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Celebrate ‘Dog Days of Summer’

Bike-share problems continue to pile up By Molly Evans KERA News


The third annual “Dog Days of Summer,” a dog-friendly event, will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 'The Shak at Stanley Korshak,' 500 Crescent Court, Suite 100. 'The Shak at Stanley Korshak' will convert to a doggie playground. A percentage of the evening's sales will benefit Hounds for Heroes. Rescue dogs will be on site for play and adoption. Cocktails and light bites will be provided. – Alison Volk

New school ready to open The new University Park Elementary School at 3505 Amherst Ave. will be ready for students when they return to class on Thursday, Aug. HPISD 23. Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the building, with furniture being delivered to the school this week. The new school features larger classrooms, flexible learning spaces and both a larger library and dining area. An open house is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. – HPSID

“Terrible.” That’s all Mayor Mike Rawlings had to say on Twitter August 5 about a photo of hundreds of bright yellow bicycles piled high at a Dallas recycling plant. The bikes belong to Beijing-based Ofo. It’s one of three bike-share companies that has left Dallas since late June, when City Council approved regulations that require companies to get permits and pay the city per bike or scooter. The photo drew criticism after it was posted on Facebook IAN LINNA August 3 and then shared on Ofo bikes are piled up at a Dallas recycling center on August 6 after the company decided Twitter August 5. to exit the market. Ofo tells KXAS-TV it’s working with CMC Recycling to recycle the aluminum. Francisco-based Spin are on their way electric scooters in late June. Many, including the mayor, called it out of Dallas. That leaves Garland's At its peak, city officials estiwasteful and said the bikes should be VBikes and Lime out of California op- mated 20,000 bikes were scattered donated for further use. erating bike-share in the city. throughout the city. Now, that numThe company told the TV news This summer, City Council also ber’s fewer than 3,500 bikes between station that it has donated bikes that Lime and VBikes, according to The approved a six-month pilot program are in “good working condition” to Dallas Morning News. Bike-share legalizing motorized scooters. Lime local community organizations. revived in Dallas last summer when was quick to add them to its f leet. Along with Ofo, another VBikes quietly placed its bikes around And Bird, another California-based Chinese company, Mobike, and San company, launched its dockless, the city.


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(Above) Mikey Abrams has appeared locally in many productions. (Right) Abrams in “La Cage aux Folles.”

By Shari Goldstein Stern

“Hey Mikey, he likes it,” theater directors say when working with Fort Worth native Mikey Abrams. Some people are just meant to take the stage, and such is the case with this triple-threat. You might call him a comedic actor, dramatic leading man, dancer, singer or drama queen. He is all of those. Abrams is currently playing Oscar in “The Odd Couple” at North Texas Performing Arts where it opened to a full house last

weekend. When asked about playing the role, he said, “It is great not to have to shave for a role. I love being a slob and wearing jeans and a T-shirt, and not worrying about how I have to sit or behave. If I have to burp, I can just do it on stage.” A few of the professionals who have directed Abrams in theaters all over Dallas, Fort Worth and North Texas agree that in his shows he demonstrates his wide range of characters. Among those roles have been: Luis Molina in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” at Uptown Players (UP) and

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Ronald Reagan in Theatre Three’s “The Wedding Singer.” One of those satisfied directors is Buff Shurr, a former Broadway director who has directed Abrams in Garland Summer Musicals. He said, “Mikey is bright, funny, a

step-ahead, creative, energetic, very vocal, and, did I say stage-smart? Give me a cast full of Mikeys and I’ll die of happy exhaustion. For a while in the ’90s the actor performed at the Granbury Opera house, “… ACTOR cont'd on page 9



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Surfing instead of fishing By David Mullen

or ‘private,’ but some have legitimate names. One showed a law firm. When I called back, they had no idea why Why are fishing shows they would be calling me. on TV at a time when you Today (August 4), I received should be out fishing? … In one with Goldman Sachs on Colton, Calif., a burro was released back into the wild David Mullen the caller ID that was really a duct-cleaning service. If I after being shot in the head didn't hate Goldman Sachs, I would tell with an arrow. He must have been as them about this.” … Another Dallas tough as a mule … Now here is a job reader and a friend of the newspaper you can really sink your teeth into. wrote about minor league baseball comNutella, the popular Italian chocolate ing to Dallas. “Did not know Ventura spread, is seeking 60 “sensory judges” Sports Group had such a vision. Hope to be paid for tasting their products. this truly comes to fruition. We’d love to There is only one hitch. You have to relocate to the company headquarters in see professional baseball at Reverchon [Park].” I think it is a very big idea, as it Alba, Italy in the Piedmont region. You will bring more than just baseball to the can apply at using the park, but concerts, festivals and special reference code ALBO1. At press time, events to the area starting in 2019 … the high temperature in Alba, Italy was Leave it to the New York Post to report 86 degrees, or the same temperature as about a cellist being removed from in Alba, Texas which is 60 miles northan American Airlines flight. “An outeast of Dallas … Potholes of the week: raged musician,” the article stated, “said Maybe it’s because of the weather, but I American Airlines booted her from a don’t recall Dallas streets being in more flight with her $30,000 cello after she disrepair or under repair. On the way bought a ticket for it with no strings atto Lakewood, Munger Avenue is mantached.” Hilarious. How does Yo-Yo Ma gled. And only a sap would drive down travel? … Our friends at the Dallas Zoo Maple Avenue in its current condition at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway inform … A Dallas reader responded to my us that from now through Friday, Aug. recent item on those annoying and unethical “robo-calls.” “I've been getting 31, the zoo is opening its gates an hour early at 8 a.m. so guests can beat the false phone-numbered robo-calls for Texas heat and enjoy extra family time over a year now with my area code and exchange,” he said. “Most are ‘unknown’ before kids head back to school. They

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suggest heading to the zoo’s popular Wilds of Africa area, so visitors have a chance to see how the staff and animals get ready. The zoo remains open until 5 p.m. each day. Admission prices are $15 for adults, $12 for kids and admission is free for children 2 and under ... Saw “Blindspotting” this week. It is a moving film about my hometown of Oakland and the strife between police and residents. It is getting some early Oscar buzz … Rarely do we venture out to Fort Worth in this column, but this


What to do on those ‘off’ days

with a tough day at work, and By Donna Arp Weitzman you’re just not vibing with your coworkers, get away from them. We all have those days, even Go for a lunch walk, or eat lunch when we’re not in relationships, when at a restaurant alone. Do someeverything just Our comthing outside the office, away munication might be awkward; we from the people you see every might be overthinking things; maybe day. our tempers are a little more sensiIf you’re feeling off in a tive. Not everyday is perfect — in solemn way, have a healthy cry. work, at home, in our social circles. Donna Arp Weitzman That doesn’t mean have a menInteractions aren’t always going to go tal breakdown in your car; alour way, and sometimes, we may not though if you do, these severely off days could be be able to control it. symptoms for a bigger issue, so pay attention to I’m here to tell you, it’s okay. We all get in our what your urges are. If you’re feeling like a cleansheads at some point and are unable to pull ouring cry, go for it. If you’re feeling the weight of the selves out. And the harder part to accept is that it world on your shoulders and you fall into a spiwill inevitably happen. You can’t make everyday raling, ruminating sob, something is happening work right, so just accept right now that you will mentally that needs attention. in fact have off days, especially in your relationAt the end of the day, maybe all you need is ship. You might be bickering a lot or more quiet a hug from your partner. No words, no hashing than usual. Maybe you’re just not getting each things out, no diving into the things bothering other’s sense of humor that day. A lot of things you—just a hug, human contact with the person could be the cause, and sometimes it could be you love. That hug, in a way, disrupts the turmoil something you need to talk about eventually, you’ve had in your mind all day. It quiets it. By but sometimes, it’s just that day’s mojo. Just get relieving your tension in this way, it reminds you through it. Here’s how. that you’re there for each other — not always to Sometimes, it takes sleep to break the curse. solve the day’s awkwardness, but rather, to just You might need to just rest, clear your mind and ease it. Who knows? Later when you’re watching reboot before further interactions with anyone. If a movie, you may want to talk about your day and you’re stuck in your head and you can’t turn your even laugh about it, which will definitely bring mind off, which is influencing how you are with you closer and put things in perspective. people, shut your eyes and rest. Sleep is always Above all, if you’re going through something a good go-to. (Just don’t make it you’re only go-to.) mentally, that is a good time to lean on your partOther days, you might need to just wind ner; it doesn’t mean you have to, just that you can, down a little with a glass of wine, a movie to and that’s what they’re there for. It just depends zone out during, or some other release. Then, on what you’re needing for your mental cleanse. talk about it with your partner. Come together Oh, and remember, you’re not alone in this. We’re once you’ve had your mental rest from the day. all a little off-kilter every now and then. Don’t be Just because you need a little space doesn’t mean so hard on yourself. Get through it, rely on those something’s wrong. Just don’t let “space” become who love you, and give yourself some breathing the norm; that’s when you know something deep- room. er is going on. After all, tomorrow is a new day. A lot of people find working out to be a great A former mayor and businesswoman, Donna way to put the mind at rest—by exhausting the Arp Weitzman was a later-dater before marrybody. It releases endorphins that could put you in ing Herb Weitzman in 2012. She is the author of a better mood, and as a result, a better mindset to Cinderella has Cellulite and Sex and the Siren, interact and get through the day. If you’re dealing both best selling books available on Amazon. the complainant’s vehicle. K ATY TR AIL WEEKLY'S

CRIME WATCH July 27 – 7:25 a.m. 4600 Block, Virginia Ave. (75204) Burglary of a Habitation: The suspect entered an unlocked door and stole property. July 27 – 9:14 a.m. 400 Block, N. Lamar St. (75235) Attempted Robbery of an Individual: An unknown suspect punched the complainant and attempted to steal his wallet. July 27 – 4:08 p.m. 1900 Block, Pacific Ave. (75201) Theft of Property: An unknown suspect stole a delivered package from the complainant’s front door. July 27 – 10:05 p.m. 8600 Block, N. Central Expy. (75225) Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle: An unknown suspect stole

July 28 – 10:29 a.m. 3800 Block, Dickason Ave. (75219) Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: An unknown suspect broke into the complainant’s vehicle and stole property. July 28 – 11:09 a.m. 400 Block, S. Houston St. (75202) Aggravated Assault w/a Deadly Weapon: The suspect cut two people with a knife. July 28 – 5:54 p.m. 10700 Block, Preston Rd. (75230) Theft of Property: The suspect stole the complainant’s property. July 29 – 3:47 a.m. 4500 Block, Travis St. (75205) Assault: An unknown suspect attempted to sexually assault the complainant. July 29 – 8:43 a.m. 1400 Block, Bennett Ave. (75206) Aggravated Robbery of an Individual: An unknown

suspect pointed a gun at the complainant’s head and stole property. July 29 – 8:55 a.m. 2700 Block, Reagan St. (75219) Criminal Mischief: An unknown suspect broke the front window of the complainant’s vehicle. July 29 – 12:27 p.m. 7200 Block, Stonetrail Dr. (75230) Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle: An unknown suspect stole the complainant’s vehicle. July 29 – 2:53 p.m. 2800 Block, N. Fitzhugh Ave. (75204) Theft of Bicycle: An unknown suspect stole the complainant’s bicycle from a parking garage. July 29 – 2:03 p.m. 5500 Block, Greenville Ave. (75206) Burglary of a Motor Vehicle: An unknown suspect entered the complainant’s vehicle and stole property.

sounds like a great event. On Saturday, Aug. 18 from 7 to 11 p.m., Give Back Game Night is an evening of games, karaoke, puzzles, trivia and cocktails. Proceeds from Give Back Game Night help educate the next generation of scientists, engineers and makers. Tickets are $30. And it is a bit of a throwback, with a silent disco, vintage pinball machines and virtual reality games. All takes place at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History at 1600 Gendy St. … There are nearly 85 million

households in the U.S. that own pets. A recent survey studied the top 100 cities for pets, based on animal services, money spent on pets to walkability. By the way, the American Pet Products Association projects that in 2018, pet ownership will cost Americans more than $72 billion. Dallas ranked 72nd of major cities in the U.S. on quality of life for pets. Seems very low to me. Scottsdale, Ariz. is the number one ranked city, and Honolulu is the worst city for pets.


Persistence worth pursuing

By Dr. Beth Leermakers

“Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.” – Thomas Carlyle Walking on the beach in Mexico, I watched men picking up mounds of seaweed and carting them off the beach — every morning. How can they stand performing this grueling, apparently-useless task day in and day out? The next morning there’s just as much (if not more) seaweed on the beach. They never seem to make a dent in the piles. Sometimes I feel the same way about picking up dog hair. More hair appears every day, making my house-cleaning efforts seem futile. I often wonder why I bother with this unrewarding chore. Friends who visited another Mexican beach told me the seaweed there was stacked up several feet high, creating an unbearable stench that made sitting or walking on the beach extremely unpleasant. Ahh, so that’s why the men picked up the seaweed on my beach. If they didn’t, that beach would be just as foul. The men’s persistence paid off, even if it didn’t result in a spotless outcome. The literary world has many examples of the power of persistence in the face of obstacles, discouragements and impossibilities. Many now-famous authors received multiple rejection letters before their work was published. C.S. Lewis was rejected a whopping 800 times before he sold a single piece of writing. His Chronicles of Narnia sold 100 million copies and was translated into 47 languages.

If Lewis had your losses may be the given up right decision. How after the 10th much physical discomrejection fort is involved? Again, letter, readers if you’re risking a back of all ages injury, persistence would have may not be the wisest missed out course. on his [epic?] Evaluate the conadventures. sequences of giving Dr. Beth Leermakers I’m not up. If those men didn’t sure where continue picking up Lewis found the strength and the seaweed every day, the determination to keep subproblem would be even worse, mitting his writing, despite so making the beach intoleramany disappointments, but his ble. Some of those men may soul would definitely qualify have trouble finding another as a “strong soul.” For those of job if they walked away from us whose soul may not be quite seaweed-removal duty. If you so strong, here’s one approach don’t continue submitting to determining whether peryour book, even after being sistence is worth it. rejected, you may miss a future Consider the costs and opportunity to have your work benefits of persistence: What published. do I stand to gain by perseverWeigh the costs and beneing? What are the potential fits to decide whether it makes rewards and payoffs? What more sense to keep on keeping do I stand to lose? What’s the on or to abandon ship and purworst thing that could hapsue other activities. pen if I continue engaging in I will continue picking this seemingly unproductive up dog hair in my house. I behavior? don’t want a neighbor to find You may waste time or me buried under a three-foot money or be physically or pile of blonde and black hair. emotionally uncomfortable. Following Coolidge’s wisdom, Although I felt sorry for the old I will press on! men on the beach who were “Nothing in the world can pushing heavy wheelbarrows take the place of persistence. in the hot sun, the work probTalent will not; nothing is ably wasn’t truly terrible. The more common than unsucworkers may be tired and sore cessful men with talent. Genius at the end of their shift, but it will not; unrewarded genius is wasn’t life-threatening or men- almost a proverb. Education tally stressful work. They were will not; the world is full of outdoors with a stunning view educated derelicts. Persistence of the ocean. There are certain- and determination alone are ly worse “offices.” omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press How awful would it be On!’ has solved and always if that worst thing happened? will solve the problems of the How terrible would it be if you human race.” – Calvin Coolidge wasted time? If you miss out on Dr. Beth Leermakers is a other opportunities by engagclinical psychologist who speing in the going-nowhere-fast cializes in stress management activity (some relationships and well-being seminars, refall into that category), the cost treats and coaching. Contact may be higher than you’re will- her at 214-923-3766 or bethleering to pay. In that case, cutting

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Pennant races heating up

Regal TourX is a one hit ‘wander’

By David Boldt


The Houston Astros hope to be celebrating again in 2018.

By David Mullen Forever, baseball has been a game of lists. Who is the greatest player of all-time? What team is the greatest ever to play the game? What is the best stadium in the major leagues? If you were to start a team today, what players would you build your team around? What pitcher has the nastiest stuff? As the pennant race begins to heat up, it is time to list teams looking from the outside in, and those that have a real chance to win the World Series in 2018. The groundouts. The Kansas City Royals were World Champions in 2015. How the mighty have fallen. Without any pitching or power, this team has become the worst team in baseball, right behind the Miami Marlins. At least the Marlins, a team that collapsed like Kansas City after championships in 1997 and 2003, let their fans know it was coming this season. They set the bar low and have yet to reach it. Owner Derek Jeter is as popular in Miami as a Category 5 hurricane. Two once storied franchises are simply the most boring teams in baseball. The Chicago White Sox play in a banal stadium and have built a line-up to suit it. The Baltimore Orioles play in beautiful Camden Yards but have gutted their entire roster and are forced to start over. It is getting old for fans of the San Diego Padres to keep hearing that they are going to build a young club, and then nothing happens. At press time, they are further out of first place than any team in the NL, even though they play in the NL West which no team seems to want to win. The New York Mets are often injured, don’t get clutch hitting and must suffer in the shadow of the Bronx Bombers. The Cincinnati Reds are a head-scratcher. They never seem to be going in

any direction. They have Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez and others, but support them with a miserable pitching staff. The Detroit Tigers play in a massive park, and don’t hit the baseball. They don’t walk either. And they have little to look forward to in the future. The bunt singles. As frustrating as this season has been for Texas Ranger fans, at least they are letting younger players like Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar play. The Minnesota Twins are teasers. Sometimes they look like world beaters and then they can look inept. Local hero Joe Mauer is a mere shell of the player he once was. The Los Angeles Angels have Mike Trout, the best player in baseball, and still can’t win. Every year they are expected to contend. This year, they barely competed. It is hard to fault the Tampa Bay Rays. They have a miniscule payroll by baseball standards and play hard. But quick, can you name a Rays player? And the Toronto Blue Jays are victims of playing in a division with two of the best teams in baseball. The San Francisco Giants thought they could win with veterans this year. They haven’t. The Pittsburgh Pirates still think they can make the playoff this year. They won’t. And the St. Louis Cardinals are perennially considered a contender. Even with the red-hot Matt Carpenter, they disappoint. The long drives. Baseball fans wait for the Washington Nationals to make their drive for the playoffs. They are chasing the upstart Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. To their credit, both teams have emerged as contenders in far less time than people thought. But the feeling here is the NL East title will go to the Nats. The Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks look like the same team. If the Los Angeles Dodgers surge as expected, the two teams will be playing for a Wild Card spot. The

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Milwaukee Brewers hit like a beer league softball team, but a shaky pitching staff will keep them from a postseason celebration. The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics have 10 games left to play against each other. The strongest will survive and win a one-game, Wild Card playoff spot. It will be a dog fight, and the winner between the A’s and M’s almost assuredly will have to travel cross-country to play the powerful New York Yankees. The walk-off home runs. No one wants to play the Cleveland Indians in the playoffs. They have an MVP candidate in Jose Ramirez, and have the best manager in the AL in Terry Francona. They are running away with the AL Central without much fanfare. With so much attention given the Boston Red Sox and Yankees, the Indians just sit there with a quiet confidence. The Dodgers are poised to make a long playoff run. They are ready to get hot as their powerful line-up gets healthy. Same with the Chicago Cubs. Without Javier Baez, who knows where they would have been this season. But a healthy Cubs team is a formidable challenge come playoff time. That leaves the best three teams in all of baseball in the AL. The Yankees are in a bit of a funk without Aaron Judge, but have too much talent not to turn things around. It is just that they are relegated to a Wild Card playoff spot because the Boston Red Sox have shined all season. In a showdown last weekend, the Red Sox swept the Yankees. Despite the impressive season the Red Sox have put together, the defending champion Houston Astros remain the best team in baseball. They are perfectly built for playoff baseball. The final out. I still believe that the Astros will beat the Dodgers in the World Series, and then make the list of two-time baseball champions.

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These are busy — albeit stressful — times for those building and selling vehicles globally. And GM’s Buick provides one of the better examples of the industry’s global footprint. In 2017 General Motors sold its German subsidiary Opel to France’s PSA, while reserving an Opel-built platform to underpin its latest Regals, including the new Regal TourX. Since Buick will do little to market the TourX (it’s not — after all — a true crossover) we’ll give it a look. Feel free to retweet. The TourX’s exterior proportions are longish, stretching some 196 inches on its 111-inch wheelbase. The wagon’s overall look isn’t dissimilar to the Range Rover Velar, which isn’t a bad thing; this is a dynamic piece of sheetmetal by any objective (or subjective) measure. And while we’re not sure we understand its Outback-like exterior cladding within the context of no significant increase in ride height and the Buick’s 50-series, road-specific rubber, if the cladding helps sell what is essentially a station wagon I won’t argue. The TourX, targeted at BMW’s 3 Series wagon, Audi’s Allroad and Volvo’s V60 Cross Country, is equipped with standard all-wheel drive, along with a cargo area that — with the rear seat folded — will swallow almost 75 cubic feet of whatever you’ve got. That

extended roofline also makes accommodating the David Boldt kayak or tandem bicycle — or both! — easier, while the wagon’s lower overall height makes accessing what’s up there more convenient. You won’t step into the TourX as easily as you can access Subaru’s Outback, but the ingress and egress were as easy as expected. Once inside, front seat passengers will enjoy buckets more European in their proportion than would be typical of what we assume when thinking “Buick.” In our top-of-the-line Essence (a trim level whose name was supplied — I’m guessing here — by Avon) the seating is leather, covered in what Buick calls “shale.” And while the color was appealing and materials fully appropriate to a vehicle sitting at just under $40K, we’d argue against a light carpet in what is ostensibly an allroad vehicle. You’re not using the TourX to tackle Moab’s boulders, but you might take a hike in and around Boulder. Keep the 800 number to WeatherTech handy… I’d also wonder why the TourX is equipped with a speedo reading 180. To reach 180 you’d have to drop it from a Lufthansa jet … at 30,000 feet. My old eyes would prefer something around 120 with — we’d hope — larger (LARGER)

numerals. Under the hood, Buick supplies a 2.0 liter turbocharged four with 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Driving through an 8-speed automatic to all four wheels, we found the TourX responsive, with steering, handling and braking making the platform seem smaller than its dimensions would suggest. That impression is furthered by a curb weight of 3700 pounds, which is 200 fewer than Buick’s Envision crossover, and 800 pounds less than Buick’s redesigned Enclave. With German solidity, credible manners and an accommodating interior, the TourX is what many families — or empty nesters? — could use. Inevitably, intenders will get sucked into the mania that is the crossover or SUV, or will buy an Accord with its folding rear seat and call it a day. If I was on Buick’s product team, I’d offer a road-specific version with no hint of Outback, along with an Outback-like version equipped with real dual-purpose rubber and another inch — or so — of ride height. I’d also offer a diesel. Finally, they should ditch “TourX” — which reads like something associated with bathroom cleaners — and revive “Roadmaster.” That’d get the hipsters talking — and tweeting. David Boldt brings years of experience in automotive retail sales and public relations to his automotive reporting. More can be found at


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Stepping away from the scale

By Stefanie Tapke With mounting dread, I slip one foot onto the thin, glass scale in the gym locker room, hoping no one is within eyesight. As the scale shows zero, signaling its readiness, I apprehensively ease my full weight onto it. I’ve been hitting the gym harder than ever, so with expectancy, I await a number that reflects my hard work. Suddenly, I am reminded of why I hate this thing so much. As my feelings of dread turn to profound disappointment, I step off of the scale. The number was not what I’d imagined it would be. This is not the first time that the number displayed on this small piece of measuring equipment has managed to instantly alter the way I feel about my body, how I carry myself, and the aura of my self-talk. All of this work, but somehow, I was gaining weight. Despite being frustrated by the number on the scale not matching the work I had done in the gym, I knew better than to use it as the sole benchmark of progress toward my fitness goals. I knew, despite what the scale said, that it was possible for me to actually be more fit, and leaner, though I hadn’t lost any weight. Indeed, for me, as for many others, that was the

case. I had inmeasure body mass index creased my lean (BMI) based on weight in muscle mass and relation to height, waist lost body fat, circumference and skeletal without actumuscle percentage. The ally losing any cheapest and most comweight. mon method for measurThis shift ing BMI is to use calipers, Stefanie Tapke which measure skin folds in the body — losing fat and by pinching your skin gaining muscle — is what really in several relatively fat-heavy starts to create visible change in areas. In men: the chest, abdoone’s appearance. Muscle tone men and thigh; and in women: becomes more pronounced, the triceps, abdomen and thigh. and weight the body once Numbers to keep in mind carried as fat has turned into in terms of body composition: muscle. The body needs some fat, and The reason for distrust of those levels are different for the numbers on the scale is that men and women. Essential fat muscle weighs more than fat. for men is two to five percent, Therefore, it is entirely possiand for women, it’s 10 to 13 ble to gain weight on the scale, percent. But these are not the while simultaneously becoming numbers to aim for. thinner and more toned. Most Instead, for fit women, the of us assume that in order to target is 21 to 24 percent, and look leaner, we must lose weight for fit men, it’s about 14 to 17 on the scale. Rather, gaining percent. For athletes, the corremuscle and losing fat can lead sponding numbers are 14 to 20 to both a thinner physique percent for women and six to 13 and an increase in overall percent for men. bodyweight. Next time you step on that This is why measuring pesky scale, take a breath and body composition (which looks remember, it’s not just about at lean body mass compared the number. If you’re seeing or with body fat) versus overall feeling physical changes, you’re body weight is a best practice doing it right, my friend. for professional trainers and Stefanie Tapke is a fitness coaches. Regular body weight crazed millennial exercising measurements do not discrimand eating her way through inate between fat and muscle Dallas. You can find her enjoyeven though, as we know, one is ing a good sweat or indulging less desirable than the other. in a bowl of queso somewhere Body composition tests around town.



Aug. 10 - 16, 2018

Contact us at with your Community Calendar Event. Aug. 10 – 26

8687 N. Central Expressway Dallas, 75225 214-363-7441

NorthPark Center – More than 40 top-of-the-line vehicles will be on display at the third annual NorthPark AutoShow. Included will be many luxury vehicles from Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, McLaren, MercedesBenz, Porsche and Rolls Royce. 10 a.m. FREE!

Aug. 10

829 Davis St. Dallas, 75208 972-598-0814

Spinster Records – Frankie Leonie, a 16-year-old country singer, will have a single release party. All ages are welcome. Guest performances include local artists Cole Risner, Vincent Neil Emerson and Isaiah Evans. 9 p.m. FREE!

Aug. 10-11

1409 S. Lamar St. #008 Dallas , 75215 214-242-0411

Checkered Past Winery – Popular magician and SMU graduate Trigg Watson stars in “Wine and Magic.” Signature wines, pizza, charcuterie, desserts and more will be available for purchase during the intimate show. Friday at 7 p.m. and 9: 30 p.m. Saturday at 7 p.m. $20.

Aug. 11

216 Corinth St. Dallas, 75207 214-428-5900

Longhorn Ballroom – Prepare your taste buds for the first Low & Slow North Texas BBQ & Music Festival. Barbecue vendors, brew masters and bands from across Dallas-Fort Worth will be on hand. 3 to 11 p.m. $25 for general admission and $50 for a VIP area.

Aug. 11

1818 1st Ave. Dallas, 75210 214-421-1111

Dos Equis Pavilion – Miranda Lambert comes to Dallas in support of her last album “The Weight of These Wings.” She'll be joined by Little Big Town, The Steel Woods and Tenille Townes. 7:00 p.m. $36-$95.75

Aug. 12

2630 Commerce St. Dallas, 75226 817-320-4952

Deep Ellum – Foundation 45 will present a water balloon war for a good cause. Get wet and wild with water slides, music, food, libations and more in the heart of Deep Ellum. This adults-only event supports the efforts of Deep Ellum Community Association and Foundation 45. Noon. $20.

Aug. 15

3699 McKinney Ave. Dallas, 75204 214-219-1144

West Village – Movie night is back, featuring family friendly flicks like Wednesday’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Guests can bring some folding chairs or a blanket and head to the stretch between Mi Cocina and the Magnolia Theatre. Live music starts at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8 p.m. FREE!


Picture of the Week People gathered at Arlington Hall on July 28 to hear City of Dallas archivist John Slate speak on the evolution of the Cedar Springs, Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek Neighborhoods. Pictured are Gay Donnell, Peter Dauterman and Angus Wynne. Send us an item or photo on Facebook and it may be featured here!




Fulfilling the goal of a hunger-free North Texas by providing 70 million meals a year.

By Sally Blanton Each week, Katy Trail Weekly will feature a charity that is doing remarkable work in Dallas, a city known for philanthropy and generosity.

QW  ho founded the Food Bank?

A In 1982, the North Texas Food Bank was

established by Jo Curtis, Kathryn Hall, Lorraine Griffin Kircher and Liz Minyard. These strong, dynamic women were committed to make sure that our hungry neighbors have enough to eat.

Q H ow did your career path lead you to this position?

A I am fortunate that my previous career at

Texas Instruments led me to this wonderful organization. I am calling this chapter of my life Trisha 2.0, and it is so rewarding to work alongside such passionate hunger-fighters at the Food Bank.

QW  hy are you passionate about helping this charity?

A I’ve worked as a supporter of nonprofits

for many years. Hunger is the most basic of basic needs. You can’t learn if you are hungry. Your health suffers if you don’t have access to nutritious food. So, it’s easy to understand why access to healthy food is a key component to a person’s ability to thrive.

QW  hat is the most important thing your nonprofit does for our community?

A Our job is to put food on the table for the

hungry children, seniors and families that call North Texas home. We are proud to have provided access to more than 70 million meals in 2018, but the true need for food assistance in this region is 92 million meals. Our goal is to meet the need by 2025.

QW  hat is difficult about your job?

A Patience. There are more than 800,000

people across 13 diverse counties that don’t know where their next nutritious meal is coming from. We are on our way but won’t rest until we meet our ninety-two million meal goal. The hardest part of the job is not being able to close the hunger gap today.

Q A bout how many people are served each year?

A Through our General Operations, we cur-

rently provide 439,400 hungry children, seniors, and families with access to over 70 million nutritious meals annually — this is thanks in great part to having a strong feeding network made up of more than 200 Partner Agencies.

QW  hat percentage of every dollar raised goes to client/direct services?

A We are proud to say that when you do-

nate one dollar, you are providing access to three nutritious meals. Plus, 94 percent of every dollar goes right back into our mission.

QW  hat upcoming fundraisers are on the calendar?

A Harvest is on Friday, Sept. 21 at the

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Underwriting and ticket opportunities are available at from $500 and up. Also, on Sunday, Sept. 16 is the grand opening of the Perot Family Campus, our new volunteer and distribution center in Plano. Free tickets available for this family fun event at Trisha Cunningham (left), president and CEO, answered this week’s questions.

by Will Henry


aug. 10 - 16, 2018



recipe of the week

Cali vibe at Lower Greenville tavern

Don’t just sit on your laurels

By Dotty Griffith What’s love got to do with it? Everything, at the Laurel Tavern on Lower Greenville Avenue. Who would have ever thought that some Southern California dreamers would visit Dallas and decide to open a copy of their successful bar-restaurant here this summer. The restaurant group came to Dallas BEN GIBSON on a social visit. Co-owner Michael Leko, who moved to The interior of Laurel Tavern on Greenville Ave. Dallas from California, says, “When I was moving out here, best-known dish, the one that gets the buzz. I fell in love with Lower Greenville and East A maple glaze makes these skewered cubes of Dallas in particular. The tight and gracious uncured, thick bacon into addictive mouthcommunity here has been great to us and we fuls. My personal favorite was the Duck Club. strive to be an asset to them.” Shredded duck, smoked bacon, pickled green Other Laurel Tavern locations are in tomato and house made cherry mustard sets Hermosa Beach and Studio City, Calif. this sandwich apart from the typical country The Dallas spot replicates the founders’ club offering. The presentation is classic, howconcept of a gastro pub, i.e. a bar with good ever. White toast stacked high then cut into food. That’s what we experienced on a hosted triangles. visit when manager Anthony Valiani rolled The signature Jalapeno Burger shows off a out hospitality, craft cocktails and menu favor- hand shaped patty, designed to fall apart and ites. Valiani has the food and beverage busibecome a forkable entrée. ness in his blood. His dad and a grandfather If you are a lover of trendy Japanese whisare chefs. ky, Laurel Tavern has a spot for you at the bar. Japanese whisky became a thing in the U.S. after the Bill Murray movie, “Lost in Translation,” familiarized it to Americans. Valiani made a drink called “Lost in Translation,” using Japanese-made Suntory Whisky. Hints of fresh rosemary gave it a smoky floral piquancy. That’s not the only Japanese whisky label at the LT bar. Valiani devotes an entire bar shelf to Japanese whiskies, which are in flavor vaguely Scotch-like though much softer. Less peat. Less smoke. A selection of drinks from the bar. Japanese whiskies are great The space is straight and narrow, with gateway spirits for those who want to get into dark wood and tin walls, low ceilings, an whisky but find Scotch too assertive. “Women L- shaped bar made of black walnut and banwho don’t like whisky will love Japanese whisquettes with diamond-tufted leather, all very ky,” says this gregarious bartender. Valiani masculine looking. There’s also sidewalk seatdescribes it as “very mellow.” ting on a covered patio. The typical Japanese whisky highball is a When you go, hope Anthony is behind the tall whisky and soda on the rocks. bar. He makes a great drink and Valiani’s oneLet Anthony Valiani help you select the arm cocktail shake is a thing of athletic beauright Japanese whisky for your taste. You’ll ty. We got a demonstration when he made his love the selections. twist on a Grasshopper, the classic crème de LAUREL TAVERN menthe after dinner drink. With the addition 1920 Greenville Ave of coffee liqueur and cream, it is “just the right Dallas, 75206 balance for mint,” says Valiani. 469-399-0613 Laurel Tavern is the kind of spot where dessert is drinkable. In fact, that’s the only way to end on a sweet note. “We’re a bar. We don’t serve dessert,” stipulates Valiani. After dinner cocktails are the only “desserts” on the menu. Otherwise the menu has plenty of recognizable, distinctly elevated, bar food offerings. Such as the grilled artichoke, finished with a splash of sherry vinegar for just the right blend of sweet and acid to blend with the slight char. Pork Belly Skewers are LT’s Roasted Beets & Buratta.


Celebrate Texas with beats, barbecue, beer By Ryann Gordon When you think of Dallas, what comes to mind? Food? Music? Beer? All of the above? I’m thinking slowcooked meat, local brews and country music. If that’s what you were thinking, you are in luck, because Dallas has a new festival coming this weekend to celebrate the best of both worlds. Nothing screams Texas more than barbecue, beer and beats. Coming is the first annual Low & Slow North Texas BBQ & Music Festival. And don’t worry, the drinks go without mention in this city. Celebrate all things local this Saturday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 11 p.m. at Longhorn Ballroom at 216 Corinth St., where barbecue vendors, brew masters and local musicians from all around DFW will conglomerate to remind us what we love most about our southern state. And it’s being brought to us by local

husband and wife duo Ryan and Sunnye Childers who have been hosting intimate chef dinners and live music around town for years now, this being their biggest event to date! Can you say mom and pop power? Oh, Texas. It may not be mom’s home-cookin’, but the event will feature savory dishes from some of DFW’s finest barbecue eateries. Guests will be treated to a wide array of mouthwatering bites from 407 BBQ, Bone Daddy’s, Cousin’s, Lakewood Smokehouse, One 90 Smoked Meats, Panther City BBQ, Smoke Rose, Winner’s BBQ and dozens of other local joints. Aside from the food, the real treat will be what we’re washing it down with. The festival will feature eight local breweries including 3 Nations, 903 Brewing, Bitter Sisters, Hop Fusion Ale Works, Noble Rey, Rabbit Hole Brewing, Texas Ale Project, WoodCreek Brewing

and more. All the food and drinks wouldn’t be the same without the soundtrack of our city humming in the background. Not a foot in the room will stand still as local artists like Bryce Bangs, Simon Flory Trio, Zane Williams, Bri Bagwell and The King Bucks, just to name a few, keep the room alive with the beats that we love, straight from the homeland. So whether you’re a lover of music, brew aficionado, barbecue junkie or simply a prideful resident of the state we call home, swing by this weekend for a celebration of Dallas’ finest. Find tickets at for $25 for General Admission for 5 p.m. entrance and VIP for $50, including two extra hours of unlimited samples. Now it’s time to get your boots ready, because the cowboy hats and boots, unfortunately, won’t be provided. No need though, we’ve probably all already got that part covered.

Ben Gibson

Laurel Tavern's Jalapeno Burger with Chipotle Aioli and Pickled Jalapenos.

By Dotty Griffith

order: Pickled Jalapenos; grilled patty; roasted poblano peppers; slice of pepper jack cheese and fried onion rings. Spread top half of bun with a little more Chipotle Aioli. Use the top bun to crown the burger and dig in.

The sum of its parts adds up to make the Jalapeno Burger at Laurel Tavern a masterpiece. Defining flavors come not from the meat but from what else is on and between the buns. LAUREL TAVERN Condiments define a burger. CHIPOTLE AIOLI A top quality, properly fatty patty — 6.5-ounces of 1/2 cup chipotle peppers in 70 percent ground chuck, 15 adobo percent (each) brisket and 1 cup mayonnaise short rib — hand-shaped and 1/4 cup chili sauce grilled medium rare gets laid 1 teaspoon lime juice with pepper jack cheese, crisp 1/2 teaspoon finely grated onion rings, roasted poblanos lime zest and pickled jalapenos. Chipotle aioli lines the inside In work bowl of a of the butter-toasted bun. food processor, combine All these assertive flavors all the ingredients and amount to a process until flavor bomb, an smooth. Transfer excellent mouth to a squeeze bottle explosion. for use. Store in Here’s how refrigerator. to build it: Butter Makes 1 3/4 and toast the cups. buns. Spread bottom bun LAUREL TAVERN with Chipotle PICKLED Dotty Griffith Aioli. Add in this JALAPENOS

1 pound of fresh jalapenos 1 1/4 cups water 2 cups apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 2 teaspoons mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds 1/4 cup pickle spice 2 garlic cloves Using gloved hands, remove stems and slice the jalapenos in half the long way. Place in a large heatproof, non-reactive glass container with tight-fitting lid. In a large saucepan, combine remaining ingredients. Over high heat bring liquid to a boil. Remove from heat and carefully pour contents of saucepan over jalapenos in glass container. Cool to room temperature then seal tightly and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Makes 16 ounces pickled jalapenos. Makes 1 3/4 cups.



Aug. 10 - 16, 2018

Hammer and Nails

Get back-to-school ready By Stephan Sardone

By Candy Evans

One of the primary features of this Just when we think house is livabilwe have seen it all, along ity. It is, withcomes this unbelievable out a doubt, a Preston Hollow Texas home built for Candace Evans a family, hence modern at 11422 East Ricks Circle. that zip line. It We were lucky enough was created for the comfort to see this gorgeous of children, as well as adults 6,069-square-foot home in with five bedrooms, five bathperson last Thursday night. rooms, a powder bath and Although it was hard, we a full guest quarters. Our managed to stay off the zip test of livaline, but only because this bility is being able to clean a home has so many bells and home with a leaf blower. So, whistles we ran out of time all those floor-to-ceiling glass for a mid-air tour of the doors throughout this Texas backyard. modern aren’t just dramatic Architect Dick Clark and beautiful, they are also teamed up with builder Rusty practical! Goff to create what we think An absolute genius conis a masterpiece of design, cept — and hats off to Goff for ingenuity, quality and livabilhis building expertise on this ity. Clark was the principal feature — is the giant pockof Dick Clark + Associates et door between the kitchen in Austin and is often refrom the dining room. You ferred to as the godfather of may love that open plan concontemporary architecture. cept until you have a messy Although best known for his kitchen and guests walking award-winning commercial in the front door. This gives projects, he created private you the best of both worlds. residences, like this Texas And the kitchen is simply modern, for a few lucky swoon-worthy. Created by homeowners. Cantoni, it has everything you The stucco and limestone can imagine and some things Texas modern home blends you never knew existed. seamlessly into almost an acre Along with doubles of all the of lush landscape and backs essentials like dishwashers, up to a creek which affords and the must-have 36-inch breathtaking views out of SubZero refrigerators and every soaring window. Rich Wolf ovens, there are three African mahogany transitions sinks and a pass-through from inside to out on doors window to the backyard. and siding. You will find Absolutely brilliant. Montigo fireplaces throughThere are so many out the house. clever designs in this Texas

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This home, located at 11422 East Ricks Circle, is listed at $4.095 million. modern, like a pivot door to the guest suite, now being used as a home office, and the guest bath that conceals a huge walk-in shower. The kids’ nook tucked under the back staircase is every child’s dreamscape, and a great place to show off all of those school projects without cluttering up the refrigerator doors! The room everyone went nuts over is the bedroom that now houses the owner’s three small daughters. It’s a triplet paradise, the most adorable bedroom we’ve seen in decades. All of the bedrooms in this Texas modern are upstairs, and that’s important when you want to keep a close eye and ear on the kiddos. Out each window, you’ll see large rocks on the adjoining rooftops. Each one of those areas is equipped with sprinklers so you can have a green roof should you so desire! A quick word about the design of the master bathroom. How many of those vessel tubs have you seen that you know will never be used? They are so tall you’d throw your back out trying to get inside, and forget washing the dog or the baby in one. This bathroom has the best

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vessel tub we’ve ever seen. It’s by Porcelanosa and is lower at one end, so climbing in and out is easy! We also love the opaque glass modesty panel in the shower. Everyone knows kids grant zero privacy, so this is a practical answer to maintaining that last shred of dignity when the kids burst into the bathroom. We plan to steal this idea immediately. Fortunately, the weather cooperated when we were there, so that we could take full advantage of this Texas modern home’s backyard — a resort-style paradise. There’s even an outdoor shower! The house is elevator ready, has a tornado closet, and a three-car garage with a Tesla plugin. It really does have every bell and whistle we can imagine. Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s uber Realtor Becky Frey has this Texas modern listed for $4.095 million. It’s genuinely a home of the future and it’s worth every penny. is the only blog in Dallas for the truly real estate obsessed! Named by National Association of Real Estate Editors as the BEST Real Estate Blog in the country.

What happened to summer? It is already back-to-school time. Of course, the number of children you have intensifies the return to school exponentially. But you can minimize the undo pressure associated with this time of year with some pre-planning that involves the whole family. Simply tell the kids that the school year starts a week early. Actually, that is not fair and they will figure it out quickly. But engage them for a few hours of planning during the final week of vacation and both parents and kids will benefit. Start with the closets. And start from scratch. Pull out all of the clothes and shoes and see what is salvageable for the coming year. Kids grow so fast, and every child wants new back-to-school clothes. But there are plenty of items that can be repurposed or handed down to a younger child or relative. Make sure you wash everything before restocking the closet. You can then organize a whole week of outfits for your children. If you have shelves in kid’s closet, you can make a Monday shelf, a Tuesday shelf, etc. And don’t forget front closets where heavy coats and boots may linger. Clean it out and you add more room and it becomes a perfect hiding place for backpacks, musical equipment and sports equipment like helmets and hockey skates. Set aside any clothes that can’t find a home in your home and send them to Goodwill, Salvation Army or another charitable organization, a church or a local child services facility. Go through the drawers and desks. You will find that the number of school supplies you thought were needed is probably not nearly as many as Stephan Sardone planned. You’ll find paper, pencils, color markers, paper clips, staplers and all sorts of still very useful items. Sort out the hard goods. Bring together backpacks, sports gear and lunchboxes and see what is still in good condition. Chances are you can recycle anything that is no longer of use. This way you can head to the department store and office supply store with a complete list. It also works for online shopping. Buy only what you need. Set up a monthly calendar. This could go near the garage door or wet room, or simply set it up on the computer. List all sports practices, musical lessons, field trips, etc. and make sure that Post-It notes can stick to the surface. No need to clutter the refrigerator. And assign responsibilities. This can also work for chores around the house. You can use a different color marker or typeface to establish responsibility. Billy can be blue and Sally can be pink. And chances are mom and dad will be in the red. Call it the “homework zone.” Now here is where a potential DIY project comes in. You should design a comfortable area for your children to study. Don’t settle for the kitchen or dining room table. You can easily create a collapsible wall desk that can be folded up and attach to the wall when not in use. You may consider building a bookcase as well. Roll-up drawers are an easy way to keep books and supplies separated and can be hidden in a closet when not in use. And no televisions or other distractions should be in the zone. And empower your children to keep their study area clean. It is a good discipline to teach and can serve as the final step when homework assignments are complete, like a reward. Sometimes, the simplest remodeling jobs just require a little time and planning, especially when the school bus is about to pull up. Sardone Design-Build-Remodel is locally owned and operated. Sardone, his wife and two daughters are Lake Highlands residents.


aug. 10 - 16, 2018

Crossword Puzzle

ACROSS 1. Rumpled 6. Titled ladies 11. German pistol 16. Wares 21. In the lead

22. Relish tray item 23. Video game pioneer 24. Young raptor 25. Blunts 26. Ice pellets 27. July 4 delight (2

wds.) 29. Greek war god 30. Phoenix cager 31. Liberate, so to speak 33. Down for the count

34. Give-go link 35. Kenyan pastoral people 37. Of interest to Freud 38. Bristle 39. Boxed breakfast

41. Subarctic tribe 43. 1996 Madonna film 45. “Bananas” name 47. More tasty 51. Cyclotron targets 52. Hunter’s garb 53. Hangover? 57. Tip of politics 58. Is adjacent to 59. Georgia city 60. Least amt. 61. Smudged 62. Make the — 63. Sticky-footed lizard 64. Grammy-winner Bonnie 66. List shortener 67. Stanza 68. Clever 69. Panhandler 70. Movie princess 72. “She Loves You” refrain 73. Tibet’s — Lama 74. “Becket” actor 75. Common wildflower 77. Ruffle 78. Galley slave 80. Sea — 83. Faculty mems. 84. Whimper 85. Long sighs 89. Island attire 90. Bank jobs 91. Theaters 92. Nutritious grain 93. Law 94. Dolphin trapper 95. Lightning strikes 96. Zodiac sign 98. Tire support 99. Opposite of “noir” 100. Where pews are 101. It’s for the bees


102. Little swallows 104. Hunger for 105. Jackrabbits 106. Calendar page 107. Checkups 109. Not clear 110. Overrule 111. Pub 114. Truck stop sight 115. Brown the bandleader 116. Did yard work 121. Gulf st. 122. Rte. mappers 124. Lad’s dad 126. Mi. above sea level 127. Red giant in Cetus 128. No time at all (2 wds.) 131. Usher’s beat 133. Fjord 134. Then and — 135. 3:1, e.g. 136. — -de-lis 137. Sister’s girl 138. Inched forward 139. Significant — 140. Conditions 141. Throws out DOWN 1. Polite address 2. Lieutenant under Kirk 3. Monica of tennis 4. Hot dip 5. Fabric meas. 6. Spy’s file 7. Mention casually 8. Bearings 9. Festive night 10. Puts 11. Rodeo gear


12. Perfect place 13. More sporting 14. Pitcher’s stat 15. Hockey venue 16. Egged on 17. Part of BYOB 18. Vintage tune 19. River-mouth deposit 20. Amazing bargain 28. Silk source 32. Odd notions 36. Without warmth 40. Whiskey grain 42. CSA monogram 43. Chopin piece 44. Show of hands 45. Zany (var.) 46. “Typee” sequel 47. Call from the Alps 48. Band together 49. Danke, in Dijon 50. Cal Tech rival 51. Make blush 52. They have spines 54. Serape-wearing pal 55. Essential 56. — nous 58. Vast assortment 59. Like steel 62. The Bee — 63. Green around the — 64. Nerve network 65. Greek forum 67. In competition 68. Very thin models 69. Plays in an alley 71. Kind of committee (2 wds.) 73. Monotonous sound 76. — it the truth! 77. Euro casualty

78. Takes an apartment 79. Feels obligated 80. Software purchasers 81. Arm bones 82. Use a curling iron 83. Show the way 84. Signpost info 86. Major artery 87. Comic-strip Viking 88. Legend or myth 90. Props 91. Quail family 94. Shut with a bang 95. Minstrel 96. Snake juice 97. “ER” venue 99. Safari leaders 100. Lowest ebb 101. “Mona Lisa” crooner 103. Get the drift 105. Cigar box 106. Medieval clowns 108. For adults (hyph.) 109. Stinkpot 110. Expensive paper 111. One of the five senses 112. — Centauri 113. Glens 114. Slow mover 115. High-tech beam 117. “— vincit amor” 118. Ploys 119. Not slouching 120. Historical information 123. Flight prefix 125. Eccentric 129. Intense anger 130. Curiosity victim 132. Land in “la mer” 133. Corporate suff.

Off the mark

Tickets on sale for 2018 SMU football season

By Lindsey Olson


Fans can also purchase season ticket packages for as low as $99, and three-, fourand five-game mini-plans start at $60. Call 214-SMUGAME (768-4263) or visit to purchase tickets. As part of its on-going efforts to enhance the game day experience, SMU has also announced a new menu of reduced-price concessions that will be available at select stands in Ford Stadium this fall. Highlights of this new menu include $3 hot dogs,

nachos and pretzels, $2 sodas and waters and a $5 16 oz. beer. Heading into 2018, Xavier Jones has been selected as a candidate for the Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award, while Jordan Wyatt is a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team and a member of the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. James Proche (Biletnikoff), Braeden West (Paul Hornung) and Jamie Sackville (Ray Guy) have also received recognition on

Your Stars this Week by Stella Wilder

The coming week is likely to provide opportunities for relaxation and reflection, along with a renewed effort to achieve that which has been elusive in the past. Continuity is of utmost importance at this time; those who recognize that actions and coincidences are linked will surely have the advantage. Those who think that decisions can be made without regard for what has happened in the past will almost certainly have a difficult time of it, as they discover that such attitudes are no match for the power of interconnectivity in all walks of life. Some may argue that this is proof that "dumb luck" rules their lives — but others know better. For everyone, relationship issues are likely to come to the fore at some point this week — though the timing is likely to be slightly different for each individual. Sacrifices will have to be made by those who are determined to make a go of something difficult, but all must guard against doing that which can hurt others needlessly. Communication is the key. LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) You have big shoes to fill, but you don't have to do everything all at once. You can "sneak up" on your big success — with some planning. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) – You can show others how it's done, provided you trust your instincts and stick to the script you've written for yourself. Don't wing it!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) You may be defining success these days in your terms, but you're going to have to satisfy someone else's expectations somewhat. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) – You're looking for something to inspire you, when in fact you are surrounded by all kinds of people and things that can do the trick. Look around! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) You're likely to find out just who is on your side and who is not — and the surprise will enable you to make a few difficult decisions. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) – You can reach a certain destination with relatively little trouble, provided you recognize precisely where you are and what roads you must take. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) Even the simplest decision is likely to take on greater importance than usual, thanks to a confluence of unusual circumstances. (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) – You can bring others together under one banner and achieve something that many thought was nearly impossible. It's a matter of mindset, as usual. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) You may want to do something your way, after being told you must do it according to long-standing rules. Can you risk it? (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) – In your attempt to please another, you're likely to find that something

new pleases you far more than expected. Something big is just beginning. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) You are waiting for someone to send you the information you need to get cracking on a major project; expect it by week's end. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) – Not everyone appreciates the fact that you can deliver the goods at a moment's notice — but you'll likely attract many more admirers than usual. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) Time spent alone provides you with a few key discoveries that allow you to explore some new possibilities. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) – You receive the answers you're looking for, but they don't give you the comfort you were expecting. Rather, they lead to more questions and answers, and so on. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) Do you really know what it is you need to get from where you are to where you want to be? You're going to want to explore some unusual options. (March 6-March 20) – You may have the chance to share with a wide audience the kinds of things you usually keep to yourself — and you'll certainly enjoy it! ARIES (March 21-April 4) Your imagination provides you with so many good ideas that you may not know where to begin.

preseason watch lists. SMU finished the 2017 season with seven wins and made its first bowl appearance since the 2012 season. The Mustangs were one of only two teams in the nation to finish with a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers. As a team, the Mustangs ranked seventh nationally in fourthdown conversion percentage (.700), while ranking in the top 15 in first down offense (312), scoring offense (37.8) and total offense (478.5). Copyright 2018 United Feature Syndicate, Inc. Get an expert opinion — and listen to it! (April 5-April 19) – Others are waiting for you to come through, but you mustn't lend expertise to another's project without the promise of something in return. TAURUS (April 20-May 5) You receive an invitation early in the week that may have you rescheduling a great deal later on. You don't want to miss this, surely! (May 6-May 20) – You're eager to share the spotlight with someone who inspires you, and who can bring out the best in you at this difficult time. You know just who it is. GEMINI (May 21-June 6) You can learn much from someone who has been learning from you for quite some time. The best teachers are good students, after all! (June 7-June 20) – You're on the right path, but there may be no one around to tell you that. You're going to have to trust your instincts and be nimble as you navigate difficulty. CANCER (June 21-July 7) You mustn't give a chance encounter any more consideration than it truly deserves. This may be difficult, as it spawns a few memories. (July 8-July 22) – What you've done in the past will have a big impact on what you try to do now — and in the future. Explore possibilities with more abandon.

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As a thriller, ‘The Meg’ has no bite

By Chic DiCiccio @chiccywood

There is a one minute span in “The Meg” that is a shot for shot recreation (Ripoff? Tribute?) of a sequence on Quint’s boat in “Jaws.” It’s easily the best part of the entire movie. The other 112 minutes are crammed full of plot,

horrendous dialogue delivered by stiff actors, shoddy CGI and about 45 seconds of Jason Statham’s abs. “The Meg” teeters between so bad that it’s good and, well, just bad. It leans more towards flat out bad because the plot mechanisms actually seem like they want to be taken seriously. Sadly, it will never compare to the

gold standard of “genius” killer shark movies, “Deep Blue Sea,” if only because of the lack of LL Cool J theme songs. Statham plays Jonas, a rescue diver who is a mix of Jason Statham and Captain Ahab. He’s haunted by a rescue mission gone bad in which his team was attacked by a giant undersea

monster and nobody believes his story. This takes Jonas to Thailand where he spends his days drinking and striving for the perfect five o’clock shadow. Jonas’ old buddy Mac (Cliff Curtis) recruits him after a team from his underwater research facility is attacked by the same giant shark. While rescuing them, one of the tiny submarines breaks a layer of cold water that has prevented the Megalodon from swimming out into the Pacific Ocean. Yes, it is that insane and about five minutes of scientific gibberish are used to attempt to explain all of it. Don’t worry, “The Meg” has a bunch of peripheral characters that will guarantee a win on your Stereotypical Action Movie Roles bingo card. Rainn Wilson is actually pretty decent as a slimy billionaire that’s funding the entire research operation, but you know exactly what’s going to happen to him. Wilson has been searching for a decent post-Dwight role ever since “The Office” ended and he almost finds it here, albeit in a truly stupid movie. Li Bingbing plays a brilliant scientist whose tough,

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Jason Statham stars in "The Meg." smart exterior falls to mush simply at the sight of a shirtless Statham. Curtis, a normally reliable actor, had to be looking around wondering just how he got there. Ruby Rose was much better portraying a mute in “John Wick 2” as she’s truly a terrible actress. It’s not an understatement to say that every single actor is awful in this thing. What if that’s what director Jon Turteltaub wanted? Perhaps he took one look at this script and realized that his only hope was to go full gonzo with it. Considering he’s the guy behind the camera for the “National Treasure” movies, probably not. He definitely is a student of the “Jaws” franchise. There’s even some theft from “Jaws 3,” which means Turteltaub is the

first director to ever crib from that movie. So that’s something. Let’s talk about Jason Statham. There are varying levels of Statham. Unfortunately, “The Meg” doesn’t really top out on Statham. Maximum Statham has only been achieved in the “Crank” movies, but he does fight a 70-foot-long shark so it’s safe to say “The Meg” is at Full Strength Statham. If there was Extra Statham, “The Meg” could have become a true guilty pleasure. If Statham had delivered a spinning heel kick to the giant shark then this movie really would have had something. Alas, it’s just a by the numbers B-movie that would have been better served if it fully embraced the ridiculous premise.

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Nibbling through the TV cupboard By Ed Bark It’s been a while since we’ve offered an “All Nibbles” column. But after a brief sojourn in Cleveland, the cupboard’s gotten pretty full. So let’s snack. First up is WFAA-TV’s Dale Hansen. The dean of Dallas-Fort Worth sports anchors has just re-upped for another two years, extending him through 2020. Hansen, who turned 70 on August 2, joined WFAA in 1983 after being fired by rival KDFWTV (now branded as Fox4). Last fall, he signed a single-year deal that takes him through the end of this year while also cutting back on his workload. Hansen now anchors only the weekday 10 p.m. newscasts in addition to his longstanding Sunday night “Sports Special.” His taped mini-commentaries also have become a staple of WFAA’s early morning “Daybreak” program. The new deal, assuming it runs its entire course, will make Hansen a 40-year man in this market. He initially joined KDFW in August 1980 before eventually being fired by the same news director who earlier had sacked him at KMTV-TV in Omaha, Neb. Hansen still frets about staying too long at the party, but WFAA management clearly wants him to party on as the station’s most visible and controversial news personality. “It’s something I think about all the time,” Hansen said last fall on the subject of knowing when to quit. “I have told Sean Hamilton (WFAA’s director of sports and special projects). My wife. My friends. Damn near everybody. That if they let me stay too long, they will disappoint me a great deal. I really am afraid of that . . . I’ve seen it happen to others. I don’t want it to happen to me. I hope to leave before they kick me out.” ••• There had been considerable doubt about whether this would occur. But FX has announced a fourth season of “Fargo,” with Chris Rock as the principal star. It’s scheduled to premiere sometime next year. The new iteration, with Noah Hawley again running the show, will be set in Kansas City, circa 1950, at the end of “two great American migrations” – of Southern Europeans and AfricanAmericans from southern states. “Two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace,” FX said. “One Italian. One AfricanAmerican. Together they control an alternate economy of exploitation, graft and drugs. To cement their peace, the heads of both families have


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traded their eldest sons.” Rock will play the as yet unnamed head of the African-American family. The 10-episode Season 3 of “Fargo” ended on June 21, 2017. Hawley was uncertain about doing another one. But since then, Louis C.K. has been banished while FX’s principal program provider, Ryan Murphy, recently signed an exclusive deal with Netflix that will deprive FX of his future creations. Hawley also helms “Legion” for FX, which prides itself on high quality programming that relies on heavyweight creative forces. Murphy has gifted FX with “Nip/Tuck, Pose” and three anthology series — “American Horror,” “American Crime” and “Feud.” ••• NBC’s groundbreaking “Shogun” miniseries, which premiered in September 1980, was one of the first productions I reviewed as TV critic for The Dallas Morning News. In the ongoing reboot era, what goes around comes around. Which means that FX will be doing its own 10-episode version of “Shogun,” adapted from James Clavell’s epic 1975 novel of the same name. There’s no announced cast or air date yet. But FX CEO John Landgraf says that “the themes of an outsider encountering a new culture are as relevant today as then.” Richard Chamberlain, “King Ed Bark of the Miniseries” during the 1980s, originally starred as English explorer John Blackthorne, whose ship capsized near the shores of Japan. Toshiro Mifune played his principal adversary, Lord Yoshi Toranaga. ••• Rumors of a “Deadwood” movie on HBO at last are a reality. The premium pay network says that shooting — literally and figuratively — will begin in October, with a hoped-for spring 2019 airdate. HBO programming president Casey Bloys says “it’s been a logistics nightmare getting all the cast members’ schedules together, but we are there.” “Deadwood” ran for three seasons on HBO, with the 36th and final weekly episode airing on Aug. 27, 2006. ••• Finally, here’s yet another reboot of some import. “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” with Patrick Stewart returning to the role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, is being re-launched on CBS All Access, the broadcast network’s burgeoning streaming service. “I truly felt my time with ‘Star Trek’ had run its natural course” after a 2002 movie, Stewart says in a statement. “It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.” But life goes on these days for just about any hit TV show from years past. And yes, they’re now actively talking about a “Frasier” reboot. “It’s in the early stages,” said star Kelsey Grammer. Ed Bark, who runs the TV website unclebarky. com, is a past member of the national Peabody awards board.

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Black Friar 2621 McKinney, Ste A 214-953-0599 Renfield’s Corner 2603-A Routh St. 214-397-0300 Trinity Hall Irish Pub 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln. 214-887-3600 Italian & Pizza California Pizza Kitchen 8411 Preston Rd. 214-750-7067 CiboDivino Marketplace & Cafe 1868 Sylvan Ave. 214-653-2426 Dough 11909 Preston, #1444 972-788-4600 Holy Ravioli 4446 W. Lovers Ln. 214-696-3993 I Fratelli 2815 Allen St., #124. 214-720-0070 Italia Express 111 Continental, #300 214-748-2700 4000 Cedar Springs 214-521-3300 Joe’s Pizza, Pasta & Subs 4343 W. NW Hwy, #347 214-272-9007 Lover’s Pizza Pasta & Grill 5605 W. Lovers Ln. 214-353-0509 Mimi’s Pizzeria 6807 W. N.W. Hwy. 972-215-7290 My Family’s Pizza 10720 Preston Rd,#1014 214-363-6122 Olivella’s 3406 McFarlin Blvd. 214-528-7070 Penne Pomodoro 6815 Snider Plaza 214-373-9911

11661 Preston Rd, #143 214-368-3100 Rocco’s Uptown Pizza & Pasta 2717 Howell St. 214-871-9207 Sal’s Pizza Rest. 2525 Wycliff 214-522-1828 Taverna Pizzeria 3312 Knox St. 214-520-9933 Tomato Pie 11661 Preston Rd. 214-750-8743 Villa-O Rest. 4514 Travis, #132 214-707-3848 Latin American Gloria’s 3223 Lemmon Ave. 214-303-1166 Zaguan Latin Cafe 2604 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-219-8393 Meals To Go – Catering The Festive Kitchen – Snider Plaza 3404 Rosedale Ave. 214-520-6888 Short Stop – Food To Go 6025 Royal Ln., #101 214-265-8828 6918 Snider Plaza 214-360-0311 Mediterranean Baboush 3636 McKinney, #160 214-559-0707 Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill 3001 Knox St., #110 214-528-1800 Zoe’s Kitchen 6025 Royal Ln., #104 469-341-0123 Mexican & Tex-Mex Bandito’s Tex-Mex Cantina 6615 Snider Plaza 214-750-6100 Campuzano Mexican Food 2618 Oak Lawn 214-526-0100

ACTOR cont'd from page 1 because I wanted to buy groceries,” he quipped. He sings with Turtle Creek Chorale. In the ’90s, B.J. Cleveland directed him in “Hair” at Theatre Arlington. Abrams said, “But I call UP ‘home.’” Earlier this summer, Abrams’ talents were on display as he returned to UP’s 17th annual production of “Broadway our Way.” (BOW) He’s been a cast member for years during the outrageous musical and he’s thrilled to be back with the show. Abrams said, “What I love about BOW is it’s like summer camp. You do what you love. Everyone does something that makes them shine. It’s great to see old friends and meet new ones.” Many of the traditional BOW cast perform familiar numbers associated with iconic performers like Liza Minelli and Barbara Streisand. Abrams said, “I think there were more young divas in the cast this year, but maybe that’s because I’m old.” “UP has been really good to me,” Abrams said. “I have had the honor of playing roles where the “nelly” gay man is the hero of the story with ‘La Cage aux Folles’ and ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman.’” According to Abrams, “Growing up, I never got to see stories about me. The lead character was never LGBTQ. If there was a gay character, it

Chipotle Mexican Grill 2705 McKinney Ave. 214-871-3100 4502 McKinney Ave. 214-302-2500 Digg’s Taco Shop 6309 Hillcrest Ave. 214-520-0155 E Bar Tex Mex 1901 N. Haskell, #120. 214-824-3227 El Fenix 5622 Lemmon Ave. 214-521-5166 6811 W. NW Hwy. 214-363-5279 Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 4740 W. Mockingbird 214-352-8226 Manny’s Uptown Tex-Mex 3521 Oak Grove Ave. 214-252-1616 Mario’s Mexican & Salvadorian Rest. 5404 Lemmon Ave. 214-599-9744 Mattito’s – Centrum 3102 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-526-8181 Meso Maya 11909 Preston, #1426 469-726-4390 Mi Camino Restaurante 3830 W. N.W. Hwy. 214-888-0055 Ojeda’s Mexican Restaurant 4617 Maple Ave. 214-528-8383 Qdoba Mexican Grill 5600 W. Lovers Ln. 214-352-2277 Rafa’s Café Mexicano 5617 W. Lovers Ln. 214-357-2080 Taco Diner 3699 McKinney, #307 214-521-3669 Torchy’s Tacos 5921 Forest Ln. 972-720-9200 Urban Taco 3411 McKinney Ave. 214-922-7080 Middle Eastern Food From Galilee 6710 Snider Plaza 214-750-0330 Moroccan

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Souk 3011 Gulden Ln, #114 469-458-2233

St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin 2730 Commerce St. 214-698-1511

Vertskebap 7949 Walnut Hill Ln. 469-726-2855

Natural–Gluten-Free –Organic Company Cafe 3136 Routh St. 214-468-8721 Kozy 4483 McKinney Ave. 214-219-5044 Southpaw’s Organic Cafe 3227 McKinney Ave. 214-754-0100 6009 Berkshire Ln. 214-987-0351

Spanish Café Madrid 4501 Travis St. 214-528-1731

Vegetarian Cosmic Cafe 2912 Oak Lawn 214-521-6157

Sports Bar & Restaurant Christie’s Sports Bar & Grill 2811 McKinney, #22 214-954-1511 Liquid Zoo Sports Bar & Grille 3851 Cedar Springs 214-221-3004 Milo Butterfingers 5645 SMU Blvd. 214-368-9212

Vietnamese Miss Chi 6030 Luther Ln, #130 214-692-1000 Pho Crimson 3000 Blackburn, #140c 469-547-5443 Pho Envy Vietnamese Bistro 8611 Hillcrest, #190 214-987-1468

New American City Café 5757 W. Lovers Ln. 214-351-3367 Luck 3011 Gulden Ln, #112 469-250-0679 Natalie’s Restaurant 5940 Royal Ln. 214-739-0362 NHS Bar & Grill 10720 Preston Rd. 214-368-1101

Steaks Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar 2626 Howell St. 214-754-4949 Dunston’s Steak House 5423 W. Lovers Ln. 214-352-8320

Seafood Amberjax Fish Market Grille 3011 Gulden Ln., #107 469-513-9088 Dive-Dallas Coastal Cuisine 3404 Rankin St. 214-891-1700 Half Shells Oyster Bar & Grill 6617 Snider Plaza 214-691-8164 Hook, Line & Sinker 3103 Lemmon Ave. 214-965-0707 Lovers Seafood and Market 5200 W. Lovers Ln. 214-351-6363 Rockfish Seafood Grill 5331 E. Mockingbird 214-823-8444 11661 Preston Rd, #153 214-363-7722 Shell Shack Uptown 2916 McKinney Ave. 877-434-1411

Thai Best Thai 5959 Royal Ln., #540 214-373-8113 CrushCraft Thai Street Eats 2800 Routh St., #150 972-677-7038 Malai Kitchen – Thai & Vietnamese 3699 McKinney, #319 972-591-3387 Naga Thai Kitchen & Bar 665 High Market St. 214-953-0023 Sabaidee Lao & Thai Street Food 5200 Lemmon, #100. 214-520-6868 Saucy’s Thai Pho 5944 Royal Ln. 214-378-8424 Turkish Café Istanbul 5450 W. Lovers, #222 214-902-0919

Wine Bar Dream Cafe 2800 Routh St., #170. 214-954-0486 Two Corks & a Bottle – Quadrangle 2800 Routh St., #140 214-871-9463 Yogurt, Smoothies & Juices The Gem 5915 Forest Ln, #360 214-792-9928 I Heart Yogurt 5450 W. Lovers, #143 6305 Hillcrest Ave. Nekter Juice Bar 6712 Snider Plaza 469-418-4029 Smoothie Factory 2817 Howell, #210 214-954-0900 Smoothie King 6061 Forest Ln. 972-404-1852 Tropical Smoothie Cafe 4560 W. Mockingbird 214-351-7037

was always the funny friend or evil sidekick.” “UP provides stories that feature LGBTQ heroes that speak to our community. We are the heroes. We are the villains. We are the protagonists. And I am very grateful to UP for giving me the opportunities I have had and for telling those stories,” Abrams concluded. The thespian holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Southwestern State University and a Secondary Teaching Certification in Theatre & Speech from Texas Christian University. “My parents always come to see me and support me in shows. They’re all proud of me,” Abrams said. For his “day job,” Abrams has been a real estate agent with Texas Pride Realty for the past 15 years. Before that he taught theater at North Garland High School. “I was doing so well at [real estate] I decided to do it full time,” he said.” He sells residential real estate all over DFW and beyond. Abrams and his husband, Scott Taylor, live in Carrollton with their four-legged pals, Baby Doll and Cookie. The triple-threat hasn’t slowed down at all during this long, hot summer. Now the busy realtor and actor is co-starring as Oscar in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” which will continue with evening performances and matinees at North Texas Performing Arts – Plano at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano. 6121 W. Park Blvd., Suite B216.



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Village Giving Circle Dallas Women’s Foundation Home of Shonn Brown

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Ground Breaking Legacy Senior Communities Midtown Park

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Ostrava even unknown to natives


(Above) The main square in Ostrava, Czechia. (Right) The city's cathedral.

By Michael Wald Even most citizens of the Czech Republic, called Czechia in most of Europe, haven’t been to Ostrava, Czechia’s third largest city, with a population of about 350,000. Unlike other unknown places, you can safely drink the water, eat the food and walk the streets at all hours throughout Czechia. And in a city of this size, there is no traffic, nor crowds. Ostrava has a long history, but in the last century, Ostrava was a pretty disgusting place, known for its heavy industry focusing on coal mining and iron production. It gained the reputation of the “black” city because merely walking around here would lead you to have black soot on your skin and clothes. But things have changed! Ostrava is now a booming tourist destination and jumping off point for seeing the wonderful sites of Moravia, the portion of Czechia where it is located. Ostrava is the

home of Czechia’s M.I.T., its main technology university, as well as several other universities. The old, massive iron production facility, several acres large with huge towers and pipes everywhere, is now a major convention center and houses two museums, both worth visiting. The old oil storage tank, about a city block round, has been cleaned out and subdivided into meeting spaces and a large auditorium in an ingenious re-purposing of this old industrial space. It’s now called The Gong for short. Part of The Gong is a re-purposed industrial tower, now the highest in Czechia, named Bolt Tower for Usain Bolt, the famous Jamaican runner who visited and ran the stairway to the top. Not to worry, you can take an elevator. The price of admission includes a voucher worth about $5 to enjoy a drink at the café on top. If you can’t get to Bolt Tower, the tower at City Hall also has a great view. Even though Ostrava was once called the black city, today it has re-positioned itself as the “green”

city. Everywhere you see parks and greenery, and adventure travelers will enjoy a wide range of hiking opportunities in the nearby mountains and along the Ostravice River, which runs through the center of the city. Hike to the top of a 315-meter mountain which is actually a hillside covered with vegetation different than the surrounding areas because the hill is actually a slag heap of mining debris from the old days of Ostrava. The “Ema Slag Heap” never gets covered with snow in the winter, and the locals call it the “Ostrava Volcano.” There are plenty of places to hang out at coffee bars; pubs serving superb, locally brewed Czech beer; and excellent restaurants; all at a fraction of the cost you would pay in most places in the world. Ostrava even has an “entertainment” street geared to music, restaurants and bars, akin to 6th Street in Austin. Ostrava boasts an excellent fine art museum, museums devoted to mining, a science and

technology museum, and many examples of fine architecture. The cathedral is a magnificent example of Neo-Renaissance style and contrasts to the nearby Saint Wenceslaus Church, dating back to 1297 and an excellent example of Neo-Gothic style, a few steps from the marvelous center square, Masaryk Square. Ostrava can be reached easily by a three-hour train ride from Prague or four-hour train ride from Warsaw, Poland. Come in July, when Czechia’s largest annual

music festival, akin to Woodstock, known as Colours of Ostrava, takes place at The Gong. If you are a sports fan, some of the European soccer rounds use Ostrava as their venue. Whatever your motivation, Ostrava will surprise and delight you. Michael Wald is a travel specialist with special expertise in Panama adventure travel. He blogs about travel and other musings at Follow him @UntraveledPlace and see where he is off to next.

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Call to schedule your appointment (214) 373-3376 Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas 8210 Walnut Hill Lane, Professional Building 1, Suite 810 Dallas, TX 75231 W W W. U S D E R M AT O L O G Y PA R T N E R S . C O M



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