THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO DALLAS
SPIRIT OF THE WEST
Michael Martin Murphey
ARE WE THERE YET? Golf’s Great Hidden Courses
CRAZY ABOUT JOE In Search of Dallas’ Best Cup of Coffee
HIP, HOT & HAUTE Inside Big D’s “See & Be Seen” Scene
DALLAS GOES HOLLYWOOD HIGH SOCIETY SATIRE
Kim Gatlin’s Wicked Funny Book Gets the Network TV Treatment
Tex-Mex Favorites with a Designer Twist
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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 Berettaâ€™s full line of pistols, field and competition shotguns, as well as Sako rifles. The history of Berettaâ€™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.
AND THEIR PETS Two time Pulitzer finalist photographer David Woo will lift your heart and raise your eyebrows as he provides a rare and candid view into the hearts and minds of today’s most popular figures. His new book, “Top Dogs and Their Pets” parallels the well known faces of entertainment, politics, sports, and celebrity alongside the warmth and companionship of their four-legged friends. Get a little Kinky (Friedman) with a pig whose worst habit is talking politics, then experience a safe and nurturing place with Maggie, the rescued dog of Dr. Phil. Along the way, you’ll get a little closer to Laura Bush, Jimmy Johnson, Owen Wilson, Cesar Millan, and many more. This beautiful, hardbound book will endear the kindred soul of all pet lovers.
“Top Dog….is Top Notch! David Woo has managed to capture the essence of happiness with this project. All of the subjects are beaming with pride…..their exuberance evident in every frame. The owner’s love for their pets oozes off of every page. Portraits are one of photography’s most difficult genres. It is essential for the photographer to capture the personality of their subjects for them to be memorable. This collection of work is truly memorable. Bravo!” Jim Colton Photography Editor Sports Illustrated
“No writer’s pen is as insightful as a camera in the hands of David Woo. “Top Dogs” is a humorous and touching window on the souls of the rich, famous, and powerful.” Scott Pelley Correspondent CBS News magazine 60 Minutes
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ON THE COVER
CRAZY ABOUT JOE
In search of Dallas’ best cup of coffee. page 14
BIG D SIZZLE IS BACK ON NETWORK TV Author Kim Gatlin and her wicked funny “G.C.B.”. page 18
The who, what, where of everything exciting in Dallas. page 34
SPIRIT OF THE WEST
Author Kim Gatlin goes diva at Dallas’ Stoneleigh Hotel Photography: David Woo Retouching: Monica Helberg Hair/Make up: Christen Swearengin Fashion: Ann Fontaine Jewelry: Ann Fontaine and Jude Frances
IN EVERY ISSUE GALLERIES
Dallas native Michael Martin Murphey’s Americana. page 42
Painting, sculpture, folk, regional and more. Explore the sophisticated diversity of Dallas’ celebrated local art scene. page 27
ARE WE THERE YET?
Secluded must-play golf courses. page 56
Fashionistas love Dallas’ extensive variety of trendy, historic and eclectic boutiques and fashion centers. Get a complete listing of the area’s shopping destinations. page 28
Tex-Mex favorites with a designer twist. page 60
OUR PARTING SHOT
Dallas under the rainbow. page 96
BEST THINGS TO DO
Spending time in Dallas is always a trip less ordinary. Learn about local attractions that make for unique experiences and excellent adventures. page 48
DINING & NIGHTLIFE
Incomparable restaurants and worldrenowned chefs; check out our listing of Dallas’ top culinary destinations, plus music, performance, dancing and party fun. page 66
BEST LUXURY SPAS
Relax your body and restore your soul…get details on the area’s most sumptuous retreats for massages, treatments, facials and more. page 83
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Spotlighting the world’s premier hotel experiences. Look inside sumptuous travel destinations, grand hotels, and lavish resorts intimate boutiques. page 90
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UBLISHER’S NOTE ISSUE
Dallas Hotel Magazine publisher Pete Northway and author Kim Gatlin
The smiling face on the cover of this edition of Dallas Hotel Magazine is none other than Kim Gatlin. If you are not familiar with her, you soon will be. Kim’s first novel is called “Good Christian Bitches.” It was recently adapted into a screenplay for television and will premiere in March. The “Desperate Housewivesmeets-the-Cattle-Barron’s Ball” saga is produced by Darren Star of “Sex and the City” and “90210” fame. Screening reviews have been positive, and some media critics have said the midseason replacement on ABC has a good shot at success. We sat down with Kim to get the fascinating story on her wickedly funny book-turned-television-show that satirizes the legendary high society of her hometown. The piece features the Dallas author in series of high fashion photographs by two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee David Woo, shot in the penthouse of Dallas’ elegant Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa. We also caught up with Grammy winning singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey. As you may remember he and fellow Texans Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings helped jumpstart an entire musical genre in Austin years ago. His songs “Wildfire,” “Geronimo’s Cadillac” and “Carolina in the Pines” helped to define a generation. We talked candidly with the Dallas native about his often overlooked impact on the early days of the “outlaw” music movement, and how he continues to influence American culture in dramatic fashion, albeit from a much different point of view. There is a fun feature in the magazine on some of the best coffee houses in the area for those who are crazy about caffeine. Plus, from shabby to chic, bite size to oversized and just about everything in between, Dallasites are crazy for tacos these days. Restaurants that specialize in tacos are sprouting up like never before, and we have a short list of delicious options to sample around the downtown area. Dallas is a hustling, bustling Mecca for cuisine and couture. It also features an abundance of fascinating people to meet and things to see and do, particularly around the holidays. In November the elegant new Omni Hotel (555 South Lamar) near our city’s convention center opened with a fanfare, expanding the number of luxury hotels in Dallas. As you might expect, you will find a copy of our magazine in every room. We hope you enjoy the New Year’s first edition of Dallas Hotel Magazine, the “definitive guide for discerning visitors to Big D.” Sincerely,
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Guitarist Justin Hayward (left) jams onstage with John Lodge during a Moody Blues concert
JOHN LODGE OF THE MOODY BLUES DIGS DALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE The Moody Blues are a Texas favorite. They have performed their hits to thousands of enthusiastic fans in the lush Meyerson Symphony Center with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as well as at other major concert venues in the Dallas-Fort Worth area over the years. Bassist and vocalist John Lodge joined the group in 1966 and remains a driving force in a band that sold more than 50 million albums worldwide with an astounding 14 platinum and gold albums to their credit. He wrote hits including “Ride My See-Saw” and “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)” and is considered British rock royalty. “I stay in a lot of hotel rooms while on tour,” said John on a May 2011 stop in North Texas, “and invariably scan the in-room publications to get a flavor of the city we’re playing. Dallas Hotel Magazine is a breath of fresh air. It gave me an excellent sense of the restaurants and unique happenings in area. Plus the features were interesting...like the one on guitarist Steve Miller. I’m a big fan, but had no idea he grew up in Dallas. It was an entertaining read, and I learned a lot. I look forward to checking it out next time the Moodies are playing Big D.” Cheers y’all, John Lodge The Moody Blues May 2011
John Lodge of the Moody Blues raves about Dallas Hotel Magazine’s Spring 2011 issue featuring Steve Miller.
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Rich, creamy and dreamy: the signature Pearl Latte is a local favorite at Pearl Cup Coffeeâ€™s North Henderson Avenue location in Dallas. 14
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It’s All About the Joe. WRITTEN BY dave muscari PHOTOGRAPHY david woo
Looking for a great cup of coffee? You’re in luck. Dallas is brimming with a top selection of quality coffee houses. Sure, you’ll find Dunn Bros, Dunkin’ Donuts and a Starbucks on every other corner, however, there are some local stops close to downtown that are well worth trying, too. Here’s a short sampling of some of our favorites:
3847 Cedar Springs Road The down-to-earth, 24/7 coffee house has terrific BLTs, grilled cheese sandwiches and more. Breakfast is one of the area’s best, and the lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, plus seven different kinds of bottomless coffees can’t be beat.
1409 South Lamar Street This ultra-laid back hot spot is in the basement of the old Sears building, known today as Southside on Lamar. Gourmet coffees, caramel lattes and something called a “coffee cooler” are uniquely tasty. It’s also a regular performance stop for local and touring musicians. Open until 10 p.m. during the week and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
4620 McKinney Avenue There are several locations but the one we like best is in the fashionable Knox-Henderson area just off Dallas’ Katy Trail. Coffee is Latin in flavor with a South American twist, and desserts are imaginative, creative and delicious. It is the perfect upscale coffee break during an afternoon of shopping (Crate & Barrel, Apple Store, Restoration Hardware, Weir’s Furniture are within walking distance).
Legal Grounds 2015 Abrams Road
This Dallas favorite has the look and feel of a law library complete with rows of books and wing back chairs. Since its opening in the late 1990s by a Dallas attorney, the Lakewood staple has specialized in good drip coffee, and a variety of breakfast and lunch items including fruit, delicious banana pancakes and more. It’s not unusual to see runners and cyclists from the trail around beautiful White Rock Lake stopping in for a morning jolt o’ Joe. DALLAS HOTEL MAGAZINE
Hot, Steamy, Foamy and Frothy Pearl Cup Coffee Is A Cut Above The Rest 1900 Henderson Avenue
When Carlene Saelg and Rita Davis moved to Dallas from Austin in 2007 they started looking for a coffee shop to call their own. But they couldn’t find it. So like many smart entrepreneurs, they started their own. “We just love great coffee and wanted to bring not only coffee to Dallas but create a community gathering place,” said Saelg. These days savvy connoisseurs flock to Pearl Cup Coffee for what several local food critics have declared the best in Dallas. Coffee lovers routinely line up for deliciously creamy Pearl Cup lattes. A trio of wonderful espressos is available and probably the most talked about items on the menu. Roasters were selected through a rigorous process, and the final results are simply to die for. “We only choose the best roasters in country and they have to meet many standards before we will sell their coffee in our shops,” said Saelg. Try the Espresso Delicato (Coffee Eiland, Richardson, TX), Topeca Signature Espresso (Topeca Coffee, Tulsa, OK) or a guest espresso, which rotates every few months. Saelg believes the variety is what makes The Pearl Cup stand apart. “Coffee tasting can be compared to wine tasting,” said Saelg. “Everyone has likes and dislikes. 16
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You really have to taste a few different espressos from a few different roasters before you really find what you like and why you like it.” “Most shops employ one roaster and you get whatever they have on tap,” said Saelg. “There is no choice…they’ve decided for you. We believe you should have a choice.” There is also an assortment of iced coffees as well as scones, interesting pastries and other goodies to munch on. “People take notice and really appreciate you for going the extra mile,” said Saelg. The location on Henderson is an especially interesting scene. Laptops are open around the room, tables outside can be packed on brisk sunny days and the mix of people is eclectic. During winter months it can be standing room only, particularly on weekend mornings, but well worth the wait. There is another location downtown (750 North St. Paul Avenue) perfect for business people on the go, students with a head in a book and creative types longing for a lazy lounge. And by all means introduce yourself to Carlene and Rita, affectionately known as the “Pearl Cup girls.”
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Dallasâ€™ Tumultuous Return to Prime Time
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Kim Gatlin’s sizzling book-turned-television-show revisits past sins and invents a few new ones.
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In the spring of 1978, CBS unsuspectingly altered the face of television forever when the network launched a five-part miniseries called “Dallas.” Little did anyone know that the program’s deliciously scandalous plot about a family of ruthless oil tycoons’ warped lives in Texas high society’s infamous fast lane would transform prime time television. From Bobby Ewing’s notorious shower scene to “Who Shot J.R.?” America was glued to their TV sets every Friday night for years, until the show sputtered and CBS finally pulled the plug in 1991. Thirty-four years after bursting into pop culture consciousness the real city of Dallas’ storied reputation for power, passion, sex, money and sky high hairdos has been reinvented, returning to network television in the form of a new serial drama called “G.C.B.” The show is what is commonly referred to as a midseason replacement, and is set to air on ABC with what some critics believe has a decent chance of finding an audience. Former Dallas Morning News critic Ed Bark, who now writes television columns on a web site called UncleBarky. com said, “ABC lately has had far more success with midseason replacements than with its fall entries. So, I think this has a decent shot, particularly in a compatible post “Desperate Housewives” time slot after ‘Sunday Night Football’ has finished wiping out everything in its path.” It will be challenging, however Bark makes a good point: ABC heavy hitters such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Happy
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Endings” and “Castle,” all found success after a midseason premiere. Darren Star is the show’s executive producer, best known for creating hits including “Sex and the City,” “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Melrose Place.” The new series is based on a wickedly funny book, “Good Christian Bitches” (Hyperion Books), written by Dallas native and former commercial real estate sales executive, Kim Harmon Gatlin. A mother of two, she lives in the Park Cities section of town with her son and daughter. Gatlin was once married to Rudy Gatlin (of the Gatlin Brothers trio) known for a long string of country music hits. She has deep roots in her hometown; Gatlin’s father was the credit manager at Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas at the young age of 25. Founder and Neiman’s patriarch, Stanley Marcus, had a special fondness for her dad. Her mother started a successful corporate relocation business where Gatlin worked. The company was sold a few years ago to Dallas real estate icon Ebby Halliday. Gatlin had never even dreamed of being an author when she tackled the idea. “I had to use a ghostwriter because I didn’t know the first thing about writing a book,” she said. It began as therapy. At the advice of a counselor Gatlin wrote journals during a divorce. “The more ridiculous my life was getting with all the gossip and all the rumors, it hurt my feelings and it would upset me, and I’d journal about it,” she said. Working with the ghostwriter, she told him her stories
through her journals, which he helped put into sequence. “Fifty manuscripts went back and forth between us,” she said. “Everybody who has read it says they can hear my voice in it.” Gatlin says the writer was mainly there to help with structure, form and grammar. “There are so many handwritten pages between things. Whenever I would think of something I would want to add it.” Gatlin said she had the ghostwriter name all of the characters. “I didn’t want to bring any prejudice to any of them,” she said. “I mean he knew what kind of character I wanted out of each of these women but I didn’t want to name them.” Gatlin says depending on her moods she would fiddle with names to stir a few old neighborhood embers. “Like Geno’s…he came up with that for the southern ‘meat and three’ cafe they go to after church. I left it G-e-n-o-s because I knew all my guy friends from high school would get a huge kick out of that because that was a strip club that they used to sneak in over on Harry Hines Blvd,” she laughed. “There are all sorts of inside jokes with your friends. It’s part of the process and that ends up being such fun when your friends read it and say, ‘I know what you were talking about with such and such,’” she said.
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Kim Gatlin’s sizzling novel, “Good Christian Bitches,” is now a prime time television series. The screenplay for the series was written by Robert Harling (“Steel Magnolias”) and produced by Darren Star (“Sex and the City,” “90210”). “G.C.B.” premieres as a midseason replacement in March on ABC.
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Tall, blonde and beautiful with legs that go on for days, Leslie Bibb (“Talladega Nights,” “Iron Man”) is Amanda Vaughn, the program’s center square. Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth (“Wicked,” “Pushing Daisies,” “The West Wing,” “Glee”) is the plastically malevolent Carlene Cockburn, and TV veteran Annie Potts (“Designing Women,” “Ghostbusters,” “Toy Story”) stars as Amanda’s mother. Brad Beyer (“Jericho”), Marisol Nichols (“24”) and others round out the cast. There are certainly the cliché moments including the requisite thick Texas accents that feel like freshly manicured fingernails on a dusty chalkboard. The storyline is about what you might expect. However, there are some very funny moments, too. Or, as Bark calls it, “…solid guilty pleasure fun.” Gatlin’s characters are richly defined. Predictably, some in the local press are convinced they were modeled on specific people, and have even gone so far as to connect the dots publicly. Gatlin laughs, and says that is not the case, suggesting characters are more like amalgamations, a pinch of someone here and a dash of someone else there. “It would have been so easy for me to hand half a dozen people their head in this deal, but I knew if I did that I wasn’t any better than the people I was writing about,” she said. Be that as it may, there is still a lot about the show that seems eerily familiar. A catty Bible study at the Hillside Presbyterian Church; drinks at Al’s (perhaps modeled on Dallas steakhouse, Al Biernat’s?); bubble-headed big hair, Botox and air kisses; a Doberman named “Romo,” after current Dallas Cowboys’ heartthrob QB Tony Romo; and catfights that are really more like…well, Texas cougar fights. Bibb’s character is a former “bitch with teeth,” so described by her sympathetic mom. Apparently Amanda made her fair share of enemies in high school as a classic “mean girl.” However, that’s all changed. A failed marriage has landed an emotionally vulnerable Amanda, now the mother of a pair of teenagers, back on Texas soil for the first time in 20 years. But can she really go home again? Will Amanda’s former school chums in Hillside Park, a clone of Dallas’ fashionable Highland Park neighborhood, truly welcome her with open arms, or take full advantage of her defenselessness? While bumping into some of the old gang after church services, Carlene tells Amanda, “Well darlin’, we all hope you’re here for good…and not for evil.” Insert sarcastic cackle here.
Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) of ABC’s cheeky “G.C.B.” surveys in the extravagant scene at the lavish Longhorn Ball, the area’s most prestigious annual high society fundraiser. Bibb is a former fashion model who has starred in motion pictures and television roles including “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Zookeeper” with Kevin James
Perky Sharon Peacham (Jennifer Aspen) delivers well wishes and an overflowing “welcome home” gift basket to Amanda, recently divorced single mother of two children who returned to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up. Aspen is a veteran actress known for roles in network television hits including ”Rodney,” “Party of Five” and “Glee”
Amanda’s daughter Laura (Lauran Irion) and son Will (Colton Shires) flank her mother, Gigi Stopper (Annie Potts), dressed in haute western couture for the Longhorn Ball Photography: ABC
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Both Gatlin and ABC are hoping for a hit, a tall order these days for any new network program. But the down-to-earth author with the beaming smile is nothing else if not completely determined to get it right. Her first cousin is actress Angie Harmon (“Law & Order,” “Rizzoli and Isles”) –their dads are brothers. So between family connections and being the ex-wife of a famous musician, Gatlin is distinctively qualified, certainly less star struck and more prepared than most people in her situation. “My parents always had celebrity friends,” said Gatlin. “From a young age, I realized they were just people. When I was married to Rudy, I met everybody. Burt Lancaster…Sid Caesar…George Burns…Presidents Carter, Ford and the Bushes.” Gatlin says her favorites were probably Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. “She was kind enough to take me aside and offer me lots of awesome advice about how to be married to a country music star,” said Gatlin. “But I always looked at those people like they put their pants on one leg at a time like everybody else.” Still she claims to be a novice in the business, and innocently took meetings with a variety of high-octane Hollywood producers hoping to option her book. “Sometimes I had to look at it from the standpoint that…they can’t eat me,” Gatlin laughed. “I mean I’m gonna come out of there alive one way or another. I might learn something, and something good might happen.” When she finally met with Star through a friend of a friend’s connection, Gatlin said she was delighted. “He is awesome,” she smiled. “Bobby Harling (“First Wives Club, “The Evening Star”) wrote the pilot; he wrote ‘Steel Magnolias,’ and he is a better writer than I’ll ever be.” Gatlin said both men came to Dallas and spent a couple of days with her, kicking the tires to get a better feel for what makes the Park Cities tick. And they “got it,” she says, almost triumphantly. “I understand that everybody in L.A. is real image conscious,” said Gatlin. “But you have your work to validate you. Imagine being just as much or more image conscious and all you do is eat,
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shop and go to charity events.” That was the Dallas she wanted the two men to see. “Darren Star wasn’t even on my dream list of people who might do this,” said Gatlin. “I figured it would be a company that was willing to take a chance on it, trying to make a mark. I never dreamed in a million years that I could even get to him.” The pilot was shot in Dallas. For the remaining shows exteriors will continue to be filmed here. However, due to scheduling conflicts with various cast members the bulk of the shows will be shot in L.A. “When I saw the pilot, I was real surprised how much it followed the book,” said Gatlin. “Granted there were some differences, but that always happens.” How close is Gatlin to the project? “They send me scripts every week and I make notes on them,” she said. So far the journey into a coveted prime time slot premiere in March has not come without controversy. Last March when word leaked that the show was in development, groups such as the Parents Television Council and others cried foul, concerned about the title. “I actually got an email from the PTC that basically said I needed to boycott myself because this show called ‘Good Christian Bitches’ was on the air,” said Gatlin. “I thought, dude, you need to read your email list before you do this. So I answered him. I never heard from the man. I told him, in the first place, if I had named it ‘Good Christian Gossips,’ like my mother wanted me to, it would have sat on the shelf and the people who needed to read it never would.” “The people who are making the most noise about it…you’d think they’d be thrilled to death that that there was a prime time TV show that was going to make people talk about this stuff and create discussions that, in the long run, are going to be beneficial,” she said. A show with an edgy name was not unchartered territory for ABC. Network programming executives had dealt with a similar situation in 2004 when premiering a half-hour that featured a quirky title dripping in double-entendre.
Some groups suggested “Wife Swap” would drag television to a new low; a highly promoted platform on broadcast television stations designed to shred the moral fiber of marriage. “I understand,” said Gatlin. “It’s a business. You don’t want to lose sponsors and you don’t want to make people mad.” In the end it all seemed to be much ado about nothing. This time around ABC reacted quickly, and offered “Good Christian Belles” as an alternative before settling on the abbreviation, “G.C.B.” “My 93-year old Grandmother is a dyed-in-the-wool southern Baptist,” said Gatlin. “She’ll be buried in the same church that she was baptized in up in Cushing, Oklahoma. She’s just the best person I have ever known in my life… taught Sunday school until she was 83, and now she’s now in assisted living. So when it first came out and there was all the hubbub about the title, I went to see her and said, “Grandmother I wrote this book and it’s called, um… ’Good Christian Bitches.’ She just burst out laughing and said, “We’ve all known a few of those, haven’t we?” It has been many moons since Dallas’ brand of campy drama graced network television. So how will this Desperate Housewives-meets-the-Cattle Baron’s Ball saga on steroids fair in the cutthroat world of prime time? What can viewers expect from the sizzling new show set in the heart of Dallas’ tony society? For her part, Kim Gatlin feels like she has already won. “I figured if one person read the book, or saw the story…and they thought better of something hateful they were going to do to somebody, or say about someone, then I’ve done a good thing,” she said. As for additional success coming her way, she is certainly not adverse but clearly satisfied either way. “It is uncalculated dumb luck,” she laughed, looking back. “It’s just been trippy, that’s all I can tell you.”
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The television show that put the soap in prime time is set to return to the small screen. A fresh version of “Dallas,” complete with a mixture of new and old stars, including Larry Hagman, is now in production. It is being shot for TNT and reportedly premiering during the summer. North Texas has played host to a number of network and cable television series. The following is a list of programs over the past few years that were shot on location or on soundstages in and around the Dallas area.
“Walker, Texas Ranger” (CBS) – Martial arts expert Chuck Norris high kicked and karate chopped his way around town from 1993-2001. Crime drama in a duster, black cowboy hat and boots. “Wishbone” (PBS) – For three years during the nineties America’s favorite Jack Russell Terrier taught kids lessons about everything from literature to family values. The show was a true artistic achievement honored with a number of daytime Emmys and a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. “Barney and Friends” (PBS) – Purple dinosaurs rule! Created by a Texas television producer in the late 1980s, Barney was shot on soundstages in Allen and later at the Studios at Las Colinas. The cast and crew pumped out episodes until 2009. TV Guide put the program on its list of 50 worst TV shows of all time. But if you ask a generation of children, they would probably give you a much different opinion. “The Benefactor” (ABC) - Contestants vied for $1M to be awarded by local billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Unfortunately, the reality show never quite got off the ground. Hailed as a watered-down version of “The Apprentice” on NBC it was cancelled after only a few episodes.
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“Prison Break” (FOX) – For four seasons beginning in 2005 viewers followed the exploits of a pair of brothers, one in prison for allegedly murdering the Vice President of the United States, another on the outside working to set him free. Scenes were shot all over Dallas, and in rural locales just outside of town. “The Deep End” (ABC) – Movie stars Billy Zane and Clancy Brown led a cast in a show about first-year associates working in a renowned Los Angeles law firm (think “L.A. Law” meets “Grey’s Anatomy”). The program was shot in tony Highland Park locations and made its debut as a midseason replacement in January 2010. Poor reviews and worse ratings forced it underwater for good and by May it was cancelled. “The Good Guys” (FOX) – This action/ comedy starred Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks as a pair of unlikely partners. Shot around the Deep Ellum area of Dallas, these good cops ended their tour of duty in Texas before getting much a running start. After a preview episode aired in May, by early December 2010 the show was put to bed for good.
GALLERIES W hen it comes to art, people come to Dallas. From 18th – century oil paintings
and sculptures to contemporary work from up and coming new talent, Dallas has something for every art lover. Whether you are looking to invest in a work of art or simply want to explore the local art scene, Dallas has it all. GALLERIES & SHOW ROOMS
Artizen Fine Arts
Bring your decorating ideas to life with exceptional fine art works from Artizen, the fundamental asset for design solutions. Tucked away in the heart of the Dallas design district, this contemporary gallery features the works of established and emerging artists like Angie Renfro, Janet Harvey and Cara Enteles. 1202 Dragon Street, Suite 105 Dallas, TX 75207 214.979.2140 www.artizenfinearts.com
Owners Cindi Ray and Wendy Dunham bring you an extraordinary look at fine American art glass, clay, fiber, metals and jewelry. Gorgeous works that have been blown, fused, slumped and cast are all beautifully displayed and available for sale. 6137 Luther Lane Dallas, TX 75225 214.368.2828 www.carlyngalerie.com
From owner and director Nancy Whitenack, the Conduit Gallery’s emphasis is to forge a bond between contemporary artists’ work and the public. The gallery represents established mid-career artists and young, new talent. The program includes a Project Room where experimental and small-scale works are shown. 1626 Hi Line Drive Dallas, TX 75207 214.939.0064 www.conduitgallery.com
Director Kenneth Craighead and partner, Steve Green, present the finest in contemporary art from nationally and internationally recognized artists. Craighead Green is recognized as one of the most esteemed contemporary art galleries throughout Texas and the Southwest, representing over 40 artists of all mediums. 1011 Dragon Street Dallas, TX 75207 214.855.0779 www.craigheadgreen.com
Making its way onto the scene in the Dallas Design District is art newcomer – Galerie Zuger. The recently opened fine art gallery on Dragon Street enjoys a 5,000-square-foot showroom exhibiting a diverse blend of paintings, graphics, and sculptures from internationally recognized artists like Gib Singleton, James Jenson and Carrie Fell.
Caryln Galerie - showcase of their collection of blown glass
1215 Dragon Street Dallas, TX 75207 214.749.7713 www.galeriezugerdallas.com
Located near the lavish shops of the Galleria, the Southwest Art Gallery boasts one of Dallas’ most expansive collections of fine 19th- and 20th-century paintings and sculptures. The beautiful gallery features an array of stunning works from Western to Contemporary art in over 16,000 square feet of sensational space. 4500 Sigma Road Dallas, Texas 75244 972.960.8395 www.swgallery.com
Samuel Lynne Galleries represents and exhibits the Reflectionists and 21st Century Contemporary artists with an extensive collection of 3-D Oils, Originals on Canvas, Mixed Media and Sculpture. The 11,100 square foot space features four full art galleries, a state-of-the-art 30-seat HD theater and a wine/ espresso bar. 1105 Dragon Street Dallas, Texas 75207 214.965.9027 www.samuellynne.com
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William Campbell Contemporary Art
Established in 1974, William Campbell Contemporary Art represents exceptional contemporary art in a variety of mediums by mid-career and emerging artists from Texas & across the country, many of whom are included in museum, corporate, and prestigious private collections. Consultations, art brokerage and fine art appraisals are additional services offered. 4935 Byers Ave. Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817.737.9566 www.williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com
Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass
Dallas’ finest art glass gallery has been offering selections ranging from whimsical to exquisite since 1990. Goblets, jewelry, perfume bottles, marbles, vessels, paperweights, wall pieces, platters, sculpture, beads and hundreds of other treasures, large and small in virtually every range can be found here. The gallery features an ever-changing selection of outstanding and innovative work by over 350 contemporary North American glass artists. 5100 Beltline Road Suite 820 Dallas, TX 75254 972.239.7957 www.kittrellriffkind.com
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SHOPPING W elcome to spotlight on shopping featuring Dallas’ many trendy, historic and eclectic shopping destinations. Dallas has more stores and shopping centers per capita than any United States city or metropolitan area. From high-end boutiques and malls to the eclectic vintage shopping, we have the place to shop for your heart’s desire. SHOPPING CENTERS
Recognized by USA Today as “One of the top 10 places to spend it all,” Galleria Dallas is one of the most dynamic shopping environments in North Texas. An international collection of shops and boutiques sets the standard for world-class shopping in Dallas. Galleria Dallas is the only North Texas home to Thomas Pink, TOUS, BCBGeneration, Tourneau, Brahmin, Sony Style, ZARA, Karen Millen and American Girl Boutique and Bistro – plus favorites like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Juicy Couture and Sephora. From its legendary ice rink, to its fusion of hip fashion and chic dining, Galleria Dallas truly is a Dallas’ premier shopping destination. 13350 Dallas Parkway Dallas, Texas 75240 972.702.7100 www.galleriadallas.com
Highland Park Village
This Dallas shopping village is as close as any shopper will get to Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive in Dallas. Built in the 1930s, this ultrachic corner of high-end shopping in the midst of Dallas’ most exclusive neighborhood sports an eclectic mix of fashionable boutiques including Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Escada, Cole Haan, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, St. John, and many more. 47 Highland Park Village Dallas, Texas 75205 214.559.2740 www.hpvillage.com
NorthPark Center is an ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment experience offering the finest collection of more than 235 stores and luxury designer and trendsetting boutiques including, Gucci, Bvlgari, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, and top-tier anchors – Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s and AMC NorthPark 15. Guests also enjoy exceptional restaurants, a world-class art collection, award-winning architecture and non-stop events. 8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75225 214.361.6345 www.northparkcenter.com
The Plaza at Preston Center
The Plaza at Preston Center is a unique urban oasis in the heart of Dallas’ most desirable neighborhood, where beautifully landscaped walkways invite leisurely strolling past one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants for 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. Come experience The Plaza at Preston Center for yourself. 8311 Preston Center Plaza Drive Dallas, Texas 75225 469.232.0000 www.theplazaatprestoncenter.com
Shops at Legacy
Consisting of 2,665 acres, Legacy is a master-planned business, retail, and residential community that is located in Plano, Texas. Some being high-profile organizations, The Shops at Legacy accommodates over 50,000 individuals who live and work in the area. Stores include Bachendorf’s, Ella Bleu, The Lash Lounge, and William Sonoma. 7200 Bishop Road Plano, Texas 75024 214.473.9700 www.shopsatlegacy.com
A Dallas tradition, Snider Plaza is simply a charming place to shop. As one of the most peaceful, familyfriendly neighborhoods on earth, it has catered to the well-manicured sensibilities of those dwelling in the surrounding Park Cities for generations. The backbone of Snider Plaza’s local appeal is the dozens of delightfully petite boutiques specializing in everything from stationary to antiques to imported fabrics. Whether you are looking for Texas gifts, flowers, bakeries, spa treatments, furniture, home decor, specialty and gourmet items, specialty clothing, eyewear, art and music instruction, hair salons or food ranging from German, Italian, hamburgers, Mediterranean, Bar-B-Que, or seafood Snider Plaza has it all.
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Hillcrest and Lovers Lane Dallas, Texas www.sniderplaza.net NorthPark Center
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The first Bachendorf’s store opened in 1977 featuring high quality handmade custom jewelry and an extensive collection of watches. Today Bachendorf’s continues the family tradition of offering the finest designer jewelry, timepieces, and collectibles in Dallas.
Visit Dallas’ newest hot spot for shopping, dining, and entertainment. West Village is home to the Magnolia Theater, which supports independent film and arts. Nestled at the northern tip of popular Uptown Entertainment District, you can take the M-Line Streetcar for free to this great new escape in trendy Dallas dining and shopping. McKinney Avenue & Routh Street 214.922.9622 www.westvil.com
Gerald Tomlin Antiques
Tomlin Antiques is a second generation Dallas business offering a personalized selection of investment quality antiques. The firm specializes in 18th and 19th Century period antiques from around the globe. For the past 17 years the main gallery has been located in the historic Highland Park Shopping Village in Suite 54 near the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Preston Road. 54 Highland Park Village Dallas, Texas 75205 214.526.3702 www.tomlinantiques.com
Forestwood Antique Mall
One of Dallas’ favorite shopping destinations, Forestwood Antique Mall offers 4,000 square feet chocked full of antiques. Walk around for hours looking at everything from fine china and crystal, antique Staffordshire and Majolica to estate jewelry. Visit the quaint tea room and enjoy homemade desserts, gourmet coffee and scrumptious daily specials. 5333 Forest Lane Dallas, TX 75244 972.661.0001 www.forestwoodantiquemall.com
8400 Preston Road Dallas, Texas 75225 214.692.8400 13350 Dallas Parkway #1415 Dallas, Texas 75240 972.392.9900 7401 Lonestar Drive Plano, Texas 75024 972.596.2090 www.bachendorfs.com
Experience the beauty, quality and fine craftsmanship of the deBoulle Collection. Over the past two decades, deBoulle has served thousands of discriminating customers and built a reputation as one of the pre-eminent, independently owned jewelers in the United States. The sophisticated deBoulle salon has a historic flair in the style of a two-story French villa located in Dallas. 6821 Preston Road Dallas, Texas 75205 214.522.2400 www.deboulle.com
It is very clear to Richard Eiseman Jr. what makes Eiseman Jewels different than other stores. That is because he happens to be an expert on the subject, knowing firsthand what it takes to be successful in today’s marketplace. At Eiseman, he knows the importance on building customer loyalty and the value of consistency. NorthPark Center, Suite 514 Dallas, Texas 75225 214.369.6100 www.eisemanjewels.com
Jerry Szor Contemporary Jewelry is a destination for those in search of inspired, extraordinary jewelry. 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. Retail location or by appointment: 6131 Luther Lane #210 Dallas, Texas 75225 214.691.5400 www.jerryszor.com
Formerly known as Ylang-Ylang, YLANG|23 is owned by Joanne and Charles Teichman, who opened in Dallas in 1985, and quickly attracted a clientele who can afford anything, but prefers the fine workmanship of renowned designers who shape the trends in the U.S. and Europe. And while their jewelry has changed over the years, one constant is that they have always stayed ahead of the curve, always true to a vision of providing the most exciting breakthrough collections, and always a level of service which their clients find unmatched. 13350 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1300 Dallas, Texas 972.980.0819 www.ylang23.com
William Noble Rare Jewels
William Noble has been in business for 20 years and is located in one of the most prestigious locations in Dallas, Highland Park Village. For the first 10 years, WNRJ was an upscale jewelry boutique that emphasized diamonds, designer jewelry, and fine watches. Now WNRJ has the largest new and estate inventory in the Southwest and is still growing. 100 Highland Park Village, Suite 370 Dallas, Texas 75205 214.526.3890 www.williamnoble.com
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This unique shopping store bears the stamp of Canadian designer, Paulette Martsolf, who had a dream to come to Texas where she could design women’s clothing and jewelry. Opened in 1989, Allie Coosh has since become a women’s paradise and Paulette Martsolf’s designs have become internationally renowned. 6726 Snider Plaza Dallas, Texas 75205 214.363.8616 www.allie-coosh.com
Located in the exclusive Highland Park Village, Beretta Gallery is the destination for those wanting to indulge in the rich heritage of Beretta. Today Beretta continues on almost 500 year-old tradition of producing custom made shotguns and side-by-side Express rifles for the discriminating gun owner. 41 Highland Park Village Dallas, Texas 75207 214.559.9800 www.dallas.berettagallery.com
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CHILDREN’S Kid Biz FASHION & CLOTHING Betty Reiter Calypso St. Barth Carla Martinengo Boutique Jos. A. Bank Clothiers lucy Mal Malouf Mel Crews New Balance DFW Pickles & Ice Cream The Biz Tootsies JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Bachendorf’s Castle Gap Jewelry Matthew Trent FOOD & RESTAURANTS Baskin Robbins R+D Kitchen Corner Bakery Hillstone Sprinkles Cupcakes Taco Diner Tom Thumb HEALTH & BEAUTY Montana Salon Park Plaza Salon SPECIALTY SHOPS Apples to Zinnias Calypso Home St. Barth lucky dog barkery Occhiali Modern Optics Orvis Dallas Swoozie's Waterworks SERVICES American Express Travel E*Trade Financial Fidelity Investments Comet Cleaners Green Bank The UPS Store
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Located in Preston Center, this boutique features European lines that focus on construction and texture. Rich colors, timeless pieces, and exclusive labels make this cozy boutique a destination spot for clients all over the country. In addition to her own private label from France, Reiter carries a variety of European lines, exclusively Yeohlee, a New York designer, and, a unique selection of accessories such as B. May handbags, and fine costume jewelry. 4030 Villanova Street Dallas, Texas 75225 214.373.9990 www.theplazaatprestoncenter.com
There’s no going back to retail shopping when you discover one of the nation’s top designer resale sources—Clothes Circuit. This treasure trove of upscale resale fashion has been dressing women of all ages for nearly three decades. Clothes Circuit is a friendly destination for in-the-know shoppers and Dallas visitors who know the value of beautiful, well-made clothing and accessories. A knowledgeable, creative staff makes all the difference in this one-of-a-kind shopping experience with unbelievably great prices! 6105 Sherry Lane Dallas, TX 75225 214.696.8634 www.clothescircuit.com
Elements has been setting the standard for specialty store shopping in Dallas, since 1999. Offering a modern mix of the season’s most exciting designers, with an emphasis on small European designers, many of them are exclusive to the boutique. Elements provides exceptional personalized assistance in finding the best selection of modern clothing, accessories and gifts. 4400 Lovers Lane Dallas, Texas 75225 214.987.0837 www.elementsclothing.com
Forty Five Ten
Forty Five Ten has become one of Dallas’ premier boutique destinations, with an international reputation of offering the “best of the best”. Set in a beautifully renovated historic building, it houses a world class mix of the top collections for women, men, and the home, all merchandised with its own distinct point-of-view. It’s acclaimed café, the T Room, has become a chic lunch spot in the city.
4510 McKinney Ave Dallas, Texas 75205 214.559.4510 www.fortyfiveten.com
As the destination for exclusive gifts and home décor, Nest procures a well-edited selection of the latest gifts, furniture and curiosities from around the world. 4524 McKinney Avenue Dallas, Texas 75205 214.373.4444 www.nestdallas.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 Dallas, Texas 75205 214.522.0352 www.peepersdallas.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 modern furniture showroom space in the Dallas Design District and downtown Austin, Texas. Scott+Cooner represents 70+ lines of classic and contemporary furniture, the top modern lighting designs, and the most incredible European Kitchen Systems in the Southwest. Chose from one of the most comprehensive collections of modern from such lines as Cassina, Flexform, deSede, Flos, Ingo Maurer, and Walter Knoll. 1617 Hi-Line Drive, Ste. 100 Dallas, Texas 75207 214.748.9838 www.scottcooner.com
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Smink Modern Living
Smink Incorporated has been a Texas institution for more than twenty-three years – bringing design, luxury furnishings, fine art, photography and accessories to the west. Started in 1988, Smink has cultivated an international reputation for selling high-end products and art at designers price to the public. As one of the largest Italian modern furniture dealers between the coasts, and throughout its 20 year history Smink has been dedicated to the education of its clients — always encouraging them to enlist the expertise of local design professionals. 1019 Dragon Street Dallas Texas 75207 214.350.0542 www.sminkinc.com
Stanley Korshak has earned plenty of accolades, including being named one of the 50 most influential men’s stores in America by Women’s Wear Daily, the esteemed bible of the fashion business. But Korshak is far more than a savvy men’s store purveying the finest suits, sportswear, shoes and furnishings. They carry the most in-demand women’s couture and designer sportswear, from Valentino to Brunello Cucinelli, the chicest shoes and bags from the likes of Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, and the most fabulous jewelry on the planet, like Yossi Harari’s 24-karat gold creations. Discriminating brides-to-be should visit the Bridal Salon. 500 Crescent Court #100 Dallas, Texas 214.871.3600 214.473.9700 www.stanleykorshak.com
Nestled in the Plaza at Preston Center, Tootsies is a premiere shopping destination for women’s contemporary attire, dresses, accessories, shoes, handbags and jewelry. Designers such as Alice and Olivia, Jay Godfrey, Nicole Miller, Rachel Zoe, Sachin + Babi and Theyskens Theory are featured. 8300 Preston Road #200 Dallas, TX 75225 214.696.9993 www.tootsies.com
Legendary Dallas Fashion at Astonishing Resale Prices. Open 7 days a week. 6105 Sherry Lane - Dallas, Texas 75225 (214) 696-8634 - www.clothesciruict.com
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FEBRUARY 8-12 Women Fully Clothed: A Theatrical Evening of Comedy 8 p.m. - Charles W. Eisemann Center Comic legend Eugene Levy refers to them as “the funniest women in Canada.” Robin Duke, (“Saturday Night Live”,” “SCTV”), Jayne Eastwood, (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”), Kathryn Greenwood, (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, “Wind at My Back”), and Teresa Pavlinek, (“The Jane Show”) make up this distinctive collaboration of seasoned actors. Spending an evening with them is like treating yourself to a night out with good friends who make you laugh ‘til you cry. Whether exploring mother/daughter relationships, cross-border shopping, boardroom banter or arts & craft shows, these hilarious women charm audiences with uproarious sketches and razor-sharp songs, all masterfully crafted with heart and soul. www.eisemanncenter.com
MARCH 8 “The Killing” - Movie Screening 7:30 p.m. - Angelika Film Center
JANUARY 6 Willie Nelson 10:30 p.m. - Billy Bob’s Texas - Fort Worth, Texas There’s not a bad seat in the world’s largest honky tonk at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Enjoy the songs of the iconic American country singersongwriter in an authentic Texas rodeo venue. Doors open at 6 p.m. Watch some live bull riding before the show at 9 p.m and 10:00 p.m. www.tickets.billybobstexas.com Photo: Christopher Halloran/Shutterstock.com
The Dallas Film Society, The Dallas Morning News and Stella Artois present a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s film noir classic, “The Killing” at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. Local newspaper film critic Chris Vognar will lead a discussion of the film after the screening.
Arts & Culture JANUARY 18-19 “Giant” Dee and Charles Wyly Theater As Dallas Theater Center’s biggest production ever (everything’s bigger in Texas!), Giant boasts larger-than-life characters in this Texas-size musical, directed by three-time Tony nominee Michael Grief and coproduced with The Public Theater. Performances at 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. depending on day of show. www.dallastheatercenter.org
FEBRUARY 3 Moulin Rouge—The Ballet 8 p.m. - Charles W. Eisemann Center Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet brings its box office sensation Moulin Rouge® - The Ballet to the Eisemann Center. The show features high-kicking choreography wrapped around a passionate story of love, ambition and heartbreak from the longest-operating ballet company in North America. www.eismancenter.com photos credit: Julia Wesley
JANUARY 28 Igudesman & Joo in “A Little Nightmare Music” 8 p.m. - Charles W. Eisemann Center Classical musicians Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo have taken the world by storm with their unique theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. www.igudesmanandjoo.com
FEBRUARY 16, 19*, 22 & 25 The Dallas Opera: Tristan and Isolde 7 p.m. - Winspear Opera House * 2 p.m.
FEBRUARY 9 Tommy Emmanuel 7 p.m. - Majestic Theater - Tickets $30-$42 Two-time Grammy® nominee Tommy Emmanuel is among Australia’s most celebrated musicians. He has worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, Doc Watson, George Martin, Les Paul and Chet Atkins during a decorated professional career that spans five decades. www.liveatthemajestic.com
Love and death are inexorably intertwined in this intense drama sparked by a chance meeting and a powerful potion that drives a Cornish knight and an Irish princess into each other’s arms, creating a fiery love triangle that can only be fully consummated in death. The Dallas Opera has assembled an extraordinary cast for this concert experience, featuring projections by Elaine McCarthy, the creator of special video effects for the critically acclaimed world premiere of “Moby Dick”. Only four performances. Box Office: 214.443.1000. www.dallasopera.org
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MARCH 30-31 Savor Dallas Dallas Arts District
FEBRUARY 23 The Pin Show 2012 The Fairmont Dallas, Regency Ballroom The largest such event in North Texas draws mostly Texas based designers and features the latest in locally produced, independent runway fashion. It boasts over 150 looks from more than 30 designers. Thousands of dollars in grants will be awarded to individual designers to use towards furthering their independent fashion business. Tickets start at $20. www.thepinshow.typepad.com
There’s no better place to sample the delicious foods and wines that North Texas has to offer than Savor Dallas. This 8th annual weekend takes place March 30th & 31st and includes over 60 of DFW’s top chefs serving samples of their cuisine, and over 400 premium wines, spirits and imported beers. Walk off the calories in the Arts District Wine Stroll on Friday March 30th, where you can see the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center, Winspear Opera House, and Seventeen Seventeen at the Dallas Museum of Art. www.savordallas.com
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MARCH 13-25 In the Heights 8 p.m. - Winspear Opera House While on Broadway it was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Choreography. Now the story of immigrant dreamers in Washington Heights brings its salsa and hip-hop-flavored score to Dallas. The musical explores the joys, heartbreaks and bonds of a Latino community struggling to redefine home. Suitable for children aged 12 and older. www.dallas-theater.com
MARCH 19 Mireya Mayor 8 p.m. - Winspear Opera House Mireya Mayor has studied primates around the world and hosts television shows on “National Geographic Wild.” An ex-Miami Dolphins cheerleader with a Ph.D. in anthropology, the South Florida native calls herself “girly-girly.” In fact, her new book is titled, “Pink Boots and a Machete: My Journey From NFL Cheerleader to National Geographic Explorer.” www.dallas-theater.com
JANUARY 28 Big D Climb 8 a.m. - Fountain Place Get some exercise when visiting Dallas by participating in the largest stair climb at the 4th Annual Big D Climb! Step it up and challenge yourself while benefiting the North Texas/Oklahoma chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. www.bigdclimb.org
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Dallas’ entertainment venues are second to none. From soul and rock to pop, blues, jazz, classical and everything in-between. North Texas concert halls and stages sizzle with performance just about every night of the week. Here are some of the artists scheduled to perform around the area. All concerts are subject to change.
The Lemonheads The Prophet Bar
Sara Hickman Poor David’s Pub
Kinky Friedman AllGood Café
Tchaikovsky and The Season Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center
Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center
Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun AllGood Café
Terri Clark Poor David’s Pub
Charlie Robinson Granada Theater
Lady Antebellum American Airlines Center
James Newton Howard: Masters of Film Music Series Meyerson Symphony Center
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center
Styx Billy Bob’s Texas
James McMurtry The Kessler
Bill Frisell The Kessler
Jon Anderson (of Yes) The Kessler
Tedeschi-Trucks Band House of Blues
Big Head Todd and the Monsters House of Blues
Caroline Goulding Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center
Mozart & Berlioz Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks Billy Bob’s Texas
William Fitzsimmons Gilley’s
Merle Haggard Billy Bob’s Texas
Radiohead American Airlines Center
The Civil Wars House of Blues
Mozart & Schubert Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center
Doc Severinson Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center
Earth, Wind & Fire Meyerson Symphony Center
Cory Morrow Poor David’s Pub
Guy Clark Poor David’s Pub
Keb’ Mo Gilley’s
Dwight Yoakam Billy Bob’s Texas
The Beach Boys with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center
Johnny Winter Granada Theater
George Thorogood and the Destroyers Rock House of Blues
Debussy’s La Mer Dallas Symphony Orchestra Meyerson Symphony Center
Ruthie Foster The Kessler
Kool & the Gang Meyerson Symphony Center
They Might Be Giants Granada Theater
Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines Poor David’s Pub
Mat Kearney Majestic Theater
Paula Cole The Kessler
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The Sporting News recently named Dallas-Fort Worth the best sports city in America. Here are some games this season that have local fans excited.
Texas Half Marathon and 5K 8 a.m. - White Rock Lake
All Dallas Stars games held at American Airlines Center
This 13.1-mile race features picturesque White Rock Lake as its course, starting and finishing at Winfrey Point, located on the eastern side of the water. The race is open to both runners and walkers. Fee is $65 between Jan. 23 and day of race. Register at signmeup.com or visit www.texashalf.com
Stars vs Red Wings
Stars vs Oilers
Stars vs Avalanche
Stars vs Red Wings
Stars vs Lightning
Stars vs Ducks
Stars vs Wild
Stars vs Coyotes
Stars vs Kings
Stars vs Flames
Stars vs Predators
Stars vs Wild
Stars vs Canucks
Stonebridge Ranch Half Marathon 7:30 a.m. - Stonebridge Ranch Beach and Tennis Club
Stars vs Penguins
Stars vs Sharks
Stars vs Ducks
Stars vs Blackhawks
Stars vs Coyotes
Stars vs Canucks
FEBRUARY 11 Sponsored by American Airlines Center
Cupid’s Chase 5K 10 a.m. - Bachman Lake Imagine 25, 5K runs taking place at the exact same time in 10 cities across the U.S.—that’s the Cupid’s Chase! Hosted by Community Options, a national nonprofit that has developed community-based homes and employment supports for people with disabilities since 1989. Put on your running or walking shoes and join in the fun. www.comop.org/cupidschase
This 3rd annual half marathon takes runners and walkers alike through the master planned community with plenty of rolling hills throughout the development. Following the 7:30a.m. start time. Fees are $60 if registered by February 13 and $70 thereafter. To register visit www.active.com
Stars vs Flames
COLLEGIATE EVENTS Men’s Basketball - All SMU games played at Moody Coliseum 1/11
SMU vs Rice
SMU vs Houston
SMU vs Tulsa
SMU vs UCF
SMU vs TCU
SMU vs Marshall
Rock ’n Roll Half Marathon Downtown start - Fair Park finish
SMU vs Tulane
SMU vs UTEP
Cotton Bowl Classic - Dallas Cowboys Stadium Kansas State vs Arkansas
Run your heart out and end up at the after-the-race Finish Line Festival, reuniting with family and friends in the Family Reunion area to enjoy refreshments and live music. If you don’t want to go it alone, join in with a partner and do the 2-Person Rock ‘n’ Roll Relay. Relay partners get all the half marathon perks, including a finisher’s medal, participation t-shirt, swag bag and most importantly, a great Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon memory. Wear costumes and rock on! www.runrocknroll.competitor.com
Sports BASKETBALL All Mavericks games played at American Airlines Center 1/2
Mav vs Thunder*
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He was western when western wasn’t cool. In order to understand Michael Martin Murphey’s present state, one must closely examine his past. The Grammy-winning performer, wild lands advocate and native Texan, in his weathered buckskin clothing, cowboy hat and rustic, bearded grin, he is as authentic as a wide-open field of bluebonnets in the rolling Texas Hill Country. Murphey, or “Murph” to his friends, symbolizes a bygone era, drawing on his family’s deep roots, a genuine love of artful storytelling and the culture of the West. No one personifies this kind of Americana more than Murphey. His family settled in East Texas back in the 1850s. Murphey, the oldest son of an accountant named Pink, and his mother, Lois, was born in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas in 1948. It is the same talent-rich area that produced renowned Texas blues brothers Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, the late singer-songwriter B.W. Stevenson (“My Maria,” “Shambala”), jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, bohemian vocalist Edie Brickell and more. A self-taught guitarist who says he never learned to read music, Murphey began singing while still in school. He later performed around campfires for kids while a counselor at Sky Ranch. After studying at North Texas State University (now known as the University of North Texas) in small-town Denton, he moved to California and enrolled at UCLA. He immersed himself in the classics, with an emphasis on poetry and creative writing. “When I left Texas and went to UCLA, I intentionally studied classical literature and ancient history,” remembered Murphey. “The wandering minstrel, the guy who wandered around reciting poems, singing songs and telling stories, that was the basis, or the beginning of all literature. A singer-songwriter is basically a modern day version of that. It’s a pretty important club that goes back to ancient times,” said Murphey. “I intentionally went after it, and feel honored to be a part of it.” During his early years in Los Angeles Murphey played in various bands, including one with a fellow Dallas guitarist named Michael Nesmith, who later struck gold with his own group, The Monkees. Murphey wrote “What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round?” for Nesmith’s band, which was included on a Monkees’ album that sold over 5 million copies. Performing led to new connections, greater exposure and more songwriting opportunities. “At the heart of it all is the songs and the songwriters…nothing can replace the guy or gal sitting down, and writing a song,” said Murphey. He wrote a succession of songs that were recorded by the likes of John Denver, Bobbie Gentry and Flat & Scruggs. He also composed an entire album of music that was recorded and released as “The Ballad of Calico” by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. By the early 1970s he played a significant role in the Texas outlaw music scene headquartered in Austin. Along with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Steve Fromholtz and Ray Wiley Hubbard (both classmates at North Texas State), Jerry Jeff Walker and others, Murphey helped spawn an entire musical movement. “The big music business was centralized at Motown in Detroit, pop music in New York and L.A. and country music in Nashville,” recalls Murphey. He believes the 1970s Austin music scene was, “…the beginning of de-centralization,” albeit accidentally. “We came to Austin and just started making music…and there was an audience. All of a sudden they (record executives) started chasing us. They were there looking for people to sign to their record companies. They didn’t have people knocking at their doorstep saying, ‘Please let me in.’ They were knocking on our doorstep saying ‘Please come sign up with us because you’ve got an audience.’” Murphey believes the seeds planted in those days by maverick musicians such as Nelson, Walker and himself redefined the industry. “I think that was the roots of what is now the biggest movement worldwide in music,” he said. “It was the beginning of the independent artist, and the independent artist having his own record company, and control of the material that he or she would sing.”
(Left to right) Lost Gonzo Band bassist Bob Livingston, Jerry Jeff Walker and Michael Martin Murphey (in straw hat) perform at the 1973 Kerrville Folk Festival (Courtesy: JLS Hall Photography)
Murphey’s hit song “Wildfire” is credited by BMI with 4 million radio and television plays, making it one of the most played songs in music history (Courtesy: Michael Martin Murphey)
His first FM radio hit was a left-of-center gem he called “Geronimo’s Cadillac.” The song tapped into the country’s growing consciousness surrounding Native American rights, and became a bit of an unofficial anthem at the time. It also set the table for critical and commercial successes to follow. His seventies megahits include “Cosmic Cowboy,” “Carolina in the Pines,” and his signature song, “Wildfire.” It is a poignant tale based in part on the story of a ghost horse his beloved step-grandfather, known as “Granddaddy Ed,” told him as a boy. “Rather than sitting around watching TV or listening to the radio I spent most of my Saturday nights, when I was out on his ranch, listening to him tell stories,” said Murphey. “It was oral culture. The whole idea of entertainment was driven by somebody sitting on a front porch rattling ice in a Mason jar with tea in it, telling a story. That’s why I have a lifelong love of telling stories with my songs.” Murphey was a horse of another color, unlike many of the Austin musicians he worked with back in those days. Ultimately it was his differences that took him away. “I finally got fed up with the drug culture and I moved to the top of a mountain in Colorado,” he said. “That’s where I made the album that had ‘Wildfire’ and ‘Carolina in the Pines’ on it.” When he talks about his time in Austin however, it is with genuine affection, not a preachy judgmental tone. “I never wanted to focus my material around getting drunk and getting stoned,” he said. “There was a whole lot of that going on…so I left. I’m not condemning anybody. I just couldn’t do it myself.” Right before he left Austin for good, Murphey wrote a song called “Southwestern Pilgrimage,” which he re-recorded for one of his more recent albums. The lyrics speak directly to the Austin experience: I’m tired of drinking your muddy water And sleeping in your hollow log I’m gonna take up with a stranger I’m gonna get myself a fast moving dog I’m gonna take along a lady Who ain’t never seen a mountain before I’m on a Southwestern pilgrimage Where the middle class can’t hunt me down no more In 1983, after years of touring, writing and hard work, Murphey was named the Academy of Country Music’s best new artist. It was also about
this time he officially added his middle name to distinguish him from a popular actor named Michael Murphy (“Manhattan,” “Tanner”). A few years later Murphey performed with the New Mexico Symphony, and has since performed with over 100 symphonies around the world. By the late 1980s he had launched a new phase of his career emphasizing his affection for classic western music and culture bringing it back into the American mainstream. Murphey’s career boasts six gold albums, spanning four decades laced with distinctive hints of folk, country, rock and western music. He has also played a significant role in the resurrection of American cowboy songs and culture, recording some of the most memorable and critically acclaimed western music in years. Murphey is a member of the Western Music Hall of Fame and recognized as the bestselling cowboy music singer in the world.
These days he splits his life between homes scattered around the U.S. where he ranches, writes music and pays close attention to environmental issues. “Over the last 20 years I have divided my time between Colorado and Wisconsin,” said Murphey. “I still have a ranch in Texas.” He continues to record and tour, and his early music remains front and center on classic rock stations. According to BMI, back-to-back performances of his hit songs alone, with each averaging about three minutes, would tally over 60 years of continuous airplay. “Tall Grass & Cool Water. Cowboy Songs VI, Buckaroo Blue Grass III,” is his latest release, produced by his son Ryan, a musician Murphey calls, “The driving creative partner in my life since he was six years old.” It is the third in a critically acclaimed “Buckaroo Blue Grass” series of
recordings and features crackerjack bluegrass players such as Sam Bush, Pat Flynn and Andy Leftwich. “It occurred to me that there’s a real strong connection between cowboy music and bluegrass,” said Murphey. “That’s what I listened to as a kid so I came up with the idea. Songs played bluegrass style, by bluegrass musicians all about the west and all about cowboys, all about my lifestyle in Texas, the Rocky Mountains, New Mexico, out on the prairie in Wisconsin, running cattle in Kansas…the places that I have lived.” These days his trademark “Cowboy Christmas” concerts take Murphey to cities around Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico for 15 or more performances every holiday season. He modeled the concept around an annual event in small town Anson, Texas called the “Cowboy’s Christmas Ball,” where the community has celebrated the holidays every year since the 1930s. Last fall Murphey performed at the wedding of Lauren Bush, niece of President George W. Bush, and David Lauren, son of his old friend Ralph Lauren. He reportedly played his classic “Vanishing Breed” for the couple’s first dance together. Murphey remains close to his Texas roots, and many of the musicians that he started with years ago. “I just saw Bob Livingston at the Larry Joe Taylor Festival…and a whole bunch of my old Texas buddies that I worked with in the Austin days,” said Murphey. “I see Gary P. Nunn (“London Homesick Blues,” “What I Like About Texas”) quite often. Herb Steiner comes and plays steel guitar with me from time to time. We’re all having a big reunion of the Lost Gonzo Band/ Cosmic Cowboy Band in Steamboat Springs.” A self-proclaimed “preservationist,” the American wilderness he learned to appreciate as a child is still one of his deepest passions. The Department of the Interior recognized Murphey with a Golden Smokey Award for his vigorous work in conservation and wild lands fire awareness.
Dueling cowboy hats with Murphey and Livingston at an Austin club in the 1970s (Courtesy: Bob Livingston)
With more than 35 albums and a string of Gold Records to his credit, Murphey continues to tour extensively and has performed with over 50 symphony orchestras around the world (Courtesy: Michael Martin Murphey)
DHM: How did your music career begin? MMM: When I first started off in Dallas, I played in little coffee houses because I wasn’t old enough to play in bars. You didn’t have liquor by the drink in Dallas in those days. It was all private clubs. Liquor by the drink didn’t come in to Texas, in general, until 1970. Ninety-nine percent of the counties in Texas were dry and even where they were wet you had to go to a private club. You had to be a member of a private club to get a drink. So in 1970 the Texas music scene really exploded when, all of a sudden, you had lots of bars where you could have live music; kind of a pent up demand for a lot of music to be in those cities but you no longer had to be a member of a private club. DHM: Your music has evolved significantly. Describe how you arrived at the style that you produce today?
We caught up with a relaxed Murphey, sipping coffee and enjoying the cool summer air of Gunnison, Colorado. We asked about his Texas roots, how the songs and memories of his boyhood have deeply impacted his work, his hopes for the future of western culture, music, and the lost art of storytelling. DHM: What is it about Texas that makes for such a distinctive mix of music? MMM: It’s a crossroads, quite different than any other place. Dallas, in particular, has always been a crossroads of distinctly different elements. Dallas has a great history because of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lightning Hopkins. Those blues artists were pretty popular, particularly in Deep Ellum and that area when it had a lot of honky-tonks. You’ve got Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys that played a lot at the Longhorn Ballroom and other places in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, simultaneously with Van Cliburn playing shows and being the most popular classical player (pianist) in the world. He was probably the guy who began to break down the barrier between the Communist block and the U.S. You have people that are interested in all genres of music in Texas because that crossroads has always been there…lots of great jazz artists and lots of great country artists. Interestingly enough, all those artists…like (Dallas native) Steve Miller, Willie Nelson and myself. You can’t categorize the music strictly into one area. It is not one-dimensional. That’s how Dallas music, and Texas music influenced me to be a genre-buster…
MMM: Currently I do a combination of bluegrass and cowboy music. That just comes from the fact that I spent a lot of time on my grandfather’s farm. The two things that we listened to most was bluegrass and old fashioned country music. The other music we listened to was cowboy music. Fiddle, banjo and mandolin played bluegrass style was really popular in east Texas when I was a kid. So was cowboy music, and the Hillbilly music that came out of the Grand Ol’ Opry…those are the three things that I listened to the most and played the most as a boy. If you listen close to the music that comes out of Texas, if it’s country artists it’ll have jazz elements in it. Some strings in the background once in a while because of the classical music influence. It sounds a little bit jazzy because Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys was basically a jazz band singing Hillbilly music and playing riffs straight out of the big band era of their time. They’d have a seven or eight or even 10-piece band and they’d be taking “rides” like you do in a jazz band – somebody playing a solo that would be made up on the spot. It was improvisational music, and very jazzy. Swing was popular… Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and all that. The country bands in Texas incorporate that into some of their music. It was also very bluesy. One of Bob Wills’ biggest hits, “Milk Cow Blues,” really came from the black population in Texas. Then he turns around and does “San Antonio Rose,” and that sounds like Mariachi music combined with jazz. That’s why Texas is the most important state musically, even to this day, because of al those genres being simultaneously popular. DHM: You were a huge part of the “outlaw” music movement in Austin back in the seventies, however, not necessarily given the credit you deserve considering your impact. MMM: A topic that came up recently among my friends is the same one that you brought
up and that is…”Murphey, how come you got overlooked in the origins of the Texas music scene in Austin?” I’ll just tell you why that was, and I will be very candid and plain about it. I don’t do drugs. The drug culture became extremely powerful over the people in Austin at the time. That was never my focus. I never wanted my material to focus around getting drunk and getting stoned. People kind of saw me as a Boy Scout. “How could his music be cool, ‘cause he’s not doing the cool thing?” I walked away and I never looked back. I’ve had a great career. I’ve not made my career about condemning the people that do the drugs and the alcohol. I’m just telling you as a way of explaining why. I was basically an outlaw against the outlaws. DHM: When you look back on those days in Austin, what stands out most? MMM: All the sudden (artists) began to realize they didn’t have to live in New York, L.A. or Nashville. And they didn’t have to deal with the executives that controlled all of that in order to make music and have a career. Again, it all comes back to Texas being a musical crossroads. And with Austin being the capital of Texas, and a beautiful place to live, that just seemed to be a place that attracted all of us who were running away from the big record company control, and the centralization of it. DHM: You are quite philosophical when it comes to the art and importance of storytelling. MMM: I am very concerned about our culture losing that one-on-one feeling of reciting a story, telling a story to somebody. I mean it survives in telling jokes and stuff like that. I don’t mean to criticize the Internet because it brought back some of that stuff. We’re writing to each other again. You get them digitally, but we’re writing letters to each other and I think that’s great. We’re communicating with each other again. And I think that’s doing some interesting things to society. But I hate to see us move away from the print media just for political reasons. Because once people give up on print media, which to me is what drives the oral stories that get passed down…when communication becomes totally electronic, then it’s easy for somebody to shut it off. Then we’re helpless. It’s a very intellectual endeavor even if it was driven by rural people it’s an intellectual endeavor to tell a story to somebody else. To have that person respond and tell you a story, and then it goes into print and becomes part of folklore – that becomes the basis of our entertainment. Look at what we’re doing in the movies. We’re going back to (motion picture) “Thor”…we’re going back to the classical Greek times when oral culture and reciting poetry was the way you found out about what was going on in your societies. Songwriting is deeply connected.
His real name was Aaron, however the world knew him as T-Bone Walker. Born in Linden, the young guitar player cut his teeth on jazz and the blues in Dallas hanging around masters such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and Charlie Christian. His “Mean Old World” and “Stormy Monday” set the jump bar for blues standards. In fact, Walker is credited in some circles as being the first musician to play blues on an electric guitar. Buddy Holly recorded “Peggy Sue,” “It’s So Easy” and “That’ll Be the Day” before he died in 1959 at 22 years old. Rolling Stone ranked him number 13 on the magazine’s list of the “50 Greatest Artists of All Time.” The unlikely star with the geeky glasses is one of the original pioneers of rock and roll, a pivotal influence for groups such as The Beatles, who covered Holly’s “Words of Love” in an early album. The Rolling Stones had a huge hit with Holly’s “Not Fade Away,” and continue to play the song in concert. Last year musicians including veterans Brian Wilson and Linda Ronstadt as well as contemporary artists Natalie Merchant and Zooey Deschannel recorded a stirring tribute album. “Listen to Me: Buddy Holly.” It salutes the man from Lubbock, celebrating what would have been his 75th birthday. Few could own a ballad the way Roy Orbison did during his career. In his trademark dark sunglasses and black clothes, the unassuming gentleman from Vernon with the powerful voice influenced scores of performers ranging from Elvis Presley and George Harrison to Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and U2’s Bono. Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman, “Blue Bayou” and “Crying” are some of the most-covered songs of all time, and mainstays on oldies radio stations.
A colorful showman with an undeniable super fly flair, Houston’s Johnny “Guitar” Watson enjoyed a career that spanned forty years. He pioneered the use of feedback and reverb while playing his “space guitar” working with artists such as Sam Cooke, Johnny Otis and Little Richard. Watson also had hits of his own including “A Real Mother for Ya” and “Superman Lover.” He is credited as being one of the first musicians to popularize funk music, and his rapid-fire lyrics helped chart a course for modern day rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Dr. Dre to follow. Legend has it that young Doug Sahm joined Hank Williams onstage for the country star’s final performance at an Austin nightclub just a few days before he died. Years later Sahm’s hit, “She’s About a Mover” with his Sir Douglas Quintet, jumpstarted his career and fueled American pop music’s answer to the 1960s British invasion. Later the San Antonio musician recorded with Bob Dylan, Dr. John, The Grateful Dead and others innovatively meshing elements of blues, country and Tejano. Along with Freddy Fender, Augie Meyers and Flaco Jimenez, Sahm eventually formed the Grammy winning Texas Tornadoes in the Nineties breathing new life into Tex-Mex rock and roll. Known worldwide by simply her first name, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was the reigning queen of Tejano music when she was gunned down in Corpus Christi in 1995. Until the young Latino firecracker from Lake Jackson burst onto the scene in the late 1980s the genre had been dominated by male artists. During her short career the charismatic Selena changed the Tejano landscape forever, and remains the most one of the popular Mexican-American artists of all time.
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Dallas Museum of Art
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Nasher Sculpture Center
The birth and growth of the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection started more than fifty years ago. In 1950, Raymond and Patsy traveled to Mexico, where they became interested in pre-Columbian art and bought the first works in what would become a sizable collection of objects from ancient Latin America. Over the years the they purchased other ethnographic and archaeological works and also acquired a number of important American modernist works. The Nasher Sculpture Center features a regularly changing selection of works from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection in both its indoor galleries and outdoor sculpture garden. 2001 Flora Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214.242.5100 www.nashersculpturecenter.org
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
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Kimbell Art Museum
The masterpieces range from the ancient to modern times, and contain a small group of less than 350 works. Quality is of the highest importance in the compilation, including Cézanne, Matisse, Caravaggio, and collections of Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman antiquities. Asian, Precolumbian, Oceanic and African arts are also incorporated into the exhibit. 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817.654.1034 www.kimbellart.org
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ZEN BAKING CO. Zen Baking Company creates a symphony of flavors in their bite sized cake balls. The gourmet delicacy was featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Food Crafters.” The family owned bakery/bistro offers a variety of innovative pastries, desserts, a Bubble Tea bar that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients, and its Filipino inspired Tapas menu. It’s the perfect place to start your day for breakfast or end your evening with a sweet or savory bite in their hip and family friendly lounge. www.zenbakingcompany.com 2805 Main Street Dallas, TX 75226 214.390.3269
BUZZBREW’S Buzzbrews, a Dallas institution, is right at home in Deep Ellum. The culture is natural, artistic, edgy and recognized to be best in class. Buzzbrews prides itself on offering healthy, organic, vegetarian friendly, made-from-scratch cuisine, 24 hours a day. At Buzzbrews communal seating is encouraged, so you will always find a welcoming spot to enjoy a great meal, in a friendly casual setting, with local craft beers and spirits. Find out what all the Buzz is about. Get A Buzz Today....... www.buzzbrews.com 2801 Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75226 214.741.2801 4334 Lemmon Ave. Dallas, TX 75219 214.521.4334
4154 N. Central Expy Dallas, TX 75204 214.826.7100
ARE WE THERE YET? WRITTEN BY steve guckenheimer
Remember the quote, “if you build it, he will come” from the 1989 baseball hit movie “Field of Dreams” starring Kevin Costner? The “he” was Shoeless Joe Jackson. That phrase has since been generalized, “if you build it, they will come.” Well, either way, the catch phrase which was the foundation for this mystical baseball tale was expressed decades earlier by the poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who coined, “build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door.” Certainly the mouse trap for any golfer is a unique course.
Some of the finest golf clubs have been built following this philosophy in remote areas of the country. A few years ago, while driving to one of these golf courses, I made a small detour to visit the fabled baseball diamond, cornfield and farmhouse where “Field of Dreams” was filmed. Sure enough, after hours of driving west out of Chicago through Dubuque, Iowa off Highway 20, there it was, exactly as it was portrayed in the movie. It was so authentic one would have thought the actors and crew were on a craft service break. The movie set is maintained for the fans that are still coming. Reports are that over a million people have visited in the last 21 years. The parking lot was filled with vehicles displaying out of state license plates. The souvenir shop, something akin to those firework stands along country roads in summer, was bustling with sales activities. The ball diamond was open to pick up games so I immediately took the field as one exhausted elderly gentleman motioned he had had enough fun on that bright, hot, sunny Iowa afternoon. For the next thirty minutes I had the thrill of pitching to two brothers from Tokyo, Japan, a surfer girl from L.A., and others at this late date
I don’t recall. I do remember getting a “hit” off one of the brothers when it was my turn at bat. The small bleachers were still there and families from literally all over the world sat, watched, giggled, and cheered as young and old, male and female alike experienced the “Dream.” This reminiscence serves to make the point about my topic, remote golf: build a fabulous golf course and golfers will come. When I refer to remote, I’m talking about being located miles from the nearest commercial airport and frequently without cell phone reception. Are we there yet? From that brief stopover at the “Field of Dreams”, I continued to my intended destination, The Harvester Golf Club in Rhodes, Iowa, 47 miles north of the Des Moines International Airport. The golf course, built by the gifted architect, Keith Foster, is not the easiest to reach but well worth the effort. His work at The Harvester Club has earned it many accolades, initially as a private club and currently as a public facility. It ranks #39 on Golf Digest Magazine: “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” (2010-2012). Due to the remote location, accommodations are available for overnight stays.
Between Dallas and Ft. Worth, Mr. Foster built Texas Star Golf Course in Euless. In April 2011 The Dallas Morning News panel of raters ranked it along with The Tribute Golf Club and Cowboys Golf Club as the three best public courses in the area. Check them all out while visiting the Metroplex. Now let’s talk even more remote: choose between landing at Denver’s Stapleton Airport or Omaha’s Eppley Airfield as the jump off point to visit the Sand Hills Golf Club (SHGC) near Mullen, Nebraska. At a distance of over three hundred fifty miles from either airport, the course is set in the stark yet naturally beautiful Sandhills region of Nebraska. SHGC, ranked #9 on Golf Digest magazine: “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” (2010-2012), is worth the trip. Are we there yet? When I arrived at the SHGC clubhouse and lodges I could not help but question, “Where is the golf course?” Designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw isolated it a mile away from the main facilities out of sight from arriving players. The location of the course is hidden by windswept rolling sand dunes and prairie grasses. The day I played I found it was accessible by a cart path that leads to the starter’s post. As I approached the first tee, it was easy to appreciate the genius of the architects by the way they used the natural sand hill landscape to outline each hole of this inland links masterpiece. SHGC has been a “must play” since it’s inception in 1995. Its reputation as one of the finest examples of post modern (built after 1960) minimalist design is well deserved. There is another excellent example of modern day minimalist architecture that also meets the criteria of my theme. It’s the remote Tom Doak work in Holyoke, Colorado named Ballyneal. This true links venue is located off Highway 6 east of Sterling, 162 miles from Denver’s Stapleton Airport. The quiet town of Holyoke is populated by agricultural and farm workers and their families who take little notice of the world-class golf club. Located just outside of town, Ballyneal, operated by Rupert Neal, is a golfing sanctuary for purists who believe walking is the only way to play the game. This is golf at its absolute best supported by a small efficient clubhouse with excellent dining, a separate pro shop, and guest accommodations. The course offers breathtaking vistas of the harsh eastern Colorado prairie. As I stood on the elevated fourth tee looking west, I imagined I could see Denver in the far distance. It was also not hard to imagine a horse drawn stagecoach clipping along the rugged open plains that now make up the fifth and sixth holes.
The entire experience at Ballyneal is magical. It truly takes one to another place and time. I was so charmed by the area that I was ready to retire and move to Holyoke until a cooler mind, my wife’s, prevailed. She reminded me that we would go through culture shock in a town of 2300 people with neither a box store nor mall within the city limits. Another remote standout that deserves to be put on your travel itinerary is the Prairie Dunes Country Club course built five miles northeast of Hutchinson, Kansas. This Midwest jewel is the oldest of the four courses discussed here and perhaps the inspiration for the later two. This world class inland links facility has hosted major championships and always finds itself in the company of golf’s elite. Looking at a map of Kansas, the club appears to be in the middle of nowhere. Its nearest big city neighbor, Wichita, is fifty-nine miles away. The golfer who wants to experience British Open style conditions will find windswept rolling fairways, firm playing surfaces, and interesting green complexes. It takes some planning to get there but it will not disappoint. I’ve discussed the challenge of traveling to some of the most outstanding remote clubs in the U.S. Common to them all are the high quality conditioning, excellent reputations, and most compelling for me, their mystique. These private clubs (with the noted exception of The Harvester Club) have members who weighed the pros and cons of membership. They have concluded the travel involved is not an obstacle in the pursuit of great golf. There are no resort style amenities, casinos or theme parks nearby yet these remote courses are golf worth the trip. FORE!
Steve Guckenheimer is a free-lance writer based in Dallas. He has played many of America’s top golf courses and continues to travel in pursuit of his goal to play them all. email@example.com
GOLF G olf is a year-round possibility in Dallas, and there are tons of places to play in and around the area. After many afternoons of research, the editors at Dallas Hotel Magazine have selected a few courses that are well worth the green fees. The Cliffs Resort
Perfectly blended into the flow of the scenic west Texas terrain surrounding Possum Kingdom Lake, The Cliffs capitalizes on the natural landscape to offer an unforgettable course. Don’t let the seemingly short 6,800-yard, Par-71 course fool you, The Cliffs has been rated one of the toughest in Texas. 160 Cliffs Drive Graford, TX 76449 940.779.4040 www.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 Drive Grapevine, TX 76051 817.481.7277 www.cowboysgolfclub.com
The Golf Club at Castle Hills
Tucked neatly away in a quiet Lewisville neighborhood, Castle Hills flaunts an 18-hole championship course beautifully orchestrated through rolling terrain, streams, lakes and 60-foot elevation changes. Designed with both the tourcaliber 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 Boulevard Lewisville, TX 75056 972.899.7400 www.castlehillsgolfclub.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 experience 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, TX 75022 817.430.2000 www.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, planning a tournament, or want your regular foursome to experience golf in all its glorious tradition, you won’t want to miss The Tribute.
Game day has never looked so good.
1000 Lebanon Road The Colony, TX 75056 972.370.5465 www.thetributegc.com
Westin Stonebriar Resort
Tom Fazio, designer of Pinehurst #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 Drive Frisco, TX 75034 972.668.8000 www.westinstonebriar.com
Cheer on your favorite team at the best sports bar in Dallas—with a stunning 16-foot big screen, 78 TVs, free pool and amazing food and drinks. Located inside the Omni Dallas Hotel.
214-652-4805 omnidallashotel.com 555 S. Lamar, Dallas, Texas 75202 ©2011 Omni Hotels & Resorts
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It is a traditional Mexican finger food that some anthropologists believe may predate the conquistadors of the 15th century. Thus it may seem a little peculiar that the taco is experiencing resurgence among foodies to become the latest craze on the Dallas cuisine scene. But, if you think today’s tacos are the same old hard corn tortilla shell wrapped around a few greasy spoonfuls of spicy ground beef, garnished with lettuce, tomatoes and shredded cheddar cheese, pay close attention to this. From trendy-shabby to downright chic, taco joints have been springing up faster than Bluebonnets on the side of Texas highways. Some of Dallas’ hottest chefs have gotten into the act creating designer versions of the Tex-Mex staple. These haute new varieties of tacos are as inventive as they are tasty. Here are a few of our current favorites, most located near the downtown area. (photos courtesy of Shutterstock, Taco Diner, Rusty Taco, Urban Taco, Torchy’s Tacos and Velvet Taco.
Taco Diner 3669 McKinney Avenue
Taco Diner has been located in chic West Village for several years and is part of the well-known M Crowd Restaurant Group, which operates more than 20 eateries. This is a busy, albeit fairly casual, spot dripping in see-and-beseen Dallas style. Corn tortillas are homemade and delicious, and come soft or crispy. The scrumptious fish tacos are a local favorite.
Rusty Taco 4802 Greenville Avenue Rusty Taco features a relaxed tone with outside or inside seating. This is inexpensive, fast and full of fun food. Hipsters flock to the upper Greenville Avenue hangout for $2 handmade tacos, plus longnecks (a nice variety of Mexican beers) and margaritas. Roasted pork, beef, shrimp, fish and chicken tacos are all flavorsome treats.
Urban Taco 5331 East Mockingbird Lane Urban Taco is one of the growing hot spots for the young, hip clientele snapping up traditional, Mexico City style tacos, as well as empanadas, Yucca fries and more. Itâ€™s quick, not too expensive and great for people watching. Try the mouth-watering Ahi tuna tacos and Dos Equis pot roast Barbacoa tacos.
Torchyâ€™s Tacos 5921 Forest Lane
Torchyâ€™s Tacos is filled with North Dallas soccer moms and kids making the place hum on weekends after area YMCA and others sports league games. Taco baskets are a bit messy, but oh, so very, very good. The smoked brisket tacos with grilled onions rock.
Velvet Taco 3012 North Henderson Avenue Velvet Taco caters to the throngs of food-lovers in the heart of the popular Knox-Henderson restaurant zone. It is a tad kitschy with cozy seating in a building that was once a Churchâ€™s Fried Chicken. Sample the margaritas and sangria made with fresh fruit. Choose from about 20 different tacos including inventive variations of chicken, pork, fish, beef and veggies served on delicious corn or flour tortillas. Donâ€™t dare miss the corn pico de gallo, and a number of tasty breakfast options.
DINING I n a city that boasts the highest number of restaurants per capita, the big
“D” is truly a food-lovers town. Dallas long ago found its way onto America’s culinary map with innovative restaurants and talented chefs mining the flavors from all over the globe. III Forks
Serving the ultimate in Texas French cuisine, III Forks is a restaurant that has recreated the grandiose lifestyle experienced by Texans who believed that fine dining was a perfect combination of great food, great service, great atmosphere and great music all spent with the ones you love. With over 25,000 square feet of elegant dining, III Forks can accommodate intimate parties, as well as social gatherings up to 900, which makes this the perfect choice for any special occasion. 17776 Dallas Parkway Dallas, Texas 75287 972.267.1776 www.iiiforks.com
This eclectic Dallas restaurant pushes the envelope with its fusion cuisine. Legendary chef and owner Kent Rathbun offers a world cuisine ranging from Thai, Spanish, Japanese, and “home boy” dishes like bacon and eggs. In the recent renovation, even the restaurant menu was completely overhauled as well as the décor. 4511 McKinney Avenue Dallas, Texas 75205 214.559.3111 www.abacus-restaurant.com
Visit this quaint and cozy bistro filled with the wonderful aromas and flavors of the Mediterranean. Be prepared to be pampered by both the personalized service and the enticing cuisine in this intimate setting. Located on Cole Avenue just off Knox Street, Adelmo’s has established itself as one of Dallas’ most romantic dining rooms. 4537 Cole Avenue Dallas, Texas 75205 214.559.0325 www.adelmos.com
Al Biernat’s offers upscale American Cuisine, specializing in prime steaks and seafood with a semicasual atmosphere. Come in and let your knife glide through your 15 oz. filet mignon, dine on a fabulous caramelized salmon, or perhaps savor a giant east coast lobster. Enjoy award-winning wine from their extensive wine list which features more than 650 selections from around the world.
4217 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 214.219.2201 www.albiernats.com
Don’t miss Tristan Simon’s cozy Mexican chic place to dine on Henderson Avenue. Be sure to order the avant-garde street corn served in husk boats. In addition, Alma is noted for innovative craft cocktails and a wine list that draws exclusively from Latin wine growing regions.
2822 N. Henderson Avenue Dallas, Texas 75206 214.827.2820 www.almadallas.com
Arcodoro & Pomodoro
This Dallas favorite has stood the test of time with its true taste of Sardinia. The fried ravioli is stuffed with wild boar and pecorino Sardo and served in a sauce drizzled with bitter honey. In the heart of Dallas Uptown, visit the Doro Bar and out to the patio dining in rustic elegance of the Mediterranean. 100 Crescent Court, #140 Dallas, Texas 75201 214.871.1924 www.arcodoro.com
Avanti Ristorante offers a small and intimate dining room with a sleek, uptown bistro atmosphere convenient to the McKinney Avenue Trolley line. Avanti features Northern and Southern Italian dishes made with fresh seafood, steaks, veal and pasta. For mouth-watering entrées and live nightly music, Avanti Ristorante is not to be missed. 2720 McKinney Avenue Dallas, Texas 75204 214.871.4955 www.avantirestaurants.com
Bailey’s Prime Plus
Bailey’s Prime Plus, a cut above the rest, is a premier steakhouse featuring prime steaks, fresh seafood selections and a wine cellar with over 600 titles from the world’s finest wine regions. Bailey’s Prime Plus Dallas is located at The Shops at Park Lane. 8160 Park Lane, Ste. 130 214.750.8100 www.baileysprimeplus.com
DINING CONTINUED Bar at OPIO
5954 Luther Lane Dallas, Texas 75225 214.692.6108 www1.hilton.com
2031 Abrams Road Dallas, Texas 75214 214.821.5785
Whether you’re visiting here on business or just getting together with friends, the Bar at OPIO is the perfect place to grab a drink and unwind. Enjoy table service in the dining room or take a seat at the bar and indulge your appetites with the full dinner menu available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly, or their late night Bar Menu, the Nite Owl, available till 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday or until 12 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Bob’s Steak & Chop House
Bob’s Steak & Chop House is ranked as one of the top steakhouses in the country for a reason. Bob’s serves the best prime steak you’ve ever had! Their service is experienced, the wine list is extensive and the drinks are stiff. If you’re not a regular already, come by and let them prove why they’re so proud of what they do at Bob’s Steak & Chophouse. 4300 Lemmon Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 214.528.9446 555 South Lamar Street Dallas, Texas 75202 214.652.4800 www.bobs-steakandchop.com
Reflecting its fashionable Uptown setting, The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa proudly showcases Bolla Restaurant, celebrated among the finiest Dallas fine dining restaurants by hotel guests, locals, and critics alike. Savor an innovative and artistic menu of new American cuisine crafted by Chef Cesar Gallegos. For casual cocktails and creative light fare, Bolla Bar is a delightful Art Deco centerpiece of the hotel’s lobby. Reverberating with light, color, and texture, this chic spot features an extensive menu of signature cocktails using freshly squeezed juices while also featuring a full selection of premium wines. 2927 Maple Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201 214.871.7111 www.stoneleighhotel.com
Cantina Laredo serves authentic Mexican dishes in a sophisticated atmosphere. They offer daily fish specials, grilled chicken and steaks complimented by signature sauces such as chipotle-wine with Portobello mushroom or sautéed artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers. By preparing only the freshest fish, grilling only Certified Angus Beef steaks and hand rolling every enchilada, you can surely taste the difference. See website for all locations.
5550 West Lovers Lane Dallas, Texas 75209 214.350.5227 www.cantinalaredo.com
The Capital Grille
A block away from the Arts District, The Capital Grille’s executive chef is creating his own works of art. From dry-aging steaks on premises to helping select the perfect wine complements from a list of over 350, Capital Grille will surround you with the very best. Rich African mahogany paneling and warm lighting from one-of-a-kind art deco chandeliers set the tone for a comfortably elegant evening at this upscale Grille. For a less formal occasion, visit “Princess Leah” in the bar for a tasty treat from the bar menu and a signature pineapple “Stoli-Doli”.
500 Crescent Court Dallas, Texas 75201 214.303.0500 www.thecapitalgrille.com
The Capital Grille
Created by Paul Draper, Dallas’ top restaurant designer, Central 214 welcomes diners in to a lively atmosphere that has become a favorite of locals and visitors alike. This warm and energetic restaurant, located inside the Hotel Palomar, features regional American cuisine highlighting rustic flavors, approachable and familiar American food, and a celebration of the diverse and substantial traditions of American cooking. 5680 North Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75206 214.444.9339 www.hotelpalomar-dallas.com
This cozy Dallas spot has a wonderful seasonal menu focusing on fresh and local ingredients. A bruschetta sampler features prosciutto, fig preserves, Fiji apple, toasted pine nuts, and P’tit Basque cheese. Enjoy the finely crafted cocktails and pocket friendly wine list. 614 W. Davis Street Dallas, Texas 75208 214.943.1883 www.bolsadallas.com Bob’s Steak & Chop House
Underground Fine Dining 600 North Akard St. Dallas, Texas 75201 214. 740. 4001 www.dakotasrestaurant.com
Dakota’s was established in 1984 and has been a downtown Dallas dining tradition for over 27 years. Dakota’s unique underground location creates an ambiance that is unlike any place in Dallas and an experience you won’t soon forget. Dakota’s specializes in Midwestern grain fed beef aged a minimum of 28 days. Dakota’s brings in the freshest seafood and also offers Maine Lobster Tails. The extensive wine list features some of California’s finest, as well as wines from around the world. Dakota’s offers a unique specialty cocktail menu, special bar menu (available only at the bar), and Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Customers ride down to Dakota’s in a canopied glass elevator accessed from street level while viewing the 1,800 square-foot outdoor courtyard. The renowned subterranean patio complete with waterfall and private bar can accommodate 60 guests for a seated event or 120 for a cocktail reception. This cool oasis is complete with a 5-tiered granite water wall, multi-tiered landscaping, lava rock fire pit and black granite bar. Dakota’s patio has long been considered one of the city’s most romantic dining spots. So why “Dakota’s?” The name was chosen in homage to the eight million pounds of Dakota mahogany granite that was used throughout the restaurant and Lincoln Plaza. A visit to Dallas is not complete without experiencing Dakota’s, Dallas’ underground marvel. Lunch Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner Mon-Thurs 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Fri-Sat 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Closed Sunday
DINING CONTINUED Charlie Palmer at The Joule
Charlie Palmer is housed in an expansion of the former Dallas National Bank, a 1920’s era building listed on the National Register of Historical Places and the only Gothic revival style “skyscraper” tower in the city. Executive Chef Scott Romano puts a personal twist on classic steakhouse dishes like Poached Black Tiger Shrimp in Bloody Mary vinaigrette and Dry-Aged NY Strip Steak with bone marrow flan, and the wine selection includes an assortment of food-friendly wines such as white and red Burgundies as well as Pierre Peters- Champagne. 1530 Main Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214.261.4491 www.thejouledallas.com
The Magnolia Hotel, one of the cities’s most recognized buildings where “Pegasus – The Flying Red Horse,” is illuminated at night and shines brightly as the icon of Dallas from atop this beautiful, upscale hotel. The Club is a swank and sophisticated gathering place located in this boutique hotel, where corporate and leisure travel guests can come to socialize, eat, and relax. 1401 Commerce Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214.915.6500 www.magnoliahoteldallas.com
Cool River Cafe
Cool River incorporates fine dining, a chic, highenergy bar and an exquisite Cigar & Cognac Lounge. Some even call it, “The Celebrity Playground of the Metroplex.” The ultimate dining experience is extended to accommodate private parties, celebrations and business meetings. Each of their rooms delivers a memorable experience with excellent food and quality service in an upscale atmosphere. 1045 Hidden Ridge Irving, Texas 75038 972.871.8881 www.coolrivercafe.com
Following the lead of its much-imitated and adored New York namesake, Craft Dallas at the W Hotel serves the freshest seasonal ingredients a la carte. Plate by plate, Chef Tom Colicchio’s creations are pure decadence, showing us he didn’t earn five James Beard Awards for nothing. The seasonal menu is ever changing, but may include gems such as Roasted New Zealand Venison, Black Trompette Mushrooms, Diver Scallops or Cippolini Onions. 2440 Victory Park Lane Dallas, Texas 75219 214.397.4100 www.starwoodhotels.com
The Crescent Club
The Crescent Club offers impeccable hospitality, service and cuisine. During the day and early evening, The Bar provides a warm, inviting rendezvous for Club members to entertain friends or clients. Four nights a week, The Crescent Club offers live music for couples to glide across the leather dance floor. The Bar is a setting like no other, where its distinguished members can feel very much at home in an atmosphere of warm hospitality, personal service, fine food and drink and gracious surroundings. 400 Crescent Court Dallas, Texas 75201 214.871.3200 www.crescentcourt.com
Dallas’ underground marvel was established in 1984 and has been a downtown dining tradition for over 27 years. Dakota’s unique location creates an ambiance that is unlike any other. Don’t miss the Midwestern grain fed beef that is aged a minimum of 28 days. Offering the freshest seafood along with Maine Lobster Tails, Dakota’s also has a unique cocktail menu, special bar menu, and Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dakota’s patio has long been considered one of the city’s most romantic spots.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House planted its roots in Dallas more than 20 years ago. The restaurant embodies the rich tradition of fine American steak houses, amazing guests with impeccable chef-driven cuisine, an extensive award-winning wine list and unparalleled hospitality. 251 Spring Valley Road Dallas, Texas 75254 972.490.9000 www.delfriscos.com
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit began in 1941 and now has over 190 locations nationwide with over 50 locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Dickey’s menu consists of eight slow smoked signature meats and 12 homestyle sides. For more information visit www.dickeys.com.
600 N. Akard St. Dallas, Texas 75201 214.740.4001 www.dakotasrestaurant.com
Dallas Chop House
Dallas Chop House is innovating the American Steakhouse experience with a modern, fresh approach of classic steakhouse recipes, featuring in-house dry aging of prime and choice beef and flavor-filled recipes prepared by one of the United Sates’ top culinary and operations teams. Recognized by The Dallas Morning News as among the Best Steakhouses in North Texas for 2010, and on D Magazine’s Best list in 2011. 1717 Main Street (at St. Paul) Dallas, Texas 75201 214.736.7300 www.dallaschophouse.com
Dallas Fish Market
The nationally acclaimed Dallas Fish Market, in the heart of Downtown Dallas, features the infinite best in fresh seafood and fish prepared in New American recipes that combine the best seasonings with fish from global waters. An emphasis on seasonal and small catches from the best purveyors worldwide. Critical acclaim includes Best Seafood list praise from Bon Appétit, The Dallas Morning News and D Magazine, and Best New Texas Restaurant list accolades from Texas Monthly. 1501 Main Street (at Akard) Dallas, Texas 75201 214.744.3474 www.dallasfishmarket.com
Cool River Cafe
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DINING CONTINUED DISH
Located at the swanky ilume™ residence, DISH diners can expect only the best ingredients melded together to create classic dishes with a twist at an affordable price. Described as “modern comfort food”, DISH’s menu features items you will want to eat everyday, with a revolving seasonal menu. Menu items include Jimmy’s Pepperoni and Fresh Mozzarella Flatbread, BBQ Braised Short Ribs with Lucky Layla Buttery Mash, and a Harris Ranch Natural Flat Iron Steak with House Cut Fries and Times Ten Cellars Cabernet Butter. 4123 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 110 Dallas, Texas 75219 214.522.3474 www.dish-dallas.com
The French Room
Le Méridien Restaurant
1321 Commerce Street Dallas, Texas 75202 214.742.8200 www.hoteladolphus.com
Nationally recognized and critically acclaimed, The French Room at The Adolphus hotel has been described by the New York Times as “indisputably the most striking and sumptuous restaurant in Dallas.” Featuring a menu rich in fresh seasonal ingredients and an award-winning wine list, it has garnered Gourmet magazine’s top ranking as the best Dallas restaurant for three consecutive years.
Dragonfly offers a collision of global cuisine created by executive chef Grant Morgan in a playful atmosphere designed to create an intimate, yet vibrant setting. Located in the Hotel Zaza, Dragonfly overlooks the Urban Oasis and offers fabulous views of the Dallas skyline. After dinner, stop by the Urban Oasis Nightclub for a nightcap and experience the best of Dallas nightlife.
Kenichi Dallas is a modern restaurant and lounge that features contemporary Asian cuisine and world-class sushi. It’s located in the heart of Victory Park, under the South Tower of The W Hotel. Voted “Best Sushi in Dallas” by Citysearch three years in a row, Kenichi is not only known for its sushi, but its upbeat and modern atmosphere make it a great place to begin an evening before a game or concert, or the perfect place to host a happy hour event after a day of work. The menu has a diverse selection from traditional to cutting edge.
2332 Leonard Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214.550.9500 www.hotelzazadallas.com
2400 Victory Park Lane Dallas, TX 75219 214.871.8883 www.kenichidallas.com
The Kitchen Table
Eddie V’s Restaurants is setting the standard for fine dining, featuring award-winning concepts that focus on the freshest seafood, delectable steaks, quality ingredients, exciting atmosphere and a staff that is dedicated to every detail. The hip and trendy lounge opens nightly at 4 p.m. and the dining room opens at 5 p.m. 4023 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 214.890.1500 www.eddiev.com
Celebrity chef Dean Fearing has created seven spectacular dining and gathering settings, all featuring “Elevated American Cuisine - Bold Flavors, No Borders.” 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 settings and outdoor environments. 2121 McKinney Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201 214.922.0200 www.ritzcarlton.com
The Kitchen Table Restaurant & Lounge offers authentic American cuisine in the form of casual breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Signature menu offerings include breakfast skillets and hand pies, coffee rubbed short ribs, “TKT Chicken-Fried Pot Roast” with side dishes, and desserts to share. Located in the hotel’s lobby, The Kitchen Table also offers a lounge with a full service bar and outdoor patio complete with fire pits. 400 North Olive Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214.922.8000 www.sheratondallashotel.com
The Landmark Restaurant
The Warwick Melrose Hotel, culinary team has been honored with the AAA Four Diamond award, the prestigious DiRoNA award and the Wine Spectator award. The Landmark offers all your American and European dinner, lunch and breakfast favorites including pancakes, French toast, eggs Benedict and Dallas-style specialties. 3015 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 214.224.3152 www.landmarkrestodallas.com
Nestled in the heart of Dallas’ famous Galleria area, Le Méridien Restaurant offers fine onsite dining and delivers an eclectic cuisine with fresh ingredients. Stroll down to the contemporary Transitional Bar for a nightcap with friends or business partners. 13402 Noel Road Dallas, Texas 75240 972.503.8700 www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien
The Mansion on Turtle Creek has offered fine cuisine for over twenty years and has remained one of Dallas’s biggest and best splurges. The proud tradition of culinary excellence and exquisite service continues as Chef Bruno Davaillon leads the Mansion’s talented culinary team to give guests one of the most inviting, approachable and valuable dining experience in Texas. 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd Dallas, Texas 75219 214.443.4747 www.mansiononturtlecreek.com
A great bar with great food, the Moth is located in Dallas’ Trinity Design District, on Oak Lawn and HiLine. The Moth has a full bar and features 40 draught beers with a few live ales and at least 75 bottles to help us round out the selection of the city’s best beer menu. Chances are if you’ve seen it on a commercial, The Moth won’t serve it. 1621 Oak Lawn Dallas, Texas 75207 214.628.7900 www.mothinthe.net
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
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DINING CONTINUED Morton’s The Steakhouse
Morton’s The Steakhouse in Uptown combines generous portions of high quality food prepared to exacting standards with exceptional service in an enjoyable dining environment. 2222 McKinney Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201 214.741.2277 www.mortons.com
This five-star restaurant has it all: exceptional New American cuisine, elegant atmosphere and a stunning 27th-story panoramic view of the Dallas skyline. The restaurant was recently named as one of “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” by Gourmet magazine, awarded Four-Stars for cuisine by The Dallas Morning News, a Four-Star award from the Mobil Travel Guide and Four-Diamonds from AAA. With Anthony C. Bombaci as “top toque”, Nana has not only become Dallas’ most popular restaurant, but it has become Dallas’ most critically acclaimed restaurant--both locally and nationally. 2201 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas 75207 214.306.5977 www.nanarestaurant.com
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
701 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75202 214.698.0470 www.thepalm.com
17840 Dallas Parkway Dallas, Texas 75287 972.250.2244 www.ruthschris.com
The Palm Restaurant in Dallas is quintessentially Palm and quintessentially Dallas. From caricatures on their wall of famous Palm regulars to the depicted Dallas Cowboy greats, you cannot find a better combination of smooth New York Steakhouse style and Dallas charm.
Piccolo Mondo Italian Restaurant was established over 25 years ago and is known as one of the most popular and famous Italian Restaurants in the metroplex. Piccolo Mondo is centrally located, mid-way between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. Dinner is served daily and lunch is served on weekdays. They have a beautiful piano bar and a banquet room and take-out orders are available as well. 829 Lamar Boulevard East Arlington, Texas 76011 817.265.9174 www.piccolomondo.com
Pyramid Restaurant & Bar
Nobo Dallas opened in 2005 as Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Dallas, Texas outpost. The dining room is reminiscent of the original Nobu in New York with its birch trees, but with a touch of Southern charm to fit its Texas location. Nobu Dallas can be your destination for dinner in the dining room or at the sushi bar, drinks in the bar lounge, or a private function in the skylight room.
The Dallas Fairmont Hotel recently revealed its new addition, the Pyramid Restaurant & Bar. The restaurants sleek contemporary décor is perfectly paired with exciting menus, which draw inspiration from local farmers and purveyors. The culinary philosophy emphasizes fresh, local ingredients in an effort to minimize the carbon footprint on the planet and support the local economy.
400 Crescent Court Dallas, Texas 75201 214.252.7000 www.noburestaurants.com/dallas
1717 North Akard Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214.720.5249 www.fairmont.com/dallas.com
The Restaurant at Hotel St. Germain
Seafood or Steak? At Ocean Prime, you can choose the best of both. Add in world class wines, awardwinning, handcrafted cocktails, timeless elegance and take-your-breath-away service. Our passion is to give you an extraordinary supper club experience. Located at Rosewood Court in Uptown Dallas, Ocean Prime is open weekdays for lunch and nightly for dinner. Live music is featured Monday through Saturday in our piano bar. 2101 Cedar Springs Road Dallas, Texas 75201 214.965.0440 www.ocean-prime.com
This well-known Dallas steakhouse provides guests with a warm, comfortable atmosphere and some of the best steak in the U.S. Visit Ruth’s Chris Steak House whether it’s a romantic dinner for two, an important business meeting, or a private party, Ruth’s Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs.
Hotel St. Germain offers a full service European Style dining experience, enjoyed by candlelight in the intimate, Old World ambiance of the AAA Four Diamond Award Willing Dining Room which overlooks an ivy covered French Quarter style garden courtyard. Wines and champagne from extensive cellar are served in glittering cut crystal and the table is set with antique Limoges china, antique silverware, Frette table linen and lavender roses. The restaurant at Hotel St. Germain is the ultimate dining experience.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
2516 Maple Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201 214.871.2516 www.hotelstgermain.com
Deliciously Simple 4123 Cedar Springs Road Suite 110 Dallas, Texas 75219 214. 522. 3474 www.dish-dallas.com
Located on Cedar Springs Road in the mixed-use development iLUME, DISH features Seasonal American Cuisine with a farm to table approach. Enjoy fresh, simple cuisine and weekly chef specials prepared with premier produce and well-sourced ingredients that can be enjoyed at an affordable price. DISH is the creation of restaurant/lounge owner Tim McEneny, NL Group and Executive Chef Doug Brown. The restaurant features a climate-controlled patio with cabanas, lounge seating and a 360-degree bar. The modern dining room has several distinctive design elements including a raised semi-private dining area with LED lights that wash color across sculpted wall panels. DISH was named one of the “Best in DFW: New Restaurants of 2009” by The Dallas Morning News and one of “Texas’ Best New Restaurants of 2011” by Texas Monthly. Whether you’re hosting a cocktail reception, intimate dinner or extravagant party DISH’s dining experience is perfect for personal or business occasions. For the ultimate event and entertainment space, the entire restaurant can be booked to accommodate 200 guests for a seated dinner and up to 350 for reception style events. DISH can be transformed from a lavish seated dinner, to a festive party with music from their raised DJ booth or live entertainment on the upper deck or patio. DISH is open daily from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday; 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Friday & Saturday serving food until 12 a.m.; Sunday brunch is always a highlight, every week from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. featuring bottomless mimosas and zesty Bloody Mary’s. Once monthly we jazz up our Sunday brunch with a famous drag brunch featuring the area’s top musical talents. Happy hour and late night guests will find that DISH comes alive with supreme verve for those looking for a trendy yet sophisticated spot to socialize and enjoy artisanal cocktails with fresh squeezed juices, fruits and herbs. You’ll find a refined modern motif and innovative cuisine at DISH.
DINING CONTINUED Silver Fox
The Silver Fox Steakhouse is a USDA Prime beef emporium, offering only the finest Prime beef makes them one of the few exclusively Prime steakhouses in America. Silver Fox also features ocean favorites such as Atlantic salmon, Jumbo Sautéed Scallops and succulent Australian Lobster Tail. 1303 Legacy Drive Frisco, Texas 75034 214.618.5220 www.silverfoxcafe.com
Sullivan’s Steakhouse is a vibrant neighborhood American Steakhouse featuring the finest steaks, seafood, hand-shaken martinis and live music. With 20 locations across the U.S., comfortable fine dining is offered in a lively atmosphere. 17795 North Dallas Parkway Dallas , TX - 75287 972.267.9393 www.sullivansteakhouse.com
The Belmont Hotel’s signature restaurant pays homage to an old fashioned smokehouse, with hardwood cooking from scratch and authentic Southern flavors. Led by chef/co-owner Tim Byres, inspired by his recent travels to America’s smokehouse roots, SMOKE offers patrons a culinary experience that satisfies both the palate and soul. Employing time honored cooking techniques and recipes with a commitment to local ingredients; SMOKE is down-home cooking done right. 901 Fort Worth Avenue Dallas, Texas 75208 214.393.2300 www.belmontdallas.com
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KENICHI DALLAS IS A MODERN RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE THAT FEATURES CONTEMPORARY ASIAN CUISINE AND WORLD-CLASS SUSHI. VOTED “BEST SUSHI IN DALLAS” BY CITYSEARCH 3 YEARS IN A ROW, KENICHI IS NOT ONLY KNOWN FOR ITS SUSHI, BUT ITS UPBEAT AND MODERN ATMOSPHERE MAKE IT A GREAT PLACE TO BEGIN AN EVENING BEFORE A GAME OR CONCERT, OR THE PERFECT PLACE TO HOST A HAPPY HOUR EVENT AFTER A DAY OF WORK.
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2400 Victory Park Lane Dallas, Texas 75219 (214) 871-8883
The Top .005% of All US Beef 17776 Dallas Parkway Dallas, Texas 75287 972. 267. 1776 3forks.com
A true Texas icon located in North Dallas, III Forks serves only the finest hand-selected USDA Prime steaks – the top .005% of all US beef. All entrees are served with a melt-in-your-mouth potato, off-the-cob cream corn, fresh vine ripened tomatoes and spring onions. “We make everything here but the butter,” says award-winning Executive Chef Chris Vogeli. With twelve separate dining rooms, two levels and over 25,000 square feet of elegance, III Forks can accommodate intimate parties as well as social gatherings up to 900. For weekday business or weekend get-togethers, the III Forks style suits any dining occasion and makes every night memorable. Open 5:00p.m. daily. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
Awards & Accolades • Only Texas Steakhouse in America’s Top 100 Restaurants & Institutions • Original Great Steakhouse of North America Independent Retail Cattlemen’s Association • Best of Award of Excellence (2000-2010) Wine Spectator • Rated Excellent – Zagat Survey Other Locations • Austin • Houston • Palm Beach Gardens • Boca Raton • Hallandale • Jacksonville
DINING CONTINUED Sushi Axiom
2323 North Henderson Dallas, Texas 75206 214.828.2288 www.sushiaxiom.net
2015 Market Center Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75207 214.741.7481 www.doubletree1.hilton.com
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Sushi Axiom offers guests an innovative choice of succulent sushi and sashimi, which are prepared with the finest ingredients by stylishly blending Japanese and American cuisines. Axiom assembles a friendly, enjoyable and elegant atmosphere for customers, and they are passionate in doing so.
Dallas is known for its great steaks as is the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. T-Bones Steakhouse offers succulent certified Angus beef, the freshest of seafood and delicious local ingredients to create a one-of-akind culinary experience. 2222 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas 75207 214.631.2222 www.dallaslandmark.com
The Terranova Café at the Doubletree Hotel Dallas Market Center offers a tremendous variety of dining options that are distinctly American with their chef’s own southwestern flair. Serving a full buffet breakfast as well as an á la Carte lunch and dinner menu daily, Terranova Café offers something for everyone.
The w xyz bar at the Aloft Las Colinas isn’t the typical bar, it’s the new place to see and be seen in Irving. Mix, meet, and mingle over signature cocktails, Pinot noirs and pints. Enjoy a locally inspired snack-attack menu while you sip on your favorite drinks and listen to lively music. 122 East John Carpenter Freeway Irving, Texas 75062 972.717.6100 www.aloftlascolinas.com/wxyz
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DEL FRISCO’S DOUBLE EAGLE
Beef Baron 5251 Spring Valley Road Dallas, Texas 972. 490. 9000 www.delfriscos.com
Despite their vast numbers, very few steak houses are able to climb the chop house ladder to join the elite ranks of immortalized beef barons. Since 1986, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House has etched its name in stone alongside an illustrious list of steak restaurants in Dallas. Eight elegant dining rooms paneled in dark wood encompass the restaurant’s spacious interior while three large fireplaces enhance the sophisticated setting. The cornerstone of Del Frisco’ s Double Eagle Steak House cuisine is an unprecedented approach to freshness: your USDA Prime Beef is cut right off the loin when your order is placed; your Australian Cold Water Lobster Tail was freshly caught and delivered to the Del Frisco kitchen. Del Frisco’s offers an array of succulent seafood, tantalizing appetizers, and handcrafted specialty desserts like their award winning lemon cake. With classically trained service and experienced wine sommeliers to guide guests through their 1500 thoughtfully assembled fine wines, Del Frisco’s offers guests the highest echelon of fine dining.
NIGHTLIFE B right Lights, Big City! When the sun goes down in Dallas,
the party is just beginning. Whether you’re in the mood to raise the roof and dance until dawn, or relax in a quiet uptown café, Dallas has it all. Live music venues, eclectic late night haunts, intimate jazz clubs; Dallas is the center of the southwest entertainment universe. R E S TA U R A N T S , CLUBS, BARS, PUBS & T AV E R N S
Dubbed Dallas’ most progressive urban super-lounge this luxurious members-only hot spot is certainly the place to see and be seen amongst Dallas’ finest. Ultra swanky décor, velvet and plush leather furniture illuminated by dimmed chandeliers make for a dramatic setting for socializing with the who’s who of Dallas. Membership or referral required for entry. 5039 Willis Avenue Dallas, TX 75206 214.370.4155 www.candleroomdallas.com
A feast for the senses, the award-winning fine dining restaurant in the chic Hotel Za Za is where Executive Chef Grant Morgan flaunts his culinary expertise. Urban Oasis is a poolside sanctuary, surrounded by lush gardens and one of the most breathtaking views of the Dallas skyline. 2332 Leonard Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214.550.9500 www.hotelzazadallas.com
An oasis within the sea of marble that is the Hilton Anatole, the chic new Gossip Bar is elegant and sexy. Immersed in contemporary style and deep red hues, the Gossip Bar serves the perfect mix of color and commentary. Needless to say, signature martinis and premium cocktails in a high-energy electric atmosphere is all the Gossip. 2201 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, Texas 75207 214.748.1200
J. Blacks Feel Good Lounge
The popular Austin establishment has made its way up north and found a snug spot on Henderson Avenue. Choose from two lively patios to mingle with friends or enjoy fun cocktails such as the French 75 or the Sea Cat. Inside the oval shaped bar is the perfect arena for supreme people watching. 2409 North Henderson Avenue Dallas, TX 75206 214.613.2525 www.jblacks.com
The Library (at the Melrose)
Located inside the extravagant Melrose hotel, The Library is one of Dallas’ elite bars for business professionals and after work social seekers. This elegant bar features nightly entertainment and classic cocktails in a stylish, sophisticated atmosphere. 3015 Oak Lawn Avenue Dallas, Texas 75219 214.224.3144 www.landmarkrestodallas.com
Neighborhood Services Tavern
NST’s a dark-’n-cozy traditional pub-style bar from the chef-owner behind Lovers Lane’s non-tavern Neighborhood Services. The heavily woodsy new digs are more casual, exposed-brick walls and black-andwhite pictures of Steve McQueen, James Dean, and Connery-as-Bond leaning over a pool table just might have you saying, “Martini, shaken not stirred.”
Experience unique farm-to-market dining with a Texas twist. Located inside the Omni Dallas Hotel, Texas Spice uses only the freshest ingredients to create flavorful dishes served up in a one-of-a-kind setting. For reservations, call 214-652-4810.
2405 N Henderson Ave Dallas, TX 75393 214.827.2405 neighborhoodservicesdallas.com
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Sip the finest margarita Taste guacamole made fresh at your table Savor fresh seafood and steaks with authentic sauces
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NIGHTLIFE CONTINUED Renfield’s Corner
The hosts who brought you Blackfriar, Idle Rich and The Old Monk have conjured up yet another pub-style joint in Uptown. Featuring a casual, comfortable space Renfield’s serves up traditional craft brews, quality house drinks, a modest sandwich menu and weekly live music. 2603A Routh Street (at McKinney) Dallas, TX 75201 214.397.0300 www.renfieldscorner.com
Located in the middle of the thriving New Henderson Entertainment District, this cozy wine room is the vision of two East-Dallas based brothers whose passion for the vine spurred their devotion to this casual vino pub. Veritas features an ever-evolving list of 350 labels of wine, Texas cheeses, Texas meats and Texas chocolates. 2323 North Henderson Avenue Suite 103 Dallas, Texas 75206 214.841.9463 www.veritaswinedallas.com
With 24 beers on tap, a huge patio, killer bar food, and vintage arcade games & skeeball, the fun never stops at this eccentric local watering hole. While you’re there, be sure to check out Giant Jenga, Barcadia’s larger than life adaptation to the original unsteadily fun game. 1917 North Henderson Avenue Dallas, Texas 75206 214.821.7300 www.barcadiadallas.com
This neighborhood tavern dishes out creatively inspired food and an extensive drink selection. A relaxed pub-vibe with plenty of screens for sports; it’s also a favorite venue for local musicians. Patio and indoor seating provide lots of people-watching opportunities.
Don’t just check in. Arrive. Downtown’s newest destination is now open, and you’re invited to experience it all. Enjoy luxurious guest rooms, multiple dining options, full-service Mokara Spa, rooftop pool and more. Reserve your downtown escape today.
2401 North Henderson Avenue Dallas, Texas 75206 214.887.9330 www.capitolpubdallas.com
The Old Monk
Located on historic Henderson Avenue, The Monk is unquestionably a rising star in Dallas. A novel interior is finished out with classic pub pieces including lights from a monastery in Pennsylvania. An extensive draught selection lets your taste buds tour Europe while you enjoy great pub fare. 2847 North Henderson Avenue Dallas, Texas 75206 214.821.1880 www.oldmonkdallas.com
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destination relaxation. Enjoy the ultimate spa experience at the new Omni Dallas Hotel. The signature Mokara Spa offers massage therapy, facials, body treatments, manicures, pedicures and more—with breathtaking downtown views and access to the fitness center and rooftop infinity pool. Complimentary valet for spa guests.
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By Megan Keough Texas has it all when it comes to overnight spas, health spas, resorts and sophisticated urban hotel spas. These lavish retreats are designed with one main thing in mind and that is to benefit the mind and the body of its visitors and residences.
Lake Austin Spa Resort Lake Austin Spa Resort is a world-class destination spa nestled along the shores of Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Austin, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers guests a casually elegant atmosphere where you can do as much or as little as you want. Since its multi-million dollar renovation and expansion in 2004, the spa has received numerous awards from prestigious national travel and spa magazines. The readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2008 recognized Lake Austin Spa Resort as one of the best in the country and in the world as well as being named one of the top ten spas in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. Whether you are staying for the week or relaxing for a day, you will wonder what took you so long to find paradise. www.lakeaustin.com 1705 South Quinlan Park Road Austin, TX 78732 512.372.7300
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Spa Recognized as the most celebrated hotel in Texas, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star and AAA FiveDiamond hotel in Texas. Lady Primrose creates all natural, bath, hair and skin care amenities exclusively for the Mansion Spa. During your stay at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, take the time to refresh your mind, rejuvenate your body and enrich your spirit at the Health & Fitness Studio. www.mansiononturtlecreek.com 2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard Dallas, Texas 75219 214.559.2100
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The Spa at the Stoneleigh
The Spa at the Crescent
Within its quietly opulent 22,000-squarefoot facility, The Spa at the Crescent offers 77 one-of-a-kind treatments and services for men and women in 16 beautiful treatment rooms. The Spa offers members and guests the most modern expertise and treatments that provide a proven regimen for total body health, strength, appearance, mental acuity and spiritual balance.
ZaSpa is a lavish day spa hidden in the boutique Hotel ZaZa, where a normal day can be transformed into a transcendent experience. Spend a day or two pampering yourself with spa treatments for both men and women in one of their six treatment rooms where their truly unique treatments blend to include traditionally holistic and contemporary therapies to stimulate your muscles. From basic to custom treatments, this luxury day spa is a perfect retreat from the urban sprawl of uptown Dallas.
This full-service salon offers hair treatments, facials, manicure/pedicures, and massages. Darphin is the skincare line used for facial treatments, while Kerastase completes the product line for hair care. Cer贸n Salon mirrors the operating hours of Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas, and boasts 7 a.m. opening hours to accommodate the needs of both male and female business executives in the area.
www.crescentcourt.com 400 Crescent Court Dallas, Texas 75201 214.871.3232
www.hotelzazadallas.com 2332 Leonard Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214.550.9492
www.ceronsalon.com 1618 Main Street 6th Floor Dallas, Texas 75201 214.573.2626
Relâche Spa Relâche Spa, a 25,000-square-foot European-inspired spa features twelve private and lavish treatment rooms, perfect to soothe the body and soul. Nationally renowned as a premiere spa for exclusive luxurious treatments, Relâche offers soothing massages, rejuvenating facials, relaxing body treatments and invigorating fitness options. Troubles disappear and bliss awaits at the Relâche Spa at Gaylord Texan, located just outside of Dallas. www.gaylordhotels.com 1501 Gaylord Trail Grapevine, Texas 76051 817.778.2000
The Spa & Salon at Four Seasons
The Spa & Salon at Four Seasons
This world-class Dallas spa offers holistic organic therapies, professional salon services and a fully equipped fitness center. The Stoneleigh Spa, a 5,200-square-foot facility, provides seven private treatment rooms, two luxuriant duet suites for couples’ massages and treatments. The Spa at Stoneleigh offers specialized therapies such as Shirodhara, which calms and centers the mind and also includes a herbal treatment to nourish hair roots and condition the scalp. They also offer Bindi body rejuvenation, and pregnancy sculpture. Spend a day pampering with your bridesmaids or reward your employees with a full range of treatment at this exhilarating luxury oasis.
The Spa & Salon at Four Seasons offers a full-service, European-style spa with private treatment rooms, a relaxation area, spa cuisine and an outdoor spa pool. The Spa & Salon is home to Board Certified Dr. Zein Obagi, MD who founded ZO Skin Heath™, an over-the-counter product line that fights the signs of aging with innovative technology, powerful ingredients and luxurious formulas. The Spa also offers enhanced formulations to offer a targeted treatments series in which guest can see measurable results very quickly. Enjoy the Thermo Reducing Clay, the clay is applied from knees to waist to help maximize and activate the fat burning process. A therapist will bring the spa to you in the comfort of your guest room if you wish for some privacy. The Salon also provides hair, nail and make-up services for men and women.
www.stoneleighhotel.com 2927 Maple Avenue Dallas, Texas 75206 214.871.7111
www.fourseasons.com/dallas 4150 North MacArthur Boulevard Irving, Texas 75038 972.717.2555
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Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dallas
Renew Beauty Med Spa
This luxurious 12,000 square-foot sanctuary offers rest, relaxation, impeccable Ritz-Carlton service, and Dallas’ most exclusive spa experience. The Spa boasts twelve spacious treatment rooms with in-room showers, including two couple’s suites with hydrotherapy soaking tubs, and one Vichy therapy treatment room. The Spa offers an array of facial and body treatments, a full service salon, and specialized gentleman’s services including the Gentleman’s Hot Towel Facial and the Fitness & Sports massage.
Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the personalized service, and the luxurious pampering environment at Renew Beauty Med Spa & Salon. Transform your skin and body with the most advanced anti-aging and skin care solutions, laser aesthetics, full service hair salon, indulgent massages, spa treatments and professional teeth whitening. Renew features treatments such as Botox, Juvederm, and Dysport to soften and remove wrinkles, and restylane injections to restore fullness and volume to the skin around the nose and mouth. Indulge in the luxury of this state-of-the-art spa and salon and renew your beauty.
www.ritzcarlton.com 2121 McKinney Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201 214.922.0200
Bliss Spa Massage, sauna or unwind in this 5,100-squarefoot specialty spa at the hip W Hotel. Enjoy facials, steam showers, waxing, manicure/pedicure, relaxing massages and much more. With incredible views of the Dallas cityscape, Bliss Spa offer de-stressors and beauty boosts of all kinds. www.WHotels.com/Dallas 2440 Victory Park Lane Dallas, Texas 75219 877.862.5477
www.renewbeautymedspa.com 8687 North Central Express Way Dallas, Texas 75225 214.369.1600
James Garner Beauty The Fairmont Hotel in Dallas is partnered with James Garner Beauty to provide a premiere spa experience that is delivers beauty and relaxation right to your guestroom door. James Garner Beauty features a full line of luxurious and effective skin care products for men and women and mineral make-up that will compliment your at home skin care routine.
exhale Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek Spa
Nestled between Hotel Palomar and the Residences at Hotel Palomar, exhale is part of the first urban wellbeing living environment. With all of their highly publicized and highly effective spa therapies, healing modalities, yoga and Pilates-infused Core Fusion® toning classes that have garnered the dedication of over 6,000 practitioners, exhale makes it possible for guests, residents and members to live the Dallas life. www.hotelpalomar-dallas.com 5300 East Mockingbird Lane Dallas, Texas 75026 469.522.3651
www.fairmont.com/dallas 1717 North Akard Street Dallas, Texas 75201 214.720.2020
Salon Pompeo Specializing in the very latest in hair, skin and nail care, the staff at Salon Pompeo is dedicated to offering you the very best individualized salon experience possible. Prepare to conquer the world or maybe just the remainder of the day with their famous rejuvenating massages. Salon Pompeo also offers a fully-stocked bar to help you celebrate, anticipate, or escape. www.salonpompeo.com 5330 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 190 Dallas, Texas 75206 214.203.3333
Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa LAJITAS, TEXAS
Tucked away in Southwest Texas between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park lies the exquisite 27,000-acre Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa. Defining rugged luxury, Lajitas is a unique destination featuring a first-class resort hotel and the premier choice in West Texas golf resorts — Black Jack’s Crossing, an 18-hole championship course masterfully designed by professional golfer Lanny Wadkins. Named after U.S. Army General “Black Jack” Pershing, who pursued Pancho Villa across the Rio Grande, the golf course is a real work of beauty set against a backdrop of spectacular mountain vistas. The entire Lajitas resort is bordered by the majestic Rio Grande River and is steeped in the rich history of the Old West. Breathtaking sunsets are an everyday occurrence in this big sky country where Comanche Indians once roamed, cowboys sat around the campfire, and miners enjoyed whiskey at the local trading post. Offering several dining options serving only the highest quality Southwestern cuisine, and a variety of relaxing, energizing and aweinspiring activities, including a world class Equestrian Center, Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa provides guests with a true, once-in-a-lifetime Texas adventure.
HC 70, Box 400 Lajitas, Texas 79852 phone 432.424.5000 fax 432.424.5001 1-877-LAJITAS www.lajitasgolfresort.com
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Rough Creek Lodge and Resort Nestled on 11,000 acres in the foothills of the picturesque Texas Hill Country, you will find an elegant destination unlike any other: Rough Creek Lodge and Resort. This exclusive executive retreat and resort is carved from the same Texas limestone as the surrounding hills and valleys, and blends century-old ranch imagery with a modern approach to comfort and convenience. Rough Creek Lodge is located in Glen Rose, TX, 60 miles from Fort Worth and a 90-minute drive from the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex. Rough Creek is a premier facility for the world’s most discerning business executives, leisure travelers and families. The Resort creates a relaxing environment with an aura of rustic elegance, while maintaining harmony with the surrounding trees, lakes, and rolling hills. Rough Creek offers guests a taste of the rugged terrain, rich ranch tradition and exciting hunting that have made the Hill Country Famous. If a business conference or retreat is what you need, you’re in luck. Rough Creek Lodge and Resort is home to a state-of-theart conference center. Equipped with the latest audio visual technologies, the center has everything for your business needs. Accommodating up to 125 people, Rough Creek will prepare your breakfast, lunch and dinner, organize coffee breaks, and serve continuous refreshments throughout your meeting. Rough Creek Executive Conference Center provides wireless internet, high resolution LCD projector, microphones, full sound system, and a conference room set to your specifications. Deluxe guest room accommodations will also be included for all business guests. Rough Creek Lodge is the ideal escape from city life for busy families. Their wide range of activities will keep everyone as busy or relaxed as they would like to be. Try flying down their 650 foot zipline or climbing the 40 foot rock wall. Relax at the family pool with a lazy river, jump rock, kiddie pool and slide. Explore the countryside on a guided horseback ride or ATV trip. Hone your shooting skills at our 5-Stand, Wobble Trap or Sporting Clays Course. For the littlest ones, they have a daily mini train ride, pony rides and tractor pulled hay-rides. Great fishing is available on Mallard Lake right outside their back door. If relaxation is your goal, read a book by the private adult only spa pool and then melt into a massage or facial at the Rough Creek Spa. Great family packages are waiting for you to experience.
Rough Creek’s 225 person Country Chapel and adjacent pavilion are the perfect place to host a wedding or event. The entire lodge is available for a private destination weddings. Peter Greenburg, of the CBS Early Show named Rough Creek Lodge as one of the top five locations in the world to get married. From the most intimate to the most lavish, Rough Creek Lodge will make your dreams come true. Imagine you and your closest friends having exclusive use of an 11,000 acre ranch with meals catered by their world famous Chef, Gerard Thompson. World Class Upland Bird Hunting has been a main stay at Rough Creek Lodge since inception. Quail, Chukar and Pheasant abound through their 11,000 acres of hunting. Rough Creek’s professional guides and well trained dogs will ensure that you have an unbelievable hunting experience. New for the 2011-12 season is their European Tower Shoot. If you’ve never tried it, the action is fast and furious. Guests will enjoy the elegance of the 51 guestrooms and suites, 4 deluxe cabins, and 2 guest houses. The guestrooms provide an oversized, executive style work desk with wireless internet connections, and telephones on the desk, at the bedside and in the bathroom. The tranquil bathrooms highlight oversized marble baths with separate dressing areas to emphasize attention to guest comfort. Informal outdoor gatherings are enhanced by two handcrafted limestone fire pits and a cascading terrace. Rough Creek Lodge and Resort has won numerous prestigious awards, including one of the newest “Hot Spots” by Fortune Magazine; “Most Outstanding Lodge in North America 2005” from Condé Nast Johansens, and the Award of Excellence from North American Restaurant Association. Zagat has named Rough Creek Lodge one of “America’s Top Restaurants” for the eleventh straight year. Rough Creek Lodge is a great place to hold any retreat or conference in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, providing a magnificent escape for your business needs or a family getaway. Whatever your needs, you won’t be disappointed with your stay at the luxurious Rough Creek Resort and Lodge.
Rough Creek Lodge and Resort | www.roughcreek.com | 5165 County Road 2013, Glen Rose, TX | 877.907.0754
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