novel, which is about a race car driver and his dog, and is told from the dog’s point of view. The controversy centered on the appropriateness of Park Cities teenagers reading one section in which an underage girl falsely accuses the driver of sexual molestation and tries to force herself on him.
There were 32 votes for “confirm the present use of the book for whole class required use;” three votes for “designate the book for required outside reading only;” and one vote for “restrict the use for certain grades.”
Thanksgiving is only two days away and oh my gosh your Mother-in-Law is going to give you that look of disapproval if you don’t have a Plymouth Rock-worthy feast on the table by 2 p.m. and you’ve still got to clean the house and did you remember to take the turkey out of the freezer and hey, whatever happened to those napkin rings you bought and if your husband thinks you’re watching football while you eat he’s got another thing coming and DEEP BREATHS. Even if your turkey roasting skills leave a little something to be desired, you can still look like a hostess with the mostest with a pretty serving set. Once your guests get a glimpse of your fancy wares, they’ll be so dazzled that they won’t even notice the smoke alarm blaring (and you frantically waving a towel below it). Here are three of our favorite sets at three different price points.Full Story
Mickey Ashmore used to live in a world filled with a nine-to-five job at a hedge fund, computers, and financial planning. That was, until he was gifted with a pair of traditional Turkish shoes while working for Microsoft in Istanbul. “I put them on my feet and realized they were extremely comfortable,” he says. “I wore […]Full Story
As for new art happenings, they both occur this evening, and I’m taking the liberty of expanding our expectations of art to loop in one of them.Full Story
The December issue of D Magazine is on the newsstands and online. The cover story is Best New Restaurants of 2014. I’ve received several emails from readers who want to know why certain restaurants didn’t make the list and one that asked me to explain my methodology. Let’s get to it.Full Story
There aren’t many trucks rolling this week due to chilly weather and Thanksgiving. The usual suspects will still be operating in Klyde Warren Park during the week, though. After Thanksgiving, there will be a few special events such as the Vitruvian Park Christmas Tree Lighting, so keep an eye out for that. As always, please […]Full Story