To commemorate Texas Monthly's 50th anniversary, the publication has collected the stories and photographs of 50 iconic Texans who have shaped the state and the country over the past 50 years for a book called Lone Stars Rising. Eleven Dallas megastars have made the roster.

Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash, founder of the namesake cosmetics company.

Among the book's 256 pages are not just the rich histories and commentaries about the most recognizable Texas legends, but a few "lesser-known individuals who have been toiling on the sidelines, quietly and intentionally shaping" our perception of the state, they say.

The 11 Dallas-area "stars" who made it into the book include state political figures, business magnates, spearheading chefs, and more - both alive and deceased. They are:

  • Tom Landry, the first Dallas Cowboys head coach
  • Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States and former Texas governor
  • Herb Kelleher, who developed the business plan for Southwest Airlines
  • O’Neil Ford, architect who designed several University of Dallas buildings
  • H. Ross Perot, founder of Plano's Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems
  • T. Boone Pickens, founder and chairman of BP Capital Management
  • Dean Fearing, Anne Lindsay Greer, and Stephan Pyles, chefs and cookbook authors who pioneered the "Southwestern Cuisine" movement
  • Larry McMurtry, novelist and owner of antiquarian bookshop Booked Up
Lone Stars Rising will be available for purchase on June 6. More information about the book can be found on texasmonthly.com.
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DMA Arts & Letter Live: Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman’s new novel The Invisible Hour examines love, heartbreak, self-discovery, and the enduring magic of books.

When Mia Jacob discovers The Scarlet Letter, written almost 200 years earlier, it seems to tell the story of her mother, Ivy, and their life inside the Community, an oppressive cult in western Massachusetts where contact with the outside world is forbidden, and books are considered evil. How could Nathaniel Hawthorne have so perfectly captured the pain and loss that Mia carries inside her? As Mia begins to abandon the rules that have governed her life, she realizes that reading has the power to transport her to other worlds and that love is stronger than any chains that bind.

Hoffman is the author of more than 30 works of fiction, including the Practical Magic series, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, and The Dovekeepers, lauded by Toni Morrison as "a major contribution to twenty-first century literature."

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DMA Arts & Letter Live: Colson Whitehead

Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead returns with Crook Manifesto, the second novel in his Harlem Trilogy. A darkly funny tale of a city under siege, as well as a searching portrait of the meaning of family, Whitehead’s kaleidoscopic depiction of Harlem summons 1970s New York in all its seedy glory.

Whitehead is the author of numerous novels, including two Pulitzer Prize winners, The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad, which also won the National Book Award.

This event does not include a book signing; however, all copies of Crook Manifesto purchased as part of a book bundle will be pre-signed by the author.

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DMA Arts & Letter Live: Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

From Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, the New York Times bestselling authors of The Personal Librarian, comes The First Ladies, a novel about the extraordinary partnership between civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, an unlikely friendship that changed the world.

The daughter of formerly enslaved parents, activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune refuses to back down as white supremacists attempt to thwart her work. Eleanor Roosevelt, awestruck by Mary’s work, is eager to make her acquaintance. Initially drawn together because of their shared belief in women’s rights and the power of education, Mary and Eleanor develop a deep and enduring friendship that helps form the foundation for the modern civil rights movement.

Benedict is a lawyer with more than a decade of experience as a litigator. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous books, including The Only Woman in the Room and Carnegie’s Maid.

Murray is an acclaimed author with more than one million books in print. She has written more than 20 novels, including Stand Your Ground, an NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction and a Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

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DMA Arts & Letter Live: Tess Gunty

Tess Gunty's National Book Award -winning novel The Rabbit Hutch features residents of a low-cost housing complex attempting to build a life while the city decays around them: an online obituary writer, a mysterious young mother, a resident with a vendetta against vermin, and an uncommon young woman cohabiting with other teenagers who have aged out of the foster care system. Collectively they search for meaning in a world that seems determined to wear them down.

Gunty will be in conversation with Ben Fountain.

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DMA Arts & Letters Live: Peace Adzo Medie

Author Peace Adzo Medie’s latest novel, Nightbloom, examines the unbreakable power of female friendship. After two inseparable young friends in Ghana become estranged, only a crisis can bring them back together and reconnect their bond. A riveting depiction of life, class, and family in Ghana, Nightbloom is above all a powerful depiction of the strength of female bonds in the face of societies that would silence them.

Medie’s debut novel, His Only Wife, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a New York Times Notable Book of 2020, and a Time magazine Must-Read Book of 2020. It was also a Reese’s Book Club pick. Medie has won numerous awards for her scholarship and has held several fellowships, including the Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellowship.

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Butcher opens at foot of Dallas' Park Cities with meats & deli sandwiches to-go

Meat News

A boutique butcher in Dallas has opened with a case full of meat and a little something extra.

Called Evan's Meat Market, it opened in the spring at the Shops of Highland Park at 4266 Oak Lawn Ave., next-door to upscale restaurant Sachet, where it's selling locally sourced meats as well as meal solutions to go.

"Evan" is owner Evan Meagher, a native of Louisiana who grew up in butcher shops, and for whom owning his own shop was a lifelong dream.

He's joined by Mike Lawson, head butcher and general manager, who previously worked at Georgie’s By Curtis Stone, Gemma, Sachet, and Macellaio; and manager Brer Wyant, who also worked at Georgie's, as well as Bouillon and The Village.

The shop offers beef, pork, lamb, pig, and chicken, sourced from Texas and Oklahoma, including a customer-friendly category of meats ready to be cooked sous vide and transformed into a meal, such as Cajun chicken breast, smoked pork tenderloin, chicken wings, and short ribs.

They also have a number of items pre-cooked and ready to be heated, including

  • Cajun gumbo
  • Andouille sausage made in house
  • Twice baked potatoes
  • Buttermilk biscuits $15/dozen
  • Bolognese sauce

There are also sides ready to heat, including mac & cheese, green beans with smoked onions, and sweet potatoes, $12-$15 for a medium-sized tray - designed to provide a quick restaurant-quality meal in 30 minutes.

They're very into their deli counter, and offer a menu of sandwiches and po'boys starring turkey, chicken salad, ham, roast beef, and pastrami. Their bread is from Langlinais Baking Company, a classic New Orleans-style French bread baker from Evan’s hometown of Lafayette, which he frequented growing up.

“Deli meat is very approachable," Lawson says. "Customers taste it and next time they're willing to try something different."

The staff’s background in service and hospitality is a big part of their success. And the education aspect is key, as customers come in to learn about the variety of products offered.

"This neighborhood is great," Wyant says. "Everybody that comes here wants to cook something, they are excited about food and share experiences later. They sometimes bring their food for us to try what they did."

The shop is open Monday-Saturday 11 am-6 pm, and Sunday 11 am-3 pm.

Nicole Kidman turns up star power to raise $1.1 million at Dallas' Genesis Luncheon

Oscar-worthy event

The morning after watching her husband, Keith Urban, open the ACM Awards show in Frisco with an electrifying performance, Nicole Kidman turned up her own star power as the keynote speaker for Genesis Women's Shelter & Support's 30th annual Luncheon.

About 1,500 guests gathered at Dallas' Hilton Anatole on Friday, May 12 for the beloved spring fundraiser.

It was "take two" for Genesis and Kidman. She had been scheduled to headline the organization's 2020 luncheon, which got canceled due to COVID and pivoted to a virtual conversation with the Oscar-winning actress. Luckily, she could come back in person.

Kidman first posed for photos with VIPs at a reception before the ballroom opened for lunch.

After guests took their seats, the DeSoto High School Choir - under the direction of Grammy Award-winning choir director Pamela Dawson - kicked things off with a rousing performance of “Revolution.”

Genesis chief development officer Amy Norton and luncheon co-chairs Monica and Brent Christopher welcomed visitors and acknowledged special guests, and the Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson gave an invocation before the three-course meal was served.

The highlight of the afternoon was an on-stage conversation between Genesis CEO Jan Langbein and Kidman. Besides being an award-winning actress and global superstar, Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women for 17 years.

They discussed a variety of topics including Kidman's involvement with the UN and her desire to fight for women’s rights globally; how her parents shaped her perspective on life; notable roles she has portrayed that show the complexities of womanhood; and how she balances her professional life with her home life.

Some highlights of Kidman's interview:

On how to help each other in the fight against domestic violence: “Reach out for help…because a lot of times I think the loneliness and the isolation [can feel like] ‘where do I go for help?’ There are helplines and there is solid available help, so reach out. And even reaching out to a friend, and then as a friend going, ‘I know what to recommend for you to do right now.’”

On why she selects some of the more intense roles she’s portrayed: “Half the time people don’t want to see those stories, but if they actually go through [the story] and see it, then they build compassion and they build understanding, and somehow I do believe that helps the world. So I seek out these roles not so you go and torture people, but so you create a connection and go, ‘How do we move in closer to each other and understand each other and what we’re all going through?’ Because we’re all going through things – very different things, but there’s enormous tragedy in life, as we all know, there’s enormous joy, and we’re on the journey together. We can help each other.”

On how she approached her character Celeste’s mindset toward abuse in Big Little Lies: “I think the thing with so much abuse is even acknowledging it, the awareness that it is abuse. I think for Celeste, and this is something that I learned, is that there is so much self-blame and a lot of times disassociation where ‘it’s not me that’s in an abusive relationship – it may be that person or that person is, but I’m not.’”

All told, the 30th annual event raised $1.1 million for Genesis, which annually serves thousands of women and children at its emergency shelter, transitional housing apartments, and nonresidential counseling office.

Notable attendees included Boots Nolan, Nancy Best, Sheila Grant Kenneth Aboussie, Kamela Aboussie, Barbara Smith, Sheree J. Wilson, Sheree J. Wilson, Mary Bowman Campbell, Sally Dutter, Yvette Martinez, Leigh Anne Haugh, Michael Horne, Marissa Horne, Justyna Oymerska, and more than 1,400 more patrons, supporters, and guests.

Genesis Luncheon 2023, Nicole Kidman

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Jan Langbein, Nicole Kidman

For more information about Genesis Women's Shelter & Support, visit the organization's website.

American Airlines adds travel perks for summer including new vegan entree

Airline Food News

Fort Worth-based American Airlines has made some additions to its in-flight lineup for summer 2023, including new meals and foodie snacks, Wi-Fi updates, and new movie options to stream. That includes a special selection of films celebrating Pride Month in June.

Food first!

The new food options include chef-curated menu options in premium cabins and choices for the indulgent or health-conscious traveler in the main cabin.

Plant-based: Customers flying on transcontinental American Flagship service flights have a new premium entrée and it's plant-based, woo-hoo: The new Plant-Based Bulgogi Noodle Bowl entrée comes with yakisoba noodles, stir-fry vegetables, and plant-based beef crumbles — offering a new meal option that is both nourishing and delicious.

Avli on the Park: Customers flying in premium cabins to Europe from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this summer can enjoy dishes from Avli on the Park, a Greek restaurant in Chicago and a Michelin 2023 honoree. Options include a Greek Beef Orzo Stew and a Kagiana Egg Scramble for breakfast. These items from Avli on the Park are available on six nonstop flights to Europe: Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, London, Paris, and Rome.

Wi-Fi updates
Wi-Fi enhancements for the summer months include:

Complimentary Wi-Fi for T-Mobile customers: By July, 100 percent of American's Wi-Fi-equipped regional and narrowbody aircrafts will offer T-Mobile In-Flight Connection On Us, allowing eligible T-Mobile customers to enjoy complimentary connectivity with streaming on domestic flights.

Summer streaming: Travelers to international destinations should be able to enjoy faster Wi-Fi speeds and a more reliable service for all their connectivity needs thanks to increased bandwidth planned for American's widebody aircraft, offering 100 percent mainline aircraft with video streaming capabilities.

New film and viewing options include:

Monthly exclusives: New movies will be offered monthly which customers can watch exclusively inflight such as the new AppleTV+ movie Ghosted.

Pride Month: American is offering an entertainment channel featuring top LGBTQ+ talent; customers can choose from a list of movies and series.

American Black Film Festival channel: This summer, American is bringing new content to the American Black Film Festival channel, elevating the unique voices and power stories of the Black community to offer a deeper understanding of the Black experience.

"Our customers are the inspiration behind everything we do, and American is committed to consistently deliver a world-class experience for them,” said Kim Cisek, Vice President of Customer Experience. “We know customers want a convenient travel experience throughout their journey on American and to arrive at their destination satisfied and ready to explore — a focus we keep in mind when refreshing and creating new experiences for them to enjoy on the ground and in the skies."