Mustang Weekend Guide

November 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Post by Elizabeth Lowe
elowe@smu.edu

All there is to see and do around the Hilltop.

Holiday Hay Day
Market Center Sample Sale
To Do: Shop venders from around Dallas and Houston for unique goods on the cheap.
Beware: There’s a lot of bling. Forego the sequin covered purses and sweaters for the rhinestone belts and boots.
Enjoy: Holiday cheer for all! And be sure to stop by the Salvation Army Angel Tree to spread a little cheer to Dallas kids.
When: Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Intense Cinema
127 Hours
What: The latest film from the director of “Slum Dog” opens this weekend at the Angelika Theatre in Mockingbird Station.
Who: James Franco stars as hiker and real life survival man Aron Ralston. There’s Oscar talk already for Franco and director Boyle.
Warning: This is not a relaxing matinee movie. Boyle and Franco explore the harrowing details of the hiker’s experience after being trapped in the wilderness, pinned under a boulder. Be prepared to winch.
When: Fri. – Sun. and throughout the month

Pumpkin Madness
Great Pumpkin Festival at the Dallas Arboretum
To See: “The Only Pumpkin Village in the World,” as claimed by the Dallas Arboretum.
Why: This is the last weekend to catch all the pumpkin madness. Have you ever been inside a house made completely out of pumpkins? It’s a harvest season celebration at its best.
We wonder: How many pumpkin pies could one make out of one house?
When: Fri. – Sun. Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

A Dose of Culture
31st Annual Diwali Show
What: Diwali is a celebration of lights for Indian cultures, across all religious sects. SMU’s Indian Student Association puts on the show and holiday celebration every year in collaboration with community organizations.
To See: It’s a night full of color, beautiful clothes and dancing.
Stay Late: After the show, they will be serving a traditional buffet and dancing late into the night.
When: Sat. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (or later)
Where: Hughes-Trigg Theatre

Art Inaugural
ARTOPIA presented by the Dallas Observer
Art Smart: Not a regular on the Dallas art scene? Well this is the perfect opportunity to get a taste. Victory Park will be packed on Saturday night in celebration of all things local art.
Not Buying?: No need. Most students are not in the market for pieces of artwork, but Artopia is more like a giant party. Come for the art, stay for the mingling and people-watching.
Why: This is Artopia’s inaugural event, one that may become an annual tradition to bring awareness to the artsy, and impressive, side of Dallas life.
When & Where: Sat., 8-11 p.m. at Victory Park

Burst the Bubble Blog: Wet/Dry Unofficial Results Pour In

November 2, 2010 by · Comments Off 

9:50 p.m.
By Elizabeth Lowe

This year’s midterm election marks a pivotal point in Dallas history: the day Dallas went “Wet.”

Dallas voters were asked to vote for or against Wet/Dry Propositions 1 and 2 during their time at the polls on Nov. 2. The Dallas Morning News’ City Hall Blog gave a great rundown of the Wet/Dry propositions on the ballots. Although the wording on the ballot seemed a bit confusing, the people of Dallas made their voice heard on alcohol sales.

As of 9:30 p.m., unofficial election results from the City of Dallas show a “Wet”-favored majority.

At this time 66 percent of voters, with 131 of 399 precincts reporting, support Proposition 1. This first part of the Wet/Dry Proposition allows for the sale of beer and wine at convenience and grocery stores. Proposition 2 is showing even more definitive results in the City of Dallas with 72 percent of voters “FOR” the legal sale of mixed drinks in restaurants. This would eliminate the “drinking club” cards throughout the city, allowing for open service to anyone of age.

So what about University Park? The historical and often conservative city in the midst of Dallas has been dry since Prohibition. But Mustangs (of age) rejoice! It seems U.P. will also be getting “Wet” as a result of the Nov. 2 elections.

Although the results are unofficial at this time, the voters of U.P. show a similar support for Propositions 1 and 2. With four out of nine precincts reporting results, about 60 percent of voters are “FOR” both Propositions.

The Dallas Observer has already called the Wet/Dry election results with the online headline: “Dallas Is Getting Wet, And It Ain’t The Rain”

By midnight tonight will “Dry” merely be a term of Dallas’ past? Early election results seem to say so.
As some states like California move toward legalizing marijuana, the residents of Dallas, TX just want to drink- and buy -their libations freely as legal adults.

Big D Blog: Dallas Observer Columnist Talks Politics at SMU

September 28, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Jaimie Siegle

Politics columnist for Dallas Observer and contributor and non-fiction author Jim Schutze will speak to SMU faculty, staff and journalism students (consider it a V.I.P. invite) to discuss “Inside Dallas: A Muckraker’s Paradise” on Oct. 13 at the Meadows Museum.

Schutze, a contributor to CBS News, talk will address all things politics in the Metroplex, like the Trinity River toll road controversy and internal issues involving Dallas’ international port. One of the most current points of discussion will be the federal trial that’s been going since June, when five city political figures were accused of conspiring to accept bribes and extort money in exchange for votes. Read The Dallas Morning News coverage of the trial here.

The event is sponsored by SMU’s Retired Faculty Association as a part of the provost’s lecture seris. A wine and cheese reception between 3 and 4 p.m. at the museum will precede the speech, which will occur in the auditorium. Schutze has won awards for his investigative journalism pieces as well as received wide acclaim for his true murder non-fiction narratives.