Sour note: I have to say that I agree with your editorial on Club Dada ("Is This On?," by Sam Machkovech, March 30). I will be out at the club on Friday, mostly for nostalgic purposes, but I can't help but feel a bit of dread and dismay. Yes, it is wonderful that Dada will continue on, but it is dreadful that it is opening for the purpose of cover material, and the artists "trying to make it" can't make it if clubs are unwilling to promote them.
I was at the task force meeting for the Deep Ellum club owners...and all of the heavy hitters from the club scene were there. The meeting was at Dada, which of course afforded Bob Cummins the opportunity to monopolize the conversation since he owned the club and got himself a microphone. The owners discussed permits, parking lots and crime, the same tripe that is brought up at every meeting, but no one had any good ideas about how to rekindle the now cold Dallas music scene.
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Many blamed it on the above items, but I feel that in reality, the Dallas music scene is dying because the clubs aren't promoting good shows anymore, and in a room full of promoters and club owners, not one moment was spent on figuring out how we as a region could do just that.
The clubs can't get it done alone, though. The media has their part as well, and the Observer is the loudest voice for Deep Ellum, but I realize that the next big cover band isn't necessarily newsworthy, so hopefully Deep Ellum can produce some positive PR that gains your attention. The good news is that there are many, including myself, who are going to get it done.
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A Star Is Born
Thanks, Mom: Matt Pulle's chronicle, "Unfit to Print," (March 30) about Dallas politics and county Commissioner John Wiley Price was an absolute history lesson written in exacting journalism style by a five-star reporter!
The Blair newspaper, Elite News, and its continuing saga with their hate rhetoric toward Price is a virtual ongoing "Hatfield and McCoy" scenario, and it sells its ultimate goal...newspapers!!
The feud is only characteristic of Dallas politics, with the maverick Price added to the flavor and Dallas limelight. John Wiley Price's name is synonymous with the Dallas political arena, playing a pivotal role. His lectern is the city council, the streets, the media, wherever he pleases. He has run herd in our city for two decades. His résumé, as Pulle points out, lists him with a stubborn autonomy and the attitude and antics of a Terrell Owens, and certainly everyone knows him by name or label. He's our very own "rebel without a cause," and like it or not, the handle "maestro of Dallas" is a glove fit!
Citizens who?: "Unfit to Print" was a very interesting article. It certainly revealed some things about Elite News that I didn't know about. If the paper does not survive in the future, it will seem like poetic justice, considering how Mr. Blair helped to derail the Civil Rights Movement in the past.
However, in light of the great information provided, I notice a troubling trend with articles dealing with black people in your previous investigations. I am familiar with the Dallas Citizens Council, but I don't recall anything of substance being written about them in your paper. If this is true, then maybe you should focus your energy on exposing them as you seem to have mastered (pun intended) in uncovering the activities of blacks.
If you want to raise your paper to another level, get some balls and write about the real powerbrokers in town. These black "leaders" have extremely limited power; it's probably easier to investigate them because of this. In case you need a clue to find the power players in the area, look for some rich white guys north of downtown.
Editor's note: Check out Jim Schutze's November 5, 1998, cover story "Peep-hole Power" at dallasobserver.com.
A Creek Runs Through It
Wet fun: Jim Schutze's article "Devil Creek" (March 30) is a witty piece of writing and investigative reporting.
I love the visuals of the car driver as he ignores Jim and plows into the flood--then Jim closes out the article jumping up and down, warning Dallas about the proposed suspension bridges.
When I read "Devil Creek," I'm inspired to have fun with my current writing projects for Austin Monthly and Good Life magazines.
Keep up the good work, Jim, and we'll keep reading.
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Crescent City II: Jim Schutze--great article on "Devil Creek." You know most of us are so removed from our natural roots that we don't even think about things like "where will the water go when it rains?" It never occurred to me until the recent deluge that the levee around the Trinity keeps water from getting into the river as well as keeping the river from getting out. But, don't worry, there are a couple of old pumps down there that will take care of it. And we can always take refuge in the American Airlines Center.