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What’s Old is New in Oak Cliff


Invading Golf’s Greatest Links


The Fine Art of Fine-Art Shopping

CARNIVOROUS HABITS Dallas’ Best Steakhouses


The Magnificent George W. Bush Presidential Center Takes Shape

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What’s old is new again, particularly when it comes to Oak Cliff’s Belmont Hotel, a pioneer in the area’s transition. BY CATHERINE ADCOCK


The Dallas Opera makes history, bringing opera to life amidst the grandeur of Cowboy Stadium. BY DAVE MUSCARI

62 ON THE COVER: Former President and Mrs. Bush at their ranch in Crawford, Texas.

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Bishop Arts Theatre Center moves beyond entertainment into the vital role of enriching and investing in the culture of North Texas. BY FARAH FLEURIMA

George and Laura Bush redefine their world after the White House, at home in Dallas and inside a stunning new presidential museum and library. BY DAVE MUSCARI



The busy Mansour Gorji serves up Mediterranean cuisine with a Texas twist at cozy bistro Canary, where he still finds the time to greet every guest. BY SARAH RUFCA

Our veteran golfer battles velvet ropes and members-only signs to report on the best-of-the-best golf courses the country over. BY STEVE GUCKENHEIMER

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A quick tour through what’s got the Dallas Hotel Magazine staff buzzing right now.



Dallas’ cultural events span varieties that suit every visitor’s taste. Mark your calendar with the best of the city’s offerings.


From high-end boutiques and malls to trendy vintage shops, DHM shows you Dallas’ top spots to shop.

Spending time in Dallas is always a trip less ordinary. Learn about local attractions that make for unique experiences and excellent adventures.


Big D’s innovative restaurants and talented chefs mine flavors from all over the globe. Check out this guide before planning your next culinary adventure.


This former Dallasite takes a break from a midwestern winter and discovers that you can go home again.






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PUBLISHER’S NOTE Springtime in Dallas is transformational. It’s when cold weather folds its tent once and for all, and sunshine fills the bright Texas skies. This issue’s cover story takes a sneak peek inside a space we’ve watched transform over the past year or so, from the ground up. From planning to groundbreaking, building and completion, the exciting new George W. Bush Presidential Center is scheduled to open to the public on May 1. Located adjacent to the tree-lined campus at SMU, the complex will house one of the nation’s largest collections of presidential artifacts. We spoke with former First Lady Laura Bush, a proud SMU graduate, about some of the contents of the museum and library, and the critical role she played in bringing this project to life. I happened to have grown up in the house next door to where the Bushes live today. It’s nice to have them home again. We’ll take you across the Trinity River into the Oak Cliff section of town, an older area enjoying a rather exciting renaissance these days. One of the top destinations is the Belmont Hotel, a vintage boutique that sits neatly atop a small hill. Step inside and see what makes this unconventional hotel with 1940s style so special. We also have an interesting profile on a shining star in Oak Cliff named Teresa Coleman Wash, the creative force behind the award-winning, multicultural TeCo Theatrical Productions. For the high-octane adventure set, go up, up and away with DHM for a close-up look at skydiving in North Texas. Plus, take a glimpse inside one of the hottest trends on the Dallas exercise scene, CrossFit training. And if you’re a golfer, we have smart tips on how to play some of America’s most exclusive courses.

Cowboys and opera singers may seem like strange bedfellows, but not in Texas. For The Dallas Opera and the Dallas Cowboys, their annual get-together at the team’s ultramodern stadium has become something to really sing about, and we’ll show you why. Finally, in a city known for amazing food, we’ll introduce you to a North Dallas hotspot that specializes in delicious Mediterranean cuisine, perfect for a warm spring day in Texas: Canary By Gorji. Just as the weather is changing, Dallas Hotel Magazine has gone through a few changes, too. I invite you to check out our finetuned edition of The Scene: the who, what and where on concerts, sporting events and recreation, art and culture, festivals and more. It’s your roadmap to Big D when looking for something fun to do. Plus, we improved our listings to help you find the top spots to shop, dine, see and be seen while exploring all the wonderful things available in the Dallas area. I hope you will enjoy your time in our town, as well as this new edition of Dallas Hotel Magazine, with our compliments. It’s the definitive guide for discerning visitors to Big D.



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Have Fitness, Will Travel The Payoffs of CrossFit

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For the avid fitness buff, travel means a disruption to your normal workout routine at best, a complete cessation of all muscletoning activities at worst. The limitations of a hotel gym or a pair of running shoes leave many wistful for the rigors of workouts at home. But before you invest in P90X to take on the road, perhaps it’s time to consider CrossFit. CrossFit boxes (gyms to the uninitiated) have been popping up the country over featuring intense group workouts focused on functional, full-body fitness. But don’t show up to a CrossFit box in a new town without some time under your belt. “We usually like for drop-ins to have CrossFitted for three months or so,” says Ian Blair, business manager for Dallas’ CrossFit 214. CrossFit workouts draw from gymnastics, plyometrics, conditioning and even Olympic weightlifting, and the particular exercises must be done in proper

form. “Movements are technical in nature, and we really want to keep people from hurting themselves,” says Blair. So you may be an avid gymrat up to your eyeballs in athletic accolades but still not have the proper form, strength and conditioning needed to finish a CrossFit workout safely and effectively. “The recommended way to start is to find someone who can give you proper instruction and coaching… about two to three times a week for two to three months,” says Blair. “There’s an elegance to executing a perfect pushup before you move on. We want to build a backbone that ensures quality movement and safety.” Originally developed with police officers, military and firefighters in mind, CrossFit seeks to maximize the athlete’s all-over fitness level. The workouts vary by day and consist of a sequence of exercises, with set

amounts of reps or lengths of time per movement, all to develop full-body fitness adaptable to any kind of setting or situation. “It’s based around general physical preparedness for whatever life is going to throw at you,” explains Blair. Because sometimes you need to get out of that sales meeting…and fast! Blair describes the CrossFit environment as having many advantages over isolating programs available in traditional gyms or via DVD. “It’s a competitive environment — fitness as a sport — but it’s incredibly supportive and even nurturing. We like to find that wave of camaraderie that gets people pushing their limits, not just physical but psychological — when they really didn’t think they could push that weight or do another rep.” The camaraderie in CrossFit extends to a much larger sense of community that welcomes

outsiders. CrossFitters will find friendly boxes that welcome drop-ins in just about any city they visit. If you’ve invested the time in developing your CrossFit chops and want to join in on the local fun while traveling, be sure to call ahead and ask about rules and prices for drop-ins. As for Blair’s gym? Well, they love having out-of-towners over. “Having people drop in brings an openness that makes it a lot less like working out in a retail gym, which is like being with strangers in an elevator. We want to work out with friends, even if we don’t know them — possibly future friends. I think that’s something that’s quite pervasive in our gym and many other CrossFits.” crossfit214.com — CATHERINE ADCOCK




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Not Just for the Birds Anymore

You’ve been to the parks and the museums. You’ve dined at the best restaurants and lived it up at the swankiest hot spots. But you don’t really know Dallas — not until you take it in from somewhere around 15,000 feet. Skydiving has gained popularity in DFW in the last several years, with two top companies offering distinct highaltitude experiences. Either will get your heart racing faster than any ride at the State Fair of Texas or run on the Katy Trail. Located south of the Metroplex, Skydive 35 is the sightseer’s choice for airborne adventure. Its friendly and knowledgeable staff will fly you up to 17,500 feet, a height that gives you nearly twice the freefall time of the competition. With the clearest view of the Dallas skyline, Skydive 35 is your destination for picturesque vistas in a relaxed atmosphere. 14



Skydive 35 also offers the best value in the area. A tandem skydive with Skydive 35 costs $219 cash or $229 on a card for skydivers up to 200 pounds. Skydive 35 can accommodate customers up to 230 pounds for an additional fee. Allow two to three hours for your jump, although it can take as little as 45 minutes depending on weather and other factors. But maybe serenity isn’t what you’re going for. You’re not just in it for the landscape; you want the adrenaline rush of taking on the laws of gravity all on your own. If this sounds more your speed, Skydive Dallas is the place for you. Located north of Dallas, they’ll bring your dreams of solo vertical flight to life. Unlike many facilities, Skydive Dallas will, for an additional fee, let you take your first jump solo with some additional training. They also offer the

standard tandem experience, with instructors who will do everything to make your first jump a great experience. The basic solo package at Skydive Dallas costs $329, and the tandem package costs $219. Premium and VIP packages are available with added perks. There is a $20 additional charge for tandem students over 200 pounds, with a maximum weight of 210 pounds for tandem jumpers and 220 for solo. Allow up to three to five hours for a tandem jump and six to 10 hours for a solo jump, due to the extra training involved. Both companies offer full video and photo packages if you want to relive your skydive — or prove to friends that you took it to the limit. Most importantly, both facilities put the safety of their customers first, and their experienced staff and instructors spare no effort to make sure

you can cross this item off your bucket lists with no regrets. So find your courage, suit up, and we’ll see you in the drop zone. — GINGER BELLAMY

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Gooey’s Treats With 18 flavors of yogurt as well as specialty yogurt pies, the Dallas sweets shop boasts a large following. There is a large selection of low-fat, sugarfree and tart flavors, as well as birthday cakes. Dallas Kosher certifies all Gooey’s products kosher dairy. Items not endorsed are labeled as such. 11700 Preston Rd. 214.691.9319

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Keep Kosher in Big D From cozy bagel stops and sweets shops to full-service delis and larger eateries, Dallas boasts a nice variety of kosher restaurants, caterers and groceries. Many even have a full-time mashgiach — or Kosher inspector — on-site. Enjoy these shops, some of the most popular in the Dallas area.

Benny’s Bagels The North Dallas restaurant and coffee shop features a variety of flavored pareve bagels. Choose from several menu items for lunch, snack or an early dinner. Deli items include egg salad, tuna salad, lox, a variety of cream cheeses and pizza bagels.


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Café Fino

This restaurant features international cuisine with a classic, homestyle Jewish flair. Specialties include Mediterranean foods, barbecue and pasta. Don’t miss the schnitzel, kababs, couscous and homemade pareve desserts created daily. Try the freshly made Israeli and Moroccan salads served with pita bread. 13410 Preston Rd. 972.726.9800 aderetrestaurant.com




This full-service dairy restaurant also provides catering. Café Fino serves pizza, pasta, fish, falafel, famous Fino fries, soups, salads, wraps and hoagie sandwiches, desserts and more. Open Saturday nights after Shabbat until 12:30 a.m.

Located in Plano, this full-service restaurant specializes in Indian vegetarian cuisine with a unique presentation. The restaurant boasts a team of specialist chefs recruited from India, each producing personal regional specialties. The rich, all-natural menu is prepared daily on the premises with no additives or preservatives. 101 S. Coit Rd. 972.671.3672 madraspavilion.us

Kosher B Quality beef, lamb, chicken and deli meats are cut to order by the butcher and sold at reasonable prices. There is also a variety of fully cooked and freshly smoked brisket and chicken available, as well as Kosher wines, breads, challah, pita and other items. A full-time mashgiach is on-site. 901 E. Plano Pkwy. 972.423.9000

Milk & Honey Jerusalem Market & Grill

The Richardson grill features a varied menu, including falafel, kafta kababs, shwarma and chicken schnitzel. Browse Cindi’s New York Deli and Bakery worldwide Israeli and Jewish newspapers while enjoying Nosh on fresh bagels, challah rotisserie herb-rubbed chicken and rye bread, pastries, cheese blintzes and specialties. Breakfast and a variety of pastries and is served all day. Plus, take home bourikas made fresh in the store. 7522 Campbell Rd. 972.931.9500 cafefinodallas.com

Natalie’s Kitchen and Market Mediterranean food including falafel, shwarma and schnitzel is served at this Plano restaurant and small grocery. Natalie’s has a full-time mashgiach, a nice selection of cheeses and Israeli and Moroccan salads made fresh dally. Enjoy prepackaged Rubashkin meats as well as herrings endorsed by Dallas Kosher. Shabbat specials include cooked meals by the pound. 7114 Campbell Rd. 972.380.1010 natalies-kitchen.com

Tasti D-Lite Since the ’80s, this company has offered its frozen treats to a growing base of happy, healthconscious consumers. There are fruit-and-granola parfaits, sundaes made with fat-free hot toppings, cakes, coffee drinks and smoothies. Don’t forget the take-home treats, including pints, quarts and Tasti rounds. 8611 Hillcrest Rd. 214.750.4810 tastidlite.com

Tom Thumb Bakery and Kosher Deli Two of the Texas grocery chain’s largest area stores feature fresh glatt kosher meat and fish departments, full-service kosher delis and kosher bakeries, all under supervision. All baked items produced are either pareve or dairy as marked. Enjoy a variety of takeout foods and lunch and dinner specials. The kosher deli is closed on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. There is also a kosher wine section. 11920 Preston Rd. 972.392.2501 1380 W. Campbell Rd. (Richardson) 972.680.6010 tomthumb.com


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When in Dallas, Brunch as the Dallasites Do For the modern business traveler, staying apprised of the customs and traditions of the cities and countries he or she frequents is a no-brainer. In Big D, Sunday brunch is an enduring tradition; so much so that it’s practically a subculture — and definitely one worth diving into. So how does one navigate the scene like a native? By knowing the bites, bevs and behaviors of a brunching pro.


and extra salsa to top any and every side of eggs. Texas likes to put its own spin For Texas-size appetites that on the classics, and why not? can handle a heavy first meal, Everything’s bigger, more fried and spicier here, and that includes chicken fried steak or fried pork breakfast foods. Don’t be surprised chops and eggs should quiet to see spicy Bloody Marys, peppery the stomach’s growl in just a few forkfuls. Or get on the burger versions of eggs Benedict and bandwagon: A brunch menu chicken-fried varieties of meat on must-have is a hearty hamburger a brunch menu. topped with bacon and a sunnySpeaking of spice, Dallas eateries often give brunch entrées side-up egg — meaty, yolky, crispy, all in one handful. What a a Tex-Mex flavor. Restaurants way to start the day. either borrow dishes outright (migas, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros) or put a south-ofTHE BEVS the-border flavor on favorites In addition to tippling the (chorizo omelets topped with traditional breakfast mimosa, the salsa; scrambled-egg quesadillas). Dallas bruncher likes to sip on There are even egged-up some piquant pick-me-ups. Here, enchiladas and chile rellenos. But the Bloody Mary gets a helping if you really want to order like a hand from…you. Build-yourDallasite, ask for extra tortillas to own Bloody Mary bars allow the sop up your side of black beans typical Texas palate to load up




on the Tabasco and fresh ground pepper. For extra heat, throw in a fresh jalapeño or two and rim that glass with cayenne pepper. The current craze in brunch cocktails is the Mexican Bulldog, a.k.a. the Corona-rita. Talk about a presentation — a giant cup of frozen margarita is delivered with a bottle of beer suspended upside-down in it. Share it with a fellow brunchgoer or show what a Texas maverick you are and drink it yourself.


The general thinking is that Sunday brunch is the way Dallasites recover from Saturday night. That said, diners generally aren’t rushing to make a 9 a.m. seating. Rather, it’s common for lines to start forming at popular brunch spots around 11 a.m.,

with a waitlist popping up close to noon. So sleep in…to an extent. Surprisingly, attire tends not to depend on the setting of the meal but on what one is doing immediately before it. Those coming from church or the golf course will still be “afternoon dressy,” while those rolling out of bed may lean more toward “afternoon messy.” In Dallas for the most part, “brunch casual” is a dress code unto itself, comprising jeans, an airy blouse and a stylish sandal, pump or boot (depending on the weather) for ladies, and jeans, deck shoes and a polo shirt and jacket for gentlemen. Whatever you wear, raise a glass to doing brunch like a Dallasite. — FARAH FLEURIMA

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British Invasion




The British came. Again. Only this time, they were met with open arms. Timothy Oulton, the British-based furniture brand, opened its doors in June 2012 in Dallas’ Knox-Henderson district. Though you can find Timothy Oulton pieces at the likes of ABC Carpet & Home in New York City and H.D. Buttercup in L.A. and San Francisco, the repurposed 1940s Potter Metal Art Works building facing Central Expressway is the site of Timothy Oulton’s first stand-alone store in the U.S. “Dallas seemed like a perfect merge for the central United States and for our flagship gallery,” says gallery manager Chris McCullough. “Everything is bigger in Texas. Tim likes the idea of Dallas and Texas because we’re big, we’re bold, we’re brash. And it’s a great design market as well. Dallas has one of the largest hospitality design markets in the U.S., so it made sense.” And

Timothy Oulton has done its best to embrace the culture of Texas. Where else could you find Lone Star pillows atop a Union Jack flag couch? Those who venture into the store will find brand staples, from trunks and lighting to Kensington and Bensington sofas, but be prepared for more than just your average shopping trip. “It’s an experience. It’s something that you’re going to get when you walk in the store that you’re not going to find anywhere else,” McCullough explains. Guests entering the space are greeted by a decommissioned yellow British submarine. The store’s London Café offers everything from coffee to champagne. Small groups can meet for high tea next to the wood-burning fireplace. The musically inclined can play the piano situated in the corner. “It’s not just about selling furniture. Tim’s whole point for creating this vision is a place to come and hang out,” McCullough continues. Designers and casual shoppers alike will come across unique vintage finds like authentic

Suez Canal searchlights (two of only approximately a dozen ever made) and a decorative skull created from animal jawbones — the early work of a French artist. These pieces, along with more traditional items from the Timothy Oulton brands, are arranged by room-sets. With names like Gentleman’s Club, Sports Room, Beat Generation and World Traveler, each inspired room-set offers its own experience and personality. And though each room-set has its own flair, they all adhere to the brand’s style, which, as described by Timothy Oulton sales professional Sadie Morgan, is “daring, authentic and selective.” Indeed Dallas, a haven for retailers, with its affinity for the upscale, is a prime location for Timothy Oulton to flourish. And though one may never have guessed that cowboy country would be receptive to a British invasion, it has. After all, with its handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces, Timothy Oulton has set itself apart from the rest. And isn’t that what Texas is all about? — KRISTIN TUCKER


Wicked Fair Park Music Hall

Based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and The Wizard of Oz. Enjoy an evening of dance, song and colorful fun.


Penn & Teller Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie

The actor/comedian/illusionists spin an endless series of gory stage tricks and sophisticated visual gags with over-the-top shock appeal.


Head for the Hills Bike Rally

Uptown Village Shopping Center (Cedar Hill) headforthehillsrally.com

A bucolic setting for a ride along quiet country roads on 10-, 20-, 40and 60-mile trails winding through North Texas.


A Way with Words Lakewood Theater

Public Radio’s runaway hit show takes the stage in Dallas to tackle weird words, crazy colloquialisms and the offbeat art of the English language.


Deepak Chopra Winspear Opera House

The master of research and spiritual wisdom links the latest in neuroscience with aspirations for health and spiritual realization like no else can.

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What’s old is new again, particularly when it comes to revitalized Oak Cliff. DHM sits down with the owner of the Belmont Hotel, a pioneer in the area’s transition.




Rendering courtesy The Belmont Hotel

Photo courtesy The Belmont Hotel


Bottom left: The popular patio at Bar Belmont offers stunning views of downtown. Left: The Belmont Hotel’s entrance after its 2005 renovation. Above: An artist’s rendering of the Belmont Motor Hotel before it was built in 1946.


or Dallasites, it’s no secret: The Belmont Hotel and its seemingly effortless cool make it one of the hippest hangouts around. Yes, today’s iteration of the Belmont is truly more than just a hotel. Set atop a bluff on the north side of Oak Cliff, the Belmont stands as a beacon calling locals and travelers alike to the new Oak Cliff — made vibrant once again. After decades of misuse and disrepair left it almost unrecognizable, the Belmont

gained new life through the vision of one local developer and the supporting efforts of a revitalized community. The nearly 70-year-old hotel began its life as a high-end alternative to plain-Jane motels popping up along highways throughout the country. “It was basically a fancy motor court hotel,” notes current owner Monte Anderson. Post-war expansion brought rising occupancy rates with guests all needing a place to

rest their heads — and park their cars. The increasing popularity of car travel made the Belmont’s location along Fort Worth Highway (then the main thoroughfare between Dallas and Fort Worth) ideal, placing it neatly within affluent Oak Cliff. Entrepreneurs J.B. Malone and Walter R. Smith decided to haul 8,000 cubic yards of earth to build the bluffs underneath their new hotel — a decision that was nothing short of visionary. Who knew what an unobstructed view

Photo courtesy The Belmont Hotel

“It’s not one nice neat little building, but because of that it also has this vibe that’s it’s a cool place to be. You’re outdoors, and you’re not just in an old stuffy place. The view is great.”




The Dallas Mor ning News

Photo courtesy The Belmont Hotel

Photo courtesy of Preservation Dallas

Counter-clockwise from bottom left: The Dallas Morning News announces the addition of a new motor hotel to the city’s hospitality offerings. The Belmont’s entrance circa 1950. The Belmont hotel underwent a 19-month renovation before it reopened in 2005.

of Downtown Dallas would bring 70 years later? Surely, they could not have imagined the blue and green neon that now lines Dallas’ skyscrapers or the bright, floating globe of Reunion Tower. Native architect Charles Dilbeck designed the hotel into two buildings, juxtaposing styles in a manner he had come to be known for. The Art Moderne– style main building, which emphasized horizontal lines, rounded corners and stucco facades, stood in contrast to the outer building’s Spanish design, with red tile, circular insets and metal cupolas. One can still see Dilbeck’s influence throughout North Texas, noted for his interesting use of materials and composition. The hotel offered what most Texans now consider a necessity but back then was an unheard-of luxury: year-round air conditioning. Guests could dine at the Belmont restaurant and lounge in the bar knowing their cars were parked safely in garages. The 40-foot pool, added in 1950, upped the finer-amenity ante. 26



The late 1950s were rough on prostitution, drugs,” he says, Oak Cliff. The construction of the noting that it wasn’t unusual for I-30 Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike the period. “A thousand hotels bisected the neighborhood into a became the same thing.” south side, with nicer residential By the time Anderson areas, and a more industrial considered buying the property north side, where the Belmont in 2004, Oak Cliff had become sits. Traffic to Fort a neighborhood Worth took the many Dallasites faster I-30 toll-road “We promote knew better than rather than Fort to visit. However our friends — Worth Highway, Anderson, a realyou can’t buy bypassing the hotel. estate developer that kind of And in 1956, voters and an Oak Cliff decided to ban native, saw the advertising. We alcohol sales in the spark of the area’s try to help the area, seemingly promising future other businesses, and Belmont’s dooming the area and the Belmont. potential place in which helps Guests who wanted the middle of it. them, which to drink at a bar or “I’ve been here helps us. It goes my whole life,” he take a six-pack to their rooms would back and forth.” says. “As a kid, I have to cross the grew up around Trinity River for this hotel. In their spirits. the ’60s, my dad and I would In the 1970s, Oak Cliff’s eat at the restaurant next downturn finally caught up with door.” Anderson purchased the Belmont, says Anderson. the property surrounding the “[The hotel] just deteriorated: Belmont for development into changed names, became a retail and residential properties. transient hotel, home to low-end (Today, this land houses a

growing community of thriving businesses and new homes — The Villas at The Belmont — priced from $200,000 all the way up to $5 million.) Anderson added the hotel to his real-estate portfolio in March 2004 and quickly assembled a crack team to embark on a gut-renovation. Repairing and restoring the hotel after decades of abuse took over a year and a half. According to Anderson, the hotel’s now-airy breezeways were boarded up, hiding used mattresses. Bar Belmont’s hyperpopular patio housed a mini-junkyard replete with broken refrigerators, couches and a satellite dish. Bullet-proof glass enclosed the front desk broken only by a box for speaking with the attendant and a hole for exchanging money and room keys. All this to say nothing of the hotel rooms themselves. “The rooms were about 30 percent habitable,” recalls Anderson. “In fact, one room — our best room — a guy had lived there for 10 years when we bought it. And the

Photo courtesy The Belmont Hotel

Photo courtesy The Belmont Hotel

Photo courtesy The Belmont Hotel

Top left: The lounge outside Bar Belmont. Top right: Open walkways offer fresh air for guests. Bottom right: Barefoot at the Belmont brings top national and regional talent to play poolside at the hotel during summer months.

owners of the hotel had never been in his room, ever.” The renovations were painstakingly done with a mind toward preserving and restoring the hotel’s iconic architecture and design. “We’re qualified to be on the registry of historic places,” says Anderson. “We had to preserve most of the property. All the outside structure, the exterior, has been renovated to be like it was. Most of the rooms too — though some of the rooms have been expanded.” The outer building’s metal cupolas were restored to their individual glory, the boarded-up breezeways became little bungalows, and smaller details, like the cast-iron decorated Spanish-style reliefs were redone to look like they did in the ’40s. Native landscaping replaced pavement, bringing life to a previously listless terrain. The attention to detail was not lost on locals “We’ve won awards with Preservation Dallas and Preservation Texas,” notes Anderson. “[The hotel’s historical standing] is a good and bad

thing, because the modern In the years following the traveler wants big bathrooms 2005 reopening, the Belmont and big bold rooms,” he says. Hotel gained recognition for “It’s not one nice, neat building, its championing of music and but because of that, it also has arts. It promoted local musicians this vibe that’s it’s a cool place to through concerts at its bar and be. You’re outdoors, and you’re the Barefoot at the Belmont not just in an old concert series (in stuffy place — the partnership with “This area’s view is great.” local independent The hotel radio station booming right reopened in KXT 91.7) and now, and we’re November 2005, showcased work in the middle — by local artists employing a community and in revolving so I think we’ve arts-minded ethos installations. just got to keep that also made for All around the excellent marketing. from screwing it Belmont, one will Anderson’s vision find a thriving, up real bad.” of a new Oak Cliff healthy and diverse had started to come neighborhood. true, and the Belmont Hotel was Guests of the Belmont can enjoy leading the way. “We promote national music acts at the historic our friends — you can’t buy that Kessler, an independent movie kind of advertising,” he says. “We at the historic Texas Theatre, a try to help the other businesses, production at the Bishop Arts which helps them, which helps Theatre Center, or they can us. It goes back and forth.” What’s simply spend the entire evening good for Oak Cliff is good for the drinking, dining and shopping Belmont. “We’re very active in their way through the Bishop the way the streets look and the Arts district. The new $93 million urbanism around us,” Monte says. Santiago Calatrava–designed

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge does more than add to the skyline view; it also brings travelers across the Trinity River straight down the E. Commerce/Fort Worth Avenue corridor…to the Belmont’s doorstep. Oak Cliff isn’t the bad part of town it used to be. “In the beginning, they would pull up in a cab and say take me away,” jokes Anderson. Today, locals flock to the urban oasis to get away, and travelers return year after year to bask in its urban bohemian vibe. Monte Anderson, for his part, claims only to be part of a much larger whole. “What I do in real estate development, I’m in the pioneering spot nearly always, so we’re out ahead. This area’s booming right now, and we’re in the middle — so I think we’ve just got to keep from screwing it up real bad.”






“Part of the appeal in working with the Cowboys organization was the opportunity to reinforce the link between the stadium and the Arts District.” — Keith Cerny, The Dallas Opera general director and CEO




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The Dallas Opera made history, bringing opera to life amidst the grandeur of Cowboys Stadium last year. This year, they attempt to do it again with Puccini’s Turandot. BY DAVE MUSCARI




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Last year’s simulcast of The Magic Flute was shown on Cowboys Stadium’s 60-yard jumbotron


ast April, The Dallas Opera made theatrical history when it staged the first classical music simulcast ever conducted in a North Texas sports venue. The usual packed house enjoyed the performance of Mozart’s delightfully lighthearted masterpiece The Magic Flute onstage at the grand Winspear Opera House in the city’s Arts District. At the same time, approximately 20 miles west of Dallas, in Arlington, some 15,000 people watched the same production, simulcast on the world’s largest HDTV screen high above the Dallas Cowboys field. While the audience at the

opera, however Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny believes it connected directly to one of the company’s most important missions: expose the widest possible audience to quality opera. The event was a huge success, and received national media exposure and critical acclaim among industry experts. At the time of the announcement in 2012, Cerny called it an effort “to create one of the most unique and memorable events in the history of this opera company.” In fact, the simulcast was so successful that on April 13, The Dallas Opera and the Cowboys

“We know from surveys that the Cowboys event attracted a much wider audience than a typical performance in the opera house, an audience more reflective of the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a whole.” Winspear was chock full of Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera and Calvin Klein designs, the stadium crowd dressed casually — some even wore their favorite players’ jerseys, enjoying hot dogs and sipping cold beer while taking in the massive 60-yard screen. It was an unusual marriage of sorts, professional football and




will do it all over again, this time with a new production, a simulcast of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. We spoke with Cerny about the rather curious partnership between his opera company and one of the world’s top professional sports franchises.

DHM: What made you decide to produce another free simulcast event at Cowboys Stadium? KC: All of us at The Dallas Opera were delighted with the extremely positive audience, donor and media response to last year’s event, and we attracted significant television, radio, print and Internet coverage. Yahoo! even promoted the event on their homepage. Our audience loved the performance, and the vast majority stayed until the final bows were taken, clapping enthusiastically for each of the stars. One of the big surprises for me was how many people in the audience responded to the performance as if they were in a concert hall or opera house. The majority sat very still while the music was playing and only purchased food and drink during breaks in the action. To my amusement, I was even hushed by a patron for talking quietly to one of my staff during the performance! DHM: Why are outreach events such as this important to TDO? KC: Part of our mission at TDO is to maximize our “community footprint” — which includes our critically acclaimed main-stage performances in the Winspear Opera House, education programs and community events

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Above: The elaborate staging for The Magic Flute. Right: TDO promotes Turandot with a Cowboy twist. Far right: Fans young and old enjoyed the 2012 event.

DHM: Cowboys Stadium is known for its rather eclectic pieces of world-class art widely displayed throughout the facility. So opera is more of a fit than some may think. KC: Part of the appeal in working with the Cowboys organization was the opportunity to reinforce the link between the stadium and the Arts District. When the collection was being developed, the Cowboys organization worked closely with visual arts leaders in the Arts District, and we were delighted to build on that earlier collaboration. Prior to the performance date, we also provided special tours of the art for our board, donors and patrons DHM: To those that might consider opera an intimidating or challenging art

form, does an event such as this help make it more accessible? KC: Absolutely. From the start, we designed the evening so that the audience could relax and enjoy it, from beginning to end. Opera is supposed to be fun! Admission is free and so is parking, although we do ask patrons to request tickets in advance on our website. Doors open at 6 p.m., there’s a preshow program on the jumbotron and another show during the intermission, and there’s paid concessions for food and drink. We also incorporate English translations on the screen and a free printed program so that everyone knows what is taking place as the opera unfolds.

over the years to many important opera companies across North America. It’s considered one of the best Turandot productions available today.

DHM: Toward the end of The Magic Flute, some characters appeared onstage in Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo football jerseys during the finale. Any similar surprises up your sleeve for Turandot? KC: By happy coincidence, the production already included a reference to a sports team, so it was easy to make the link with the Cowboys. The joke about Papageno being content in life with a Lone Star beer was added specially for the Texas event, however. For Turandot, it may be difficult to work in a sports DHM: Stunning pageantry, passionate confrontations and a famous riddle scene: reference, but we did another promotional photo incorporating What can you tell us about Turandot? a sports theme (see above). Last KC: Turandot is an ideal opera year, we created a special photo for a free public simulcast. with the Queen of the Night in Pretty much everyone has heard eye-black holding a football (see the famous tenor aria “Nessun previous spread). Dorma” (“No One Sleeps”), and Puccini’s music is gorgeous. Our Learn more about The Dallas cast includes Lise Lindstrom, Opera’s simulcast of Turandot who has sung the role to great from Cowboys Stadium in acclaim in London and at La Arlington on April 13 and other Scala in Italy, and Antonello Palombi, who was so well received performances at dallasopera.org. in TDO’s Aida last fall. We are also particularly proud of the sets and costumes, as they originated in Dallas and have been rented

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such as simulcasts. We know from surveys that the Cowboys event attracted a much wider audience than a typical performance in the opera house, including a broader age range and mix of economic and demographic backgrounds. In short: an audience more reflective of the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a whole. Events like this are a major project for TDO. We’re very appreciative that The Dallas Foundation has sponsored the event for a second consecutive year, and for the support of the Jones family and the Cowboys organization

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APRIL 6, 5–8 P.M., Opening Reception

APRIL 6, 3–7 P.M. (Through mid-May)

Stephen Lebowitz, Second Dialogues

APRIL 18, 7–8:30 P.M. Creative Arts Center, 2360 Laughlin Dr.

MARCH 9–APRIL 6 March 9, 7–10 p.m., Opening Reception

Gio Ponti series by Molteni & C

Annual Outdoor Painters Society Plein Air Southwest Salon 2013: over 150 paintings by over 60 artists

JUNE 29, 5–8 P.M., Opening Reception

MAY 11, 1–5 P.M. (Through June)

MAY 18, 5–8 P.M., Opening Reception


Talented new artists from Moldova in Eastern Europe: Valeriu Buev, Sorin and Oleg Turchin

APRIL 6, 5–8 P.M., Opening Reception

JUNE 8, 1–5 P.M. (Through July)

Black and White group show

Anke Schofield Reverie opening reception: The artist’s popular large-scale works, which feature fantastical dream-like images created through complex layering, have been attracting national attention. Artist in attendance.


JD Miller, Reality to Euphoria MAY 18, 6–9 P.M., Live Painting Performance

JD Miller

George Kovach’s most recent Texas Hill Country landscape paintings


Tom Hollenback, Mutabilis MAY 11–JUNE 15

Randall Reid

DADA Panel Discussion: How to Create Your Own Art Studio APRIL 19, 6–8 P.M., Reception Museum of Geometric and MADI Art 3109 Carlisle St.

Edith Baker Art Scholarship Award Ceremony APRIL 20, 6–8 P.M., Reception Norwood Flynn Gallery 3318 Shorecrest Dr.

Senior Juried Show for Booker T. Washington High School APRIL 20

Spring Gallery Walk APRIL 20

Better Block Project betterblock.org

Arte Latino: Contemporary Latin American Artists MARCH 22–APRIL 9 March 22, 5–9 p.m., Opening Reception

Esteban and Alejandro Leyva: Two Brothers, Two Borders APRIL 13–MAY 18 April 13, 7-10 p.m., Opening Reception

Joie de Vivre APRIL 18, 7–10 P.M.

ShopSeptember Launch Party APRIL 20-MAY 18 April 20, 7–10 p.m., Opening Reception

Ron Burkhardt: Earth and Remembrance MAY 25–JUNE 29 May 25, 7–10 p.m., Opening Reception Book signing by Jim Lively

Fantastic Realism/Puzzle Aesthetic




Photo courtesy Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Photo courtesy Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Built in 1914, the space now occupied by Bishop Arts Theatre Center needed wholesale renovations when it was gifted to the nascent organization in 2005.

At the forefront of Oak Cliff’s revitalization, this theater has moved beyond entertainment into the vital role of enriching and investing in the culture of North Texas.


“There are so many benefits to being involved in the theater, on so many different levels. It’s not just about entertaining.”





Photo courtesy Bishop Arts Theatre Center Photo courtesy Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Photo courtesy Bishop Arts Theatre Center Photo courtesy Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Bottom left: The winners of TeCo’s New Play Competition. Top left: Director Teresa Coleman Wash stands in front of the renovated Bishop Arts Theatre Center. Top right: A 2011 production of Real Women Have Curves.


n a quiet stretch just around the corner from the percolating Bishop Arts enclave of Oak Cliff stands Dallas’ own little theater that could: TeCo Theatrical Productions. At the helm as executive director, Teresa Coleman Wash guides the yearround season at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center, and she’s led it through somewhat of a dramatic arc, from its inception in Atlanta to its current status as a font of multicultural-friendly theater, a home for intimate jazz performances and even community outreach aplenty. So how did a young radio station account manager become a one-woman theater tour-deforce? With determination and well-timed touches of amazing good fortune, Wash says. Working at a Disney-owned oldies format station in Atlanta, she nursed a passion for writing stage plays until she had her first one, The Test of Time, produced in 1993. Once she teamed up




with a production company, Test toured through the Southeast. Wash created TeCo Theatrical Productions the same year. When marriage brought her to Dallas in 2000, she found a city that would provide TeCo fertile soil for healthy new roots. For its first six years, the company operated out of an auditorium in Fair Park’s Hall of State. “We’ve grown by leaps and bounds,” Wash says. “I think the community that we’re in — the Oak Cliff area in general — has embraced us in ways we’d never imagined. We saw a lot of support in terms of privatesector donors. We were the only theater this side of the Trinity back in 2006, whenever we moved in. I just think the area, the neighborhood, was kind of ripe for a performing arts center.” That community embrace began with having the physical home of TeCo, a run-down former photography studio, given to the organization outright in 2005 by an anonymous donor

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Photo by Jacquie Patrick/jacquiepatrick.com

Left: Eric Darius performs at TeCo’s wildly popular Jazz Series. Below: Fans enjoy the Jazz Series offerings.

“I think the community that we’re in — the Oak Cliff area in general — has embraced us in ways we’d never imagined.”

who’d followed the company’s progress from its days in Georgia. “We brought in an architect, told him what we wanted, and today the building has an arts-business incubator center upstairs, where we rent out office space to small nonprofits, and the lobby area has been transformed into an art gallery, if you will. There are dressing rooms upstairs, and we have, of course, a 170-seat proscenium theater.” Wash notes that renovating the building solely through private donations was a marvel at the time, considering the state of the economy and fierce competition for fine-arts funding. “The economy plummeted in 2007, and the building was donated in 2005. We raised a half-million dollars in privatesector funding for the first phase…. During that time, the Arts District was being built, so a lot of the local funding was going toward the Arts District, and it was really tough. I still look back at that time, and I

don’t know how we were able to do all that we did.” The community continues to pitch in, with patrons donating the theater’s sound system and an Old Oak Cliff Conservation League grant enabling the purchase of the building’s marquee. Student volunteers from nearby Paul Quinn College serve as ticket takers and perform administrative tasks. And Wash returns the favors in a multitude of ways, all underscored by a devotion to the arts. “We really like to give a platform to new playwrights and new plays. So our season typically opens with a new play by a local playwright or a play by an American playwright…. My genre is playwriting. I’m partial to playwrights, and I know how important it is for playwrights to have a platform to be able to showcase their work.” To that end, TeCo’s 11-year-old New Play Competition seeks out works from writers, limiting the




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Renowned American smooth jazz saxophonist Paul Taylor. The TeCo Jazz Series attracts notable talent from the world over.

field to local artists. The latest contest benefited from a new collaboration that engaged local college students. “We sent out a call for scripts in November. We select six one-act plays from six local playwrights each year, and this year, with our partnership with SMU, undergrad “It’s a personal mission. I BFA theater students think the most important [directed] those shows. So we’re very excited work you can do in the about that. In addition theater is outreach.” to that, Will Power, who is the Meadows Prize winner of 2011, is mentoring the playwrights, so we just feel very fortunate about that as well.” Demonstrating her passion for positively affecting students at all levels, Wash fills TeCo’s calendar with programs aimed at children. “It’s a personal mission,” she says. “I think the most important work you can do in the theater is outreach. “We have a learning laboratory, where we impact about 3,000 to 5,000 kids each year. We teach




Nick Colionne’s guitar prowess and vocals have won him fans worldwide. The Jazz Series has proven so popular, nearly all the 2013 concerts have already sold out.

everything from hip-hop classes to Shakespeare classes. We’re doing a Readers Theatre in partnership with Big Thought for spring break, and during the summer, we have a summer theater cultural enrichment camp, where we teach music, art, dance, theater and life skills.” Wash turns the eight-week summer camp’s final hurrah into a chance for professional enrichment. “We invite talent scouts to the showcase, and a lot of my students are picked up by agents, and I’m happy to say that many of them are working professionally in the industry.” TeCo’s outreach also extends to at-risk youths. A program called the T-An-T (Teenagers and Theatre) Apprenticeship Program works with the Dallas County Juvenile Department to allow youths to fulfill their community service by learning about acting, theater design and costume design for eight weeks, culminating in a Shakespeare performance.

Clockwise from far left: American jazz singer Maysa. American smooth jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair. Dallas bassist Braylon Lacy is part of the TeCo Jazz Series house band that supports headliners.

Amid all the guiding of young lives in positive, creative directions, Wash never forgets to cater to grown-ups, and those possessing a fine-tuned musical sense take delight in the theater’s programming. TeCo’s 10-performance Jazz Series draws an impressive lineup of talent, with this year’s crop including world-renowned jazz-fusion guitarist Jonathan Butler and smooth-jazz pianist David Benoit, both appearing this fall. For the cost of admission, guests experience outstanding musical talent in an intimate setting, even getting the opportunity to mingle with the artists in a complimentary post-performance cocktail hour in the theater’s loft (“It’s like having world-renowned jazz artists in your living room,” Wash quips.) How does the little theater that could manage to wrangle such incredible talent? “The artists understand what we’re trying to do here,” Wash says, adding, “my husband is also a national touring promoter, so

he has relationships with a lot of these artists…. When you’re a nonprofit, you learn to use all of your resources.” Wash credits her broadcastsales job with teaching her an array of skills that comes in handy in her present role. “Salespeople have to be very creative, and I have certainly had to be creative in this position, especially in such a strained economy. And also practical business principles — making sure you take care of your clients — those were the kinds of things I learned selling radio ads.” In spite of all the hills and valleys — and perhaps because of them — associated with establishing her theater, one gets the sense that Wash wouldn’t want for another role. “There are so many benefits to being involved in the theater, on so many different levels. It’s not just about entertaining.”







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The very busy Mansour Gorji serves up Mediterranean cuisine with a Texas twist at his cozy Addison bistro, where he still finds the time to greet every guest.





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Butter-seared lamb brain with red onion, green garbanzo beans and tomato.


f the doors are open at Canary by Gorji, the 50-seat Mediterranean restaurant and steakhouse in North Dallas, then chef/owner Mansour Gorji is in the house. “I believe in that,” says Gorji. “I can’t be at anybody’s mercy. At the end of the day, I’m the one responsible. If I’m taking credit, it’s me; blame, it’s me. It’s a very traditional idea.” Known for his effusive presence in the dining room, Gorji makes sure to say hello to all his guests at least once, in addition to shaking Mansour Gorji in the herb garden at Canary. their hands as they walk out the door. “Unless we’re serving cod in the kitchen that night,” Gorji says. “Then I just wave.” It’s this traditional approach that makes Gorji an “I can’t be at anybody’s mercy. At the end iconoclastic culinary figure in Dallas. Born of the day, I’m the one responsible. If I’m in Iran, Gorji spent 14 years as an engineer in taking credit, it’s me; blame, it’s me.” Edinburgh, Scotland, before following his wife to Texas 25 years ago. The marriage didn’t stick, but Gorji’s love for the state did. Now he’s using flavors and techniques 52



from his Mediterranean roots and melding them with a bit of Texas twang and global influence picked up in his years of travel. “I just had to start cooking, which I had done from childhood,” said Gorji. “I learned more, polished techniques, merged the countries in the Mediterranean basin to use whatever they have and brought those ideas and techniques together with other countries and, of course, put my own twist on everything.” Those varied influences led to an eclectic but tightly edited menu at Canary featuring dishes like escargot in pomodoro, Gorgonzola and mushrooms; braised baby octopus with squid ink; a traditional mezze platter; and prime beef tenderloin in a pomegranate cream, a flavor that Gorji helped popularize in Dallas. Famous for his ribeye, Gorji never had a steak on the menu until he won the Texas Steak Cook-off in Hico, Texas, two years in a row. “I was lucky enough to win it, and people told me I need

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Top: Braised baby octopus with garlic and squid ink. Bottom: Butterfly dessert with kefir cheese, Jordan Valley Medjool dates, wafers and pomegranate puree.

to put it on the menu,” says Gorji. “I use my olive oil dipping marinade, add some parmigiano reggiano, squeeze a little fresh lime on it — really, there is no secret. The secret is if you are claiming it’s a prime piece of meat, it better be prime and don’t shy away from the price. I don’t even put any sauce on it. The pomegranate cream sauce is on the side; keep what you are cooking as the center.” The spotlight of his back-toback wins propelled Gorji to cooking in a chef demonstration at a Whole Foods Market in 2006. It proved so successful that within four weeks he was jarring his signature sauces — the same puttanesca sauce, pomodoro sauce, pomegranate vinaigrette and dipping oil he serves fresh at Canary — and selling his line of Gorji Gourmet Foods at the store. “I didn’t have to modify a thing. I was actually pulling out of the same jars to make the sauce in the demonstrations, adding the wine with the recipe,” says Gorji. “I try to make products for home cooking so it looks like

you’ve spent hours making it, but really you’ve just heated it.” After 10 years at Canary, Gorji is working on a cookbook to be released this spring “As you grow more and more, you get and can still be found working in the kitchen and more clarity of what you actually want dining room of Canary by Gorji five nights a week, to do. Gradually, the picture, it becomes a familiar figure to his something that you have aimed for.” devoted circle of regulars. “As you grow more and more, you get more clarity of what you actually want to do. Gradually, the picture, it becomes something that you have aimed for,” says Gorji. “People ask me ‘Why are you so happy?’ but how many times in one life do you get the chance to have something in a store and come there and have people tell you they love it? How many people have had the chance to be so lucky? Dallas has been very good to me.”

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Seared Alaskan cod with Texas Rio Grande grapefruit and horseradish root over snow peas and red cabbage.

Chef Gorji shares his love for food through his line of gourmet sauces, marinades and dressings available in select local grocery stores and online.




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Dallas: The Prime City for Prime Beef “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook,” said the late great Julia Child. We couldn’t agree more. You didn’t claw your way up the food chain just to eat grilled vegetables. Texas is

cattle country — and Dallas is home to some of the finest steakhouses in America. The editors at DHM know a thing or two about the local restaurant scene, so we assembled the following listings to aid

serious foodies searching for the perfect cut of prime beef. If you’re in the mood for a mouthwatering steak served by experienced staff in an elegant atmosphere, this section is perfect for you.




Welcome to Big D! Home to the Original Bob’s Steak & Chop House. Bob’s is the place to be seen and served in an elegantly understated and relaxed ambiance. Step into Bob’s and you will feel as if you had been transported back to a classic evening of the late 19th century. At any moment, you can expect to see an international celebrity or a local sports legend, but make no mistake, Bob’s focus is on fabulous food. Since opening the first Bob’s Steak & Chop House in Dallas in 1993, Bob’s has been synonymous with the finest cuts of prime steak, chops, and fresh off the boat seafood. The flawless combination of lively atmosphere, splendid service, fine wines and spirits, and extraordinary fare has elevated Bob’s to the highest echelon of dining excellence. Indeed, reviewers have called Bob’s the best in town, while others rank the steakhouse among the best in the country. Come visit the legendary steak house and you’ll find that Bob’s has perfected the 21st century dining experience.


Where The Steaks Are Th And The Drinks Are Stiff

4300 Lemmon Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 214. 528. 9446 www.bobs-steakandchop.com

Established 1993 2



Established 1993


Dallas: The Prime City for Prime Beef III FORKS

wine list top off the best prime steak around. Come by and let the staff prove why they’re so proud of what they do at Bob’s Steak & Chop House.



2222 McKinney Ave. 214.741.2277 mortons.com

2680 Cedar Springs Rd. 214.871.9991 placeatperrys.com

LEMMON 4300 Lemmon Ave. 214.528.9446



2816 Fairmount St. 214.303.1880 nick-samsgrill.com

17840 Dallas Pkwy. 972.250.2244 ruthschris.com



DOWNTOWN 555 S. Lamar St. 214.652.4800 bobs-steakandchop.com

Serving the ultimate in Texas French cuisine, III Forks re-creates the grandiose lifestyle experienced by Texans who believed that fine dining consisted of the best food, service and atmosphere. With over 25,000 square feet of elegant dining, III Forks can accommodate intimate parties as well as groups up to 900, making it the perfect choice for any special occasion. 17776 Dallas Pkwy. 972.267.1776 iiiforks.com

THE CAPITAL GRILLE 500 Crescent Ct., No. 135 214.303.0500 thecapitalgrille.com


CHAMBERLAIN’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE 5330 Belt Line Rd. 972.934.2467 chamberlainssteakhouse.com


AL BIERNAT’S 4217 Oak Lawn Ave. 214.219.2201 albiernats.com

BOB’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House planted its roots in Dallas more than 20 years ago. The restaurant embodies the rich tradition of classic American steakhouses and adds the benefits of amazing guests, impeccable chef-driven cuisine, an award-winning wine list and unparalleled hospitality. 5251 Spring Valley Rd. 972.490.9000 delfriscos.com

This noted steakhouse is consistently ranked as one of the top in the country. The experienced service and extensive

2101 Cedar Springs Rd. 214.965.0440 ocean-prime.com

The Palm’s doors have been open in Dallas since 1984. The restaurant has remained quintessentially Palm and quintessentially Dallas. From the caricatures on the wall of famous Palm regulars to the depicted Dallas Cowboys greats, you cannot find a better combination of smooth New York steakhouse style and Dallas charm. 701 Ross Ave. 214.698.0470 thepalm.com

PAPPAS BROS. STEAKHOUSE 10477 Lombardy Ln. 214.366.2000 pappasbros.com

PERRY’S STEAKHOUSE & GRILLE 2000 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100 214.855.5151 perryssteakhouse.com

A USDA prime-beef emporium, Silver Fox is one of the few exclusively prime steakhouses in America. Silver Fox’s delectable menu also features ocean favorites such as Atlantic salmon, jumbo sautéed scallops and succulent Australian lobster tail. FRISCO 1303 Legacy Dr. 214.618.5220 FORT WORTH 1651 S. University Dr. 817.332.9060 GRAPEVINE 1235 William D. Tate 817.329.6995 RICHARDSON 3650 Shire Blvd. 972.423.8121 silverfoxcafe.com

some say we are


with steaks... Probably because we hand-select the finest USDA Prime. We deem the top .005% of beef acceptable. Call us obsessed if you must. We’ll take it as a compliment.

17776 Dallas Parkway Dallas, Texas 972.267.1776 3forks.com



SINCE 1926

701 Ross Avenue | 214.698.0470 | thepalm.com/Dallas Lunch Served: Monday – Friday, 11:00 am– 3:00 pm Dinner Served: Monday – Thursday, 3:00–10:00 pm; Friday, 3:00–10:30 pm; Saturday, 5:00–10:30 pm; Sunday, 5:00– 9:30 pm PrimeTime at Palm Bar: Monday – Friday, 5:00–7:00 pm and 9:00 pm – Close Private Dining Rooms Available


5251 Spring Valley Road Dallas, TX 7 75254 reservations

(972) 490-9000

www. delfriscos . com

Menu available May 25 – September 3, 2012. Price does not include tax or gratuity. Price does not include tax or gratuity. Please, no substitutions. Not available for private functions. Please, no substitutions. Not available for private functions.

Dallas’ First Couple





George and Laura Bush redefine their world after the White House, at home in Dallas and inside a stunning new presidential museum and library.

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Photo courtesy The Bush Center Photo courtesy The Bush Center

Photo courtesy The Bush Center

The Bush Center took over two years to construct, from its ground-breaking in November 2010 to its opening in May 2013


t is hard to imagine Dallas without George and Laura Bush. For more than 40 years, the former First Lady and President of the United States have been intimately linked to the area through family, education, business and government. Mrs. Bush graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968. She taught second-grade students in the Dallas Independent School District. Her husband once owned the Texas Rangers. The couple’s twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, were born in Dallas and attended school here. Big D is definitely home. In 1994, after former President George W. Bush was elected the 46th governor of Texas, the family left Dallas for Austin. He served two terms, was elected president in 2000, and the couple relocated to Washington, D.C. In 2009, nearly 15 years after leaving Dallas, the Bushes returned, this time for good. Since then, the couple has kept a decidedly low profile, particularly when it comes to politics. As has become customary for most former U.S. presidents, 64



George W. Bush followed a familiar pattern of settling into a quiet life outside of government. However, that does not mean the couple has not been busy. Just ask Laura Bush. These days, the Bushes are immersed in the finishing touches on the $250 million George W. Bush Presidential Center, set to open in early May. Located on the eastern edge of the SMU campus on roughly 25 acres, the sprawling 226,000-square-foot interactive facility will house an assortment of buildings, including a library and museum, the George W. Bush Policy Institute and the offices of the George W. Bush Foundation. It will be the secondlargest presidential library behind President Ronald Reagan’s Simi Valley, Calif., facility. Chain-link fences and high walls have obscured much of the construction zone since the groundbreaking ceremony took place in late 2010, making it a mystery to onlookers. For months, giant cranes loomed large over the area a block off Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway, which had seen only a modest

amount of building during the economic downturn. The process for selecting the site of the center began in the mid-2000s, during President Bush’s second term in office. Bids were submitted by a number of colleges across the state, including SMU, Baylor University in Waco, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, the University of Dallas in nearby Las Colinas, Midland College in West Texas as well as the University of Texas System. In late 2008, after much debate that included well-publicized opposition from some faculty members, SMU was chosen as the site of the newest presidential library. By that time, Mrs. Bush was already into project preparations. “I have a degree in education from SMU and a library science degree from the University of Texas,” the former First Lady says. “I worked as a librarian…so planning this was right up my alley.” Former Advisor to President Bush and longtime associate Karen Hughes believes Mrs. Bush is well equipped for the task. “It’s a perfect role for her, and one I have seen her excel

Photo by Grant Miller/ The Bush Center

Photo by Grant Miller/ The Bush Center

Photo courtesy Joyce Boghosian/The Bush Center

Mrs. Bush delivers remarks during the topping-out ceremony.

Former President George W. Bush poses with construction workers at the center.

at on many projects, from the White House to Camp David to the restoration of the native prairie at their Crawford ranch,” says Hughes. “Her father was a homebuilder, so she grew up loving design and building, and her mother was a self-taught naturalist who passed on her love of nature to Mrs. Bush.” THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY The original concept for a presidential library goes back generations. It began with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose center opened in 1941 on 16 acres of his Springwood estate in Hyde Park, N.Y. “He really had the idea himself, and he designed his own,” says Mrs. Bush. To make a project of this size happen, the Bushes needed not only private funding but also practical advice to help flesh out the foundational concepts of a contemporary museum and library. Prior to leaving Washington, D.C., Mrs. Bush reached out to a select group of experts, inviting all of the directors of the various

presidential libraries to meet at Camp David in Maryland. “I asked their advice, and they were very forthcoming about what they wished they’d had when they built their library, what mistakes they made and what worked out well.” Mrs. Bush also credits the National Archives and Records Administration, which owns the libraries, with providing counsel and guidance. The Bush Center will be the 13th presidential library in the NARA system. The day before the April 25 dedication, “We’ll have a ceremony and give it to the National Archives,” she explained. “The papers of the president belong to the people of the United States of America, and the National Archives run all the presidential libraries. We built it with privately raised funds, but we will give it to the National Archives.” Administrative personnel are a key component to the success of any such operations, and the Bushes believe they hired some of the best. “Our archivist is Alan Lowe,” says Mrs. Bush. “He has been here for the last two years, at least, in Dallas.” Lowe has a

President and Mrs. Bush prepare to shovel the ceremonial dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony with (from left) SMU President Dr. Gerald Turner, former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Vice President Dick Cheney and George W. Bush Foundation President Mark Langdale.

depth of history and experience including 14 years of working in the National Archives Presidential Libraries system. During his tenure, he helped oversee 12 presidential libraries located across the country. “I really love my fellow presidential libraries, but they will be jealous when they see this,” Lowe told The Dallas Morning News in January during a preview of the facility. He must chronicle and detail all of the facilities’ “I have a degree in education contents, which reportedly includes from SMU, and a library some 70 million printed documents science degree from the and 40,000 individual pieces. “All of University of Texas. I worked George’s papers and artifacts were shipped as a librarian, so planning this to a warehouse in was right up my alley.” Lewisville when we left Washington,” says Mrs. — L A U R A B U SH Bush. Last November, the bit-by-bit process of transferring materials from the suburban Dallas warehouse to the Bush Center began. “They will literally unwrap every single item and document it, and then store it in the proper way, temperature- and lightDALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE



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Gov. George W. Bush puts on his tie as Mrs. Bush looks on before they attend the inaugural balls in Austin in 1995. From top: Gov. George W. Bush gives his mother a tour of the governor’s mansion hours after being sworn into office in 1995; George W. Bush waits for vote totals during the 1998 gubernatorial election with Laura and daughter Jenna; George W. Bush talks with Texas Rangers ace pitcher Nolan Ryan before a game at The Ballpark in Arlington.

controlled, just as any museum would with their artifacts.” Preparing a facility this large takes time and energy. Mrs. Bush says she touched a variety of different areas during the years of planning that went into the new center. “I was very involved and on the design committee that chose Robert A.M. Stern as our architect,” she says proudly. Stern is the dean of the Yale University School of Architecture and is “We had an experience that well known for his very few people do. We modern traditionalist designs. He has been watched somebody whom lauded for his work on projects ranging we loved in that role as from the Gerald president and first lady R. Ford School of Public Policy at the of the U.S. It was a huge University of Michigan to the master planning advantage for both of us.” for the renovation of New York City’s — L AU RA BU SH Times Square in the ’90s “I also picked Michael R. Van Valkenburgh as our landscape architect,” she adds. Van Valkenburgh is a respected professor and former chair of the landscape architecture department at Harvard University.




One of the geographic features that make the Bush Center unique is the urban setting it inhabits. “It will be the most urban of all the presidential libraries,” says Mrs. Bush. “There is a DART stop at Mockingbird Station; we’ll be the only [presidential] library on a subway stop.” At the same time, green spaces designed by Van Valkenburgh’s firm are of critical importance to the Center’s atmosphere. “SMU gave us 15 acres surrounding the library that we landscaped as a native Texas prairie,” says Mrs. Bush. “We planted native trees all over it; bluebonnets have been planted, and we hope they’ll be blooming in time for the opening.” Among the grasses planted around the Center’s red brick and Texas limestone design is a hearty new mix known as “habiturf.” It was developed with the assistance of the University of Texas at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. The native Texas grasses, Mrs. Bush says, should withstand heavy traffic and require less mowing and watering than others. The entire facility boasts an eco-

friendly design, constructed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum-certification requirements, the highest level in the rating system. ”The grounds themselves will be an experience for people — a public park that everyone can come to, especially after you have been through the museum. I think it will be nice for families,” says Mrs. Bush. A PERSONAL HISTORY Laura Bush speaks with pride and excitement when she describes the sections inside the museum and what visitors will see during tours. “One of the things that our architect, Bob Stern, did that I think is different from other libraries…he designed large vitrines [showcases] on both sides of this grand hall, so immediately while you are entering the museum, you will be able to see gifts from heads of state to the president of the United States.” The traditional exchange of unique and elaborate gifts between kings, presidents and premiers dates back centuries. “So many foreign leaders generously gave gifts that

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represented their countries and cultures to President and Mrs. Bush, and viewing a selection of those will be a highlight for visitors,” says Hughes. An abundance of light streaming in from a series of windows fills this part of the museum. “We can only use items that won’t be bothered by light, such as the diamond and sapphire necklace that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia gave me,” says Mrs. Bush. She explains that gifts from heads of state are considered gifts to the American people. “They don’t belong to us…. We didn’t keep them. The Archives owns all of them.” Mrs. Bush describes the opening section of the museum as biographical in tone, with areas bathed in beautiful light. It explores the couple’s childhood in West Texas, says Mrs. Bush. “George and I both grew up in Midland,” she says. “The Bushes moved to Houston when we were in the eighth grade.” Additionally, a series of stunning images of the couple’s Crawford ranch by Texas landscape photographer Wyman Meinzer adorn the walls. “But the history is really the history of the eight years we lived

in the White House…the history of the first decade of the new century,” she notes. Mrs. Bush says that they added personal touches to the tour, offering intimate glimpses into her family’s life in Washington, D.C. “People will see the china and the way the tables were set at a state dinner for the Queen. Some of my clothes, the Lincoln bedroom — that’s all part of the Living in the White House section.” The couple’s twin daughters are also represented, narrating a short video about daily life in the White House. A segment devoted to the 2001 landmark education reform initiative known as the No Child Left Behind Act incorporates a small school bus that children are able to climb inside. Videos feature former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling describing the legislation. One area focuses on Bush-era tax cuts, and another features the President’s private baseball collection, “Because we started T-Ball that very first summer of 2001,” Mrs. Bush explains. Another area explores the Bushes’ first state dinner on Sept.

Left: George W. Bush hugs his daughters, Barbara (left) and Jenna, on the night he won the gubernatorial race in 1994. Above: Gov. Bush and wife Laura relax shortly after he was sworn into office in 1995.

6, 2001. “There is a case with my gown, the gifts that President Vicente Fox of Mexico and Mrs. Fox gave us and other things from that evening,” she explains. “The first National Book Festival was on Sept. 8, 2001, so there is a big reading area for children with festival posters.” Then the mood of the tour changes dramatically, she says, about one of the museum’s signature scenes. “You turn the corner, and there is a great big piece from the World Trade Center,” says “Eight years is a long time, and Mrs. Bush in a sober you know when you’re elected tone discussing the massive, twisted and that four years later, you’re charred steel beam from one of the either re-elected for one more towers. “It stands in the middle of the term, or you move out.” round space,” she says. “And it looks like — L A U R A B U SH a modern sculpture.” This portion of the museum has a monumentally different tone. “Obviously…the first part is what we expected to spend our eight years on, then you turn the corner and see this. I think it will be a very somber and very effective history of Sept. 11.” DALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE



Photo courtesy The Bush Center

Photo courtesy The Bush Center

Freedom Hall is the entrance to the Bush Museum and is topped by a tower that faces Downtown Dallas to the south. The red brick and limestone composition of the Bush Center’s building stands out from the native Texas landscape.

To demonstrate the unforgettable events of the day, the museum uses newsreel footage to tell the story of the tense minutes, hours and days the world will never forget. “We have videos that go minute-by-minute of the morning,” says Mrs. Bush, “…when the first flight hit…the crash in Pennsylvania. We also have another wall of larger videos that are day-by-day, from Sept. 11 through Sept. 20, when George spoke to the joint session of Congress.” While adults walk “I missed the wide-open spaces through the area of Texas. I grew up in West devoted to Sept. 11 and watch the Texas. I missed how friendly videos, Mrs. Bush says people are. They have a can- children can take a break in a special reading section. “In do spirit here…optimistic.” the children’s area… — L AU RA BU SH there will be a little statue of Willie, our cat, on her favorite book, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies. I think people will really like it.” Adults continue through the area where they can learn information concerning terrorism and “about the war in Afghanistan and in Iraq,” says Mrs. Bush.




By the time people filter to the back of the museum, “the big box,” as Mrs. Bush refers to it, once again, the environment changes. “They say that people get ‘museum fatigue’ in a large, dark space, so at that point you can walk into the Oval Office,” she says. The replica was constructed at full scale, replete with windows facing south that splash light into the room. “You will be able to sit down and have your picture made at the president’s desk,” says Mrs. Bush, adding that while several of the other presidential libraries feature Oval Office facsimiles, this will be the only one constructed so that visitors can walk around inside without constraint. “We also have a Texas Rose Garden,” says Mrs. Bush. “Instead of the crabapples in the Rose Garden in Washington, we will have crape myrtles because they do so much better in Dallas, as well as roses that are more appropriate for our climate.” Toward the end of the tour, visitors are offered information about a number of historic initiatives that occurred during the Bush Administration.

“The freedom movement and dissidents that we supported in many parts of the world,” she says. “The AIDS initiative in Africa, as well as the Millennium Challenge compact that we had with many countries.” Visitors can also interact with the museum in Decision Point Theater, where desks are set up, she explains, so that individuals, classes, groups, or families may participate. “Five different decisions…the surge in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, economic downturn…and a couple more,” she explains. “Big decisions that George made while he was in office. You get the same information that the president got at the time. You have the press asking you, ‘What are you going to do?’ Then, each person can make their own decision.” Groups can vote on what they would do, and then view a video featuring former President Bush describing the actions he took in each scenario. RETURN TO TEXAS Mrs. Bush believes the new complex that has occupied so much of her time and energy over the past few years will fit in

Sheleagh Craighead/The Bush Center

Shealeah Craighead/The Bush Center

Shealeah Craighead/The Bush Center

Below: Mrs. Bush reads to children at the Lufutuko Community School in Kabwe, Zambia. Bottom: Former President Bush assists in the renovation of the Ngungu Health Center in Kabwe, Zambia.

Former President and Mrs. Bush visit the Gabane Community Home in Botswana in 2012.

nicely with the new architecture that she says transformed Dallas during the years she was away. “Dallas changed a lot. I am so proud of my friends who worked on the new arts buildings downtown and are so wonderful,” Mrs. Bush says. “I’ve become a very serious opera buff and love going to the Winspear Opera House. Of course, the Nasher sculpture garden and all of the other beautiful art museums downtown. As well as the new Klyde Warren Park…. I have walked there with friends who have come to visit from out-of-town. I am very proud of Dallas.” Now that the couple is fully entrenched in North Texas, in retrospect, what did she miss most about it while living in Washington, D.C.? “I missed the wide-open spaces of Texas. I grew up in West Texas. I missed how friendly people are. They have a can-do spirit here. They are optimistic…and you can tell by all the wonderful things people have built all over our state…in Dallas particularly and Fort Worth as well where there are so many great art institutions. People

probably don’t think of Texans as art supporters, but, in fact, we are.” Mrs. Bush remains as active and devoted to education and arts as ever. In April, she served as honorary chair of a National Endowment for the Arts–funded project called The Big Read. The citywide program encouraged people of all ages to read the same book, Fahrenheit 451, during the same month. Now that the slipper is on the other foot, and the couple is more than four years removed from life in the nation’s capital, does she miss the whirlwind pace of life as the First Lady? “I joke and say that the main thing I miss is the chef from the White House,” she laughs. “Eight years is a long time, and you know when you’re elected that four years later, you’re either re-elected for one more term, or you move out. “Both of us, I think, started looking forward with anticipation about moving here. I started coming before we left Washington, to look for a house to move to, so there was a lot of anticipation in those last few months about moving home, being back where all of our

friends are — although now, of course, we have friends all over the country and the world.” As preparations continue for the opening of the Bush Presidential Center, anticipation grows. Leaders from throughout the world, as well as all the living U.S. presidents, are expected to attend the dedication ceremonies. This is the first facility of its kind in the North Texas area. An estimated 500,000 people are expected to visit it during the first year of operation. “I am really excited about that; I think people will love coming to see the museum,” says an enthusiastic Mrs. Bush. “It’s going to be very interesting for people to see.” The cultural effect of the new facility could be significant, as well as the potential economic boost it may provide to the local economy. The Bush Presidential Center is scheduled to open to the public on May 1.







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Our veteran golfer battles velvet ropes and members-only signs to report on the best-of-the-best golf courses the country over.





Opening spread: Pinehurst Resort No. 2, hole 16. Above: Kiawah Ocean Course Clubhouse.

t’s war out there. At least, it is for me. My mission: Securing access to and playing the finest golf clubs in the country. And that requires militaristic drive and operations. In Patton, General Omar N. Bradley expresses to General George Patton, “There’s one big difference between you and me, George. I do this job because I’ve been trained to do it. You do it because you love it.” My love is playing Golf Digest Magazine’s Top 100 Courses in America, and I pursue it with warlike dedication and sacrifice. I must be able to respond to a playing opportunity at a moment’s notice. For a chance at one of these stellar venues, I am prepared to drop everything, travel anywhere and bear any expense — airfare, food, lodging, car rental, guest fees and caddy fees. Other times, I




spend months networking just to by wearing camouflaged baseball gain access to an elite course. caps. They wanted to show Yes, I am driven, but I am not support for the troops taking alone. There are others who part in the first Gulf War against have played more rounds, spent Iraq, but also managed to further more money and networked escalate what was supposed to longer and harder. I’m part be a friendly competition into a of a group of compulsive golf battle between allies. warriors who cannot be Creative strategy, satisfied playing only home courses. precise timing and Golf and the military share many current intelligence all terms: bomb, bunker, camouflage, minefield, play a part in storming target, sentinel. the fortresses of golf’s The sporting press termed the 1991 Ryder most iconic strongholds. Cup Matches between the United States and Europe Historic battles have taken place “The War on the Shore.” The on land that ultimately became event took place on a Pete Dye highly esteemed golf courses. creation, the Ocean Course at Plainfield Country Club in New Kiawah Island, S.C., which now Jersey, currently ranked No. 65, is ranks No. 21 on the Top 100. one such club. The Revolutionary Two U.S. golfers, Corey Pavin and War battle of Short Hills was Steve Pate, caused a controversy fought over its fairways.

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The 18th hole at Bethpage Black.

Plainfield permits, like many Top 100 clubs, a few charitable functions to be held at its facilities each year. One such charity, Bonnie Brae, sponsors a residential treatment center for at-risk adolescent boys. I contacted the organization to inquire about participating in their event, and they were happy to accept my entry fee. The morning of the outing, participants mingled around, golf carts lined up in rows like a mechanized army positioned to move out for battle. Golfers were visiting with one another when up from the rear of the carts came a small marching drum and bugle corps. Boys representing the beneficiaries of the tournament put on the surprise pageantry, entertaining the crowd with military tunes prior to the shotgun start. Dressed in khaki and red uniforms, they gave us a perfect

beginning to a memorable day of lunch, golf and a formal dinner designed to spotlight Bonnie Brae’s important mission. Another Top 100 club, Oak Hills Country Club (ranked No. 17 and the site of the upcoming 2013 PGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y.) saw a French and Indian army expedition of 3,000 march across its terrain in the 1687. At the time, western New York was the scene of contention between France and England. To make my own history, I draft battle plans based on the Top 100 list updated and published every two years by Golf Digest Magazine. Their briefing identifies my targets. My marching orders include selections from the list. Creative strategy, precise timing and current intelligence all play a part in storming the fortresses of golf’s most iconic strongholds. Fifteen of the courses in the Top 100 are publicly accessible

and have their own historical pedigrees. Many of them have hosted major tournaments. Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pinehurst Resort Course, No. 2, and Bethpage State Park Black Course have hosted a total of nine Men’s U.S. Opens. Pinehurst will be the 2014 site of back-toback tournaments for the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens. I spend the better part of my time networking to gain access to the 85 private clubs that make up the balance of the Top 100. It is only because of generous friends, associates and referrals that I have been able to experience golfing at these marvelous clubs. Golfers will be familiar with many of those on the exclusive list, like Pine Valley Golf Club, currently ranked No. 1, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club (No. 4) and Oakmont Country Club (No. 5). Having played these stalwart links, I feel a kinship with past combatants who have




Photo courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort Photo courtesy of Pinehurst Resort

Above: Kiawah Island Ocean course, hole 16. Right: Golfers at Pinehurst Resort No. 2, hole 14.

sacrificed heart and soul battling to win majors on these courses. A day on a Top 100 course translates into a lifetime of memories for me. Whether it is driving up through the gate to the magnificent clubhouse of Winged Foot Golf Club in New York (No. 8) or looking out over the vast prairie dunes from the first tee at Sand Hills Golf Club in Nebraska, (No. 9), I have felt awe and gratitude regarding the privilege of being on hallowed golfing ground. Golf Digest Magazine also publishes a Best in State list. Each state, on average, has 15 courses rated. When I deploy to golf on Top 100 Courses, I always try to include a few skirmishes from the Best in State category. My past campaigns include playing golf in 38 states and traveling through the country like General Patton’s Third Army on its way to Berlin. Once I target




the courses, I try to conquer them and enjoy a leisurely dinner if in geographical order, one right I only have a few miles to travel after another. This approach can to the next club. Unfortunately, often find me going through many courses are separated by multiple states to accomplish my hundreds of miles that must goal. Generally, each state has be crossed before the next two Top 100 Courses and two Top day’s tee time. In that case, I 100 Public Courses. Ten states immediately begin a hurried don’t have either, so they are off my radar. Having played these My assault plans do not change much from one stalwart links, I feel encounter to another. a kinship with past I fly in as close to my initial target as possible, combatants who have secure a motorized sacrificed heart and soul vehicle and bivouac until daybreak. Then, I battling to win majors on check my gear, clean my these courses. weapons, load my golf bag with an adequate supply of ammunition, check advance down the road. Most the battery in my range finder people would not consider this and move out. I normally grab pace much fun. Discipline and breakfast on the run and don’t resolve are important. It takes eat again until the completion of stamina and will to succeed. A my round. I may spend the night typical campaign lasts about

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Above: Steve Guckenhemier at Sand Hills Golf Club in Nebraska. Left: The writer and caddy at Oak Hill Country Club in New York.

10 days and includes up to nine courses. I cover more than 1,000 miles during that time. As of this writing, I’ve played 60 of the current Top 100 golf courses, but I plan on covering even more. Living in Texas, I have separate marching orders for my home state. Texas is so big that it has its own list of top 100 courses as rated by a panel of judges each year by The Dallas Morning News. I have my sights on them in addition to my out-of-state targets. I have played 63 courses on the 2012 list as of this writing. Dallas National Golf Club leads the local list in the private category at No. 2 and also has the distinction of being the only North Texas club on Golf Digest Magazine’s Top 100 list. There it holds down the No. 60 spot. Four other Metroplex clubs place in The Dallas Morning News’ top 10: Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth (No. 3); Preston Trail

Golf Club (No. 4); Brook Hollow Golf Club (No. 6); and Vaquero (No. 7). Five outstanding tracks on the Top 100 list are public access: Old American Golf Club (No. 53); Cowboys Club (No. 68); Texas Star (No. 75); The Tribute (No. 82); and Tierra Verde Golf Club (No. 98). Yes, I am driven — but I love every aspect of the process. The planning, networking and implementing all add up to a rewarding victory. Soldiers receive ribbons commemorating campaigns in which they have taken part. Collecting bag tags serves the same purpose for me. Each campaign is golf worth the trip! Fore!





Golf is a year-round possibility in Dallas, a city that offers plenty of places to play. DHM’s fearless editors logged many hours of research to produce this list of courses well worth the green fees.


Located 10 minutes from DFW Airport, this hidden jewel features bent grass greens with the right balance between nature and golf. 1400 Texas Star Pkwy. Euless, Texas 76040 888.839.7827 817.685.7888 texasstargolf.com

Perfectly blended into the flow of the scenic West Texas terrain surrounding Possum Kingdom Lake, the resort capitalizes on the natural landscape to offer an unforgettable course. Don’t let the seemingly short 6,800yard, par-71 course fool you, The Cliffs has been rated one of the toughest in Texas.


160 Cliffs Dr. Graford, Texas 76449 940.779.4040 thecliffsresort.com

8718 Amen Corner Flower Mound, Texas 75022 817.430.2000 tour18-dallas.com



These fairways are sure to test your skill at the world’s first NFL-themed golf resort. Perfect for business travelers, corporate tournaments or special events, this golf experience is one of the best in the Lone Star State. 1600 Fairway Dr. Grapevine, Texas 76051 817.481.7277 cowboysgolfclub.com

THE GOLF CLUB AT CASTLE HILLS Tucked neatly away in a quiet Lewisville neighborhood, Castle Hills flaunts an 18-hole championship course beautifully orchestrated through rolling terrain, streams, lakes and 60-foot elevation changes. Designed with both the tour-caliber player and novice golfer in mind, The Golf Club at Castle Hills is a course that all levels of players can truly enjoy. 699 Lady of the Lake Blvd. Lewisville, Texas 75056 972.899.7400 castlehillsgolfclub.com

TEXAS STAR Texas Star provides golfers nationwide an opportunity to enjoy world-class golf, Texas-style.

Easily Dallas’ most unique golf course, Tour 18 replicates some of the greatest golf holes in America and offers a rare opportunity to play each under carefully simulated conditions. Offering one fantastic challenge after another, Tour 18 creates a rare and memorable experience.

Honoring the birthplace of golf, the Tribute delivers a magnificent experience inspired by the celebrated courses at St. Andrews, Prestwick and Troon in Scotland. Whether you’re entertaining clients or planning a tournament, or if you want your regular foursome to experience golf in all its glorious tradition, you won’t want to miss the Tribute. 1000 Lebanon Rd. The Colony, Texas 75056 972.370.5465 thetributegc.com

WESTIN STONEBRIAR RESORT Tom Fazio, designer of Pinehurst No. 8, Shadow Creek, The Quarry at La Quinta and other unique creations, adds another breathtaking 18-hole golf course to his name. Dramatic landforms, softly contoured greens and masterful bunkering make this championship course in Frisco a golfer’s oasis. 1549 Legacy Dr. Frisco, Texas 75034 972.668.8000 westinstonebriar.com

Sometimes the best views are closer than you think. This is Dallas, where the possibilities are endless and every moment is BIG. From exciting nightlife and unforgettable performances, to a restaurant scene that rivals New York City’s, you’re in for the experience of a lifetime. It all starts at visitdallas.com.

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American Airlines Center Already owning an armload of Grammys, the 24-year-old West Indies–born singer is an international sensation. She went big time with Caribbeaninfused rhythms in urban-pop hits (“Umbrella,” “Take a Bow,” “Disturbia”). More recent releases include “Diamonds,” “Stay” and “We Found Love” which all fuel her current firecracker tour.

The Who, What and Where




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Dallas’ cultural events span varieties that suit every visitor’s taste. DHM whittles it down to the best of Big D’s offerings.


Singer Jon Bon Jovi leads the charge on classic-rock anthems including “Wanted: Dead or Alive,” “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “You Give Love a Bad Name.”

Sarah McLachlan

Meyerson Symphony Center The singer-songwriter has sold more than 40 million recordings worldwide. During her two decades with Arista Records, all of her studio and live albums have been certified gold, platinum or multiplatinum, with five reaching the Billboard Top 15. This show benefits the Vogel Alcove.

Sigur Rós

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Sigur Rós

Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie With four beautifully crafted albums under their belt, the ambient/post-rock group from Iceland has performed together since the ’90s. Known for an ethereal sound and soaring vocals, the band incorporates a variety of minimalist and classical elements into their intricate music.

Jon Bon Jovi


Big Head Todd & The Monsters House of Blues

Since their Sister Sweetly album went platinum and produced a Judy Collins series of hit singles, the Colorado Lakewood Theater band has skyrocketed. From Folk, pop, rock and show tunes innovative pop-infused rock to have fueled Collins’ concerts old-school blues, guitarist Todd since she began performing in Park Mohr and mates are one of the ’60s alongside legends such as America’s best live acts Leonard Cohen, Laura Nyro, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and more. The Grammy-winning singersongwriter, once immortalized in CSN’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” always brings an amazing catalog of music to the stage. APRIL 10

Winspear Opera House

These experts have conducted years of field research on birds of paradise. Listen to their fascinating stories and see amazing photographs and videos of these remarkable creatures’ secret lives, bizarre displays and dazzling courtship antics. Explore the curious behavior of extreme creatures. APRIL 11

Bon Jovi

American Airlines Center The New Jersey rockers’ sizzling show returns in support of a new concert documentary, Inside Out.



The Dallas Opera Presents Turandot

Winspear Opera House (simulcast at Cowboys Stadium) A prince comes to Beijing where he is reunited with his longlost father before taking on his greatest challenge: winning the hand of a princess, although failure could cost him his life. This evening’s production will be simulcast live and free of charge at Cowboys Stadium.

David Sedaris

Winspear Opera House He is an author, humorist and true American treasure. In 2001, Sedaris was named Time’s humorist of the year, and he has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for his hilarious recordings. His work for The New Yorker and string of best-selling books, including Me Talk Pretty One Day, have made him a pop culture icon.

Boz Scaggs

AT&T Performing Arts Center, Annette Strauss Square The Dallas native is best known for his blue-eyed soul and a long string of songs dating back to the ’60s. He first musical splash was with Steve Miller, then he began a solo career that continues. Scaggs’ “Harbor Lights,” and “Lowdown” are both considered rock classics. Karen Almond

National Geographic Live! with Tim Laman & Ed Scholes




influential dance groups in the world. AAADT is well known for its theatrical, extroverted style and physical skills, featuring a repertory of more than 200 works by over 70 choreographers, with several of Ailey’s works in continuous performance.



Winspear Opera House The subject of the Oscar-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, this forgotten rock icon gained an enthusiastic audience around the world in the ’70s. His blend of psychedelic folk-rock has withstood the test of time and lived on for new listeners. MAY 3–4

Alvin Ailey, American Dance Theater Winspear Opera House

Founded by the native Texan in 1958, the New York company evolved into one of the most

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Diana Krall


Diana Krall

Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie The Grammy-winning jazz singer with a smoky voice and virtuoso piano skills has sold more than 15 million albums. Krall’s concerts feature a blend of classics such as “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Fly Me to the Moon” as well as contemporary numbers. MAY 4

Jimmy Buffett

Pizza Hut Park (Frisco) Parrotheads unite! The Alabama son of a son of a sailor brings his traveling medicine show of grass skirts, rum punch and cult classics including “Margaritaville” back to the stage for this springtime show. Come early and stay late! MAY 14–26

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Fair Park Music Hall

What happens when two drag queens and a transsexual get a cabaret gig in the middle of the remote Australian desert? It’s a classic comedy of errors that has widened comfort zones and found new horizons in this 1994 motion-picture classic turned outrageous stage production. DALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE



Cesar Milan

Winspear Opera House The self-taught canine expert became a phenomenon with The Dog Whisperer. His first three books were all bestsellers, with 2 million copies sold in the United States. A must-see for dog lovers.

MAY 16

Acoustic Alchemy

Bass Performance Hall’s McDavid Studio (Fort Worth)


For nearly 25 years, this group of jazz guitarists has pushed the limits of six-string potential, embracing a spectrum of musical styles. The band explores jazz, folk, rock, world music and beyond, while sustaining a vast following of fans.

Belmont Hotel

Barefoot at the Belmont

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The vintage hotel’s summer concert series features terrific national and local acts playing for an intimate crowd on a green lawn near the pool. The views of Downtown Dallas from the western side of the Trinity River are fabulous.

Dave Matthews

MAY 18

Dave Matthews Band Gexa Energy Pavilion

As jam bands go, this ensemble from Virginia is one of music’s best. Touring in support of last year’s release, Away From the World, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, DMB has sold an astounding 37 million CDs since it formed. MAY 26–SEPTEMBER 15

Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for President & Mrs. John F. Kennedy Dallas Museum of Art

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, the DMA brings together the same works of art installed especially for the president in his suite at the Hotel Texas during his fateful trip in 1963. The original installation included paintings by Van Gogh and sculptures by Picasso.





Wicked Divas, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center

In 1995, the American humorist launched This American Life on NPR. Today, his droll radio broadcasts provide can’t-miss moments for an estimated 1.7 million listeners, with weekly witticisms and observations that are as intensely literary as they are refreshingly irreverent. JUNE 4

Fleetwood Mac

American Airlines Center What began as a standard ’60s British blues outfit blossomed into one of the world’s top rock groups. The Mac’s megahits span five decades, and many of the songs are spotlighted on their latest tour. The band features founding members

Dallas Museum of Art


Working as her own model for more than 30 years, Sherman generated a range of guises and personas. Widely recognized as one of the most important contemporary artists, she is arguably the most influential working exclusively with photography. Through her vision and skillful masquerades, she creates an astonishing variety of characters that resonate deeply within our visual culture.

Winspear Opera House Stripping away everything you thought you knew about the big top, this act fuses the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance to create an explosive display set to the music of Radiohead, VAST, Blackalicious and more. JUNE 22

Tim McGraw

Gexa Energy Pavilion He’s had 11 consecutive albums debut in Billboard’s No. 1 position on the charts as well as a whopping 21 singles hit No. 1. His songs “I Like It, I Love It,” “Live Like You Were Dying” and “Indian Outlaw” are all smash hits.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #21


Winspear Opera House

Cindy Sherman

JUNE 11–23

The best of Broadway comes alive with a spectacular series of diva-driven showstoppers. The evening’s highlights include unforgettable selections from the Tony Award–winning musical Wicked, along with favorites from Gypsy, Ragtime, Titanic and more.

Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass


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Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, along with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

MAY 30

Tim McGraw


Flashdance: The Musical Fair Park Music Hall

This Broadway production was inspired by the ’80s movie, which starred newcomer Jennifer Beals. It tells the story of a workingclass girl who toils as a welder by day and a bar dancer at night, nursing a dream of attending a prestigious ballet academy. JUNE 28

New Kids on the Block with Boyz II Men & 98 Degrees American Airlines Center

They’re hardly kids anymore, but after 25 years of making music, these boy bands are back on the road. There is plenty of nostalgia and some fresh sounds, complete with all the smooth dance moves these groups are known for.


Barry McGee

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth The American artist rose to prominence in the ’90s during the graffiti boom. His imagery is perceptive, poetic, graphic and dynamic, often focusing on social dropouts and the marginalized. Working under the monikers Twist, Ray Fong and others, McGee is inspired by the grit of city life, using graffiti to reach an audience not accessible through traditional institutions. APRIL 4–7 & 20, JUNE 21

DSO on the GO

Southlake, Oak Cliff, Allen, Denton, Frisco and Greenville The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural season of this series continues with five performances in April and another in June. Concerts across North Texas feature familiar classical pieces and popular light classics, with concerto soloists who are principal musicians in the DSO.


20 Years Beyond Days Of Obligation: Conversation with Richard Rodríguez

talented men of this acclaimed ballet company. Mozart’s music comes alive when tragedy gives way to joy, majesty and frenzy.


a rock-climbing wall, slides, a petting zoo and various free games and giveaways.

Wounded Warrior Half-Marathon Las Colinas woundedwarriorhalf.com

Honor military personnel and help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and Fisher House with this halfmarathon and 10K run. The course starts and finishes around picturesque Williams Square and winds through beautiful Campion Trails. There is a post-race party with food, drink and live music.


Paul Taylor Dance Company Eisemann Center (Richardson)

Established in the ’50s, this treasure is one of the world’s most sought-after dance troupes. This will be the company’s sixth appearance at the Eisemann.

La Bohéme


With performances of four exciting operas, this series is one of the highlights of the local arts scene in North Texas. See La Bohème, The Daughter of the Regiment, Ariadne and Naxos or Glory Denied. Check the website for dates, times and locations.

Celebrate Memorial Day and participate in this unique 20-hour event that honors and raises funds for veterans and active-duty service members, law enforcement, firefighters and their families. Walking takes place on the Katy Trail, with opening and closing ceremonies at Reverchon Park.


Winspear Opera House

Dallas Opera Presents The Aspern Papers Winspear Opera House

A stranger seeks a room to rent. A long-retired opera star takes him in. The obsessed lodger is convinced a lost masterpiece is in the home, and a cat-and-mouse game ensues over the Aspern Papers. This production celebrates the 25th anniversary of TDO’s world-premiere commission. MAY 24–26

Texas Ballet Theater Presents Theme and Variations & Mozart’s Requiem Wyly Theater

George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, with its glorious choreography and costumes, is a vision of the Imperial Ballet. Mozart’s Requiem, a tribute to the armed forces, features the

Carry the Load

Fort Worth Opera Festival

The Tenors

APRIL 12, 14, 17, 20 & 28

MAY 26–27 Reverchon Park, Katy Trail carrytheload.com


Winspear Opera House

Carry the Load

It’s a quartet of talented young Canadians with incredible voices from the heart and with roots as diverse as their music. They also play instruments on stage and are incredibly charming and devoted to their special brand of philanthropy.



Run for Your Lives Obstacle Course runforyourlives.com

The world as we knew it is gone, the apocalypse is here, and it’s time to see if you’ve got what it takes to navigate this series of challenging obstacles and escape the horde of the undead waiting to claim you as one of their own. Waiting at the end of this adventure is the apocalypse party, a festival, complete with food, live bands and beer, where runners get to celebrate their survival or imminent zombie transformation.


The Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run Cedar Hill State Park downanddirtymudrun.com


Down & Dirty Mud Runs are designed for people of all fitness levels to enjoy! Creative obstacles include inflatables, cargo nets, crawl tunnels, water-crossing, ladder-walls and, of course, plenty of mud. Be prepared to get dirty!

Texas Stampede Triathlon Holiday Park (Benbrook Lake) playtri.com/stampede


DFW 5K Foam Fest 2013 Double D Ranch (Mesquite)

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His books include: Hunger of Memory, a series of essays; Mexico’s Children; and Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The author, journalist and noted Latino intellectual talks about a variety of critical cultural issues.

Douglas Hamer/Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Latino Cultural Arts Center

The excitement of a mud run combined with foam, inflatables, army crawls, cargo-net climbs and water obstacles for experienced and beginner runners. APRIL 28

The family-oriented 5K run and 1K fun-run appeal to all ages. Runners, families and children eat and drink for free and enjoy live music and entertainment. Children can also enjoy plenty of activities, like a bounce house,


Deep Ellum Arts Festival JUNE 8

Swim Across America

Rise & Shine 5K Run and 1K Walk Lake Ray Hubbard (Rockwall) Reverchon Park riseschool.org/dallas

Travel west of the Trinity River for this weekend event and an opportunity to stand out as top cowboy or cowgirl in one of the area’s top USAT-sanctioned triathlons (the second installment is on Aug. 11).

Both experienced swimmers as well as newbies are welcome to this event benefiting the Baylor Cancer Center in Dallas. Swimmers may participate individually or with teams. This popular athletic venue features an upscale setting for various post-swim festivities.


Six blocks of the Deep Ellum district transform into festival grounds. Enjoy works of 200 artists and 100 bands, singers and performance artists working on five different stages. Stroll through displays and admire, commission and purchase the art of sculptors, muralists, jewelers and painters.





MAY 19–21



Addison Circle

The area’s largest annual festival dedicated to the art of motion pictures enters its seventh year. DIFF has steadily grown into one of the more prestigious such events in the Southwest. Internationally respected actors, directors and producers, as well as Texas filmmakers are all regulars at this festival, discussing their work and previewing a variety of films, animated shorts and more.

Big Texas Beerfest

Dallas Fair Park (Automobile Building) bigtexasbeerfest.com Now in its second year, this event brings together craft breweries with 400-plus beers to taste. Sample exclusive kegs, rare beers, one-offs and special firkins, plus food trucks and local artisanal food. Enjoy cheese sampling stations, as well as locally roasted coffees, music and more.

MAY 17-19


Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival

Dining Out in Dallas

Frontiers of Flight Museum diningoutindallas.com

2351 Performance Dr. (Richardson) wildflowerfestival.com

Since it debuted in the ’90s, this star-studded evening has become the signature fundraising event for the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation and raised more than $1 million for patient programs and research projects. Some of the area’s top chefs share their culinary talents for a good cause.

MAY 24–26

APRIL 17–20

National Polka Festival

Dallas Wine & Food Festival

Ennis nationalpolkafestival.com

Multiple Locations dallaswineandfoodfestival.com

Celebrate 47 years of Czech heritage with 14 polka bands, including Grammy winners Brave Combo. There will be a variety of authentic foods, the PolkaFest Run, kolache eating contest, costumes and culture.

Sample award-winning wines and fabulous food and take five fantastic days to enjoy it all. One of Texas’ most artistic wine festivals returns with five signature events held at various venues. It showcases local and national culinary talent and wines from The Dallas Morning News and TexSom Wine Competition, one of the most highly regarded wine contests in the U.S.

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Enjoy a North Texas tradition. Get in on this multiday, miscellaneous arts and eclectic music festival, which boasts six performance stages, a marketplace, tasty food garden, family-friendly zone for small children and other activities.

Matt & Kim


KTX’s Summer Cut 2013 Gexa Energy Pavilion

The Dallas public radio station sponsors an annual star-studded musical festival. This year’s lineup includes: The Avett Brothers, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Matt & Kim and Hayes Carll, plus a series of local bands.

Taste Addison Enjoy over 60 of the Dallas suburb’s restaurants serving generous samplings of their menus at reduced prices, national musical entertainment, celebrity chef demonstrations and wine-tasting seminars, carnival rides, midway games, children’s entertainment and more. MAY 24–26

CityArts Festival

Texas Rangers Baseball

Fair Park cityartsfestival.com

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington texas.rangers.mlb.com

Enter this annual showcase for chefs, food lovers and cuisine artisans. Enjoy cooking demos, samplings, wine and spirits pairings, craft beer, liquor and wine tastings, evolving cocktails, Scotch tastings and much more. Also take time to sample bites and beverages from dozens of food trucks and vendors.


April 5–7 vs. Anaheim Angels April 8–10 vs. T.B. Devil Rays April 19–21 vs. Seattle Mariners May 30–May 2 vs. Chicago White Sox May 3–5 vs. Boston Red Sox May 16–19 vs. Detroit Tigers May 20–22 vs. Oakland Athletics May 29–31 vs. Ariz. Diamondbacks May 31–June 2 vs. Kansas City Royals June 10–12 vs. Cleveland Indians June 13–16 vs. Toronto Blue Jays June 17–20 vs. Oakland Athletics June 28–30 vs. Cincinnati Reds

Dallas Mavericks Basketball

FC Dallas

American Airlines Center nba.com/mavericks April 10 April 12 April 15 April 17

Grand Prairie

Mix a pinch of Zydeco and a dash of swamp pop, and you’ve got the recipe for this fabulous event. Enjoy authentic Cajun favorites, like red beans and rice, gumbo and hundreds of pounds of spicy boiled crawfish. Let the good times roll with live music, dancing, great foods and bodacious bargains at the free festival.

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vs. Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets vs. Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Hornets

April 13 April 20 May 8 May 11 May 25 June 22

vs. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Van. Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United vs. S.J. Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City


MAY 4–5

Big Mamou Cajun Festival

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Dallas International Film Festival

Photo courtesy Dallas Stars

APRIL 4–14

Dallas Stars Hockey

American Airlines Center stars.nhl.com April 1 April 9 April 13 April 18 April 25 April 27

vs. Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks vs. Vancouver Canucks vs. Colum. Blue Jackets vs. Detroit Red Wings

Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth) texasmotorspeedway.com April 11–15 June 6–8

Texas 500 Weekend Firestone 550 Weekend

Frisco RoughRiders

Dr Pepper Ballpark (Frisco) April 11–13 vs. Arkansas Travelers April 14–15 vs. NW Ark. Naturals April 26–29 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks April 30–May 3 vs. San Antonio Missions May 13–16 vs. Midland RockHounds May 17–20 Vs. San Antonio Missions May 28–30 vs. Springfield Cardinals May 31–June 2 vs. Tulsa Drillers June 12–15 vs. Corpus Christi Hooks June 16–19 vs. Midland RockHounds





APRIL 4–5 Hayes Carll (Country) Kessler Theater

APRIL 5 Romeo Santos (Latin) Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie APRIL 4–7 Carlos Mencia (Comedy) Improv (Addison) APRIL 5 Amy Speace (Folk) Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse APRIL 4–7 Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Classical) Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth) APRIL 6 Cody Canada and the Departed (Rock) Granada Theater APRIL 6 Third Day (Christian Contemporary) Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie APRIL 6 Grizzly Bear (Rock) Palladium Ballroom APRIL 7 Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (Blues) Granada Theater APRIL 10 Lila Downs (World) Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth) APRIL 11 Dick Dale (Surf) Trees April 11–13 Poetic Liszt, Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Classical) Meyerson Symphony Center APRIL 11–13 Maz Jobrani (Comedy) Improv (Addison) APRIL 13 Richard Thompson (Folk) Granada Theater APRIL 11 J.D. Souther (Folk, Pop) The Kessler APRIL 11–14 Orlando Jones (Comedy) Improv (Arlington) APRIL 11 Two Door Cinema Club (Rock) Palladium Club APRIL 12-14 Natalie Merchant, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Pop, Rock) Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth) APRIL 13 Neal McCoy (Country) Arlington Music Hall APRIL 14 Shawn Mullins (Folk) Kessler Theater APRIL 14 Tyrone Wells (Folk, Pop) House of Blues

APRIL 14 Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (Rock) AT&T Performing Arts Center, Annette Strauss Square

APRIL 27 Sinbad (Comedy) Winspear Opera House

MAY 16–19 Godfrey (Comedy) Improv (Addison)

APRIL 27 Radney Foster Trio (Texas Country) Poor David’s Pub

MAY 16–19 John Witherspoon (Comedy) Improv (Addison)

APRIL 29 The Piano Guys (Classical, Pop) House of Blues

MAY 17 Amy Schumer (Comedy) House of Blues

APRIL 16 The Ahn Trio (Classical) Winspear Opera House

APRIL 30 The Gipsy Kings (Folk, Flamenco) AT&T Performing Arts Center, Annette Strauss Square

MAY 17 The Fab Four (Beatles Tribute) Majestic Theater

APRIL 18 Orli Shaham (Classical) Winspear Opera House

MAY 3 Mark Erelli, Meg Hutchinson (Folk) Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse

APRIL 19 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Swing) AT&T Performing Arts Center, Annette Strauss Square

MAY 3 George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic (Funk) House of Blues

APRIL 19 Zac Brown Band (Country, Rock) Gexa Energy Pavilion

MAY 3–4 Eddie Griffin (Comedy) Improv (Addison)

APRIL 19 Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks (Swing, Jazz, Pop) Kessler Theater

MAY 4 Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute (Pop) Gexa Energy Pavilion

APRIL 19 Oak Ridge Boys (Country, Pop) Arlington Music Hall

MAY 4 Yo La Tengo (Indie) Granada Theater

APRIL 20 Fred Eaglesmith (Country/Americana) Granada Theater

MAY 5 Jewel (Folk, Pop) Arlington Music Hall

APRIL 20 Marcia Ball (Country, Blues) MCL Grand Theater (Lewisville)

MAY 7 Father John Misty (Indie) Granada Theater

APRIL 25 The Black Crowes (Rock) House of Blues

MAY 7 Styx and REO Speedwagon (Rock) Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie

APRIL 25 Bill Burr (Comedy) Majestic Theater

MAY 7 Brave Combo (Polka, Pop) Dallas Arboretum

APRIL 25 Asleep at the Wheel (Texas Country) Dallas Arboretum

MAY 7 Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) (Rock) House of Blues

APRIL 25–28 Bach and Beyond, Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Classical) Meyerson Symphony Center

MAY 9 The Killers (Rock) Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie

APRIL 15 2Cellos (Classical) Winspear Opera House APRIL 16 Soilwork (Rock) Trees

APRIL 25 The Lumineers (Rock) Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie APRIL 26–27 Sheryl Underwood (Comedy) Improv (Arlington) APRIL 26 Lisa Lampanelli (Comedy) Majestic Theater APRIL 26 Andy Gullahorn, Edie Carey and Sarah Sample (Folk) Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse APRIL 26 Shirley Jones (Pop) Fairmont Hotel APRIL 26–28 Pauly Shore (Comedy) Improv (Addison)

MAY 9–12 Chris D’Elia (Comedy) Improv (Addison) MAY 10 Elizabeth Wills (Folk) Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse MAY 10 Royal Comedy Tour: Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce Bruce & Arnez J. Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie MAY 11 Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) (Rock) House of Blues MAY 12 Lone Star Wind Symphony (Classical) Eisemann Center (Richardson)

May 17, 19 Die Walkure, Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Classical) Meyerson Symphony Center MAY 18 Celtic Women (Celtic) Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie MAY 21 Tuxedo Junction (Big Band) Dallas Arboretum MAY 23–25 Carmina Burana, Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Classical) Meyerson Symphony Center MAY 25 The Black Angels (Indie) Granada Theater MAY 26 Soundgarden (Rock) Palladium Ballroom MAY 30–JUNE 2 Tommy Davidson (Comedy) Improv (Addison) JUNE 1 Kansas (Rock) University of Texas at Arlington JUNE 2 Tracy Morgan (Comedy) House of Blues JUNE 4 Of Monsters and Men (Indie Rock) House of Blues JUNE 6–9 Loni Love (Comedy) Improv (Arlington) JUNE 6 Juanes (Rock) Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie JUNE 13–16 Corey Holcomb (Comedy) Improv (Addison) JUNE 15 She & Him (Folk, Pop) Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie JUNE 20–23 Christopher Titus (Comedy) Improv (Addison) JUNE 29 Stewart Goodyear (Beethoven) Winspear Opera House

MAY 14 Kraig Parker (Elvis Tribute) Dallas Arboretum





Bishop Arts District Home to over sixty independent boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, theatres and art galleries. Tillman’s Roadhouse

Tillman’s is a place for really good food, drinks, and music in a fun, casual, come-asyou-are environment. Tillman’s is an update on the classic Texas roadhouse. Regional menu favorites, familiar tunes, no-one is a stranger hospitality — all energized with a modern take. A combination of both rustic and lush in everything from the menu to the décor make Tillman’s a good-time any time destination, whether it’s for a quick drink, a casual dinner or a special occasion.


324 West 7th St. Dallas, Texas 75208 214-942-0988 tillmansroadhouse.com

Home on Bishop

indigo 1745 A boutique for men and women delivering premium denim, sportswear and accessories to enhance your stylish yet relaxed lifestyle. Indigo 1745 captures your independent spirit whether it’s modern vintage, cowboy casual or urbane chic. This smartly appointed boutique with engaging staff welcomes you to shop or just hang out in a relaxed environment that feels a little like your personal over sized closet. Monday, 12 pm to 4 pm Tuesday–Wednesday, 11 am to 7 pm Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm (except 1st Thursdays of the month when we are open until 9 pm) Friday–Saturday, 11 am to 11 pm Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm 370 West 7th St. Dallas, Texas 75208 214-948-1745 indigo1745.com

Shoppers seeking to satisfy their own unique taste will find Home on Bishop, a comfortable, affordable place to add design and flair to their home décor. Warm and inviting, the store is ever evolving by constantly being replenished with fresh new merchandise. Home on Bishop 502 N. Bishop Ave. Dallas, Texas, 75208 214-434-1421 homeonbishop.com

Bolsa Fresh, local ingredients. A seasonal menu. The best cocktails in the city. D Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year in 2009 and Dallas Observer’s ‘Best Place To Take A Date’ and ‘Best Patio’ makes Bolsa a great choice for lunch or dinner 7 days per week. 614 West Davis St. Dallas, Texas 75208 214-943-1883 bolsadallas.com






Big D offers more trendy, historic and eclectic shopping destinations than most major cities. From high-end boutiques and malls to trendy vintage shops, here are Dallas’ top spots to shop. SHOPPING CENTERS

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8311 Preston Center Plaza Dr. 469.232.0000 theplazaatprestoncenter.com

Home to 100 designer namebrand outlets such as BCBG, Max Azria, Coach, Cole Haan, J.Crew, Juicy Couture, Lacoste and Last Call by Neiman Marcus, it also offers savings up to 65 percent! 820 Stacy Rd. Allen, TX 75013 972.678.7000 premiumoutlets.com/allen


NorthPark Center


NorthPark Center offers more GALLERIA than 235 stores and luxury Galleria Dallas is the only designer and trendsetting North Texas home to TOUS, boutiques, including Gucci, BCBGeneration, Tourneau, Bvlgari, Valentino, Bottega Brahmin, Sony Style and Karen Veneta, Versace, Cartier, Louis Millen — plus favorites Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta, Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. From its and top-tier anchors including legendary ice rink to chic dining, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. Galleria Dallas is a destination. Guests also enjoy a movie theater, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. restaurants, a world-class art 972.702.7100 collection and award-winning galleriadallas.com architecture.

HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE This shopping village is as close as you’ll get to Rodeo Drive. Built in the 1930s, this ultrachic corner of high-end shopping in Dallas’ most exclusive neighborhood sports boutiques such as Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Escada, Cole Haan, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, St. John and more.

8687 N. Central Expy. 214.361.6345 northparkcenter.com

JEWELRY BACHENDORF’S The first Bachendorf’s store opened in 1977 featuring highquality handmade custom jewelry and an extensive collection of watches. Today, Bachendorf’s continues the family tradition of offering the finest designer timepieces and collectibles.

GALLERIA 13350 Dallas Pkwy., No. 1415 972.392.9900 PLANO 7401 Lonestar Dr. Plano, Texas 75024 972.596.2090


5307 E. Mockingbird Ln. 214.452.7180 mockingbirdstation.com

McKinney Avenue & Blackburn Street 214.922.9622 westvil.com

DIAMOND DOCTOR With roots as a true wholesaler, Diamond Doctor sells the same high-quality diamonds to its customers as it does to retail partners. Stones are purchased from mines, allowing Diamond Doctor to offer top-quality GIA Certified Diamonds for a fraction of the price. Service is personalized with strict attention paid to desires and preferences. 972.342.6663 8127 Preston Rd. diamonddoctor.com

EISEMAN JEWELS It is very clear to Richard Eiseman Jr. what makes Eiseman Jewels different than other stores. As Dallas’ premier jewelry store, Eiseman Jewels has been building customer loyalty and providing a high level of quality, consistency and service to its customers for over 46 years. NorthPark Center, Ste. 514 214.369.6100 eisemanjewels.com

PRESTON CENTER 8400 Preston Rd. 214.692.8400

47 Highland Park Village 214.559.2740 hpvillage.com

Conveniently located on the DART train line, this urban village has 40 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, including Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub and the Angelika Film Center. The Station delivers its signature vibrancy around the clock.

Home to the independent Magnolia Theatre, this hotspot for shopping, dining and entertainment has plenty of shops and boutiques. Nestled at the northern tip of the Uptown entertainment district, the Village is easily accessible via the McKinney Avenue Trolley.


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THE PLAZA AT PRESTON CENTER An urban oasis, Preston Center’s walkways invite leisurely strolling past one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants suiting every taste. The Plaza is home to dozens of delightful stores you won’t

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JERRY SZOR CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY A destination for those in search of inspired, extraordinary jewelry, Jerry Szor Contemporary Jewelry is referred to by clients as one of Dallas’ best-kept, modern secrets. The jewel-box gallery exclusively represents many of the finest, most-talented contemporary jewelry artists in the world. 6131 Luther Ln., No. 210 214.691.5400 jerryszor.com





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SHOPPING YLANG|23 YLANG|23 is owned by Joanne and Charles Teichman, who opened the store in Dallas in 1985 and quickly attracted a clientele who can afford anything but prefer the fine workmanship of renowned designers shaping trends all over the world. 13350 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 1300 972.980.0819 ylang23.com

This treasure trove of upscale resale fashion has been dressing 6726 Snider Plaza women of all ages for nearly 214.363.8616 allie-coosh.com three decades. A knowledgeable, creative staff make all the difference in this one-of-a-kind BERETTA GALLERY Located in Highland Park Village, store with great prices. Beretta Gallery is the destination 6105 Sherry Ln. for those wanting to indulge 214.696.8634 clothescircuit.com in the rich heritage of Beretta. Today, Beretta continues the almost 500-year-old tradition of producing custom-made shotguns and side-by-side Express rifles for the discriminating gun owner.

of the best. Set in a beautifully renovated historic building, it houses a world-class mix of the top collections for women, men and the home. Its acclaimed café, the T Room, is a chic lunch spot. 4510 McKinney Ave. 214.559.4510 fortyfiveten.com

41 Highland Park Village 214.559.9800 dallas.berettagallery.com


Home on Bishop


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Designer Paulette Martsolf dreamed of coming to Texas to design women’s clothing and jewelry, opening this store in 1989. It has since become a women’s

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store is ever-evolving with fresh new merchandise.

in prescription eyewear and sunglasses in the Southwest. As shopping trends have changed, Peeper’s has stayed on the forefront of the latest in luxury eyewear. Today, Peeper’s is exclusively located in Highland Park Village, catering to the needs of those who wish to wear the absolute finest in eyewear.

502 N. Bishop Ave. 214.434.1421 homeonbishop.com

64 Highland Park Village 214.522.0352 peepersdallas.com



6105 Sherry Lane Dallas, TX 75225 214.696.8634 clothescircuit.com


A boutique for men and women specializing in premium denim and sportswear, Indigo 1745 carefully selects its products to fit a calm, cool lifestyle. Whether looking for clothing, bedding, accessories or a special gift, you’ll find this shop excites the senses and offers something that is personal for you and your style. 370 W. 7th St. 214.948.1745 indigo1745.com

This store specializes in the custom tailoring of suits, sport coats, slacks, topcoats, shirts and much more. All garments are constructed from the world’s finest fabrics, with suits built using hand-selected fabrics from prestigious mills such as Loro Piana, Holland & Sherry and Dormeuil. 85 Highland Park Village 214.780.0555 qcustomclothier.com

SCOTT+COONER In 1995, Lloyd Scott and Josy Cooner-Collins brought their architecture and design experience to the Southwest. Today, with over 20,000 square feet of showroom space, Scott+Cooner represents 70-plus lines of classic and contemporary furniture, modern lighting designs and incredible European kitchen systems. Indigo 1745

NEIMAN MARCUS DOWNTOWN When Neiman Marcus was founded in 1907, Dallas saloons outnumbered doctors, and the best hotel was $3 per night. From day one, the goal at Neiman Marcus was to showcase the finest merchandise in the world and to provide personal service that exceeds expectations. These remain its guiding principles today.

LEGENDARY DALLAS FASHION AT ASTONISHING RESALE PRICES. Chanel • Gucci • Missoni • Lanvin • Louis Vuitton Christian Louboutin • Marni • Hermès

1618 Main St. 214.741.6911 neimanmarcus.com

PEEPER’S AMERICAN EYEWEAR Since 1976, Peeper’s has been offering the very finest

1617 Hi-Line Dr., Ste. 100 214.748.9838 scottcooner.com

STANLEY KORSHAK Named one of the 50 most influential men’s stores in America by Women’s Wear Daily, the esteemed bible of the fashion business, Korshak is far more than a savvy men’s store, purveying the finest suits, sportswear, shoes and furnishings. It also carries the most in-demand women’s couture and designer sportswear and accessories. Discriminating bridesto-be should visit the bridal salon. 500 Crescent Ct., No. 100 214.871.3600 214.473.9700 stanleykorshak.com



Paul Taylor Dance Company Sat. Apr. 13, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Ed Asner Starring as FDR Sat. Apr. 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel Listen to the Dance Mon. May 6, 7:30 pm



Seussical Sun. Apr. 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

with Alan Safier as George Burns

Say Goodnight Gracie

Six Shows: Apr. 3‐7, 2013


Sister’s Summer School Catechism World Premiere! 16 shows: July 9‐14 & July 16‐21, 2013

www.eisemanncenter.com • 972.744.4650 Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts • 2351 Performance Dr. • Richardson, TX 75082 • Group Sales 972.744.4657

The party’s on as we celebrate 125 years as Big D’s most beloved family destination! With hands-on animal encounters, Monorail Safaris through the Wilds of Africa (named “Best African Exhibit” in the U.S.!), the expansive Giants of the Savanna, and the only koalas in Texas, there’s never been a better time to hop on DART’s Red Line and come on over. For More Great Reasons to Do The Zoo go to DoTheZoo.com/hotel

Dallas is home to world-class arts, entertainment and performance venues. For a truly exceptional adventure, here’s a list of some special attractions you might enjoy. EVENT CENTERS


Located in the Galatyn Park Urban Center in the heart AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER of Richardson’s business and The American Airlines Center technology area, the Charles W. has set a new standard for sports Eisemann Center is an important and entertainment. Home to the component of the cultural and Dallas Mavericks and the Stars, corporate landscapes of the it features 142 luxury suites and North Texas region and has been room for 20,000 fans. The AAC brings the hottest sports, concerts recognized as one of the leading and family entertainment to town. performing arts facilities serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 2500 Victory Ave.
 214.222.3687 americanairlinescenter.com

AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Showcasing hundreds of performances every year, with four spectacular venues and a 10acre urban park, the center plays host to some of the most virtuosic artists and performers as well as premier touring productions. 2100 Ross Ave. 214.954.9925 attpac.org


2351 Performance Dr. Richardson, TX 75082 972.744.4600 eisemanncenter.com

MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER Elegantly fused into the surroundings of the Arts District, the Meyerson Center has become a landmark. Renowned architect I.M. Pei’s masterpiece is home to the world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also plays host to various music legends throughout the year. 2301 Flora St. 214.670.3600 dallassymphony.com

This beautiful baseball-only facility serves as the centerpiece of a 270acre complex. You can entertain your clients in one of the spacious, GENERAL ATTRACTIONS open-air suites or try your luck at DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT a foul ball where the proximity This rare gem encompassing of the fans to the action is among 68 acres and 19 blocks is the the closest in the major leagues. centerpiece of Dallas’ cultural 1000 Ballpark Way
 life. With arts venues such as Arlington, Texas 76011
 the Dallas Museum of Arts, the 817.273.5222 Nasher Sculpture Center and the texasrangers.com Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, this neighborhood is the COWBOYS STADIUM Take a tour of the eighth wonder Taj Mahal for art enthusiasts. of the world, the $1.15 billion 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 4600E Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, 214.744.6642 thedallasartsdistrict.org featuring the largest LED screen in existence. 900 E. Randol Mill Rd. Arlington, Texas 76011 817.892.4161 dallascowboys.com


One of the largest outdoor markets in America, this is where the locals go for the freshest

produce grown right here in Texas. Also offering specialty and international products, the Dallas Farmers Market provides a unique shopping opportunity. 1010 S. Pearl Expy. 214.939.2808 dallasfarmersmarket.org

DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM Situated near the historic West End District, this colorful aquarium is home to an array of vibrant marine life. A unique display of flora and fauna from five continents, 14 countries, three oceans and numerous seas and rivers offers a glimpse at some of nature’s most beautiful creatures. 1801 N. Griffin St. 214.720.2224 dwazoo.com

DALLAS ZOO Go on an urban safari just south of Downtown Dallas and discover wildlife from around the world. The zoo is home to the only koalas in Texas, along with kangaroos, lorikeets and more from Down Under. The 11-acre Giants of the Savanna showcases elephants, lions, giraffes and other favorite African species. 650 South R.L. Thornton Fwy. 469.554.7500 dallaszoo.com

FAIR PARK A national historic landmark and Texas favorite, Fair Park shows off the world’s largest collection of Art Deco buildings, art and sculpture. Serving as Dallas’ fairgrounds location since 1886, the 277-acre park now hosts explosive college football games as well as the renowned State Fair of Texas. 1462 1st Ave. 469.554.7340 fairpark.org


MUSEUMS AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART This museum houses one of the nation’s pre-eminent collections of American art, from early 19th-century expeditionary art to mid-20th-century modernism and contemporary photography. The museum is also home to nearly 400 works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, two great artists of the American West. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107 817.738.1933 cartermuseum.org

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART Located in the Arts District, the museum features an outstanding collection of more than 24,000 works of art from around the world, from ancient to modern times. 1717 N. Harwood St. 214.922.1200 dallasmuseumofart.org

CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART This 12,000-square-foot museum includes four light-filled galleries that house selections from the permanent collection including a widely acclaimed array of Chinese jade. The Crow also features touring exhibitions from Japan, India, China and Southeast Asia. 2010 Flora St. 214.979.6430 crowcollection.org

KIMBELL ART MUSEUM Quality is of the highest importance in the compilation of masterpieces that call the Kimbell home, including works by Cézanne, Matisse and Caravaggio, and collections of Egyptian,






The Nasher Sculpture Center features a regularly changing selection of works Near Eastern, Greek and Roman antiquities. Asian, pre-Colombian, from the Raymond and Patsy Oceanic and African arts are also Nasher Collection, including ethnographic and archaeological incorporated into the museum’s Latin American pieces and permanent exhibit. American modernist pieces in 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. both its indoor galleries and Fort Worth, Texas 76107 outdoor sculpture garden. 817.654.1034 kimbellart.org

MEADOWS MUSEUM The Meadows Museum is a resource of Southern Methodist University that serves a broad international audience. The museum presents an exciting series of special exhibitions, public lectures, symposia and gallery talks featuring university professors, visiting scholars and artists. 5900 Bishop Blvd. 214.768.2516 meadowsmuseumdallas.org

2001 Flora St. 214.242.5100 nashersculpturecenter.org

MODERN ART MUSEUM FORT WORTH Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, The Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of postwar art in the central United States. You will find over 2,600 significant works of modern and contemporary

international art housed in 53,000 square feet of gallery space at The Modern. 3200 Darnell St. Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817.738.9215 themodern.org

PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE Opened Dec. 1, 2012, The Perot Museum is the culmination of decades’ worth of work, bringing the forefront of nature and science education to Dallas. The 180,000-squarefoot facility extends beyond the typical museum experience, offering the young and the old the opportunity to explore new ideas through tangible, galvanic exhibits.

THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA Since 1989, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza has welcomed more than 6 million visitors from around the world. Home to priceless documentary and photographic records, the museum offers self-guided tours providing an intimate view to those seeking information and understanding about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 411 Elm St. 214.747.6660 jfk.org

2201 N. Field St. 214.428.5555 perotmuseum.org

Visit Fort Worth’s Cultural District this Spring!

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Kimbell Art Museum

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

March 5-April 21 Big Pictures

Through April 14 Bernini: Sculpting in Clay

On View Selections from the Permanent Collection




Robert Glenn Ketchum (b. 1947), Saturated Tundra (detail), 1999, dye coupler print, 2006, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. John Uphold

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Model for the Fountain of the Moor (detail), 1653. Collection of the Kimbell Art Museum

Jenny Holzer, Kind of Blue, 2012. 9 LED signs with blue diodes. 9/10 x 120 x 576 inches. Museum purchase. Acquired in 2012. © 2012 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Paul Kamuf

Dallas is 1,127 miles from the heart of Mexico City, but only minutes away from Gourmet Mexican cuisine. Setting the bar for Continental Mexico City Cuisine for the last 35 years, Javier’s is not your typical Tex-Mex Restaurant. You will not find tacos or enchiladas here, but you will find delicious dishes of tenderloin beef, fresh seafood, shrimp, chicken and quail dishes seasoned with traditional spices of Mexico, and influenced by its Spanish heritage. Javier’s will change the way you think of Mexican food. We surround you with a classic colonial sophistication that you will not want to leave behind. And why should you? After dinner enjoy the wonderful ambiance of the famous cigar bar, and select from the large selection of premium cigars, ports, and handcrafted drinks in a sophisticated ambiance that you won’t find anywhere else in Dallas.

4912 Cole Avenue Dallas, Texas 75205 214-521-4211


A LOCAL TREASURE. Long considered one of the finest restaurants in Dallas, City Café for twenty seven years has served its revered Dallas customers and visitors from other great American cities as well as clients from around the world with the finest foods, wines, and outstanding personalized service. The style is New American Cuisine with fusion touches from various ethnic cultures including Asian, Italian, French, Mexican and others. Chilean Sea Bass

Chef Mario Flores, head chef for ten years, and his professional staff present creative food with impeccable service in a wonderful setting. Chef Mario has spent over eighteen years in high quality cuisine kitchens gaining invaluable experience with the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center restaurants, the Dallas Petroleum Club and Lakewood Country Club in Dallas. City Café ambiance is light and airy with an intimate neighborhood atmosphere and casually elegant decor which presents a great setting for romantic dinners, business engagements and perfect for food and conversation with good friends. Well-known Dallas host, Karim Alaoui, greets guests with his signature warmth and professionalism. Servers are very knowledgeable and friendly, adding to the charm of the cozy dining room.

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The New American dishes are fresh, well-balanced and bright with interesting use of texture in nearly everything and at reasonable prices sensitive to the customers’ complete dining satisfaction. Menu items, from appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts, to steak, fish, and filet of sole are prepared to perfection to please any palate. For twenty-five years City Café has received recognition and awards honoring it as one of the finest dining experiences in north Texas. Impressing even distinguished American chef Julia Child, for over two decades City Café has been widely recognized in Texas Monthly, food & Wine Magazine, Zagat, Wine Spectator, D Magazine and was also recipient of AAA’s “Diamond Award.”

Extensive Wine

214.351.2233 5757 W. Lovers Lane Just 5 minutes from downtown!

Welcome to a food-lovers town! Big D long ago found its way onto America’s culinary map with innovative restaurants and talented chefs mining flavors from all over the globe. III FORKS Serving the ultimate in Texas French cuisine, III Forks re-creates the grandiose lifestyle experienced by Texans who believed that fine dining was a perfect combination of great food, service, atmosphere and music. With over 25,000 square feet of elegant dining, III Forks can accommodate intimate parties as well as social gatherings up to 900.

Bob’s Steak & Chop House



ABACUS This eclectic Dallas restaurant pushes the envelope with its fusion cuisine. Legendary chef and owner Kent Rathbun offers world cuisine ranging from Thai, Spanish and Japanese to “homeboy” dishes like bacon and eggs. A recent renovation not only overhauled the interior decor but the menu as well. 4511 McKinney Ave. 214.559.3111 abacus-restaurant.com

ADELMO’S RISTORANTE Visit this quaint and cozy bistro filled with wonderful aromas and flavors of the Mediterranean. Adelmo’s intimate setting, personalized service and enticing cuisine have made it

A block from the Arts District, this restaurant offers works of art, like steaks dry-aged onsite. With an extensive wine list, Capital Grille surrounds diners with the very best. Rich African mahogany paneling and warm lighting set the tone for a comfortably elegant evening at this upscale spot.

4537 Cole Ave. 214.559.0325 adelmos.com

Al Biernat’s

III Forks


one of Dallas’ most romantic dining rooms.

17776 Dallas Pkwy. 972.267.1776 iiiforks.com

Offering upscale American cuisine, Al Biernat’s specializes in prime steaks and seafood. Enjoy a semi-casual atmosphere and an award-winning wine list featuring more than 650 selections from around the world.

555 S. Lamar St. 214.652.4800 bobs-steakandchop.com

7300 Dallas Pkwy. Plano, TX 75024 972.398.2221

614 W. Davis St. 214.943.1883 bolsadallas.com

The Capital Grille



4300 Lemmon Ave. 214.528.9446

500 Crescent Ct. 214.303.0500

This cozy Dallas spot features thecapitalgrille.com a seasonal menu focusing on fresh and local ingredients. A bruschetta sampler features prosciutto, fig preserves, apples, toasted pine nuts and P’tit Basque cheese. Enjoy the fine cocktails and pocket-friendly wine list.

4217 Oak Lawn Ave. 214.219.2201 albiernats.com

This noted steakhouse is consistently ranked as one of the top in the country. The experienced service and extensive wine list top off the best prime steak around. Come by and let the staff prove why they’re so proud of what they do at Bob’s.


Cantina Laredo

CANTINA LAREDO Serving authentic Mexican in a sophisticated atmosphere, this spot offers delicious dishes complemented by signature sauces. Serving only the freshest fish, certified-Angus beef steaks and hand-rolled enchiladas, one can surely taste the difference. See website for more locations. 5550 W. Lovers Ln. 214.350.5227 cantinalaredo.com

Created by Paul Draper, Central 214 is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. This warm and energetic restaurant features approachable, regional American cuisine highlighting rustic flavors. 5680 N. Central Expy. 214.444.9339 central214.com

CHAMBERLAIN’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE Open for almost 20 years, Chamberlain’s serves the finest steaks, seafood and prime rib in a traditional fine-dining atmosphere. Chef Chamberlain will dazzle your taste buds in DALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE



no wonder Dallas Fish Market has enjoyed national acclaim.


1501 Main St. 214.744.3474 dallasfishmarket.com

a relaxing atmosphere sure to please, washing away the hustle and bustle of a busy lifestyle.


5330 Belt Line Rd. 972.934.2467 chamberlainsteakhouse.com Cool River Café

CROSSROADS DINER This restaurant offers homestyle goodness combined with traditional diner fare and features great recipes, fresh ingredients, a comfortable environment and genuine hospitality.

City Café

CITY CAFÉ On the northwestern edge of University Park sits an exceptional white-tablecloth neighborhood bistro. The menu changes seasonally, but it retains the relaxed New American– California character that has been the restaurant’s trademark since 1985. Impressing even distinguished American chef Julia Child, City Café has been widely recognized in Texas Monthly, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, and was also recipient of AAA’s Diamond Award. 5757 W. Lovers Ln., Suite 101 214.351.2233 thecitycafedallas.com

COOL RIVER CAFÉ This see-and-be-seen hotspot offers fine dining, a chic bar and an exquisite cigar lounge. Perfect for private parties and business meetings, Cool River offers the ultimate dining experience with excellent food and service in an upscale atmosphere. 1045 Hidden Ridge Irving, Texas 75038 972.871.8881 coolrivercafe.com




8121 Walnut Hill Ln. 214.346.3491 crossroads-diner.com

Diners here enjoy a collision of global cuisine in a playful, intimate atmosphere. Dragonfly offers fabulous views of the Dallas skyline. After dinner, stop by the Urban Oasis nightclub for a nightcap and experience the best of Dallas nightlife.

Chef Dean Fearing has created seven spectacular dining settings in one restaurant. Diners can sample Dean’s innovative menu, including Texas farm-to-market specialties and the restaurant’s gracious, attentive service in a succession of unique indoor and outdoor environments. 2121 McKinney Ave. 214.922.0200 ritzcarlton.com

2332 Leonard St. 214.550.9500 hotelzazadallas.com

DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House planted its roots in Dallas over 20 years ago. The restaurant embodies the rich tradition of classic American steakhouses and adds the benefits of amazing guests, impeccable chef-driven cuisine, an award-winning wine list and unparalleled hospitality. 5251 Spring Valley Rd. 972.490.9000 delfriscos.com

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DALLAS CHOP HOUSE Innovating the American steakhouse experience, this restaurant features a modern approach toward classic steakhouse recipes. With in-house dryaging and flavor-filled recipes Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House prepared by a top culinary team, it’s no wonder the Chop House EDDIE V’S is consistently ranked as one of Setting the standard for fine the best steakhouses around. dining, Eddie V’s features award1717 Main St. winning concepts that focus on 214.736.7300 the freshest seafood, delectable dallaschophouse.com steaks, quality ingredients, exciting atmosphere and a staff DALLAS FISH MARKET that is dedicated to every detail. The nationally acclaimed eatery in the heart of Downtown Dallas features the best fresh seafood prepared in New American recipes. With an emphasis on seasonal and small catches from the best purveyors worldwide, it’s


4023 Oak Lawn Ave. 214.890.1500 eddiev.com


FERRARI’S ITALIAN VILLA Offering prime steaks, chops and fresh seafood accompanied by heartwarming entrées prepared from 100-year-old Sardinian family recipes, Ferrari’s gives every guest a taste of traditional Italian fare. Ferrari’s boasts two locations, private dining rooms, patios and even a full bocceball court, and owners Jane and Francesco personally welcome guests each evening. GRAPEVINE 1200 William D. Tate Grapevine, Texas 76051 817.251.2525 ADDISON 14831 Midway Rd. Addison, Texas 75001 972.980.9898 ferrarisrestaurant.com

THE FRENCH ROOM Nationally recognized and critically acclaimed, The French Room at The Adolphus Hotel features a menu rich in fresh seasonal ingredients and an award-winning wine list. It has garnered Gourmet’s top ranking as the best Dallas restaurant for three consecutive years. 1321 Commerce St. 214.742.8200 hoteladolphus.com

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Enjoy authentic American cuisine in a casual setting at the Kitchen Table. Signature menu offerings include hand pies, coffee-rubbed short ribs and chicken-fried pot roast. The Kitchen Table also offers a lounge with a full-service bar and outdoor patio with fire pits.

JAVIER’S Straying from the Tex-Mex concept that includes tacos and enchiladas, Javier’s focuses on a more realistic image of what Mexico City dining is all about. The low-lit dining room at Javier’s is replete with mounted game, large paintings and hanging plants. If you come searching for the traditional Texas-Mexican restaurant, you will be disappointed, but if you come looking for a taste of the heart of Mexico, you’ve found the right place!

400 N. Olive St. 214.922.8000 sheratondallashotel.com

THE LANDMARK RESTAURANT The Warwick Melrose Hotel culinary team has been honored with the AAA Four Diamond award, the prestigious DiRoNA award and the Wine Spectator award. The Landmark offers favorites including pancakes, French toast, eggs Benedict and Dallas-style specialties.

4912 Cole Ave. 214.521.4211 javiers.net

3015 Oak Lawn Ave. 214.224.3152 landmarkrestodallas.com

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KENICHI A modern restaurant and lounge that features contemporary Asian cuisine and worldclass sushi, Kenichi has been voted Best Sushi in Dallas by Citysearch three years in a row. Kenichi’s upbeat, modern atmosphere makes it a great place for dinner, before a game, happy hour or after work. 2400 Victory Park Ln. 214.871.8883 kenichidallas.com



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MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE Morton’s The Steakhouse in Uptown combines generous portions of high-quality food prepared to exacting standards with exceptional service in an enjoyable dining environment. 2222 McKinney Ave. 214.741.2277 mortons.com


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MANSION RESTAURANT Offering fine cuisine for over 20 years, the Mansion has remained one of Dallas’s biggest and best splurges. The Mansion’s talented culinary team offers guests one of the most inviting, approachable and valuable dining experiences in Texas.

A great bar with great food, this gastropub offers a full bar and features 40 draft beers with a few live ales and at least 75 bottles to


701 Ross Ave. 214.698.0470 thepalm.com

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1621 Oak Lawn Ave. 214.628.7900 mothinthe.net

Nestled in the heart of Dallas’ famous Galleria area, Le Méridien Restaurant offers fine dining with eclectic cuisine with fresh ingredients. Stroll down to the contemporary bar for a nightcap with friends or business partners.

2821 Turtle Creek Blvd. 214.443.4747 mansiononturtlecreek.com


combination of smooth New York steakhouse style and Dallas charm.

The dining room of Nobu’s Dallas outpost recalls the New York City location of Nobu but adds a touch of Texas charm. Nobu Dallas can be your destination for dinner in the dining room or at the bar, drinks in the bar lounge or a private function in the skylight room.



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Established 25 years ago, Piccolo Mondo has become one of the most popular and famous Italian restaurants in the Metroplex. This Mid-Cities location features a beautiful piano bar, a banquet room and a delicious menu. 829 E. Lamar Blvd. Arlington, Texas 76011 817.265.9174 piccolomondo.com

PYRAMID RESTAURANT & BAR The Fairmont Hotel’s Pyramid sports sleek contemporary decor and an exciting menu. The culinary philosophy draws inspiration from local purveyors and emphasizes fresh, local ingredients in an effort to minimize its carbon footprint and support the local economy. 1717 N. Akard St. 214.720.5249 pyramidrestaurant.com

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE This well-known Dallas steakhouse provides guests with a warm, comfortable atmosphere and some of the best steak in the country. Whether it’s dinner for two, a business meeting, or a private party, Ruth’s Chris can accommodate your needs. 17840 Dallas Pkwy. 972.250.2244 ruthschris.com


PALM RESTAURANT The Palm’s doors have been open in Dallas since 1984. The restaurant has remained quintessentially Palm and quintessentially Dallas. From the caricatures on the wall of famous Palm regulars and Dallas Cowboy greats, you cannot find a better

With a spectacular view of the Dallas skyline, SER offers guests a casual, sophisticated atmosphere with an urban feel. Enjoy prime cuts of the finest beef and seafood, unique appetizers and an award-winning wine program. 2201 Stemmons Fwy. 214.306.5977 sersteak.com



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Experience an evening at the quintessential steakhouse while dining in an intimate atmosphere. Savor our menu specializing in USDA Prime steaks and ocean favorites.

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DINING SILVER FOX A USDA prime-beef emporium, Silver Fox is one of the few exclusively prime steakhouses in America. Silver Fox also features ocean favorites such as Atlantic salmon, jumbo sautéed scallops and succulent lobster tail. 1303 Legacy Dr. Frisco, Texas 75034 214.618.5220 silverfoxcafe.com



This restaurant pays homage to an old-fashioned smokehouse, with cooking from scratch and authentic Southern flavors. Employing timehonored cooking techniques and a commitment to local ingredients, Smoke offers downhome cooking done right.

Step into T/X Restaurant for innovative dishes that showcase fare with a Texas twist. T/X offers guests cuisine built around radiant flavors, colors and textures, perfectly in tune with Dallas’ fashionable and timeless style.

901 Fort Worth Ave. 214.393.2300 smokerestaurant.com

SAINT ANN RESTAURANT With the largest garden patio in Dallas, St. Ann Restaurant is located in the Harwood district. The historic St. Ann’s School was converted into a restaurant and bar surrounded by art. 2501 N. Harwood St. 214.782.9807 saintanndallas.com

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Tillman’s Roadhouse

TILLMAN’S ROADHOUSE Tillman’s is a place for really good food, drinks and music in a fun, casual, come-as-youare environment. An update on the classic Texas roadhouse, Tillman’s offers regional menu favorites, familiar tunes and genuine Southern hospitality, all energized with a modern twist. 324 W. 7th St. 214.942.0988 tillmansroadhouse.com

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YOUR SENSES. Slip into Cool River and surround yourself with a mix of fine food, live music and exotic cocktails. From dining to dancing, from the bar to billiards, excitement is swirling around every corner at Cool River.

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I Can Go Home Again WRITTEN BY CATHERINE L. HELEAN We’ve all heard the legendary phrase “you can’t go home again,” from the book of the same title by Thomas Wolfe, which was published after his death. It’s meant to convey that once you leave a place you’ve lived, you can’t return and ever feel connected again to feelings, friends or all the nuances that made that place so remarkable. Wrong! At least in my case. Wrong by virtue of a recent trip to the place I used to call home: Dallas, Texas. I’m not a native. However, our 13 years in Dallas certainly qualified my family and me as at least “honorary Texans.” My sons grew up here. We built amazing friendships. I was blessed to work at a wonderful homegrown company. In the summer, we boated on Lake Texoma. In the fall, we cheered the Cowboys

and made a little money now and then betting on the ponies at Lone Star Park. But as life goes, ours took a turn. My husband, sons and I moved to Mobile, Ala., to live by the bay and soak up the sun. Another life turn led me to Tampa, where we cheered the Buccaneers and the Devil Rays, and soaked up the sun a bit farther south. Uh-oh, another turn, this time to Minneapolis, where we live now. Here we root for the Vikings, Twins, the Wild and the Timberwolves. And soak up the cold! Now if you’ve never been to Minnesota, you don’t know cold. Don’t for a second believe that the coldest, windiest day in Dallas in any way compares to an average winter day in Minneapolis. Yet there’s

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a unique, unequaled beauty to it that sets a dramatic backdrop for outdoor activities such as ice fishing, snowshoeing and skating. But as spring blooms for you now in Texas, winter still has a strong hold on us here in Minnesota. Which brings me back to “going home.” During my years in Texas, I had a complex relationship with what makes the state so great. For me, the beauty of the endless skies and nights bathed in the sounds of cicadas was part of what I used to nurture my family, friends and even my cooking. It helped make me stronger, more sure of who I was and what I could do. Living here was truly home. Just this month, I had a craving to come home, again. With my eldest son now back in Dallas, I had my excuse — a quick

couple of days to refuel my Texas tank and then back to our cold reality in Minnesota. What I didn’t count on were my friends. They schemed a just-right lunch followed by a myriad of minireunions with so many of the great people I worked with. Ah, yes…home. It was a grand day, and a memorable get-together. I again felt the care and spirit of the Texas I loved. As I look back on it from the snowy days still to come in Minnesota, I can take pleasure in the realization that I proved the great Thomas Wolfe wrong. I did go home again. And you can bet I’ll be back.

Catherine L. Helean is a creative director and marketing executive director currently based in Minneapolis. She is also an Emmy Award–winning writer and producer who has worked in markets such as Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, Tampa, Columbus and Raleigh-Durham. If you have a Dallas experience or story to share, we would be pleased to read it and consider printing it in our magazine. Email your story to our publisher, Pete Northway, at pete@dallashotelmagazine.com. 104



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