Why weird old rich people are so nuts over the 50th assassination anniversary.
Two years before Kennedy was shot, extremism was already burning in Dallas. Then the Morning News fanned the flames.
Plans for the 50th anniversary of the murder of President John F. Kennedy at Dealey Plaza in Dallas just got weirder by one whole magnitude. Yesterday Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings unveiled a process that will make security much tighter for the ceremony next November than security would be for a speech ... More >>
On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza, a half hour before he was scheduled to deliver a 1 p.m. speech at the Dallas Trade Mart. The words were never passed Kennedy's lips, but the speech survived and, a month later, was printed and bound into a book by Stanley Marcu ... More >>
In 1974, DTC premiered its best show ever. Why was it never seen again?
Story by Rudy Bush in today's Dallas Morning Pravda about plans to refurbish Dealey Plaza, the place where Dallas killed Kennedy. Typical straight-up just-the-facts news objective reporting, don't you know. Except the story ends with a fund-raising appeal: "Those interested in providing assistance c ... More >>
Michael Cain says he's this close to wrapping his long-in-the-works Starck Club documentary -- by February, fingers crossed. Just last night, the founder of the Deep Ellum-turned-AFI-turned-Dallas International Film Festival dispatched this teasing look by way of a holiday greeting. But as I got to ... More >>
Dear John F. Kennedy Library Foundation: Good move on blowing off the Sixth Floor Museum and executive director Nicola Longford regarding her plans for a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Kennedy assassination in Dealey Plaza. Believe me: You don't want to touch this gang with a 10-foot ... More >>
Heritage Auction GalleriesSome of the titles presently available for a few dollars till 10 tonightThis morning I was scouting Heritage Auction Galleries' website for local items of note perched on the auction block when I noticed a few bookshelves' worth of titles being offered at the low, low pr ... More >>
The Power of God from First Dallas on Vimeo.Patrick was downtown Saturday morning when First Baptist blew up a few buildings to make way for its downtown expansion. But Patrick didn't have cameras stationed all over downtown. Not like First Baptist, which appears to have captured the big bang from e ... More >>
Eddie Bernice Johnson's Facebook pageThis item is a dilation of a comment I posted to yesterday's item about 30th District Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and the scandal about scholarships and nepotism. It struck me after I posted the comment that maybe I owed the topic a better effort. In t ... More >>
In recent weeks we've taken sneak peeks at how pending budget cuts will more than likely gut the library system. But till Monday rolls 'round and Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm debuts her proposed FY2010-11 budget, we won't know for sure how deep those wounds will run. Nevertheless, Friends of the ... More >>
Ziggy GruberI heard over the weekend that Kenny & Ziggy's, the beloved Houston deli, ain't coming to town after all. At least, not yet and not for the foreseeable future.A few months ago, Ziggy Gruber confirmed to Unfair Park that he did indeed have a letter of intent to take over an empty re ... More >>
Someone has posted to YouTube a 1961 film about school desegregation in Dallas called Dallas at the Crossroads. (Parts Two and Three follow after the jump.) I forget what kind of hoops I had to jump through in order to see this thing back in the mid-1980s when I was working on my book, The Accommoda ... More >>
There's not a lot going on at Dallas City Hall this week and next and next, while the council goes spring breaking. But there is something of interest on the Landmark Commission's Designation Committee, which is meeting today: a vague agenda item that only says, "Discussion of Post War residentia ... More >>
Back in August, our sister paper in Houston interviewed Ziggy Gruber about why he and his deli are so awesomeZiggy Gruber, namesake of the revered Houston deli Kenny & Ziggy's, has but one request from the Jewish community of Dallas: Please, please stop with the calling. In recent days, he's ... More >>
The Marcus House as it looked during construction in 1938On August 11, 2008, Mark and Patty Lovvorn wanted nothing more than to tear down their massive house on Nonesuch Road, the famous manse designed by Roscoe DeWitt for Stanley Marcus in the 1930s. "Energy inefficiency" was the reason offered ... More >>
The Marcus House as it looked during construction in 1938Nine months ago it looked as though Mark and Patty Lovvorn were going to tear down Stanley Marcus's house on Nonesuch Road, built 71 years ago by Dallas architect Roscoe DeWitt after Mister Stanley told Frank Lloyd Wright to take a flying leap ... More >>
Stanley Marcus's former house as it looked during construction in 1938Speaking of Dallas iconic landmarks ... On August 11 of last year, Unfair Park discovered that Mark and Patty Lovvorn had filed with the Texas Historic Commission a demolition permit that would have allowed them to tear down The H ... More >>
Yesterday, in the comments to the item about Neiman Marcus's latest bit of bad news, noted man of letters Rawlins Gilliland deposited a comment intended to gently shoosh those experiencing even the slightest twinge of schadenfreude at the luxury retailer's misfortune. I had intended only to highligh ... More >>
SMU/DeGolyer LibraryDeGolyer Library director Russell Martin, Horton Foote and SMU president R. Gerald Turner in 2003As we mentioned on Wednesday, Horton Foote's archives reside on the SMU campus -- in the DeGolyer Library, specifically, among the greatest places in the city to spend an afternoon or ... More >>
Diversity be damned. You want to rename Industrial Boulevard, it better "market" the city.
The Nasher Sculpture Center is full of revelations about a man and his art
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Adani Gallery introduces Latin American art to Gringolandia
With his new book and live CD, Joe Jackson fans can finally get what they want
A battle Uptown targets the city for bending its own rules
For the world premiere of Blind Lemon to work, either the production needs to be smaller or the space needs to be larger
Despite great acting and a near-flawless production, Beast on the Moon is pretty toothless
The Nasher sculpture garden is slow to take root
Lunch at Neiman's is still fashionably good, but Nordstrom just serves off-the-rack