Compile a list of Dallas ISD's best elementary schools, the ones that convince affluent young parents to forsake the lure of private schools or the suburbs, and Lakewood Elementary will rank at or near the top. Spend a moment browsing through the Texas Tribune's public schools explorer. Its students ... More >>
Heed what just happened in the battle over next year's school budget for Dallas. Black elected leaders on the school board voted for segregation and failure. It's time for everybody -- I mean everybody -- to rethink the role of black elected leadership in this city. Of course the traditionally seg ... More >>
"Vintage Silvertone Acoustic guitar," "1977 Dobro Duolian," "Martin 00X1 Auditorium Acoustic Guitar (14 Fret)" are just some of the headlines advertising guitars on Craigslist, but how are you supposed to play them, hear them, feel them? When you order a guitar online, you're missing an important p ... More >>
Story in The New York Times this morning about efforts in the Texas Legislature to cut back testing and course requirements for graduation from high school. If you sort through, most the alligator-tears for poor kids supposedly being pushed to learn too much stuff come from tea party types like stat ... More >>
Thursday, February 7 Bolsa Mercado is reviving Meet & Eat this Thursday. Chef Jeff Harris is creating a dinner in honor of the Meridian, Texas-based Red Caboose Winery, which was recently selected as a Top 10 Hot Brands by Wine Business Monthly. Dinner includes Gulf Coast red snapper, roasted and br ... More >>
Oddfellows restaurant and Dallas Odd Fellows Lodge #44 are hosting an Odd County Fair on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at 7th and Madison streets in the Bishop Arts District. The aim of the fair is to raise money for the Sunset High School marching band to make the trip to national band competition i ... More >>
MardiGrasOakCliff.comWith the Super Bowl out of the way, our attention now turns to the next excuse to eat, drink and be gluttonous: Mardi Gras. The non-profit organization Go Oak Cliff is hosting the third annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff February 18 and 19 with several different events planned ... More >>
All photos by Catherine Downes.The 303 special.303 Bar and Grill opened last Friday, and by the following Sunday afternoon people were packed into the Oak Cliff joint, eating, drinking beer and watching football. The restaurant is located in an old, renovated house on West Davis and Madison; ... More >>
A conceptual rendering of the proposed bowling alley that will not go in next to Good Records after allAt long last, that proposed Greenville Avenue bowling alley, next to Good Records, just went before the Dallas City Council -- its last hope following the City Plan Commission's gutter ball over ... More >>
David Barton -- founder of Wallbuilders, former State Board of Education "social studies expert" and member of the Religious Right coalition that prodded Gov. Rick Perry to join the insufficiently Christian Republican field -- isn't exactly what you'd call a rigorous academic. What you might ... More >>
Wig out on a family friendly adaptation of John Waters' kitschy original.
If only grandma's apple preserves came bathed in moonshineUnless your grandpa is fermenting batches of white lightning in his backyard, you're going to be hard pressed to find authentic moonshine in this neck of the woods. The moonshining, bootlegging culture of Appalachia and the South has ... More >>
The Flaming LipsThe Flaming Lips have been performing in Dallas for over two decades. The last time they came through town, they stopped short just north of Big D, for a headlining performance at the 2010 NX35 Conferette, during which the power blew several times. Hopefully, they won't have as mu ... More >>
Patrick MichelsOn Tuesday we got a couple of sneak peeks at the Lower Greenville of the future -- meaning, the end of next year, all things go according to plan. Late yesterday, council member Angela Hunt, who's spearheading the streetscaping with Pauline Medrano, posted to her blog a recap of th ... More >>
Click for a better look at the food truck lot developers are planning along Lower Greenville Avenue -- if, of course, they get the go-ahead from City Hall.Over on Unfair Park, we've been covering this morning's announcement that the city's spending $1.3 million to rework two blocks of Lower Gree ... More >>
It was less than a month ago the city council's Economic Development Committee went behind closed doors with, among others, Office of Economic Development Director Karl Zavitkovsky to discuss what the what to do with Southwest Center Mall. They confabbed for more than an hour and emerged without ... More >>
View Larger MapAs expected, the City Plan Commission's Thursday-afternoon meeting did indeed get just a little contentious when it came time to discuss the specific use permit application for the former Beagle on Lower Greenville Avenue. In fact, it ate up almost half of the 80-minute meeting -- and ... More >>
As national tours go, there's really only so much going on this weekend--as evidenced by the fact that, unless I'm forgetting some, we only previously spread word on three weekend shows already: the Lola's Stockyard show tonight with AA Bondy, Doug Burr and Telegraph Canyon, the Longhorn Saloon show ... More >>
Patrick MichelsJames Madison High recruits watch game highlights on an overhead video screen.On this (overhyped?) National Letter of Intent Signing Day, high schoolers all over the country chose which school they'd be suiting up for next. For some, it was as simple as faxing in a signed letter (a mi ... More >>
Yes, the weather outside is indeed frightful but, if you're done shopping, I can't think of anything better than heading to Denton and catching Sleeping in the Aviary tonight. The Madison band's core of Elliott Kozel (guitar/vocals), Michael Sienkowski (drums) and Phil Mahlstadt (bass), recently add ... More >>
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