Nicola Longford, executive director of the Sixth Floor Museum, won't talk to Schutze, no fan of the museum's plans to take over Dealey Plaza two years from today. But she will visit with the Los Angeles Times about those plans, not to mention that Dealey Plaza redo the city's splitting with the m ... More >>
Tribal politics at the heart of Dallas' corruption problems.
Of all the books written about Dallas, it's easily the one most often cited: Warren Leslie's 1964 Dallas Public and Private, with a later edition underscoring its heretofore subtle subtitle "Aspects of an American City." Subsequent histories-of -- from Patricia Evridge Hill's Dallas: The Making o ... More >>
Julia Barton, with an assist from Schutze, covered much the same territory earlier this year in her American Icons piece about Dallas for Studio 360. But now that TNT's given the green light to that next-gen Dallas, CNN, as part of its Defining America series, takes a look at how the city stacks ... More >>
Kennedy assassination author and conspiracist Robert Groden says the city's out to get him. He may be right.
All those who'd like to see us retire this picture, raise your right hand.I was cleaning out the office last weekend and came across my copy of the 166-page indictment that eventually led a parade of people to the Earle Cabell thanks to that low-income housing development corruption case at Dalla ... More >>
Alan GovenarA hearty mazel tov this morning to Alan Govenar -- president and founder of Documentary Arts on Columbia Ave. in East Dallas; author of some two dozen books, among them the history of Deep Ellum; renowned playwright and filmmaker whose collected works were just shown at South by South ... More >>
Monday's the big day -- the grand opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, which kicks off at 8 a.m. with South Pacific star Keala Settle performing the "The Star-Spangled Banner" before AT&T PAC president and CEO Mark Nerenhausen, Mayor Tom Leppert and other city officials play ball. ... More >>
Last December at the annual meeting of the Dallas Citizens Council -- a private, sometimes secretive body long powerful in local affairs -- outgoing president John Scovell said, “We’re changing back to the good old days.” He was talking about Tom Leppert getting elected mayor, among other thin ... More >>
A full book report is forthcoming; Schutze has been handed his homework -- a copy of Harvey Graff's The Dallas Myth: The Making and Unmaking of an American City, being published this month by the University of Minnesota Press. Graff, currently a professor of English and history at Ohio State Univers ... More >>
Forty years later, "local yokels" take pride in covering tragedy
Amateur archeologist Alex Troup has some advice for those who would bring life back to downtown Dallas: The answers are under your feet.
For supporters of an improved and expensive Trinity River, everything old is new again
Thirty-five years ago, Jesse Curry was Dallas' respected, popular police chief. Then Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, and Curry became just one more victim of the Kennedy assassination.
A historian and a playwright bring a Dallas blues legend's story to the stage
It's a scary world out there, but someone's gotta keep it under control. Jim Schutze uncovers the secret agony of the Dallas Citizens Council.