Thursday, May 23, 2013
Week in view: Texas’ best barbecue, help for tornado victims, and Memorial Day must-dos
With all the natural disasters in the area, it's time for a slow weekend.
No checking your email this weekend. This Memorial Day, your job is to grill, chill, refill. Here's where the fun begins.
The people of Moore, Oklahoma need your help. Check out the many ways North Texas businesses are raising money for our neighbors to the north ... We dodged the weather on Tuesday, but North Texans certainly understand the severity of tornadoes after last week's deadly twister. See 18 terrifying photos, and make a 72-hour emergency kit for next time ... Plano is rethinking their unpopular median left turns ... The renderings of Big Tex are so far very creepy.
Texas Monthly's list of barbecue joints includes Dallas' Pecan Lodge, named the state's second best. Sample their 'cue and get your sticky hands on a new barbecue book on Saturday at a "Meat and Greet" ... Soon-to-open Wing Bucket in downtown Dallas will serve an odd item: peanut butter & jelly wings ... New place The Wine Poste is open in the Design District ... Craft brewers won a big battle in Texas this week, with new bills that offer more flexibility for small breweries.
You've got to see this 5-year-old featured on So You Think You Can Dance who brought the crowd to tears.
More on Memorial Day
If you don't feel like getting all up in your grill, consider biking the Santa Fe Trail this Memorial Day. We've picked our favorite 10 landmarks, bars, and restaurants near the trail. There's also Deep Ellum's Bark Park Central if Fido needs to get his wiggles out. Or, head to Arlington for a free, three-day music festival featuring Sarah Jaffe, Polyphonic Spree, Old 97's, and more.
Can you guess what the #1 most popular baby names in Texas are for boys and girls? My, how times have changed ... You can snap up two celebrities' homes: Mike Modano and Willa Ford's Preston Hollow mansion; or the Dallas Symphony Orchestra maestro's Ritz condo.
Rockwall girl Amber Carrington is racking up the fans on The Voice ... Kelly Clarkson is in a TV pilot that stars Robin Williams where she's charged with making a "sex song" ... Barry Manilow ticketholders, his Texas shows were rescheduled for late June ... Denton band Spooky Folk is taking a break ... Did you see nearly-naked Wayne Coyne on Jimmy Fallon last week?
- Fort Worth Music Festival: eclectic and entertaining
- Fox and the Bird's new single: intriguing; we can't wait to hear the full album
- The Colonial golf tournament officially begins Thursday. Start your long weekend early by watching the first round, then head to Sundance Square for the "19th Hole" -- a free party with music.
- Mockingbird Station hosts a mini market with Etsy vendors on Thursday. It's free to browse their unique wares.
- Uptown Dallas is hardly "Gangsta's Paradise," but it'll have to do when Coolio makes an appearance at the McKinney Avenue Tavern Thursday night.
- The Polka Festival returns to Ennis this weekend for its 47th year. Hear us out: You'll get to nosh on kolaches and dance like a fool. Sounds like fun, no?
- All weekend, Levitt Pavilion in Arlington hosts a free festival with an exceptional lineup. Go Friday for Sarah Jaffe. Hard to argue with the low, low price of free.
- Isn't it about time we honored the timeless tradition of tap dancing? A free 45-minute show ends with a performance by a 90-year-old tap dancer.
- Meet the author of a new barbecue book, nosh on local 'cue, and sample brews from West Dallas' Four Corners Brewing. Get tickets in advance.
- Attending an all-day show at Opening Bell Coffee will not only support local singer/songwriters, it'll also raise money for tornado victims in Oklahoma. Bring $20.
- Don't pretend you don't want to go: Pop queen Taylor Swift performs at Cowboys Stadium Saturday night. Ed Sheeran opens.
- Perhaps you know your way around a good margarita. Sunday in the Bishop Arts District, Margarita Meltdown will let you try more than a dozen margs. Cheers.
- A new kayak and canoe shop opens on the Trinity River in Fort Worth, and to celebrate, they're hosting a party on the river with food, craft beer, and free kayak rentals.
- If you didn't get enough brewin' and 'cuein' on Saturday, go to Deep Ellum Brewing Company for Brew-B-Q. Remember: No work tomorrow!