Archive for July, 2010

One word: Alico

Posted by    |    July 30th, 2010 at 11:58 am


I just took a listen to one of Dallas’s most interesting local bands, Alico. Their new album, Ecstasy & Apostasy, just had its national release on iTunes and Amazon about a month ago. The songs are cutting edge, full, yet personal. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a song like “The Sixteenth Summer” (Track 2), which fits somewhere in between Journey and the Black Eyed Peas. And to turn up the novelty a notch, Alico is a two-piece. Check them out on Myspace, which has a few choice cuts. Word is that Dallas show dates in support of the album are upcoming. I’ll keep you posted because I know I’m going!

Going GAGA

Posted by    |    July 27th, 2010 at 10:27 am

Last week I was one of the lucky few 20,000 people to take in the fabulous Lady Gaga at the American Airlines Center. She sang all the fun songs that get you jumping, but when PokerFace came on, the entire arena felt like a beating heart- the place erupted and was poppin! She is a great performance artist that can actually sing!! The entire show from beginning to end was spectacular. She is the next generation Madonna or Cher for sure.

BUT almost just as spectacular was the people watching! Fantastic. I have never seen so many people willing to put shame on the line and dress however they wanted for their favorite singer. The major theme of her show was to be free to be yourself and it seems most everyone took that advice prior to coming.

There were big hair bows and little hair bows, tutus, sequins, stripper shoes, brightly colored wigs, masks, and most of all those that felt the need to try to dress in an ode to GAGA herself, some did a very good job of perfecting one of her infamous outrages looks, as pictured one of my favorites. Some missed the mark a bit, but get an A for effort. I just wonder how long many of them had been planning and creating their “costumes”. but then my girlfriend’s and I are already planning our Halloween costumes! (more…)

Lego my Dallas

Posted by    |    July 27th, 2010 at 9:46 am

Tour city landmarks & support East Dallas Community Schools … all from one room!

Walk into Dallas Cityscape and walk into a crisp, primary-colored toy metropolis in the heart of Northpark Center. The exhibit shows off what you wish you could create when you were a three-year-old — sizable works of Lego-art, all to benefit East Dallas Community Schools. The tiny blocks of color link together to create a pixelated view of some of Dallas’ finest parks and buildings… (more…)

Dog Days at the Ball Park

Posted by    |    July 26th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

My son Sean, our dog Major and I headed off to the Ball Park to watch the Rangers beat the Angels yesterday.   It was a real “treat” for Major and for us.  The Ball Park arranged for the dogs (and owners) to parade around the baseball field prior to the game.  Then, we all hung out together and watched the game.  Petco provided each dog a bag of goodies, including a bandana, a water bowl and dog treats.  The Ball Park officials were kind enough to provide water for those of us who came ill prepared for the pre-game heat.  We stood in a long line prior to the parade commencement, but every one, including owners, were well behaved. 

Here are three reasons why you should participate the next time the Ball Park holds this event:

1.  You get to walk inside the Park.  This was a first for Sean, Major and me.
2.  It was really fun matching up dog owners and their pets. 
3.  The dogs were really well behaved during the game except for Major, who took issue with a dog four times his size in the second inning.

One side note.  If you don’t already know, Lexus offers free valet parking next to the stadium if you arrive in your Lexus.

Cinemark Saves the Date Night

Posted by    |    July 22nd, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Our Sunday evening began well as we jumped in the car to go see the new movie Inception. Not thinking Sunday nights are the prime movie time, we headed our way to the known spot of Northpark Mall’s AMC. We soon found out this was a mistake… packed and sold out! What were we going to do? We had no idea where another good movie theater would be to see this new film. We went to the trusty iPhone to search and found a Cinemark in West Plano. Could this be trusted or would it be an old theater that’s now not worth the dollar? We decided to take the risk. Cinemark was one of our favorites back in Tulsa, so let’s hope it can deliver.


A Kid’s Eye View

Posted by    |    July 16th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Our most recent SixFlags adventure involved a 6-year old and 4-year old as our tour guides. With a mixture of brother-sister fighting, meeting iconic characters, and crying before-yet-loving every ride, it was a new experience and one to love. As we drove from Richardson to Six Flags, we popped in the Looney Tunes DVD for our niece and nephew – a must to make sure today’s younger generation can recognize Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. While these character’s presence are not as prominent at Six Flags as years’ past, the kids still love those huggable life-size animals. And Tweety was still the souvenir of choice over Wonder Woman.

We managed to balance the hot day with water rides and the free refills I spoke of before. However, the biggest challenge at a theme park is choices for food.


Six Flags: We have become “Funatics”

Posted by    |    July 8th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Six Flags has always been a pleasant childhood memory for my husband, Andrew and me. It was a family tradition to come down for a few days every June and those Looney Tune characters brought a smile to my young face every time! While Six Flags has not fully abandoned their old time tunes or western characters, it certainly has adopted a much more thrill-seeking face with the multiple comic-based roller coasters and things that will make you think twice about eating Granny’s funnel cakes.

A few things we learned in our first trip back to the classic theme park:


Rain can’t keep Addison fireworks from shining

Posted by    |    July 4th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Addisonites weathering the rain at Kaboom Town

Clad in ponchos and wellies, Kaboom Town faithfuls flooded Addison Circle Park last night for the 25th anniversary of the town’s famed fireworks display. Rain in the forecast didn’t seem to deter locals much… most brought tents, grills and coolers for a drizzly evening on the lawn for what msnbc recently named one of the biggest and best fireworks shows in the country. Despite a few showers, the show went on without a hitch!

If you missed last night in Addison, you can get your fireworks fix at these local spots: