The neighborhoods surrounding Dallas ISD's Robert E. Lee Elementary are much like the neighborhoods surrounding nearby Stonewall Jackson and Lakewood Elementary. That is, they are predominately white and upper middle class, with just a touch of East Dallas crunchiness. But while Stonewall and Lakewo ... More >>
On Tuesday morning, right after an African-American principal and an African-American superintendent had finished predicting a great future for East Dallas' Lee Elementary and its new International Baccalaureate program, a woman buttonholed DISD trustee Mike Morath. After a few complimentary words a ... More >>
All weekend long I was pondering great moments in leadership. And then I thought about Dallas Fire Chief Louie Bright III. Dallas firefighter Stanley Wilson burned to death May 20, 2013, when a building he and other firefighters were searching for survivors collapsed. Surviving firefighters said th ... More >>
We're dangling on the precipice of full-on weather hatin'. It's peeking at us from just around the corner. That means you have just a few days before we all hibernate under the constant buzz of our a/c units until late fall. Following is a list of nine places to consider for an outdoor lunch. This ... More >>
If you've read this week's feature -- The 30 Essential Texas Restaurants to Visit Before You Die -- by food critic Katharine Shilcutt at our sister paper the Houston Press, then you've no doubt already asked why X, Y or Z restaurant didn't make the list. Maybe you've asked this question angrily to ... More >>
Last Friday, Voice Media Group announced the winners of their first music writing awards. This winning piece by Jesse Sykes first appeared in Seattle Weekly's print edition. By Jesse Sykes As I was growing up in New York state--where the residents want you to know they don't live in "The City"--th ... More >>
Today is the last Friday of the school year for Dallas ISD schools. For 11 schools in the city slated for consolidation after a school board vote, like the 89-year-old James B. Bonham Elementary, this Friday holds even more significance. Next week, after the students leave, the teachers will pack al ... More >>
The DISD will look to consolidate, or close, the exemplary-rated James Bonham Elementary next school year.As we mentioned Monday, the Dallas ISD trustees just got through discussing a very touchy subject: school consolidations and the repurposing of facilities -- or closures, for those who aren't ... More >>
Gov. Rick Perry's record on racial issues has always been a little complicated. Earlier this month, there was that dust-up over his family's Paint Creek hunting lease, which Schutze thought unfairly loaded up Perry's shoulders with Southern-boy baggage. But back in 1990, during his run for ag ... More >>
This never gets old.The Texas Education Agency won't officially release its based-on-TAKS-scores state accountability ratings till 'round 1 this afternoon (here, for those so interested), at which point Commissioner of Education Robert Scott will hold a press conference in Austin. But the Dallas ... More >>
Titus Andronicus' phenomenal 2010 release, The Monitor, is a fairly dense album -- not necessarily because of its visceral combination of punk aesthetic with indie rock instrumentation, but because of its subject matter, which centers around the Civil War. So it's quite fitting then, that the An ... More >>
Caity ColvardTurtle Creek Association's canceled this year's pooch parade, but the Oak Lawn community's refusing to roll over.Over the years he lived in the Oak Lawn area, Mike Walker recalls the Turtle Creek Association's annual Easter in the Park as an outdoor occasion for everybody and their d ... More >>
Les Americains (Self-released)
The Prophet Bar will be really busy for Thursday's New Year's Eve show, with free beer, free Champagne and a dozen bands including Jeremy Megert, Hats And Statues, Michael Grey, Jacob Metcalf and more all playing the Big Room, plus more in the bar.Among those bar bands is Les Americains. The Amer ... More >>
Patrick MichelsMike McKay, of the Resource Center of Dallas, tells the crowd it's time to get angry.Sunday's Million Gay March of Texas struck a different tone than that of the annual Dallas Pride Parade or other celebrations in Oak Lawn. Folks marched with hands raised in fists instead of waves to ... More >>
This Poster of the Week was created in-house at C3 Presents, the Austin promotions and event planning company behind the ACL Music Festival, booking at Emo's and Stubb's, and tomorrow night's Club Dada bill featuring Heartless Bastards, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears (a Noah Bailey favorite) ... More >>
SMU would like to get more folks to come to football games. And since losing doesn't appear to be working, the university today announced several in-game changes to begin this Saturday, when the Mustangs host Texas State. Among the add-ons: "extensive use of replay board; live scoring updates; use o ... More >>
Since there have been rumblings about mayoral candidate Sam Coats sitting on the board of Texas Industries, the infamous Midlothian cement-manufacturing plant that's been condemned by environmentalists for burning hazardous waste, we thought we'd let you know that today, TXI lost a court battle with ... More >>
The Webb Gallery gets folksy
With To Kill a Mockingbird, Dallas Children's Theater stages a trial with few errors
SMU kids learn about life outside The Bubble
These Generals frequently speak the name of the Lord, but is it in vain?
Oak Cliff's Ed Sebesta helped topple Trent Lott
Plus: Low Blow, Tragic Tale
Say what you want about Marvin Olasky, the oddball UT professor and controversial architect of Bush's "compassionate conservatism." He practices what he preaches.
Mission improbable; Whistling Dixie
What's in a name? A lot of ugly history, at least when it comes to Jefferson Davis Elementary.
Levon Helm, the heart and soul of The Band, looks back in anger
Cowboy Junkies drone and moan toward brilliance
Paul "Mouse" Millender is in hiding after being stabbed 24 times. He says his old skinhead running buddies did it. But he swears he's not a rat.
GOP congressional candidate Sessions crosses lines to get son into prized school