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ART & SOUL Making Of The Design District


Making Music A Family Affair


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Uptown, Downtown And Beyond



SANDRA BROWN 76 Novels, 60 Best-Sellers, 80 Million Books Sold And Still Going Strong!

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RICH IN HERITAGE The Beretta Gallery in Dallas, Texas exemplifies traditional Italian quality in every detail. Located in the exclusive Highland Park area, Beretta Gallery Dallas is the perfect destination for those wishing to indulge in the rich sporting heritage of Beretta. A unique assortment of clothing and accessories for the classic outdoorsman, from leather guncases and luggage, to sports clothing for all types of hunting, shooting and country living. A distinct feature is our fascinating library of hunting books, collections of beautiful one-of-a kind gift items and hand crafted works of art. The beautiful, well-stocked gunroom in Dallas showcases Beretta’s full line of pistols, field and competition shotguns, as well as Sako rifles. The history of Beretta’s nearly 500 years of quality gun making is best exemplified by are large selection of Beretta Premium Grade shotguns and express rifles. Our professional staff is ready to answer all your requests and they look forward to welcome you to Beretta Gallery Dallas.


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DHM welcomes you to cattle country with our listings of the best steakhouses Texas has to offer.


Streetcars, like Dallas’ historic McKinney Avenue Trolley, are enjoying new life as cities try to reinvigorate urban cores and solve modern challenges. BY CATHERINE ADCOCK


This native superchef pioneered his own brand of Urban Western cuisine and continues to make waves with his North Texas eateries. BY DAVE MUSCARI


Seemingly overnight, Dallas’ Design District has developed into a focal point for visual arts, garnering attention from all over the world. BY CATHERINE ADCOCK



With tall tales as big as her home state, this prolific Texas novelist has 60 New York Times bestsellers to her credit — and she keeps cranking out some of the world’s most popular books. BY DAVE MUSCARI

Don’t label the Texas singersongwriter folk, country, jazz, rock or pop, because she plays them all and a whole lot more. BY DAVE MUSCARI

50 ON THE COVER: Texas superauthor Sandra Brown.

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H i s tory at You r F i n g e rt i p s

You are invited to visit your 13th Presidential Library and Museum here in Dallas. The Presidency of George W. Bush was witness to some of the most important events in our nation’s history. In its interactive, innovative exhibits, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum gives visitors an inside look at how the President and Mrs. Bush dealt with critical issues such as the attacks of September 11, 2001, the need for education reform, the financial crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By preserving and making available a vast archives of Presidential materials, the Library and Museum promotes a better understanding of the workings of our government and the crafting of public policy. Through its outreach programs, it serves as an educational resource for this community and indeed the entire nation. Visit us today. For tomorrow.

For information or tickets: 2943 SMU Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75205 Monday–Saturday 9:00–5:00 Sunday 12:00–5:00

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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.


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I love the summertime in Dallas. Call me crazy — and many certainly have — but the sizzling temperatures are a sure sign that some of my favorite annual activities are at the starting line. Refreshing cocktails served on a shady veranda. And alfresco dining on a warm, breezy evening at one of our amazing Uptown restaurants. And, of course, lounging poolside with good friends and cool drinks on a hot day. Pure relaxation. If you’re like me, the season is also defined by a great summer reading list. With that in mind, this edition of Dallas Hotel Magazine features a juicy cover story about one of the world’s most prolific writers who also happens to be a native Texan: Sandra Brown. Her 76 novels — 60 of them New York Times Best-sellers — have sold over 80 million copies worldwide. However, for all the acclaim and international attention, Sandra is as down-to-earth and accessible as her Texas roots. One of my favorite spots is the booming area known as Uptown. With close proximity




to the spectacular Arts District, it offers a selection of vibrant shops, restaurants that feature international cuisines, pubs and relaxed outdoor cafes. The best way to see it all may be onboard Dallas’ vintage trolleys. Join us and learn why the rails are an indispensable part of the area’s vitality. If you’re a foodie, we’ve got a story about one of the state’s top chefs with a unique motto: eat, drink and live well. Meet Tim Love. On the music scene, we catch up with singer-songwriter Sara Hickman. In the early ’90s, she and contemporaries including Edie Brickell and the Dixie Chicks dominated the music scene in Dallas. So what’s she up to these days? We’ve got the lowdown. Speaking of the Scene, don’t forget to check out DHM’s detailed listings of performance, sports, recreation, art, music, comedy and everything you’ll need to help navigate Dallas and find something fun to do while you’re in our hometown. Plus, our listings will help you find the top spots to shop, dine,

see and be seen while exploring all the wonderful things available in the Dallas area. Enjoy your stay here in the summertime capital of Texas, as well as this new edition of Dallas Hotel Magazine, with our compliments. It’s the definitive guide for discerning visitors to Big D.

Pete Northway Publisher, Dallas Hotel Magazine


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It’s been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas, yet his legacy lives on at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Through nearly 400 historic

television and radio broadcasts, films, photographs and artifacts, the Museum continues to tell the story of President Kennedy’s life, death and lasting impact.

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This flower and gift service delivers with impeccable grace. With creative arrangements and decadent goodies, H.Bloom puts a handcrafted stamp on each delivery. You can even select one of plenty of beautiful high-quality potted plants, including orchids and fishbowls. Marking a special occasion or saying thank you? Opt for one of the edible options — cupcakes, macarons, cake balls and chocolates — or a beautifully packaged, luxuriously scented candle. Now operating in 10 cities nationwide, H.Bloom offers subscription delivery service on floral arrangements with special plans available for businesses. Check website for pricing, hbloom.com

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Give your digital mementos a more permanent home with printing service InstaThis. Upload your Instagram treasures to the service, and within four to seven days, receive a high-quality print on acrylic or birch ready to be displayed proudly in your home or office. With the image printed directly onto the material utilizing handmade craftsmanship, each print will shine with a personality all its own. Go ahead, show off your inner Ansel Adams! Prices vary, instathis.com




When it comes to eating right, advice, information and opinions abound. Fortunately for us, author Tania Boughton sifted through it all to distill plenty of healthy wisdom and a collection of simple, easyto-follow recipes, perfect for those of us too busy to do much more than pop a dish in the microwave. A single mom to two, Boughton finds low-calorie ways to satisfy your cravings and please the palates of little ones. Boughton lets her own struggles with eating and experience with weight counseling help guide the reader to a more enlightened and healthier way of eating and living. $20, eatinglightdoneright.com — CATHERINE ADCOCK

Gourmet To Go>>

Food Trucks for Foodies

It seems that gourmet food truck culture is finally gaining the traction in Dallas that it’s found in other cities. Since the first one cropped up in the Dallas Arts District in mid-2011, a flurry of others have followed, encouraged by the efforts of the first, though they may not even be aware of how extensive those efforts were. Before an ordinance passed in 2011, Dallas did not allow food trucks to remain in one place longer than 60 minutes, and they were not permitted downtown at all. But Michael Siegel, who initially set up his Green House truck in University Park (due to the more lenient Park Cities regulations compared to those of the City of Dallas) always had his eye on the Arts District. He contacted Veletta Lill, then executive director of the Dallas Arts District, who responded positively to the idea. “There really wasn’t a place to feed people that just wanted to come downtown and visit the museum,” Siegel recalls. “[Dallas Arts District] was the best place for foot traffic for museumgoers, performancegoers and workers downtown.” A year and a half after Siegel began his push, the ordinance passed, and though it opened the door for his gourmet truck and others, they remain confined specifically to the Arts District at Winspear Opera House and on the corner of Leonard and Flora Streets, a fact that has not seemed to hamper the growth of the industry. On any weekday, visitors to the District now have as many affordable, palette-pleasing options as they do cultural ones, including sliders, cupcakes, Korean tacos or Siegel’s healthy fast-food option. Siegel thinks the industry will continue to expand as downtown continues to grow. “We’ve made steps in the right direction. Trucks are allowed on Flora Street, but they’re still not allowed [farther into] downtown. We have such a huge population downtown, and there are very few dining options, and the trucks still aren’t allowed there,” he says. Perhaps the city will take note as more foodies and the trucks that feed them populate the area. For now, any District visitors looking for the most up-to-date truck schedule can visit thedallasartsdistrict.org — KRISTEN TUCKER

A Sampling of Street Fare Easy Slider Truck

Ruthie’s Rolling Café


Three Lions Truck


Here, sliders are anything but traditional. Try the Nutty Pig, a slider with lettuce, tomato, bacon, onion and a helping of peanut butter, or the Sweet & Lowdown, topped with bacon, goat cheese and strawberry jam. For the slidercraving vegetarian, there’s the portobello and mozzarella-laden Baby Bella.

Who doesn’t love a great grilled cheese? At Ruthie’s, you create your own. Start by selecting bread and cheese, but you don’t have to stop there; add some bacon, chicken, ham, turkey or pepperoni. Go further with jalapeños, grilled tomatoes, pickles or caramelized onions. And enjoy.

Get your gourmet Korean taco fix here with a choice of chicken, beef, pork or tofu. Or try their other delectable offerings, such as the ssahmDAWG — bacon-wrapped beef franks with fixings — or the much-coveted kimchi fries, potatoes covered in cheese, cilantro, onion, caramelized kimchi and spicy mayo.

Can’t seem to find enough English cuisine in Texas? Three Lions, run by two transplanted English brothers, fits the bill. Have some good, old-fashioned fish and chips or meat pie. If you like some Texas with your English, their sausage roll — ground pork and jalapeños in a puff pastry — might do the trick.

In need of something sweet and delicious that will probably leave you wanting more? Look no further than these mini cupcakes. With names like Slap-Your-Mother Chocolate, Cookie Monster, Oh My Ganache and Pebbles and Bam Bam, you’re bound to find something that will be just as fun to order as it is to eat.




Funny Bone>>

Comedy in North Texas

Texas has a rich history of comedy — funny people, funny movies and funny TV shows. Perhaps you’ve forgotten that State Fair with Pat Boone, Bobby Darin and Ann-Margret, Mars Needs Women starring Tommy Kirk and Yvonne Craig, and Blank Check with Miguel Ferrer and a young Brian Bonsall were all shot in Dallas? (Don’t worry, we did, too.) But seriously, folks, some of the top comedians around got their starts right here in Big D,

including Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, who actually grew up in nearby Terrell. Did you know that Steve Harvey opened his own club in Dallas, called Steve Harvey’s Comedy House? When it debuted in 1993, Harvey’s club was reportedly only the fourth African American–owned comedy club in the country. Southern-fried funnymen Ron “Tater Salad” White and Bill Engvall (“Here’s Your Sign”) cut their teeth in area comedy clubs before joining fellow comics Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the Blue Collar

Comedy Tour. Who could ever forget the great George “Spanky” McFarland, a Dallas native who acted in the classic Our Gang movies of the ’30s and ’40s? If you feel like you need a good laugh, Dallas has a great selection of quality comedy clubs. Who knows, you might also catch a rising star in the process. — DAVE MUSCARI BACKDOOR COMEDY CLUB 8250 N. Central Expy. 214.328.4444 Backdoorcomedy.com

AD-LIBS 2626 Main St. 214.754.7050 ad-libs.com DALLAS COMEDY HOUSE 2645 Commerce St. 214.741.4448 dallascomedyhouse.com THE IMPROV 4980 Beltline Rd. (Addison) 972.404.8501 improv.com HYENA’S 5321 Mockingbird Ln. 214.823.5233 hyenascomedynightclub.com







Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Dragons

’til Midnight at the Nasher

Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Lee Brice

Kevin Pollak

The State Fair of Texas

Improv (Addison)

Dallas Fair Park

American Airlines Center

Enjoy a magnificent collection of sculpture, an outdoor concert and a special screening of the animated movie classic Cars in this world-class setting.

Gexa Energy Pavilion

He’s best remembered for juicy roles in A Few Good Men and The Usual Suspects, but his impressions and hilarious stand-up put him on the map.

All eyes will be on Big Tex when the 52-foot icon returns to his place of honor on opening day at America’s largest state fair celebration.

JULY 31–AUG. 11

It’s an inventive fusion of circus history, myth and majesty when the Greatest Show on Earth takes center stage with this electrifying new edition.


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CMA’s 2010 entertainer of the year blends country and Southern rock in songs such as “Letter to Me,” “Whiskey Lullaby” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”

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Art Scene>>

Samuel Lynne Gallery

Reflecting the Future With elements like live painting demonstrations, a 40-seat HD theater, four gallery spaces and an in-gallery studio, Samuel Lynne Gallery has never been shy about attracting attention. For five years, the home to artists J.D. Miller and Phillip Romano has generated its share of dialogue from within the walls of its 11,000-square-foot space. Creative use of events and exhibitions has always been the gallery’s forté, but as it enters its fifth year, Samuel Lynne Gallery has begun to move in an ambitious new direction. “Our intention is to introduce Samuel Lynne Gallery and our existing artists to a broader national audience and international community,” says Karen Bivens, who, along with husband Michael, recently joined Miller and Romano as partners in the gallery. The gallery began as a meeting of the artistic minds between Miller and Romano. Romano, a wildly successful local restaurateur, had for years been pursuing painting as his passion. However, it wasn’t until he met Miller, founder of the reflectionist school

of painting, that he began to better define his artistic sensibility. The two opened the gallery in 2008, showcasing their pieces alongside the work of similarly energetic and challenging artists. The space, full of dynamic threedimensional oil and mixed-media paintings as well as steel sculptures and installations, quickly established itself as a premier Dallas gallery. For Samuel Lynne Gallery, after five years of success, the next five years promise a wider audience and national and international attention. In that vein, the gallery looked to represent several new artists, such as the renowned Tom Holland, whose epoxy-onaluminum paintings have been shown everywhere from the Guggenheim in New York City to the San Francisco Museum of Art. “Tom’s pairing of rough, unfinished metalworking and vibrant dripping colors of epoxy paint contrast for a one-of-a-kind sensory experience,” says Bivens. Another addition, artist Lea Fisher, the subject of her own fair share of regional attention, gives her sculpted oil paintings

lightness and airiness through feathering. “All of our artists form a cohesive vision for the direction of Samuel Lynne Gallery,” says Bivens. “This is ultimately what attracted us to them.” Samuel Lynne has begun traveling with its artists’ work to international fairs, such as Art Basel in Miami and Frieze in New York City. However, as the gallery begins to extend its reach and broaden its reputation, it hasn’t forgotten its roots in the vibrant and diverse Dallas art world. “The largest part of moving forward will be reaching outward toward the international community while still maintaining a strong relationship with the Dallas market where Samuel Lynne Galleries first began,” says Bivens. — CATHERINE ADCOCK





Craft Beer Bandwagon Gets Crowded Dallas is experiencing a surge in local suds — that is, craft breweries have sprouted up in recent years, fueled by a growing interest in handcrafted beer with a local bent. Alongside the rise in brand options, a crop of fantastic, personality-filled bars and restaurants have arisen to meet the demand of hopheads looking to sit and savor a brew or two. And for those wanting to stand and savor, there are enough local breweries to visit and tour to fill more than one vacant day. But what’s driving this push toward locavore beer and indie brands? Tait Lifto from Deep Ellum Brewing Company — the largest brewery in Dallas — has an opinion on the matter. “I believe the overall mentality of Americans has changed a great deal over the past 10 years or so, and DFW is no exception,” the socalled Brand and Sales Ninja says. “People are moving more toward quality crafted items, whether it’s food or beverage, and they appreciate an excellent, localmade product that utilizes quality ingredients and isn’t a massproduced, chemically enhanced, weak product.” We’ll raise a glass to that. Here, a curated selection of beer joints — ones where you can tour the operations or sip and soak up the atmosphere. — FARAH FLEURIMA

Places to Visit


423 Singleton Blvd. fcbrewing.com

495 McKinney Pkwy. McKinney, TX 75071 franconiabrewing.com

If you’re up for a drive, this Four Corners Brewing Co. McKinney facility boasts a twoCheck the website of Trinity Groves’ first brewery for tour info. hour educational tour for $5.

Peticolas Brewing Co. Tours are every first and third Saturday of the month, cost $10 and feature complimentary beers. 2026 Farrington St. peticolasbrewing.com

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Tour this brewery, the largest in Dallas, Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. 2823 St. Louis St. deepellumbrewing.com

Lakewood Brewing Co. This hip outfit recently doubled its capacity to meet demand. Check out the $10 Saturday tours (1–3 p.m.) for a not-to-be-missed East Dallas experience. 2302 Executive Dr. Garland, TX lakewoodbrewingco.com

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Tours, scheduled throughout Wednesdays and Saturdays, cost $10 and feature tastings. 701 Galveston Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104 rahrbrewing.com

Places to Eat and Drink Ten Bells Tavern



1154 Peavy Rd. 214.324.3335 goodfrienddallas.com

Meddlesome Moth Soak up the colorful happy-hour and find the perfect craft-beer pairing for your small plates at this Design District staple.

Burger Tuesday at this Bishop Arts restaurant means a sandwich, 1621 Oak Lawn Ave. fries and a brew for only $10. 232 W. 7th St. 214.943.2677 tenbellstavern.com

Strangeways This newbie quickly established itself as a craft-beer haven. Sit on the patio and watch Fitzhugh Avenue traffic breeze past, noshing on plantain chips. 2429 N. Fitzhugh Ave 214.823.7800

The Libertine That the venerable gastropub on Lowest Greenville is known as the spot for Dallas chefs to flock to after kitchen duty should tell you something about its fine fare. 2101 Greenville Ave. 214.824.7900 libertinebar.com

Goodfriend Beer Garden & Burger House This East Dallas hotspot features equally tempting beer and food menus. With 21 beers on tap


and 60 in bottles, you’re sure to find a craft beer that tickles your tastebuds.

214.628.7900 mothinthe.net

Places to Drink Craft & Growler

Like a filling station for beer, this Exposition Park hub is ideal for hunkering down to enjoy suds or taking them to go in growlers. 3601 Parry Ave. 214.821.1122 craftandgrowler.com

World Beer Company/ The Bottle Shop There are at least 99 bottles of beer lining the wall at this Lower Greenville haunt, and you can have your growler filled with any number of them. 2116 Greenville Ave. 214.828.2873 wobusa.com

Travel tech>> Suffering from frequent-flier fatigue? DHM recommends these travel-friendly gadgets to ease the troubles of your trip. — CATHERINE ADCOCK

Blunt Umbrellas We’ve tried and tested this testament to strength through design during North Texas’ stormy season, and we’re pleased to report that it can withstand the toughest of winds and heaviest of downpours. Its sound architectural integrity and aerodynamic design keep the Blunt Umbrella opening rainy day after rainy day, saving you the familiar frustration of trying to fix a broken umbrella in the middle of a storm. Whether your next trip takes you to Sacramento or Seattle, consider stashing one of these in your carry-on — it might just save your suit. Blunt XS Metro, $50, bluntusa.com




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Window Solar Charger

Beats by Dre

When summer travel includes the entire family, keeping the little ones entertained takes high priority. The Seagate Wireless Plus’ media server streams video via its own WiFi hotspot to phones, tablets and computers. About the size of a small paperback book and weighing half a pound, the Wireless Plus can store up to 500 hours of HD movies and has 10 hours of battery life. Oh, and did we mention it can stream up to three HD videos to three different devices at the same time? It just might make road-trip arguments between siblings a thing of the past. $200, seagate.com

From the airport to the rental car, this window solar charger will soak up the sun and juice up any of your USB devices, from iPhone to iPad. With a sleek and compact design, the 5-inchby-5-inch ultraportable device weighs in at just over 3 oz. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery can fully charge an iPhone. The battery, however, takes about 13 hours to charge by sunlight and 3 hours to charge by wall socket. With a suction grip attaching the solar panel to windows, though, you won’t have to worry about any shadows or panes affecting the quality of sun your device receives. $70, lbcmodern.com

The brand made famous by Dr. Dre takes its signature sound and goes wireless with this addition to its lineup. Originally developed to ensure that casual listeners can hear what the artist hears when they listen to music, Beats Audio pairs tailored hardware with its own software to ensure the best sound possible. With Beats Wireless, you can listen to music the way it was recorded in the studio from 30 feet away via Bluetooth. With 10 hours of battery life and ear-cup controls, Beats Audio might make it so that you may never have to touch your music device again. $280, beatsbydre.com



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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.



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




2101 Cedar Springs Rd. 214.965.0440 ocean-prime.com

17840 Dallas Pkwy. 972.250.2244 ruthschris.com


SER STEAK+SPIRITS Hilton Anatole, Floor 27 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy. 214.761.7479 sersteak.com

SILVER FOX 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 of up to 900, making it the perfect choice for any special occasion. 17776 Dallas Pkwy. 972.267.1776 iiiforks.com

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

BOB’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE LEMMON 4300 Lemmon Ave. 214.528.9446 DOWNTOWN 555 S. Lamar St. 214.652.4800

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.

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.

5251 Spring Valley Rd. 972.490.9000 delfriscos.com

701 Ross Ave. 214.698.0470 thepalm.com



4023 Oak Lawn Ave. Ste. 110 214-890-1500 eddiev.com

10477 Lombardy Ln. 214.366.2000 pappasbros.com



2222 McKinney Ave. 214.741.2277 mortons.com




3008 Maple Ave. 214.871.7444 nick-sams.com

500 Crescent Ct., No. 135 214.303.0500 thecapitalgrille.com

2000 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100 214.855.5151 perryssteakhouse.com

THE PLACE AT PERRY’S 2680 Cedar Springs Rd. 214.871.9991 placeatperrys.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

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FRISCO / PLANO / MCKINNEY Located 30 miles north of Dallas, McKinney’s treelined streets, identity-rich neighborhoods and dedication to quality of life make it one of the fastest growing cities in America. Nearby, Frisco is home to FC Dallas professional soccer, the Frisco Rough Riders baseball, more than two dozen parks and three golf courses—a popular place to live an active lifestyle in a welcoming community. Located just North of Dallas and filled with parks, ball fields and recognized schools, Plano features an historic downtown and a wide array of shopping, dining and community organizations.

BLUFFVIEW / DEVONSHIRE / GREENWAY PARKS Although they share rolling hills and large green spaces, these neighborhoods each have distinct and desirable personalities. Bluffview features 50 ft. cliffs, winding streets and large lots that attract premier architects who design homes to harmonize with picturesque surroundings. The Greenway Parks Conservation District is home to approximately 300 families who enjoy a community designed in the “English Commons” tradition featuring clusters of homes centered on private parkways. In Devonshire, post-war homes offer tremendous character and opportunities for renovation and expansion for residents at every phase of life.

SOUTHLAKE / COLLEYVILLE / WESTLAKE Close to Dallas and Fort Worth and within easy reach of DFW Airport and major travel arteries, Northeast Tarrant County is known for excellent home values, nationally recognized schools, sophisticated shopping and dining and welcoming communities. In Southlake and Colleyville, neighborhoods are centered on school activities and the popular Southlake Town Square creating a strong sense of community and connection. Westlake has been named one of the most affluent neighborhoods in America and is home to professional sports figures, CEOs and the nationally ranked Westlake Academy.



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UNIVERSITY PARK To live near SMU is to be neighbors with some of the city’s greatest museums, live performance and athletic venues, including TEDx lectures, concerts and more. Education is the focus of this almost 100 year-old community where 25 percent of residents are children. A college town in a sophisticated urban setting, University Park has eight parks and sports fields. At its center lies Snider Plaza, a local gathering spot for shopping and dining. Outdoor enthusiasts use the Katy Trail to connect to miles of trails that wind throughout North Texas.

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HIGHLAND PARK Wilbur David Cook, creator of Beverly Hills, designed Highland Park with winding streets, wide boulevards and 20 percent of the town’s acreage set aside for parks, pools, tennis courts and green space. Pro sports owners, CEOs, political power houses and well-known artists live in this 2.2 square mile town known for architecturally distinct homes. Neighbors meet up at Highland Park Village, the first outdoor shopping center of its kind in America. The award winning school district boasts a high school where 40 percent of students are enrolled in AP courses.

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UPTOWN / DOWNTOWN Vibrant urban neighborhoods are the centerpiece of this city on the Trinity. Stunning vertical living, townhouse communities set among treelined streets and classic neighborhoods live comfortably alongside iconic architecture, fine dining and world class shopping. Residents stroll to the American Airlines Center, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the 5.2-acre Klyde Warren Park and Dallas’ renowned Arts District, the largest contiguous museum and performance center in America. Newcomers and natives alike relish the rich history, exceptional lifestyle and distinct flavors experienced from sidewalk cafes and elevated sky views.

LAKEWOOD PRESTON HOLLOW Located just north of the Park Cities, this bucolic neighborhood is known for large, deeply wooded lots set among winding roads and private lakes. Home to former first family George and Laura Bush, owners of pro sports teams and CEOs, Preston Hollow boasts many landmark estates—ranging from sprawling ranches to mansions reminiscent of Great Gatsby. This rarified enclave boasts neighborhood traditions such as a much-loved annual Fourth of July parade. It is convenient to top private schools and NorthPark Center, which incorporates a private art collection in its public space.

LAKEWOOD Set on the shores of White Rock Lake, this artistically rich community combines close proximity with beautiful topography. Lakewood residents live life outside, taking advantage of the trails, water sports and acres of greens space in this urban oasis. The east side of the lake borders the Dallas Arboretum, one of the world’s best known botanical gardens, and every summer, the amphitheater at Samuel Grand Park hosts performances during the Shakespeare Festival. Students can attend Woodrow Wilson High School’s International Baccalaureate Programme or any of the nearby private schools.


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Many of the McKinney Avenue Trolley’s conductors are volunteers, moonlighting from other professions.


ou could call it ego. Phil Cobb would. After all, what would possess a successful restaurant developer to restore an antiquated transportation system, right in the heart of a major modern metropolis? “I wanted to see if I could do it,” says Cobb. “I like challenges. I wouldn’t be in the restaurant business if I didn’t.” Back in 1981, Cobb joined a group of developers, business leaders and electric streetcar fans to undertake what seemed like an unthinkable idea: Restore Dallas’ once-sprawling electric trolley system, out of for 25 “Today, there is a real neighborhood service years, back to its here in Uptown. The trolley was part former glory. What was then just a of developing that fabric.” neighborhood — PHIL COBB, FOUNDER MCKINNEY AVENUE TRANSIT AUTHORITY plan, steeped in nostalgia, has evolved into a transit line relied on by hundreds of thousands of commuters every year, as vital to contemporary Dallas’ daily operation as it is to its culture. The chronological narrative of the McKinney Avenue Trolley closely follows the timeline 32



of Uptown Dallas’ economic and cultural revitalization, in a story of transit-oriented urban development echoed in cities across the country.

Cobb tells DHM. When we spoke with him in June, we met in his office in the same building. “I just thought, ‘Wouldn’t that be cool to bring streetcar service back to Dallas after 25 years?’” “JUICEFREAK” In 1983, Cobb, Landrum Back in 1979, Cobb and a and a few others founded the number of business and nonprofit McKinney Avenue community leaders petitioned Trolley Authority (MATA) and the city to backdate McKinney got to work. The story of how Avenue, an asphalt thoroughfare the group got the service up and underneath which a cobblestone running is composed of one part street begged to be unearthed. audacity, one part civil will and Two years later, they stripped the one part corporate support. street of its asphalt, revealing The “big-ticket” item Cobb and perfectly preserved trolley tracks. Landrum wanted to resurrect Ed Landrum, a self-described wouldn’t just cost millions of “juicefreak” — an affectionate dollars, but would also require nickname for trolley fans taken the blessing and support of from the electricity that powers the City of Dallas. Still, with the cars — called Cobb with an $6 million of federal aid and invitation: “Come over, let me $3 million of private support, the show you something.” The two trolley ran again, on July 1, 1989, watched film taken over the last from St. Paul Street and Ross weekend that electric streetcars Avenue in downtown almost two ran in Dallas in 1956. Entranced, miles north to McKinney Avenue Cobb asked to watch the film — and Hall Street. showing the view from the front “The money we raised was from end of the car up McKinney mostly developers on the street Avenue — over and over. who saw this as something that “A number of those buildings would improve their property in the film were still here — and values,” recalls Cobb. “It was the I had just bought one of them,” largest amount of private funding

raised for a transit system in the United States.” One of the first major donations came from Rosewood Corporation founder Caroline Rose Hunt. The company, responsible for the Mansion on Turtle Creek, had recently opened the Crescent Hotel and Spa at the corner of Maple and McKinney Avenues on the future trolley line. They hoped the Crescent would become the latest luxury destination in Dallas. Today, Crescent Court is home to the hotel, its spa, as well as high-end retailer Stanley Korshak and fine dining such as The Capital Grille. The McKinney Avenue Trolley quickly became a local attraction, with tourists and locals alike paying the $1.50 fare for a trip through history. Around 40,000 riders found their way aboard the trolley each year. Meanwhile, the area now known as Uptown began to enjoy a revitalization of sorts, becoming a neighborhood in a traditional sense. Preservationists lobbied to keep historic buildings, businesses began leasing space, and the area began to find new life.

CLANGING FOR COMMUTERS The Trolley seemed destined to be nothing more than a local attraction, ferrying sightseers from the Downtown Arts District through most of Uptown. Planning for a northern extension began in 1994, with the line completed in 2002. By the time streetcars began rolling all the way past West Village, a then-new mixed-use development on the northern end of Uptown, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) had successfully completed the beginnings of its light-rail line with a station right where the trolley line stopped. DART quickly enrolled MATA in its site-specific shuttle program, providing enough funding for the trolley, now called the M-Line, to run free of charge. Riders could leave the new CityPlace station, board the trolley and get off anywhere from Uptown to downtown. Ridership rose dramatically, to over 150,000 passengers per year. Cobb says about 50 percent of that ridership consisted of commuters. “CityPlace was our No. 1 pick-up and drop-off station.

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The $700,000 turntable at CityPlace, funded by the area’s tax improvement fund, will allow for faster single-ended cars to be incorporated into the M-Line fleet.

Those were commuters, and they The first street railway in Dallas, chartered in 1871, traveled along wanted to go to Uptown.” Commerce Street with cars pulled From 2001 until today, by mules. construction on the tracts of land surrounding West Village has continued unabated, as the area developed into a pedestrianfriendly neighborhood. Today, what was once empty lots hosts a variety of entertainment, shopping and dining options. Any given weekend, one will find patios full of afternoon brunchers “These vital cities are figuring it out and shoppers ambling from all over again, and a streetcar is a store to store. New big part of an economic strategy.” developments — ART GUZETTI, VICE PRESIDENT, AMERICAN PUBLIC include a TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION restaurant and entertainment venue, dog park and office building, which will transform the area into a place where one could live, work and play. Recently, advertising firm The Richards Group announced its intention to move its headquarters into a




The M-Line has been free since 2002, but tips for conductors are encouraged.

new development across from CityPlace and adjacent to West Village. All in all, the Uptown area, valued at around $500 million in 1995, was most recently appraised at a value of $3 billion. RENEWED URBANITY Transit, of course, is just one of many factors influencing in-town development, though for those of us who grew up in a car-centric culture, its importance might be easy to overlook. According to Art Guzetti, vice president of policy for the American Public “It’s not that the streetcar brings the Transportation people, it brings a sense of being part of Association, streetcars and a lively community — which people like.” development have always — ART GUZETTI been inextricably linked. “Development was very much part of the streetcar’s history. Many of the early streetcars sparked the next ring of development in cities.” Prior, cities were limited geographically by how far one could travel on foot — they had to be walkable. 34



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Cobb stands in the McKinney Avenue Trolley barn, where trolley maintenance and restoration are performed.

The link between streetcar transit and development can be explained by a few factors. Proximity to a fixed form of transportation can greatly improve the desirability of real estate. According to Neal Sleeper, president of CityPlace Corporation, which helped develop the West Village area, and former president of MATA, access to the M-Line has become a selling point for those looking to fill office, apartment and retail spaces. “I think the apartment owners find that being on or near the trolley gives them a marketing advantage,” says Sleeper. “The retailers like it. And although we haven’t seen a lot of it yet, we are beginning to see now that there will be quite a bit of office development.” Sleeper considers the trolley a key factor in attracting business to the West Village area developments. For The Richards Group, in particular, the transit likely weighed heavily in the attraction to the neighborhood. “I think the ability to use transit to either get to work, to take it to go to lunch or zip downtown for

a meeting was a big factor in The Richards Group decision,” says Sleeper. “They have a lot of young employees and people that like to live in an in-town environment and a walkable environment.” Guzetti describes a generational shift in transportation attitudes. “The love affair with the car is so much different with the new generations,” he says. The palpable liveliness that now exists in Dallas’ Uptown — an energy that draws diners into restaurants, renters into apartments and shoppers into stores — can be partially attributed to its unique, historic transit option. “Today, there is a real neighborhood here in Uptown,” notes Cobb. “The trolley was part of developing that fabric.” Sleeper agrees, “It’s the spine of Uptown, and it sort of defines Uptown.” Guzetti describes the effect streetcars have on neighborhoods as also important to development. “It’s not that the streetcar brings the people, it brings a sense of being part of a lively community — which people like,” says Guzetti.

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Each heritage car in the M-Line fleet had to be restored to its original condition.

DRAWN TO DOWNTOWN The southern end of M-Line extends across Woodall Rodgers Freeway, past the Arts District, which itself has recently seen dramatic improvements. With the addition of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in 2009 and the 2012 opening of Klyde Warren Park, constructed above Woodall Rodgers, MATA enjoyed a sharp increase in ridership. “The people we were seeing on weekends [after Klyde Warren opened] were just amazing,” says Cobb. The M-Line has seen a 42 percent increase in ridership since Klyde Warren opened, and Cobb anticipates ridership will be at least 600,000 for 2013. Later this year, the M-Line will finish construction on a loop that will circle through the Arts District back to McKinney Avenue, likely bringing even more riders and potential development. However, as vibrant as Dallas’ Arts District may be, other areas of downtown are profoundly lacking in activity. The area has the highest vacancy rate for retail of any North Texas business district. The effort to remake

downtown into an urban space as vital as its neighbor Uptown is certainly uphill. A key component of the city’s plans, which include incentives for outdoor dining, retail development and a reorganization of existing parking systems, is a modern streetcar system to complement the existing light-rail and trolley systems. Scheduled to be completed in 2014, the new streetcar will connect Dallas’ Convention Center with Union Station and travel south into Oak Cliff. Sleeper says, “To have some kind of circulator to make it easy to get from one place to the other, I think, is hugely important for downtown. I think it’ll make a lot of difference.” While the historic McKinney Avenue Trolley happened to be in the right place at the right time to assist with the revitalization of an urban area, the City of Dallas, as with many other metro areas, is actively pursuing streetcars as vital components of urban renewal. An astounding 55 cities across the United States either already have or will have streetcar systems. All seek to increase

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Cobb estimates that 50 percent of the M-Line ridership consists of commuters.

urban circulation and connect strategic areas, stimulating economic development. For some cities, their heritage trolleys never went away; others, like Dallas and MATA, brought historic trolley cars back to life. The new downtown Dallas line will consist of a modern streetcar line, with sleek design and no overhead wires. “These vital cities are figuring it out all over again,” says Guzetti. “And a streetcar is a big part of an economic strategy.” The revitalization seen in Uptown is on par with national trends. What had been a one-way trend toward suburban living and car-centric transportation has begun to see some reversal, as increasing numbers of people look to live in-town. “People are moving with their feet and their wallets, all to cities,” says Guzetti. “There is a sense of excitement about urban living again. Cities have turned the corner after years of decline.”

A trolley travels down Commerce Street in downtown Dallas in 1948, competing for space with automobiles.







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at, drink and live well, the line emblazoned across Tim Love’s website, feels less like a spiffy advertising slogan and more like a life philosophy. As one of America’s hottest chefs with an unabashed taste for beef, Tim’s never been shy about where he falls on the great debate between carnivores and vegetarians. “When you walk into a steakhouse, you never hear anyone say, ‘Wow, doesn’t that creamed spinach smell great?’ Unless, of course, the spinach is made with bacon,” he has said. Love launched his culinary career years ago in a Knoxville kitchen while a student at the University of Tennessee. After sharpening his professional chops around his college town, the rising young chef traded the

Smokies for the Rockies and quaint Frisco, Colo., where his career promptly zoomed from simmer to red-hot sizzle. During that time, Love was honored with a series of prestigious recognitions including several Taste of the Mountains awards. He moved back to his native Texas, working as an executive chef in some of North Texas’ premier restaurants before opening his own signature eatery in 2000. Love’s flagship restaurant, the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, located in Fort Worth’s historic Stockyards, takes its name from Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. It created an immediate stir in food circles, becoming one of the Southwest’s more popular culinary destinations.




Love is famous for his Wagyu tomahawk chop ribeye.




Known for his cowboy hat in the kitchen, Love is the leading pioneer of a style referred to as “urban western.” Think of it like this: traditional and nontraditional elements blended to create a smart new take on old-school Western cuisine. He’s fond of home-grown ingredients: bountiful cuts of prime beef, regional wild game, fish and chicken, combined with unique flavors and ingredients from a variety of cultures. Love’s creations include succulent rabbit and rattlesnake sausage, goat cheese–stuffed quail, braised pork shank and pan-fried steak. Try the roast corn and black bean salsa, or his lamb sliders followed by white sponge cake, silky pumpkin flan or tequila pie — all Texas foodie favorites. Red chile–marinated shrimp, Texas caviar (a tasty regional blend of black-eyed peas, green and red peppers, jalapeños, garlic and onions), tomatillo salsa and his cold corn soup all feature flavors as robust as the Rio Grande. In 2007, Love made an appearance on The Food Network’s uberpopular Iron Chef America in a chile pepper battle competing against internationally recognized chef Masaharu Morimoto. The Denton native

walked away the winner. The same year, he opened a new joint dedicated to hamburgers (try his celebrated Dirty Love Burger) and sausages named Love Shack. It’s located adjacent to his White Elephant Saloon, one of the oldest and most authentic such establishments in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Love Shack So7, the restaurant’s little brother, located in the trendy development off Fort Worth’s 7th Street, features indoor and outdoor seating, a stage for live performance and a sensational lounge. In 2012, he opened Woodshed Smokehouse on the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, and most recently Queenie’s Steakhouse in Denton. He says smokehouses pay particular “homage to all things grilled, roasted and slow-cooked.” Queenie’s features a rotating selection of beef, chicken, pork, wild game, fish and vegetables, all cooked, in true Love tradition, over a variety of woods and fire sources. Love’s name continues to gain steam. He has written several books, launched two lines of cookware and partnered with a renowned California vineyard to produce the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro wines. A devoted

husband and father of three active children, he doesn’t let his busy professional schedule prevent him from staying involved in the community. He has been recognized for his work with Spoons Across America, an innovative nonprofit that provides nutritional information to educators and families. His menu is a favorite among musicians looking for that special taste of Texas, from rockers Tommy Lee and Kid Rock to country stars Pat Green, Shooter Jennings and Hank Williams III. On Thanksgiving Day 2011, Love was highlighted during CBS Sports’ coverage of the Dallas Cowboys–Miami Dolphins game, providing a special dish for the winner of the game’s most valuable player award. He made a return appearance during the network’s coverage of the Cowboys– Pittsburgh Steelers game last December, grilling for the cameras. We asked Chef Love a few juicy questions about his culinary philosophy and zesty approach to life. DHM: Your motto, “Eat, Drink and Live Well” is certainly a convincing thought. Are those key words you live by? TL: Absolutely. I don’t think there’s anything else that I do.

DHM: For those not familiar with urban western cuisine, can you help describe what makes it different from oldschool meat and potato cuisine in the western United States? TL: Urban Western cuisine is based on the wide variety of ethnic groups that settled the American West, ranging from Native Americans to Chinese railroad workers, French settlers, Germans and Mexicans. It’s about taking their culinary traditions and blending with modern, urban techniques. It also means that any ingredient west of the Mississippi is fair game, so to speak. DHM: Let’s revisit that never-ending debate between vegetarians and meat-lovers. So you’ll take a pan-fried steak or a thick, juicy Texas ribeye over lightly seasoned acorn squash any day of the week? TL: Yes. Wouldn’t you? DHM: You once saddled up and took lights, camera and action on an unusual philanthropic trail drive from Texas to New York. It became a fascinating documentary on The Food Network that was honored with a prestigious James Beard nomination. How did Cowboys on the Trail come about, and what did you think of the overall experience? TL: It came out of the challenge of whether or not I could make a full meal in New York using exclusively ingredients we

sourced locally at each stop along the drive. We wanted to make an all-American meal, and I think we did a pretty damn good job. We also had a great time and met some amazing people.

Love’s Dirty Love burger is topped with a fried quail egg.

DHM: Giving back to the community is a significant part of your life. Educating kids about healthy food choices is of critical importance in the fight against childhood obesity. Tell us about it. TL: I’ve worked with Spoons Across America a lot, serving on the national board of directors. Lately I’m working on my own charity called Burgers for Babies, which benefits the NICU Helping Hands Foundation in Fort Worth. It provides support to families whose babies were born premature. I’ve also taken on the challenge of revamping the school lunch program at my children’s school, and have even planted a working and teaching garden, so the kids can learn about nutrition and agriculture at the same time.

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Seemingly overnight, Dallas’ Design District has developed into a focal point for visual arts in the area, garnering attention from all over the country and developing into a neighborhood and community of its own.





Art for Everyone

From top: Samuel Lynne Gallery often hosts livepainting demonstrations by artist J.D. Miller. Artist Christopher Martin owns a gallery in Victory Park, but has also opted to open a studio in the Design District. Mary Tomás Gallery shows contemporary work by a variety of established and emerging artists. DADA’s art walks take place twice a year, and include more areas than just the Design District, like Deep Ellum, home to Kettle Art, seen here.

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he 21st century has been very kind to the arts in Dallas. Between the establishment of a strong Arts District downtown and the emergence of a gallery scene in the Design District, Dallas now has something for art lovers of all stripes. The Design District’s life as a focal point for visual arts in the area came about suddenly, though it certainly wasn’t unexpected. For decades, interior designers, furniture wholesalers and related enterprises called the area home. Though closed to the public, the district possessed a natural affinity for the arts. Dallas’ galleries had been scattered throughout the metro area, from Cedar Springs to North Dallas to Deep Ellum. In recent years, though, many opted for new addresses on Design District streets such as Hi Line, Dragon and Riverside. For them, the district made for a logical (and often less expensive) fit. “I think that the obvious draw for the gallery owners is that the design trade can be very

beneficial,” says Lisa Taylor, president of the Dallas Art Dealers Association (DADA). “An interior designer who likes your artists can make you revenue. So it was kind of a no-brainer that the galleries would move to where the designers are.” While some galleries had been in the area for decades, others moved around the turn of the millennium. Conduit Gallery, often noted for being one of the first galleries to change addresses, relocated in 2002. Craighead-Green Gallery moved from its Cedar Springs location to Dragon Street in 2005. Owner Kenneth Craighead says it wasn’t until a few years later that the District really began to take its current form. He attributes it to several factors, not the least of which was completion of work on the Dallas North Tollway in 2008. Prior, the detours and deadends common to major highway construction negatively impacted buyer traffic. “It was like the floodgates opened,” Craighead says. “Galleries started popping up, designers started taking over places, everything started changing pretty rapidly.” The year 2009 saw the area’s first luxury apartment building open, followed by many more, and while the new area residents, largely young renters, may not make for art buyers and collectors, they certainly have made for a growing audience,

Dive Into the District

So you want to spend some time exploring the newest, hottest neighborhood in Dallas? Well, if you can’t make an opening weekend or one of DADA’s gallery walks, we highly recommend heading down for a Saturday brunch followed by some artful browsing. And don’t be shy: Dallas’ art galleries have a reputation for being approachable and friendly!

Visual Delights Founded in 1984, Conduit Gallery hosts some of the more heady contemporary work you’ll find in the Design District. The gallery runs three exhibitions at a time, so you’ll find plenty of variety to consider.

Since 1995, PDNB Gallery (formerly Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery) has exhibited 20th-century and contemporary photography and photo-based art. Also featured in the gallery are artist monographs and out-ofprint books on photography.

1626 Hi Line Dr. 214.939.0064 conduitgallery.com

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excited to attend openings. “I can tell you without a doubt that because of the proximity of where they live, that we have a lot of new people coming in — that just generates an interest, and that’s where you get your new collectors from,” says Craighead. With the addition of excellent dining options like Meddlesome Moth, open in 2010, the Design District has created a sense of community all its own. New developments include more apartment buildings, live-work spaces, retail shops, a mixeduse facility and more. Some, like Taylor, hope to see the neighborhood’s amenities improve as well. “We want to get it pedestrianfriendly, we want to get better sidewalks, we want to get bike racks — so it’s really a neighborhood,” she says, noting that DADA has made the improvements in the area one of its missions. As the Design District matures, so does Dallas’ reputation as a vibrant city for the arts. “Dallas is getting a lot of attention on a national level about what is happening here,” says Craighead. “When we start talking art, everybody gets really close. When we went to Art Basel in Miami, they wanted to know what’s happening in Dallas.”

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Established in 1992, CraigheadGreen Gallery represents an astounding variety of contemporary artists, from landscapes to abstract paintings as well as sculptures in all kinds of materials. 1011 Dragon St. 214.855.0779 craigheadgreengallery.com

Simple recipes allow the flavors of global cuisine to shine at Oak, where you’ll enjoy inventive cocktails and a seasonal wine space in a sleek, sexy environment.


One of the newest additions to the Design District scene, Cris Worley Fine Arts showcases contemporary art and specializes in innovative Texas artists. 1415 Slocum St., No. 104 214.745.1415 chrisworley.com

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Holly Johnson You’ll find a variety of contemporary works by exceptionally talented artists in this 5,500-square-foot space. In addition to representing several dozen artists, the gallery hosts single-artist shows throughout the year. 1411 Dragon St. 214.369.0169 hollyjohnson.com

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A much buzzed-about addition to the Design District, FT33 features fresh, seasonally inspired dishes such as uni and chive pancakes and scallops with piquillo chiles, grapes and capers.

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featuring small plates contains so many excellent dishes, you might not be able to choose just one.

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Off-Site Kitchen The little sister of North Dallas’ acclaimed Neighborhood Services offers casual fare such as burgers, slow-roasted brisket, short-rib sandwiches and sloppy tacos. 2226 Irving Blvd. 214.741.2226 offsitekitchen.net

The Meddlesome Moth This beer-lover’s haven offers a lot more than an excellent happy hour scene. Its delish menu







Sara Hickman Tangos to Her Own Beat Don’t label the Texas singer-songwriter folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, rock ’n’ roll or pop, because she plays them all and a whole lot more.


“When people talk about me, they don’t really know my songs. But they know me. To me, that’s success.”

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DHM recently. True to her roots, she never stopped pushing boundaries and growing her music. Her voice still sparkles clear and lovely. The songs on her new album, Shine, set for release on July 23, remain socially powerful and relevant. “Ever since I could talk, I wanted to do exactly what I’m doing,” says Hickman. Hickman is also still in demand: She’s recorded 15 studio albums, several on major labels, plus a few independent releases. Hickman works with tons of Texas artists, having appeared on at least 25 albums by other musicians. “When people talk about me, they don’t really know my songs,” she says. “But they know “I want to be remembered as someone me. And I guess that’s the best satisfaction. To who never gave up. Someone who just me, that’s success.” kept trying to make a ripple in the pond.” Art is in Hickman’s DNA. “When I was growing up, we were the aliens she was getting FM radio play, on our block,” she remembers. appearing on The Tonight Show Raised in suburban Houston, she with Johnny Carson and, like some of her Dallas-based peers, starting attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, out on a pretty terrific career. where her mom was a founding So where is Sara Hickman teacher. “Both my parents were today? “I guess I followed my artists,” she says. “My mother journey,” says the 50-year-old taught fiber arts and drawing. My performer from her home in dad was a professor for 40 years Austin when she spoke with

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uring the late ’80s and early ’90s, the music scene in Dallas was in full bloom. Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, Dixie Chicks and later The Toadies and Old 97’s all performed in and around Deep Ellum before hitting the big time. Sandwiched in the mix was a fresh-faced singer with a wide grin and a head full of sun-tossed hair named Sara Hickman. Her acoustic guitar–driven music offered a sound at once captivating, poetic and poignant. Hickman’s area performances cultivated a base of loyal fans who loved her beautifully crafted songs with sunny pop hooks. Soon




at the University of Houston.” HSPVA alumni include actress Lisa Hartman and singer Beyoncé Knowles, who reportedly dropped out to pursue her career. The school doused Hickman in different cultures, expanding her horizons even more. “I grew up in a house making art all the time,” she says. “I thought that was the way every family lived. I thought every family knew how to weave, and had a big 4-foot-tall ceramic pot full of wet clay in the backyard.” That’s just how it was. “My dad was into painting nudes, so the kids would come over and just gawk,” she laughs. All in all, Hickman sees her eccentric upbringing as a blessing. “I learned about texture, and how things are developed, how we process and how to problem-solve creatively,” she says. “[My family] was indeed exceptional. I am grateful for that.” After graduating from the University of North Texas in Denton, Hickman moved down to Dallas and started playing music. “It was really my jumping-off point, and everyone was so nice to me.” Several things helped chart her course. “Everybody else had a band; the Dixie Chicks

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In addition to 15 full-length releases, Sara has made guest-appearances on 25 records by other artists.

were a band, and Edie had the New Bohemians,” she says. “I was the girl with her guitar.” Eventually, she moved to Austin and immersed herself in the Live Music Capital of the World. It was a perfect fit. The deep community of performers, artists, filmmakers and musicians fed off one another’s creativity. She toured extensively, recorded and performed. Hickman made all kinds of music, even a DVD of songs for children. She says she recently wrote her first tango (“My sister is a professional tango dancer.”) Her circles widened and influences grew. Her songs made appearances on the charts (“Simply,” “I Couldn’t Help Myself”). And the Lone Star stamp on her music was unmistakable. “As big as Texas is, that’s how much of me it consumes. It embedded itself inside me.” Hickman says the geographic pull is stronger than ever. “When I leave to go perform somewhere else, I physically long to be back. Texas is its own country. It may be cliché, but you can find anything you want in Texas. If you’re in Rhode Island, it’s a little different.”

A few years ago, the legislature named Hickman official State Musician of Texas. “For 2009, it was Willie Nelson, and in 2010, it was me,” she says. Lyle Lovett and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top took over after Nelson and Hickman’s terms were completed. In typical roll-up-your-sleeves fashion, Hickman asked what the job entailed and was told there really wasn’t one. “Aren’t I supposed to do something,” she pressed. “They said, ‘No, just enjoy it — just be state musician.’” She wouldn’t stand for that. “I don’t think you know me very well because if I’m going to get an accolade like that, I’m going to use it for the benefit of somebody,” she says. “Then I got this: ‘Well, you know we don’t have any money.’ I said, ‘No money? No worries. I’m gonna make things happen!’” Hickman came up with her own big ideas. She discussed them with the Texas Commission on the Arts. When the dust cleared, the H-E-B grocery chain provided the newly minted state musician a hefty grant, and Family Time Rocks! was born. Along with musicians Jason Molin and Gray Parsons, she set up a website

(familytimerocks.com), recorded songs and took their kid-friendly show on the road to schools all over the state. They preached a simple mantra aimed at beating back legislative cuts to arts funding: Families That Create Together Do Great Together! “Kids are really the ones that bring home the creative ideas to a lot of families that aren’t exposed to the arts,” said Hickman. “When you cut that funding, kids don’t get as much arts and music in school, so they can’t come home and talk to their parents about it.” The CD features songs, poetry and spoken pieces in languages including Dutch, French, German and Farsi, by people from all over the world. “So you might listen to a song by a 5-year-old girl, then a rock song, then a poem by the State Poet Laureate Karla Morton,” she said. “We wanted to emphasize ways that families could play and create together.” In 2011, she raised awareness for the Theater Action Project (now known as Creative Action). “I put together 39 of my songs, and got 39 musicians from Texas,” she says. Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians got back together for the project, and DALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE



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In 2010, Hickman was named State Musician of Texas. She followed in the footsteps of Willie Nelson.

doing what I’m doing, and I want my kids to know how much I love them, and [I want to] be here for them as much as I can be.” Texas performers have never shied away from the provocative. Back in 2003, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines publicly railed on President George W. Bush for the war in Iraq during a concert in London. Singer Kinky Friedman ran for governor in 2006 and state railroad commissioner four years later. “They always say musicians and artists should keep their mouths shut when it comes to politics ’cause what do we know about it?” says Hickman. “Well, of course we “They always say musicians and artists know about it, because it affects our lives should keep their mouths shut when and friends and our it comes to politics ’cause what do we communities.” She’s recorded a know about it? Well, of course we know tune about a former about it because it affects our lives and vice presidential hopeful called “Palin By friends and our communities.” Comparison” (“I never say her name, nor do gone two or three or I’d have my I show her picture”), and a little family with me.” goof on the current governor, Hickman says she probably too. But Hickman says her most could have gone the nanny route controversial song, an acapella “and been more famous…. But number called “The One,” means to me, I wanted to do both,” the most to her. “Of all the music she says. “I want to try and keep I have ever written, it’s the soul

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Rhett Miller of Old 97’s, Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster, Willie Nelson, Robert Earl Keen, Shawn Colvin and Patrice Pike all contributed to the album, The Best of Times. Beyond her success raising consciousness and money, as well as making music, another significant point of pride for Hickman is her family. She has two daughters, Lili and iolana (“All lower case, like kd lang,” she says.), while working as an artist. “It’s harder for mom musicians, you know?” she says. “I think the most I have ever been gone is 10 days. Everything else, I would be




of me in terms of politics,” she says reflectively. “I wrote it after the Virginia Tech shootings. Like everyone else, I was horrified. Because I am a mom and a musician, it affected me. I’m thinking about my kids. How can I speak out on this?” Hickman explains that she overheard some moms talking about how Virginia Tech mass murderer Seung-Hui Cho’s mother had suffered a breakdown. “I can relate to her,” she says, “Because if that were one of my children, I would be subjected, for the rest of my life, to not only the missing and the sorrow of not having my child, but also the horror of what had occurred by his hands.” So she wrote from his mother’s point of view. “It’s not even a song, it’s more just a keening on her behalf,” she says. “I hope some day I can meet her to tell her that she’s not alone, because what a horrible thing to go through.” She sings softly: No flowers for his funeral. No one here on the phone. Invisible here, I am living in fear. I am broken and alone. The burden of my broken heart can never be compared; to the loss and anger others feel and the other mothers share.

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Hickman’s latest offering, Shine, goes on sale July 23.

“When I first sang it, I was in Virginia at a festival,” she recalls. “I didn’t realize Virginia Tech University was literally 20 miles down the road. People were stunned. There was this long pause afterwards. I really appreciated that, because to me it was a moment of silence.” She remembers an incensed woman in the audience questioned her sympathy for Cho’s mother, going so far as to call her a Nazi. Hickman burst into tears before the show’s promoter and her husband, Lance, calmed her down. They offered a unique insight. “You have to keep singing this song because you’re giving people a different viewpoint,” they suggested. “Some people aren’t going to like it, but that’s what art is,” says Hickman. “Let’s look at it this way, and see how that feels –— and make us think, you know? Just speaking out, why does that have to be a political statement? Maybe it’s just somebody expressing himself or herself.” Her new album was written and recorded in Los Angeles. “It’s different than anything I’ve done,” she beams. More pop, less Austin-organic. The songs range from a sizzling sexual encounter

“from a cocky woman’s point of view,” she points out, to the title track written for a young man’s coming out. “It’s just an uplifting song about being you,” she says. “Shine as you are.” She sings a beautiful song called “Rapture,” which Hickman wrote for daughter Lili. “Just piano, cello, French horn and me,” she says. There is a bit of primal therapy in “Primitive Stuff” (“I scream my head off; very tribal with lots of drums”), and another song, “The Trouble with Boxes,” about her distaste for categories and labels. Shine was a family affair: iolana provided photos while Lance handled all the design and the packaging. “We keep it all in house, literally,” she says. “I try to expose my kids to being empowered by making art every way they can: music, drawing, photography and songwriting. It’s what my parents taught me.” Hickman says much of her time these days is spent living in the moment. “It’s not till years later I look back and think, “Well, I got a lot done!” “When Johnny [Carson] died there was a figure released: One in 6 million people ever got to be on The Tonight Show. And I thought, ‘Wow, I got to be on

twice?’ I feel honored because he was a true gentleman.” Hickman sounds a bit emotional when she talks about aspirations. “My dream has always been to appear on David Letterman,” she says. “He’s so bright and funny, but he’s also really sensitive. To go on David Letterman — I can’t even imagine. I would name every dog I have from now on Letterman.” With Shine about to be released, she is hopeful. “I would love to have another hit on the radio, because it helps my activism,” says Hickman. “I’ve tried to be engaged in everything from working with Romanian orphans to the homeless in Texas. I want to be remembered as someone who never gave up. Someone who just kept trying to make a ripple in the pond.” Clearly, the many years of charitable work has been a continuing source of inspiration as well as motivation. “Maybe I’ve made people think about how they can be involved in their communities and in the homes of their families,” she says. “That’s more important than hearing someone walking down the street humming my songs.”




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Heroes Villains & Outlaws With tall tales as big as her home state, prolific Texas novelist Sandra

Brown has 60 New York Times

best-sellers to her credit — and she keeps cranking out some of the world’s most popular books.





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Murder — with romance and suspense. But for all of her success and acclaim, the author also knows a thing or two about good, old-fashioned hard work. “Luck is when preparedness meets opportunity,” she laughs in a Texas twang. In a state chock full of legendary novelists, few have achieved Brown’s fame. She had just introduced the incoming president of the Mystery Writers of America at an awards ceremony in New York City the week before we met at her Arlington home. Along with husband Michael, the couple attended the event while in town to begin the renovation of a flat they’ve had for years. “Basically, the apartment is being “We’ve got larger-than-life characters in gutted,” sighs Brown. “We were working like Texas from our earliest history to last day laborers…then we week. We have always had the best heroes, had to go black tie to this event. Nothing’s the best villains and the best outlaws.” easy, especially not in New York.” It’s a long way from Waco, of 80 million books worldwide Brown’s hometown, to ritzy translated into 34 languages. ballrooms in New York. Her path Brown laces her white-hot to literary prominence started novels — with titles such as Play innocently enough. She and Dirty, Chill Factor, French Silk, Michael were working at ABC Low Pressure, Lethal and Love is uthor Malcolm Gladwell calls it the “10,000 Hour Rule.” In his book, Outliers, he describes the path to success in almost any endeavor as a matter of repetition, the practice of a given task for a total of 10,000 hours. Not everyone agrees with Gladwell’s theory. But for one with a nose against the grindstone, it makes for an interesting concept. In the case of Texas-born novelist Sandra Brown, success has been a long haul. In her 30-plus-year career, Brown has penned 76 books, an astounding 60 of which have appeared on The New York Times best-seller list. She’s sold upward




affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas when the idea of writing germinated. “They moved Michael to anchor the weekend news and asked me to do weather,” she said. “In those days you didn’t have to be a meteorologist,” said Brown. “It was basically regurgitation… get the information and then tell it back to the camera in a fairly logical, sensible way.” Brown eventually went on to be a contributor to the station’s PM Magazine while Michael anchored a morning talk show. “I did that for a couple of years part time, because we had babies at home. [On the talk show, Michael] got all the writers on book tours,” she says. Her husband suggested the idea of becoming a writer. The couple agreed it was a logical time — working from home would mean no childcare expenses. “So that’s when I started,” she says, with little indication of what to expect. “I didn’t know that I could do it, but I wanted to.” FINDING HER VOICE Like many writers, Brown felt a little lost, struggling to find her voice. “I didn’t know I was supposed to look for one,” she

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Far left: Brown hosts the premiere of Murder by the Book, a national cable series. Inset: Trophies marking two of many The New York Times Best-Seller List appearances. Left: Sandra speaking in Tokyo in 2008. Above: Brown at former First Lady Barbara Bush’s Celebration of Reading Event with former President George H.W. Bush.

laughs. “Nobody told me that.” She wrote a few stories, getting her feet wet. Michael suggested his wife reach out to a friend, a local fiction author, for some tips. “The first thing she said to me was, ‘You have a very good voice. You just need to learn how to tell your stories in a way that is marketable.’” “At that point I thought, ‘You mean you have to figure out how to plot? It’s not enough just to sit down and start?’” Brown dug in even further. She did her homework, reading books on everything from character development to plotting. Soon, “…all the lights kind of came on,” she says. “I thought, I can take my material and put it in a way that kind of fits the framework of a novel.” Brown remains mindful of the woman’s words. “She was the first one to say that I had a very distinctive voice,” she says. “I like to think that it has improved, evolved and gotten even more distinctive and more mature. I mean, styles of writing have changed. I have gone from romances to suspense and thrillers. But the basic voice of

the writer is still there.” In fact, Brown says every now and then she’ll pick one of her earliest works off the shelf and start reading. “I’ll think, ‘You know, I could have written this yesterday.’ My style was always there.” “Listen, longevity in this business is something to be proud of…to keep an audience for as long as I have been a published writer, which is 32 years, that says something,” Brown says goodnaturedly. “There have been one- or twobook wonders that have come and gone, but I’m still here,” she smiles.

influenced me a lot because of her love of stories, books and novels,” she says. “I have four sisters, and she read to us from the time I can remember.” She credits the blending of her parents’ talents in influencing her career: her father’s selfdiscipline, her mother’s vivid imagination and what Brown calls her predisposition toward the romantic. “By romantic, I don’t mean amoré, just fantastic stories, adventure, lore and all the things that go into making a good story. It’s their fault,” she says. Brown freely admits that she hasn’t the faintest notion how she comes up with concepts for books. Nor does she seem to care.

STORYTELLER PROCESS She studied English at TCU near where her father “I like to think that my voice has spent years working at the newspaper. “He had improved, evolved and gotten even to write an editorial every more distinctive and more mature.” day” for the Fort Worth StarTelegram she says. “From my Dad, I guess I got some talent “It’s just all of the sudden there, or for putting words on paper, it will be a character that just walks even though it was a different out of my subconscious and says, kind of writing that he did.” ‘Write about me!’ Well why should Brown says her mother also I? ‘Well, I’m interesting.’ Why played a significant role in her are you interesting?” Brown says early development. “My mom characters reveal themselves to her DALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE



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Right: Brown speaking at the National Book Festival. Above: Brown addressing fans in the Texas State Senate chambers during one of many appearances at the Texas Book Festival.

gradually, “as we get to know each other through the first draft.” Typically, she writes four drafts of a book, each a critical phase in her process. “I start by putting the story on paper before it disappears,” she explains. “Then I do what I refer to as the ‘crafting draft,’ which is really taking apart every single sentence, rewriting and reworking it. After I’ve gone all the way through the book, I go through it again for pacing and to make sure that all of the Ts are crossed and Is are dotted.” Finally, she does a fourth and final read-through for polishing, though she never feels quite finished. “I always tinker with it,” she says. Brown speaks about a distinctive art to writing the “There have been heartbreaking events kind of suspense in my life. But it was the writing that that engages the reader. And kept me grounded. Otherwise, I would keeps them have completely flown apart.” turning page after page. “You have to try and keep the pace, and that’s important,” she says. “It’s hard to do that when you’re also developing characters because all of that takes time and a lot of words.” 54



“You want to impart a little information at a time and then get off of it. Let them run for their lives some more, and then reveal a little bit more.” For less experienced authors, she says that part of the process is particularly difficult. “Kind of a recurring thing that new writers do is to try to tell their reader everything they know all at once,” says Brown. “You dole it out, as the reader needs to know it.” ROMANCING READERS For someone who has written dozens of novels, does Brown favor one genre over another? “If I didn’t like what I was doing I wouldn’t be doing it,” she says plainly. “You have to love it, because it’s too damn hard to do if you don’t.” So what are the essential ingredients to being a successful novelist? “I think it’s the selfdiscipline, absolute love of it and the compulsion that will not leave you alone,” says Brown. “You’ve got to do it. A lot of people never understand that. It’s too hard to do it if you don’t love it.” Back to the genre question, if Brown did not love what she was

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Photo courtesy Sandra Brown

writing, what would she do? “I’d be writing something else,” she says flatly. “I wrote a book about five years ago, called Rainwater, which was a departure from the suspense [novels]. It was one of those instances that the characters absolutely insisted that I tell their story. They had nothing in common with the books I was writing. The genre was totally different. But I wanted to tell this little story that had a lot of significance. It was based on an incident that happened in my father’s family, and it would not let me go.” But she says she simply had to write it. “And I loved it,” she said. “Everybody else loved it, too. It got a lot of critical acclaim.” “People ask, ‘Will you do another one?’ I say, ‘I’d do another one tomorrow if the story came to me!’ They came to me; the characters came to me and said, ‘Tell our story.’ It’s hard to explain. It’s not like I just said, ‘OK, I think I’ll write an historical novel set in the Depression today.’ It doesn’t happen that way.” She’s written under her name, and a few pen names over the years. “The first one was Rachel

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Above: Brown on the set of TV movie Ricochet, based on her novel of the same name, in 2011. Right: With Ricochet star John Corbett.

Ryan, and the reason was twofold,” she explains. “First, I thought Sandra Brown was kind of a generic name… Secondly, it was a bribe. Those are my children’s names. It was, ‘If you can be quiet and let Mommy work, I’ll put your name on every page of the book.’ That’s where the first one came from. Now all the books are published under Sandra Brown. What happens when the ideas aren’t coming? Do writers who produce such a large volume of material ever get a case of old-fashioned writer’s block? “I wouldn’t call it block, because then you’re kind of giving “Listen, longevity in this in to it,” she business is something to says. “And I’m be proud of...to keep an just stubborn enough to audience for as long as think, OK, I have been a published I’m in a lull. Nothing is writer, which is 32 years, clicking right now, but I’ll that says something.” just keep at it, and something will eventually unlock.” As for the creative process, Brown says it doesn’t happen on

Surprise, Surprise In February 2008, Brown thought she and her husband, Michael, were going to a formal event honoring legendary pianist Van Cliburn. In fact, more than 200 people had come from all over the U.S. to honor Sandra. Husband Michael had established an annual perpetual scholarship at TCU in Sandra’s honor. The scholarship also includes a 22-pound bronze and marble statue (inset) depicting various significant milestones in Sandra’s career. TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini awarded Sandra an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for her lifetime accomplishments as a bestselling author. Numerous other authors, publishers, friends and family attended the event, which was emceed by longtime friend and CBS newsman Bob Schieffer.




Sandra Brown’s

Summer Reading List The Ocean at the End of the Lane By Neil Gaiman It’s the first new novel for adults since the author’s best-seller Anansi Boys. “I love this cover and, of course, he’s Neil Gaiman. Think Stephen King but sci-fi.”

Busted By Karin Slaughter “Karin is a friend of mine. This new novella in the Will Trent series will tide fans over until the next book, Unseen, comes out in July.” The White Princess By Philippa Gregory From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl comes her next installment in The Cousins’ War series “I can’t get enough history of the English monarchy.” A Wanted Man by Lee Child In this sizzling thriller, tension rises and the twists come fast and furious. Critics have called it a masterpiece of suspense. “I was a Jack Reacher fan long before the Tom Cruise movie!” Ladies Night By Mary Kay Andrews Humor, heart and plot twists that will have you raising a glass. “For something lighter, she writes women’s fiction/ mysteries. Not literary but not fluffy.” The Black Country By Alex Grecian “This is a series of creepy crime procedurals in foggy London Town that I’ve been meaning to check out. The first book, The Yard, came out in April.” Deadline By Sandra Brown “To round out your summer reading list (summer in Texas extends well into September, right?), my new novel, Deadline, goes on sale everywhere Sept. 24.”




At the invitation of the USO, Brown was invited to meet and greet U.S. troops stationed at various bases in Afghanistan in 2011. Photo courtesy Sandra Brown

NOS4A2 By Joe Hill From the best-selling author of HeartShaped Box and Horns comes a new spine-tingling novel. “Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son, so you know he’s good!”

a schedule. “There have been heartbreaking events in my life when the last thing I wanted to do was be creative. But on the other hand, it was the writing that kept me grounded. Otherwise, I would have completely flown apart.” In an office filled with her books, could it be they are like family? Aunts, uncles, cousins, children, some favored more than others? “Oh, gosh, yes,” says Brown. “Some of the characters are still so real to me. I love to think of them as living their lives. I want to visit them and see what’s going on now. And then others, it’s like, I don’t even remember writing that — I don’t think I had fun writing that at all.” She says there are clear favorites. “There are definitely books I have become much more attached to and characters, even villains that I am much more intrigued by and attached to than others.” TALL TALES AND BORN LIARS Brown’s home state has heavily influenced her writing and imagination. “I love our wildness, our rowdiness,” she says.

“We’ve got larger-than-life characters from our earliest history to last week. We have always had the best heroes, the best villains and the best outlaws. We’ve got a heritage that everyone in the world knows about. If they don’t know anything else about the United States, you see a cowboy hat and immediately they associate it with us.” “I think having just grown up with legends and that kind of heritage that is so rich — with the outlandish, helped my fertile imagination a lot.” “We’re all born liars, aren’t we?” she laughs. “So I lie for a living.” As for her fans in Texas and around the world, they might be a little surprised to hear a few of her insights. “Like how paranoid I am,” she laughs. “If they’re devoted fans…they probably would be surprised to know that I am as insecure with the next book as I was with book one,” she says. “And I have done it 76 times.” Brown says during days when a plot isn’t gelling, or characters aren’t quite coming together, she reminds herself of a few things. “I literally look at that bookcase

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Brown at work in her office at home in Arlington.

full of books that have been think the story is everything,” she translated in 34 languages and I explains. “If a reader closes that think, ‘I know how to do this. I book and thinks, ‘Gosh, that was have done it.’” great. I had a wonderful time As a writer, she knows that and I was thoroughly entertained longevity can be double-edged. and engaged in this story,’ I “It can’t last forever. So this book have done my job,” she says. “It’s better be as good, if not better, giving my readers a good time. than the last one — ­ you’re only Entertaining them, telling them as good as the last one. I think it’s a story.” the desire to constantly be better And while her story is far and that fear factor that works in from over, when the time comes my favor. It gives me that edge.” to write an epitaph, what does Even with her long string of Brown hope it says? successes, clearly there is no rest “I would like for people to say, for the weary. She keeps one eye ‘She told one heck of a story.’” on the road and another on the rear view mirror. “I have worked very hard. People may not like what I do, they may not like what I write, and that’s fine. There are writers I love and writers I don’t know how they ever got “The bottom line is, and my family published. The attest, I have put in the hours — bottom line is, and my family can have put in those 10,000 hours,” attest, I have put in the hours — I have put in those 10,000 hours,” she says, in reference to Gladwell’s thesis on success. “I love telling stories. And I

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Willie Nelson

Billy Bob’s, North Forty Field (Fort Worth)

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

Join Willie, friends and family along with guests Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell, Ray Price, Justin Moore, Ryan Bingham, David Allan Coe, Ray Wylie Hubbard and more. It’s country music at its best during this outdoor festival commemorating 40 years of Texas’ biggest annual red, white and blue picnic.

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The Who, What and Where




Enjoy Jackson’s hits “Tell Me in three years, all in support of a What You Want,” and “Who’s new studio album. American Idol’s Behind the Door,” plus tunes by Phillip Phillips opens the show. Zeppelin, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Rush and The Moody Blues.

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie


The pioneer rapper turned successful actor (NCIS Los Angeles) brings his old-school vibe to town. “Mama Said Knock You Out” and “Hey Lover” both won Grammy Awards in the ’90s for best rap solo performance.


American Airlines Center

LL Cool J



Wyly Theater “Forget the ground…forget the sky, ’cause the more you forget, the higher you fly.” Peter Pan and friends return on an actionpacked journey to Neverland in this exhilarating production. It’s not just for kids anymore! JULY 4

Fair Park Fourth Dallas Fair Park

The annual free event features a drumline competition and a spectacular fireworks display with free seating inside the Cotton Bowl and around historic Fair Park. The day culminates in a live program broadcast at 9 p.m. on WFAA-TV (Channel 8). JULY 5

Randy Jackson Poor David’s Pub

The lead singer and guitarist from the rock band Zebra performs an intimate solo acoustic concert.

John Mayer


Widespread Panic



Emeli Sandé House of Blues

The soulful Scottish singer is all the rage. Her debut album recently displaced The Beatles’ 62 straight weeks in the Top 10 on U.K’s pop charts with Please Please Me. Her songs include “Beneath You’re Beautiful, “Read All About It” and “Next to Me.” JULY 10–13

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody Majestic Theater

This unauthorized satire of the wildly popular book Fifty Shades of Grey brings the naughty fun of the saucy best-seller to life. The fun-filled, high-energy show is a bawdy, laugh-out-loud musical. JULY 13

John Mayer

Gexa Energy Pavilion

Smokey Robinson Fair Park Music Hall

As one of Motown Records’ most prolific artists, he recorded songs with The Miracles and as a solo act (“Tears of a Clown, “Crusin’,” “I Second That Emotion”) that dot the soundtrack of the Baby Boom generation.

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

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She started the year singing at the presidential inauguration and followed it up with a stunning Super Bowl halftime show. Now the native Texan and reigning queen of pop is back on tour. With 16 Grammys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, she’s a pop idol.


There are jam bands, and then there is this Southern rock, blues and jazz fusion outfit from Athens, Ga. Following in the footsteps of the Allmans and the Grateful Dead, the band formed in the ’80s and built an extensive catalog of music along with a long line of enthusiastic fans.

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LL Cool J, Ice Cube, De La Soul & Public Enemy

Smokey Robinson



One Direction

Maurice Benard

American Airlines Center

Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub (Dallas)

The English/Irish group currently reigns the boyband set. Billboard crowned them Best New Artist in 2012 due to hits including “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Live While We’re Young.” The group’s long-awaited summer tour is breaking records and setting trends.

The Emmy-winning star of ABC’s General Hospital is out on the road. Catch up with the daytime star during his 12-city tour across the U.S. Celebrate a half century of the venerable soap plus get inside the head of one of America’s top daytime actors.


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Granada Theater

Few have enjoyed as many years of success as this quintessential bluegrass-folk-country-rock group. Since forming in 1966, the band has toured and recorded some of the most versatile selections in American music (“Mr. Bojangles,” “American Dream”).

Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas



Kiss of the Spider Woman

Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls

Kalita Humphreys Theater

The talented Uptown Players The Grammy-winning artist is off bring the Tony Award–winning and running on the Born and musical to the stage in Dallas. It Raised Tour, his first major outing is a harrowing tale of persecution

Debby Wong


that inventively juxtaposes gritty realities with liberating fantasies in a dark jail cell. Gustavo Miguel Fernandes / Shutterstock.com


Gexa Energy Pavilion

Singer Rob Thomas and mates formed Matchbox Twenty in the mid-’90s in Orlando. Soon after, their album Yourself or DALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE





Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding American Airlines Center

The Monkees

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie With original members Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork and Dallas native Michael Nesmith, one of bubblegum’s first big bands is back onstage. Hits include “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Valerie” and more.

’til Midnight at the Nasher


’til Midnight at the Nasher Nasher Sculpture Center

Enjoy music, movies and moonlight at this summertime event in the Nasher garden with a showing of The Three Amigos. Pick up a picnic and snacks at the Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck.



Train, The Script, Gavin DeGraw

Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch

Gexa Energy Pavilion


Kathy Griffin

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie Actress, talk show host and comic sensation, Griffin’s conversational style and controversial statements on everything from sex to religion have left a serious mark on pop culture. Her 2009 autobiography was a New York Times best-seller, and her stand-up specials are hilarious. AUGUST 10

Sara Evans

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“Hey Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and “Drive By” are but a few of the hit songs Train has reeled off in recent years. With six studio albums under their belt, the band continues to gain traction as well as Grammys, two since 2002.

Bruno Mars


Heart, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

After making his American debut in the late ’90s, the New Zealandborn singer zoomed up the country music charts to become an international star. “Somebody Like You” (named top country song of the decade), “Days Go By” and “But For the Grace of God” are among Urban’s 14 No. 1 hits. AUGUST 21–SEPTEMBER 1

Gexa Energy Pavilion

The Book of Mormon

The Seattle-based group exploded with Dreamboat Annie in the early ’70s. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson bring their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, hard-driving band to stage, complemented by Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son Jason and his tribute to one of the world’s greatest rock band.

The New York Times proclaims it “the best musical of this century.” Entertainment Weekly goes a step further calling it “the funniest musical of all time.” From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the winner of nine Tony Awards including best musical has finally arrived in Dallas.

Winspear Opera House

Billy Bob’s Texas (Fort Worth)

AUGUST 16–17


Her concerts are must-see events, even by the loftiest of country music standards. With No. 1 singles including “No Place That Far,” “Born to Fly” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” the former Nashville demo singer ranks among America’s premier stars of country/pop crossover.

1964, The Tribute

Ronny Cox

Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth)

Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse

This musical journey transports the audience to a critical time in rock history. Critics and fans alike have hailed these musicians as the most authentic and endearing Fab Four tribute in the world.

Best remembered for roles in movies such as Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall and Deliverance, the veteran actor presents a different side of his talent. With acoustic guitar in hand, Cox weaves a rich tapestry of stories as well as songs.




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At age 27, the Hawaii native is already an international superstar inventively blending elements of rock, soul, pop and reggae. Not only are his songs huge hits (“Just the Way You Are” has sold over 12 million copies), but he has also written with pop performers including Flo Rida (“Right Round”) and B.o.B. (“Nothin’ On You”). English singer Goulding’s “Lights” hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts.

Tim Hursley

Someone Like You rocked the charts. Thomas later won a trio of Grammys for his work on “Smooth” with Carlos Santana.

Ronny Cox


Shawn Phillips Poor David’s Pub

The Fort Worth native with the long flowing hair took the folk music scene by storm in the ’60s and ’70s with his distinctive mixture of mysticism, lyrical sensitivity and soulfully crafted acoustic music. Now based in South Africa, Phillips still makes beautiful, thoughtful music. AUGUST 31

Steely Dan

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie Walter Becker, Donald Fagen and company are at it again, back on the road with a collection of golden hits and a batch of new material. The Dan brings their inimitable brand of jazz-flavored rock-pop back to North Texas with songs from 30-plus years. SEPTEMBER 6

Joe Satriani, Steve Morse Band Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

If you’re looking for an oldschool, summer rock ’n’ roll show, you’ve come to the right place. Satriani is among the top guitar slingers anywhere. Morse brings his catalog of work with Deep Purple, Kansas, The Dixie Dregs and solo projects to the stage. SEPTEMBER 12

fun., Tegan and Sara Gexa Energy Pavilion

“We Are Young,” “Some Nights” and “Carry On” were all breakout hits for the New York City pop

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2007. Bentley’s 10 No. 1 singles include “Come a Little Closer” and “Feel That Fire.” DFree / Shutterstock.com

CALENDAR musicians. In 2013 fun. collected a pair of Grammys for best new artist and song of the year, and were nominated for four more. SEPTEMBER 12

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

House of Blues

The accomplished Santa Fe– based acoustic guitarist plays with a distinctive Spanish sound and has recorded with his band since the late ’80s. Influenced by the likes of Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Robert Fripp and others, Liebert has developed a near-cult following and a voice all his own.

Miranda Lambert




Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

Diana Ross

This ensemble pioneered the incorporation of brass into mainstream rock in the ’60s. With a steady string of hit songs (“Color My World,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the Park,” “Hard Habit the Break”) over the years, the group has millions of fans all over the world.

Winspear Opera House Stars don’t come much bigger than the founding member and lead singer of The Supremes. Billboard named the former Motown performer the Female Artist of the Century in the ’70s. Her influence on pop music is immeasurable.


Peter & the Starcatcher

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Winspear Opera House

Diana Ross


Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley Gexa Energy Pavilion

“Gunpowder & Lead,” and “Famous in a Small Town” were breakout hits for the gutsy young woman from Lindale, Texas, who took country music by storm when her Crazy Ex-Girlfriend album zoomed up the charts in




It’s a magical evening of madcap musical fun with a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. A winner of five Tony Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan is a treat for any imagination. SEPTEMBER 22

Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson Gexa Energy Pavilion

Formed in L.A. in the ’90s, the group’s hits include “Moves Like Jagger,” “Makes Me Wonder,” “She Will Be Loved,” and most recently “Payphone” and “One More Night.” Fort Worth native and American Idol champ Clarkson opens the show with her hits, “Since U Been Gone” and “My Life Would Suck Without You.”

thousands of wine professionals from across the U.S. More than 160 Lone Star sommeliers have competed for the title Texas’ Best Sommelier. Speakers and judges constitute a who’s who of the nation’s top wine professionals and respected educators.

Maroon 5



Westfest Czech & Polka Festival

Lewis Black

Bass Performance Hall As one of the most prolific and popular performers working, Black brings a trifecta of standup comedy, acting and writing to the fore. He has performed for audiences throughout Europe and the U.S. In 2012, he performed eight sell-out shows at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.


Take the short drive south of Dallas to one of the more unique events in Texas. The weekend features plenty of authentic Czechoslovakian cuisine, culture and music featuring bands including Grammy winners Brave Combo.


Taste of Dallas Dallas Fair Park

Taste dishes from dozens of DFW restaurants in one convenient location. Stroll through an expansive culinary space inside Fair Park’s automobile building with demonstrations from top local chefs, a beer, wine and spirits sampling tavern and a large culinary marketplace. AUGUST 10

The Palette to Palate

Frontiers of Flight Museum (Love Field) Enjoy an evening of fine art and food in an explosion of color, flavor and sound. There are inventive hors d’oeuvres, desserts and other culinary treats from some of Dallas’ favorite restaurants. Participate in the live and silent art auction featuring original work by local artists.


Blues & BBQ Festival Bedford

It’s one of the best BBQ battles at this Mid-Cities annual event. Sample the goods from area chefs and top restaurants. Plus, enjoy the star-studded lineup of excellent musicians such as British blues legend John Mayall, native Jimmie Vaughn and more. SEPTEMBER 6

Celebrity Waiter Luncheon The Joule Hotel

It’s entertaining and lively when media, political and sports leaders volunteer as waiters for a great cause. The event benefits AUGUST 10–12 Family Gateway, a community Texas Sommelier Conference Four Seasons Resort & Club (Las Colinas) organization focused on homelessness. Since it began in 2005, this area conference has attracted

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


Grapefest Grapevine

Celebrate Texas wines with the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumerjudged wine competition in the nation. Enjoy a grape stomp, Culinary Pavilion, GrapeFest Golf Classic and six stages of live entertainment.


space, the L.A.-based artist has experimented with a range of media and styles throughout his career. He embraced lithography as a means to explore recurring themes from his paintings and screen-prints. THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15

DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present Dallas Museum of Art

This exhibition celebrates five decades of North Texas’ bold and distinctive art scene, examining the moments, people and organizations that helped shape our area’s incredibly vital relationship with contemporary art. Dallasites created opportunities from a peripheral status, while capturing the attention of the art world.

Oktoberfest Addison

Welcome to an authentic re-creation of the Munich Oktoberfest. USA Today calls it one of America’s 10 best Oktoberfest celebrations. A special Paulaner beer is served along with an endless array of food including sausages, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more. SEPTEMBER 21–22

MetroCooking Dallas



Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey

Rhapsody in Blue: An Evening of Gershwin, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth) The African-American artist created a landmark series based on Homer’s classic work of literature, The Odyssey, in the ’70s. Through approximately 50 works of art, Bearden recasts Homer’s heroes and villains as black people, transforming the epic poem into a poignantly universal story. AUGUST 16–19

Dallas Black Film Festival

Act of Change Institute of Cultural Arts This year’s theme is Black Women in Film: From Mammy to Marvelous, focusing on talented females in front of and behind the lens. There is also a special children’s film festival, a movie-poster showcase, film memorabilia and more. AUGUST 17

Brave Young Voices
 TeCo Theatre


Young people inventively use voice to be creative and to be heard. This fusion of spoken word, live music and dance features top master slam artists including Will Richey and Alexandro Perez. Special guests include Joaquin Zihuantanejo, individual world poetry champion.

Convention Center


Browse more than 100 vendors and sample handpicked bites from some of the area’s most popular chefs and restaurants. Plus, attend cooking demos and see celebrities chefs, including infamous “rebel chef” Terry French and more.

Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for AUGUST 23–25 President & Mrs. John F. Kennedy Russian Festival: Concert One, Dallas Museum of Art Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Ed Ruscha: Made in California

Amon Carter Museum of American Art (Fort Worth) Known for his images featuring single words suspended in 64



In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, the DMA brings the same works of art installed in the president’s suite at the Hotel Texas during his fateful trip in 1963. The original installation, created specially for the President and Mrs. Kennedy, included paintings by van Gogh and sculptures by Picasso.

Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth)

FWSO’s pops season opens with this all-Gershwin celebration. Jeff Tyzik returns to conduct alongside Broadway crooner Doug LaBrecque and 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu. From “I Got Rhythm” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” to selections from Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue, it is an extraordinary night of Gershwin favorites. SEPTEMBER 15–JANUARY 5, 2014

México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth This is one of the largest and most ambitious exhibitions in years to examine contemporary art of central Mexico and Mexico City. In the first exhibition of its kind to be presented in North Texas, approximately 60 works by 20 artists explore the country’s complex socio-political climate. Artists tackle issues regarding borders, violence, corruption, economic and civic institutions and revolution.

Photo courtesy Modern Art Museum


Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth)

FRIDAY: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 SATURDAY: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 SUNDAY: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6

Egalité by Minerva Cuevas


Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center

The impassioned melodies of the Russian composer’s Fifth Symphony take listeners



It’s an evening for the ages. Enjoy ​a night of elegance with celebrities, city leaders, arts patrons and music lovers. The DSO performs with renowned soprano Renée Fleming.

Jaap van Zweden’s Mahler Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center

A local favorite returns to play the thrilling piano concerto, as DSO music director Jaap van Zweden leads Mahler’s popular Symphony No. 4 with its sunny, satisfying finale voicing radiance and calm.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra AT&T Gala Meyerson Symphony Center


Kaboom Town Addison

Billed as one of America’s best fireworks shows, the display can be seen from just about anywhere around Addison. Addison Circle Park features a huge watch party, or enjoy the show from one of the many nearby restaurants and hotels. Meyerson Symphony Center

Visit Fort Worth’s Cultural District this Summer!

this free, first-Saturday-of-themonth event. Owners, drivers and browsers start at sunrise strolling through this amazing version of car talk with a caffeine chaser.

JULY 4–7

Lone Star State Classic Dog Show Market Hall

More than 2,000 dogs from all over the U.S. converge on Dallas for this summertime show. Over 150 different breeds will be exhibited for judging, culminating in a special Best in Show designation. JULY 6, AUGUST 3 and SEPTEMBER 7

Cars & Coffee

Classic BMW (Plano) Hundreds of classic cars, exotics, hot rods and ultra-cool collectibles are all on parade at

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey Through August 11

New Acquisitions and Selections from the Collection On View Now



Romare Bearden (1912-1988), Circe, 1977, collage. © Romare Bearden Foundation/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. Courtesy DC Moore Gallery

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

David Woo

to heights of emotion, and enchanting songs invite romance and reflection in Berlioz’s beguiling “Summer Nights.”

Cars & Coffee


Allen Blues Festival Allen Event Center

Austin-based Eric Johnson brings his legendary array of guitars and mind-blowing blues technique to the main stage at this second annual event just north of Dallas. Other featured acts include Billy Cox, Wanda King and more.

Kimbell Art Museum Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes June 16–September 8, 2013 The NEW Renzo Piano Building Opens November 27, 2013 www.kimbellart.org Figurine of a Standing Dignitary. Wari culture, Peru, 600-1000. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth




Beat Cancer DFW

Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

This benefit spreads hope with no running required. It’s thousands of cancer survivors and loved ones singing and participating in an event to record a song and video dedicated to spreading hope. Join a day of giving back by spreading optimism to those affected by cancer though music, film and the arts.

This annual event has steadily grown into one of the biggest such gay pride celebrations in the southern half of the U.S. It began in the early ’70s in solidarity with and commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that are the basis for many pride events held around the country.


Plano Balloon Festival

Fair Park Music Hall AUGUST 16–24

85th North Texas State Fair & Rodeo

North Texas State Fairgrounds (Denton) Large crowds attend the event just north of the DFW area annually. This is one of the largest in the state, offering a nice variety of concerts and rodeos, a midway, livestock expositions, exhibits, food and more.

Dallas Home & Garden Show Market Hall

Talk with the area’s finest homeimprovement experts. There are also show-only discounts and opportunities for everything the do-it-yourselfer needs for home and garden.

420 E. 11TH AVE., DENVER, CO RESERVATIONS 303-955-5142


Cedar Springs Road to Lee Park

SEPTEMBER 20–22 Oak Point Park

Hundreds of hot air balloons fill the skies over Plano with a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes. This annual event is an action-packed weekend of daring skydivers, music, a huge kid’s fun zone, cuisine and more.


Greek Food Festival of Dallas Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Opa! No passport required for this annual event that features delicious food, fun and authentic Greek culture on parade. Enjoy dancing, cooking demonstrations, crafts and the exotic pleasures of the international marketplace.


Robby Gordon’s Off Road Stadium Super Truck-SST

Dallas Cowboys Stadium (Arlington) JULY 24

CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi Final Dallas Cowboys Stadium (Arlington) AUGUST 31

July 13 Aug. 11 Aug. 24 Sept. 7 Sept. 29

vs. Real Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles vs. San Jose vs. Vancouver vs. Columbus

July 22–25 vs. New York Yankees July 29–31 vs. Los Angeles Angels Aug. 13–14 vs. Milwaukee Brewers Aug. 16–18 vs. Seattle Mariners Aug. 19–21 vs. Houston Astros Aug. 30–Sept. 1 vs. Minnesota Twins Sept. 9–11 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Sept. 13–15 vs. Oakland Athletics Sept. 23–25 vs. Houston Astros Sept. 26–29 vs. Los Angeles Angels

Texas Rangers Baseball

Texas Rangers Ballpark (Arlington) texas.rangers.mlb.com July 2–4 vs. Seattle Mariners July 5–7 vs. Houston Astros July 19–21 vs. Baltimore Orioles

Dallas Cowboys Football

2013 Cowboys Classic: TCU vs. LSU

Dallas Cowboys Stadium (Arlington)

Port-A-Coo U.S. National Dirt Track Championship

Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth)

FC Dallas Soccer

Pizza Hut Park (Frisco) fcdallas.com July 4 vs. Chivas USA

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July 22–24 Aug. 1–4 Aug. 13–15 Aug. 16–18 Aug. 24–26 Aug. 27–30

TCU Football

Amon Carter Stadium, Fort Worth Sept. 7 vs. SE Louisiana Sept. 28 vs. SMU

Dallas Cowboys Stadium dallascowboys.com Aug. 24 vs. Cincinnati Bengals * Aug. 29 vs. Houston Texans * Sept. 8 vs. New York Giants Sept. 22 vs. St. Louis Rams *preseason game

SMU Football

Frisco Roughriders Baseball

UNT Football

Dr Pepper Ballpark ridersbaseball.com July 3–5 vs. Arkansas Travelers July 6–8 vs. Northwestern Arkansas Naturals July 14–17 vs. San Antonio Missions

vs. Midland RockHounds vs. San Antonio Missions vs. Springfield Cardinals vs. Tulsa Drillers vs. Midland RockHounds vs. Corpus Christi Hooks

Ford Stadium on SMU campus except where noted Aug. 30 vs. Texas Tech Sept. 7 vs. Montana State Sept. 28 vs. TCU* *Amon Carter Stadium (Fort Worth)

Apogee Field (2300 N. I-35E, Denton) Aug. 31 vs. Idaho Sept. 14 vs. Ball State

concerts JULY 1 Rachel Yamagata (Folk) Sons of Hermann Hall

JULY 14 Radney Foster (Texas Country) Levitt Pavilion (Arlington)*

JULY 28 Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch (Gospel) House of Blues

AUGUST 31 Bonnie & the Clydes (Alt Country) Poor David’s Pub

JULY 3 Atlanta Rhythm Section (Southern Rock) Levitt Pavilion (Arlington)*

JULY 14 Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch (Gospel) House of Blues

AUGUST 1-4 Ralphie May (Comedy) Improv (Addison)

SEPTEMBER 1 The Cult (Rock) House of Blues

JULY 4 Dallas Wind Symphony (Patriotic) Dallas Arboretum*

JULY 17 Psychedelic Furs (Rock) House of Blues

AUGUST 8 Cody Chesnutt, Larry g(EE) (R&B, Funk) The Belmont Hotel*

SEPTEMBER 5 The Kildares (Celtic Rock) Dallas Arboretum*

JULY 5 Pat Green, Prophets & Outlaws (Country, Rock) Lone Star Park*

JULY 17 Widespread Panic (Jam) Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

AUGUST 9-10 Eddie Griffin (Comedy) Improv (Arlington)

SEPTEMBER 6 Joe Satriani, Steve Morse Band (Rock) Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

JULY 18-20 Sullivan & Son (Comedy) Improv (Addison)

AUGUST 9 3 Penny Acre, The Honey Dewdrops (Folk) Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse

SEPTEMBER 6–8 Michael McDonald (Comedy) Improv (Addison)

JULY 19 Max Stalling (Texas Country) Love & War in Texas (Grapevine)

AUGUST 9 David Tutera (Celebrity) House of Blues

SEPTEMBER 12–15 Flip Orley (Comedy) Improv (Addison)

JULY 20 Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker (Rock) Gexa Energy Pavilion*

AUGUST 9–11 Sebastian Maniscalco (Comedy) Improv (Addison)

SEPTEMBER 13 The Sea The Sea (Folk) Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse

JULY 20 Bridgit Mendler (Pop) Six Flags Over Texas* (Arlington)

AUGUST 10 Monte Montgomery (Country, Folk) Granada Theater

SEPTEMBER 13–15 Strauss & Dennehy, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Classical)

JULY 20 The Octopus Project (Beats, Indie) Granada Theater

AUGUST 11 Billy Joe Shaver (Texas Country) Love & War in Texas (Plano)

Bass Performance Hall

JULY 24 Skye Smeed (Folk, Country) Opening Bell Coffee House

AUGUST 13–15 Strauss & Dennehy, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Classical) Bass Performance Hall (Fort Worth)

JULY 5–7 Erik Griffin (Comedy) Improv (Addison) JULY 5 Del Castillo (Latin, Rock) Levitt Pavilion (Arlington)* JULY 6 Victoria Blackie (Country) Majestic Theater JULY 6 Billy Currington (Country) Lone Star Park* JULY 7 Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines (Alt Country) Levitt Country (Arlington)* JULY 10 Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company (Rock) Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie JULY 11–14 Paul Mooney (Comedy) Improv (Arlington) JULY 11 Hacienda, The Unlikely Candidates (Rock) The Belmont Hotel* JULY 11 Boney James (Jazz) House of Blues JULY 11–14 Gary Owen (Comedy) Improv (Addison) JULY 12 The O’s (Folk, Bluegrass) Levitt Pavilion (Arlington)* JULY 12 John Anderson (Country) Arlington Music Hall JULY 12 Junior Brown (Country, Jazz) The Kessler Theater JULY 13 Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis (Texas Country) Granada Theater

JULY 25 Air Review, Chambers (Rock) The Belmont Hotel* JULY 26 Reckless Kelly (Country) Granada Theater JULY 26 Eric Taylor (Folk, Blues) Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse JULY 26 Kevin Fowler (Country) Billy Bob’s Texas JULY 26-28 Bill Bellamy (Comedy) Improv (Arlington) JULY 27 Mel Tillis (Country, Pop) Arlington Music Hall JULY 27 American Idol Live Tour 2013 (Pop) Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie JULY 27 Living Colour (Rock) The Kessler Theater JULY 28 Adam Ant (Indie) Granada Theater

AUGUST 15–18 Bruce Bruce (Comedy) Improv (Addison) AUGUST 16 Eleven Hundred Springs (Country, Rock) Granada Theater AUGUST 22–25 Huggy Lowdown (Comedy) Improv (Arlington) AUGUST 24 Ted Nugent (Rock) Billy Bob’s Texas (Fort Worth) AUGUST 28 Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria (Rock) Gexa Energy Pavilion* AUGUST 29–SEPTEMBER 1 Guy Torry (Comedy) Improv (Arlington) AUGUST 30 Brave Combo (Polka) Levitt Pavilion (Arlington)* AUGUST 30 Backstreet Boys (Pop) Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

SEPTEMBER 19–22 Donnell Rawlings (Comedy) Improv (Arlington) SEPTEMBER 20 Depeche Mode, Crystal Castles (Pop) Gexa Energy Pavilion* SEPTEMBER 23 Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco (Rock, Pop) Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie SEPTEMBER 26 Hunter Sullivan (Big Band) Dallas Arboretum* SEPTEMBER 26–29 Dominique (Comedy) Improv (Arlington) SEPTEMBER 26–27 & 29 Jaap van Zweden’s Mahler, Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Classical) Meyerson Symphony Center SEPTEMBER 27-28 Imagine Dragons (Rock) South Side Ballroom

*Outdoor performance venue. Fair warning: This is Texas in summertime, after all.





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, anytime destination, whether it’s for a quick drink, a casual dinner or a special occasion.


324 West 7th St. 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, 12–4 Tuesday–Wednesday, 11–7 Thursday, 11–8; First Thursdays, 11–9 Friday–Saturday, 11–11 Sunday, 11– 4 370 West 7th St. 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 decor. Warm and inviting, the store is ever evolving by constantly being replenished with fresh new merchandise. 502 N. Bishop Ave. 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 seven days per week. 614 West Davis St. 214.943.1883 bolsadallas.com







SHOPPING CENTERS ALLEN PREMIUM OUTLETS 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!

entertainment venues, including Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub and the Angelika Film Center. The Station delivers its signature vibrancy around the clock. 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln. 214.452.7180 mockingbirdstation.com


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 find anywhere else in Dallas like Sprinkles Cupcakes and Tootsie’s.

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.

NorthPark Center


8687 N. Central Expy. 214.361.6345 northparkcenter.com

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.

West Village

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.

47 Highland Park Village 214.559.2740 hpvillage.com

MOCKINGBIRD STATION Conveniently located on the DART train line, this urban village has 40 shops, restaurants and

PLANO 7401 Lonestar Dr. Plano, Texas 972.596.2090 bachendorfs.com


NorthPark Center offers more than 235 stores and luxury Galleria Dallas is the only McKinney Avenue & Blackburn Street designer and trendsetting North Texas home to TOUS, 214.922.9622 boutiques, including Gucci, BCBGeneration, Tourneau, westvil.com Bvlgari, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Brahmin, Sony Style and Karen Versace, Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Millen — plus favorites Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. From its Oscar de la Renta, and top-tier anchors including Neiman Marcus legendary ice rink to chic dining, and Nordstrom. Guests also enjoy Galleria Dallas is a destination. a movie theater, restaurants, a 13350 Dallas Pkwy. world-class art collection and 972.702.7100 award-winning architecture. galleriadallas.com


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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 from 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




Located in Highland Park Village, Beretta Gallery is the destination for those wanting to indulge 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.

SHOPPING 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.

41 Highland Park Village 214.559.9800 dallas.berettagallery.com

CLOTHES CIRCUIT This treasure trove of upscale resale fashion has been dressing women of all ages for nearly three decades. A knowledgeable, creative staff make all the difference in this one-of-a-kind store with great prices.

6131 Luther Ln., No. 210 214.691.5400 jerryszor.com

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.

6105 Sherry Ln. 214.696.8634 clothescircuit.com


At Indigo, you can find items from the far reaches of the world. Dr. Hoa Nguyen and Dr. Jamie Gonzales stand by one philosophy: When authenticity is needed, look no further than Indigo! Provide high-quality eye care and offer superior products second to 3699 McKinney Ave., No. 102 none. Shouldn’t you have peace 208.390.5889 of mind that you have chosen the dallasindigo.com best-trained eye doctors using the INDIGO 1745 best available technology with a A boutique for men and women friendly staff to perform your eye specializing in premium denim examination? and sportswear, Indigo 1745 3699 McKinney Ave., No. 321 carefully selects its products to 214.219.4402 fit a calm, cool lifestyle. Whether eyepiecesdallas.com looking for clothing, bedding, accessories or a special gift, you’ll FORTY FIVE TEN find this shop excites the senses One of Dallas’ premier boutique and offers something that is destinations, Forty Five Ten boasts personal for you and your style. a reputation for offering the best 370 W. 7th St. of the best. Set in a beautifully 214.948.1745 renovated historic building, it indigo1745.com 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

13350 Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 1300 972.980.0819 ylang23.com


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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 paradise, and her designs have become world-known.


CLOTHESHORSE ANONYMOUS Internationally recognized, Clotheshorse Anonymous is a fashion mecca of women’s designer resale with 26,000 consignors and growing!

6726 Snider Plaza 214.363.8616 allie-coosh.com

11661 Preston Rd., Ste. 236 972.233.7001 chadallas.com


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HOME ON BISHOP Shoppers seeking to satisfy their unique taste will find Home a comfortable, affordable place to add design and flair to interior decor. Warm and inviting, the store is ever-evolving with fresh new merchandise. 502 N. Bishop Ave. 214.434.1421 homeonbishop.com

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This shop is devoted to all things handcrafted, from amazing jewelry and custom rugs to oneof-a-kind décor and accessories.

The collection found in Lilli London captures the essence of a new wave of London style — wearable, unpretentious and alluring. The apparel can be worn dressed-up for a night out or dressed-down for yoga class. Lilli London features Charli and European designers. 3699 McKinney Ave., No. 103 214.559.3935 lillilondon.com

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 tenets today. 1618 Main St. 214.741.6911 neimanmarcus.com

PEEPER’S AMERICAN EYEWEAR Since 1976, Peeper’s has been offering the very finest 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. 64 Highland Park Village 214.522.0352 peepersdallas.com

Q CLOTHIER 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 handselected 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. 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

SUNGLASS HUT Head to Sunglass Hut to find the premier shopping and inspiration destination for the top brands, latest trends and exclusive styles of high-quality fashion and performance sunglasses. 3636 McKinney Ave., No. 110 214.599.0357 sunglasshut.com

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TOMMY BAHAMA Enjoy the experience of Tommy Bahama while shopping for clothing, accessories, food, rum or home furnishings. From the beach to elegant evenings out on the town, Tommy Bahama’s subtle textures and refined finishes are carefully considered, meticulously crafted and infused with island life. 3699 McKinney Ave., No. 403 214.219.8688 tommybahama.com

WAREhaus This man-driven fashion haus focuses on building relationships and providing unique, cuttingedge pieces to Dallas. You’ll find yourself surrounded by a men’s collection gathered in one place for the first time anywhere. 3699 McKinney Ave., No. 501 214.628.1493 warehausdallas.com


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The American Airlines Center has set a new standard for sports and entertainment. Home to the Dallas Mavericks and the Stars, it features 142 luxury suites and room for 20,000 fans. The AAC brings the hottest sports, concerts and family entertainment to town.

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2100 Ross Ave. 214.954.9925 attpac.org Cowboys Stadium

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1000 Ballpark Way
 Arlington, Texas
 817.273.5222 texasrangers.com

Meyerson Symphony Center

900 E. Randol Mill Rd. Arlington, Texas 817.892.4161 dallascowboys.com

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.

This beautiful baseball-only facility serves as the centerpiece of a 270acre complex. You can entertain your clients in one of the spacious, open-air suites or try your luck at a foul ball where the proximity of the fans to the action is among the closest in the major leagues.

1801 N. Griffin St. 214.720.2224 dwazoo.com

Take a tour of the eighth wonder of the world, the $1.15 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, featuring the largest LED screen in existence.



2301 Flora St. 214.670.3600 dallassymphony.com

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.


2500 Victory Ave.
 214.222.3687 americanairlinescenter.com

AT&T Performing Arts Center

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.

Located in the Galatyn Park Urban Center in the heart of Richardson’s business and technology area, the Charles W. Eisemann Center is an important component of the cultural and corporate landscapes of the North Texas region and has been recognized as one of the leading performing arts facilities serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 2351 Performance Dr. Richardson, Texas 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

This rare gem encompassing 68 acres and 19 blocks is the centerpiece of Dallas’ cultural life. With arts venues such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, this neighborhood is the Taj Mahal for art enthusiasts. 2200 Ross Ave., Ste. 4600E 214.744.6642 thedallasartsdistrict.org

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 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy. 469.554.7500 dallaszoo.com

DALLAS FARMERS MARKET 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

The Texas Star ferris wheel at Fair Park

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. DALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE



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, Texas 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


2943 SMU Blvd. 214.200.4300 bushcenter.org

The George W. Bush Library and Museum

The Nasher Sculpture Center features a regularly changing selection of works from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, including ethnographic and archaeological Latin American pieces and American modernist pieces in both its indoor galleries and outdoor sculpture garden. 2001 Flora St. 214.242.5100 nashersculpturecenter.org


2010 Flora St. 214.979.6430 crowcollection.org




Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, The Modern maintains one of the foremost Quality is of the highest importance in the compilation of collections of postwar art in the masterpieces that call the Kimbell central United States. You will find over 2,600 significant works home, including works by Cézanne, Matisse and Caravaggio, of modern and contemporary international art housed in and collections of Egyptian, 53,000 square feet of gallery Near Eastern, Greek and Roman antiquities. Asian, pre-Colombian, space at The Modern. Oceanic and African arts are also 3200 Darnell St. incorporated into the museum’s Fort Worth, Texas permanent exhibit. 817.738.9215



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Kimbell Art Museum

MEADOWS MUSEUM The Meadows Museum is a resource of Southern Methodist University that serves a broad

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.


3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, Texas 817.654.1034 kimbellart.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.

2201 N. Field St. 214.428.5555 perotmuseum.org

5900 Bishop Blvd. 214.768.2516 meadowsmuseumdallas.org

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Located on the picturesque campus of SMU, the Bush Center invites you to learn about President and Mrs. Bush and the American Presidency. Explore the interactive museum galleries, sit in the Oval Office, enjoy the Texas Rose Garden, eat lunch in the restaurant or café, shop in the Museum store and stroll through the 15-acre park filled with native Texas prairie grasses and wildflowers.

facility extends beyond the typical museum experience, offering the young and the old the opportunity to explore new ideas through tangible, galvanic exhibits.

411 Elm St. 214.747.6660 jfk.org

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1462 1st Ave. 469.554.7340 fairpark.org

international audience. The museum presents an exciting series of special exhibitions, public lectures, symposia and gallery talks featuring university professors, visiting scholars and artists.

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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.


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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-square-foot

Sixth Floor Museum

ATTRACTIONS: GOLF THE CLIFFS RESORT 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 940.779.4040 thecliffsresort.com

COWBOYS GOLF CLUB 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 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 60foot 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 972.899.7400 castlehillsgolfclub.com

TEXAS STAR Texas Star provides golfers nationwide an opportunity to enjoy world-class golf, Texas-style. 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 888.839.7827 817.685.7888 texasstargolf.com

TOUR 18 DALLAS 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. 8718 Amen Corner Flower Mound, Texas 817.430.2000 tour18-dallas.com

THE TRIBUTE GOLF CLUB 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 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 972.668.8000 westinstonebriar.com




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III FORKS Serving the ultimate in TexasFrench cuisine, III Forks recreates 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 gatherings of up to 900. 17776 Dallas Pkwy. 972.267.1776 iiiforks.com

cuisine have made it one of Dallas’ most romantic dining rooms. 4537 Cole Ave. 214.559.0325 adelmos.com

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

BABOUSH This restaurant, born inside a traditional market in Marrakesh, embodies the market’s way of life. Named for Moroccan slippers, Baboush lets diners to slip into a Moroccan state of mind while dining on exotic small plates inside a sleek, vibrant space. III Forks

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. 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

prosciutto, fig preserves, apples, CENTRAL 214 toasted pine nuts and P’tit Basque Located in Hotel Palomar, cheese. Enjoy the fine cocktails Central 214 is a favorite of locals and pocket-friendly wine list. and visitors alike. This warm and energetic restaurant features 614 W. Davis St. approachable, regional American 214.943.1883 bolsadallas.com cuisine highlighting rustic flavors.

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. 6025 Royal Ln. No. 250 214.265.1610 cantinalaredo.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. 4300 Lemmon Ave. 214.528.9446 555 S. Lamar St. 214.652.4800 bobs-steakandchop.com

BOLSA This cozy Dallas spot features a seasonal menu focusing on fresh and local ingredients. A bruschetta sampler features

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 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


3636 McKinney Ave., #160 214.599.0707 baboushdallas.com


5680 N. Central Expy. 214.444.9339 central214.com

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THE CAPITAL GRILLE A block from the Arts District, this restaurant offers works of art, like steaks dry-aged on-site. 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.

Enjoy authentic New York and Southern-style favorites right here in North Texas at one of Cindi’s many locations. From reubens and matzo ball soup to pancakes, and chicken and dumplings, Cindi’s offers delicious breakfast and lunch selections, plus fresh bagels, breads and pastries. See website for more locations. 7522 Campbell Road, No. 117 972.248.0608 cindisnydeli.com

500 Crescent Ct. 214.303.0500 7300 Dallas Pkwy. Plano, Texas 972.398.2221 thecapitalgrille.com

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CITY CAFÉ Come enjoy this exceptional white-tablecloth neighborhood bistro. The menu changes seasonally, but retains the relaxed New American– California character that has been the restaurant’s trademark since 1985. Impressing even distinguished chef Julia Child, City Café has been recognized in Texas Monthly, Food & Wine and Wine Spectator and received AAA’s Diamond Award. 5757 W. Lovers Ln., Suite 101 214.351.2233 thecitycafedallas.com


a nightcap and experience the best of Dallas nightlife.

This restaurant offers homestyle goodness combined with 2332 Leonard St. traditional diner fare and features 214.550.9500 hotelzazadallas.com great recipes, fresh ingredients, a comfortable environment and DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE genuine hospitality. 8121 Walnut Hill Ln. 214.346.3491 crossroads-diner.com


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


City Café

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

1717 Main St. 214.736.7300 dallaschophouse.com

DALLAS FISH MARKET 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 no wonder Dallas Fish Market has enjoyed national acclaim. 1501 Main St. 214.744.3474 dallasfishmarket.com


Cool River Café




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

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 bocce-ball court. GRAPEVINE 1200 William D. Tate Grapevine, Texas 76051 817.251.2525 ADDISON 14831 Midway Rd. Addison, Texas 75001 972.980.9898 ferrarisrestaurant.com


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Innovating the American steakhouse experience, this restaurant features a modern approach toward classic steakhouse recipes. With in-house dry-aging and flavor-filled recipes prepared by a top culinary team, it’s no wonder the Chop House is consistently ranked as one of the best steakhouses around.


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EDDIE V’S Setting the standard for fine dining, Eddie V’s features awardwinning concepts that focus on the freshest seafood, delectable steaks, quality ingredients, exciting atmosphere and a staff that is dedicated to every detail. 4023 Oak Lawn Ave. 214.890.1500 eddiev.com

FEARING’S RESTAURANT 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

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

JAVIER’S Straying from the Tex-Mex concept that includes tacos and enchiladas, Javier’s focuses on a more realistic image of Mexico City dining. 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 Tex-Mex restaurant, you will be disappointed, but if you come looking for a taste of the heart of Mexico, you’re at the right place! 4912 Cole Ave. 214.521.4211 javiers.net

KENICHI A modern restaurant and lounge Kenichi features contemporary Asian cuisine and world-class

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chefs, Melody Bishop and Dennis Kelley, and features seasonal cuisine with a global influence. Illustrators are heavily featured on chalkboards throughout.

DINING sushi. Kenichi’s upbeat, modern atmosphere makes it a great place for dinner, before a game, happy hour or after work.

2015 Woodall Rodgers Fwy. 214.855.5275 larkonthepark.com

2400 Victory Park Ln. 214.871.8883 kenichidallas.com


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

THE KITCHEN TABLE 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.

13402 Noel Rd. 972.503.8700 starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien

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 for brunch.



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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 help round out the selection of the city’s best beer menu.

Lark on the Park

1621 Oak Lawn Ave. 214.628.7900 mothinthe.net




2222 McKinney Ave. 214.741.2277 mortons.com

400 Crescent Ct. 214.252.7000 noburestaurants.com/dallas



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.

2821 Turtle Creek Blvd. 214.443.4747 mansiononturtlecreek.com

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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.

3015 Oak Lawn Ave. 214.224.3152 landmarkrestodallas.com

Lark on the Park is a new contemporary, urban restaurant located on the edge of Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas. Lark introduces two new exciting

3699 McKinney Ave., No. 200 469.533.5663 mcrowd.com

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.


400 N. Olive St. 214.922.8000 sheratondallashotel.com

enchiladas, you can taste the freshness and quality in every bite served by a family of friendly and professional staff.

The M Crowd’s first Mexican food concept started in 1991 and has become a Dallas classic. From famous, homemade salsa to mouthwatering, hand-dipped

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 combination of smooth New York steakhouse style and Dallas charm. 701 Ross Ave. 214.698.0470 thepalm.com

PICCOLO MONDO 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 817.265.9174 piccolomondo.com

POP DINER Step into an ’80s diner and bar inspired by pop culture, pop music and pop art! With a unique mix of true diner food, creative beverages, atmosphere and service, Pop Diner stands out in Dallas’ restaurant landscape. The menu, influenced by pop culture, has a large variety of traditional and contemporary favorites prepared to order. 3600 McKinney Ave., No. 150 214.599.8980 popdinerusa.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

SILVER FOX Palm Restaurant

A USDA prime-beef emporium, Silver Fox is one of the few


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.

1045 Hidden Ridge Road Las Colinas, Texas 75038 972-871-8881 CoolRiverCafe.com Follow us on Twitter and Facebook



exclusively prime steakhouses in America. Silver Fox also features ocean favorites such as Atlantic salmon, jumbo sautéed scallops and succulent lobster tail.

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

FRISCO 1303 Legacy Dr. 214.618.5220

901 Fort Worth Ave. 214.393.2300 smokerestaurant.com

RICHARDSON 3650 Shire Blvd. 972.423.8121



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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The M Crowd’s second Mexican 3/22/12 3:03:32 PM food concept, Taco Diner, focuses

on the bold flavors found in traditional Mexico City taquerias. With an emphasis on fresh fish, salads and classic tacos, Taco Diner presents a lighter approach to Mexican cooking in a fun, high-energy atmosphere. 3669 McKinney Ave., No. 307 214.521.3669 mcrowd.com

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

Tillman’s Roadhouse

T/X RESTAURANT 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. 2927 Maple Ave. 214.871.7111 lemeridiendallasstoneleigh.com


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.

Karim Alaoui, Your Host

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

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Dishes. Drinks. Dreams. All at the Omni. Enjoy one of the many accommodations available at the Omni Dallas Hotel in thriving downtown Dallas. Try the unique farm-to-market cuisine of Texas Spice. Or cheer on your favorite team at The Owners Box, the best sports bar in town. Whichever fare you enjoy, end it with a quiet, serene visit to Mokara Spa. There’s a dish, a drink and a session for everyone. And they’re each available at the Omni. For more information, visit omnihotels.com/dallas or call 214-744-6664.

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Wounded veterans overcome every challenge to join President Bush on a 100-kilometer ride through his ranch. Former President George W. Bush took out time this past Memorial Day to honor those who serve our country — all the while atop a rugged mountain bike careening over hills and through prairies. Fourteen members of the armed forces wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq joined the former president in the three-day, 100-kilometer trek through his 1,500-acre Crawford



ranch. The ride didn’t just honor their service but showcased the strength and resiliency so many veterans must demonstrate upon returning home. None of the wounded vets let physical challenges impede their rides — nor did the trail’s steep climbs, deep valleys or difficult ravines prove too difficult to cross. Former President Bush has made the quality of life of veterans an important tenet of his post-presidency days, going so far as to create a Military Service Initiative within his newly opened George W. Bush Presidential Center. The

initiative’s work features Team 43 Sports, which sponsored the W100K Memorial Day bike ride, and the Wounded Warrior Open golf tournament, each calling attention to the challenges faced by wounded veterans. The events spotlight organizations dedicated to supporting veterans — the 2013 W100k highlighted the work of the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge, Navy SEAL Foundation and Team 4Mil. The Bush Center continues this effort to support America’s veterans with another program, Circles of Excellence, which utilizes experts in evaluating

the work of charities, nonprofits and other groups that assist veterans, and then identifying and promoting best practices. The center’s first effort focuses on the issue of employment for the nation’s 22 million veterans who have returned to civilian life, a problem the center found to be one of the most pressing facing veterans. The initiative will also focus on housing, education, families, health care and women’s issues.

Native Dallasite Catherine Adcock is the executive editor of Dallas Hotel Magazine. 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. DALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE


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