Archive for November, 2011

Downtown Dallas Events Worth Considering

Posted by    |    November 19th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Two upcoming events will be worth attending in Downtown Dallas.  Downtown Dallas will host the 2nd Annual City Lights on November 19th. Hang out at Main Street Garden and make sure to catch the lighting of Neiman Marcus Downtown. On December 3, the 24th annual Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade  is well worth the time.

The Joule Innovates, Renovates and Re-imagines Big D

Posted by    |    November 19th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Downtown Dallas has been a major beneficiary of the vision of the Joule’s very private owner.   The Joule, Dallas announced yesterday a $78 million renovation that will be completed in the fall of 2012.  The expansion will include 31 guest rooms, suites and penthouses, a new spa, a second Charlie Palmer concept and expanded event spaces.

While there is much to discuss about with this announcement, we choose to highlight the rescue of mosaics from the original Mercantile National Bank Building which were slated to be destroyed during that building’s renovation.  Thank you Mr. Headington.  The mosaics were originally commissioned by former Dallas Mayor R.L. Thornton.  According to the Joule, the handmade mosaics were shipped from Venice and installed in the Mercantile National Bank Building. The mosaics, which depict the basic elements of nature— earth, wind, fire and water—range in size from only a few feet high to more than 20 feet. The works, restored by conservation specialist Michael van Enter, will be installed in The Joule’s new VIP Corridor and ballroom pre-function space.

K9 for Kids Benefit November 19

Posted by    |    November 17th, 2011 at 6:00 am

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The Diabetes Friendly Foundation is hosting their second annual “K9 for Kids” benefit this November. This year, three families with a child who has been diagnosed with diabetes will be rewarded donations. These donations will go towards purchasing a Diabetes Alert Dog to help aid the child in need. The proceeds from the benefit will go towards training the Diabetes Alert Dogs and provide education about living with diabetes.

What: “K9 For Kids” Benefit hosted by the Diabetes Friendly Foundation

What’s Going On: Live music, silent auctions, cocktails and hor d’euvres, Diabetes Alert Dog sponsorship opportunities

When: 7:30 pm- 12:00 am, Saturday November 19, 2011

Where: Fashion Institute Gallery

1807 Ross Avenue

Dallas, TX 75201

Price:  $75

Click here to purchase tickets and to find out more about the event.

City Lights Ushers In Christmas

Posted by    |    November 14th, 2011 at 6:00 am

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It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in Downtown Dallas as preparations begin for City Lights 2011.  Presented by Downtown Dallas, Inc. and AT&T, City Lights will be on November 19 from 6 pm to 10 pm. There will be family friendly activities like face painting and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Main Street Garden Park.  (more…)

A View from the Booth: The Fan Sports Lounge

Posted by    |    November 10th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

The powers that be at YouPlusDallas decided last night to attend the official opening of The Fan Sports Lounge. The Fan Sports Lounge is located on Olive Street near Victory Plaza and the new home of the Ticket. We had high expectations, and the evening did not disappoint.

The Fan Sports Lounge is the brainchild of CBS Radio’s Adam Mehl and restaurateur Bill Teague. We tip our hats to CBS Radio’s own Brian Purdy and Bruce Gilbert and to the senior management of CBS Radio for bringing radio to life. In an industry literally devoid of creativity at the top levels, CBS Radio did something incredibly rare:

    1. They listened to seasoned professionals on the ground.
    2. They took a well-calculated risk.
    3. They gave the authority to execute the deal locally and Bill built out and launched in about 90 days.

The place was packed, and the “Hotness Police” gave the evening a score of 89 out of a 100-point scale. And whomever you were sitting at the table next to the radio studio around 7:30 last night? All we can say is a heartfelt thank you.

The food was above average, and we particularly liked the pizza, reminding us that we can get a quality, thin-crust pizza, ala Enos Pizza, near our studios. The highlight for us, besides the scenery, was the huge television screen. Bill, you are brilliant.

We understand from reading D Magazine’s Front Burner that the Ticket Management had no comment. D Magazine should know by now that questions such as these should be directed to Atlanta.

Judging from the talent that made into the radio booth last night made us wonder if maybe being a DJ in radio can be cool again.

Stephen King Kicks of Book Tour to Benefit Sixth Floor Museum

Posted by    |    November 2nd, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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“If you could change history, would you?” Stephen King asks this question in his new novel, 11/22/63. The book tour kicks off with a benefit for the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas on Thursday, November 10.

11/22/63, which hits shelves November 8, is about a time traveling English teacher who tries to prevent Oswald from aiming that fatal shot. The book, which required an incredible amount of research to accurately portray the late 1950s and early 60s, is a departure for the novelist who is most famous for causing night terrors and goose bumps.