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Crystal Charity Ball 2022 brought Italian magnificence to Dallas' grandest gala.

Ball chairman Susan Farris chose the theme "Splendido Italiano" as a nod to her family heritage. She looked every bit the perfecto Italian hostess as she greeted guests, dressed in her vibrant blue and yellow "Capri" gown by Naeem Khan.

The annual black-tie gala, held Saturday, December 3, is the grand finale of the social season and benefits children's charities around the city.

For the milestone 70th year of Crystal Charity Ball, the Hilton Anatole Hotel's foyer and ballroom were filled with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Italy, thanks to Tom Addis Productions, Inc. and the efforts of the CCB committee. They included Mary Martha Pickens (silent auction chairman), Lindsay Ballota (children's book chairman), Kristina Whitcomb (underwriting chairman), Elizabeth Gambrell (foundations chairman), Wendy Messmann (special gifts chairman), Jennifer Dix (fashion show chairman), Suzy Gekiere (charity selection chairman), Laura Downing, and Amy Hegi (contribution ticket co-chairs). Angie Kadesky is the chairman-elect.

More than 1,500 guests arrived dressed in their dapper tuxedos and beautiful ballgowns (shades of Mediterranean-inspired blues and greens were popular). They strolled arm-in-arm down a stunning corridor with wisteria draping overhead and violinists serenading on both sides. Gondoliers opened the doors to the party.

The Instagram-worthy backdrops continued inside the lobby, where Italy's famous fountains, gardens, and villa vignettes were popular photo stops.

After having professional portraits made by John French Photography, guests grabbed glasses of wine and bubbly (Italian, of course) and noshed on antipasti, risotto balls, tortellini skewers, and the jumbo shrimp that CCB patrons know and love each year.

Up for grabs in the 2022 silent auction were dozens upon dozens of magnificent trips, fine jewelry, artwork, runway fashion experiences, one-of-a-kind accessories, and many more exquisite items. Bidders checked their phones all night to see if they were still in the running.

Across the room, patrons could try their luck in the casino, then redeem their winnings for home decor, children's toys, and gifts in La Piazza Italiano marketplace.

When it was time for the Chantilly Ballroom doors to open for dinner, attendees got a musical welcome, courtesy of a string ensemble and opera singers onstage (Italy being the birthplace of opera, of course). Magnificent floral centerpieces by The Garden Gate filled each table, and scenes from Italy adorned the walls around the room.

Patrons dined on a sumptuous multicourse dinner that started with Burrata Insalata with seasonal tomato, balsamic pearls, and pistachio. Main course was Filleto con Aragosta (filet and lobster) with farro risotto, grape tomato, maitake mushroom in a Kalamata caper demi-glace.

The final forte was the most photogenic dessert in memory, a Dolce Trio consisting of a gold-chocolate gondola filled with Italian cookies, plus limoncello mascarpone and hazelnut cremosa chocolate layered cake.

Mary Martha Pickens, Lindsay Ballota, Kristina Whitcomb, Susan Farris, Elizabeth Gambrell, Wendy Messmann

It didn't take long for the music to gear up again and for the dance floor to fill to the brim. The party band Simply Irresistible, whose beats ranged from disco to hip-hop, kept the room on its feet long after the last bites of dinner had been eaten.

Those with tired feet scooped up their party favors — a gorgeous Versace Butterfly Garden canape dish — and fueled up with hot Italian coffee for the chilly walk to the valet line.

Beneficiaries of this year's Crystal Charity Ball are The Agape Clinic; Baylor Oral Health Foundation; Behind Every Door; Educational First Steps; Family Compass; Hope Supply Co.; Southwestern Medical Foundation; United to Learn; and The Crystal Charity Ball 70th Anniversary Project, Action Before Crisis.

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DIFFA/Dallas goes all out at over-the-top night of fashion and fundraising

House of Extravaganza

The fabulous fashion and philanthropic spirit of DIFFA/Dallas has only been building during the uncertain COVID-19 times, and on May 7 it overflowed with House of DIFFA: Extravaganza.

Held at the Omni Dallas Hotel, the opulent gala was the culmination of a season of celebrating and fundraising for the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, and 1,400 people came ready to party at the sold-out event.

The event began with a knock-'em-dead red carpet that transitioned into a display of the famous DIFFA jackets, which joined a wealth of artwork, home decor, incredible experiences, and travel opportunities in the silent auction.

This curated selection features a staggering array of one-of-a-kind tailored jackets by world-renowned designers such as Veronica Beard, Badgley Mischka, Alberta Ferretti, Trina Turk, Frame, Nha Khanh, Lea Fisher, DSquared2, Lucchese, Emilio Pucci, Alexander McQueen, Lela Rose, and many more.

Glamorous guests could browse all the offerings during the cocktail party, where New York native and multidisciplinary artist Alexis Lucena, better known as LEXXE, took the stage with a vintage approach to classic songs.

Dancers then greeted patrons in the ballroom, where a delectable three-course meal was served before the night's program really got started.

First up was the Style Council Ambassador and DIFFA Legends runway walk, followed by a powerful speech by House of DIFFA co-chairs Clint Bradley, Justin Bundick, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, and Jim DiMarino, DIFFA/Dallas’ current chair David White, and DIFFA/Dallas chair emeritus Tim Garippa.

Awards were then presented to Rob Bradford (Impact in Fashion Award), Morris Dental Clinic (Health Award), George Cameron Nash (Excellence in Design Award), Michael Bauer (Legacy of Love Award), Tim LeDuc (Donna Fishel Community Hero Award), and Joyce and Kenny Goss (Legend in the Fight Against AIDS).

Bravo TV stars Carson Kressley and Jai Rodriguez took over the hosting duties, introducing Dashaun Wesley, host of the HBO Max original series Legendary, and his troupe of dancers. They demonstrated the famous dance style Voguing, made popular in the “houses” of the underground ballroom culture in late-1970s New York City.

People then pulled out their pocketbooks for the Fund-A-Grant campaign and live auction, hosted by comedian and celebrity auctioneer Dana Goldberg.

"Even though House of DIFFA: Extravaganza was postponed for two years, due to the generosity of our sponsors and patrons, DIFFA/Dallas was still able to grant more than $600,000 to North Texas AIDS service organizations throughout the pandemic," says DIFFA/Dallas board chair David White. "Now that House of DIFFA is back in person and bigger than ever, we’re thrilled to exceed our grant-giving goal this season."

Patrons were then dazzled by a truly gorgeous runway show featuring looks from Neiman Marcus, Forty Five Ten, and Traffic LA, with performances interlaced between the vignettes.

Gwendolynne Murphy led a rendition of "Sweet Transvestite" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Elliott with 2 Ts performed to "The Sex Is In the Heel" from the musical Kinky Boots, and LEXXE returned for a sexy scene called “In The Garden of Good & Evil,” which started with a verdant, angelic backdrop and transitioned to a darker, more dangerous atmosphere once Eve bit into the apple.

DJ Lucy Wrubel had the after-party ready to roll, along with a live performance by SHAB.

Spotted throughout the evening were some of Dallas’ most charitable, including Jenni Bania, Sherwood Wagner, Don Gaiser, Steve Borick, Carol and Tom Hatton, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Greg Haynes Johnson, Zach Hess, Joe and Arnold Pacetti, Angie Barrett, Ken Weber, Ferrell Drum, Tulio Martins, Donna Fishel, LB Rosser, Haley Clark, Richard Rivas, Lisa and Tim Georgalis, Nickki St. George, Darin Kunz, James Bruce, Patrick Gibson, Chris Floyd, and more.

DIFFA is one of the largest and most successful fundraising organizations aiding HIV/AIDS, with chapters in Dallas, New York, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco, and Seattle.

The Dallas chapter, formed in 1984, is one of the largest HIV/AIDS organizations in Texas that provides funding to local HIV/AIDS service organizations within our community.

DIFFA/Dallas has granted more than $8 million to 25 frontline HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas providing direct care to those living or affected by HIV/AIDS.

DIFFA/Dallas came back bigger and better than ever with Extravaganza.

Photo by Joseph Brewster
DIFFA/Dallas came back bigger and better than ever with Extravaganza.
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Blake & Gwen's wedding takes the cake in our 10 hottest Dallas society stories of 2021

Hottest headlines of 2021

Editor's note: After a year without in-person fundraising galas, parties, and luncheons, Dallas' society scene finally came back, slowly but surely, in 2021. The two biggest events of the year, Cattle Baron's Ball and Crystal Charity Ball, made their glorious returns after COVID cancellations in 2020. This year's most-read society stories also included the sad deaths of two Dallas media personalities. But it was a story about a big wedding of "American royalty" that readers clicked on the most.

1. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton ring up top Dallas planner, baker, DJ for glamorous wedding. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton finally tied the knot on Saturday, July 3, and from all the details divulged on social media, this American royal wedding was B-A-N-A-N-A-S. The couple relied on some of Dallas' top wedding vendors to pull off the opulent affair, from a renowned event planner to a TV-famous cake artist and a favorite party DJ.

2. Dallas media personality and animal lover Jocelyn White dies at 68. Longtime Dallas media personality Jocelyn White, who had her own successful television show, Designing Texas, died on April 18 following a short illness; she was 68. White was an award-winning TV, radio, and print journalist and a fixture on the local charity scene, with a passion for animals.

3. Nicole Barrett, Dallas media personality and Kinky Friedman Cigars mogul, passes away at 46. Nicole Barrett — Dallas talk show host, barrier-breaking entrepreneur, social justice advocate, and friend to many local charities — passed away unexpectedly on August 10; she was 46. Charismatic and charming, passionate and principled, Barrett felt just as comfortable discussing hot-button topics with politicians as she did cracking jokes with close friends over long lunches, her friends say.

4. Cattle Baron's Ball 2021 comes blazing back as Dallas' ultimate party. Well, Dallas didn't forget how to party during the pandemic. In fact, "Double Down" proved the perfect theme for Cattle Baron's Ball 2021, which emerged from last year's COVID-cancellation to a sell-out extravaganza that packed 2,600 revelers into Gilley's Dallas on Saturday, October 23.

5. Regal gowns take the crown on Dallas' best dressed at Crystal Charity Ball 2021. The best-dressed dames in Dallas turned heads in their brilliant and breathtaking gowns at the 2021 Crystal Charity Ball on Saturday, December 4. Themed "Peace, Love, London," the fabulous fete brought out Dallas fashion queens and groovy beauties ready to walk the red carpet and rock the dance floor.

6. Dallas' most glorious gala and art auction draws a surreal $11 million. Here's a statistic that'll make you drop your Dom Perignon: Of the $104 million raised for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art in Two x Two Gala's 22 years, an eye-popping $11 million of it came at the 2021 event. On October 23, the black-tie dinner and contemporary art auction attracted 490 guests to the Rachofsky House for what has become one of fall's grandest galas.

7. Glamorous Dallas wedding whisks in fun Hollywood surprise — complete with swear jar. Kristin Sanders and James Hallam had a specific intention for their post-pandemic dream wedding in April 2021: provide an event where friends and family can finally get dressed up again and dance the night away to incredible music. To pull off a two-day wedding extravaganza, the Dallas couple surprised guests by bringing in a famous band from Los Angeles and re-creating a funny scene from a Hollywood movie, swear jar and all.

8. Dazzling Dallas debutante ball canceled for first time in its 35-year history. Dallas debutantes got an extra year to practice their "Texas dip," as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League in January canceled its 2021 Presentation Ball due to COVID-19 concerns. It was the first time the ball had been canceled since its inception in 1987. Originally planned for February 13, organizers had pushed the date to June 12, then decided to call it off altogether. The 2022 Presentation Ball is set for February 12.

9. $3.3 million Dallas benefit with favorite governor's daughter shatters Planned Parenthood record. In a year that continued to challenge women’s health in Texas, supporters rallied and raised a record $3.3 million for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas at the annual fundraising event September 23 at Winspear Opera House. That's a full $2 million more than the event's fundraising total in 2020.

10. Fashionable Dallasites go wild with sky-high hats at the Arboretum. It had been more than a year since Dallas' society set had been able to safely toast, twirl, and fundraise together. What better way to welcome back in-person events than an open-air afternoon at the Dallas Arboretum, celebrating one of the wildest traditions in the city? In April, the 2021 Mad Hatter's Tea invited the ladies who lunch to don their most daring chapeaux.

The vintage cake was created by Dallas' Fancy Cakes by Lauren.

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Crystal Charity Ball gowns sparkle in this week's 5 most-read Dallas stories

This Week's Hot Headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Want a list of best things to do this weekend? Find that here. Looking for spectacular Christmas lights around town? That list is here.

1. Regal gowns take the crown on Dallas' best dressed at Crystal Charity Ball 2021. The best-dressed dames in Dallas turned heads in their brilliant and breathtaking gowns at the 2021 Crystal Charity Ball on Saturday, December 4. Themed "Peace, Love, London," the fabulous fete brought out Dallas fashion queens and groovy beauties ready to walk the red carpet and rock the dance floor. (Read more about the entire evening in this recap.)

2. Bombshells military breastaurant chain drops new location in Arlington. A Houston restaurant chain is dropping Bombshells on Dallas-Fort Worth: The military-themed Bombshells Restaurant & Bar has opened a location in Arlington, at 701 N. Watson Rd. (off State Highway 360), in a space previously home to Red Neck Heaven, and there's two more in the works.

3. 2 Dallas-Fort Worth highways crash onto list of deadliest roads in the U.S. Several of the most clogged roads in the U.S. crisscross Texas. Now, two major highways in Dallas-Fort Worth qualify for another dubious distinction: They’re among the 10 deadliest roads in the country. In a new study from Austin-based insurance marketplace The Zebra, Interstate 20 ranks as the country's second most deadly road on a per-mile basis. I-35 appears at No. 5.

4. Iconic hipster Dallas pizzeria Sfuzzi gets revived in Capitol Pub space. An Italian restaurant concept that's iconic to Dallas is getting a revival: Sfuzzi, which was one of Dallas' first modern Italian restaurants when it opened back in the late '80s, is opening on Henderson Avenue. It'll open at 2401 Henderson Ave., which is the former Capitol Pub space, in early 2022.

5. Where to eat in Dallas right now: 10 restaurants to take out-of-town guests. As part of our annual tradition, for our December edition of Where to Eat, we offer suggestions on the best restaurants to take your holiday visitors and show them what Dallas has to offer. (And if you just want to get takeout, click here for our list of restaurants offering Christmas to-go.) Here are 10 restaurants to take your out-of-town guests.

Katherine Peck, Vera Pitman, Nardos Imam, Delayna Minter, and Haley March at Crystal Charity Ball.

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Katherine Peck, Vera Pitman, Nardos Imam, Delayna Minter, and Haley March at Crystal Charity Ball.
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Regal gowns take the crown on Dallas' best dressed at Crystal Charity Ball 2021

Fashion queens

The best-dressed dames in Dallas turned heads in their brilliant and breathtaking gowns at the 2021 Crystal Charity Ball on Saturday, December 4. The most smashing gala of the year finally returned to the Hilton Anatole Hotel after last year's pandemic pause.

Themed "Peace, Love, London," the fabulous fete brought out Dallas fashion queens and groovy beauties ready to walk the red carpet and rock the dance floor. (Read more about the entire evening in this recap.)

The annual gala is considered not only the grand finale of Dallas' fall social season — raising millions of dollars for local children's charities — but also the biggest fashion moment of the year.

Looks ranged from voluminous ball gowns to sleek columns. Gowns shimmered with sequins, shined with rich fabrics, and dazzled with delicate detailing, feathers, trains, and capes. The biggest trend of the night was color: bright, bold, happy-to-be-out-of-the-house-again color.

And color us Anglophiles, but it seemed that the two hues of the evening were red and blue, giving a little sartorial salute to the Union Jack flag.

Among those ravishing in red were Zuzu Cartade, Karen Lock (in Halston), Tavia Hunt (in Alexander Vauthier), Annabelle Cook (in Vintage Martini), and Misty Smathers (in a vintage gown with rockin' Louboutin sequin ankle boots). Beautiful blue gowns were worn by Charmaine Tang (in Marchesa), Joanna Clarke (in Halston), Delayna Minter, Haley March, and Gabriella Khristov.

It wouldn't be Crystal Charity Ball without some glittering gold gowns, such as the stunners worn by Toni Munoz-Hunt (in Nha Khanh), Gracie Hunt, Ciara Cooley, Johannah Kersey (in Teri Jon), and Amanda Shufeldt (in Antonio Melani). Haley Arias (in Retrofete) and Katherine Peck sparkled with gold touches, too.

Pretty as the pink peonies in the Garden Gate floral arrangements were CCB chairwoman Leslie Diers, Lisa Cooley, Katherine Coker, Anne Davidson, Leigh Ann Haugh (in Retrofete), and Elissa McClure. Janie Condon, Wanda Fearing, and Vera Pitman opted for gorgeous green gowns.

Some got playful with prints and tie-dyes, such as Robyn Haugh (in black-and-white polka dot Mac Duggal with a cool Cult Gaia bag), Tracy Davy (in a green Mestiza floral print), and Heather Molin (in Marchesa blue tie-dye that looked like clouds).

Black gowns are anything but basic at Crystal Charity, as proven by Jennifer Chandler (in Terry Costa), Cara French, Blake Stephenson, Louise Griffeth, Cam Hall (in Alexander McQueen), Katharine Newman (in Naeem Khan), Nicole Aramoonie, and Michelle Lockhart.

Dallas' own superstar designer Nardos Imam is always among the best-dressed at every event she attends, and she stunned here in a white and floral gown of her creation. Penny Fuller and Christy Berry wore Nardos designs, as well.

Most on-theme award of the night goes to Ola Fojtasek's jolly red and blue gown, with the words "All you need is love" and peace signs painted on the back.

Giving a nod to that most British of accessory trends — hats — were Emily Ledet (in a red fascinator) and Hanh Merriman (going bold with a gold halo tiara).

Of course, the men looked dapper in their tuxedoes, too. A chef's kiss goes to Dean Fearing for finishing his look with a Burberry scarf.

Katherine Peck, Vera Pitman, Nardos Imam, Delayna Minter, Haley March

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Katherine Peck, Vera Pitman, Nardos Imam, Delayna Minter, Haley March
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Stylish Dallas socialites exhibit the art of fashion at sparkling Crystal Charity event

10 Best Dressed

This year's Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed event did things a little differently.

Instead of the traditional luncheon and fashion show honoring a particular designer, normally held at Neiman Marcus downtown, the afternoon fundraiser celebrated its partnership with the classic Dallas department store at its NorthPark location.

The event, rebranded Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas and The Art of Fashion, culminated in a seated Champagne tea that was originally set for the courtyard, but moved indoors due to rain.

But some things remained the same, namely honoring some of the city's most philanthropic — and stylish — women.

Fashion show chair Lisa Cooley, Neiman Marcus president/chief customer officer David Goubert, and Neiman Marcus vice president/market general manager Mary McGreevy welcomed the impeccably dressed crowd with a sparkling (both wine and water) reception on the third floor, before ushering everyone into the fashion show.

This year's honorees — Marybeth Conlon, Tiffany Divis, Jennifer Dix, Cate Ford, Cara French, Libby Hegi, Kim Hext, Karla McKinley, Amy Prestidge, and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman — took to the runway, with Hall of Fame honoree Mary Clare Finney doing the final strut before a parade of fall fashions drew "oohs" and "ahhhs" from the attendees.

Supporters in the crowd included Sunie Solomon, Kelly Carter, Lindsay Ballotta, Lisa Troutt, Lynley McAnalley, Ciara Cooley, Brooke Davenport, Joan Schnitzer Levvy, Bianca Elise, Michelle Lobell, Kara Axley, Ashley Hunt, Bianca Allison, Kim McCue, Shannon Pettle, Debbie Brock, Kim Miller, Lynn McBee, and Pat Harloe.

Typically regarded as the start of autumn society season in Dallas, Crystal Charity's Ten Best Dressed was pushed a little later this year due to coronavirus (it was not held in 2020).

But the independent nonprofit's grand finale, the Crystal Charity Ball, is still set for December 4 at the Hilton Anatole.

Chaired by Leslie Diers, the ball is both an opportunity for Dallasites to dress to the nines and a reason to celebrate the independent nonprofit's beneficiaries.

The 2021 recipients include:

  • Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation ($936,831)
  • Café Momentum ($506,625)
  • Dallas CASA ($396,000)
  • Dallas Children's Advocacy Center ($1,000,000)
  • Dallas Symphony Association, Inc. ($750,000)
  • Network of Community Ministries ($926,635)
  • Phoenix House Texas ($375,000)
  • Scottish Rite for Children ($500,000)

Sunie Solomon, Kelly Carter, Lindsay Ballotta

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Documentary Turn Every Page deep-dives into historic publishing partnership

Movie Review

There have been many famous partnerships in the world, from musical ones like Hall & Oates to business ones like Bill Gates and Paul Allen. But one of the more underrated partnerships is that between authors and editors, a relationship that can be mysterious for those not well versed in the process.

The new documentary Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb, takes deep dive into the ineffable bond between Caro, author of The Power Broker and four (and counting) biographies of Lyndon B. Johnson, and Gottlieb, his longtime editor at publishing company Knopf. Caro is notorious for taking his time with his books, releasing only one about every 10 years since 1974.

The film, directed by filmmaker (and daughter of Robert) Lizzie Gottlieb, features a variety of “talking head” interviews from people as diverse as Conan O’Brien, The New Yorker editor David Remnick, and President Bill Clinton, but cedes the majority of its time to hearing from the two men themselves. Both have lived extraordinary lives, but – despite their strong connection – in very different ways.

It would be fair to call Caro “obsessive,” as his career has focused on hefty non-fiction tomes devoted to just two men. The Power Broker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, 1,300+ page book about urban planner Robert Moses, goes into great detail about how Moses shaped the landscape of New York City, and not always for the better. He has also published four volumes of The Years of Lyndon Johnson, all detailing Johnson’s life before he was president. The yet-to-be-published fifth volume is highly anticipated, to say the least.

In addition to the books of Caro, Gottlieb has edited books by Joseph Heller (famously providing the title number for Catch-22), John Cheever, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, Bill Clinton, and many others. Astonishingly, he has also had time to write eight of his own books, serve as editor of The New Yorker, program both the New York City Ballet and Miami City Ballet, and more.

Lizzie Gottlieb gives each man plenty of space to tell their own story, with perhaps a slight bias toward her father. Caro is 87 and Gottlieb is 91, yet neither shows any significant mental decline. In fact, their ability to recall the many important moments of their lives and continue to ruminate at a high level is intimidating, and a testament to their intellectualism.

Among the many amazing stories that made the cut of the film are how Gottlieb had to get Caro to cut 350,000 words – or around 700 pages – from The Power Broker just for it to be small enough to be bound, and another about how Caro, in his extensive research about LBJ, discovered just how Johnson literally stole a primary election in his first run for the Senate.

The mark of any good documentary is its ability to engage viewers who may not be intimately familiar with its central subjects. While it’s the professional lives of Caro and Gottlieb that are most notable, the film includes just enough information about their personal lives to make them into full human beings, unlocking what for many have been mysterious figures.

Turn Every Page may be most interesting to those who have read and loved Caro’s books over the past five decades, but there’s enough there to open the film wide for the uninitiated. The lives of Caro and Gottlieb are large, and the documentary provides a great glimpse into how they became that way.

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Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb is now playing in select theaters.

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The young author and editor in Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb.

Deep Ellum fried chicken wings it to North Dallas for late-night craving

Chicken News

Fried chicken from Deep Ellum has made its way north: Brick & Bones, a bar in Dallas' Deep Ellum neighborhood, has launched a spinoff out of Revolving Kitchen, the virtual kitchen at 520 Shepherd Dr. in Garland.

The expansion allows them to greatly expand their delivery route to all parts north. Well, within a five-mile radius of Revolving Kitchen.

Brick & Bones was founded in 2015 by Cliff Edgar, with a name that referred to the decor and menu: "There's a lot of exposed brick, and then the bones is chicken bones," he said.

Their chicken has been acclaimed but they're also one of the few places available on DoorDash and UberEats serving late-night food and fried chicken until 2 am.

They'll offer the same late-night hours at the Revolving Kitchen location, as well.

They specialize in Mexican-inspired fried chicken, served in buckets, as tenders, or with waffles. Other menu include salads and deviled eggs.

At the second location, their menu includes:

  • dark meat fried chicken that's been brined for 24 hours, battered, and deep fried, in 3-, 6-, or 10-piece orders
  • chicken tenders
  • naked chicken - 2 thighs and a drumstick, deep fried without batter, served with salsa verde, grilled scallions, and corn tortillas
  • hot chicken - 3 spicy hot drumsticks, celery sticks, and avocado aioli
  • Mexican-style corn
  • habanero bacon mac & cheese
  • poblano mashed potatoes

Plus a chimi chicken sandwich, featuring fried chicken breast with chimichurri sauce on a toasted bolillo bun; and the B&B Bowl, featuring poblano mashed potatoes topped with gravy, corn, chicken nuggets, Oaxaca cheese and diced jalapenos.

Dallas police make arrest in connection with monkeys at Dallas Zoo

Animal News

In America's Most Wanted news, a man has been arrested in connection with a recent theft of monkeys at the Dallas Zoo.

According to a release from the Dallas Police Department, police arrested Davion Irvin, 24, on February 2, in connection with the case involving emperor tamarin monkeys at the Dallas Zoo.

Two tamarin monkeys named Bella and Finn were reported missing on January 30. In an ensuing investigation, the Dallas Police Department suggested that the monkeys had been intentionally taken from their enclosure.

The monkeys were found on January 31, after Dallas police received a tip that the monkeys were at an abandoned home next door to a church in Lancaster. The monkeys have been returned to the zoo.

The missing monkeys became national news.

Dallas Zoo monkeys Police were seeking information about this man spotted at the Dallas Zoo. DPD

The man was found with help from the public, including an identification of who he was. On Thursday, Dallas police received a tip that Irvin was seen at the Dallas Aquarium near animal exhibits.

Officers saw Irvin get onto a DART rail, then later spotted him in the 1400 block of Pacific and took him to Jack Evans Headquarters for questioning.

Irvin has been charged with six counts of Animal Cruelty- non-livestock, in connection to the tamarin monkey case. He's been taken to the Dallas County Jail.

The investigation into all cases at the zoo are ongoing and further charges are possible.