This here's a sneak peek at the Sunday New York Times Travel section, in which Ceil Miller Bouchet goes to Deep Ellum and finds out that ... why ... why ... why, it's a "a sun-baked, low-rise neighborhood in Dallas where urban pioneers have staked out a bling-free zone." Well, all right. Among the pit stops: the AllGood Cafe, Tucker's Blues, LaGrange, Trees and the Black Swan Saloon (which we mentioned back in October and recently opened in The Space Formerly Known as The Thin Room). Asks owner Gabe Sanchez, "Who wants to drink just to get drunk?" There's another reason?
And on that note, this bonus note: Straight outta Dallas ca. 1954 on Imperial Records (and recorded, just maybe, at the studio of the late, great Jim Beck on Ross Ave.): Freddy Dawson's "Dallas Boogie."