Archive for February, 2011

Alliance Francaise de Dallas Featured Film Tonight at the Texas Theatre!

Posted by    |    February 25th, 2011 at 4:10 am

The Alliance Francaise de Dallas film series officially heads to Oak Cliff and the historic Texas Theatre tonight for the showing of the Truffaunt classic film, “Jules et Jim”. Feel free to come out before hand for wine, conversation and more. This is an exciting opportunity for our community, as the AF has been instrumental in promoting French culture and language throughout the World since 1883.

Head out tonight at 8PM. Click below for the trailer:

Waiting for Superman

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2011 at 4:10 am

This week, a Wal-Mart “Neighborhood Market” grocery strore was announced for development on Fort Worth Avenue near Hampton road. Shortly after posting the news on our Facebook page, 50+ comments were made from the community, all against the development, asking questions like, “Why?!”, and “Can this be stopped?!” Andrew Howard, who lives next to the proposed site hung his head and shrugged, ” We were supposed to get a movie theater…wide sidewalks, and small retail spaces…they held townhalls and showed us pictures…and now this?”

In 2004, I attended an early meeting of the Fort Worth Avenue Development group. In the meeting strong neighborhood leaders stood up and passionately discussed why we should organize and start asking the city to re-analyze the corridor and help create a more walkable, livable street. Since its inception, the group has done incredible work at changing development codes, promoting the street as a boulevard, pushing through TIF’s, and bringing awareness to the need for redeveloping form. Renderings of redesigned streetscapes have been made, national urban design experts have been brought to the corridor to discuss next steps, developers have laid out water color visions of West Village like buildings, and planning charrettes involving the community have been carried out in earnest. (more…)

Throw Me Something, Mister!

Posted by    |    February 22nd, 2011 at 4:10 am

The annual Mardi Gras Oak Cliff celebration is a mere 12 days away, and already the excitement among the float riders and participants is palpable.  This is the 3rd year Oak Cliff has led the charge in celebrating carnival in north Texas.  What began as a neighborhood parade in 2009 has turned into a weekend long festival unlike any other in Dallas!

This year’s schedule is jam packed with food, music, fun, costumes, and, of course, beads.

The festivities get going at 9 a.m. on March 5 with the Dash for the Beads, a 5k run and 1 mile walk that begins and ends in the Bishop Arts District.  The race is officiated by Run On, and it is a chipped race.  There is a costume contest, and friendly pets are also welcome.  Celebrity judges include Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Councilwoman Delia Jasso.  To register, visit the Dash for the Beads website here. (more…)

Smoke’s Chef Up For Food & Wine Best Chef

Posted by    |    February 17th, 2011 at 8:58 am

Food & Wine magazine has named the 10 best new chefs in the country every year since 1998, but this year they’ve added a twist. Nominating 100 chefs from 10 regions in the country, the magazine is asking readers, foodies and fans to cast their vote for ‘The People’s Best New Chef‘.

Turns out Oak Cliff has another opportunity to shine here, as Chef Tim Byres from Smoke Restaurant has been nominated in the Southwest division. Food & Wine has partnered with CNN’s Eatocracy and the voting is being held here.