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Dallas Contemporary and Dallas Hope Charities will present their third annual pride panel. The event will begin with a free printmaking workshop led by Dallas-based artist, Scout Ryman. Following in the tradition of marginalized groups using printmaking to protest and celebrate, attendees will create their own pride-themed artwork with block printing techniques.

Collective Hope Coalition members and other community leaders will then host an open dialogue about how they navigate providing LGBTQIA+ affirming care in the midst of the current political climate. Voter registration cards will be available and guests will get the chance to enter a raffle for two tickets for the Sad Summer Fest.

The event will be moderated by Stephen Merritt. Panelists include Bertie Gardner (LGBTQ Saves), Rachel Hill (Equality Texas), Marquesse Banks (Prism Health North Texas), and Sister Delilah Doolittle (Nuns of Texas).

Photo courtesy of Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera

Dallas Architecture Forum presents Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera: Sixth Annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture

The Dallas Architecture Forum will present Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera of Miró Rivera Architects in the Sixth Annual Frank Welch Memorial Lecture.

Miró Rivera’s award-winning design philosophy is rooted in "responsible architecture" that believes architects must engage as thinkers, builders and artists on every project. Founding partners Rivera, FAIA and Miró, FAIA were born only a few days apart in Puerto Rico and Spain, where they studied architecture before completing Master’s Degrees at Columbia and Yale.

The partners worked at illustrious studios including Gwathmey Siegel, Felix Candela, Santiago Calatrava and Mitchell/Giurgola before founding their own firm. Their esteemed projects include the Pedestrian Bridge and the Core-ten Trail Restroom at the Lady Bird Lake Trail, both honored by Architectural Review / RIBA; Chinmaya Mission; Stonehedge Residence; and Lakeshore Residence. Circuit of The Americas Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin was named one of ArchDaily’s top 100 works of architecture in the country.

The studio marries elegant design with time-tested sustainable elements that include locally sourced materials, water conservation, and abundant natural light. It is widely published including Architectural Record and the New York Times and its own monograph, Miró Rivera Architects: Building a New Arcadia. The studio has received over 100 design awards, including 40 AIA awards, numerous Austin Green Building certifications, and exhibited at the Venice Architectural Biennale. In 2016, the studio received the Texas Society of Architects’ Architecture Firm Award. They are listed as one of ArchDaily’s World’s Best Architects and were honored with the 2023 Texas Medal of Arts in Architecture.

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Dallas Architecture Forum presents Chris LaGuardia

The Dallas Architecture Forum will present landscape architect Chris LaGuardia of LaGuardia Design Group.

LaGuardia, FASLA is the managing principal and founder of the LaGuardia Design Group, (LDG) located in Water Mill NY, with additional offices in Manhattan and Florida. The LaGuardia Design Group is a 25-person landscape architecture firm specializing in residential, commercial, and institutional design. They have projects across the United States as well as around the globe. The firm has collaborated with many esteemed architecture and design firms including Adjaye Associates, Bates Maasi, Cutler Anderson, Gluckman Tang, Norman Jaffee, REX and Maya Lin Studio. LDG’s creative collaboration with clients and architects expresses the best character of each site.

Martin Gomez

Latino Cultural Center presents Martin Gomez: "From Designer to Executive"

Now vice president of global sourcing for the Ascena Retail Group, Martin Gomez got his first big break in the fashion industry designing for the late singer Selena. Selena Quintanilla, the queen of Tejano music, was killed in 1997, stunning fans all over the world. In addition to her music, the Texas-born singer was known for her keen and daring fashion sense.

Gomez has since become an executive in the field of retail product development. Attendees at this special event will gain valuable insight into Gomez’s creative process as well as how he achieved success in the fashion industry and beyond.

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One Dallas-area school could get free garden from Sprouts Farmers Market

Learn and Grow

Sprouts Farmers Market is seeking submissions from Dallas schools to score their own free garden.

The Arizona-based grocery chain is offering to build school gardens in 24 cities across the U.S., one per city, and is inviting community members to nominate their favorite school.

Only schools located in states where Sprouts has stores will be considered.

The program is part of their initiative to get kids involved in healthy food, including growing vegetables at school and then learning how to prepare them in cooking classes.

The application is available to parents, teachers, faculty, or any adult with a personal connection to their nominee, whether that’s a personal relationship or just status as a neighbor.

Criteria include:

  • Familiarity with the school’s current practices
  • Merit: Why does the school deserve a garden
  • A commitment to outdoor learning
  • Identification of a caretaker who can oversee and maintain the garden

The deadline to apply is April 26, at sprouts.com.

They'll announce winners in July, then organize a volunteer day to build the gardens in each city on Saturday, September 16.

Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has been pursuing this goal at schools and via community grants since 2015. The resulting programs have taught more than 1.5 million kids about gardening, and 900,000 in schools about nutrition.

There are currently 27 Sprouts locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area including four recent openings within the past year at Las Colinas, Grand Prairie, Dallas / Hillside Village, and Dallas Trinity Mills.

Photo courtesy of Sharon Johnston

Dallas Architecture Forum presents Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee

Johnston Marklee designs award-winning projects of diverse scale and type, spanning 14 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Recent projects include the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston; a renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the new UCLA Graduate Art Studios campus in Culver City; and the new Dropbox headquarters in San Francisco. Current projects include the design of the new home for the Whitney Independent Study Program at Roy Lichtenstein Studio; a renovation of the UCLA James Lawson Jr. Worker Justice Center; and the renovation of the Hauptbau at the Kunstmuseum Basel.

Sharon Johnston, FAIA is Professor in Practice at the Harvard GSD and was named as an Architectural Record’s Women in Architecture: New Generation Leader. Mark Lee is the Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard GSD and has taught at the Technical University of Berlin and ETH Zurich. Both Mark and Sharon have also taught at Princeton and UCLA and held the Cullinan Chair at Rice and the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto.

The studio has been recognized nationally and internationally with over 50 major awards and received the Arts and Letters Award in Architecture. Publications include House Is a House Is a House Is a House Is a House, and monographs 2G N. 67, El Croquis N. 198, and A+U N. 614. The firm’s work is in the permanent collections of MOMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Menil Collection, SF MOMA and the Architecture Museum of TU Munich. Sharon and Mark were the Artistic Directors of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

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DFW's dismal ranking among best places to live leads this week's 5 most-read headlines

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. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Dallas-Fort Worth no longer a top 100 place to live, declares U.S. News & World Report. Dallas-Fort Worth has fallen from grace in a closely watched annual report of the best places to live in the U.S. The Metroplex appears at a dismal No. 113 (out of 150) in U.S. News & World Report's Best Places to Live ranking for 2023-2024. Last year, DFW landed at No. 32; it was No. 37 in 2021. Here's (sort of) why it plummeted in the rankings.

2. Sliders restaurant from Detroit shimmies onto Dallas' Greenville Ave. A slider concept from the Great Lakes State is expanding to Texas, and that includes a high-profile location in Dallas: Called Savvy Sliders, it's a young fast-casual concept founded in Flint, Michigan, and it will open its first Dallas restaurant at 4818 Greenville Ave., in the space recently vacated by vegan chicken restaurant Project Pollo.

3. New lagoon-waterpark with lazy river dives into Dallas-Fort Worth. A long-awaited waterpark in Cedar Hill is debuting Memorial Day weekend with two of Texas' favorite splashy attractions: a lagoon and lazy river. The Lagoon at Virginia Weaver Park will open Saturday, May 27 after more than a year in development.

4. Happy Hippie Brewing to bring peace, love, and beer to new HQ in Richardson. A craft beer brewery is opening a splendid new facility in Richardson: Happy Hippie Brewing Company, a small brewery specializing in Belgian-style beers, is opening an an 11,000-square-foot brewery and taproom at 500 Lockwood Dr., in the Lockwood area within the city's evolving CORE District.

5. Asian restaurant Howard Wang's shutters location in Uptown Dallas. A Chinese restaurant in Uptown Dallas closed: Howard Wang's Uptown Grill, one in a family-owned chain, closed its location at 3223 Lemmon Ave. #103, with the final day of service on May 21. The restaurant had been at that location for 12 years.

21 North Texas museums offer free admission to military families this summer

Giving Back

Nearly two dozen Dallas-Fort Worth museums are honoring active duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, May 20-September 4, 2023.

Established by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Blue Star Museums program annually provides military families free access to 2,000 museums nationwide throughout the summer. The program begins yearly on Armed Forces Day in May and ends on Labor Day.

Free admission is extended to personnel currently serving in the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard (including those in the Reserve), and all National Guardsman. Members of the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps are also included in the program.

Those who qualify can use their military ID to bring up to five family members - including relatives of those currently deployed. More information about qualifications can be found here.

There is no limit on the number of participating museums that qualifying families may visit. Admission for non-active military veterans, however, is not included.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts website, the initiative was created to help "improve the quality of life for active duty military families" with a specific focus on children. The site states 2 million have had a parent deployed since 2001.

"Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of reintegration," the organizers say. "This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together."

In Dallas-Fort Worth, participating institutions include well-known art, science, and history museums, as well as smaller museums outside the city limits. Here's a look at all the museums in North Texas that are participating in the Blue Star Museums initiative this year.

In Dallas:

In Fort Worth:

In Garland:

In Irving:

In Mesquite:

In Cleburne:

In Krum:

In Sanger:

More information about Blue Star Museums and a full list of participants can be found on arts.gov.

These are the 7 best most intriguing hot dogs in Dallas right now

Hot Dog News

Editor's Note: In prior stories, CultureMap contributor Lila Levy has sussed out the top bagels in Dallas, and tried pretty much every lavender latte in town. Now she's ready to offer her take on that summertime classic: hot dogs.

Portillo's hot dogs
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Hot dogs are the quintessential summer food and an item that nearly everyone loves. They're simple, flavorful, easy to make at home, and affordable if you dine out.

Some cities like Chicago have a long-standing tradition with hot dogs, and while Dallas is not Windy-City-level quiet yet, we've seen an influx of some exciting new hot dog concepts come to town, joining a few locals who've been dishing out memorable hot dogs all along.

Here's the 7 most interesting hot dogs you can find in Dallas-Fort Worth:

Portillo’s in the Colony, Chicago-style hot dog, $4.50
Chicago-based fast casual brand known for its hot dogs and other favorite Chicago fare, has expanded to Texas, with its first restaurant in The Colony, which opened in January 2023. Chicago-style hot dogs are my favorite kind, and Portillo's does it right. Their basic hot dog comes with "everything": mustard, relish, celery salt, chopped onions, sliced tomato, pickle, and sport peppers on a steamed poppy seed bun. I loved the condiments, especially the peppers and relish. My companion thought the bun was too soft, but it was fine for me. Their hot dogs have a snappy casing with a robust tangy flavor.

Hunky'sHunky Dog, $4.25
Cedar Springs pioneer has been serving hamburgers, fries, and malts, since 1984. They're known for their burgers but they also do a trio of hot dogs including the classic "Hunky Dog," a hefty quarter-pounder with relish, onions, and mustard. I've been here before and know it's best to ask for the hot dog to be grilled extra, to give it that additional "burnt hot dog" cookout flavor. At $4.25, it's a bargain and their presentation is cool: They split the hot dog down the middle and place the onions and relish on top, and they toast the edges of their bun.

Fletcher's Original Corny DogsMake Mine Texan, $10
No story on hot dogs is complete without Fletcher's, famed purveyor of the classic corny dog. You used to have to wait for the State Fair of Texas to get them, but now that they have a food truck, you can find them camped at venues such as the Dallas Arboretum, and they're also at Klyde Warren Park Tuesdays-Sundays. They've expanded their lineup of flavors so I ordered their most recent invention: Called Make Mine Texan, it's a hot dog made of beef and brisket, with smoke seasoning that adds a heartier Texas flavor.

Dog Haus in RichardsonTooo Chi, $8
California hot dog chain takes a gourmet approach with jumbo hot dogs, veggie dogs, vegan sausages, and 40+ toppings including some you might not expect, such as arugula. I ordered the Tooo Chi, their version of the Chicago hot dog, which they brag is a hormone- and antibiotic-free beef hot dog, with tomato, pickle, neon-green pickle relish, mustard, diced onions, sport peppers, and celery salt. Their cooking added a nice char that emphasized the grilled flavor. It made me nostalgic to the days when my parents would grill hot dogs in the summer outside. Their point of distinction is their bread: sweet rich King's Hawaiian rolls, which they butter and grill, for a nice contrast of soft roll and crisp edges.

Angry DogAngry Dog, $8.95
Deep Ellum staple had hot dogs on the menu long before hot dogs became the foodie sensation they are today, and they offer a simple plain hot dog on a bun as a nod to those humble days. But everyone gets the signature Angry Dog: a kosher dog, split in half and grilled, placed on a toasted open-faced bun, then topped with chili, grilled red onions, mustard, and shredded cheddar cheese. It's more of a chili casserole than a hot dog, a knife-and-fork kind of deal where the bun gets soggy underneath the mountain of toppings, and you almost lose track of the hot dog. But unbeatable for a hangover cure or a big cheat meal.

Globe Life Field, Ballpark hot dog, $7
In recent years, the Texas Rangers' food service division has been jazzing up its ballpark menu, introducing new items, some of them crazy like the Boomstick 2-foot-long hot dog. I stick to the basic ballpark hot dog, with the only option being that you can get grilled onions at no additional charge. It's a standard six-inch hot dog, with self-serve mustard, ketchup, and relish, on a soft, nondescript bun, with a nice snap, the prototypical hot dog you eat while cheering on the hometown team.

Frank Seoul, Potato hot dog, $5.49
Korean hot dogs, also known as Korean corn dogs, are a Korean street food that started showing up in Dallas a few years ago, via Korean-born chains such as Two Hands and K-Town. Frank Seoul was one of the first and has locations in Carrollton and Frisco. Their specialty is hot dogs coated in a batter and deep-fried, like a corny dog but with a batter made from flour or rice flour, and additional ingredients such as the coating of diced potatoes in the potato hot dog that I ordered. They have a wild variety like a "cream cheese dog" — literally cream cheese on a stick &mdash and prices are all $6 or less.

This is not the place for a hot dog purist. The hot dog itself was lackluster, but the "shell" of crispy fried potatoes was magnificent, like a wonderful hash brown, and great on its own, didn't need the mustard I added a bit.